A healthy change

Written by Heddy Butler | 8 October, 2013

If you are reading this you are likely to be well versed on how much fuelling your body with local whole foods can boost your health. But what about the ingredients in the beauty products you use daily?

If you are reading this you are likely to be well versed on how much fuelling your body with local whole foods can boost your health. But what about the ingredients in the beauty products you use daily? When we digest food our liver removes many of its toxins before it enters our bloodstream and tissues. Yet when we apply products to our skin, the chemicals travel into our systems without the benefits of that same detoxification process.

The skin is thought to absorb up to 80% of the products we apply to it in the same way a Nicorette patch works. This is why it is safest to stick to natural products where possible. The good news is there are more and more becoming available online and at our supermarkets and health food stores. We’re also starting to see more prices become more reasonable as more brands jump on board.

Take a look into the ingredients in the products you are currently using. If you don’t recognise the names, or perhaps cannot even pronounce them, chances are they are far from natural. It could be time to think about a more natural alternative with no harmful chemicals.

Making the choice to ditch harsh chemicals from your beauty routine can be a rough transition. The products usually do not have the same consistencies or scents, and the adjustment period varies pretty drastically. Unfortunately some people become frustrated with natural products, claiming they do not give them the results, and can ultimately give up on them. However, the more natural the product the more absorbent and ultimately more beneficial it will be.

In order to make your transition as smooth as possible consider the following 10 points when making your switch. Remember, it is possible to have a natural beauty routine without chemical nasties.

1. Check the label
Do you love or understand the ingredients in your products? If not, drop it and find an alternative.

2. Simplify
Do you really need lots of products? If you are using a range of chemical products, consider the accumulative chemical cocktail you are creating on your skin.

3. Preservatives
Some have been shown to mimic oestrogen and have been linked to breast cancer.

4. Fragrances
Synthetic fragrances maybe a toxic irritant. Always opt for essential oils.

5. Packaging
Choose recyclable or biodegradable packaging as your preference, and consider the carbon footprint from every product you use.

6. Choose Organic
Organic products avoid pesticides and artificial fertilizers, they are free from preservatives and synthetic ingredients.

7. Consider the environment
Anti-bacterial agent triclosan has been found to cause pollution and disrupt hormones in aquatic life, and it is reported it passes from mothers into their breast milk.

8. Leave gasoline and oil for your car
Mineral oil has no nutrient value for your skin. Instead it can block the pores, trap dirt and bacteria and stop absorption.

9. Avoid poisons
Formaldehyde is considered to be on the scheduled poisons list and its potential health risks are being currently researched.

10.  What’s is bulking your products?
If you find talc in your make-up it is just a bulking agent. Research has shown it is a carcinogen and has been linked to tumours in lungs and ovaries.

When you choose beauty products, don’t put anything on your face you wouldn’t eat. Reading the ingredients listed on your products is a good habit to get into. Not all beauty brands list their ingredients, however you are entitled to ring the company and ask questions about their ingredient list.

You can be naturally beautiful without compromising your good health. By using the right beauty products, you can enhance your natural beauty instead of covering it up with unhealthy and even dangerous chemical-laden cosmetics.

Heddy Butler

Heddy is the Director of Aesthetics Education at the College of Natural Beauty and is motivated to create sustainable and holistic practices in the beauty industry and train the next generation of therapists with this approach.

Heddy joined the College of Natural Beauty in 2008 as a lecturer whilst operating her own salon, Treatment Space. She then took on the role of National Manager and has propelled the College into a highly regarded learning sphere.

With over 27 years in the beauty industry in senior practice and education roles, Heddy is driven by her passion and commitment to the industry.

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