21 Feb Top Tips for Safe and Effective Personal Care Products
Personal care encompasses products we use on our face, bodies, nails and hair, plus items we use orally and for intimate care.
As the skin is the largest organ in the body with a surface area of around 1.5 to 2 square metres, what we apply to it can either support health or potentially cause imbalances contributing to ill health. The skin helps protect us from infection, regulates temperature and moisture, as well as excreting waste, and other important functions. It reflects the health of the body within, but can also absorb chemicals applied to it, so being aware of what we are using in way of personal care products is extremely beneficial.
The problem with this is that you almost need a chemistry degree to understand the products list detailed on the items. And if you decide to research them, it can be very time consuming.
Below are a few ideas of great options to ensure you have products that work, will not break the bank and that are most importantly safe.
- Make your own products – many can be made very easily and prove to be extremely effective. Essential oils offer many skin benefits as well as smelling divine, so you feel great too!
- Look for organic products, which contain far fewer risky ingredients.
- If you want to check the ingredients list of your favourite product, then go to the Environmental Working Group website; EWG.org where you can look up each ingredient and see whether it is low, medium or high risk.
- Ask yourself if you really need all those face care items, and revamp your daily routine to only include the essentials.
- Try organic, extra virgin coconut oil – use for cleansing, moisturising, oil pulling for oral care, hair conditioning and body moisturising. Simple! You may like to give it a miss if your pores clog easily.
- Argan oil is also known for it’s moisturising ability for both skin and hair.
- Rosehip oil, rich in skin enhancing vitamin E, is another lovely skin moisturiser.
- Jojoba oil makes for a lovely cleanser.
- Look after your skin from within by eating a whole food, fresh, organic diet, with plenty of water to hydrate and avoid sugar (except fresh fruit), all processed foods, cigarettes and excessive amounts of alcohol, and coffee. Let your skin reflect the beauty within.
This Saturday I am running a workshop dedicated to exploring natural solutions for personal care. We’ll be looking at easy to make products that are safe, effective, and economical too. Plus attendees will make an item to take home with them to use straight away. Click here to find out more.