A Guide to Natural Skin Care
Helping You Keep Your Facial Cleansing Routine Natural
If you’re like most people, and we’re betting you are, you likely apply multiple products to your skin every single day in an attempt to reduce wrinkles, get rid of acne, moisturize, eliminate dark circles, and in general make yourself youthfully beautiful. Ecolife's natural facial skin care section will go through and highlight the common chemicals found in facial care products and provide you with simple, natural solutions from homemade recipes to which products you should be purchasing. We hope this will help you in your search to natural, organic beauty.
It is very important to know that most, if not all, conventional facial care products contain harsh chemicals that should never be applied to your skin; if you want to maintain a healthy life that is. The fact is that the average person applies more than 126 ingredients to their skin daily - from cosmetics to face wash to makeup removers to masks.
- Health Canada has yet to test nearly 4,000 chemicals used in personal care products. In the US, 90% of the 10,500 ingredients commonly used in personal care products have yet to be tested for safety. Many have been connected to health problems as diverse as hormone disruption, eye irritation, and cancer.
- Chemicals from skincare products get into our bodies through our lungs, our skin, and through our mouths (ever think about how much lipstick you swallow?).
- Many of the chemicals (8,500 and counting) in personal care products impact both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
Healthy skin doesn’t have to come at the cost of your physical wellbeing and the planet. In fact, there are oodles of natural skincare options on the market now and many homemade things you can make to take care of your face. For instance, check out these basics for natural facial care products:
- Acne treatment: Natural acne treatments include a healthy diet, lots of water, vitamin B5, zinc, and other natural choices for preventing pimples. Ridding yourself of zits is easy with homemade acne treatment facials created using tea tree oil and honey. Also learn what acne is and what causes it.
- Facial cleanser: Natural facial care starts with a good cleansing routine, and for that you’ll need natural antioxidant-rich washes. Homemade cleansers that use glycerin, witch hazel, castile soap, herb and fruit extracts, and aloe vera. Learn more about DIY face wash with Dr. Mitra Ray's incredible natural facial recipe.
- Makeup remover: After a long day, be sure to clean up with natural makeup removers that contain chamomile, green tea, and other healthy ingredients. Or create your own homemade makeup remover with milk, olive oil, or yogurt.
- Moisturizer and eye creams: Natural moisturizers and skin creams should be filled with jojoba oil, nut oils, avocado, and aloe vera. You could also make your own organic eye cream and treatments with cucumber, lemon, milk, black tea, and potatoes (surprise)!
- Scrubs, masks, and facials: Buy natural facial scrubs or make your own homemade facial masks and facial scrubs with ingredients like yogurt, honey, olive oil, avocado, oatmeal, and even coffee grounds.
- Facial Toner: Homemade organic toners are different from conventional ones because their ingredient lists contain things like citrus juice, herbs, and berries.
- Wrinkle treatment: If you’re looking to recapture your youth, find natural anti-aging products made with soy protein, avocado, vitamins, and other age-fighting ingredients from nature. In your fight against aging you'll also want to read our articles on what causes wrinkles as well as age spots and freckles.
So if you’re ready to get started, browse through our complete guide to organic and natural facial care and when you’re done, you’ll be naturally beautiful without all of the health and environmental harm.
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2 Canada's cosmetic regulations could use a make-over. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2010, from David Suzuki Foundation: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/canadas-cosmetic-regulations-could-use-a-make-over/
3 Why This Matters. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2010, from Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/research/whythismatters.php
4 How do toxic chemicals get into our bodies? (2007, October 17). Retrieved May 27, 2010, from Toxic Nation: http://www.toxicnation.ca/toxics-in-your-body/how-are-you-exposed/path
5 Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs). (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2010, from US Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/links.html