The average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin in one day and 60% of these chemicals are further absorbed into her bloodstream. These chemicals are often harmful and can cause skin reactions, irritation, allergies, headaches, and cancer.
What this means is that when we when we brush our teeth, wash our faces, take a bath, shampoo our hair, or apply lipstick, we’re being exposed to chemicals that may be increasing our risk for cancer.
This is why organic skincare and cosmetics are one of the fastest growing areas of the beauty industry. Organic, natural ingredients are also more effective than the synthetic and petroleum-derived products that can be found in traditional skincare. These ingredients work with your skin to enhance its own regenerative and healing properties and have more nutritional benefits since the ingredients are more potent and effective. This has the added benefit of you using less of the product to get the same benefit!
Because the ingredients are farmed organically, there are no chemicals or pesticides used so it is much better for the environment and the body. Organic products are grown to strict guidelines and must meet the standards set by organic certifying bodies.
When you move from a non-organic range to a certified organic one your skin will need to assimilate and process any remaining chemicals remaining from your old skincare. Your body will naturally detoxify itself by getting rid of these toxins. Drink plenty of water and continue to cleanse, tone and moisturize your face regularly. It may take up to a month for your skin to fully detoxify from your old skincare.
Chemicals to Avoid
In traditional skincare, there are many ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Some of the worst are listed below:
Formaldehyde – is found in nail polish as well as some other cosmetics. It is a preservative and can cause reactions in the skin.
Imidazolidinyl Urea – is a preservative and can also cause skin reactions.
Fragrances – these fragrances are often synthetic and are found in many cosmetics and skin products. These are not required to be listed on the ingredients label so it is worthwhile seeking out products that use natural fragrances or essential oils.
Methyl Paraben – is a widely used preservative and it can cause skin irritations.
Isopropyl Alcohol – is a petroleum-based anti-bacterial agent.
Methylisothiazoline – is a preservative that has been shown to cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Paraffin – is used in creams, hair removal products, eyebrow pencils, as well as other cosmetics. Paraffin is made from petroleum or coal.
Propylene Glycol – is a moisture-carrying agent and it is traditionally derived from petroleum.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – is a detergent that can have a drying effect on the skin and cause irritation.