Is Your Skincare Safe Enough to Eat?

Apr. 30, 2018A lot of us want to look 22 forever, and that’s okay. The world is chock-full of magic potions (some of which actually work) to keep our skin looking radiant as the sun and years take their toll. But do we actually know what’s in them?


What’s Hiding In Your Moisturizer?

Turns out, there are a lot of not-so-beautiful ingredients in skincare products that aren’t just hard on the planet — many of them have been linked heavily to health problems whose numbers only seem to be growing.



Moisturizers and serums in particular are great hiding places for petroleum-based products. Everything, from the oils used to the preservatives found in these products, is often derived directly from fossil fuels, increasing our already heavy dependence on them.



Paraben-free is becoming a hot label these days and with good reason. Parabens have been heavily linked to breast cancer, and as a result, many cosmetic and skincare companies are pulling them from their product lines.



Hard to say, but unfortunately, not hard to find — phthalates are chemical compounds frequently used in beauty products to control their thickness. Interestingly, they’ve been banned from a number of children’s products because of their proven links to endocrine system disruption, which can cause reproductive and neurological disorders.


More Harm Than Good

What’s really crazy about many conventional skincare products is that so many of the ingredients actually do what the product was designed to prevent — cause cell damage.

Hormonal imbalances can cause several issues with both hair and skin, including premature aging. With so many ingredients in beauty products linked directly to hormone disruption, you have to wonder — are they doing more harm than good?

Gentle on the Planet, Safe for You: Meet Plantioxidants

Thankfully, there are people out there in the world taking matters into their own hands. Meet Plantioxidants.

“What you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, so it is vital for women (and men) to think about what they are using on their bodies and faces. Our products were specifically created to deliver healthy nutrients that feed and repair the skin.” – Josh Wadinski, Founder & CEO

With a determination to make products that are cleaner and safer for people — and gentler on the planet — Plantioxidants is offering up skincare with a conscience.


Clean in Every Bottle

Plantioxidants puts quality of ingredients first. Every bottle contains completely USDA-certified organic formulas, and the company’s special blend of antioxidants to boot. Each formula is vegan, biodegradable, and designed to nourish skin naturally.

You won’t find any of these in Plantioxidants’ products:


Artificial colors


Artificial fragrances

Synthetic/petroleum-based ingredients

Planet-Friendly Packaging

In addition to having beautifully formulated products, Plantioxidants places a strong emphasis on lessening their impact on the planet with their packaging. All of their bottles are 100% recyclable, BPA-free, and made from post-consumer content.

Their biodegradable boxes and packing materials are also made out of post-consumer content and use only soy-based inks. My favorite part? They use seed paper for their cards!


Products We Love

Plantioxidants sent me a bottle of their hydration treatment to try for myself, and this mountain mama is officially in love.

Cucumber and Kale Overnight Hydration Treatment

I live around 4,000 feet above sea level. The air here is dry, dry, dry, even with a foot of snow on the ground, so I was super excited to take this mask for a spin.

The company advised me I could keep it in the fridge for a refreshing effect, but it was approximately 0 degrees that night, so I kept it at room temperature. In the summer though, I am SO looking forward to the chilled effect of this formula.

First off, this stuff is designed to plump up dry skin cells. As they describe on their site, dry skin cells are like little raisins. When you rehydrate them, they plump up, and your skin comes back to life silky smooth and vibrant.

This formula has a slightly sweet kale smell to it — you don’t smell like a pasture, but it’s not floral. It’s real. I LOVED that I could actually see the tiny green flakes of kale in it. I put it on and left it on for about 15 minutes, until it had dried completely, and then rinsed it off with a bit of warm water.

Once dry, I touched my face and was BLOWN AWAY. You guys — so soft. So bouncy. I didn’t even realize how aged my skin looked until after this treatment got it looking 10x better.

In short: it works, it has the BEST ingredients list I’ve ever seen in a face mask, and now I can’t wait to try their Brightening Eye Cream on these sad lookin’ circles of mine.




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Destiny Hagest

By Destiny Hagest

 —  Destiny is a freelance writer with a background in sustainability and natural health. She lives in the mountains of central Montana with her husband and young son. When she's not writing or chasing her toddler, you can find her wandering the quiet wilderness in search of wild herbs and antler sheds.

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