If your cosmetic bag has seen better days and you’re ready to shake things up a bit, you’re hopefully searching for products containing nontoxic ingredients that will be kind to your skin. Aloe and water might seem like “throwaway” additives and not at all what should be your main focus when hunting for nontoxic cosmetics, but it’s important to consider the benefits they can offer – and which ingredient is preferable.
Is it really aloe vs. water?
Aloe is the clear winner. It is a concentration derived from one of the oldest medicinal plants known and its healing properties can draw and hold oxygen to the skin. When it comes down to it, if you’re buying a cosmetic containing aloe, you’re getting plenty of H2O as aloe vera contains about 99.5% water. But that other five percent of aloe is comprised of very important ingredients like amino acids, quinones, glycosides, minerals, salicylic acid, and:
- Polysaccharides: They have emollient properties, are hydrating and anti-inflammatory, and create a barrier of protection on the skin.
- Anthraquinones: These anti-microbial agents contribute to aloe’s anti-reddening components and help prevent UV damage.
- Beta-sitosterol: A major player in aloe, this compound offers also anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, and anti-itching elements, as well as UV protection and moisturizing properties.
The benefits of aloe vera in cosmetics
So, beyond the scientific names, what else do all of these amazing, natural ingredients combine to offer in that “paltry” five percent of aloe vera? Plenty:
- Aloe stimulates skin growth and repair while also decreasing rashes and inflammation and speeding up healing times.
- Aloe vera serves as a natural protectant from the sun’s UV rays.
- A natural antibacterial, aloe reduces inflammation and itching (think sun burn and wind chapping) while moisturizing the skin by reducing water loss.
- Aloe protects against free radicals (through flavones) which are damaging to the skin and can increase the signs of aging.
Some might call aloe a miracle product. We just consider it at staple. Many of our all-natural, nontoxic skincare and beauty products at Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics contain a high percentage of aloe vera because we believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Learn about what else is in our ingredients (and, for that matter, what's out!).
As we continue to celebrate women this month, we enter the season of rebirth, growth and renewal. Three months into the year have gone so fast. But take a moment to breathe in and celebrate yourself, the wins you have achieved so far. You deserve it.
And so does your skin.
Women nowadays take up big and small responsibilities in life and a lot of times, we put ourselves on the back burner, somehow we forget the importance of taking care of ourselves.
For once, put yourself first today. Be comfortable in your own skin. And we'll help you do it. We brush aside all the fancy technologies and popping new trends, sticking to one basic idea: making non-toxic and responsible products so you can let your natural beauty out. Take it like the first step toward your better self.
Now enjoy 70% off storewide for a limited time. These tree picks will make your choice much easier and your skin glowing!
Mask it up! Dual Action Nontoxic Brightening Mask (From $58 Now $17)
Gently buff away impurities and dead surface cells toning, smoothing and purifying facial skin revealing a healthier complexion with all natural beauty products. Infused with organic ingredients like squamosa, derived from the Sugar Apple Tree, is combined with powerful Nutripeptides to enhance collagen production and improve intercellular cohesion. Anti-aging free radical scavengers derived from Pomegranate, Cranberry, Vitamins C and E provide protection from harsh environmental aggressors leaving skin looking and feeling healthy all year round!
Skin Type: All Skin Types Except Sensitive.
Balance it out! Clarity Balancing Gel (From $59 Now $17)
When it comes to all natural skin products our organic lightweight gel is ideal for use by those with eruptive, oily or problem skin. Vital nontoxic oil balancing nutrients are delivered to the skin in a soothing gel that absorbs quickly. Excess sebum seems to disappear, minimizing shine and oily appearance. Retinyl Palmitate and Salicylic Acid gently slough off dead skin cells revealing a brighter complexion. Clarity Balancing Gel can be used daily as a moisturizer or as a spot treatment targeting stubborn blemishes.
Skin Type: oily, combination
Spring it up! Organic Loose Mineral Eye Color (From $16 Now $5)
Bring a touch of spring to your eyes! A multifunctional, finely milled, pigment rich, organic Loose Mineral Eye Color (pick from 19 colors).
Can be easily blended dry for an everyday look or applied wet for a bold high-sheen effect.
Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics has formulated all of our all-natural mineral products from the highest quality, finely milled pharmaceutical-grade minerals. Free of talc, starch, perfumes, dyes, and non-natural ingredients, each formulation works with your skin, instead of against it.
Turn a new leaf with SNT Cosmetics and enjoy 70% off all products with our promo code “WOMEN70STRONG” until 31 March! Love yourself and be gentle to your skin. Pamper yourself and all those you love.
"Natural,' 'organic,' 'non-toxic', 'hypoallergenic'. What's the real meaning of these well known terms? What's hidden
behind these buzzwords used to market beauty products? And what should you actually look for?
Knowing the difference between these terms will empower you and get you started on how to read the labels of your beauty products. So let's tackle these buzzwords one by one.
Legally, this term means nothing. In fact, the word "natural" is completely unregulated in the beauty and food industry. It's often used as pure marketing, although it generally means that at least some natural ingredients have been used in the formula.
However, let's keep in mind that a product can be labeled as natural and contain up to 30% synthetic ingredients. You should stay away from ingredients like ethyl acetate and nitrocellulose.
On the other hand, the use of the word "organic" is highly regulated. Products labeled as organic have been legally certified by the USDA. In that case, you should look for the certification logo which confirms that almost 100% of the ingredients have been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness, with no pesticides or fertilizers, and absolutely no genetically modified organisms. So, yes, you read right, the organic certification is a good tool to identify GMO-free products. Sometimes a product only contains a few organic ingredients and those should be highlighted as such (usually with a star or asterisk).
We particularly love this one. The "non-toxic" designation is relatively new. Non-toxic formulas specifically leave out ingredients that have been linked to toxic responses: hormone disruption, cancer, neuro-disruption, just to name a common few. A classic - and horrible - example of toxic ingredient is phthalates, usually found in household products, shampoo and conditioner, because they give products a smooth consistency and they make them easier to pour. Other ingredients you should always avoid because highly toxic are petroleum, formaldehyde, lead acetate, asbestos - usually labeled as talc or hydrous magnesium silicate - and coal tar.
Hypoallergenic products normally cause fewer adverse reactions and are more gentle on the skin specifically on sensitive skin types. However, the term is not regulated, so you'll have to rely on additional factors to make your decision. An example? Our top of the line brushes are exceedingly soft and designed not to pull or tug at your delicate skin. Easy to clean, non-shedding, 100% synthetic, hypoallergenic, cruelty free and vegan! Gotta try them, especially with our special 70% off through March 31st, to celebrate Women's History Month. Just use code: WOMEN70STRONG at checkout.
Overall, it's good practice to keep an eye on the labels. Regardless of any buzzword or marketing gimmick, the list of ingredients will tell you the truth. For instance, look at the order of the ingredients listed on the label: if the ones you recognize are buried at the bottom, the product you're considering is hardly natural. Also, if all the ingredients listed are just the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) Latin names for things you recognize—for example, Butyrospermum Parkii for Shea Butter or Sodium Cocoate for saponified coconut oil - the product is all-natural.
We understand this is a difficult ocean to navigate, and that's why we always want to guide you through it, with your skin's best interest in mind. We have compiled a clear guide for you here, so you know exactly what ingredients to avoid.
Now that you know what to put on your skin - and what not to - you can start shopping safely. The best part? To celebrate Women's History Month, all our products are currently on sale: enjoy 70% off storewide until March 31st! Just use code WOMEN70STRONG at checkout. Empower yourself - and your skin - with organic, non-toxic, 100% cruelty-free skincare; the real meaning of natural beauty.
It has been said - oh, so often - acne is a teenage problem that will eventually go away.
Unfortunately, acne isn’t just a teenage phenomenon. In fact, many women get pimples and acne outbreaks well into adulthood. 22% of adult women suffer from acne, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Even some women that make it through their teenage years with perfectly clear skin, see first signs of acne outburst in their mid-twenties.
Although there are several factors that can cause skin inflammation, blemishes and uneven skin, like environmental agents, chemicals in some skincare products, diet or alcohol, sometimes you just have to blame it on your hormones.
So what is hormonal acne, really? In a way, all acne is hormonal.
When hormones kick in, let's say during our teenage years, they stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum.
However, hormonal acne in adults is a tougher, resilient enemy. It tends to stick to the area around the neck, chin and lower cheeks, often before or during your period, mostly caused by elevated levels of androgens, or by an increased sensitivity to these hormones, or by common conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Let's also keep in mind that the chemistry of a woman's body is a complex yet delicate system. Think about how menopause, pregnancy, menstruation cycles, the pill and sleep patterns can affect your hormones and, therefore, your balance.
All these "events", more often than not, trigger your body to produce more oil, which can lead to breakouts. Such events are clearly exclusive to women, so hormonal fluctuations can cause acne in more women than men.
Then, what can we do to help with these breakouts and visible results of hormonal fluctuations? Although, there’s no definitive cure for acne, there are some tips and healthy habits you can incorporate in your routine to improve the look of your acneic skin (and your self-esteem!).
Be Careful With Antibiotics!
Though, in some aggressive acne cases, they provide temporary relief and may help with bacterial acne, many women with hormonal acne find it comes back with a vengeance after they discontinue taking antibiotics.
Food: Avoid High-Glycemic Diet and Cut Out Dairy, Gluten & More
Studies suggest you should avoid a high-glycemic diet, which can help all acne, not just hormonal. Also, cutting out all dairy and gluten on one hand, while consuming Vitamin D and only organic, grass-fed meat - if you do eat meat - may help. That's because you definitely don't want to be consuming hormones through those foods. Other face-friendly foods that tame inflammation and curb breakouts include cold-water fish such as salmon, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats like avocados.
Watch Out Your Overall Lifestyle
Beyond switching up your diet, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise, both of which can help to regulate your hormones naturally. And stressing less (easier said than done, we know) will also help.
Skincare, Makeup Tools and Topical Treatments
Although topical treatments don’t get to the root of the problem, the products we use on our skin can really improve the look and feel or actually worsen the condition. Toxic and pore clogging ingredients are in almost every skincare and cosmetic product in the general marketplace. Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics has a full range of luxury, nontoxic skincare and cosmetics formulated with natural and organic ingredients that help reduce the incidence of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and other forms of acne. Our satisfied customers told us that choosing our products helped them clear breakouts and maintain a healthy complexion.
Here are a few highlights for acneic skin:
Our Clarity Clay Mask detoxes impurities and excess oil, and it also works as a good spot treatment!
Try our Clarity Balancing Gel, a lightweight formula, ideal for eruptive, oily or problem skin. Excess sebum seems to disappear, minimizing shine and oily appearance. Use it daily as a moisturizer or as a spot treatment targeting stubborn blemishes!
This Clarity Toner effectively cleans skin without stripping or excessive drying. As an ultra pure anti-microbial, this is packed with extracts and purifying oils that diminish sebum production with a fresh, natural citrus scent.
Our Clarity Vitamin A Crème, helps with imperfections, blackheads, discoloration, fine lines and blemishes thanks to organic ingredients like Echinacea Extract, Vitamin A and Tea Tree Oil. It will calm and soothe eruptive skin with powerful Chamomile, Yucca and Arnica Extracts.
Other items that gather oily residue and clog pores are your makeup applicators, brushes and sponges. Use a gentle non-toxic applicator cleanser and warm water to clean sponges and brushes at least once a month. Replace application sponges every three months.
For some women, simply making a few lifestyle changes will help; for others, birth control is a powerful alternative - although with some health risks - and for other women, nothing really cuts it. One thing’s for sure: if you suffer from hormonal acne, you’re definitely not alone.
Healthy, glowing and soft skin is what every woman wishes for. But how do you pick the best regimen for your skin type? How can you really leverage the power of non-toxic skincare? We've got you.
From sunrise to sunset, here's your skincare regimen guide perfectly built around your skin type. And because we want you to look dashing on your Valentine's night: enjoy a very special 70% off all skincare and cosmetics, until February 14th.
So let's get started!
If you want to take advantage of the 70% sale in just a few minutes, try our extra-gentle Makeup Remover, Soothing Serum and Mega Moisture Mask. All suitable for most skin types and among our customers' favorite products! If you're ready to dig deeper, from cleanser to moisturizer, keep reading.
Cleansing your face at least twice a day, once in the morning and before going to bed, is key to achieve a healthy glow. Every day, your skin faces an onslaught of enemies, from environmental pollution to free-radicals. Without the proper cleansing routine, these particles stay on your face, clogging up your pores and causing irritation.
If you have normal skin try our Foaming Wash. Apply a small amount to your skin. Massage, adding water until cleanser has reached a foaming consistency, then rinse.Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, gently massage face and neck with wet hands and a small amount of Calming Cleansing Cre’me, then rinse thoroughly.Dry and Aging Skin
Use the Restore Cleansing Cre’me. Apply gently in circular motions and then carefully rinse the cleanser off.
Even if cleansing is the most important part of any skincare routine, it's incomplete without a high-quality toner. Without this vital element of natural face care, you could be leaving bits of pore-clogging oil and makeup behind.
All Skin Types
After cleansing, apply the Balancing Toner or Brightening Toner with a cotton pad to remove residue from cleanser makeup or hard water. Allow 2-3 minutes for residual toner to absorb. Both toners are for all skin types!
The Revitalizing Mineral Mist can be used after cleansing to remove impurities or throughout the day to hydrate and re-energize your skin. Note that it doesn’t alter your makeup, it even gives it a flawless finish!
After cleansing and toning, it’s time to hydrate your skin to avoid dryness, irritation or balance moisture levels for oily skin types. Most conventional moisturizers are incapable of penetrating to the deeper layers of your skin. Instead they remain on the surface, clogging pores and causing more harm than good.
Aging and Dry Skin
Apply our Antioxidant Rich Creme after cleansing and toning to give fatigued skin a boost, you’ll feel extra nurtured and you'll love how your skin will look and feel!
All Skin Types
Whether you have dry, normal of oily skin the Revitalize Co-Q10 Moisture Whip is for you. After cleansing and toning, apply a small amount to face and neck and massage in gently. It can be used in the morning and evening.Dry Or Sensitive Skin
If you have dry or sensitive skin, use the Quench Co-Enzyme Q-10 Cre’me. Fight dehydration and dull skin encouraging healthy and vibrant look staying hydrated day and night.
Follow this simple skin routine to improve the texture, look and feel of your skin. And when you make your skin care regimen a habit, you'll see the change.