It's Time to Talk about the Chemicals in Your Skincare

by Plantioxidants ® February 12, 2018

Why You Need to Talk with Your Family and Friends about their Skincare Today

In a very recent blog post, we shed light on just a few common ingredients you'll find in products from a conventional skincare routine versus what you will find in a USDA organic skincare routine. Before digging into this week's blog post, it is important you arm yourself with that knowledge,  which you can find here (it only takes a few minutes to read and create a lasting impact on your life). 

Now that you have better insight into what to watch out for and why, the next step is to share what you learn. The Plantioxidants mission starts with "Cherish your body" and ends with "take care of the planet and others." Learning all you can may help you live a longer, healthier life, but don't you want to offer that same luxury to your friends and loved ones?

Whether you are a mom, best friend, sister, brother in-law, niece, dad, daughter, aunt, acquaintance, or uncle, it doesn't matter. The time to talk about what is really in the products you and others around you use every single day is now. Healthy habits start by identifying the bad ones and changing them as soon as possible. This blog post is dedicated to helping you break the ice and have those conversations. 

Depending on how long you’ve been onboard with us, you might already be familiar with the fact that we believe in giving before you receive, whether it is the holiday season or not. We firmly believe in not only providing education, but also giving you USDA organic skincare ingredients you can trust (and pronounce!) with recyclable packaging that will give you the power to make a positive impact on the environment.

Historically, we have associated the   Lifecycle of Beauty with our focus on sustainability at Plantioxidants. However,  the Lifecycle of Beauty doesn’t just describe our goal to make the consumer process guilt free. It is much broader and includes the importance of our interactions with one another, whether it is educating about ingredients/products or recycling. Today we’re outlining why these conversations matter, how you can educate or learn from your children and loved ones, and how to begin the change now.

For Those Who Have Parents

It may feel like your parents are always hovering over you, but it is because they care for you and want to protect you. As teenagers and youth, our parents watch over us during all of our most memorable moments, whether it was our first time driving a car or high school prom. They are also there to begin important conversations with us, like which career path we should take, and discussing risky behavior like smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. It’s natural that this happens - they’ve already gone through the growing pains and know what to watch out for.

From these examples, it’s easier to understand why educational conversations with your parents matter so much. If you see a beautiful slim model enjoying a greasy hamburger on a TV advertisement, who’s there to tell you that eating fast food can actually result in obesity and a body that is the opposite of what you are seeing? Advertisers intentionally try to sell you products, and they are relying on you to not talk about what you are seeing on TV or online with your parents.

Don't be afraid to tell your parents about what you think may be harming them. Our founder started learning about high-fructose corn syrup at a very young age as an athlete. His father used to have one soft drink every single day. Understanding the significance of type 2 diabetes and what it means to have excess sugar in your diet, he boldly brought this concern up with his parents who were surprisingly receptive to what he said and changed their purchasing habits accordingly.

For Those Who Are Parents

It’s important to teach our kids to think critically and watch out for their health in the midst of ever-expanding advertisements on traditional and social media. Alycia Moreno from   We Love California  expresses an awareness of this perfectly regarding cosmetics after her own experience with discovering   chemicals in her makeup and skincare products:

“As with all of our food products, I decided to actually read the label. And when I read the label, I was kind of horrified because none of the ingredients on there were even mildly recognizable to me. I could not even pronounce any of the ingredients. Because I’m a mom, I’m thinking about my almost sixteen year old who’s going to use these products on her face….”

For Those Who Have Ears

We love that Alycia also pointed out that the didactic dialogue is a double-sided one. She’s learned about certain products from her children too, and why one might be better than the other. Scientific research is constantly producing new findings on common ingredients used in consumer products, and it’s hard to stay up to date with everything on your own.

Why is it so important for us to watch out for each other when it comes to our beauty and skincare products? Because the FDA has   limited authority  over the safety of cosmetic products: “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.”

With these outdated laws in mind, the beauty industry today distinctly reminds of us of the tobacco industry in the 1940s, when popular brands sold products with ingredients that are known to cause harm to their customers without the warning labels we see today. Beauty companies list   known human carcinogens  on their containers, but these toxic truths are easily covered up with attractive packaging and advertisements.

How to Make a Difference

Fortunately, as individuals we always have the ability to think and ask questions, and as consumers, we have the   power to choose . The toxicity of chemicals in cosmetics are open source knowledge we can track down (from conversations we have with others and from sources like EWG and Think Dirty). What we choose to do with that knowledge becomes the future of not you, your friends, and your loved ones. Our actions need to (and should) result in improvements in regulations for ingredients in daily skincare products, and buy voting with your dollar we can all make that a reality.

3 Simple Steps to Break Bad Skincare Habits:

  1. Set a good example as a parent, daughter, aunt, or friend:   A dialogue with your child, parent, friend, wife, aunt, nephew, BFF, or a stranger in a store begins even before you begin to speak with words. We learn by mimicry, and those around you - yes, your parents, teachers, and friends - are constantly watching your actions and objects you engage with. That includes after finishing a  moisturizer  or any other product, and making the earth-friendly choice to throw your empty plastic bottle into the recycling bin vs. the garbage (make sure to do that with our bottles - they’re made from   100% post consumer recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable ). Just as you teach your kids not to talk to and follow strangers, or you show your parents how to use Snapchat, show that you value what you can trust by making environmental and health conscious choices with the products you buy and use too. Be a good role model to those around you.
  2. Initiate conversations early:  Parents - b egin talking with your children even before they start using cosmetic products. Take everyday opportunities to strike up a conversation, like while watching an advertisement on TV or shopping at a drugstore. Remember to ask questions instead of just giving your own opinion. What do they notice about the model in the advertisement? How do they feel about the selection of products in the skincare aisle? What would they do to make it better? Show them the   ingredients  label on your beauty products and ask them how many they recognize. And for you conscious and questioning youth and young adults, keep it up. Never have shame teaching friends, family, and other loved ones about what they are using. Keep the conversation flowing with everyone in your life. Even though you may feel like an outsider, remeber doing what is right is never wrong. 
  3. Watch out for each other:   Remind your loved ones that you’re stronger together. Establish trust and open communication between each other. Teach your kids how to distinguish reputable sources from distrustful ones, and ask them to show you their findings. Constantly share information to remind yourselves of your mutual values: to maintain good personal health, take care of others, and help improve the planet. That’s Plantioxidants’s   mission  too, and we think it’ll help you become closer with your family and friends, and unite the world as well.

If you’re ever at a loss for what to say to your loved ones about making smarter consumer choices or how to broach the topic, you can also direct them to our website where we outline our   six pillars of values : health, education, social awareness, empathy, environmental awareness, and finally caring. Or simply show them one of our products! We’ve included everything they need to know about what’s inside the bottle, including the ORAC value of antioxidants inside, the list of ingredients (you can pronounce all of them, no worries), and their benefits for you and the planet. You’ll be proud to share the love.

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