Make Shmutzies Your Skin Care Routine
Out with the bad, in with the good
3 things to avoid and 3 things to add to your skincare routine right now!
The new year is here and it’s time for a fresh start. We’re all accustomed to making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, give up bad habits and make other lifestyle changes. But there’s one health-related resolution that never makes the list: to take better care of your skin. Shmutzies wants to help!
It’s surprising that skincare is often overlooked even though your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it serves as the most critical barrier to keep the bad out and the good in. So. What can you do to resolve to take better care of your skin? Let’s start with avoiding the bad and then we’ll tell you about some good!
In the world of skincare, there is a list of toxic and harmful ingredients. Items on this list are harmful and toxic ingredients that many companies use in formulating their products. We urge people to avoid using products containing these ingredients. Although this list is long, we’re going to highlight three nasty ingredients here that you should avoid.
Triclosan was a commonly used ingredient in antibacterial products like hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps, body washes, and cosmetics. However, in 2016, the FDA issued a rule stating that over-the-counter antiseptic wash products containing triclosan can no longer be marketed to consumers. Studies have shown that triclosan may be harmful to the immune system.
Parabens are a preservative that can be found in deodorants, lotions, shampoos, and other face care products. They disrupt the endocrine system and have been found in breast cancer tumors and may contribute to hormonal imbalances and reproductive issues.
Found in fragrant lotions, nail polish, liquid body wash, hair spray, and other products, phthalates are used as a lubricant or softener. They are known to be an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
Now, let’s focus on what’s good. These natural ingredients are used in a variety of products because of their health benefits.
Cocoa butter is used in over a third of our skin and hair care products. It is derived from cocoa beans and is high in fatty acids, and helps hydrate the skin, create a protective barrier, and improves elasticity. It works well to reduce stretch marks, smooth wrinkles, and help calm skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut oil does wonders for the skin. Made by extracting oil from coconuts, the fatty acids have been found to possess antimicrobial properties, reduce inflammation, and keep skin moisturized. It is used in natural soaps, body oil, bath bombs, sea salt scrubs and many other products.
In addition to eating a diet rich in vitamins, you should also look for products made with vitamins to support healthy skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is effective at reducing UV sun damage and free radicals. It is a fat-soluble nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin health and cell functions.
Read the labels of the products you use and focus on making better choices in your skin and hair care routine. You’ll see a transformation towards feeling better and looking better too!
At Shmutzies, we want you to feel comforted knowing we use only the best, natural ingredients for our products.