Non Toxic Beauty Products

Non Toxic Beauty Products

The push toward using natural beauty products and consequently, the natural beauty industry, is growing. Now more than ever before, consumers can vote with their money and choose safe and healthy alternatives for their beauty products. The skin is the largest of our organs and absorbs more than 50% of what we put on it. As such, as mindful consumers we need to be aware, and critical, of any products we use on our skin. Largely, we need to steer clear of beauty products which list any of these in their ingredients: phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol. For a more comprehensive list of toxic chemicals used in the beauty industry, visit the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skindeep Database which lists skincare products according to their toxicity.

A basic skin care routine includes a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. Scrubs, serums and masks may be considered ‘nice-to-have’ additions, although some skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, enlarged pores or acne may make them essentials for some people.

Here is a compilation of safe and non-toxic skin care products to suit different budgets:

Cleanser:

 Odacite Rejuvenating Cleanser A creamy cleanser containing organic plant extracts, fresh aloe vera, cold-pressed oils and floral water.

100% Pure Organic Cucumber Juice Facial Cleansing Foam A gentle foaming facial cleanser that soothes and hydrates with cucumber juice, rose hydrosol, and green tea.

 Acure Facial Cleansing Creme A super-gentle creamy cleanser containing organic olive oil, Moroccan argan oil, and antioxidants like rosehips.

Scrub:

 Tammy Fender Epi-peel This scrub gently and efficiently removes the accumulation of dead surface cells, as it brightens and polishes the skin with rosemary and purifying clay.

 Aster & Bay Dandelion Face Grains This all-natural scrub contains a blend of delicate botanical exfoliants chosen for their unique anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

 Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub Natural fruit enzymes, jojoba beads, and refined bamboo stem powder gently polish the skin without irritating or tearing the surface.  

Toner:

 Vered Herb Infused Toner A blend of soothing, antibacterial and antifungal herbs that soothe and balance skin, leaving skin hydrated and calm.

 S.W. Basics Toner Organic raw apple cider vinegar helps even skin tone and neutralizes pH.

 Glossier Soothing Face Mist Gentle and natural skin soother with rose water that helps skin attract and retain moisture.

Serum:

 Arcona Gentle Solution Gentle nighttime treatment for dry and sensitive skin repairs resurfaces skin with gentle natural exfoliants lactic and glycolic acid.

 Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum Exfoliates the skin, improving the appearance of sun-damaged, aging skin.

 Acure Radical Resurfacing Treatment Restores balance and surface tone to skin while protecting against free radical damage.

Moisturizer:

 Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream An anti-aging cream that soothes, nurtures, and moisturizes skin with squalene oil and hyaluronic acid.

 Living Libations Rose Glow Face Creme A soothing, hydrating blend of healing botanicals and anti-inflammatory rose

 Aubrey Organics EveryDay Basics Moisturizer A replenishing daily moisturizer with argan oil and aloe vera.

Mask:

 May Lindstrom The Problem Solver This intense correcting mask purifies and tightens pores, with anti-inflammatory antioxidants like cacao, charcoal and warming spices.

 Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask An instant solution for dull skin – delivers instant glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves texture using fruit enzymes and pink clay.

 Mountain Rose Herbs Kaolin Clay This cosmetic clay helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it.

Sunscreen:

 ColoreScience Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 This powder mineral sunscreen offers everyday broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and allows for simple re-application throughout the day.

 Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen SPF 30 This sunscreen combines organic botanicals of neem, Shatavari and rose with Zinc Oxide to protect against UV rays.

 Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm SPF 30 An antioxidant-rich BB cream with broad spectrum protection to defend against UVA/UVB rays.

Can we change our emotional wiring?

Can we change our emotional wiring?

We all know people who are chronically unhappy, no matter what circumstances they might be going through. Negativity seems to be the name of their game. As a normally positive person who is perhaps too quick to see the silver lining in a situation, I find this attitude frustrating. I wish I could bring such a person around to my point of view, show them that the world is a more rewarding, forgiving and happier place than what they would like to believe.

Of late, I began to wonder if we control our emotional wiring. Not our emotional state which of course is changeable according to temporary external stimuli, such as stress at work, a disagreement with a co-worker, an unexpected financial hit, children falling sick etc. Emotional wiring refers to our disposition as individuals. Are we born negative or do we become negative as a result of our experiences to the extent that we cannot recognize positive life experiences?

An Australian study by Bruce Headey and Alexander Wearing (1989) on subjective well-being posited that we have a ‘wellbeing baseline’ that we return to despite the emotional fluctuations brought about by life events. The pioneering neuroscientist Richard Davidson, author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, can tell by scanning a person’s brain how likely he or she is to be positive or negative, resilient, self-aware or socially sensitive.

It might be easy to think that you are stuck with the emotional blueprint you are born with. However, even if you think you are genetically predisposed to 50 per cent of your emotions, then what controls the other 50 per cent?

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a Professor of Psychology from the University of California and Ken Sheldon, a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Missouri teamed up to answer just this question. They demonstrated through 51 randomized interventions, that people can learn to be happier and more positive. Their research showed that people prompted to engage in intentional positive activities, such as thinking gratefully, mindfully and positively reported being significantly happier.

Of course, underlying all this, and at the core of becoming a happier and more positive personality, is the need to identify that you are at the negative side of the emotional spectrum. Without this realization, no amount of research or positivity-boosting mental exercises will help in changing your emotional state!