Why do I love natural beauty?
When my mother decided I was old enough to wear makeup, we took a trip to my local health food store, and I was allowed to try out natural lip gloss, foundation, and eyeshadow to my heart’s content. Since that time, I’ve floated back and forth between brands and products, all the while teaching myself more and more about the sketchy chemicals in oh-so-many conventional products. I’ve worked at a health food store, and also as an editor at a natural health magazine, always learning as much on the subject as possible.
These days, going green is far from niche. Although natural health food stores are still wonderful places to discover green beauty finds, a lot of great natural products can now be found at drugstores, grocery stores, spas, and almost any speciality beauty store. The formulas have also evolved, so not only is there more selection, but they’re also nicer to wear and work better. Natural beauty can finally compete with their conventional counterparts!
Why go au naturel?
The reasons for choosing natural beauty products are numerous:
- Many chemicals in conventional beauty products are harmful to our health, as well as to the environment and wildlife. Ultimately, the government doesn’t protect us from harmful ingredients as much as we’d like to think it does.
- The dose may not, as they say, “make the poison.” New research is showing that chemicals may have different effects at different concentrations, and some have negative effects in small doses.
- Contrary to what we often think, many ingredients in products used topically can indeed be absorbed internally.
- Believe it or not, ingredient lists don’t always tell us everything that’s in the products.
For a full discussion of these reasons, please check out my article on the subject: Cosmetic Safety.
A few of my favourite articles:
I’ve been fortunate to be able to write quite a few articles on the subject of natural beauty and skin care. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Cosmetic Safety: Read for an in-depth look at why we should be avoiding chemicals in cosmetics.
- New Beauty Trends: Here’s a fun discussion of how natural cosmetics have evolved, and are now competing with conventional cosmetics.
- Best Hair Practices: Natural beauty includes hair care too! In this article, I’ve interviewed hair experts on how to take care of your luxurious locks.
- Toxins in Beauty Products: Learn what to avoid in cosmetics, and how to choose safer options.
- I Woke Up Like This: This is a fun article on how to apply makeup to achieve a natural look.
- Skin Care Tips for Children: Children, from toddlers to teens, have unique skin concerns. Here’s how to tackle them naturally.
- Skin Care Through the Ages: Natural skin care concerns and solutions, for every decade of your life.
- Don’t Sweat It: Deodorants can be a particularly challenging product to buy. Here’s how to choose a natural version you’ll love.
Want to learn more about natural beauty? Here are some of my favourite organizations and resources that promote safe, nontoxic beauty and skincare:
- Environmental Defence: A wonderful Toronto-based group that focuses on toxins of all kinds, but also devotes a lot of time and resources on toxins in cosmetics with their “Just Beautiful” campaign.
- The Ecoholic book series: Adria Vasil provides a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to safer products for all areas of daily life, including cosmetics and skincare.
- David Suzuki Foundation: A Vancouver-based environmental organization that often publishes articles on chemicals in cosmetics and provides great DIY recipes.
- Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database: It’s American, but it’s one of the best! Learn about nearly every ingredient, and look up products before you buy them.
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Again, US-based, but still great.
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck: A gripping, eye-opening look at chemicals in our everyday lives. Its sequel, Toxin Toxout, is also a stellar read.