Our skin provides a natural, protective barrier, but up to 60% of chemicals can penetrate and be absorbed into the bloodstream . Whilst not all chemicals are bad, and many are in fact harmless, natural, or derived from natural products, there are some synthetic substances which are not good for us – and can affect our immune system, moods, nervous system and reproductive system. Some artificial colours and fillers can also cause redness, irritation and allergies.
In fact, if you have an allergy, switching to a natural, organic product can often help reduce the effects of allergies in babies, children and those with sensitive skin. This is because organic products have been produced without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
Organic farming is also much better for the environment, as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilisers are restricted, and therefore do not contaminate the soil and water table, and cause harm to animal life.
One example of an ingredient to avoid is parabens – which have been found in the breast tissue of those with cancer. It’s also thought in some cases that parabens can disrupt hormones. You can find a link to one of the studies on parabens here.
Some other commonly used ingredients to try and avoid are listed below:
- DEA, MEA and TEA
- Propylene Glycol and polyethylene glycol
- Synthetic Dyes
If you want to make one small change and convert just one of your current beauty products to an more natural one, here are some of my favourite brands to give you some ideas. Of course, you can also make your own natural products very easily and cheaply, and I do share some recipes here from time to time – so keep your eyes open.
A great range of skin and hair products, as well as a make up and beauty range. One of my favourite products is the Quinoa & Avocado Hair Serum. It has a very light hold, so it’s great for taming that bit of flyaway frizz. It doesn’t weight your hair down or make it greasy.
And if you’re looking for a pencil eyeliner, which is very soft and easy to apply (without feeling like you’re going to stab a hole through your eyelid), this is my recommendation. Soft, smooth and gorgeous. I love the grey at the moment, as it’s bold but subtle at the same time. Perfect for all occasions.
An absolutely beautiful brand, with an independent and loving owner, whose desire to have only organic, natural and vegan skincare led her to create her own hand-made products. Everything is made with as few ingredients as possible, as is really as close to nature as you can get in many ways.
This wonderful ‘Just Add Water’ Shampoo will change the way you think about washing your hair! So simple, and so easy for when you are travelling. That’s one less bottle of liquid. And it really is easy to use. Just mix with a bit of water and massage into your hair. It has a strange, grainy texture and it doesn’t foam up, but don’t let that put you off. Foam doesn’t mean clean! The proof is in the results, and I had clean and shiny hair the first time I used it.
Another wonderful product from Heavenly Organics, and perfect if you suffer from sore feet, is the Lavender and Tea Tree Foot Balm. Just rub into your feet – I found I only needed a tiny bit and it went a long way. It’s so refreshing. The zing of tea-tree and the calming smell of lavender. It will definitely help you soothe away a long day on your feet.
A very well established and respect brand in the world skincare, aromatherapy and remedies.. They also have the most gorgeous packaging – just love those blue glass bottles.
My favourite products within the Neal’s Yard range are the Frankincense Refining Cleanser* and Palmrosa Daily Moisture* – both great for combination skin. *Links to Neal’s Yard product are affiliate links.
An absolutely fabulous brand for all budgets, Benecos offers natural, organic beauty at affordable prices. I am a huge fan of their pressed powder and general make-up range.
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