To detox or not to detox, that is the question on many people's’ minds after the excesses of Christmas. Some say that although your liver is a well-functioning organ designed to detoxify your body of moderate amounts of toxins, such as alcohol and inorganic matter, if you live a stressful life, in the city, and consume a far from perfect diet (including trans fats, artificial sweeteners, colours and the like), then your body may well thank you for a detox. Others argue that there is little scientific evidence to back up the notion of detoxing, and that your body is a detoxifying machine - regularly expelling and processing impurities through not just your liver, but also your kidneys, lungs and intestines.
One thing you can do this new year is detox your beauty regime. Many mainstream products contain ingredients that can be a burden on our body’s nervous, lymph and detox systems. Did you know that there’s a “dirty dozen” in beauty products? These are 12 twelve ingredients considered to be the worst offenders when it comes to being bad for our health. You can rest assured that you won’t find any of these ingredients in products on the Lucy Rose website. So that you know what to avoid read on!
1. BHA and BHT - preservatives used mostly in moisturisers and makeup. These chemicals are suspected endocrine (hormone) disruptors.
2. Coal tar dyes - p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by a five digit number These chemicals are possibly carcinogenic and may contain heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-MEA-TEA - Used in creamy and foaming products, DEA can react with other ingredients to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer.
4. Dibutyl phthalate - used in nail care products, dibutyl phthalate is a suspected endocrine disruptor and toxic to the reproductive system.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives - such as DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. They ingredients slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
6. Parabens - used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors that may also interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance) - any number of fragrance ingredients may be used in cosmetics — even in products marketed as "unscented." Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma, some have been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
8. PEG compounds - used in cosmetic cream bases, PEGs may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.
9. Petrolatum - used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in lip balms and moisturizers. Petrolatum may be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer
10. Siloxanes - look for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone." Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. These may be endocrine disruptors and in the case of cyclotetrasiloxane it may be toxic to the reproductive system.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate/Sodium lauryl sulfate - used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, body washes and bubble bath. SLS/SLES may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
12. Triclosan - an antibacterial agent that can be found in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Triclosan is a suspected endocrine disruptor and is thought to have played a large part in the increase in antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
If you feel like you need to detox your body and beauty regime this January, here are our pick of the products to help you look and feel better in 2017!
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sea Salt Body Scrub
Did you know a sea salt scrub naturally detoxifies your body whilst exfoliating? This boosting your circulation to reveal brighter, smoother, softer skin. This scrub contains jojoba, macadamia, avocado and sweet almond oils to moisturise and hydrate.
Aloree Detox Facial Scrub Kit
This cleansing scrub is a dry mix of alfalfa and olive seeds to combine with either Aloree’s cleansing gel or radiance mask. It’s a fun way to detoxify and exfoliate the skin and you can choose how you use it!
Madara Ultra Purifying Detox Mud Mask
Whether you’re breaking out or your complexion is looking dull after the festive excesses, Madara’s Ultra Purifying Detox Mask contains mud from Nordic forests to deeply cleanse, tighten pores and condition. With use, skin is clarified, rejuvenated and hydrated leaving skin revitalised and glowing.