Understanding Healthy Cosmetics
By Ashley Sachs Creator of Blended, Licensed Esthetician, Reiki Level 2 Certified
Understanding how to find Healthy Cosmetics (i.e. Green Beauty, Natural Beauty, Clean Beauty) is confusing. As we discussed in my previous blog What Does â€˜Naturalâ€™ Cosmetics Mean? The word Natural can be misleading, as is the term â€˜Chemical-Freeâ€™ when used to describe cosmetics.
This point can be proven in one sentence: Water (Dihydrogen Monoxide) is a chemical, and any liquid product that you use (lotions, serums, foundations, etc.) includes water, thus, the term â€œchemical-freeâ€ when describing Cosmetics is scientifically inaccurate.
To emphasize just how gullible we as consumers are, the parody website http://www.dhmo.org/ was created to describe all of the dangerous side effects of water, something we drink every day, all day, much less put it on our skin.
Although you should educate yourself on what ingredients are, you should absolutely not be deterred from using a product just because you can not pronounce the name. Legally, it is required that cosmetics label their ingredients with INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) terminology. For example the INCI name for Coconut Oil Fractionated is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, and we know that Coconut Oil (like water) is typically not an ingredient to be scared of.
According to Formula Botanica, it is irrelevant if an ingredient was picked straight from nature or created synthetically in a lab when it comes to the safety of a product. There are lots of plants that are lethal to humans much less could be irritating to our skin.
So how do we decipher between products that are safe and beneficial to our health (internally and externally) and products that are harmful?
First it is important to remember that our skinâ€™s purpose is to protect us from harmful ingredients as well as the elements. It is a myth that 60% to 90% of everything that you put on your skin goes directly into your bloodstream. There is no scientific way to prove a guaranteed number on what we absorb because there are so many varying factors such as: the health of our skin, the ingredients of the product, the delivery system of the products, etc.
To further the scientific argument that not everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream is referred to as the 500 Dalton Rule. This rule states that the molecular weight of a compound must be under 500 Daltons to allow skin absorption. As a reference point, most allergens are under 500 Daltons, pharmacological agents are under 550 Daltons and topical drugs used in transdermal delivery systems are under 500 Daltons and collagen (a well-known skin-enhancing and highly-marketable ingredient) is 15,000 to 50,000 Daltons.
This is why the advancement of serums and high-tech modality facials promoting themselves as being able to penetrate ingredients into your skin continue to be on the rise. Another popular trend in skin-care is skin-enhancing drinks and supplements arguing ingesting ingredients versus applying them topically will produce better results.
When it comes to detoxing your cosmetics, your standards for skin care should be the first on your priority list, then makeup. Skincare is designed (or at least marketed) to penetrate the skin in order to reach and effect deep layers of your skinâ€™s biology. Makeup on the other hand is designed to sit on top of your skin, not penetrate it. So first, make sure your skin care is safe.
As my research continues, I will be providing you with lots more information about ingredients to look for and to avoid. In the meantime, if you want to know more about the ingredients that are currently in your products, you can search any ingredient on EWGâ€™s (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep Database. EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
I have entered every single ingredient, of every single product I use in my custom blends, in EWGâ€™s database and am proud to report Blended Cosmetics are safe (especially considering the minuscule amount of ingredients used on a daily basis)
My makeup motto is always less is more and so Iâ€™ve made a choice to use makeup that I know will get results on all skin types and is safe according to EWGâ€™s standards.
The purpose of cosmetics is to enhance your appearance or the health of your skin, so what would be the point of using a product that is not harmful but makes you look bad? Or a product that is harmful to you but makes you look fantastic? That is a choice you have to make for yourself, but be assured that when you use Blended Cosmetics, and any product that I recommend, will be safe AND beneficial to your goal to look and feel beautiful from the inside out.
I hope this helps you feel more confident about the products you are using and when shopping for new products! If you would like to try Custom Blended Cosmetics, I would love for you to schedule a Virtual Consultation!