The average woman is exposed to an estimated 126 chemicals, from the daily use of beauty products. According to Leeann Brown, a spokesperson for Environmental Working Group, if 12 products are used in a day, you can expect to be in contact with at least 126 toxins.
Women can take several steps to reduce the amounts of chemicals they are spreading on their face; through small changes big strides can be made. Start by scaling down the number of products used and attempt to use less of the actual product.
Read the labels of the products you use and look for those that use natural oils, and plant-based oils. It is most important to pay attention to the chemicals in the products that stay on the face versus those that are washed off almost immediately.
Some quick tips:
1. Use sun block that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients stay on the surface of the skin rather than penetrate it.
2. Avoid any products that contain synthetic fragrances. The ingredient ‘fragrance’ can be used on products to mask as many as 3,163 chemicals. Look instead, for natural plant-based fragrances.
3. Purchase make-up that is free of parabens, fragrances, and that is composed of mineral or natural ingredients.
4. Be cautious of products that contain sodium laurly sulfate (SLS) as it can increase the absorption of chemicals into the skin.