When it comes to eating well and choosing foods that are healthy for our bodies and minds, there is a wealth of information available to help everyday consumers make the right decisions. When it comes to beauty products however, the market is jammed packed with creams, lotions and other potions that people slap on their skin without second thought.
Have you ever stopped and wondered, however, what those creams and other products you put on your skin on a daily basis are doing to your body?
Currently, there is virtually no Government regulation on what ingredients companies are permitted to use in their beauty and skin care products. Remember that these products are more often than not applied directly on to our skin, our body’s largest organ, where they soak into the blood stream. As a result of non-existent laws on permitted ingredients, harmful chemicals are often used in creating almost every product that is mass marketed.
You may have heard of some of these ingredients (and they may well be listed on the back of your favourite products):
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Alcohol, Isopropyl
- Polyethylene Glycol
The benefits of these chemicals to manufacturers is that they are very easily absorbed by the skin. The downside? Our bodies do not recognise them and therefore cannot rid these toxins and flush them out. The result? The toxins remain in the intestine and eventually get spread through the body and can damage organs throughout.
So – what is the solution to this conundrum? Luckily for us, there is now an increasing number of organic and natural beauty and skin care products that are on the market. Organic skin care products contain no potentially damaging un-natural or harsh chemical products. They are comprised of natural substances and will not damage the skin. The use of natural and organic products also ensures that harmful toxins are not absorbed into the body and face via the skin.
A further benefit to organic products is that they are produced with strict guidelines that are constantly monitored. As with organic produce, they can be slightly more expensive than traditional beauty and skin care products, but again, the benefits to your body and health generally far outweigh and increased cost.
In future posts, I will be reviewing some organic beauty and skin care products that I am using and provide some recommendations to you. In the meantime however, take a look at the ingredients on your favourite beauty products and keep your eye out for organic alternatives. Your body will thank you for it.