Why natural skin care?
Our skin is our largest organ and should be treated with care. While being a barrier for our insides, it also a sponge and soaks up most of the elements we put on it. This is why it is so important to use natural, toxin free products in our skin care routine.
Choosing the right products…
There are many many great skin care companies and products out there that specialize in natural high quality care. However, they are increasingly hard to find and pick out amongst the rubbish. unfortunately there is no way to tell except by reading ingredients. Even that can be misleading as some potentially harmful ingredients are not required to be labeled.
Ingredients to watch out for:
Fragrances: anything that says fragrances is bound to be loaded with synthetics and companies are not required to tell you what they are. Natural scents would be labeled as essential oils.
–benz– : Almost every ingredient that has benz somewhere in the name is an endocrine disrupter that may cause cancer, hormone imbalance and sterility along with other possible side effects.
–phene– : Almost every ingredient that has phene somewhere in the name is an endocrine disrupter that may cause cancer, hormone imbalance and sterility along with other possible side effects.
DEA(diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (Triethanolamine): skin irritant and accumulates in body and brain.
Parabéns (methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl): preservatives, but not always labeled. Carcinogenic, may also contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance, and early puberty.
PEG (Polyethylene glycol):
Phthalates: Often not labeled, may cause damage to kidneys, liver, birth defects, sterility, and early puberty
PG (Propylene Glycol) and BG (Butylene Glycol): Petroleum plastics. Avoid skin contact to prevent brain. liver, and kidney abnormalities.
SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium Laurteh Sulfate): foaming agent than can cause eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, skin irritation, or possibly death.
Triclosan: classified as a chlorophenol and possible carcinogenic.
Ethoxycinnamte and PABA: free radical generators and possibly carcinogenic + damages DNA
Dioxin: Most likely won’t appear in ingredients. May cause cancer and nervous system disorders, reduce immunity, miscarriages and birth defects.
DMDM hydantoin and Ursea (Imidazolidinyl): preservatives that release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and insomnia.
Essential Oils for Skin Support:
Longevity blend contains highest antioxidant and DNA-protecting essential oils. Promotes longevity and prevents premature aging.
Thyme may help to slow the aging process by helping to prevent the oxidation of fats. It is also antifungal and antiviral.
Frankincense has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense also contains sesquiterpenes, which may help oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands. It is noted for restoring damaged skin, lifting dark spots/scars, and preventing/smoothing wrinkles.
Orange is noted for its lipid-soluble traits and antioxidant properties that enhance vitamin absorption. It is brightening for the skin, but should not be worn on exposed skin in prolonged sunlight.
Clove has one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbent capacity) scores. It helps preserve the integrity of fatty acids. Clove is a hot oil and should always be diluted to prevent irritation.
Lavender: calming, healing, relieve irritation and itchiness
Rose is considered to help prolong aging. Scientific studies have shown it to delay mortality in fruit flies while not slowing other properties like metabolism, which is often the case with anti-aging properties.
Ylang ylang, sandalwood, geranium, blue tansy, and most floral oils are also good options with similar properties.
Getting Started with Natural DIY Skin care:
The easiest way to get started with DIY natural skin care is combining essential oils with base oil to make your own body oil. You can also add your favorite essential oils to products you already have to give it a natural boost. Heres what I did for my latest batch of Body oil:
- In a 30ml bottle add:
- 20 drops frankincense
- 15 drops geranium
- 12 drops ylang ylang
- 5 drops sandalwood
- 3 drops rose
- fill with 1/2 jojoba oil and 1/2 sweet almond oil.
Use to moisturize skin and keep it healthy and youthful.
Witch Hazel and hydrosols make great natural toners and essential oils can also be added to those.
balms and lotions need a thickening agent such a coco butter, shea butter and/or wax.
You can grab an essential oils kit or individual oils here and get plugged into our Facebook and instagram group with all sorts of recipes and resources, and individual support. Send me message and I’ll help you get started + find additional resources you need.