When it comes to cosmetics, similar to packaged food, we see labels like “natural” and “organic” that make us think it’s the healthiest option. Surprisingly, these labels legally mean nothing. Due to major loopholes in federal law, cosmetics can be labeled “natural,” “organic,” “green,” “non-toxic,” and nearly any other word that comes to mind without containing ingredients that accurately meet those descriptions. Here’s the “definition” of these terms so you know when you are shopping cosmetics.
Category: Skin Care
Most of us do not think of our skin as the largest organ in our body, but it is and consequently it plays a vital role in our overall health. Also healthy skin on the outside is reflective of our heath on the inside. Our skin absorbs and excretes both nutrients and toxins, therefore what is in the products that we apply to our skin is vitally important. Many cosmetics, including shampoos and make-up, contain a frightening cocktail of chemicals that can have a dangerous impact on health. Unfortunately, there is little regulation of the cosmetic industry except by the industry itself.
Learn about ingredients to avoid, organizations that are making a difference and safer choices to use.
People’s obsessions can be anything from shoes to cars. Most of us have something we collect, treasure, research, admire or lust after. My obsession is with skin and finding ingredients in nature that enhance, repair, heal and protect it. I get giddy over things we have in our cupboards that can transform skin. I love to find the latest “skin miracle” at my local grocery store.
The skin is your biggest organ and a window into what’s going on inside your body. Skin issues such as rosacea, eczema, acne, etc., are evidence that there’s something going on inside the gut. In layman terms: by fixing your gut, you can clear up your skin! It can be that simple.
What Cosmetics Companies Won’t Tell You About The Heavy Metals
In the world of medicine, it’s been quite a year of outstanding studies and warnings. Here are the most popular articles on medicine, medications, chemicals, water and sleep from 2015.
Winter can be harsh on your skin. We’re constantly inside with heaters, which cause dryness and dehydration, and the time spent outside can result in face damage from the nature’s elements, like wind, ice and extreme cold. Here are some tips to keep your skin beautiful this winter:
You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system, an internationally recognized way of standardizing labels on cosmetic products. It’s designed to help companies stay consistent, minimize language barriers, and provide consumers with greater transparency.
As Beautycounter’s Head of Environment, Health, and Safety, Mia Davis receives many questions about skincare ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”
Just as important as what you put in your body, what you put on your body is key to optimal health. Here are our favorite natural beauty products. Tell us yours in comments below.
A number of studies have shown us that our tap water can be contaminated with chemicals. What are these chemicals doing to your skin?
You splash it on to rinse your face, but you also spend hours a week showering and bathing in it. Over a period of years, your skin could be exposed to a lot of chemicals simply because you wash regularly.
Is there a way to protect yourself, outside of investing a mint into distilled water? Fortunately, there is.