Friday, January 31, 2014

Is Beauty Killing Us?

I've been doing a lot of research lately regarding the ingredients in the beauty and personal care products I use every day. 

It started with my hair products, I'm on a healthy hair journey and for the past two years I've been weeding out all of my hair products containing mineral oil, sulfates, petroleum, and parabens. 

While reading the ingredients I realized how many words I could not pronounce and had no idea of what they were. So I wondered, "If this is what I was putting in my hair...WHAT THE HECK AM I PUTTING ON MY SKIN, especially my face?!" 

Before I get into my findings I have to to admit I'm a product junkie! I love going into Sephora, Ulta and MAC and finding new products, so I was extremely afraid to check the labels of my beloved beauty products and most likely see unfavorable ingredients.

Nonetheless, I check and was blown away by my findings. Not only do popular cosmetics contain the same parabens and sulfates I vowed to never again use on my hair, they contain lead and chemicals  that cause cancer and reproductive issues. 

I am not yet an expert on the subject, but I did want to share some chemicals to look for and AVOID:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Laureth
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Triclosan
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • FD&C Color Pigments
  • Fragrances
  • Dioxin
  • Parabens 
Don't just take my word for it look it up! & Please share anything you know on the subject with me. These chemicals not only threaten our health, but they threaten our beauty (some age skin and cause wrinkles), which is the very reason we use them. How ironic?!

Anyway, I'm in a researching frenzy right now. Next, I will be having a funeral for all my toxic products....I'll be sure to document any other findings and my journey to overall better health.



  1. Awesome post! I feel the same! I love me some makeup - but like everything I love, I use it in moderation.

    KIMBERLYLUXE + From A Wildflower

    1. Thanks Kimberly! Girl, moderation is definitely key. I'm finding a lot of alternative and less harmful products I'll be sharing soon!