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Is ‘Natural’ Skincare Really Natural? [Visual]

Is ‘Natural’ Skincare Really Natural? [Visual] | ecogreenlove

The demand for natural skincare is ever-increasing with more and more consumers opting for products containing non-synthetic ingredients. But can consumers trust that the products they are purchasing are truly natural or is the word “natural” just a buzzword used to sell more products? 

The Derm Review analysed the top 100 best-selling natural products to answer this and the research found that only 42% of “natural skincare products” are truly natural.

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Guide to Sunscreens [Visual]

Guide to Sunscreens [Visual] | ecogreenlove

The sun’s harmful rays can increase our risk of developing skin cancer, and proper sun-safe behaviors – like wearing hats, clothing and sunglasses, avoiding the sun when it’s at its peak and choosing a safe and effective sunscreen – are our best defense for protection. Before heading out into the sun, read EWG’s sun safety tips and bring along a recommended sunscreen.

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10 Environmentally-Friendly Skin Care Ingredients to look For

10 Environmentally-Friendly Skin Care Ingredients to look For | ecogreenlove

Helping out the environment is often a top priority in our lives nowadays, from the food we eat to the way we travel. But is it possible to aid the environment through your skin care products?

While it may seem like green beauty and beneficial ingredients for your skin might not coexist easily, there are so many amazing skin care ingredients that are both good for the environment and that can help you get your glow on!

If you’re looking for some new skin care products that are here for your face and the planet, you’re in luck. Here are 10 eco-friendly skin care ingredients you can look for in your products.

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8 Environmentally Destructive Beauty Ingredients [Visual]

8 Environmentally Destructive Beauty Ingredients [Visual] | ecogreenlove

There are tons of ingredients in the beauty products we use today, some good, some not so good. The beauty industry has made leaps and bounds when it comes to both personally safe and environmentally safe ingredients and packaging.

However, there are still a few that should be avoided when possible. Some of these are very destructive, like plastics, and a couple that are destructive only under certain circumstances (like sunscreen). Either way, education is key so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing products for your home.

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How to find cleaner, non-toxic Perfumes [Infographic]

How to find cleaner, non-toxic Perfumes [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrance has 14 chemicals that are not featured on the label. Rather than listing out the specific chemicals, companies can simply include “fragrance” as an ingredient, thanks to an FDA loophole that makes it legal.

It’s tough to know exactly which chemicals are hidden in each formula, but any scented product likely includes phthalates. The petroleum-based chemical keeps all the elements in a perfume evenly distributed, but the troubling concern is that one in particular, diethyl phthalate, has been shown to disrupt certain hormones.

Other studies have linked phthalates to liver and breast cancer. It’s unclear how much is too much, but rubbing perfume onto skin daily allows these chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Other troubling chemicals include octoxynols and nonoxynols. These can also result in hormonal problems. In addition to perfumes, these chemicals can be found in facial cleansers, aftershave, astringents, hair color, and acne treatment.

The European Union plus several countries, including Canada and Japan, have banned phthalates, yet the chemical remains legal in the U.S.

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