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Natural Skin Care

As stated in one of my earlier posts, we all should be more aware of the many commercial cosmetic products we put onto our skin.  We are so smitten with the sleek cosmetic advertising and the promises they never can deliver on.  We do not care enough to learn that only 5 % of the over 10,000 ingredients known to the FDA have been evaluated for safety.   We let out bodies absorb about 130 various chemicals on a regular basis coming from all the prettily packaged lotions, creams, rubs and sprays.  While the industry and the FDA insist that many of the ingredients are safe (which they very well may be), why is it then that the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from skin care and beauty products vs. only 10 that are banned here in the U.S.?  Just about every day we hear of new studies of commonly used products that after many of years on the market suddenly are declared as harmful because of then unknown side effects of complex chemicals.  We do not know how certain chemicals affect us over the years; on others we do.  As an example, phthalates, often in artificial fragrances, is known to cause sperm damage, infertility and birth defects.

I hope my readers have gained some knowledge and are going to start being more critical of what they put onto their bodies as well as to what they put  into it. Our skin is like a sponge and while small portions may hardly be deadly, the accumulative amount over the years can be very harmful  My best advice is to keep it simple.  Examine labels, know that “natural” and “all natural”  still contain synthetic chemicals which may be toxic.  The terms are not regulated.  Stay clear from fragrances in your lotions, creams and soaps.  Companies are not required to declare the dozens of toxic chemicals  that can be in a product’s mix to mimic the smell of fresh pomegranate.

If  shopping for beauty or grooming products, this is when you really should go with organic  products – or make your own.

Herbal Skin Tonic

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Tone with nature

Calendula officinalis flower

Image via Wikipedia

Skin care products are loaded with chemicals and preservatives, even those that claim to be “all natural” .  Since our skin is our largest organ we should not clog it with all those harsh chemicals, many of which serve no purpose at all.  Making our own natural skin care products is guaranteed fresh, pure and  affordable.

Use 1 teaspoon of the dried herb or 3 teaspoons of the fresh if available and add to 1 cup of boiling water.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and then strain, let cool.  Fill into a glass bottle and keep in the fridge.  The tonic will only last for four days, so don’t make too much at one time.

Dry skin: Camomile flowers, lavender

Mature skin: Lemon balm leaves and Calendula flowers

Oily skin:  Myrtle and Rosemary leaves

Acne prone skin: Comfrey leaves and Red clover flowers