Now this is something me and my friends talk a lot about. Discussions can get really intense. What is natural? Where can we draw the line? Is perfume really that bad?
12 different skin care products are slathered, lathered, rubbed and sprayed on our skin daily, in average. (source) Since our skin is more like a sponge than a barrier, it absorbs nearly 168 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to.That’s just sad! And most woman use make up every day, the amount of chemicals that are absorbed by the skin are not something to ignore.
Creams, potions and lotions make promises they can’t deliver. Be honest with yourself, all the fancy products in the world will never turn the tide of aging. Eye creams for example don’t vary that much from the basic facial moisturizer.
Nr 1 Keep it simple.
What you need is:
- basic cleanser (Castor oil 1/3 and 2/3 almond oil mix),
- toner (organic hydrolat),
- moisturizer (a mix of E-vitamin, almond, sea buckthorn, pomegranate and amaranth oil),
- Broad-spectrum sunscreen (handmade with non nano zinc oxide)
These are just examples of recipes. You can of course use other oils.
Nr 2 Look for natural and make your own make up
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site rates popular cosmetics and skin care products with hazard scores depending on their toxicity.
There are so many natural products coming straight from the nature, for example mica, pigments and mineral bases. Mineral makeup is very common nowadays and can be found in stores today. You can buy the pigments online and make your own eye shadows, lip balms, bronze and more.
Nr 3 Choose fragrance free
Law doesn’t require companies to declare any of the toxic chemicals that a fragrance mixture could contain. Artificial perfumes which frequently contain phthalates (hormone disruptor), can trigger health problems and can be linked to birth defects, sperm damage and infertility problems (source1).
So if you really have to have perfumed products, look for perfume or product with essential oil (which is naturally produced from a flower/plant).
Nr 4 Choose organic
Organic ingredients are those grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, which is better for the planet and healthier for us. For example is The USDA National Organic Program certifying skin care products. To tell if a product is biodynamic-certified, look for Demeter U.S.A.’s stamp on the label.