Do you know what’s in the products you put on your skin? If your answer is no, we have some important homework for you! Go read the ingredients in the body products you use on a regular basis. Why? Because much of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, toxins and all.
This is not a drill!
Unfortunately, the FDA has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to regulating harmful ingredients in personal-care products. Because of this, it’s imperative that we educate ourselves as consumers and think before we buy.
At OWL Venice, we carefully craft our goods using only all-natural, organic ingredients. This goes for both our food products and skincare! Our customers can be sure that the goods they purchase at OWL have been thoroughly researched for quality, sustainability, and safety. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be an educated consumer!
Keep reading to learn some of the harmful ingredients in common beauty products and better understand what makes OWL skincare different.
5 Harmful Ingredients to Avoid
One of the most common harmful ingredients in skincare: Parabens. Parabens are preservatives used to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold. While this may make them seem more helpful than harmful, parabens contain chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer and can affect reproductive functions.
2. Synthetic Colors
Unlike parabens, synthetic colors can be difficult to spot on a product label. Keep an eye out for FD&C or D&C in ingredients lists. These are often the FDA code for synthetic colors. Most of these products are human carcinogens which can irritate the skin and are linked to ADHD in children.
Another harmful ingredient in skincare that may take you by surprise… Fragrance. Many companies use the term ‘fragrance’ to disguise a whole slew of unsafe ingredients in their products. Many synthetic fragrances are chemicals that irritate the skin, cause allergies, and may result in reproductive issues.
Not only is important to watch out for formaldehyde, you should also keep an eye out for products that release formaldehyde such as DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, bromopol and glyoxal. Formaldehyde is used to prevent bacteria growth in cosmetic products, but it is a human carcinogen that can lead to cancer and skin irritation.
5. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
These ingredients are commonly found in foaming personal care products, like face wash. When combined with other chemicals, SLS and SLES can form a human carcinogen that may lead to skin irritation, allergic reactions, and kidney and respiratory issues.
These are just some of the dangerous ingredients commonly found in FDA-approved body products. We encourage you to do your own research to learn more about other chemicals and toxins found in cosmetics before picking out new products. Instead of trusting a company when they claim to be natural or organic, put in a little extra effort by reading ingredients lists. This will ensure you use products that meet your standards!
All About OWL Skincare
Did you know that OWL’s owner, Lindsey, made her own skincare before she began cooking bone broth? It's true!
After researching non-harmful skincare ingredients and learning about the benefits of oil cleansing, Lindsey developed our Moon Wash. Years later, we now offer four skin-care products, all handcrafted in small batches and made with natural, organic oils formulated to nourish the skin and protect the body.
Read more about each of our products below, and don’t skip over the ingredients we use in each formula!
Our Moon Wash is a gentle daily oil cleanser designed for sensitive/normal skin types. Use half a dropper in the morning and/or night for a gentle cleanser and makeup remover.
+ Removes impurities
+ Balances natural pH
+ Reduces hyperpigmentation
All organic: Jojoba oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, castor oil, carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil + essential oils of sage, ylang ylang, bergamot, chamomile, and lavender.
Our Moon Glow is the perfect daily moisturizer and evening serum designed for sensitive/normal skin types. Use half a dropper in the morning and/or night for a radiant glow.
+ Slows signs of aging
+ Hydrates all skin types
+ Natural antibacterial
All organic: Jojoba oil, sesame oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil + essential oils of rosemary, bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang, and lavender.
Our Sun Potion is a gentle daily moisturizer designed for sensitive/normal skin types. Use half a dropper morning and/or night for an overall moisturizer and medium sun protectant.
+ Protects skin against harmful rays
+ Balances natural pH
+ Boosts collagen production
All organic: Jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, + essential oils of bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang, rosemary.
Our Rose Toner is the perfect pick-me-up designed for sensitive/normal skin types. Apply 1-3 spritzes to your face throughout the day for added moisture, and after cleansing to maintain your skin’s natural pH balance. OWL skincare products are all natural, made with organic ingredients, and handcrafted in small batches.
+ Hydrates all skin types
+ Maintains the skin’s pH balance
+ Reduces redness and irritation
All organic: Persian rosewater, apricot oil, witch hazel, and frankincense.
INTRODUCING THE FULL MOON SKINCARE KIT: $88
Ready for a skincare overhaul? Announcing the Full Moon Kit!
We are now selling our Moon Wash, Moon Glow, and Sun Potion as a set.
Get healthy, glowing skin without sacrificing your passion for wellness and sustainability. Each of these full-sized products is made of high-quality ingredients you can trust. Even better, they come in glass bottles that can be reused or recycled. Order yours HERE!
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The OWL Fam