It’s spring! We’re flinging the windows open and letting all that good fresh air and sunshine in. With this change of season, there’s a newfound energy and urge-to-purge that can be extended to cleaning up our beauty routines: there’s no time like the present to throw out toxic products that disrupt our endocrine system—a network of hormone-producing glands that play a vital role in development, metabolism, and reproduction—and pack your vanity with healthy glow-getters. Below, we share our tips for decluttering your daily rituals, along with the seven most common endocrine disruptors—and how to steer clear of them, in what we put on our skin and in our bodies.
Vert is your one-stop shop for paraben-free and cruelty-free skincare and makeup; most of our lineup is vegan, too. Our professional makeup artists and estheticians will help you make the switch to green beauty: simply bring in what you’re currently using, and we’ll help you find clean, beautiful options—and as a bonus, you can recycle your old products for reward points.
- Check the expiration date: shelf-life matters! make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment by using them before their expiration dates, when ingredients are stable and effective. You can bring your cast-offs to our shop in Denver to recycle through Terracycle (more on Terracycle in our next blog post!).
- Check for potency: has the color changed in your products? if it’s oxidized, it’s more than likely ineffective.
- Say goodbye to synthetic fragrances: synthetic fragrances can disrupt healthy body function and even cause allergic reactions. Essential oils offer straight-from-the-source scent and a host of aromatherapeutic benefits, too.
- Switch this for that: trade in toxic ingredients for safe, nurturing ones for you and your family. If you want fragrant products but want to avoid phthalates, parabens, and other risky chemicals, opt for ones that disclose all of their ingredients, including their fragrance mixture, so that you know exactly what’s in the bottle. Below, you’ll find the repeat offenders found in many conventional beauty products so you can check your labels and keep things clean and green:
- Parabens // Most prevalent in beauty products, parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as artificial preservatives since the 1920s. Since cosmetics contain ingredients that can biodegrade, parabens are added to prevent and reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and mold, increasing the shelf life of the product. Check labels and ingredient lists to ensure your products are paraben-free.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) // BPA is commonly found in the lining of canned foods and other food-packaging materials, certain plastic bottles, and cash register receipts. Most water bottles (like Nalgenes, and stainless steel varieties) are now BPA-free.
- Phthalates // Phthalates are chemicals found in “fragrance,” PVC plastic, toys, and plastic wrap. Avoid products that list phthalates as an ingredient as well as those that list “fragrance,” and keep in mind that fragrance can show up in unexpected places—like diapers and scented garbage bags.
- PFAS chemicals // These nonstick, waterproof, grease-resistant chemicals are used to make cookware, waterproof clothing, coatings on upholstered furniture and carpeting, and food packaging. Drinking water, too, is one of the most common sources of exposure to PFAS chemicals—you can avoid them by buying a water filter and avoiding nonstick pans and kitchen utensils.
- Atrazine // Atrazine is found in water systems, so getting a drinking water filter certified to remove atrazine, buying organic produce, and using a resource like the Environmental Working Group to find the items with the least pesticide residue are just a few ways to reduce exposure.
- Flame retardants // Flame retardants migrate from furniture and mattresses to the air inside your home. Check labels, and check in with manufacturers to see if it was made with or without them.
- Perchlorate The greatest sources of perchlorate are drinking water and dairy products. While it’s challenging to reduce this in food sources, you can use a water filter to reduce and remove perchlorate from your drinking water.