June 11, 2011

Beauty and The Beasts

Posted in Healthy Living tagged , , , , , , , at 11:47 am by primalissa

In addition to eating real food, and staying away from highly processed refined “franken-foods”, I am just as aware as what goes on my body, as what goes into it.  I am not using any lotions, soaps, or shampoos that have any dangerous chemical by-products in them. I strive to find Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate Free products. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it absorbs everything like a giant sponge.

Some unpronouncable ingredients are in the products that we use everyday.  As I have mentioned before with food, if you can’t pronounce it, do you really need it going in your body?  Here are some of the big bad chemical cocktails that are being forced upon us by the FDA and the “beauty” industry:

Antibacterials-Triclosan, FD&C colors, 1,4-dioxane, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates-PEG, Formaldehyde-diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, bronopol, Mercury-thimerosol(preservative), Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide-nanoparticles, Methyl/Phenyl-parabens, Hydroquinone, BHA-butylated hydroxyanisole, Phthalate (by-product of chemical compounds), Petroleum distillates-paraffin wax, petrolatum, Phenyl/benzene-diamine, Alcohol, Fragrance-no disclosure is mandatory, so who knows what’s in there…

These chemicals have been known to cause…
Cancer, Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Endocrine Disruption, Organ Toxicity, and Environmental Toxicity, among many others.

…and yet our government (the FDA) allows these chemicals to be included in products that we put on our bodies.  Many of these chemicals are banned in European countries and Canada, so why not in the United States? 

So, let’s forget about shopping at department stores for expensive skin care products. Instead, head to your kitchen for naturally beautiful skin.  That’s right, food is your medicine and when it comes to skin care, these foods provide everything you need for clear, glowing skin:

Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

  

These oils are excellent nourishment for your dry skin.  Just apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) and rub into your problem areas.  I no longer use lotion, just coconut oil on my face and body.

You can also use olive oil for cleansing: simply massage a half teaspoon into your skin for a few minutes and then gently wash your face off with warm water and a clean cloth.  Pat dry, and your skin will feel so smooth, there won’t be a need for moisturizer afterward!

Be sure to get the good stuff too, make sure they are virgin, cold or expeller pressed oils.  Check your local health food store or co-op, as most major supermarkets don’t carry the good stuff.

Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial properties.  Raw honey can also be used with sugar as a gentle exfoliating scrub or alone as a mask for glowing skin.  It’s important for any honey to be raw, as the heating process kills off all of the beneficial bacteria.

Lemon Juice

Diluted lemon juice is known to be an effective toner. It may help with lightening redness and preventing breakouts by gently exfoliating the skin.  You can also use it to lighten your hair, although it is very drying, so use sparingly.

Yogurt

http://www.lifeasaplate.com/2011/03/10/homemade-thick-and-creamy-raw-milk-yogurt-tutorial/

Yogurt makes a perfect rejuvinating facial mask. It contains natural acids that gently exfoliate the skin.

Baking Soda

 

Use baking soda as an exfoliating scrub, a gentle natural toothpaste, a shampoo replacement to even out the oils in the hair, and also as a natural deodorant. 

Remember, if you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t come in contact with your skin.

For more information please visit these links:

http://www.safecosmetics.org/

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/

Some recipes to try:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/09/January/balms.html

http://allnaturalbeauty.us/hbr_mainpage.htm

http://www.mybeautyrecipes.com/