Our skin is our body’s largest organ and much of what we lather, splash and rub into our skin is absorbed into our blood stream. After all, this is the premise behind nicotine patches, birth control patches and hormone replacement patches designed for use in menopause.  It’s been estimated that the average woman will use hundreds of kilos of skincare over the course of her lifetime.  This amounts to an extraordinary load of toxic ingredients begin absorbed into the body via chemical laden skincare products. 

We all know that skin care is an important part of our lives, and of any beauty regime, but that doesn’t mean that we must lather ourselves with these toxic ingredients.  There are organic and natural alternatives on the market that don’t use harmful chemicals, and are actually better for your skin.

Let’s first take a look at some off the chemicals we need to avoid:

  • Formaldehyde –   causes skin reactions and is found in nail polish and other cosmetics.  
  • Fragrances – most of these fragrances are synthetic and can be found in cosmetics and skin products.  Interestingly, they are not required to be listed on the ingredients label so it’s worthwhile searching for products that use essential oils or natural fragrances
  • Paraben – is used widely as a preservative and is linked to breast cancer.
  • Paraffin –  is derived from petroleum or coal products. Definitely not suitable for skin care.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – is an anti-bacterial agent, again derived from petroleum products. 
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – is the foaming agent in many shampoos and face washes.  It is a chemical detergent that has a drying effect on the hair and skin and can cause the hair to fall out.


Natural Alternatives in Skin Care

There are many alternatives to these toxic ingredients. Let’s take a look at a few natural ingredients that will naturally preserve the products and nourish the skin.

  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin A (retinol)
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol
  • Pomegranate Oil
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Squalene
  • Essential Oils
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Glycerine
  • Plant Extracts


A natural, chemical free, skin care regime can be achieved with the help of some of these ingredients that will nourish your skin, keep it healthy and vibrant, whilst helping to slow down the ageing process. 

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