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Natural Products for Your Skin

Many of the natural beauty products that we use are far from living up to their name. Companies can slap the word “natural” on their product because the word is not regulated in its advertising use. When we apply things to our skin we must take notice to the ingredients in those products. Our skin is our largest organ and it is permeable. Some things just evaporate or wash off the skin but other things can absorb into the skin and then others can even get into your bloodstream. The ingredients that are controversial and found in many beauty products are added in small amounts and will not cause immediate harm in most people, but the issue for us to be concerned about is what are these ingredients doing to us over time. You must beware and check out the ingredients even on the products that claim to be natural.

In our quest for beauty we exercise, we use makeup, soaps, oils, lotions, colorants, deodorants, polishes, sprays, fragrance, special cleansers and hair removers. We are fueling a multi billion dollar industry. We would probably all be a little richer and a little healthier if we started going by the ‘less is more’ trend.

Let’s talk about makeup. Have you ever seen someone who was attractive but had on entirely too much makeup? If we could all just embrace what we have naturally and just give it a tiny kick of makeup to enhance it, we would save in many ways and look better too. There are an array of cosmetic lines that are safer to use on your skin. One that I really like that is just becoming big right now is mineral makeup, but you still have to read the ingredients because some brands add more than needed.

Soap has taken many different forms. You have bar soap, body wash and liquid soap. Many people don’t like bar soaps because they contain animal fats and lard that have been said can clog the pores. The body washes are nice but they tend to be loaded with lots of extra ingredients (chemicals) that you might not want to be rubbing on your skin. The liquid soaps are nice because because they don’t contain animal fats or lard and most are made from healthy natural ingredients. Which ever soap you try, make sure it agrees with your skin type. If you have any kind of reaction to the soap, stop using it immediately and try something else. Shampoo and conditioners are soaps as well and if your think about it, when you are rinsing these out of your hair they are running down your skin. So if you are having any skin irritations don’t forget to consider it may be from your shampoo or conditioner.

Essential Oil Safety

Essential oils are diluted in a natural base oil. It is important to avoid highly refined oils because they have been extracted by high pressure, intense heat and petroleum solvents. Also you shouldn’t make use of oils that have been bleached, deodorized or artificially colored. While these refined oils do not harm the skin, they are completely void of any vitamins and nutrients. Unrefined base oils are health treatments in themselves, containing naturally occurring nutrients such as vitamins D and E, essential fatty acids and trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium, all of which are highly beneficial to the skin.

Mineral oil, popularly known as ‘baby oil’ should never be used as a base for essential oils, to say nothing of using it on babies! Mineral oil is derived from petroleum, not only does it lack the health giving properties of unrefined vegetable oils but makes fat-soluble nutrients leach from the body. It also tends to clog the pores of the skin, contributing to the development of blackheads and pimples. Also, if used as a base for essential oils, it hinders their absorption through the skin. Above all, the use of synthetic oil of any nature runs counter to the philosophy of aromatherapy.

Essential oils and essential oil products must always be used as directed by your professional aromatherapist. Never use any essential oils in the first trimester of pregnancy without advice form a professional aromatherapist. If you suffer from epilepsy avoid essential oils of Basil, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.

If you suffer from kidney problems, low and high blood pressure,  avoid essential oil of Juniper Berry, Lavender, May Chang, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, and Thyme. If you have had ovarian, uterine or breast cancer AND are receiving HRT avoid using Fennel, Geranium, Rose.

Never ingest any essential oils. and don’t use them on children under six without the advice of a professional aromatherapist. Also avoid wheat or nut carrier oils with children under six.

As a common sense precaution, if you have sensitive skin, complete a patch test before using any essential oils. Rub some of the product on the inside of the wrist or the inner elbow. Leave the product on the skin overnight, if you have a reaction then avoid using that oil.

It is wise to avoid using the same essential oils everyday, give them a break occasionally. The body can build up an immunity to essential oils rendering them ineffective. It is a good idea to have a few different blends to interchange.

Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products

Lotions and oils are very enticing to us because we always want our skin to be smooth and soft to the touch. But what are we really putting on our skin? Is it good for us?

While inspecting the ingredient lists on the products you use, here are a few of the ones you will want to try and avoid:

Coloring agents — D&C Orange 17, D&C Red 9, D&C Red 19, D&C Red 33, FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Green 3, FD&C Red 4, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Yellow 6

Phthalates — a class of chemicals commonly used in fragranced products

Aluminum chloride — irritant

Parabens — a classification of preservatives that have been found in tissue samples from human breast tumors, according to a study published in the Jan/Feb 2004 Journal of Applied Toxicology. Listed on labels as benzyl-, methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl- parabens

Formaldehyde — a suspected carcinogen, can be present in the preservatives DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) — can react with nitrates in products to create carcinogengic nitrosomes

Polyethylene — PEG compounds (containing polyethylene glycol) and polysorbates can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogen

Bronopol — can contribute to the production of formaldehyde

Sodium lauryl sulfate — irritant

Amyl, butyl, ethyl acetate — these common solvents are neurotoxins

Glycol Ethers — certain forms are hazardous to male and female reproductive systems. Avoid EGPE, EGME, EGEE, DEGBE, PGME, DPGME and Ethylene Glycol Ethers

Toluene — a neurotoxin and possiblecarcinogen