Have you ever thought about what is in the products that you use everyday and how they can be effecting not only you but the environment?
Whether it’s soap, body wash or moisturiser, our skin can absorb what’s in our personal care products. While a lot of the chemical ingredients have a valid purpose (such as preserving a product, or acting as a foaming agent), a lot of them have been proven to be harmful to our wellbeing. If we consider that most off-the-shelf products have at least 3 chemicals in, and that the average person uses 9 personal care products a day (or some people as many as 15). That’s a lot of chemicals for our body to take in! Unfortunately due to the lack of legislation on cosmetic and personal care products, it means that cosmetics companies aren’t breaking the law by using these chemicals. Therefore, not only are customers not warned about the chemicals in products but we’re often not even aware. By using products which are independently certified natural and organic, you can ensure that what you’re using on your skin is safe for your body to consume.
2. Better for the environment
Until the recent microbead ban, many cosmetics and personal care brands used microbeads as the exfoliator in their products, and didn’t think twice about the harm this could cause to the environment – even though many natural exfoliators are just as effective. Many brands still use chemicals in products which can pollute our ecosystems and upset their natural balance, and unfortunately because there isn’t a law against this yet, this practice continues. Natural and organic cosmetic don’t disrupt our ecosystems and can put poured down the drain or put on the compost heap without any issue. Many independently certified cosmetics companies also have very ethical plastics policies, such as Ecologic Cosmetics, from Mallorca who use 100% recycled plastic. I often find that cosmetics companies that are ethical enough to be chemical free are also very ethical when it comes to plastics, and cruelty to animals.
3. To Avoid Irritation
Our skin is always trying to find it’s natural balance, which is sometime difficult because there are so many external and internal variables such as age, changes in weather, stress levels etc. When we put chemicals on our skin they can disrupt our endocrine system, which can show up as skin irritations. I’ve had a lot of clients who have found that irritations and sensitivity disappear within weeks of going natural in their lifestyle, including diet as well as cosmetics.
4. More cost effective
When you go natural and become more in tune with your skin, you may even find that you don’t need to use as many products which in turn means buying less on personal skin care products. This is great for your skin and the environment because it means less packaging and less carbon footprint as you’re consuming less- an all round win! Personally, my best advice is to use less, and buy high quality independently certified products which have good ethical principles. Or if you want to go the extra mile, you can even learn how to make your own products at one of the Natural Beauty Workshops.
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Writteb by Shereen Soliman
About the author
Shereen has an MSc in Environmental and Energy Studies (specialising in natural materials), a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, is a qualified Beauty Therapist and a has a passion for all things spa and wellbeing related.