The beauty industry isn’t as pretty as you think. Behind glossy packaging and vibrant shades lay silent killers. Unregulated by the FDA since 1938, nearly 20% of personal-care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer. A 2004 study found parabens, a cancer-causing substance commonly found in beauty products, in 18 out of 20 samples of human breast tissue. Parabens are also in almost 100% of drugstore skincare products and cosmetics. Additionally, only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
This makes a strong case for only using natural and organic beauty products. While there are countless reasons to avoid unnatural products, these are five of our favorite:
Good for the environment
We’re given one planet we all need to help protect. Unfortunately, beauty products made from conventionally produced ingredients are having negative impacts on our environment. The issue is chemical compounds of many products don’t break down. Instead, they accumulate in our ecosystems and harm our environment. Sadly, we do most of the damage ourselves. When we wash our face or body, these chemicals are washed down our sinks and streamed to our lakes, rivers, and water systems.
Additionally, the manufacturing process of creating nasty chemical personal care products can be harmful to the environment. For example, most palm oil used in cosmetics results from razing rainforests to grow palm plants. The good thing is fewer chemicals are put into the air and water when ingredients for natural beauty products are farmed and manufactured organically.
Anyone enjoy redness, irritation, and breakouts? Turns out chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup are major causes of all of the above. A lot of people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. On the flip side, natural makeup, skin care products, and body products work with your skin, not against it.
Your Nose Will Thank You
Perfumes won’t smell so sweet after you learn this. Artificial fragrances are made to cover up the smell of other chemicals in traditional beauty products. Because they use a chemical to cover up another chemical, all the chemical smells cause headaches in many people. Alternatively, natural beauty products smell like their natural ingredients, not a cocktail of chemicals. Natural beauty products scented with natural essential oils like our Olive & Coconut Body Wash can even provide aromatherapy.
Forgo Funky Side Effects
Traditional beauty products are full of a host of harmful ingredients causing everything from breast cancer to messing with the reproductive system. We rounded up some of the most harmful chemicals you might not know about and uncovered some staggering effects chemicals like parabens and BHA have on the body. Alternatively, natural beauty products use natural ingredients and preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, that won’t affect your body.
More Money in Your Pocket
Most people hear “natural” or “organic” and automatically think “this is too expensive for me.” They couldn’t be more wrong. Organic and natural beauty is not more expensive than mainstream brands. Just check the price of (highly chemical) brands like Estee Lauder, Chanel, or Lancome. Products like our $10.99 Olive Marseille Soap may not be as dirt cheap as mass-produced chemical drugstore brands, but think of it like this: junk food is much cheaper than organic food, but wouldn’t you rather spend $4 on organic blueberries instead of a few bags of chemical laden, salty, MSG riddled chips? Both choices are for your body.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to rid your cabinet of harmful products and stock up on natural and organic beauty products. Your body will thank you. If you’re searching for a great natural, organic beauty brand, check us out at lelores.com.