So I’ve started looking into the chemicals used in cosmetics. It quickly became apparent that it is a bit of a minefield for someone like me who quit chemistry after GCSEs! I learnt that chemicals such as ethanolamine, 1,4-dioxane and DMDM hydantoin are in many products from moisturiser to shampoo and are known or suspected human carcegenics. There is a great organisation called The Campaign For Safer Cosmetics (http://www.safecosmetics.org) who have a wealth of information, and, after reading a bit more I decided that I needed to seriously change my beauty products. Why have I been filling my skin with such crap? I’ve been assuming I can trust the cosmetic companies to look after me! Silly ah?
I am lucky to have a friend Paula who makes natural soaps (https://www.facebook.com/paulassoapdeli) from ingredients like goats milk, shea butter and essential oils and which contain no parabans or other concerning ingrediants. I’d been using the body soaps for a while, but now, realised I also needed to give up bubble bath as it contains the likes of sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) and cocami-dopropyl betaine and are fragranced with synthetic chemicals such as persol, making them likely to cause skin irritation, allergic skin reactions and headaches. The more I read the more I realised bubble bath and shower gel are just not needed – they provide no benefits at all. I also started reading more about bicarbonate of soda. As I said in my last blog I have started using it to clean the house. But it seems baking soda bath can help neutralize skin acidity and promote elimination of toxins as well as help refresh, renew and soften dry skin. So after a bit of online research I now add a few tea spoons of bicarb to the bath, sometimes mixing with epsom salts and sometimes with tea tree or lemon essential oils. So far I love it. I’ve made the bicarb look a bit prettier in the bathroom by putting in in glass mason jars!
I’ve also thrown away the toner and moisturiser – yes really. I’ve always had rubbish, acne prone skin so was nervous about this. After a chat with Paula I’ve switched from cleanser and toner to Pink Himalayan Salt facial soap and replaced the moisturiser with oil. It seemed counter intuitive to use oil on my oily skin, but after doing a lot of research I decided to give it a go. I’m never going to have model skin, but I’ve been surprised that a few people have told me my skin looks clearer over the last week. The oil I’m using (from Paula again) comprises of organic jojoba oil, apricot kernal oil, wheat germ and lavender essential oil. I literally just use a few drops. I’d love to hear from others doing the same. It’s definitely a nice feeling using only natural things on my skin.