May 22, 2018

 The beauty industry today 

Being in a natural healing/health profession, I've learned that what we put into our body is equally as important as what we put ON to our body. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average woman uses "12 beauty products per day", containing approximately 168 ingredients total. Many of those being toxic. 

The beauty industry promotes all types of different products with extreme claims of making you look 10 years younger, reducing dark circles around the eyes and making your skin softer; but what is the cost? The pressure to consistently look a certain way is awful. "If women woke up feeling beautiful, how much money would the beauty industry lose?" This system feeds off of insecurities. 

We are constantly surrounded by advertisements; billboards, posters, TV, magazines and now social media influencers, telling us that they have just discovered the NEWEST, BESTEST formula that will turn back the clock 10 years. But before you start applying these weird creams all over your face, turn the product around. Read the ingredients. Does ANY of that even make sense to you? 

Reading and understanding ingredients for both food and care products is integral for good health. This is one of the first lessons I coach my clients through. Truly understanding why ingredients are used and their long-term health effects means better choices.

My motto is always LESS IS MORE. No need for a fancy skin regime and lots of different products. Figure out a few key steps that work for YOU and YOUR skin. Below Is a list of 5 ingredients to look out for in your care products:

 5 ingredients to look out for 

1. Fragrance
It's in everything. Literally. Shampoo, deodorant, body creams, toners etc. There is no law that requires companies to list ANY of the chemicals or substances in their fragrance mixtures. It may look like one ingredient, but it is a cocktail of MANY toxic substances. Fragrances are classed in the top 5 allergens worldwide and often contain hormone disruptors (these can lead to or aggravate  conditions like PCOS, fibroids and alopecia)

2. Formaldehyde
This preservative ingredient is most commonly found in nail polish, hair gels and eyelash glues and can trigger allergic skin reactions (red bumps, itchy skin or inflammation)

3. Parabens
Oestrogen-mimicking preservatives widely used in cosmetics. According to the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, parabens may also disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. 

4. Phthalate

Commonly found in nail polish, body wash, hair care products and one of the ingredients of a "fragrance" cocktail. Many studies show that ingredients from this chemical family cause damage to male reproductive systems. Pregnant women should be especially careful of these. 

5. Vitamin A compounds (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinol)
Found in moisturisers, lip calms, make up and sun screen. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for healthy skin when ingested from natural source i.e. FOOD! Vitamin A found in beauty products is often synthetic Vitamin A.

When we eat Vitamin A rich foods, it protects our skin (as its an antioxidant). A deficiency can lead to scaly, dry patches due to a lack of repair process in our cells. 

Always remember to read the ingredients on your food AND beauty products! Use the above 5 as a starting point and see what else you can find. 

I released a video on YouTube showing the current chemical-free care products I use (soap, face oils, deodorant, period pads, shampoo etc). Check it out:




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