Here’s why you should give a damn what’s in your beauty products.
(Be patient though, we’re going to get a little science-y for a second. It’ll be quick.)
Conventional skincare products often contain xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogenic compounds are present in cosmetics like phatalates, aluminum, and parabens — things that you’ll often find in conventional beauty and skincare products.
What are xenoestrogens?
Xenoestrogens are chemical compounds that imitate estrogen-like action in the body. In other words, they alter the way our natural hormones perform. Xenoestrogens, like the name implies, actually gets in the way of our estrogen receptors and can lead to higher levels of circulating estrogen in our bloodstream. This is known as estrogen dominance.
Why should I care about estrogen dominance?
Having too much estrogen in our bloodstream can have serious impact not only to women, but to men and children as well. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
⚡Fat gain or inability to lose body fat
⚡Depression or anxiety
⚡Mood swings and/or irritability
⚡Enlarged breasts (men)
So, what do I do about it?
Here’s the deal: xenoestrogens are everywhere. It’s in the plastic in our water bottles, the pesticides on our produce, in our water, air, and household products. So completely removing exposure to them is going to be damn near impossible and also super stressful.
But reducing exposure from the areas that you do have control over, like your skincare products, is going to be more impactful to your goals than you think.
How do I know what products are safer?
You’ll want to avoid products with the following things: phthalates, parabens, and sulfates. But save yourself some time and download the the Think Dirty app or the EWG’s Healthy Living app. Both of those apps have awesome databases where you can quickly search or scan a product to see their “safety” ratings.
What products do you use and love?
While I’m making the transition to cleaner beauty products, it’s certainly not a complete overhaul. There are still products I’m not totally willing to part with yet, but making changes were you can is still impactful.
I recently switched over to a Beautycounter skincare regimen after receiving the Countertime Regimen Set as a gift. What’s so cool about this set is that it uses a safe, plant-based retinol alternative so it offers the anti-aging benefits of retinol without the chemicals. Beautycounter is an EWG-verified brand so all their products are a good bet.
Other than my skincare regimen, I’ve switched up my deodorant to the Native brand. Some of the other products aren’t things I’ve personally used but have come highly recommended by friends and also have great ratings from EWG and Think Dirty.