I’ve always been interested in natural healing and healthy eating. It was how I was raised, and for the most part, I never really strayed from my upbringing. I knew that what I put in my body had a direct effect on my overall health, but what I didn’t know until a few years ago, was that it mattered just as equally what I put on my face/body. I was first introduced to this idea when I met an amazing esthetician, friend and skin mentor named Kathryn (who runs Pur Skin Spa on Elmwood in Buffalo. Oh how I miss you!) She was the one who informed me that certain ingredients in products can actually make your acne/skin condition worse, even if they state they are for helping acne (ahem..Proactiv..) Of course, being the research fanatic that I am, I went right to work, reading and learning everything I could about the various ingredients used in makeup and skincare. I tossed everything I owned shortly after and restocked with more skin friendly, non-toxic products. It wasn’t really that extreme of a thing for me to do since I had already moved to an organic, mostly raw (mostly) vegetarian diet (to my husband’s horror at first, but soon learned to love).
When I first made these changes, some people thought I was a little crazy to say the least, especially with the vegetarian part – my family is primarily die-hard carnivores. But, like I stated above, I’m mostly vegetarian – probably more flexitarian. The one thing I am not flexible about, however, is what I use on my face and body. Here’s why – Your skin is the body’s largest eliminative organ, and as such, not only expels toxins but can also absorb them – your skin can absorb up to 70% of what you put on it. When you use products that contain pore clogging ingredients (such as mineral oil, petroleum, etc..), you’re not allowing your skin to “breathe” and the result can be..you guessed it, acne!
There are many other reasons why I chose to “go green”, but I’ll save that for another post. For now though, here are a list of toxic and acne causing ingredients to watch out for when shopping for your skincare, makeup and personal care products (this list is just a few examples..there are more..lots more):