Ultra-violet radiation, free radicals, alcohol, pollution – the struggle to stay healthy is wrought with opponents, but your skincare shouldn’t contribute to the battle. This month’s Natural Awakening magazine features Natural Skincare Matters, by Brooke Adams Law (of BrookAdamsLaw.com) in which she describes the “harm in conventional personal care products.” When I saw the article on the cover of Natural Awakening I got very excited. The chemicals approved for cosmetics (moisturizers and scrubs included) can allow a loosey-goosey gamble with your health. Other countries ban over a thousand chemicals the U.S. allows including formaldehyde, hydroquinone, lead acetate, petroleum, triclosan, phthalates, “fragrance”, oxybenzone, and parabens just to name a few. And as I mentioned previously, the FDA does not require specific testing or licensing for cosmetics, so buyer beware.
This should not instill fear (we know there’s already plenty being drilled into us these days), but instead provide knowledge. Chemicals are not going anywhere. Knowing what to look for and having alternatives to choose from empowers you with choice. Safer, healthier alternatives, like simple. pure. love. are among us, and you always have the option to make your own (if you can cook, you can create). Like I did with essential oils, I’ll do some research and report more on the chemicals in upcoming blog.
Lately, I’ve had a lot of requests to make an eye cream. Aging gracefully is something I strive for, but just like everyone else each new wrinkle, gray hair or ache makes me silently shudder with trepidation of what’s inevitably ahead. Making pure, organic products is my attempt to keep some effects under my control, so eye cream is a natural progression. This summer I’ll try out a few recipes and be in touch when I finalize the product. In the meantime, Miracle Cream is a wonderful moisturizer made for sensitive skin that can be used as a nightly eye cream.
Miracle Cream is incredibly hydrating (made with coconut oil, avocado oil and Shea butter). It contains beeswax, which is high in vitamin A, promoting hydration and softening of the skin, as well as stimulating cell repair. It’s anti-inflammatory as it contains Aloe, the “plant of immortality”, which neutralizes free radicals, soothes skin and improves circulation. And it contains vitamin E, which topically helps the skin retain water and stay hydrated. No additives, chemicals, or hidden ingredients – and a little goes a long way.
The best choices you can make for your health – hydrate well (with water), eat well, sleep well, stay away from sun, smoke and stress, and be active. Top that with the knowledge to make better skincare decisions and you’ve got yourself a good grounding for the long term.
Wishing you all good health!
Much love and happiness,
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