-Written by Arielle Hebert
Everyone wants healthy, youthful, vibrant skin. Just take a look at the amount of money spent in the cosmetics and skincare industry and you’ll realize it’s a high priority of most folks. What many people don’t realize, however, is that most of the beauty products they slather on every day contain toxic and dangerous ingredients! The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice health for beauty: a few simple guidelines in skin care form a solid foundation for healthy, youthful, and vibrant skin. You don’t have to resort to potions and lotions, chemical peels, or surgical face-lifts to get fresh, glowing skin. Let me share a few of these simple “secrets” with you…to start you on your way towards healthy, beautiful skin!
#1 STOP piling on all sorts of “miracle” skin care products: more is not always better. Keep your skin care products to a minimum and your skin (and overall health) will be better off. After all, what you put on your skin will quickly be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. People want a quick fix, and instant beauty, but most of the products that make that promise are in reality temporary fixes and un-natural solutions. What’s more, many of these products actually HARM your skin over the course of time and most companies that use them are not full-disclosure companies. They will do as little as they can to inform you of contents, and as much as they can to sell their product. High pricing does not necessarily mean a better or purer product. The FDA does not require cosmetics companies to perform any kind of testing to make sure their products are safe before they market them. They are also allowed to make all kinds of assertions, such as “hypoallergenic”, “good for sensitive skin,” and/or “allergy-tested,” that may have no validity to them. In fact, these products may contain ingredients that are irritating, bad for sensitive skin, and allergenic. Much soap, cream, lotion, shampoo and other similar products contain fragrance. A loophole in federal law doesn’t require companies to declare any of the dozens of toxic chemicals that a single product’s fragrance mixture could contain. Artificial fragrances, which frequently contain phthalates, can also trigger allergic reactions and other health problems. Is that what you want to put on your skin, to be quickly absorbed into your body through your largest organ? Petrochemicals are another common ingredient used in a large number of common skin-care products. Used to make emollients for face cream or found in the form of coal tar for scalp-treatment shampoos, these petroleum byproducts can be contaminated by cancer-containing impurities. A non-renewable and environmentally unfriendly resource, petroleum barely belongs in your car, let alone on your skin. You can identify it on the labels as petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin.
So what can you use on your skin? Remember, we want to keep skin care products to a minimum: choose a pure, all-natural cleansing soap comprised of ingredients that you can read and understand. Coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, essential oils, Vitamin E oil, and goat milk are all pure, natural, skin-nourishing ingredients that will deeply moisturize your skin and give it a healthy, youthful glow. Olive oil and coconut oil are particularly nourishing to your skin, as they deeply moisturize the skin-cells without inhibiting the skins ability to breathe and perform such necessary functions as sweating, shedding of dead skin and releasing sebum. Goat milk contains a host of vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin, as well as containing alpha-hydroxy acid and caprylic acid, which both play a crucial role in rejuvenating your skin. Natural ingredients such as these contribute to a lasting nourishment of your skin, rather than providing merely temporary relief.
If you find you need an extra moisturizer for your skin, select a natural lotion or cream. Again, simple and pure is best. Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, olive oil, aloe and beeswax are all excellent natural cream ingredients. Check labels closely. Remember, just because a product is labeled “natural” doesn’t guarantee its value; some “natural” moisturizers are so labeled because they contain a large percentage of an “herbal infusion.” Sounds good, but by definition, that often simply means the lotion is comprised of 75% water that has been infused with a few herbs. Lotions like this actually will dry out your skin in the long run; when first put on, they will moisturize briefly, then, as the water evaporates, it actually draws more moisture out of your skin. So you reach for the lotion, rub some more on, your skin is temporarily moisturized, then it dries out even more severely, you reach for the lotion….and the process continues.
Begin using nourishing skin-care products today!