Head-to-Toe Non-Toxic Skincare

You know that non-clumping mascara you love? That irresistibly tingly lip gloss? The puffy under-eye circle cream? They all have one thing in common: chemicals. All those dazzling effects come at a high price (and I’m not talking about sticker tags, here).

In order for many beauty products to work their magic, manufacturers add substances such as sulfates (which make extra-bubbly body washes), phthalates (for less-stiff hairspray), lead (to make lipstick “pearly”), parabens (to keep bacteria at bay) and fragrances (which may be concocted from a shocking number of chemicals, expertly blended to make you smell just like a fresh-picked flower).

Moisturize naturally with Out of Africa wild-crafted raw shea butter.

Moisturize naturally with Out of Africa wild-crafted raw shea butter.

What most people don’t think about (I know, that mirror can be distracting) is that once these substances are slathered on your skin, lips or scalp, they seep in. Your body absorbs them. And the effects aren’t pretty””at least not on the inside. Chemicals in cosmetics and skincare products can actually harm your health. Is looking good really worth the risk?

Luckily, you don’t have to worry about it. Natural skincare products and cosmetics are everywhere today (including right here at Vitacost.com!). These popular alternatives are made with herbal extracts, vegetable oils (mmm, coconut) and other plant-derived ingredients that are safer, healthier and still bring out the beauty in you.

Here are some of my favorites. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

“¢ Have sensitive skin? Aloe vera is your friend. Wash away the day’s dirt with Devita Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser. It’s 100 percent natural, made with soothing aloe and essential oils.

“¢ Weather isn’t the only thing that wreaks havoc on your complexion. Skip the chemical creams and fight flaky, dry skin with hydrating moisturizers made from luxurious shea butter or coconut oil. I love Out of Africa Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter in a delicious vanilla scent, which can be used to soften hands, elbows, feet and even dry, chapped lips.

“¢ Don’t leave home without it! Natural sunscreen is your best bet for serious skin protection, no matter what the season. Devita makes a paraben-free, SPF-30 Solar Protective Moisturizer that’s feather light, goes on great under makeup and was specially designed to not trigger breakouts. It’s vegan-friendly, too.

“¢ If you’re worried about lines, creases and dark spots, all-natural, antioxidant-rich topical serums help fight free radical enemies (brought on by UV sun exposure, smoking, stress and””you guessed it“”chemicals). Our CSI Antioxidant Serum provides potent plant-derived antioxidants to help shield skin from all the environmental bad guys.

“¢ A good, long soak in the tub is the perfect ending to your busy day. Relax and unwind with Deep Steep Organic Bubble Bath, made with aromatic organic herbs and available in ahhhh-inducing scents such as Lavender-Chamomile, Grapefruit-Bermagot, Tangerine-Melon and Honeydew-Spearmint.


The Beauty Boss is written by our staff editors Rebecca Chopin and Katie Kaleita, who work closely with the Vitacost.com beauty department experts to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information on natural beauty and antiaging tips and trends. Have a beauty question or want to suggest a product for Vitacost.com to carry? Email beauty.boss@vitacost.com.


About The Beauty Boss

The Beauty Boss blogs are compiled by our staff editors Rebecca Chopin and Katie Kaleita, who work closely with the Vitacost.com beauty department experts to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information on natural beauty and anti-aging tips and trends.

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4 comments on «Head-to-Toe Non-Toxic Skincare»

  1. silver price says:

    one of the hardest products for me to use is sunscreen, which isn’t great because I have extremely pale skin. my skin is very sensitive to silicones, mineral oil, and chemical sunscreen (even euro brands). physical blocks have their own set of problems; most are greasy and/or have a white cast and a gritty feel. This stuff is great though. the ingredients are all natural, and it uses a very good form of micronized zinc so there is no white cast or gritty feel. however, this is not a moisturizer per se. I suppose if you have oily skin you could use this as a moisturizer, but barring that you will need to layer it over a moisturizer. This is a sunscreen only for me. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started wearing this every, and for once it’s nice to be able to go outside for 10 minutes without getting burned! this is also a great base for mineral makeup. I’m getting ready to purchase my second jar of this and just couldn’t be happier.

  2. michele says:

    Not all sulfates are bad. I prefer paraben preservatives over infection from poorly preserved products. Did you know some are used at very low amounts like 0.5%?

  3. Carissa says:

    Everyone knows that parabens are used in low percentages in most products. The problem lies in the build up of these parabens in our systems over the 10, 15, 20 plus years that we have all been using multiple products containing these chemical preservatives. Think about how many products you apply topically on a daily basis which contain a “low amount” of parabens & multiply it by how many days, months, or years that you have been exposing yourself to these chemicals. Experts have found that the build-up of parabens in the body can & does lead to problems not least of which is a link to cancer. Specifically, breast cancer in women. If you do any research at all, you will find more than enough compelling information supported by official studies that would make you want to think twice before choosing chemical preservatives over natural ones. By the way, there are actually many very effective, all natural/organic (they are not one in the same) essential oils that have excellent anti microbial properties and can be used as alternative to parabens. Most will also have many pleasant benefits in addition to preserving a products shelf life such as aroma therapeutic, anti aging, healing, & antiseptic effects. Make an informed choice.

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