In an effort to raise awareness around the potentially harmful synthetic chemicals that can lurk in everyday cosmetic products, Breastcanceruk have launched the #ditchthejunk campaign.
The campaign highlights the burden of the toxic load that the body can be under from certain harmful chemicals and encourages us to support natural beauty through using safer cosmetics and following some simple tips.
Keep it simple - Use fewer cosmetic products, less often and consider fragrance free versions.
Do your research - Check product ingredients lists before you buy in store or online and choose more natural alternatives.
In particular the campaign highlights avoiding personal care products that can contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which are reported to disrupt or interfere with the human hormone system.
Other names of chemicals you may want to avoid are
Phthalates and Parabens such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben and Butylparaben
Triethanolamine (TEA) and Monoethanolamine (MEA) which be found in some makeup, skincare, shampoos and body wash.
Chemicals formulations such as Triclosan and Aluminium salts which can be found in deodorant and anti-perspirants.
There are also other substances to look out for which we covered in a previous blog post 7 Ingredients You Don't Want in Your Skincare.
Make your own
The campaign also highlights that simple cosmetic preparations, for example face masks or exfoliators, can be made at home using natural ingredients. For example here’s a simple recipe for a Lime and Coconut Body scrub from our friends at Clean Beauty Co.
Sea salt is a great ingredient for use in scrubs to get rid of dead skin cells and its ability to take away impurities and toxins from the skin. Coconut oil is a good moisturiser and is high in lauric acid which is also found in your skin’s natural sebum and helps prevent against bacteria. Limes are a super source of nutrients and the citric acid will gently exfoliate, leaving your skin glowing.
Lime and Coconut Body Scrub Ingredients:
2 Tablespoon Sea Salt
2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Half a Lime, juiced
To make the scrub
Grind the salt in a food processor so the granules become smaller and won’t scratch. Stir in the lime juice and coconut oil and grate in lime peel. Now your scrub is ready to use. Rinse after use for refreshed skin.
For more skinfood recipes visit Clean Beauty Co
To get more information about reducing your risk through avoiding certain chemicals and using safer cosmetics visit Breastcanceruk