If you are concerned about the chemicals in most common cosmetic products, then natural beauty products may be the answer. Some of the chemicals in commercial products may be toxic enough to actually accelerate the aging process of your skin, which obviously is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish. Even though there are increased regulations on the commercially produced products, there are still a number of new products introduced each year.
Would you believe that approximately 900 toxic chemicals have been discovered in commercial cosmetic products by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health? The most outstanding piece of information I discovered is that the Cancer Coalition has stated that cosmetic and personal care products pose a higher threat of cancer than even smoking cigarettes! Making the matter worse is the vast amount of incorrect information distributed by marketing departments to attract new customers.
Take a look at the ingredients in some of your commercially produced beauty products – have you any idea what they are. Someone in the scientific world once told me that if an ingredient is over two inches long in letters, then you can be pretty sure it’s a chemical. Scary isn’t it, but read on it gets worse…
If you think that everything you put on the surface of your skin, whether it’s moisturiser, cosmetics, bath and shower products, is absorbed into the pores and gets into the bloodstream; then the circulation of the blood distributes the toxins throughout the entire body. This in turn causes damage to internal organs as well as the skin. As all these products enter your body, take a good hard look at the labels on our beauty products as you would with the labels on your food. If you choose natural beauty products this eliminates the toxin problem completely.
With the toxins now in your bloodstream, it forces your body to work much harder than usual in an effort to get rid of them. What organ is responsible for most of this clean up – your liver and it can only cope with so much before health problems set in.
By using natural beauty ingredients you can avoid these toxicity problems. Recognising natural beauty ingredients as organic matter your body will process this, not treat it as a toxic threat that must be eliminated.
Using natural products, many of which are made out of plant matter which contains the same basic minerals and vitamins already present in our bodies, our systems process them without any problems. On the other hand synthetic chemicals may be seen by the body as toxic and the immune system will react against them.
Why not instead of using a commercially produced exfoliate, use a natural product such as crushed oatmeal, table sugar or baking soda. Make exfoliating a regular part of your daily skin care routine.
Other natural products that can be found in most kitchens include, honey, egg whites, olive oil, bananas and avocado. Be creative and also save money!
Even with the ‘100% natural’ skin care ranges, which are actually safe? They say 100% natural, but even these contain chemicals and toxins – just look at the labels. You will still find dyes, fragrances and synthetic preservatives on these ‘natural’ beauty products.
Try this gentle body scrub:
Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub
Homemade scrub recipe for a honey and lemon sugar scrub that gently exfoliates your skin.
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (a carrier oil available from health shops or good chemists)
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 4 drops lemon essential oil (always pick a good quality essential oil)
To make the sugar scrub, combine the sugar and sweet almond oil in a large bowl and stir well to combine. Add the lemon juice and stir again. Finally, add the honey and lemon essential oil and stir again to mix.