How Natural are Natural Cosmetic Products?
Horror accounts in the media about the toxic components contained in several of our beauty products might lead you to wish to stop purchasing cosmetics altogether. Still, if you put a bit effort into becoming more knowledgeable of what you're getting, you can help to protect your health using natural cosmetic products.
Regrettably it can be hard to know just what is and what is not good for you, but try to abide by these simple steps and you'll be well on the way.
When you begin to learn more regarding the ingredients contained in cosmetic products, it'll perhaps become a great deal easier to simplify your beauty regime. You may have several different products that all claim to do the same things - why not cut back? When you start getting accustomed to natural cosmetic products and beauty practices, you will also discover that simple household ingredients can make a great job, and you might even feel as if you can go without some of your beauty products all at once.
The word 'fragrance' is located on so much packaging, but what does this truly mean? Fragrances are oftentimes made from toxic chemicals, but the trouble is that we don't know precisely which chemicals they'll include. There are over 5,000 different fragrances utilized in cosmetic and beauty products, and not every chemical will be named on the label. Since fragrances are massive perpetrators for allergic reactions, and might also contain other harmful ingredients called Phthalates, it's best to go for fragrance-free products whenever possible.
Do not trust what you read on the packaging.
Unfortunately the packaging can be quite deceptive, that is why you must do your best not to trust claims like 'natural', 'organic' (unless it comes with the organic seal) or 'dermatologist tested'. Admittedly, in some circumstances, these might mean something and they truly will be natural cosmetic products, but in most cases they're there just to get you to buy and don't really represent the ingredients.
Inspect the ingredients.
This can be hard at first, as the chances are have not heard of many of the contents listed, but you will slowly learn with time. Check for any poison symbols and warnings, as these are a really good sign that chemicals are included.
Regulations to protect our health:
Authorities are starting to crack down on the ingredients cosmetic producers can or cannot use. Whilst you can not depend on regulations to protect you entirely, it is useful to recognize how they are coming together. Check the regulations and laws in your country, or on your local government internet site, for more information.
It is not easy when you are first starting using natural cosmetic products, and there is a ton of learning to do. Just deal with it one step at a time and know more about new ingredients as you chance upon them. You will soon keep in mind which products to avoid, and which won't harm your health.
Analysis of Cosmetic Products By Amparo Salvador
Principles and Practice of Skin Toxicology By Robert Chilcott & Shirley Price
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