New (School) Year, New You!

by American Provenance

We don’t want to admit it, but we’ve officially hit August and it’s time to start planning for back to school. (Even if you don’t have kids heading back to school or aren’t headed back to school yourself, it’s still a great read!)

Like the first of the year, back to school season is a time to reset-- new clothes, new school supplies, new teacher/s, etc., but you don’t have to stop there…

With a new (school) year brings the opportunity to evaluate what types of products you are using. I’m sure you have heard this at least 1000 times already and although it may sound cliche, skin is the largest organ your body has and it is also the first line of defense your body has against all sorts of toxins. Now is the time to start loving your skin and paying more attention to what products you are applying everyday. 

If you have a minute, I urge you to take a minute and go find some of the products you use on a regular basis and read the ingredient list. I want to point out 2 seemingly innocent ingredients to keep an eye out for when you go to buy new products.

It might sound surprising since we need it to survive, but if you see “Water” or “Aqua” or “Hydrosol” on the ingredient list, that should raise a red flag. One thing many people are avoiding in their diet these days are preservatives, and you should also be avoiding them when it comes to your skincare products as well. Water is a medium where bacteria, mold, fungi, etc. thrive, so if you see “Water” as an ingredient, then you know that there has to be preservatives in that product. 

The second ingredient you should avoid is “Fragrance”. While it seems generally straightforward, there could potentially be thousands of different ingredients making up that fragrance. Fragrance is a huge loop hole in the cosmetic/personal care industry. The FDA considers fragrance to be proprietary or a trade secret, so companies don’t have to disclose what makes their products smell like they do. While many companies are starting to share the essential oils they are using in their products, be wary of those that say “Fragrance” and even “Natural Fragrance” because there are no regulations on what goes into making that smell.

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