Becoming a green beauty detective is the way of the future for any consumer concerned with their health and sustainability. By choosing high quality personal care products, customers not only get the best potency, but also avoid unnecessary cheap additives and ingredients. Just because a product is “natural,” “organic,” or “green,” doesn’t mean that you should pass by the label and trust it. “One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment,” stated on David Suzuki’s site. This is a staggering statistic, but by making some small changes and gaining some valuable information you can ditch the chemical ingredients and replace them with the growing number of green and healthy options:
Parabens such as Prefixes Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl or Propyl love to hangout in shampoos and lotions! Parabens have received a serious beating in the last couple years and for good reason. Something to learn from the backlash to parabens is just because something is being discussed in the media doesn’t mean you should disregard other potentially more harmful ingredients.
This group of offenders are literally everywhere! From your laundry detergent to your body lotion we guarantee they’re lurking. This group is also known as Fragrance, DEHP, DHP, DBP 5, Dibutyl Phthalate. Anything with artificial fragrance is at risk for containing phthalates. Particularly prevalent in deodorant, nail polish and shampoo.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
SLS is prevalent in shampoos more than ever. You know that serious foamy action you get from bubble bath, hand soap or foaming cleansers? “This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants.“
Otherwise known as benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate this group is designed to absorb ultraviolet light. The problem with this group is that they are easily absorbed right into the body causing concern for cellular damage and actual cancer. When looking for sun protection, look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide products as these are actual physical blocks on the skin.
By looking for ingredients ending in “methicone” you can figure out what ingredients fall into the silicone family. These additives truly suffocate the skin and scalp resulting in a variety of health issues.
These are 5 of the most common offenders that are found lurking in our everyday products. The good news is that there is a whole world of green beauty products that don’t contain any of these ingredients and actually are healthy for your body! Becoming an empowered consumer who can do their own research is integral to taking charge of your own health and also protecting our precious environment. DesignHouse takes pride in being a sustainable company and we love hearing about our clients deciding to lead more health conscious lives. Contact us here for more information on our favourite green products!