It’s amazing how one will pick up a product to put on their skin (and therefore absorb into their body) and pay more attention to what's on the outside of the bottle than what's on the inside.

The next time you pick up a beautiful box, turn it over and have a read. There are a few ingredients that you really don't want to be applying to your skin. I guarantee if you walk into your bathroom right now, you will find a product with some of these ingredients listed. Ingredients that are so toxic, the companies require workers to wear completely covered protective gear and all have studies indicating they are carcinogenic. Read on - it's seriously crazy...

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamin) & TEA (Triethanolamine) is an ingredient I see used in even the most "Luxury brands". Also used as a foaming agent in most supermarket bubble baths, body washes and facial cleansers, this product is an eye irritant, strips the skin of it's natural oils - which allows other toxins to be easily absorbed and also starts to build up with in the body's organs.

Mineral Oils/Petrol chemicals/petrolatum (and its derivatives)/ paraffin. Used as a mechanical lubricant... eh hemmm... need I say more? According to the Environmental Working Group, Mineral oil is derived from petroleum and may be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Mineral oil coats the skin inhibiting absorption, excretion and the skin's natural removal of toxins resulting in breakout and acne. It strangulates the skin also resulting in premature ageing.

Peroxides/benzol peroxide the "quick fix" of acne reduction. Peroxides help to immediately treat a skin infection but used over a prolonged period of time actually inhibit the white blood cells from doing that job because the skin starts to depend on the peroxide to do the job of the white blood cells. It dehydrates the skin and evaporates all the skins natural moisture hindering all the other natural healthy functions of the skin like collagen and elastin production. Peroxide is bleaching and whitening and makes you extra sensitive to the sun as well. Overall, this ingredient will only treat the skin for as long as you use it but will leave the skin dehydrated and sensitive - Not to mention it bleaches your face towels! 

Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol derived from plastic is considered so toxic that it has to be disposed of in a special way. The EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Sodium Laureth sulfate/ Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is one of the most commonly used foaming agents in super market bubble baths, facial cleansers, body washes and..... CAR WASHES! 90% of personal-care products that foam use this agent. It strips the skin of its natural moisturising factors inhibiting its protection allowing even more nasty toxin's to absorb into the skin causing ageing and sensitivity.

Talc popularly used for nappy rash on babies, has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It is also one of the biggest causes of congestion and break out. I see a lot of congestion along the cheek area due to the use of bronzers which have high concentrates of talc. Talc is found in most cosmetics.

Tips on how to avoid using said nasties:

Educate yourself on the above ingredients and more. If you are unfamiliar with the name of an ingredient in your products, Google it! Ingredients are always listed from highest concentrate to lowest - so you know roughly how much of what is in your products.

Make your own! Check out some of my fave DIY beauty products iv'e pinned  http://www.pinterest.com/ladyluxebeauty/do-your-beauty-thang/

Vigor skin therapy Australia uses organic where possible, natural ingredients and still achieves fantastic results. http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/

Jane Iredale mineral make up is organic where possible and uses natural minerals. She excludes the use of parrabens. It's hard to find a good mineral make up that achieves great coverage but look no further! Jane Iredale have you covered. https://janeiredale.com/au/en.htm


Jessica Nash