I started writing about beauty products as a way to keep you, your baby and the environment safe, healthy and feeling your best – and in realizing how fulfilled I’ve felt from doing so, I’ve decided to start a new program! In weeding through the marketing scams and the over-hyped, over-priced products for my own family, I’ve become so unbelievably passionate about avoiding as many toxic ingredients in my skin care routine as possible, and I am excited to share this new-found knowledge with others (namely my readers, like you!)
Recently my friend Stacy, asked advice on her “cupcake” lotion. She paid too much for the scent and the brand name, especially considering the low quality and harmful substances that it’s made of. As she read me the ingredients I nearly fell to the floor! I found myself running to my repertoire of product research and prescribed an entire new moisturizing routine.
So this is where the new program comes in. I would LOVE for you to send me your routine (products you use and love, or use and hate). I will look beyond the label and do some research. I will see if you’re doing yourself help or harm and then, I will “prescribe” a personalized solution that is better for you and the environment than your current product.
For the second part of this idea, bring in OpenSky. I’ve always wanted my own boutique so I can be around the products I love – all day long. When I was approached by OpenSky to have my own shop online, I was floored! Now I can have my own personal space, to sell my own personal favorite things to my own personal favorite readers (that’s you.. again).
So here is the challenge:
Step 1: Go get your “favorite” product. Look at the full list of ingredient in your skin care product and see if it contains any of the following…
- Formaldehyde (often listed as 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1, 3-diol, , DMDM hydantion, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15)
- Phthalates (not listed on the label. Look for the word “fragrance” or if the product specific says “phthalate-free”)
- Diethanolamne (DEA) and (TEA)
- Diazolidinya Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth sulfate; Ammonium Laureth Sulphate
- Propylene Glycol
- PVP/VA copolymer
- Synthetic Fragrance
Step 2: Now that you are aware of all the ingredients in your product make a conscience decision if you are willing to replace it with a healthier solution.
Step 3: In the comments of this post leave the following:
- Name of your current product
- A URL where I can find the product
- Describe what you like about the product (i.e. smell, feel, results, etc.)
About Kelly Tirman
Kelly Tirman is Natural Connector, Crowdsourcer, Curator and Change Management Professional specializing in Social Business. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Business Strategist for Wells Fargo however in her “free-time” Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, Organic Beauty and Social Commerce. She happily resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.