Are Natural Skincare Products Better for Your Skin and Overall Health?
Are Natural Skincare products truly better for your health and skin? The short answer? YES!
The average woman uses 16 different types of beauty products per day and everything we apply to our skin is readily absorbed into the body, as the saying goes ‘you are what you eat’, we certainly wouldn’t chose to ingest harmful chemicals so why would we want to put them on our skin? Although we only expose ourselves to small amounts of these chemicals each day these amounts add up over time.
Your skin is a fully functioning organ, the largest in your body. It interacts with and protects you from the outside world; much of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body but unlike chemicals that are ingested, which are filtered through the liver before they can cause damage, there is no ‘filtering’ process for chemicals absorbed through the skin.
Some of the chemicals used in day-to-day cosmetic products have been shown to produce a number of negative effects, including skin and eye irritations, dermatitis, hormonal disruptions and weakening of the immune system
So, what are these damaging chemicals and what kind of damage can they cause? We have listed just three here but there are many, many more.
Parabens are used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungus and extend shelf life, they are listed in ingredients as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben and isobutyl paraben and have been associated with hormonal disruptions, fertility issues and developmental delays in children.
Triclosan, again another antibacterial and antifungal chemical has been associated with hormonal disruptions, fertility issues and is a potential contributor to metabolic disorders.
BHA AND BHT
BHA and BHT are used as preservatives in both food products and skincare products and have been associated with hormonal disruptions, fertility issues and evidence that suggests a strong possibility of being carcinogenic.
Natural skincare products do not contain these health damaging ingredients, instead they contain health promoting ingredients derived from natural sources packed full of antioxidants and vitamins that promote long term positive health benefits and work with your body to heal, flourish and thrive.
Love your skin naturally!