Many women are going natural to avoid certain ingredients that research shows may be harmful. These include preservatives such as parabens, and other ingredients including petrochemicals and phthalates, which some studies show can mimic the effects of hormones in the body or, at high levels, possibly increase the risk of cancer. While some authorities and industry groups maintain that these ingredients are safe, others and especially environmental groups point to mounting evidence that consumers should avoid them at all costs.
Unfortunately, shopping for natural personal care products doesn’t guarantee you won’t find those ingredients in your products. This is because our Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) hasn’t defined the term “natural,” therefore no regulations exist about what products can and cannot contain.
Your skin is by far the largest organ of your body but it is often taken for granted. In Australia, we bask in the sun, slather random beauty products on our skin, dip it in dishwashing detergent and inject it with cosmetic treatments. Skin is a complex organ. It protects us from foreign microbes. It really matters what you put on your skin and how you treat it.
Feed your skin from the inside-out, with foods rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamins A, C and E. Include healthy, monounsaturated fats such as avocado, olive and wheatgerm oils, and foods rich in silica (minimises wrinkles by making collagen). Silica-rich foods include leafy green vegetables, cucumber, millet, oats, onions, rice, whole grains, alfalfa, barley and beetroot.
Replace posh lotions with cups of green tea and rosehip tea. Sweat a lot to clean skin cells. Jump in the ocean as often as possible. It’s one of the best things you can do to recharge and revitalise your skin.
ORGANIC HOME BEAUTY TIPS
Yummy Banana Hydrating Face Mask
This mask once a week will help nourish the skin. Combine one ripe mashed banana, a teaspoon of raw organic honey and the juice of half a lemon. Mix and apply to clean skin for 10 minutes. Rinse off.
Exfoliate your skin with Brown Sugar
Mix a tablespoon of organic raw brown sugar with a tablespoon of coconut oil, next gently massage the scrub into your skin in a circular movement, but without pressing too hard. Rinse thoroughly after use. Your skin will feel amazing and instantly glow.
Chamomile Tea Cooling Cleanser
A beautiful tonic to help soothe the skin. If your cleanser is causing your skin to feel irritated, a cool chamomile tea will help soothe and calm the skin.
Avocado for Hair Nourishment
Mix half a ripe avocado with two whisked eggs, avocado oil and a splash of water. Work it through hair with your fingers, leave for 10 minutes, then wash off.