Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products!
Considering it takes less than a minute for chemicals in your skincare to enter your bloodstream it makes a plenty of sense to take a closer look at what you’re using on your skin and home every single day.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but lately there’s a real movement around educating ourselves about the ingredients inside of food, skincare, and house cleaning products. Thankfully the digital age is conveniently supplying us with some fantastic tools to help decipher what’s safe and what’s not. The toxic products on the market are too extensive to list individually (and their own individual ingredient lists are often even more extensive). It’s a very confusing exercise trying to work out what’s safe and what’s not.
The good news is some clever people have developed apps that can help you field the differences between different products.
Here are the best two apps for discerning shoppers:
Cost: Free. My all time favourite! Finding safer alternatives is a huge challenge. Although many products are labeled “all-natural” or “organic”, there is little transparency in labeling cosmetics. There was also no real tool out there for consumers to find information easily. Think Dirty® empowers and educates the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase. This app launched in 2013 and now has more than 1,134,710 products listed (and this list is growing all the time).
Cost: $10.99. Know what food additives and cosmetic ingredients to avoid The Chemical Maze was written to make it simpler and easier to recognise additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics having the potential to cause discomfort and ill-health. With this recognition comes freedom of choice and for many a new lease on life. Chemical Maze breaks down individual ingredients, and it contains extensive information which is handy for international shoppers.
This list of apps used to be bigger, but some of the other apps out there I'll no longer promote due to unethical practices like rating products that test on animals highly or, being American based hardly stock any common Australian products... bottom line, let's keep it simple!
I hope you found this info helpful!
♥ Kelly Lynne
Disclaimer. I am not paid for my reviews. My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years. I use various resources to find my information. An excellent resource to start with is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’. For more in-depth info see peer reviewed research journals, databases such as PubMed and specialized texts. You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface. My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.