How safe are your Skin Care Products and why you should use and choose natural skin products.
When you pick up a magazine, surf the web, walk down any supermarket aisle, walk through a department store or even the chemist, it’s hard not to be struck by how many skin care and beauty products are on offer for men, women, children, pets, everyone any everything. Do you want to cleanse, tone or moisturise? Fight the signs of ageing, firm, sculpt, freshen, whiten or even darken? Smooth, erase, correct, repair? It can leave your head spinning, it does me, every time I look. Does it even work? Or does it just work on your bank balance and self-worth.
Do you ever look at the back of the product and wonder what all (long list in tiny font, because there are so many) those ingredient are, let alone how to pronounce some of them.
Even when you're accustomed to doing things the way you always have and go straight to what you always buy, you may not see why you would want to change your routine. But once you compare the benefits of natural health and beauty products to the way things used to be done, you will see why and understand why you would want to adopt a new, natural lifestyle with health and beauty products that can help you look and feel great, great for the environment and if you have any pets, great for them as well.
Because as it turns out, beauty is more than skin deep…
But what’s the problem? It’s not like you are eating it, is it? Right? Not so fast… what about nicotine patches? Don’t they deliver substances directly into your bloodstream through your skin? And why are we not supposed to use Deet in insect repellent? Or even use Lead in paint. Oh yeah, because it gets absorbed into the body through the skin. Noticing a trend? Remember that the skin is the body’s largest organ and is semi-permeable and actually does absorb and transport nutrients along with other matter from its surface into the bloodstream and beyond. Which leads me to the point: If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth and swallow it, you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin.
The average person slathers, lathers, rubs, sprays and squirts many different products on his or her body every day and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 168 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to, 20 of these chemicals are probably toxic.
Some cosmetics companies and the TGA (Therapeutic Good Administration Australia (FDA in USA) maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are, in small doses at least. But consider that the average woman wears makeup every day, and you begin to understand how a little dab here a quick spray there begins to add up. The fact is, no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over time, or how they react in our bodies in combination. Other chemicals have known dangers: Phthalates, for example, which are often found in artificial fragrances, are a class of hormone disruptor which can be linked to birth defects, sperm damage, infertility, and the feminization of baby boys, as an example.
Chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can also cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural skin care products and body products work with your skin instead of against it, although it is fair to say that not all natural ingredients are good for humans and pets and some do cause irritation and some people and pets may also have allergies to them.
However, more and more people are turning to products with natural ingredients to slather on their skin, ethically sourced and less harmful to the environment and quite often cruelty free. We treat our other organs with care and we carefully consider what we put into our bodies, we should carefully consider what we put onto our bodies.
You may also be surprised to learn that there are no industry standards or regulations anywhere for organic or natural products, nevertheless, while many of us prefer to use organic and natural, with many more people realizing why they should, we are easily seduced by deep rooted marketing of products that say they are natural and/or organic, but are not. The term Organic and Natural can be practically meaningless on a cosmetic label. You need to check the label and find out what’s in the jar or bottle and confirm before you purchase.