Up until a few years ago, I didn't really give a second thought to what was in my skin & beauty care products. Not necessarily because I didn't care, but because I was unaware of what nasty things could actually be in my pretty little beauty routine. I always just assumed that if the product was intended to make me feel & look beautiful then it wasn't going to be filled with chemicals and ingredients that could do harm. Obviously, I was mistaken.
Over the past few years, I've been making an active effort to make more conscious and informed decisions about what I put on my body. I figure that if I'm watching what I put into my body then I might as well take the same care in understanding what I'm putting on my body. Let me just tell you, this concept is way easier said than done. It's crazy how difficult it is to find out what really is in your products. Often you'll find that many products that are portrayed at healthy & natural are actually some of the most terrible for you.
Thankfully, technology has come to my aid once again and provided me with an app that does the "dirty work" of uncovering the not so pretty ingredients inside my beloved beauty products for me. The app, called Think Dirty, may have a simple interface but the capabilities behind it are very powerful. You are given the option to input a products name into the search field or you can simply scan the products barcode to retrieve simplified information on it. If you are unsatisfied with how "dirty" your product is, the app will suggest products that have a "cleaner" or less toxic rating.
While I can't say that all the products I use are completely clean & nontoxic, I can say that I have been making a more conscious effort to make an informed decisions about what I put on my body since discovering this app. I still have a few beauty products that I probably should replace but when you find a holy grail item we all know how hard it is to change it up. For now I'll use this app to replace items I'm not completely sold on with more clean & natural products, while I slowly work up the courage to replace some of my old favorites.