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?