If you were at my recent talk, 10 Secrets to Naturally Beautiful Skin, you’ll know that I believe that what we put into our bodies is crucial for having radiant and glowing skin. Saying this, most of us will also want to top the moisture with something. But what?
All commonly found mass produced products on the High Street will usually contain a number of chemicals that are toxic. In these tiny quantities, they’re deemed safe, however, think about this: These chemicals are in your cleansers, soaps, scrubs, moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, perfumes, make-up, house-hold detergents, air fresheners, etc. If you use conventional cosmetics and cleaners, it’s not that you absorb a tiny quantity of these toxins every so often, you’re absorbing them all day and every day.
I’m not telling you this to freak you out, I’m telling you so that you can make an educated decision.
“Chemicals can be absorbed through skin and into the blood stream causing toxic effects.” This is taken from EXTOXNET, the Extension Toxicology Network. Your skin absorbs what you put on it. The exact percentage isn’t clear, but quotes range from 60% to 100% of what you put on your skin. It appears that the most sensitive parts of your body, such as your face, underarms and genital areas absorb potentially as much as 100%.
So, what should you avoid? According to Leslie Kenton, author of Skin Revolution; Authentic Beauty from the Living Matrix, the following are the most common poisons in cosmetics:
* Isopropyl Alcohol
* Coal Tar Dyes
The are a number of others which also interfere with the hormonal system and create a toxic load on our bodies and thus, should be avoided too. So, what to do? What do I do?
I have a very simple solution to this problem. I only use organic and totally natural products on my body. Yes, that means the kind of stuff you could probably make up in your kitchen if you were so inclined.
Here are two of my current favourites:
Argan oil from LoveLula.com. I have my mum hooked on this stuff! It makes your skin feel silky smooth, but it’s also healing, antiaging, great for preventing stretch marks, cracked feet, acne, psoriasis and also a great hair treatment. It can be used both on dry and oil skin as well as young and mature skins. It’s even supposed to relieve Arthritic and Rheumatic symptoms when applied topically. The Argan tree only grows in Morocco and this precious oil has been nicknamed “Liquid Gold” for its incredible healing properties. I mix mine with Rosehip Oil which is plumping, smoothing and also rejuvenating (among other benefits). LoveLula is a lovely company that I came across early this year and have become a big fan of thanks to their strict no-chemicals-only-organic policy. It basically means you don’t have to read all of the labels before you buy which is such a relief!