The skin is the biggest organ of the body and absorbs about 60% of what we put on it.The rest is all about the food and water we digest.
Have you ever gone to the doctor to cure a rash, eczema or extremely dry skin and they give you a special steroid cream and some other follow up lotion that never quite cuts it? It’s because of most of the harsh ingredients in the follow up cream don’t work well with our skin.
Most consumers assume or trust that the substances they put on their bodies are safe just because that is what is readily out there. Unfortunately in the United States, the personal care products industry is virtually unregulated, and many toxic chemicals can be found in the most common of makeup, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products. In the US there is no legal requirement for manufacturers of organic beauty products to be certified. Many companies are choosing to become certified because there are so many company’s ‘claiming’ the organic status. If a product is certified it means that the manufacturer must comply with high international standards. The cosmetic industry definition of organic is any compound, which contains carbon. Carbon is found in anything that ever lived. So then it could be said rotting garbage is not toxic.
Chemical-free should be all those that could end up being detrimental to your health such as synthetic chemicals like: Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate, TEA, DEA, MEA, PEGs, Any chemicals that directly cause cancer and that disrupt the endocrine system.In Japan researchers have found that Parabens actually age the skin. This ingredient has also been connected to skin allergies, skin sensitization, cancers and particularly breast cancer in women.
If you have been using products, which contain chemicals, and you switch to non-chemical organic products it is possible that your skin could break out in pumps or spots. Your skin can literally become addicted to the chemicals and suffocate and when you stop you using them your skin will start to cleanse.Unfortunately everyone’s body reacts differently to even natural things because you may unknowingly allergic or sensitive to something.
6 Health & Beauty Product Ingredients to Avoid
Examples include petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol (often used in skin astringents and perfumes or colognes).
- Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
Examples include sodium lauryl ether sulfate; sodium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl ether sulphate (most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)
- Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, along with various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
Examples include ethylene glycol (used in firming lotions) and propylene glycol (found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).
- Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives
Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben (found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)
- Synthetic dyes
Examples include anything with F&DC preceding it, usually followed by a color and a number. (F representing food, D&C representing drugs and cosmetics), other color additives, including caramel, lead acetate, manganese violet, and more.
- Artificial fragrances
Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren’t required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark. Use natural oils 100% purely derived from the flower or plant.
There are many cost effective and easily homemade soaps, lotions and even cosmetic recipes. If you don’t want to make them or don’t have the time there are many reputable online organic/natural Health and beauty sites. I even found organic shampoo called Shea moisture in Wal-mart.