Skip the side effects of toxins, and go straight for healthy, glowing skin.
Our skin is our body’s largest and fastest-growing organ, and studies show that it absorbs up to 60 percent or more of what’s put onto it…think topical treatments for various conditions as well as birth control and nicotine patches. Therefore, we know that absorption through the skin is a proven method to reach the bloodstream. What many of us don’t know is that our personal care and cosmetic products may be loaded with harmful toxins, leading to possible health concerns and leaving scars behind that are more than just skin deep.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that “with the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval.” More than 12,500 chemicals are used to make cosmetics and personal care products, and the vast majority of them have not been tested for safety while the law that governs cosmetics hasn’t been updated since 1938. Alarming, right? In a typical day, you might be exposed to over 200 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of having links to cancer or hormone disruptors. “Chemicals linked to cancer have no place in anyone’s beauty routine,” says Janet Nudelman, director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Even low levels of cancer chemicals can add up to real harm and contribute to a woman’s breast cancer risk, especially when they are found in multiple products she uses every day.”
So what’s a gal or guy to do? Get empowered by reading your ingredient labels and knowing exactly what’s in your products. Today, the natural products industry is at new heights with the amount of high-quality products available to solve your skincare needs. Believe me, I know. I’ve been doing this for 14 years and have managed to achieve healthy, glowing skin naturally and organically. The skin on our face is what we and others see first so it’s important we feel confident about how it looks and what we’re putting on it.
The best part? Safe, effective, natural skincare can also be budget-friendly. Try JĀSÖN® Vitamin E Oil to help fight lines, wrinkles and scarring; to cleanse and exfoliate, try Alba Botanica® Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser or Avalon Organics® Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub.
*This article is sponsored by The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Brandie Gilliam is the founder and creative director of Thoughtfully Magazine as well as creator of the popular blog Organic Beauty Talk. Her mission: to inspire and help others to live passionately, beautifully and thoughtfully every day.