With the wide array of skincare and personal care products from different brands and labels, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. It is not uncommon to try and test out several products at the department store cosmetics counter, or even at your local drug store.
Cosmetics and skincare products are packaged attractively so it just makes sense that you are drawn to these products, even if you are not able to read or pronounce most of the ingredients, or what usually are listed after water. Sometimes we rely too much on advertising that we do not even bother to read the ingredients list. It looked great on the television commercial and in magazine ads, so we assume the product is good. But are these products actually good, or even safe for your use?
Most commonly found in cosmetics and skincare are phthalates, parabens, benzoyl peroxide, sulfates, formaldehyde. These are just a few of the chemicals and toxins used as main ingredients, stabilizers and preservatives in skincare products. These are absorbed in the body through the skin which is the largest organ, directly into the bloodstream upsetting the endocrine system which in turn causes hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, reproductive issues and cancer to name a few.
Note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the beauty and skincare industry products to be honestly and accurately labeled. It does not however regulate the use of chemical ingredients, or require safety tests before the products reach the market, the consumers. Therefore it is our choice and our responsibility as consumers to make sure we are doing the body right by using products that are not loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins. Afterall, we at best eat only what is good and safe for a healthy well-being.
Why make the switch? Natural skincare products use plant based ingredients made to nourish, heal, soothe and repair your skin, your body. It does not contain chemical preservatives and stabilizers, which eliminates the need for animal testing of the products. Using plant based natural products will drastically reduce the toxins we absorb in our bodies on a daily basis.
Natural skincare products are made from plants, fruit pulps, peels, seeds, herbs and spices which make these very rich in nutrients and vitamins. The plants are farmed naturally and organically using alternatives to pesticides such as honey traps and herbal teas as natural insect repellents. Fortunately there are great companies who produce only the highest quality natural and organic skin care products made from hand-picked farm fresh ingredients loaded with healing and regenerative properties.
If you are looking into a healthy alternative to chemically loaded cosmetics, lotions, creams, hair products, try a natural or organic product or two. You’ll notice these products are simplified containing only a few ingredients that you already know or heard of – the same fruits and plants we eat to stay healthy. Made from the best ingredients only nature can produce, using natural and organic skincare is a healthy choice reflected not only in your radiant skin and luscious hair but on your improved and healthier body and soul.