Have you ever picked up your skincare products and read the ingredients? How about actually researching what is specifically in them, to better understand what you are putting on your skin? I will be the first to admit I didn’t always do this. If a lotion said “Moisturizing” or “Nourishing” or “Natural”, I just thought it was. I never actually read and investigated what was in that product. I took these claims as honest and factual; not realizing I was essentially putting a whole lot of ingredients on my skin that were potentially carcinogenic and/or harmful.
Fast forward to present day, and I now scrutinize every single ingredient. Researching to ensure I am not using ingredients that are harmful on my skin and, in fact, staying away from ingredients that are even questionable. Learning that your skin is your largest organ and does absorb what you put on it, only solidified my desire to use better products. And to ultimately to create my own.
Let’s take a look at ingredients you might (and usually do find in the bigger brands), and even sometimes in the smaller ones:
Amidst a few not too bad ingredients, and in some cases good ingredients, you have a LOT of questionable and often harmful chemicals. So even if you have “added” Shea buttter or cocoa butter, do you really want parabens, petroleum products, and/or formaldehyde releasing agents? To me that’s like having a laundry list of detrimental ingredients, and then the manufacturer says, “But we added Shea butter! So that makes it good for you!” Ummm…no. This kind of cancels out any of the benefits, when it is mixed with toxic ingredients. (But that’s just me, haha! )
The above pictures are just a small cross-section of what is lurking in the skincare products that are available out there. Scary.
How about an example of what is in the skincare products at Iced pinK?
Solid Body Butter:
Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil), Cera alba (bees wax), Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Organic Theobroma Cacao (cocoa butter), Tocopherol (vitamin e)
Whipped Shea Butter:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Tapioca Starch.
What is NEVER In Iced pinK Products:
Parabens, Formaldehyde Releasing Agents, Animal Testing, Fillers, Aluminum, Harmful Chemicals, Petroleum Products, Phthalates, Sulfates
It was kind of alarming as I researched the ingredients in the common big name brands. I found ingredients that were not even proven as safe for use in skincare. I found ingredients that were shown to have correlation to cancers etc and yet were approved “conditionally” and for a specific time in the US at specific usage rates.
I don’t know about you, but these kind of ingredients are the ones I want to stay away from with a 10 foot pole. I most certainly do NOT want to put it on my skin, essentially FEEDING my skin these harmful ingredients.
I challenge you to be more discriminating with what you put on your skin. I challenge you read all of the ingredients of the products you put on your skin. I challenge you to say no to the harmful ingredients. And to say YES to brands that CARE about what you are feeding your skin. It isn’t just about staying away from harmful ingredients, but also using nourishing and beneficial ones. Will it cost $2.99 at the drugstore? No. It will be more expensive, as the ingredients and process is more costly and time consuming. The old adage “You Get What You Pay For” really is relevant in this space. I could also make cheap lotions for $2.99 when using fillers and chemicals etc. But I choose not too. It isn’t worth spending less money, only to pay a higher price with your health. At the end of the day – you are feeding your skin what you put ON it. And your health is valuable.
Invest in your health. Invest in yourself. Feed your skin WELL!
Where to start? Head on over and check out Iced pinK!