What inspired you to take a closer look at your skincare/beauty products?
When I moved from Tampa to San Francisco, I developed really dry skin and had a hard time finding a remedy. I started getting breakouts (high school style), and just wasn’t happy with the quality of my skin. One day, I looked at the ingredients list for one of my products and realized I didn’t know what the heck anything meant! It was then that I decided to take a closer look at what I was putting on my skin. I started reading No More Dirty Looks and was blown away. The book talks about all the things the cosmetics industry doesn’t want you to know. By chapter 3, I had already bought a few copies to give to my girlfriends. It’s my beauty handbook.
What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned on this journey to clean beauty?
I found out that there’s not much regulation when it comes to beauty products. Beauty companies can use almost any ingredient they want without any oversight. What’s scary is that our skin absorbs everything we put on it. If our products are loaded with harmful chemicals, our organs and tissues are too. It’s not pretty!
Our interest is piqued. If we wanted to make the switch to clean beauty, what should we replace first?
Starting with body lotion is going to be your best bet because it covers the most amount of surface area. When you read No More Dirty Looks, you may or may not have the instant urge to throw out every product you own. Don’t do it! Beauty products are so expensive. When you run out of something, replace it with a cleaner version. It’s a bit of a gradual process. Whole Foods has a ton of nontoxic options. Just remember that the proof is always in the fine print. Once you learn how to read beauty labels (the book will teach you how), it’s easier to make a cleaner decision.
Ahh! I think the key to life is moderation. There may be a dirty product or two in my beauty bag, but I use them sparingly—for photo shoots or events when I know there will be lots of photographers. Dior Airflash is a dirty favorite. It gives you an airbrushed look, which is hard to give up when you need to look flawless. I figure that if I’m using clean products the majority of the time, I’m in the clear. It’s a lot like eating chocolate. It tastes SO good and you want to eat it, but there are consequences if you eat too much. It’s the same with beauty products.