Switch your skincare to paraben-freeNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, Bigio/shutterstock, via ildipekar.com
There are over 800 chemicals in beauty products sold in the U.S., many of which are potentially harmful in a variety of ways, according to holistic beauty author and educator Tara Mackey, founder of The Organic Life. “One hundred percent of what we put into our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream,” she says. Parabens are commonly used in personal care products as preservatives even though a small British study found a potential link between parabens and breast tumors, reports Real Simple. Next time you’re in the market for a new eye cream, try Ildi Pekar 100% Raw Honey Eye Cream. It’s paraben-free, uses natural oils and 100 percent certified organic raw honey, among other natural ingredients. Want to go ever more green? Here are natural moisturizers you already have in your home.
Toss those old lip balmsNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, Bigio/shutterstock, nyakio via ulta.com
Lip balms are typically formulated with petroleum jelly, and some science has shown that petroleum-based products may release toxic compounds directly into our very porous skin, reports huffingtonpost.com. “Avoid formulas with petrolatum, and swap for balms with baobab oil,” says Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a natural beauty products expert and formulator. Nyakio Baobab Lip Balm, from her line, uses the oil of the baobab super fruit from Ghana to hydrate lips and nurture skin. The baobab tree is known to locals as the “Tree of Life,” thanks to high levels of vitamins A and E, a variety of omega fatty acids, and other nutrients in its fruit.