As many of you know, I always strive to know exactly what is in the products I use. Everything from a body cream down to a lip balm has been scrutinized to see which products have been used. I can't help it, I am a beauty nerd.
Another reason why I am so concious about the chemicals I slather on my body is because of the side effects they can have on a person's health. The buzzwords of the moment are Parabens and Sulphates, both of which can cause negative reactions such as skin irritation, hormone irregularities and even cancer. However, there are many more harmful chemicals added to the products we use every day and if the amount used is at an insignificant level, the company by law, is not required to declare it on the label, leaving consumers clueless about what is really in their products.
With many of us putting the time and energy into making our daily lives healthier, it is time we took a closer look at our beauty regimes. What do these long names on the back of our bottles mean? And, where can we find healthy alternatives?
This week, I made a revolutionary discovery which for those of you who follow me on Twitter will know, comes in the form of an app. Whilst the name certainly gives me a good giggle every time I see it on my phone, Think Dirty has become my little obsession as of late. It is a database of beauty products with ratings of each one to tell the user how dirty or clean it is. Products which rate a 10 are the dirtiest and the app offers a detailed breakdown as to why it scored this rating. It even has a recommendation section offering users cleaner alternatives to their bathroom cupboard staples.
Here is a little break down of all the nasties inside our products so that next time you go shopping you know what to avoid. Please be aware that this is by no means a definitive list and I am not an expert, I have consulted a range of sources and I am simply presenting my findings. I hope that it is helpful for you all.