Organic Cosmetics and Anti Aging Skin Care

Organic cosmetics and organic anti-aging skin care products are key in keeping our skin, and bodies, healthy and beautiful. But they do more than that. Safe, nontoxic cosmetics keep harmful chemicals out of our bodies, our unborn babies, and our earth.

As mothers, our number one job is to look out for the safety and health of our children. But once we become parents our own health and well-being becomes much more important, as well. We want to be healthy and strong for ourselves and our families. And, let’s admit, look great too.

But with so many harmful ingredients in conventional cosmetics you are not doing yourself any favors by using them. Even unborn babies reap the damage of synthetic ingredients absorbed by the mother’s body. Hormone disruptors, like parabens and phthalates, are thought by scientist to cause birth defects in fetal development of males. These chemicals are found in many conventionally-produced consumer products, from sunscreen and skin care to makeup.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates what ingredients can and cannot be used in food and drug products in the United States; and unfortunately, harmful chemicals have been approved in many products. Harmful toxins are easily-absorbed by the skin which can then spread through-out the body.

Organic cosmetics, made without the use of toxic chemicals, but pure plant extracts and other vegan ingredients, are the best choice for both expectant mothers and moms with kids of all ages. Mineral makeup in assortments of brilliant color choices, smooth and creamy textures, and long-lasting effects keep you looking gorgeous naturally.

Swapping out those conventional skin care products for non-toxic organic anti aging skin care is better for your skin and keeps nasty synthetics out of our environment. Organic anti-aging ingredients obtained from plants and other natural sources protect from free radical and environmental damage for a healthy, youthful complexion.

While shopping for organic cosmetics, do not forget to look at the product labels. Eventually, you will be able to recognize “harmful” ingredients and become a smarter shopper.

Take a tip from expectant mother Alicia Silverstone who uses non-toxic, vegan skin care and cosmetics herself. Alicia knows that using healthy products is best for her unborn baby and keeps harmful ingredients out of our waterways, air, and earth.

You can maintain your good health, great looks, and protect the health of your growing baby by using organic cosmetics and skin care products made with nontoxic, vegan ingredients. They are the best choice for you and your growing family.

Beauty Myths Part 2: More False Beliefs About Skin Care

Toners are needed after cleansing the skin.

When I started in the beauty industry 40 years ago, all cosmetic companies included a toner in their regime. The idea was to remove all traces of make-up after cleansing and to ‘close the pores’. Just about all formulations contained alcohol and we were encouraged to use generously, swiping the toner liquid over the face and neck.

I still get requests from customers as to what toner I can recommend. My answer is always the same: none!

There is absolutely no evidence that a toner will close pores. In fact, although advertising regulations for cosmetics are loose, this claim is avoided as it is seen to change the body in a physical way. Only products classified as drugs that actually change the body’s’ physicality are permitted make such claims and they come under an entirely different set of governing rules.

The alcohol is extremely drying, dehydrating the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. Only proper cleansing with a gentle cleanser will effectively remove make-up, pollution and dirt. Some cosmetic houses promote liquid serums as they are used as a ‘pre-moisturiser’ feeding the skin with essential nutrients. Always read the label to ensure the product you choose does not contain alcohol, which is often used to blend the emulsion.

Some chemicals in Skin Care are ok.

I really can’t see any redeeming features in a skin care product that is a concoction of synthetic chemicals. 89% of chemicals used in cosmetics and skin care have not been tested for safety. The 11% that have been tested and regarded safe to include in the lotions and creams we us on our bodies have been tested in isolation and not in combination with other substances.

The industry wants us to believe Paraben preservatives are safe even though they have been found in breast cancer tissue. Many companies are removing these chemicals and promoting the fact. Sighting propyl, methyl, butyl or ethyl in the ingredient word can identify Paraben preservatives.

Research has found numerous chemicals tested on lab animals have been found to be hormone disruptor, affect the immune system, risk birth defects, may contribute to sensitivities in the individual and have shown to cause cancer!

There are many choices of skin care and cosmetics products on the market that contain ingredients that will nourish and protect the skin without the risks that using untested chemicals may bring.

Secret Ingredients in Skin Care products must be worthwhile because they are patented.

There are an increasing number of cosmetic companies promoting their skin care products containing a magic, secret ingredient. They patent the name and make a big deal that this wonderful new discovery that will bring exceptional benefits to their customers. The question is: how can the consumer evaluate the claims?

Because they are ‘secret’, the company is not required to divulge the ingredients. They cannot be peer reviewed or investigated by consumers concerned with the type of chemical they expose themselves to.

These products come and they go! Making way for another new discovery that is reported to improve lines and wrinkles or miraculously save us from the dreaded ageing process. And we fall for it every time, only to realize after months of dedicated use, the improvement was fleeting.

Be wary of products that sound too good to be true. They probably are. Consider skin care that informs the customer of the active ingredients and how they will work for them. Without the smoke and mirrors. It is highly unlikely a moisturising cream will deliver remarkable changes to they way a person looks. Only cosmetic surgery can make such a promise, and that is a bit drastic for most of us.