5 Ingredients You Won't Find in Clean BeautyThese five ingredients should be a no-go in your skincare routine.
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Mar. 5, 2020
In the last decade, clean beauty brands have been popping up in stores, online, and just about anywhere you can get your skin care product fix. However, some "clean" beauty and skin care brands still use ingredients that are known to be harmful not only to skin's surface, but also to different parts of the body. Here are five ingredients you should keep an eye out for when you're searching for your next beauty buy.Artificial Fragrance/ParfumWhat it is: A complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. What it does: Other than making products smell appealing, fragrance and perfumes have no positive impacts on skin care. Why it's bad: Skin care products that contain artificial fragrances are more likely to trigger skin allergies, eczema, and other irritations. A natural alternative: Sourcing products that are unscented or lightly scented with naturally derived extracts and essential oils can provide the same experience as artificial perfumes without the risks.Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA and others)What they are: Ethanolamines are chemical groups comprised of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and alcohols. What they do: Preserve products for a longer shelf life. When ethanolamines are used in the same product as certain preservatives that break down into nitrogen, they can form nitrosamines. Why they're bad: The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists nitrosamines as possible and known carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents. In fact, the European Commission prohibits DEA in cosmetics due to concerns about formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines. A natural alternative: None. Avoid this ingredient if you can! PolyacrylamideWhat it is: A synthetic resin. What it does: Found in anti-aging products and many moisturizers, polyacrylamide is typically used as a binder and stabilizer. Why it's bad: This ingredient is chemically made up of repeating chains of acrylamide which, when broken down, is a suspected carcinogen. The use of acrylamide is banned in cosmetics in the EU, but the ingredient is found in many skin care products produced in other parts of the world. A natural alternative: Zilch. Another one to avoid! Clean beauty will have naturally shorter shelf lives, but it is worth it! Mineral OilWhat it is: Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product that coats your skin like plastic. What it does: This oil clogs pores rather than absorbing into and nourishing your skin. Why it's bad: When mineral oil coats and clogs, it interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, increasing likelihood of acne and other disorders. A natural alternative: Rosehip seed oil, marula oil, and argan oils have many benefits for your skin including proper moisturization.
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The Ordinary100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilParabensWhat they are: A preservative. What they do: They are highly effective in preventing the growth of fungi, bacteria and yeast that can cause products to spoil. Why they're bad: Parabens are known to cause endocrine disruption and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Parabens can also elevate cellular level damage caused by UV exposure, which may even cause skin cancer. A natural alternative: Zero! Basically, synthetic preservatives are a no-no.
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My Farewell To Cherie
Follow me on Ig for more skincare since Cherie is leaving 😭 @naturedskinv This has been an amazing journey and I’ve made soo many amazing friends. Thank you for all the love, conversations, and just overall happiness I’ve experienced on this app. I’m definitely sad, a little upset, and a dash of confused, but thank you @cheriefor giving me such an amazing confidence boost and guidance. The way the app shaped my thoughts on skincare has been insane. I’m still willing to forget this and call it a joke if y’all are! 😭 Anyways thank you again and hopefully we can stay in touch 🙏🏾
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩🤩 Something thing I am very particular about is my moisturizer. My skin barrier tends need the extra TLC and the best thing to give it is moisture. So when I look for a moisturizer I need something that gives me instant hydration and doesn’t clog my pores. So when I received the : BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer I was so excited! The Brand : ✨Black Owned ✨Women Owned ✨Cruelty Free ✨Non-Comedogenic ✨Vegan ✨Paraben Free 🔑 Ingredients : ✨Aloe Vera Juice ✨Shea Butter ✨Evening Primrose Oil Okay, as you can see your girl woke up DULL! The only thing I did for this video was wash my face and use this to show y’all the transformation! I was using this EVERY night but last night I used my acne treatment routine and your girl FELT THAT (salicylic acid can be so drying to my combo skin). What’s my favorite part? This baby doesn’t have a smell or heavy greasy feel, so it perfect year round! At $21 this is a DEAL ! (The line I used on my cheek covered the entire bottom portion of my face!) Have you tried this brand?
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
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