Hey, it's spring! And as spring is an appropriate time to change some habits, today I want to ask you to do one very simple thing. Check your cosmetics drawer. Read the ingredients and if you find any suspicious names like Fragrance, Oxybenzone, Propylene Glycol, SLS, Metyl, propyl, butyl, or ethyl paraben, throw it in the garbage (yes I know that cream was expensive).
How come, people do not care about what they put on their face and body every day? Remember, skin is our largest organ and statistics show that women apply an average of 168 chemicals every day! Women use from 5 to 12 personal care products a day, but some teenagers use up to 17! Parabens, phthalates, triclosan, all of these are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that interfere with the production, action and/or elimination of our naturally present hormones. Think of all those lipsticks, makeups, mascaras and shampoos! A very good overview of harmful substances found in cosmetics, sunscreens, fragrances and toothpaste can be found here.
Honestly, I`m not the kind of person who would stop using cosmetics. And you don't have to stop shaving your legs and armpits and let the grey hair take over (although it's in nowadays). BUT, let this be your changing seasons resolution: From now on, check if the cosmetics you buy does not have all those nasty chemicals in it. It should be certified organic. The sad truth is that 'natural' cosmetics doesn't mean it is organic. Or try to make your own! It's cheap, sustainable and you know exactly what ingredients you put in. The internet is flourishing with DIY's on how to create your own personal beauty product.
The simplest solutions are always the best. We do not need expensive creams to nourish our skin and in fact, my daily beauty routine is very simple. I am a huge coconut oil fan and I use it as a makeup remover, as a body lotion and for hair care. Research confirms that coconut oil is the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair. You can also use other oils such as avocado or jojoba to nourish your skin.
I am also an essential oil freak and I use essential oils for nearly every ailment and to create my personal skincare products as well. If you are afraid to use essential oils, hydrosols or floral waters are a safe and gentle (and less expensive) alternative. Hydrosols are a by-product of the steam distillation process that produces the essential oils. I use camomile floral water as a toner.
Aloe Vera gel is another must in my drawer. It has amazing healing powers and helps reduce wrinkles.
Health tip: If you want to find out what's in your favorite personal care product, download the thinkdirtyscanclean - Think Dirty is an app that can be used for all of your beauty products to see what is actually in them. Also, check the EWG's Skin Deep database. Cherish your skin with nature, not with man-made chemicals!