15 Jan How to Make the Switch to Natural Skin Care

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By Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty e-tailer, www.nourishedlife.com.au

If your new year’s resolution was to “go green” with your skin care routine, it’s much easier than you think. When I personally made the switch to all-natural skin care, I noticed a change in the way I looked and felt almost immediately.

I had more energy and that ‘brain fog’ was gone. My skin started to glow, my wrinkles softened, and people commented that my eyes were sparkling. As a bonus, I lost some weight, too! If you’re anything like I was before I started this journey, your bathroom cupboards are probably full of all sorts of lotions and potions. While I went cold turkey, I think the ‘switch’ can be done gradually over two or 3 months. Every time you run out of a product, jump onto the site and buy a natural skin care alternative. It’s that simple!

Why you should make the switch

  • Popular skincare and beauty products are often full of harmful chemicals and toxins which are best avoided, and are linked to everything from sensitised skin through to hormone imbalances.
  • Your body will thank you! Once I switch to toxin-free products, I felt so much more alert, and had loads of energy!
  • Organic and natural products don’t need to break the bank anymore. There are so many affordable options – there are plenty of options available that start at less than $20!

What to look for when buying natural skin care

When you’re shopping around for natural skin care online, keep an eye out for certification logos as well as the words “100% natural” or “all natural”. The best thing you can do is to familiarise yourself with the ingredients that will ‘feed’ your skin, and the ones to avoid. As a general rule, the fewer ingredients, the better.

A+ ingredients

Have you heard the buzz about pomegranate, rosehip oil, zinc oxide, aloe vera and shea butter? There are some standout natural ingredients, and these are a few of them. Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins and minerals, they’re amazing at nourishing and treating a range of skin conditions. They literally pour goodness into your skin. For a list of superstar ingredients and all the products we sell containing them, check out our ingredients directory.

The bad stuff

Talc – Also known as hydruous magnesium silicate, talc is a highly toxic ingredient that’s similar to asbestos. Why would you want that on your skin?!

Benzoyl peroxide – found in acne products, benzoyl peroxide strips moisture and can irritate the skin and eyes.

Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and Triethanomaline (TEA) – these foamy ingredients are major irritants and can also cause dermatitis.

Dioxin – used in ‘antibacterial’ products, dioxin has been linked to a laundry list of health problems, including nervous system disorders.

Imidazolidinyl – this preservative releases a chemical called formaldehyde, which can prompt allergies, headaches, joint pain and skin reactions.

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl parabens – used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of products, parabens are notorious for causing allergic reactions, skin rashes, and triggering hormone imbalances.

Synthetic fragrances – any beauty products labelled with “fragrance” are like drugs: you have no way of knowing what’s in them. What we do know is that they’re loaded with chemicals. Headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems and discolouration are all common side effects. Our advice? Pass on the scents!

Phenoxyethanol – A common synthetic ingredient found in many skin care products as a preservative. Not accepted by the organic certification board and linked to skin and eye irritations.

Where to start in 2014!

1. Make a daily dedicated effort to avoid as much sugar, gluten and dairy as possible.

2. Use a dry body brush regularly. It feels so good, it’s super healthy for the body and it really helps get rid of cellulite.

3. Target dark circles. I know this is entirely possible with the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream, drinking more water and going to sleep.

4. Exploit that jar of coconut oil! Start oil puling, Cook everything in it, shower with it, etc…

5. Try boosting your health from the inside out with a naturally fermented (nutrient and probiotic filled) food powder. I’m going to take the Carla Oates Detox Powder every day for one month, then introduce the Inner Beauty Glow powder, and then take them both. They work best this way so I’m excited about how I will look and feel afterwards!

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