… but also what you put ON it. Your skin is your largest organ (yes, it’s an organ!) and it absorbs what you slather on it. So if you care about what you eat then you should also care about what you feed your skin as well. One of the few companies out there that sell amazing skin care products is the Honest Co. We came across them a few years ago when I was looking for safer diapers for our 2nd baby. The first one was clad in Huggies most of the time, so you see – we learn as we go. Anyways, so Honest makes way more than diapers and sometimes they send a little gift along with our packages. I got this yummy lip balm a few months back as a free gift with the little one’s diaper bundle (nice, right?).
The one I got has a lavender/vanilla scent and there is also a sweet orange/vanilla one and an unscented one. It smells ah-mazing and I can’t stop sniffing it. I look ridiculous trying to smell my lips but you would do the same if you had one!!
Why are they so awesome? Because what you put on your skin matters too! Remember, the skin is your largest organ and absorbs what you put on it.
The lip balm trio got an awesome super-low hazard rating of 1 on Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “skindeep” list. For those of you not familiar with this list, it is a database of almost 70,000 cosmetics products and how safe or toxic they are for your body.
For more information, please check out the EWG website:
You can check on your current products and find safer replacements if needed. Just search by company or by products. You’ll be surprised how many of the big name products have really bad ratings on the hazardous scale!
Staying on the lip balm side for example: the label may tout all the wonderful ingredients such as aloe, cocoa butter and jojoba, but the rest of the ingredients puts all of that in the dark.
This Blistex lip balm got one of the worst ratings (7) mainly because it contains oxybenzone (a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions), and retinyl palmitate (when exposed to UV light, retinol compounds break down and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause gene mutations, a precursor to cancer).
Remember, these chemicals absorb through the skin in significant amounts, so choose wisely what you put on your skin.
I’m still learning myself.