Skincare and cosmetics are bought by most women to nourish and nurture our desires to look or feel better. We all want healthier hair, glowing skin and an even complexion in an attempt to appear more beautiful. To get here, we go through a lot of trial and error, countless recommendations and hundreds of dollars in the attempt to find the perfect moisturiser, or the best mascara– which is never the same for any two people anyway. We all have different skin, and different ideas of what will make us feel, or help us achieve beauty.
We women allow the skincare and cosmetics industry to flourish. We invest our money and beliefs into products and end up relying on them. Celebrity marketing plays a huge part in this too. If Jennifer Anniston swears by it, not only are we intrigued to try it ourselves, but we also believe her, never mind the thousands of dollars she’s probably been paid to promote the product.
What most of us probably don’t think about when buying these product is their cost beyond their price. What about the costs to the environment and our earth? And what about costs to our bodies and our health? Just as we meticulously think about and stress over what goes into our mouths and therefore into our bodies, what we put on our face and skin is important too! Beauty products are filled with dangerous toxins. We use these products daily, sometimes twice, but rarely consider the effect of these toxins on our health and on our world.
Commercial skin care and cosmetics are loaded with harmful toxins that enter our skin as we rub them in. These toxins have a harsh and interruptive effect on our cellular development, as the skin has no filtration system for toxins, it simply trusts that we are doing the right thing– unlike when we eat harmful toxins from processed foods, enzymes help our bodies digest the toxins. Many skin care and cosmetic products are filled with things like; Sodium Laurel Sulfate which is an ingredient in transport engine degreasers, Formaldehyde, which is a human carcinogen, Methylisothiazolinone and Paraffin which are bacteria preventers that work like putty, clogging pores and filling holes. We really shouldn’t be putting these things on our skin.
Detoxify your beauty load by using products that have few ingredients. The best cleaners and moisturisers to choose are oil-based ones. Using oils is also a lot more cost effective, you use less, and oils cost less than a fancy cleanser, toner and moisturiser bundle. Using oil on the skin works because our skin and bodies are naturally oily. Our bodies routinely excrete oil through glands in the skin to protect us from bacteria and germs. We need to balance and clean our skin’s oily canvas with more oil. Chemically, oil dissolves oil because like dissolves like, meaning cleansing your face with oil releases and lifts the oil on your face from the day, and rehydrates it with clean oil. Normal cleansers, filled with toxins and chemicals strip the skin of this natural oil and don’t replace it either.
I use three commonly available oils daily:
Jojoba Oil: Is one of the best cleansers and make up removers I have ever used. It’s incredibly light and gentle and wipes make up straight off.
Rosehip Oil: Is a fantastic facial moisturiser that is also great for scars and sunburn. Coconut Oil: Is great for moisturising dry hair ends and rough elbows, knees and heels.
Tea tree Oil: Is great for problematic skin. It’s a great antiseptic and it works like an astringent in combating acne.
Go back to basics, look for pure, natural, ingredients and save money too. There are some great companies producing effective natural, toxin-free products– just go to your local health food store and start asking some questions. You can buy the above oils from commercial supermarkets, or beauty chains like Priceline. Sarah Wilson complied a great list of toxin-free beauty supplies also, check it out here http:// www.sarahwilson.com.au/2011/05/toxin-free-cosmetics/.