Spring clean your beauty products

coconut oil is a great natural beauty product

So many of our beauty products are laden with chemicals, many of which are potentially hazardous to our health. Below are just a few of the chemicals that are used in every day beauty products - there are many more.

Parabens - this is often used as a preservative in, facial creams, shampoos, shaving cream and body washes.  It is an endocrine disruptor and may cause allergies.

Parfum - this is added as a fragrance.  Manufacturers do not have to list the ingredients in parfum so potentially this could include any of hundreds of chemicals which could harm health.  Phthalates are just one group of the chemicals used as a fragrance and can disrupt the endocrine system.

Toluene used in nail polishes is associated with breathing problems and immune system impairment.

Sodium laureth sulphate is often used in shampoos to help create a lather.

Triclosan is added to antibacterial soaps, cleansers, antiperspirants, toothpaste because it limits the growth of bacteria but again it is an endocrine disruptor.

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in nail polishes, deodorants etc but is a carcinogen.

Below are a few natural products you may use as an alternative to chemical laden beauty products:-

Use natural crystal deodorants

Castille liquid soap can be used as a handwash or as a shampoo just don't expect it to lather like shampoo.  You can adapt it to your needs.  For instance if you are prone to dandruff you could add a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil.  If you have greasy hair you could add some lemon juice (be aware however that lemon juice may bring out the highlights in your hair and increase the bleaching effect of the sun)  If you have dry or damaged hair you could add a little coconut oil. 

Coconut oil is a wonderful beauty aid.  Coconut oil is a natural moisturiser but if you are prone to breakouts you may want to use shea butter which is a non-comodogenic natural moisturiser. Coconut oil can also be used as a cleanser. Please see 'Coconut oil cleanser'-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/coconut-oil-cleanser.html

If Spring has a drying effect on your skin you might want to consider this face mask which uses all natural ingredients 'Spring skincare'-

You can also make your own sugar scrub.  Simply use 3 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.  I like to add a couple of drops of rose essential oil which helps your skin stay moist.

Now that it's spring you may also like a bentonite clay face mask. Use weekly to detoxify and cleanse your skin, treat acne, exfoliate, reduce pores and wrinkles. Please see 'Detox your skin- bentonite clay face mask'-

So before you buy any more beauty products you may want to consider if there is a natural alternative.

Be a natural beauty,
Janet x


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