I admit, sometimes I’m one of those who tend to jump on the band wagon rather quickly after doing some fast and minor research. Meaning, I should probably read more in-depth about things to get a better handle on it.
I heard about this thing called paraben a few years ago, and it was one of the first things I actively searched for in the ingredients list of products I used on my body. At the time, it wasn’t at the forefront of mainstream media, and I was reading random articles on the internet to figure it out what it was and what it did. The main gist I got from the readings was that it wasn’t good for you and was potentially harmful. Upon hearing that, I thought, hmmm, maybe I should be proactive and try to limit the number of products I use that contain parabens.
Now it seems to be a term that’s quite common and more people are talking about it. For example, you can read about it on notable environmentalist David Suzuki’s website here or read about what Best Health magazine says about parabens. OK, I understand that sometimes fear mongering happens within the media and we read about something and panic starts to set in and sometimes chaos may ensue. So my advice is to be informed and make the best decision that works best for you. Also, sometimes it’s not financially possible to go totally toxic free, and so you might have to pick and choose. I admit, I’m not as diligent in terms of making sure EVERYTHING I use is paraben free or has the least amount of toxins, but I try to make a concerted effort to limit contact with them as much as possible.
If you also want to see how toxic the products you use are, you can check out EWG’s Skin Deep’s Cosmetics database which provides detailed ingredients listings for most of the major products out there. According to the site, “every product added to Skin Deep is carefully reviewed by EWG staff to identify product type, product use and composition, target demographic, and special product claims.” They also rate products based on how toxic they are. Sometimes when I’m standing in the organics skin care aisle, bombarded by all the different types of brands, I’ll go to the website to compare brands which in turns helps me make a better decision. It’s super helpful.
Here is a list of items I like to use that I think are cleaner than some, and that in my case, because of my super sensitive skin, works really well for me.
Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream
The Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream is a thicker heavier cream, but slathers on really nicely and makes me skin feel super hydrated. In fact, since I started using it, those annoying little pimples that have been a constant visitor to my forehand have been reduced significantly. I’m not sure if it’s the cream or the weather, but it’s working for me. I’ve used some of their other products as well and have had good experiences. So it’s definitely a brand that I trust, and would try out other items in their line.
The Soap Works Pure Vegetable Glycerine Soap
I LOVE The Soap Works’ Pure Vegetable Glycerine soap. I actually use it on both my body and face and haven’t had any issues. I’ve been using it for over a year now, and it has never let me down. As one who has had constant skin issues (I was that kid with the eczema all over her body for a very long time) and always on the lookout for products that won’t irritate or make my skin flare up, this product works so well for me. I also love the fact that they’re a small Canadian company who’s doing so well.
Amaterasu Ultra Volume Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner
Okay, quick caveat. This brand was started by a very good friend of mine, Sara Au Yeong. She is a makeup artist, and ever since we met she has been my very own personal makeup advisor. I’ve tried many different brands because of her, and have learned all my techniques from lessons she’s given me. So you can imagine how excited I was when she started her own line. Amaterasu products are really good, I mean really good, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend, and also the fact that I help her with her company too. Before working with her, I avidly used all of the Amaterasu products because they worked. I’ve got oily lids, and finding smudge proof mascara was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I tried everything from drugstore brands to high end ones, and I would always end the day looking in the mirror at the dark smudges under my eyes. It got the point where I tried wearing clear mascara to get around it. But when Sara introduced me to her mascaras, I was hooked and haven’t used anything else ever since. She also introduced me to the Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner at a time when I was afraid of using liquid eyeliners because I didn’t know how. But with her guidance and tips, I can’t imagine using anything else. The bonus is that everything is paraben free and it’s a Canadian company too.
Andalou Naturals DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum
I randomly picked up the Andalou Naturals DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum on a shopping trip to Winners. Sometimes I like to go to their natural skincare section to see what items they have. This one was sitting there and I read the ingredients list and description and was intrigued, so I decided to give it a go. I think the fact that it has SPF in it was also a selling point for me too. It’s nice and light and goes on rather smooth and has been good for my skin. The only thing is that my skin can get overly dry, and this product is rather light, so sometimes I feel it doesn’t quite give enough moisture coverage, but other than that, it’s great.
Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil
If you’re looking for a light oil-based moisturizer, then the Desert Essence Jojoba Oil is a good pick. When I was told that Jojoba Oil was a good face moisturizer I definitely had my doubts as I thought using this would make me break out. But surprisingly it doesn’t leave that oily feeling on my skin. It absorbs quickly and easily. It’s also great to use on the hair, when you want to just tame some flyaways or just give your hair a little quick shine. I also really like the Desert Essence lip balm too.