Back in August, Daily Concepts received some love via Styleblazer when they recommended Your Body Scrubber in their 11 Back-to-School Beauty Picks. Then, in November, Daily Concepts’ Your Konjac Sponge was named number two in their Cold Weather Top 10.
Now, Daily Concepts’ Your Konjac Sponge has made the site’s 15 Non-Toxic Beauty Buys. Here’s our version of some XOXOs via the April 6 post from Courtney Leiva.
Are Your Favorite Beauty Products Toxic? 15 Non-Toxic Buys To Try!
Take it from us; cosmetic shopping can be a hassle, especially when it comes to trying to pronounce (let alone comprehend) the mysterious ingredients on the label.
As if that wasn’t enough, lots of toxic ingredients find their way into everyday products we know and use. Although avoiding these toxic beauty products altogether seems pretty impossible, there are resources to help you make better buying decisions.
Much like shopping for healthy food, it’s always best to pay attention to ingredients, according to Jeannie Jarnot, skincare ingredient expert and creator of Spa Heroes, a non-toxic beauty and skincare subscription service.
“When shopping for your skincare and beauty products, it’s really important to treat the process like shopping for your daily food necessities,” said Jarnot. “Labels can be overwhelming and difficult to read, and cosmetic ingredients are not regulated in the U.S., so unfortunately the burden is on the consumer to know what is in their products. Resources like Skin Deep, the Think Dirty App, or our own free pocket guide to Ingredient Intelligence available from Spa Heroes, arm you with helpful tools and information.”
Identifying the most toxic and commonly found ingredients, the Spa Heroes informative pocket guide simplifies the shopping process by breaking down the good and bad ingredients found inside your favorite cosmetic products. Detailing how these common cosmetic product ingredients benefit your skin or compromise your health, you can expect this eye-opening list to make it simple for you to be in the know on everything from healthy ‘superpower’ to toxic ‘villain’ ingredients.
“Neurotoxic Methylisothiazolinone, for example, is a prevalent cosmetic ingredient used in so many products, but can cause adverse effects on your health,” says Jarnot.
But why do formulators add such ingredients? According to Jarnot, many of these lab-created ingredients act as agents-to enhance the sensory appeal or preserve many beauty products.
“Ingredients are typically added to products to enhance the way they feel when being applied, giving them a certain glide or consistency,” she said. “Many ingredients on our list are also being used to enhance the scent or preserve the product from bacteria and extend its shelf life. One specific concern to be aware of is, an ingredient labeled as ‘fragrance.’ This term if not further defined, could contain any combination of ingredients, so it’s important to be on the lookout for products that don’t clearly define what makes up the fragrance.”
However, despite the overwhelming emphasis on bad ingredients, there are actually many superpower ingredients that Jarnot highly recommends.
“Believe it or not, there are so many active, effective and healthy skin care ingredients out there,” Jarnot said. “To name a couple, carrot and rosehip seed oils are great for anti-aging, while seaweed and algae ingredients are great for promoting healthy cell function and renewal. Many companies are starting to catch on and remove toxic ingredients, but we still have a long way to go. The beauty industry is starting to wake up and change for the better, and that’s exciting. For products with impeccable ingredient integrity, I love brands like Pour Le Monde, Kjaer Weis and Laurel Whole Plant Organics.”
Ready to revamp your beauty arsenal? Trust these 15 non-toxic buys to detox your beauty bag fast:
Coming in at #2:
Let natural konjac ($18, dailyconcepts.com) buff away any dry and dead skin cells lingering around your body.
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