TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products

img_1726In today’s episode we’re going to be talking low-tox skincare… because as the creator of Ecology Skincare, one of the most common topics I get asked about, is which skincare ingredients should we avoid and how can we choose more natural skincare options.

And it’s natural that once we get our nutrition dialled in, once we’ve cleaned up our diet and we’re looking better, feeling better and have more headspace …that we then take a look at what other aspects of our lifestyle we can “clean up” …and for both of us skincare was a biggie!

The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily” ~ The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

We chat about:

  • Where we started when we started thinking about going low-tox
  • Overusing coconut oil on the skin and how natural products can be still really irritating for people with eczema or sensitive skin
  • What we used to use on our skin and how that’s changed over time
  • How deodorants work and the quest to find a good natural deodorant that doesn’t irritate
  • What comedogenic is – aka acne causing ingredients
  • Defending against scaremongering, what really affects absorption into the skin
  • How to simplify your skincare regime, using less products and using them less often – like using Konjac Sponges for cleansing
  • The Dirty Dozen Ingredients to avoid in your skincare and personal care products and their better alternatives
  • #1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate
  • #2 Parabens
  • #3 Fragrance or Parfum
  • #4 DEA, TEA and MEA
  • #5 Phthalates
  • #6 Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, DMDM hydration, Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall), Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide)
  • #7 Mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin oil
  • #8 PEG
  • #9 Triclosan
  • #10 Coal tar and coal tar dyes (look for p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene and colors that begin in “CI” followed by a 5 digit number e.g. CI 19140)
  • #11 Silicones and silioxones
  • #12 BHA and BHT
  • How to start making the transition and simplifying your skincare regime
  • What ‘green washing’ is
  • Scrutinising the top 1/3 of ingredients more than the rest of the ingredient list. These ingredients account for 95% of the contents of the product ~ Nicole Biljsma
  • Crystal’s eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin, use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free



FREE DOWNLOAD – Ecology Bathroom Detox Checklist



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