Detoxing Your Beauty Routine


I went to the dermatologist a few weeks ago to talk about my hormonal breakouts and hyperpigmentation that has been a real beotch for the past few years.  I walked out with two products recommended by his physicians assistant to address both said issues.  One, a topical cream to apply every other day on my troubled darker spots, and a cleanser to use twice a day to help get rid of my breakouts.  I. Was. Stoked.

Beautiful skin here I come!

About a week after I began using these products, my skin started to get worse.  I was breaking out not only in my trouble spots, but in all new places, too.  My skin was going crazy.  It felt dry, and if it could have an emotion, it would be terribly sad.  I flipped over the little containers and began reading what was in each product.

Little did I know that toxic chemicals were lurking in the ingredients list.  Red dye #40 being amongst them, along with other ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.  I was pissed!  I had spent over $100 at the dermatologist, and ended up having even more skin issues than what I walked in with!  I threw out the bottles that were barely touched and began researching organic skincare.  After hours of research, I had found that simple ingredients such as “fragrance” or words like “natural” could be code for T.A.F.  (Toxic As F***).

U.S. Researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.  – David Suzuki Foundation


Here’s a list of popular ingredients found in beauty products you should avoid:

  • BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) & BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)
    • Used as a preservative in makeup and moisturizers- endocrine disruptors and linked to cancer
  • Coal Tar Dyes- p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as CI followed by numbers
    • Found in hair dyes – may cause cancer and heavy metal poisoning
  • DEA (Diethanolamine)
    • Used in creamy and foamy products like moisturizers and shampoos – linked to cancer
  • Phthalates
    • Used in cosmetics, mousse, room sprays, cologne, perfume, hairspray and nail polishes – linked to cancer
  • Formaldehyde (DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quarternium-15.)
    • Used in a wide variety of products (even baby shampoo!), and causes cancer.
  • Parabens
    • Used as a preservative in cosmetics – endocrine disrupters and can interfere with male reproductivity
  • Fragrance
    • Used in almost everything.  Can cause allergies or induce asthma; linked to cancer and neurotoxicity
  • PEG Compounds –  propylenepolyethylene glycol
    • Used in creamy products.  Can cause cancer
  • Petrolatum
    • Found in some hair products to add shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lipsticks, and lotion. Causes cancer.
  • Siloxanes
    • Endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxin
  • Sodium laureth sulfate &  sodium lauryl sulfate
    • Used in foaming products such as shampoo, bubble bath, cleansers – can cause cancer
  • Triclosan
    • found in toothpaste, antiperspirants, cleansers -endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance

“Nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients the FDA has determined are used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA or any other publicly accountable institution.”

-Environmental Working Group


We spend so much time and effort trying to eat properly, workout, do our yoga, and whatever else to take care of our body, why don’t we worry about what is being absorbed by it, too?

I now this all sounds a bit crazy.  My boyfriend for sure thinks I’m crazy, buying all this organic laundry detergent and spending the extra money on organic skincare.  In the long run, your skin will be so happy, your insides will be so happy, and well, who doesn’t like to be happy?  To avoid virulent additives, opt for organic skincare for your pampering and makeup application.

Brands to help to detox your beauty bag:

Make Up

Jane Iredale:  I cannot get enough of her high-grade mineral products.  I am religious with her BB cream (I use BB7) and their Quad Bronzer in Rose Dawn and have recently purchased her In Touch Highlighter stick.  Although the price tag is a bit steeper than some of our favorite drugstore brands, a little goes a long way and it actually improves your skin with every application.  There’s no yucky stuff that will make you age faster or pollute your blood stream (yes everything you put on your skin gets absorbed to that btw).  This line has everything you need from eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick, to BB Cream, mineral powder, blushes, and bronzers!

Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin. – Jane Iredale

Ilia Beauty:  This brand is dedicated to creating truly organic, good for you makeup products while not sacrificing the quality of how well it works.  The packaging is chic and simple.  The products are certified cruelty free, organic, and gluten-free.  I love their lip glosses and tinted lip conditioners!

Our skin is our largest organ, and can absorb just about anything we put to its surface. -Ilia


Juice Beauty: This was the first skincare line I came across when I began my research for organic beauty items.  Formulated with good things like Jojoba oil, aloe vera, grapeseed, and shea, Juice Beauty really offers the best of the best, not adding extra water or toxic chemicals to take up space in their containers.  I love their STEM CELLULAR Eye Treatment, STEM CELLULAR CC Cream, STEM CELLULAR Cleansing Oil, STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Cream, and Green Apple Peel.

Juice Beauty’s chemists start with an organic botanical juice base and then add powerful skin care ingredients. Formulations packed with nutrients so every antioxidant-rich drop can feed your skin. -Juice Beauty

Tata Harper: Tata produces their products, from their farm, in their own lab, working with chemists, botanists, biologists, and integrative medicine practitioners from all around the world to stay on top of their organic beauty practices and produciton methods.  Although this line is $$$ expensive, you won’t find any other products like theirs.  I fell in love with their Resurfacing Mask and Rejuvenating Serum

Synthetic ingredients and potentially toxic chemicals have no place in the products we use on our skin every day. – Tata Harper

Do you use organic skin care?!  

What are your favorite brands?

Let me know below!!

xx- J


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