It’s important to take care of your body on both the inside and the outside. Choosing organic meat and vegetables is a great way to have a healthier lifestyle, but don’t neglect your skin. As your largest organ, it absorbs a lot of what you put on it, so choosing skin care and cosmetics carefully is important.
According to the Organic Consumers Association, many ingredients common in everyday cosmetics are harmful to people and the environment. This may be because many cosmetic products don’t require health studies or pre-market testing. The regulations on what companies can put into non-organic products are incredibly minimal. Your everyday products, whether it’s your lipstick or moisturiser, could contain harmful chemicals like pesticides, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, even substances used in heavy-duty industrial work.
Environmental Defence did a study in May 2011 about the health risks of hidden heavy metals in cosmetics. There were some alarming results. Of the eight metals tested (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, beryllium, nickel, selenium and thallium), seven were found among the 49 different products used in the study. The metals beryllium, lead and nickel were found in all of them. The testing group spanned a range of products and brands and none were exempt from these harmful substances.
Products that don’t have these damaging substances in them are becoming readily available as people are becoming more informed. When you’re shopping, look for the official certified organic seal on more than just your free range meat and vegetables. These products are free from metals and chemicals. And it’s not just what’s they don’t have in them, it’s what they do have. Created using unobtrusive and natural methods, they have an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are packed with healing properties and are more likely to increase regeneration in skin tissue and have you looking healthy and radiant.