Why I've Replaced Over $400 In Beauty Products

Why I've Replaced Over $400 In Beauty Products

Let's talk about harmful ingredients. It's no secret they're in our everyday products. But how harmful are they and which ingredients are you supposed to look out for? Most people don't have the time or desire to sit down and research every single ingredient of every single product in their cabinets.

Enter Think Dirty. This app allows you to search personal / beauty products by name or by scanning the bar code and it ranks how "dirty" it is from 1 to 10 (10 being the dirtiest). So how does the rating system work? According to their app they "assess the overall risk of a given product based on the potential health impacts of its published ingredients. Each ingredient listed on the product label or manufacturers website is evaluated for documented evidence of carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and/or allergenicity and immunotoxicity."

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They also mention that "by default, products receive an overall Think Dirty rating no lower than the highest rating of any individual ingredient." The best part about this app is that they really break down each ingredient, rate it and back it up by linking the information to credible sources and studies.

I've been making the effort to chooser cleaner products lately, so I wasn't surprised to see that some of those were ranked between 0-4 (for possible allergens). However, I had a handful of products in my rotation and several unused ones on my shelf that were surprisingly ranked between 8-10 with ingredients linked to cancer, tumors, and reproductive issues.

I spent hours searching for new products that could potentially replace these toxic ones, but I was shocked to see how many were still ranked in the 8-10 range. The rating system can be taken how you wish. However, you cannot ignore the research that's been done on these ingredients (about 1800) that other countries have already banned. Especially when we use an average of 10 products a day and most have several toxic ingredients; it really adds up.

It's impossible to avoid all the toxins we're exposed to on a daily basis. There are some things that we can control because there are better options out there now. Since this previous summer, I've been committed to replacing those offenders and supporting the beginning of a clean beauty movement. My approach was more intense than I think is necessary; I purged over $400 in products and preferred to start completely fresh. A more practical option is to simply replace your products with cleaner ones as you run out of them. 

There are so many clean beauty brands on my radar right now. Once I've had the opportunity to try a handful of them, I'll be sure to begin to share some of my favorite high quality products.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear some of the product switches everyone else has made. If you use Think Dirty, what are some of your favorite brands that have passed the app?

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