Swap It Out! Clean Skin And Haircare Swaps
Isn't the start of a new year exciting? There's so much potential for us all to be our best possible, conscious-living, whole- foods-eating, soul-cycling selves before we pass a Shakeshack while hungry and throw all our good intentions down the Smokeshack and custard drain.
But if there's one super easy action item that will reap benefits throughout the year, it's stocking your shelves with clean hair and skincare products. While the task may seem daunting, we encourage you to start small. If the idea of throwing out your whole bathroom cabinet is too much, buy one of the clean products on our list when you run out of what you already have. Or if you're the type who likes to really commit, go ahead and stock up on the whole list all in one-go. Whichever route you decide to take, here are a few easy switch-outs for your hair and skin-care products.
Swap Out Masking Agents
If you look at the ingredients in your hair and skincare products, you'll often find the ingredients linalool, limonene, and citral. These ingredients act as fragrance masking agents, and companies use them when their products probably wouldn't smell that great on their own. The problem is these ingredients are majorly toxic. So if you want to make an immediate clean change, swap out these two products for their cleaner (and better smelling) alternatives.
Ditch the Paraffins
Ingredients like parafins, petrolatum, and mineral oil are all by-products of the oil industry, and that industry is whack. Our dependence on the oil industry contributes to pollution, climate change, fracking, and a host of other not so great issues, so the less we rely on it, the better. Stick to products that use alternative sources for oils and waxes, like the ones we list here, and you’re in the clear.
Lose the Artificial Dyes and Coloring
Artificial dyes are often produced from petroleum- a fact which, by itself, makes artificial dyes a bummer (see above). In addition, recent studies in the UK show a correlation with certain artificial dyes and ADHD- which has led the UK to require companies to include a warning when they use these dyes. Even without the government push, food brands here in the US are finally getting it out of their products (yay to delicious turmeric dyed Kraft Mac-And-Cheese!). Let's hope that the beauty industry gets the memo soon! In the meantime, switch out the slackers for the clean options below.