A sun-kissed glow without harmful chemicals!

Non-Toxic Bronzers

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Bronzer is an essential part of any makeup routine. It helps contour, adds a sun-kissed glow, and flatters every skin tone! A lot of bronzers contain harmful preservatives and fragrance, which is why we rounded up our favorite non-toxic options! We searched high and low to bring you the safest, most effective products possible. These bronzers are all widely available at different price points and have great reviews. Check them out below!


a) W3ll People Bio bronzer stick

b) BLK OPL beauty true color illuminating stick, bronze glow

c) Ilia Nightlite Bronzer Powder

d) Burt's Bees Blush Toasted Cinnamon

e) Kosas The Sunshow Moisturizing Baked Bronzer

f) Mineral fusion bronzer, luster bronzer duo

g) RMS beauty buriti bronzer

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3 DIY Face Mask Recipes to Brighten, Hydrate, and Tone

Ditch the harsh chemicals, plastic packaging and make your own!

Whether it's too much sun in the summer or much needed hydration in the winter, a sheet face mask is a great way to give nutrients and an extra boost to your skin. Plus face masks are basically the definition of self care. But as fun as store-bought face masks are, they do have some downsides. Many commercially available sheet masks contain harsh preservatives like parabens and potentially harmful chemicals because there isn't enough regulation on what can actually go in beauty products. And they aren't really that great for the environment because of the plastic packaging and every face mask just gets thrown away, creating more garbage.

Luckily you can save money, give your skin some much needed pampering, and help the environment by making your own DIY face mask! Win, win, win! Our favorite DIY face mask recipes feature ingredients like citrus, honey, yogurt, avocado, matcha, and turmeric. Each of the ingredients are favorites among skin care experts and we've tested all of them ourselves. All three of our favorite recipes have only 2 simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand, so you can definitely try one of these tonight!

We suggest buying a reusable washable sheet face mask to get the same spa-ish feel as a single-use sheet face mask. Here are some silicone face mask covers, and another cloth one that are both reusable and washable.

Honey Orange Brightening Face Mask Recipe

Orange juice is full of vitamin C, which is a natural skin brightener and has many anti-aging properties (1). Honey is a natural exfoliator and raw honey especially provides great balancing and soothing properties (2). These ingredients in combination make for a great brightening mask that's great for skin that appears dull and damaged. It's especially great during the summer, when UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Instructions:

Mix the orange juice and honey in a small bowl and then apply and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.


Super Green Hydration Face Mask

The creamy healthy fats in avocado provide some hydration super powers. Avocado is also an excellent source of Vitamin E and Vitamin C (3). Matcha green tea is packed with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory antioxidants (4, 5). When combined into a face mask, the texture is luxurious and provides a cooling and moisturizing effect that is addicting.

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado, smashed until smooth
  • 1 tsp matcha

Instructions:

Mix the matcha into the avocado puree. You can also use an immersion blender if you want a smoother and fluffier texture. Apply the face mask and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.


Turmeric Yogurt Toning Face Mask

Yogurt is a natural source of lactic acid that can gently help tone, brighten, and exfoliate your skin (6). Turmeric is antiinflammatory and the active compound, curcumin, has been shown to improve a multitude of skin conditions (7). This simple mask will help clarify your skin, while also increasing hydration and preparing your skin for the moisturizers or serums in your usual skincare routine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

Instructions:

Stir the turmeric into the plain yogurt. Apply the mask and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a lukewarm washcloth.



Sources

  1. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/8/866
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jocd.12058
  3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408...
  4. https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/24/23/4277
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021967303011336
  6. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2014.0261
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27213821/
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Non-Toxic Body Wash

Soft, clean skin without the harmful chemicals

'What are some qualities of a good body wash? Smells goods, lathers really well, and makes you feel clean? Those sound about right, but we're missing one very important quality… body wash should be free of toxic chemicals! A lot of body washes are filled with unnecessary preservatives and synthetic fragrances and dyes that can irritate your skin. Since body wash is such a staple product and we use it on some of the most sensitive parts of our bodies, it's best to get one that is free of these harsh chemicals. Instead of picking up any old body wash at the store, check out one of the non-toxic body washes we recommend!

a) The Seaweed Bath co. hydrating soothing body wash (citrus vanilla, lavender, unscented)
b) Alaffia Everyday Shea moisturizing body wash
c) Cerave Hydrating body wash
d) Avalon Organics Bath and Shower gel lavender
e) Puracy Natural Body Wash
f) Everyone soaps 3 in 1
g) Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash
h) Billie Sudsy Body Wash
i) Native body wash lavender and rose

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Do Personal Care Products for Men Impact Reproductive Health?

Endocrine disrupting chemicals can be a big problem for men's health

Personal care products for men are abundant today. Shaving creams, aftershaves, hair sprays, hair gels…the list goes on and on. And it's likely to keep growing . The men's personal care market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% from 2020 to 2027, and the decision to buy is not just influenced by looks. In fact, 81% of men globally believe that grooming purchase decisions are influenced by three things: health, hygiene, and looks (1).

But have you ever looked at the ingredients included in your go-to products? A large percentage of the men's personal care stuff out there today can contain harmful chemicals like phthalates.

So what the heck are phthalates and what dangers do they pose to our health? And how do we find non-toxic men's personal care products with clean ingredients? Read on and find out!

What are phthalates and what are they used for?

Phthalates (phthalic acid diesters) are a class of manmade chemicals that are used in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products (2-4). They are found in personal care products, medications, paints, adhesives, and medical equipment made with polyvinyl chloride plastics (4).

Their function depends on the type of product and specific phthalate, but their role is typically as a plasticizer, solvent, and/or stabilizer. In nail polishes, phthalates are used to reduce cracking. In hair sprays and hair gels, phthalates are added to help avoid stiffness, allowing the spray to form a more flexible film on the hair. And in fragrances like in cologne or lotions, phthalates are included as a solvent.

A study of 72 personal care products obtained at a supermarket in the United States detected phthalates in more than 70% of hair gel/hair sprays, body lotions, fragrances, and deodorants (4).

How do they find their way into our systems?

Human exposure to phthalates occurs throughout most of our lifespan, due to the products that utilize them (3). Although the science is still being understood, it is thought that they can be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed in the skin (4).

During childhood and adulthood, a major source of exposure is through the use of personal care products: hair sprays, hair gels, colognes, lotions, or deodorants, for example. Research has even shown that unborn children can be exposed in utero through maternal exposure (e.g., the mother inhales perfume or cologne that uses phthalates while pregnant) (3).

A 2005 questionnaire administered to 406 men ascertained their use of personal care products, including cologne, aftershave, lotions, hair products, and deodorants (4). They then studied the amount of phthalates present in the same group's urine samples. Men who used cologne or aftershave with the 48-hour period before the sample was collected had higher levels of phthalate in their urine. Further, they found that men who used multiple of these products had higher levels than men who used one.

What are the health effects of phthalate exposure?

Phthalates have been studied in animals extensively, but the human health effects are still being researched. But the potential effects on human health are starting to come to light.

Due to the way the phthalates are digested, continuous exposure to phthalates in humans may result in liver dysfunction (5). Some studies have shown a positive association between phthalate exposure and the development of hypertension and atherosclerosis in adults as well as some cardiometabolic risk factors in children and adolescents (6). In a Denmark study, high-level dibutyl phthalate exposure (≥ 10,000 cumulative mg, compared to no exposure) was associated with an approximately two-fold increase in the rate of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer (7). In addition, an association between phthalate exposure and allergic diseases has been suggested, although the literature is still far from conclusive (8).

The potential male reproductive effects of phthalate exposure are still being studied. However, there was a recent literature review of male reproductive effects associated with exposure to six phthalate types at typical exposure levels to humans (3). This review found that phthalates affect semen quality, testosterone levels, and time to pregnancy (3).

Ways to reduce your exposure

Given these health effects, it's a good idea to reduce exposure when you can. While reducing exposure may seem like a daunting task, thankfully there are some great non-toxic men's personal care products out there. So relax! We'll help you find some simple ways you can do it.

The easiest is to swap out phthalate-heavy products for safer versions. You can start with finding products that are fragrance-free, as fragrances tend to utilize phthalates. You can also swap your current personal care products for cleaner versions - and we'd recommend doing this with one product at a time so it's not overwhelming. A great place to start is our lists of non-toxic men's hair styling products and men's shaving creams.

Finally, it can be incredibly helpful to find retailers who limit the toxic chemicals in their personal care products. Target and Sephora both have a "clean seal" to help you search for safer products. And retailers like Credo Beauty, Detox Market, Whole Foods, and Follian have a wide variety of clean, screened products as well.

So get out there and start swapping out the non-safe for the safe!


References

1. https://www.grandviewresearch.com. Men's Personal Care Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Skincare, Personal Grooming), By Distribution Channel (Hypermarket & Supermarket, Pharmacy & Drug Store, E-commerce), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027.

2. FDA. Phthalates. https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/phthalates. Accessed February 6, 2021.

3. Radke EG, et al. Environment International. 2018 Dec;121(Pt 1):764-793.

4. Duty SM, et al. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Nov;113(11):1530-5.

5. Praveena et al. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Apr;25(12):11333-11342.

6. Mariana and Cairrao. J Cardiovasc Dev Dis. 2020 Jul 22;7(3):26.

7. Ahern et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Jul 20;37(21):1800-1809.

8. Bølling et al. Environ Int. 2020 Jun;139:105706.

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Non-Toxic Face Creams

Keep your skin happy and healthy!

Whether you're a die-hard skincare aficionado with a 10-step routine or just like the bare necessities, chances are you use a face cream. Along with keeping your skin moisturized, face creams are key for soothing irritation, banishing dry flakes, and giving you that "just got back from vacation" glow. But many face creams are packed with harmful chemicals like parabens and fragrance. That's where our non-toxic face cream roundup comes in! We searched high and low to bring you the safest, most effective products possible. These face creams are all widely available at different price points. Check them out below!


a) Mad Hippie Face Cream

b) Burt's Bees Daily Face Moisturizer Cream for Sensitive Skin

c) Weleda Soothing Facial Cream, Almond

d)Pai Anthemis Calm Soothing Moisturizer

e) Acure Seriously Soothing Day Cream

f) Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream

g) Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream

h) Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

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10 Non-Toxic Makeup Removers

Safeguard your skin while removing the toughest waterproof mascara

There is nothing better than taking off your makeup at the end of a long day. Sometimes it's the favorite part of our evening! But lots of makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that aren't great for your skin or your health. That's why we rounded up our top 10 favorite non-toxic makeup removers! We know there are different preferences for makeup removers, which is why we included 5 wipes and 5 liquids. These products have been vetted by us and will remove the toughest of waterproof mascaras!


a) Aromatica Natural coconut Cleansing Oil b)Beauty by Earth Makeup Remover c) NARS makeup removing water d) the body shop waterproof eye makeup remover e) Klorane Floral Water Makeup remover with soothing cornflower f) C'est Moi Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes g) RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe h) Beautycounter One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes i) Brandless Facial Wipes j) Honest Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes


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