Before the last century, all skin care, soaps, hair care and cosmetics were from plant or animal origin. It wasn’t until companies figured out how to do everything cheaper with petroleum in the 1950s that changed things. This synthetic era prevails today with the most common products on the shelves containing up to 100% petroleum or palm-based chemicals.
Fortunately, you have options. You can now choose products that are more like what humans used for thousands of years rather than putting liquid plastic on your face. Modern times give natural companies the luxury of a global market where we can source rose oil from Turkey, lavender from France and sunflower oil produced locally. It is a great time for your skin!
Here are our top 5 reasons why choosing natural products is the ONLY way to go:
Making the switch to natural is simple and the benefits are endless. Not only will your skin look its best but you will be keeping toxins out of your body and out of our water and soil. It’s the products we purchase and use on a daily basis that can make a huge impact on our lives and the future of this planet.
Our skin has ability to absorb anywhere from 21- 94% of what is put on it. There are many synthetic ingredients found in personal care products that are questionable as to their long term health effects and safety for human consumption. Our take is that if there is an ingredient that could potentially be harmful or could have adverse long-term effects on our health, why would we use it in our products when there are healthy and safe alternatives? Elements to avoid:
Sulphates (sodium or ammonium lauryl/laureth/myreth sulfate) – synthetic ingredients used to create foam or to allow liquid to spread or absorb easily. Commonly found in soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. Sulphates are known to irritate the skin and in some cases cause eczema. Sulphates have also been linked to cancer. For sensitive / dry skin, products containing SLS are best avoided.
Synthetic Parabens (methyl, propyl, ethyl, butyl) – synthetic preservatives used in lotions, gels, shampoos, toners, deodorants, antiperspirants and sunscreens. Synthetic parabens have the potential to mimic oestrogen which can result in reproductive abnormalities. These chemicals are readily absorbed and stored by the body and have been found in cancerous tissues. The study carried out by English researcher Philippa Darbre in 2004 found parabens present in 90% of affected samples they tested.
Phthalates – ingredients used to enhance fragrance or make it last longer. They are commonly found in perfumes, fragrance, hair products, deodorants, body lotions and nail polish. Unfortunately they are NOT required to be listed on labels as they are classified as proprietary. This is a cause for concern as consumers have no real way of knowing which products contain them. In order to be a savvy consumer avoids products that claim an ingredient as ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’. They are believed to cause cancer, disrupt DNA and have been linked to birth defects.
Petrochemicals – ingredients found in petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin, and propylene glycol which are unfortunately in the base of most personal care products such as lip balms, baby moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners. Sulphates, parabens and phthalates are all either derived from petrochemicals or contaminated with them. The scary part is that research has shown they potentially cause cancer, disrupt DNA, and can cause birth defects.