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Why to choose organic and natural skincare products?

Avoid toxic chemicals and promote love for our well-being

Because we are caring about our well-being, strive to protect the environment and support Communities improving the quality of their life, we are inviting you to actively participate in a discussion gravitating around the topic: “Why to choose organic and natural skin care products?” 

Are you curious about why we love natural and organic products that are reflected in our philosophy and our body-care products, and we are sharing it with you with so much love?

Follow us on Facebook, join our Newsletter or read our Blog to learn about all the 8 factors we consider are important to make the switch for organic and natural products.

Avoid toxic chemicals and promote love for our well-being

We are exposed every day to dozens of toxic chemicals; either to poor outdoor and indoor air condition, or to toxic chemicals found in consumer goods, cleaning products, skincare products  and  cosmetics.

It is alarming to know that even when satisfying our basic necessities, like trying to have proper personal care hygiene or providing a good meal to our family, we expose ourselves and our children to the potential risk of hormone endocrinal disruption, cancer and even impair brain development in children.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body, accounting for 10% of our body mass, which depending on some important factors, for example substance’s concentration, exposure time, age and physical condition, among others, may absorb more or less of the substances coming in contact with the stratum corneum, the skin’s epidermis first layer. Dermatitis is the skin disease known to be one of the most common occupational diseases, but also skin cancer and infections may occur.

The toxic trio chemicals: BPA, Triclosan, and Phthalates, is used respectively to make plastic shatterproof; as preservative found in different household products, for example in soaps, shampoos, skin cleaners,  fragrances; or to enable claims of antibacterial properties. These toxins can be found in our body, in our waterways, and even in the Arctic.

Triclosan is a toxic chemical which is an endocrine disruptor (hormone-disrupting chemical), poses risks to the environment and has been linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria. It is known that in most cases, antibacterial soap is not necessary for safe, effective hand hygiene. Washing your hands with warm water and regular soap has been shown to be equally effective.

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in plastics to soften and increase flexibility and as a solvent in household products, as for example in cosmetics, children’s toys and child-care articles,  paint, fabric and textile, even in laminate floors and school supplies. It is also a common fragrance substance found in air fresheners, detergents, cosmetics, as for example in shampoos, perfumes, and lotions.

There are warnings from leading scientists about the phthalate increase effect on the rates of behavioral problems related with ADHD and for lowering IQ levels in children, when the mother has a prenatal exposure to phthalate.

To minimize your exposure to these above mentioned toxic chemicals, it is important to read the product labels and to choose all the time the Phthalates, BPA or Triclosan free-product (which can be very challenging).

You may also consider looking for organic and natural product to avoid all together many other toxic chemicals (which are much more than those above mentioned toxic chemicals), to protect your health and to treat your body with natural love.  Consider a toxic-free alternative or product whenever is possible.

We would love to hear about your challenges and successes in choosing the right product for your well-being. Leave us a comment below.

 

 

 

References and Further Reading:

 

Phthalates, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Skin Exposures and effects, Centers for disease control and prevention

 Improving Human health and cutting pollution are one and the same, Environmental Defense, Canada

Asthma rates in children are on the rise, and so are toxic chemicals in our everyday products, Environmental Defense, Canada

Uncanny toxics: Who has the power to stop them?, Environmental Defense, Canada

Environmental Defense applauds U.S. Government ban on harmful Triclosan, Environment Defense, Canada

Canada misses the mark (again) in its decision to not ban harmful Phthalates, Environmental Defense, Canada

Triclosan, Government of Canada

Phthalates, Government of Canada

Phthalates, Project TENDR

 


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