^^My face two nights ago. I’ll explain:
I should probably start off by saying this isn’t sponsored, I’m just mind blown. As you may know, I loooove makeup and beauty products (… and pretty much all cosmetics of any sort). Until now I’ve only had one beauty post (my 12 beauty favorites), but that’s because I find products I love and I stay loyal to them. When it comes to makeup and skincare, I’m not one to constantly look for something “better” if I think I’ve found the best! Which is why my world was rocked the other night when my friend introduced me to an app called Think Dirty.
Over the weekend my friend Caroline asked me if I’d ever heard of Think Dirty and I was like “nah girlypop what’s that?” and she was like “ooooh you’re in for a treat.” Think Dirty basically allows you to look up any cosmetic product and shows you its rating on a dirty scale (0-10, 0 being pure/clean and 10 being toxic/dirty/hazardous). It breaks down what ingredients are in it and, if they’re hazardous, what effects they could have on your body. I want to reinforce the fact that I’m a loyal makeup shopper and a brand snob. I tend to buy pricier products with the idea that they’re just better, but turns out that’s a naive assumption. I assumed that buying NARS blush was better/healthier than buying drug store blush for the same reason an $800 Chloe bag is better quality than a $20 bag from Forever21… but I was wrong. Here are some products I use on a daily basis:
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bumming hard after seeing all the products on the left have some nasty stuff in them. The ones on the right are better rated but what I really love is that if you want more specifics you can click on “Ingredients” and it will tell you exactly where the bad stuff is, why it’s used and it’s health impacts! I followed up with some research to give it all context because I tend to be pretty skeptical of people telling me what’s “good” and “bad”. What I learned is that Think Dirty rates their “Dirty Meter” (middle photo) under three categories: carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity and allergies & immunotoxicities. Obviously everyone has different concerns but some products are rated high on the Dirty Meter even though they’re only a high risk for allergies which, to me, is less important than a product that rates high for carcinogenicity. In my opinion, just because a product contains allergens doesn’t mean it’s unsafe for the majority of people to use. There are also other things it doesn’t account for (i.e. brands that fully disclose their ingredients vs. brands that don’t) so it’s safe to say the app has some flaws but, at the very least, it’s made me MUCH more aware of what I’m using on my body. For instance, my Nars Super Orgasm Blush (that I’ve been using since middle school) has BHA and Triclosan in it. I could’ve easily read that on the ingredients list myself but those words meant nothing to me until Think Dirty explained BHA is a hormone disruptor and carcinogen and Triclosan is toxic to reproduction and can cause infertility…. HAHAHA WHAT. Obviously it’s important to take everything with a grain of salt, my mom’s been using that blush for years and she’s a healthy 57-year-old woman, but I think awareness is key. I don’t think it’s realistic to throw away every product I own but I am going to try and avoid products that could have harmful effects on my body in the long term. These next couple weeks will be trial and error period while I test out cleaner, healthier products but I’m excited to be more aware of ingredients and their long term effects on my body/health. And I hope you’ll be more aware too!
Happy beauty shopping!