We are slowly getting more and more aware of the positive and negative (side) effects of different things we consume and apply to our body. From garments, textiles, ingredients, food, what we listen to, read, get viewed, etc. This also applies to skincare. Suddenly we are much more aware of what the products consists of and what they potentially can do to us – and it’s here the difficult choices starts to emerge. Many are ought to believe that it stands between effectivity or non-toxic ingredients.
– And its difficult to navigate in what SoMe, influencers, brands, etc. say; who to trust and who not to, and how it affects you.
Another dilemma that may arise, is what all the new and different terms actually mean and cover? Is organic the best to choose, or should it be vegan? Should you refrain from buying something because it isn’t X or Y?
We advice you to simply choose non-toxic products.
Organic vs. Non-toxic Ingredients: What’s The Difference?
Organic is a broad term… which is why we overall would avoid products labeled only as organic… Basically, organic means anything that is living. Though it is in the broadest sense understood to refer to the product’s agricultural ingredients, grew without pesticides or human-made fertilizers. There are different variations of ‘organic’-terms – some that haven’t even gone through any certification.
On the other hand; just because something has a certified sticker, doesn’t mean it necessarily are good for you or your skin. It’s the same POV you have to have on ‘natural’, which is applied even further, and has no law or certification connected to it. Some plants are poisonous, non-sensitizing, and irritating to the skin. Many different elements in plants, berries, flowers, trees, and greens can have a negative effect on your skin.
So if you’re looking for ingredients and products being sensitive to your skin, and ‘taking care’ of it – we’d advice you to look after non-toxic in your skincare. Non-toxic ‘protects’ more than other terms, if you’re looking for products that are safer for you.
Toxic Ingredients in Skin Products
A clear definition of non-toxic ingredients are still in the making. The scientific community is ever evolving and still has debates regarding different ingredients, and which are harmful and which aren’t. So it makes sense that it’s confusing for everybody, trying to find their way in the world of skincare.
So we want to give you a tip that has helped us navigating in which ingredients to opt in and out of. The tip is simply to find the ingredients that are on ‘the forbidden list’ or on the verge of ending up on it – and to avoid those!
- Parabens and phtalates: likely endocrine disruptors
- Formaldehyde: carcinogenic allergen
- Fragrance: can contain and include other toxic ingredients – that companies aren’t required to disclose -, cause allergic reactions, irritation, etc.
- Sulfates: irritants that can strip the skin of its natural oils
Highlight The positive: Vegan, Non-Toxic Ingredients in Skincare
We don’t think that companies use the above mentioned ingredients in their products to intentionally cause harm. They are used for reasons; because they can have a positive impact on the product. And thus it’s companies, like Boë’s, job to find ingredients that are better.
An example could be that instead of using sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a chemical that lets soap cut through grease. A non-toxic ingredient and alternative could be Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB). CAPB is derived from coconuts or manufactured synthetically. It’s a gentle fatty acid and surfactant that bonds with dirt, oil, and impurities, and thus cleansed and removes them from your skin. CAPB also has a hydrating effect on your skin.
Parabens has also for many years been a favourite preservative, for many brands. Parabens has the ability to keep i.e., lotions, shampoos, and cleansers ‘shelf-stable’. But parabens are also known for creating irritation, sensitization, hormone disruption. In order to avoid parabens, some companies might use ingredients that, on their own, are stable. These alternatives could be non-toxic ingredients like natural oils, which can prevent other ingredients from losing potency or going bad.
Go For Science, Not Toxins
If you sometimes also feel like you either can choose between ineffective organic products or toxin-laden, with parabens and endocrine disruptors… then you’re not alone. Sometimes it feels like its either ‘protect your body, but it won’t be effective’, or ‘f*ck your body, but it’ll function like you wish’.
But it hasn’t got to be like that. There is a third option.
You can choose clean. Opt in for ingredients that are science backed, effective and plant-derived. Clean products are it. They are the middleground between exclusively using plant-derived ingredients, and synthetically produced/made in a lab. It’s the perfect combination of being safe, and getting the most out of your products.
In example, if you wish to increase collagen production, reduce fine lines, and hydrate your skin – and it should be clean products. Then you’d want to go for ingredients like glycoin, bakuchiol, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. The majority of these ingredients can help you achieve the aforementioned results.
Avoid Essential Oils
If you’re leaning more towards using plant-based ingredients, due to their health and beauty-effects, then you could often see yourself purchasing products containing essential oils. Products containing essential oils are fine natural alternatives, to some extent, for some chemicals. But they actually might also damage your skin. Some essential oils are naturally irritants and/or allergens. They can trigger various kinds of reactions, such as dermatitis, rashes, sensitization, breakouts, or other allergic reactions – even to people who weren’t initially allergic.
As it is with added and artificial fragrances, you’d be better off without these ingredients and essential oils.
From Nothing to Something
Some companies want their products to seem even more effective – than they might actually be. And for this, they typically use alcohol, which helps with absorption. However, when using this trick, the skin might dry out in the process. Though there are alternatives. One of those are fatty alcohols, that can moisturize your skin, without irritating it.
Another additive that sometimes is being used in lotions is silicone – that actually has no benefit to the skin. Instead, go for products that contain moisturizing oils, like hydrogenated ethylhexyl olivate, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil or helianthus annuus seed oil. Or fatty acids like butyrospermum parkii butter. What moisturizing oils and fatty acids can do, is resemble the skin’s own fat molecules, and therefore obtain a long lasting, and hydrating effect.
Some might even double up, because they provide antioxidants that helps protecting the skin against damaging sun and environmental effects – while they also repair the skin barriers and keeps the moisture in lock.
As some non-toxic ingredients are working as multitasking agents, you won’t need nearly as many products to keep your skin happy and solve your concerns.
So this actually means; going clean with non-toxic skincare is much easier, cheaper, time efficient, and healthier. And last but not least, non-toxic works even better.
At Boë we have sensitive skin as our default
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