Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Body Scrub Organic

Keep your body scrub organic. Why? I'll give you three very good reasons:
  1. If your scrub is certified organic it won't contain harmful toxic chemicals. Scrubbing removes dead skin cells and toxins from our skin. What's the point of using chemical laden products that put toxins back on our skin?
  2. Many body exfoliates use petroleum based polyethylene. These plastic micro-spheres end up in our sewers, streams, lakes and oceans and kill aquatic animals. Organic scrubs that are certified use natural ingredients of jojoba beads, finely ground coffee beans, coarse sugar and oatmeal to exfoliate your skin.
  3. Using organic scrub is environmentally friendly. There are no polluting chemicals to harm our planet.
It's easy to keep your body scrub organic. Be a label reader on products so you know what you are buying. Taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle will reap big rewards.

Friday, February 19, 2010

sodium lauryl sulfate

Do you enjoy richly foaming shampoo, body wash and shaving cream? The reason for all that lather is the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It is an ingredient in car washes, engine degreasers and floor cleaners. It is also found in toothpaste, shampoo, body wash and shaving cream.

Reports have been published that raise a number of health concerns. Studies have shown SLS irritates skin and eyes.

There are healthier alternatives. Organic saponified oils of coconut and olive, jojoba oils, shea butter, sunflower oil, aloe, vitamins C & E, white tea and essential plant oils gently clean, nourish and soften skin. So take a closer look at the ingredients in the skin care products you are buying and avoid sodium lauryl sulfate for healthier skin and body.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Green Lotion

Many consumers are looking for greener products today and green lotion is no exception. There are some guidelines to follow when shopping for eco-friendly skin care products.

*Look for certified organic ingredients - the plants (cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, etc.) were grown without the use of synthetic chemicals that pollute the planet.
*No synthetic chemicals were added - phthalates and parabens are used in many skin care lotions. Not only are these chemicals toxic to you, but they are also harmful to the environment.
*Minimal packaging - look to see if the plastic can be recycled and that the product doesn't come in a lot is excess packaging.

If we all took small, simple eco-friendly steps, what a difference it would make. Take that small step with green lotion. It is healthier for you and easier on the environment.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Phthalates Cosmetic

"Phthalates cosmetics" shouldn't even be put in the same sentence. Phthalates are industrial chemicals used to make plastics. They are found in things like toys, rain coats, shower curtains, and food packaging to make plastic flexible. Companies use this chemical in nail polish, shampoo, lotion and hair spray to stabilize fragrances. It has an oily texture that makes skin feel soft. The chemical name often doesn't appear on an ingredient list because retail products aren't required to list the individual ingredients in "fragrances".

Companies are free to use whatever chemicals they want in beauty care. They advertise the "wonderful scent" of these products and we, as consumers, buy them based on how they smell unaware that this "scent" is stabilized with phthalates.

This chemical has been found to disrupt the endocrine system which is a system of glands that secretes hormones to regulate our body. Concerns consist of the development of the reproductive system where children are most at risk.

There are healthier options available. Essential oils are oils extracted directly from plants and give skin care products clean, healthy aromas in shampoos. lotions, etc.

What can consumers do? We can send a clear message to companies by leaving those chemical laden products on the shelves and choose products that are made with natural and organic ingredients.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Body Exfoliants From Polyethylene

The cosmetics industry never ceases to amaze me. The latest news is body exfoliants from polyethylene. These are finely ground pieces of petroleum based plastic. They never biodegrade (well not for 2 thousand years) and they are too small for sewer filters to catch so they wash down the drain into our sewers, rivers and oceans. They pollute the environment and are harmful and deadly to aquatic critters.

A healthier option for our bodies and the environment would be to use jojoba beads, ground coffee beans, oatmeal, grape seeds and coarse sugar. All are biodegradable but still do a wonderful job exfoliating your skin. Products don't have to be complicated to work well. In fact, simpler is often times better. Many toxins in skin care products dry and irritate the skin. Keep it natural and organic, your body will thank you!