As we delve deeper into our skincare journey we tend to become a bit more picky about the quality of products and ingredients that we’re putting on our skin. If you’re wondering where to start your educational journey, what products you need to avoid, what ingredients to integrate and why some things are bad, this book is a really approachable and easy to digest guide.
The book is divided into two sections, it opens up with the basic premise of beauty from the inside out. What we consume is reflected on the surface of our skin—for me consuming dairy leads to whiteheads and acne breakouts without fail—for example many swear by the power of eating avocado to help get radiant skin and that glow from within. Staying properly hydrated by consuming adequate amounts of water goes a long way towards your skin health as well. Cutting back on alcohol and its sugars will help your skin avoid dehydration and give your body a break from having to work to detoxify those sugars.
Before shelling out for external skincare products the book recommends trying a detox and integrating healthy foods into your diet as part of your skincare routine; helpfully it includes a section with recipes and a detox guide.
One of the things that I appreciated about the book was that it acknowledged that not every woman can do a strict detox, or make every meal from scratch or is willing to give up some aspects of her beauty regimen just to avoid toxins, and let’s be honest it’s often an economic privilege to eat all organic or buy all organic beauty products. Instead the book emphasizes a more realistic, do what you can and take small steps approach. The information and resources in the book are designed to help the reader make informed decisions.
The second part of the book delves into green beauty and breaks down how exposure to toxins in beauty and skincare products are harmful to our system; the beauty industry is largely unregulated and self-regulated so they can get away with a lot.
“The European Union has banned or regulated more than 1300 ingredients in personal care products. The U.S. has banned eleven.”
The main takeaway is to always read the ingredients and be skeptical of claims and labels such as, natural, green, eco and non-toxic. Avoid products made with things like parabens and phthalates (endocrine disrupters), formaldehyde (carcinogen) and fragrance (used to hide unknown ingredients).
If you’re unsure about an ingredient they recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group’s database called Skin Deep (ewg.org/skin deep) to look up brands, products and ingredient information.
I really liked the chapter on how aging brings on hormonal shifts and how losing estrogen over time affects collagen, firmness and elasticity of the skin. Our skincare routines can only do so much as we get older and Mother Nature plays her hand. There are also chapters on acne-prone skin, dry and sensitive skin, easy makeup, and hair care and styling tips.
I really recommend checking out this book if you’re interested in learning more about how to have a more informed and natural approach to skincare, and what ingredients you need to try to avoid as much as possible.