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What is in Your Skin Care?

Apr 1, 2019

What is in Your Skin Care?

Last month we looked at how our skin protects us and supports our immune system.  Our skin has direct contact to our environment including our cosmetics and skin care.  It is important to know what ingredients help your skins physiology and what ingredients hinder it.

Below is list of common toxins that are found in the cosmetic industry.  The skin care company, Green Envee, is dedicated to healthy skin care and formulated a quick reference guide so the concerned consumer can avoid toxins on their skin.  Below are a few of the 28 they mention in their “Toxic Nix it List”:

  • Mineral oil: a by product of the petroleum distillation process that produces gasoline.  Carries toxins found in petroleum.  It is used in skincare products such as baby lotions, cold creams and ointments; causes dermatitis
  • Phthalates (Diethyl Phthalate (DEP), Dimethyl Phthalate (DMP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) plus others). This is a plasticize ingredient within cosmetics to make them more pliable.  They have been linked to disrupting the endocrine and reproductive systems causing infertility plus possible birth defects.
  • Resorcinol: Commonly used as a colorant and fragrance ingredient.  It is a known skin irritant that is toxic to the immune system.
  • Benzophenone plus Derivatives: Common in personal care products such as nail polishes and sunscreens.  Linked to cancer and considered an endocrine disruptor.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate: surfactants found in shampoo, body wash, and bubble baths. Known to trigger allergic reactions plus irritate the skin and eyes.  Linked to promoting genetic cell mutations.
  • Synthetic Fragrance: Added to cosmetics as an engineered scent or flavoring agent. Can disrupt the endocrine system and alter hormones.  Linked to triggering allergic reaction and skin irritations, can cause migranes and may affect normal brain activity.  Their formulas are protected under federal laws classification of trade secrets and can remain undisclosed.

The list goes on and on.  We are in a consumer be aware world.  There are many ingredients we should avoid, so what constitutes healthy skin care? 

Using products in harmony with your skins natural physiology is the first requirement no matter what your skin care needs include.  We discussed the acidic mantle of the skin in last months article.  It is important to look for skin care that offers a natural ph balance to avoid inflammation.   Evan Healy, the founder of Evanhealy Skin Care, developed her skin care system with the premise that the less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance the better.

The skin care system used by Evanhealy offers the wisdom of nature by using pure essential oils, hydrosols and natural oils.  Essential oils improve circulation, eliminate toxins and regenerate the skin. 

The basic philosophy behind natural balanced skin care includes a couple simple steps.

  1. Cleanse:  Choose a ph balanced cleanser that will not strip the skin of protective acidic mantle.  This means avoid commercial soaps that have a high ph.
  2. Add a hydrosol or pure plant water. This gives the skin a drink so to speak as it passes through the water cells on the surface of the skin.  They also act as antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals.
  3. Use a day moisturizer to protect the skin from water loss. Choose a product that offers natural ingredients like plant oils, essential oils and floral waters. 

In the evening you repeat the procedure but use a conditioning oil like rosehip to feed the skin while you sleep.  Night time is when your skin cells are regenerating.  Once a week consider a natural clay mask.  This helps the skin to exfoliate gently so the skin can breathe as well as absorb the conditioning natural oils.  One of my favorite natural beauty oils is organic rosehip seed oil.

Rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin A and essential fatty acids.  It regenerates and strengthens cell membranes to slow down the aging process.  It is truly nature’s gift to our skin as in helps to fade hyper-pigmentation, minimizes scars and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. 

In conclusion, when shopping for healthy skin products read the label and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Quality natural skin care is available from quality, educated resources.  Ask for samples to make sure it is something that will work for you.  Remember, it is your skin so invest in good quality products that work in harmony with your skin.  Your skin is with you your entire life, be kind to it.

Finally, remember to protect your skin with quality sun protection and reapply. Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen is highly recommended by dermatological professionals due to the easy application and safety.  Good skin care and healthy sun protection is the best investment you can make in your skin.

 

(All of the products mentioned in this article are available at The Natural Boutique)

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