If you don’t know already, we currently live in a society where highly toxic chemicals are seen as acceptable additions to our cosmetics, should the dosage be low enough. This, according to many pharmaceutical companies and cosmetics manufacturers, is because ‘such low levels’ of said toxins are unlikely to be enough to cause any harm.
Now I don’t know about you but 7 days a week, 4.3 weeks a month, 365 days a year, I at least wake up and have a shower with some kind of shower product, wash my hair with some kind of shampoo, wash my face with some kind of face wash, put on some deodorant, body moisturiser, facial moisturiser, foundation, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara, bronzer, blusher, lip stick, lip balm…you get the point. It might not be a full on made up face every day but even before you get to the make-up you’ve already used around 6 or 7 different cosmetic products. That means you are 6 or 7 times more exposed to toxins, 365 days a year. That’s 2,555 instances of applying potential toxins in a year and over 200,000 instances in the average life time and that’s without all the make-up and nail polish added on top.
If you want to see how this can affect your overall health (not just your skin) take a look here at the outcome of this lovely piece of research by the Natural Skincare Authority and you’ll see that these chemicals affect anything from your reproductive organs to your respiratory system. They take no prisoners!
Now it’s all very well me standing on my soapbox amidst the austerity of January while knowing that a lot of natural, organic or chemical-free products can be quite pricey so my point here isn’t to make you feel guilty. I promise I know what it’s like to be skint – properly skint – and I know this doesn’t allow for fancy pants Organic purchases so my mission is to give a few tips on how you can at least make a start at giving your body a bit of a break. Here goes:
- Use a good reliable website like http://www.lovelula.com/ or find out where your nearest wholefoods/natural remedies store is.
- Start with one product replacement per month and don’t feel bad if you can’t afford to do more than that. The first thing I replaced was my body moisturiser (my logic being that it covered the most surface area) and these can be as little at £5.87 at Lovelula!
- Do you have any essential oils lying around? Why not pick up some Organic sunflower or almond oil and knock up a luxurious body oil to moisturise AND soothe your senses like my Frankincense body oil here.
- Even if you don’t have any essential oils you can get a good Organic oil such as Lavender from The Aromatherapy Company for £8.86 which will last you for at least 8 home-made body oils which is about £1.10 per batch – http://www.thearomatherapycompanyshop.co.uk/lavander-lavandula-angustifolia-10ml-337-p.asp
Good luck and enjoy!