Some Important Facts about Natural Skin Care
If you only knew how much stuff people slather on their skin, especially on their faces, you probably wouldn’t believe it. However, if you’re one of the millions who average around 10 skin care products daily, you need to know that our skin is the sponge of our body and will absorb virtually anything you apply to it. That’s around 100 and more chemicals from different products.
In truth, almost 10,000 cosmetic and skin care products have yet to be evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety. To be fair, this doesn’t mean the US FDA is sleeping on the job. Instead what the FDA is reviewing are the different ingredients contained in these products. Again, in fairness, no one is yet dropping dead from using a collagen anti-aging cream or a body wash, and logic dictates that no company in their right mind would manufacture a product containing a dangerous ingredient. However, logic often dictates manufacturers from the US and the European Union. 90 percent of the 1,120 products that have been banned in the US and EU came from manufacturers in China, India, and Southeast Asia.
Simplify the skin care
Don’t get caught up in too much cosmetic advertising. Instead, keep it simple. The simpler the skin care on your face and skin, the better. All you actually need is a basic cleaner, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. You can also use a single anti-aging cream or anti-wrinkle cream with both moisturizer and sunscreen that you can apply both in the morning and evening.
Go for natural skin care products
The real issue with many foreign cosmetic products today is the toxic synthetic chemicals contained in them. Before you pick up a skin care product, don’t just depend on the ingredients on the labels. Do some research using the FDA’s safe product ingredients website or the Environmental Working Group’s “skin deep cosmetics database” website. Look at the ratings for each ingredients and even specific products.
Don’t buy products that include fragrance
Some products unfortunately contain fragrances with toxic chemicals that aren’t declared by the manufacturers. Most artificial fragrances have phthalates that trigger health problems like allergic reactions.
Select products that use recyclable packaging or non-toxic packaging
Glass is never toxic and is recyclable. Plastics however, are a different story. Polyethylene terephthalate and high density polyethylene are the safest plastics for product usage and recycling. However, polycarbonate and polypropylene containers may leach bisphenol-A endocrine disruptors into products and are less recyclable.