Thursday, March 3, 2011

Is Hand Made Natural Skin Care a Better Choice?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government organization the regulates what ingredients are used in making skin care items. They have done very little in that aspect. It has been discovered that many of the ingredients that are being used commercially have toxic effects on our bodies. None of the companies or the regulators of the industry have taken the time to properly test these harmful ingredients over a long term to find out what a daily exposure to them can result in.

To better understand the significance of the dangers you should know what is in those commercial products and what you could be putting on your body. Many beautifying essentials contain any of the following; Mercury, Dioxin, Nitrosamines, DEA, Cyclomethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, and Polyethylene Glycol. All of these components have been shown to have damaging effects and in some cases they can stay in some body parts for very long periods of time. One of the most seriously effected  categories is pregnant women or women in the process of trying to get pregnant.

Knowing about the dangers that are out there makes it easier for you to purchase what is good for your skin, as well as the rest of your body.  One thing the FDA has done right is making it a requirement for manufacturers to list the ingredients they use in the product in order of highest quantity used. The safe assumption we can all make about these labels is that it can be divided into 3 parts. The first part will contain the materials that account for 90-95 percent of the product. These are most commonly emollients, humectants, emulsifiers, surfactants, and preservatives.  Emollients provide moisture, humectants help keep the skin stay moist, emulsifiers bond the ingredients, surfactants bring grime to the surface so that it can be washed away, and the preservatives prevent decay. True natural, organic products contain zero preservatives. If you store them in a refrigerator you can extend their shelf life. All of the materials listed can come in at least 1 natural and 1 synthetic form. Natural is by far the better option of the 2 since many of the synthetic materials contain harmful toxins.

Doing research to find out the best way for you to defend yourself against toxins and chemicals should be your first active step. Another option for you would be to choose “organic” products since these products will contain all natural ingredients. It is also good to find recipes for products online and you can make sure that nothing harmful is part of the process, especially since you can make it yourself. This does take more time, but you can make it in larger quantities that will cost you less in the long run if stored properly.

It is well known that the skin care industry will be undergoing a makeover in the near future. Until that day happens, we have to be aware of all the dangers that some products can have on our bodies and staying with all natural hand made items is definitely the way to go.

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