Natural Skincare for Your Health
by Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP
Is your skincare routine safe?
Do you know how many personal care products you use on a daily basis? The average is at least nine, but many people use more than 15 products per day. This means we’re exposed to around 100 chemicals each day, which are readily absorbed by our skin.
An interesting fact about the personal products we use everyday is that the government doesn’t require any type of safety testing before the products are released to the public. This means long-term effects of the products are not studied or tested. There are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors still being used in products even though we know their dangers. There’s no way to tell if the product that gives your hair such volume now won’t also give you so much disease in the future.
We are lured in by today’s TV commercials and magazine ads for luxurious hair, glowing skin, and beautiful nails. They promise us these things without mentioning the potential downside of using these products regularly.
In an effort to raise awareness of a more natural approach, I’ll be sharing more about natural skincare in the next few posts. I’ll share my top 5 natural skincare products, a new way to wash your face, and a recipe for a DIY tooth powder you can make at home in minutes.
But for now, I’ll leave you with this: My top tip in transitioning to nontoxic personal care is to find a more natural lotion with fewer harmful ingredients (or none at all!). Since lotion goes on and stays on, thus being exposed to the skin for the longest amount of time, it’s best to find a safer product. Coconut oil is a cheap replacement for most moisturizers. You don’t need much, and it can take a few extra minutes to completely soak into the skin, so be patient as you adjust to it.
Or you can check out my line of natural and nontoxic skincare products called Natural Body Skincare. I make my products with completely natural ingredients you could even eat if you wanted to! Check out the Natural Body Skincare line here.
For more information on potentially cancer- and disease-causing chemicals found in skincare products, check out www.ewg.org/skindeep.
For a more in-depth conversation about how natural skin care products can improve your health, please contact Pure Nutrition + Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 844-787-3935.
Donna Stephens, BCN, CBHP, LDHS
Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP