If you’re anything like me right now, you’re looking over holiday shopping lists and looking for the best deals…without sacrificing quality.
Hand creams, body lotions, and beauty products are definitely popular this time of year. I’ve got to admit, it’s hard to resist all the sparkly holiday packaging. But do we take for granted that the product is as great as it looks?
It’s important to look a little deeper
Somewhere on that cute box of lotions is a label. When you read it, do you see ingredients you can recognize? Or do you see things like methylparaben...formaldehyde…petroleum?
They say it’s the thought that counts, so let’s think about this for a minute. A gift of beauty products is one your loved ones will use every day. Not only that, it’s one they’ll use on the skin. The largest organ in our bodies.
We’re not used to thinking of it that way, but it’s true. The skin is always hard at work. It stands between you and the chemicals you come across every day. Your skin shields you from disease and has its own protective oils to carry toxins away from your bloodstream.
Just because it’s on the shelf doesn’t mean it belongs in the stocking
So what happens when you slather your skin in products full of harsh chemicals and carcinogens? For starters, they strip your skin of the very protective oils it needs.
Come on, you might be saying. They wouldn’t be able to just sell that, would they?
Sadly, the cosmetics industry is the least regulated in the United States. There are no laws requiring the FDA to monitor what goes into these products.
The European Union has banned over 1,000 of these ingredients for use in cosmetics due to concerns over links to reproductive problems, cancer and birth defects. In the U.S., that number is just ten.
You’re empowered to make better choices
Authentic Skin Remedies exists to offer you and your loved ones a high-quality alternative. You don’t have to settle for unacceptable risks to your health. Authentic Skin Remedies’ ingredients are organic, plant-based, and toxin-free.
We are stocked with luxurious creams, masks, and more that support your skin’s work to protect your health. Not to mention they make you look, feel, and smell fabulous. And what could be better than that?
How will you make your holiday shopping count this year?
When I started this journey with Authentic Skin Remedies, I thought a lot about what “clean” means for our skin and for beauty products. As the body’s largest organ, our skin is really our shelter, and keeping it clean means more than washing up and making it look good – it means keeping it as free of damaging chemicals as possible.
As I researched that idea of clean, it clicked on another level too. What about the homes that shelter us and the ways we keep them clean? Just reading the labels of household cleaning products, from toilet bowl cleaners, dishwashing detergents, window and glass cleaner, you name it – the list of toxins like isopropanol, phosphates, something called 5-dimethyldantoin popped up.
What good is this brand of clean if it comes with corrosive, dangerous chemicals? According to a chart published by the Cleveland Clinic, common household cleaners can cause severe problems for our nervous and circulatory systems, corrode and burn our skin, and cause cancer, just to name a few of the risks we take using those products. It might seem daunting at first to change the way we clean our homes. But I’ve found some simple and cheap solutions that clean my home and keep it smelling fresh!
I’m talking about baking soda, lemons, vinegar, and a spray bottle. That’s it! And you can really clean your whole house. Here are some excellent tips from the myhealthygreenfamily blog that I like to refer to:
Check out some more resources at EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and let’s keep our homes safe and clean for our bodies. I bet you’ve got some great green cleaning tips too, and I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!
Did you know we are exposed to toxic chemicals known to be cancer-causing compounds on a daily basis? And I’m not just talking just about industrial chemicals used in factories around the world. So many of the products we buy—from carpets to furniture, household cleaning products to perfumes and of course beauty products—can all contain harmful carcinogens. We need to be more aware of what is harmful for our bodies in order to better protect ourselves and our families.
Take a look at what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) uncovered in their latest research about pollution in our bodies caused by chemicals. According to EWG, “The ubiquity of chemicals in modern life means we cannot eliminate exposure, but we have some control through our consumer choices…” and “Reducing exposures to carcinogens, whether through regulation or personal choices, can have important health benefits.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these research findings. It’s an involved but interesting read!
While you’re at it You should also check out their shopping tips for safer beauty products. And start making the choice to ensure what you put on your body is toxic free.
As I began planning the relaunch of the Authentic Skin Remedies website late last year, I initially thought I should distance my cancer story from my skin care products. I wanted the products to stand on their own as a healthy, organic choice for skin care beauty that works.
I quickly realized that my personal connection to Authentic Skin – protecting our bodies from harmful chemicals and environmental factors – is my passion. And this is why Authentic Skin Remedies exists, and why I am so happy to share my products and my story with my friends, family and customers.
Over the years, I’ve researched, studied and analyzed everything possible about healthy living. I do not consider myself an expert by any means. But I feel what I know and share could help inform choices that are good for you and your families.
So here goes!
While what we put on our bodies has been a huge focus of mine, I think the best place to start is with what we put in our bodies. So let’s kick this off with food!
Organic food is now mainstream and for good reason. But cost is a big consideration – it’s expensive to maintain an all-organic diet. One of my go-to grocery lists (thanks to my friends at Fully Raw) for fruits and veggies is the Dirty Dozen. The top most pesticide contaminated fruits and veggies out there. Don’t eliminate these from your diet but try to buy the organic versions if at all possible:
Fruits: Apples, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Strawberries and Blueberries
Veggies: Celery, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Spinach, Sweet Bell Peppers
And then there is the Clean 15 list – thanks again to Fully Raw. These are the top fruits and veggies that, on average, contain the lowest amount of toxins. Save money by buying the non-organic versions and always rinse well before you eat or cook:
Fruits: Pineapple, Mango, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon
Veggies: Onions, Avocado, Sweet Corn (watch for GMO), Sweet Peas, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Asparagus, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes
What do you buy that’s organic? I’d love to know and share your ‘must-have’ organic foods. How do you manage the high cost of buying organic foods? Please add your comments and feedback below and let’s discuss!