For most people skin care is a part of daily life. In a 24 hour period I use a cleanser, toner, moisturiser, face serum, hand cream, lip balm, body wash and body lotion. I always lean toward natural and organic because the list of ingredients in unnatural products is frankly daunting.
Lets be clear natural, organic skin care is not a ‘hippie thing’, its not less hygienic and it certainly doesn’t need to cost anymore than skin care containing chemicals.
So why is natural skin care important? to put it simply, the skin is our largest organ and thanks to a little thing called dermal absorption it absorbs around 64% of all toxins that enter our bodies. Just thinking about the 7 skin care products I use daily, if all of those contained harmful chemicals and toxins (which most unnatural skin care does) like parabens such as methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agents), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) (used as a thickener), Ethanolamines, Dioxane, Benzyl, ethyl, isopropyl [SD-40], methyl, SD alcohols, Benzoyl Peroxide and butylated hydroxyanisole – BHT/toluene I would be weakening my bodies natural bacteria and disease fighting mechanisms every day. See the website below for a comprehensive breakdown of the effects some of these chemicals have on our bodies
Its better for the environment. Synthetic or harmful toxins that aren’t good for skin are obviously going to have the same effect on animals, oceans, plant life, not to mention these factories are often associated with the mass production of these ingredients. Most companies that manufacturer quality natural organic products tend to have more environmentally packaging and shipping methods also.
Good quality natural skin care contains ingredients our bodies actually need. I mean that’s the point isn’t it? I don’t spend 20 minutes each night washing my face and rubbing on serums until I look like a glazed donut because its fun. I do it because I have 3 children, haven’t slept more than 5 hours a night in many years and when I wake up looking like the crypt keeper its obvious that skin is needing some nourishment and since a solid sleep is out of the question, natural oils and vitamins are the go.
Its safer for everyone idk if the saying edible beauty is meant to be taken literally but I do. If one of my children were to get into my bathroom cupboard and eat the products in there (yes this has happened) I do want to have a panic attack and frantically call the poisons hotline which is also why (shameless plug coming up) I’ve been making my own skin care products every ingredient probably shouldn’t but could be digested so I know its safe for my skin to absorb and if child locks fail me everyone is okay..
Everything I make is natural, safe, organic and locally sourced. The local part is especially important because aside from contributing to sustainability, buying local generally means buying from smaller businesses that need to rely on the quality of products they sell and not a famous brand name or department store. The main ingredient in most of my products is beeswax which aside from the fact I collect this from the beehives in my own backyard, beeswax can naturally replace so many synthetic ingredients in skin care products.
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I’m adding to my list of products so feel free to drop a comment with any suggestions of what you would like to see in the shop!!