You are likely familiar with commercial beeswaxes, butters, oils and essential oils, as they appear in thousands of skincare products, but have you ever wondered if is it really beneficial to your skin?
Have you ever really thought about what you are putting on your skin? We want you to be informed with what you are exposing your skin to, and the damage that it is doing to your skin.
Did you know that the average person is exposed to more than 100 chemicals in their daily personal care products?
We want to encourage you to read the ingredients on each product you apply to your body, because not only can they cause potential health concerns, commercial products are too strong, and strip away natural, necessary oils and nutrients, leaving behind dry, dull, tired skin.
How To Select The Right Personal Care Products?
~ Read the ingredients and ask, "Is it really natural," because not all-natural beauty products are created equal:
- Your skin's natural defense system gets weaker as we get older, the way it gets damaged is by chemical formulations.
- Certain chemical formulations may even have a steroidal effect, meaning they may make your skin look temporarily enhanced but can cause much larger long-term damage.
- Note: NO face oil should contain ANY preservatives, additives or chemicals, because if it's pure, it does not need any of it - since oil itself IS a preservative.
- Many so called "natural" products are on the market, but they actually only have "some" natural extracts in a mostly chemical base or with additives, silicon, diluting agents or fragrances.
~ Products should not contain water:
- Water is included in a product as a cheap filler that may not serve a purpose related to your skin. Water may comprise a disproportionately large percentage of the ingredients in a formula— even in those that are quite expensive.
- Formulas that contain water require preservatives. Commonly used preservatives include: parabens and DMDM Hydantoin, which may present additional health risks.
- Companies aren’t required to divulge the source of the water in their formulas. Depending on the source of the water used–such as tap water–adding water to a formula may introduce unwanted contaminants such as: fluoride and chlorine as well as: microbes and fungi which further encourage microbial growth within the product.
- The hydrating effects may be short-lived, if there are no emollients in the formulation. Water quickly evaporates, so a water-based moisturizer may only provide temporary relief from dryness.
- Adding water to a product that also contains oil creates the need for an emulsifier. Common emulsifiers include: sodium lauryl sulfate or polyethylene glycols which may cause irritation and disrupt the skin barrier.
At the end of the day, taking good care of your skin means understanding what is in your skincare products, what works for you, and what doesn't.