Beauty

I Am A Beauty Junkie

I have been for a long time.  I used my lunch money in middle school to buy eyeshadow, and on a recent girls trip to the Bahamas, I was the only one that could not fit her cosmetics in a carry on bag.  I would rather have eyeliner choices than shoe choices.  But I am in re-hab!  I am overhauling my cosmetics and have switched over to natural products (although my Chanel foundation has not found it’s way into the trash just yet).

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it absorbs 60% of what you put on it.  Women put about 168 chemicals on their body daily.  The FDA is not required to test products for safety, and most ingredients are not approved before a product is sold.  Over 1,000 ingredients have been banned in Europe, but only 11 here in the US. Click here to view the  ingredients  you want to avoid , and the dangers they pose.

WHAT SHOULD I BE USING?

Where should you start?  A jar of coconut oil is a good place! If you are unaware of the wonders of coconut oil, you have been living under a rock are in for a treat!  This is a beauty miracle in a jar. It can be used as face wash , moisturizer, make up remover, toothpaste, deodorant, and probably 70 other ways.  I think if I had one thing I could bring to a deserted island, this would be it (and  mascara…).  Also, read the labels; just like you are (hopefully) doing with your kitchen items.  Know what you are putting in and on your body.  Look for natural ingredients, like aloe, plant oils, and butters.  Or make your own products!  That will be another post so be on the look out!  The two most important skin care swaps initially are probably cleansers and moisturizers.  You can get lots of natural beauty products at Target (I like the Pacifica face wash and Andalou face mask).  Sephora has a great selection, and you can’t go wrong in Whole Foods beauty section.

HOW TO CHECK MY PRODUCTS?

The Environmental Working Group is a great source of information for looking up potential hazards in cosmetic and beauty products.  They have an online profile with easy to navigate ratings on a wide range of products, and a ton of great information.   I also have an app on my phone called Think Dirty, where you can scan products using their bar code to find out what ingredients are in it and if they are potentially dangerous.

Good luck, and take it slow! When you run out of a product, replace it with a natural one.  In time, you will feel better about what your putting on your skin, and you will even look better, too!  Now go out and buy some coconut oil.ive-got-99-problems-and-coconut-oil-solved-like-86-13161187

 

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “I Am A Beauty Junkie

  1. Had to laugh about your “addiction” as a youngster…how I remember those trips to the drug store. Not to mention your famous line about brown in your crease…LOL!

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  2. Do you use the coconut oil as a liquid? Or put it in the fridge? I only eat organic food so why am I using just anything on my face? I have switched to Carol’s Daughter shampoo and conditioner- what do you think of those?

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    1. Hi Carolyn,
      I use the coconut oil straight out of the jar, and I do not put it in the refrigerator. In the warmer weather it will get a little soft. I think that Carol’s Daughter is a good choice ( and has a great name!) Most of the shampoo’s got a 4 rating on EWG , but one got a 7 so you might want to look yours up. Miss you!

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      1. Hi- I was wondering if you could recommend a body lotion with SPF in it that doesn’t get a 9 from Think Dirty?

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