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Seeking Safe Skin Care


When you’re out of your favourite homemade soap or handcrafted lotion and don’t have time to wait for your order of new products to arrive, what do you do?  Do you wait and go without lotion for a few days?  Do you succumb to using detergents on your skin?  Or, do you just hide in your house, hoping no one will come to the door?!

Head to your local health food store

As much as I would have liked to hide out at home when this inevitable happens to me, I’ve never had the patience to do it.  When I run out of supplies, I always find myself heading directly for the health food store.  However, once there, it’s not as easy as picking up any old brand that they have to offer.  The fact is, there are many brands that advertise their products as being all natural that still use synthetic preservatives or other harmful ingredients.

Use Existing Databases to Check Your Choices

Aside from thoroughly reading labels, there are two tools that I like to use to address this issue.  First, I always like to check the Skin Deep database.  They have rated an extensive catalogue of products.  Further, the database has all kinds of information about each ingredient.  It’s a great resource.

If I haven’t taken the time to do my research before hitting the store, I turn to the Good Guide app.  It’s a free app and you can use it to scan the bar code of an item and get their rating on it.  The rating is based on three factors (Health, Environment, and Social) and yields a score out of ten.  Every time that I use this app, I am surprised to learn that the brands that I know best aren’t always the ones that have the best ingredients.

How do you ensure that you are buying the best products for your skin?

12 thoughts on “Seeking Safe Skin Care

  1. Great tips, Alia. Thanks for sharing these. Do you have some favorite brands you recommend?

    • Thanks, Sarah! In a pinch, I always feel safe turning to Weleda. They have a wonderful skin creams that moisturize with safe ingredients. Another favorite of mine is the Rocky Mountain Soap Company. They take great care to ensure their products are made with high quality natural ingredients.

  2. Thank you for your tips, great post! I make my own skin care products and try to use as less branded stuff as possible. Recently I met two girls in my local market, they produce 100% natural skin care products and they are my saviours when I am about to run out of my products 🙂

    • Kristina, that’s great that you have found a local supplier that you trust! Like you, I always try to use my own products. The more I learn about them, the more intent I am on keeping a good supply on hand! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad you enjoyed my paraben-free post! 🙂 The Skin Deep database is fantastic – thank you for sharing!

  4. that was really useful Alia, thank you! will have to be more conscious about these ingredients lists to save ourselves and of course our budgets..

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