How is your skin performing this winter?
People are often confused about what their skin, and their bodies really need to look well and stay well. It's no wonder!
The beauty and health industry are now worth billions and it is in the interest of every company to say whatever it takes for you to buy their product and believe their message. You are valuable to them. You are worth money to them. Lots of money!
Expensive chemically manufactured rubbish is passed off as age defying, wrinkle reducing wonder products. If it really worked, we would all be using them!
Over 100,000 tons of chemicals are produced every year and added to the beauty industry products. Much of it is NOT biodegradable and much of it is toxic to us and our environment. Never mind, if they bang the drum long enough and loud enough, people might believe otherwise and buy a product that could in fact cause more problems than it solves!
60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed through the skin. More people buy commercially produced skincare products now than ever before and yet one sees and hears of more skin problems, spots, reactions and allergies than ever before.
Returning to tried and tested ancient recipes, using natural ingredients and benefiting from the vitamins and anti-oxidants that lie within the raw product in its natural state is the key.
Packaging is NOT important, it’s what’s inside the packaging that is really critical.
Yet packaging is what sells a product in most cases. Most packaging has moved away from the dodgy PVC plastics and into PET safer plastics and in to glass where at all possible.
This is good news.
Many people do not know what to avoid in skincare products.
If I say to you simply avoid Petro-chemical based products and perfumes and items with the word “Paraben” do you know what I mean or why I say it? I spend ages explaining to people why well known over the counter creams are unable to help them with their problems because they are just petroleum based, cheap as chips, perfume laden toxic, irritating and skin suffocating lotions that cost pence to make and thousands of pounds to advertise to make you buy them.
Using vegetarian, (normally vegan) ingredients and applying modern techniques all combine to make a beautiful top quality product and simply packaged that does what it is supposed to do. Look at companies recycling policies and consider those companies that mass produce in plastic tubes by the millions and how these will end up in “land fill”,endangering our beautiful planet.
I use natural cold pressed Organic Olive Oil from a farm I worked on in Spain. The Olive oil is the best. It is grown high up on a mountain, fed by a mountain stream and not directly under a flight path!
I use top quality natural mineral rich Sea Salt from France in my products. I pay twice the price for our essential oils because we buy from a source where the oils have been regularly tested to check they are free of pollutants. Good companies should be happy to tell you what is in their products and why, not bamboozle you with modern fancy terms and newly made up words to describe some Frankenstein mix they have concocted.
Life can be simple and products are often better when simple. Using high grade essential oils is so much wiser than using perfumes in a product. It is more expensive but you do get all the advantage of the hormones associated with that plant and all the benefits its offers. Man-made chemicals can have side effects and cause skin reactions and much more.
Remember this. There is no “over there”. What we put in our waterways, rivers, seas etc. does not conveniently get lost somewhere else and not bother us again; If we pollute, it comes back to haunt us. The planet is round. What goes around, comes around.
We are polluting ourselves and our children in the end. I, for one, do not want that.
How about you?
The Holistic Life Coach
Holistic & Natural Solutions for Health and Wellbeing