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Open any mainstream women’s magazine and glossy pictures of shimmering airbrushed women; their perfect pouts slightly parted revealing gleaming white teeth beckoning you, the consumer to buy ...Toxic Beauty products! Mainstream Beauty, is a sneaky, very real danger to women’s health!
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In case, you need a reminder of why putting chemical laden beauty products on your skin can be more harmful than eating it:
Skin is permeable and beauty products bypass filtering organs like the liver, carrying toxic chemicals directly into the bloodstream!
In 2009, when Dr. Samuel S. Epstein MD’s book Toxic Beauty came out revealing the long list of cancer causing (in extreme cases) ingredients used in mainstream beauty products, more people started reading labels and researching companies before buying beauty products.
Even with this knowledge, however, people (mostly women) of all ages continue to buy their toxic faves because they think organic beauty brands don’t deliver the same results—and, admittedly, because of price points.
If you are someone who prefers buying quality skincare rather than trying to make it in your kitchen, here are 5 beauty products good for you—and the Earth—that deliver the results you want without the health risk!
Instead of Oil of Olay Regenerist Night Cream to reduce fine lines & wrinkles try Laurel Whole Plant Organics Restore Nightly Facial Balm.
A waterless, soft, smooth balm that absorbs quickly into the skin, Laurel Facial Balm is the ideal nighttime moisturizer, featuring a whole plant blend of Calendula, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Astragalus, Comfrey, Gotu Kola, and many more to stimulate and lengthen the life of collagen, regenerate skin cells, even skin tone, reduce fine lines, and scavenge free radicals.
I absolutely adore this line. It delivers spa quality results while you sleep! Way better than Oil of Olay, loves! Fine lines are smoothed and plumped, skin feels relaxed and cared for. Use it nightly for one month, and you will see and feel the difference.
Instead of Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] try Elizabeth Den’s One Love Morning Glory Caffeinated Facial Serum.
This caffeinated energy, blend plus probiotics and Gardenia plant cell actives, tightens, tones, and smoothes the appearance of fine lines with no bad stuff or synthetic fillers to weigh on your conscience. A little goes a long way.
Instead of Cetaphil for sensitive skin, try Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream.
“Purely Simple Face Cream was created by Dr. Sarah Villafranco as a non-toxic alternative to Cetaphil because so many people are battling sensitive skin these days (me being one of them!)”, says Brittany Hailey of Osmia Organics. “This is a great green product that works so well for people with even the most sensitive skin. Not to mention when paired with the Nectar Vital Rose Drops it creates a soft, velvet texture on your skin. Sigh, it is just my favorite!”
Instead of Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream try Blue Beauty Balm by Isa’s Restoratives.
Blue Beauty Balm is formulated, like Clinique Redness Solution, to calm irritated skin. Superior anti-inflammatory ingredients Cupuaco, a Brazilian super fruit, Blue Chamomile, and Carrot Seed oil diminish redness and balance skin tone. It is also an excellent balm for restoring skins elasticity and it moisturizes without leaving an oily sheen.
Instead of Murad Hydrating Toner try Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner.
Like Murad’s toner, Indie Lee Co Q-10 won’t dry out skin. Unlike the Murad toner, it won’t deliver the toxic ingredients of PEG-12, PEG-40 and Dimethicone etc etc. Indie Lee features only healthy, safe ingredients you don’t have to worry about: Aloe, Sage, Cucumber, Papaya, chamomile, and Coenzyme Q10. Another excellent, totally healthy, hard working beauty product that delivers amazing results without the toxic chemicals!
Shar Veda, Southern Oregon’s Premier Alternative Therapist, offers deep healing through loving touch and compassionate counsel. She is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor & Health Educator, yoga therapist and herbalist. Shar has been blessed to study with leading teachers in Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbalism for 20 years. However, it was her adopted grandma, Doe (English-American and Blackfoot Native), who instilled within her profound appreciation for the supreme power of loving touch, healing arts, and world family. Visit her website for a video, full bio, and photos or find her on Facebook and Instagram!