Most of us do not think of our skin as the largest organ in our body, but it is and consequently it plays a vital role in our overall health. Also healthy skin on the outside is reflective of our heath on the inside. Our skin absorbs and excretes both nutrients and toxins, therefore what is in the products that we apply to our skin is vitally important. Many cosmetics, including shampoos and make-up, contain a frightening cocktail of chemicals that can have a dangerous impact on health. Unfortunately, there is little regulation of the cosmetic industry except by the industry itself.
Learn about ingredients to avoid, organizations that are making a difference and safer choices to use.
A number of studies have shown us that our tap water can be contaminated with chemicals. What are these chemicals doing to your skin?
You splash it on to rinse your face, but you also spend hours a week showering and bathing in it. Over a period of years, your skin could be exposed to a lot of chemicals simply because you wash regularly.
Is there a way to protect yourself, outside of investing a mint into distilled water? Fortunately, there is.
For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.
We’ve come a long way in the skin care industry. We now know that a lot of the chemical ingredients we’ve used for decades can be harsh, damaging, and sometimes even toxic. We’re turning to more natural, plant-sourced ingredients that truly nourish and protect skin without the potential side effects.
Sometimes we can go overboard in our zeal for what’s “natural,” though, and end up avoiding ingredients that are actually beneficial to skin.
Does searching for natural sunscreen make you sweat? On the hunt for protection that doesn’t leave you greasy or glaring white? Tired of the kids running for cover when it’s time to apply sunscreen? Our helpful guide to choosing the safest natural sunscreen products that are also a pleasure to use makes buying this summertime staple a breeze.
A safe sunscreen (like zinc oxide) is your best bet when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. But did you know that you can increase your skin’s resistance to damage, aging, and even cancer with certain healthy foods?
Plants have their own built-in protection against the damaging effects of the sun.
I love this time of year. After a long, cold winter, how can you resist the sun when it beckons you to go outside?
Before you leave the house, though, be sure to reduce your risk of skin damage. Cover up with a shirt, put on sunglasses and check the UV index to plan events around the sun. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to go outdoors.
You can actually help your skin better protect itself from sunburns by eating real, whole foods and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like sugar and processed seed oil! I have heard stories of people who find themselves much more resilient to the sun after switching to a more nutrient dense diet full of vegetables, healthy fats and clean protein sources like eggs and wild fish. Certainly worth a shot!
While I’ve experienced an incredible amount of support since establishing my non-toxic skincare brand, S.W. Basics, I’ve encountered a considerable amount of resistance to the idea of “natural beauty,” too. I guess it shouldn’t be all that surprising. No one wants to be told that their favorite cleanser (the one they’ve been using since high school) actually possesses ingredients that might be harmful. It’s unsettling to have to forego your standby lip balm after you’ve used it for years and years (and you feel just fine). I get it – change is hard. And who likes being told what to do?
You know pollution isn’t good for you. Scientists have connected it with respiratory problems, birth defects, cancer, and more.
But did you know that your exposure to pollution could also make you look older?
In 2010, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a landmark study connecting pollution to skin aging. Researchers examined 400 Caucasian women aged 70 to 80 years, and gave them scores based on how much their skin had aged.
I get it. We all like to smell nice. In fact there’s a multi-billion dollar industry dedicated to insuring that we do. We can smell like line-dried sheets, spring flowers, mountain streams if we so choose, but perhaps there’s a reason we don’t naturally smell like any of them. And perhaps we’re not meant to, at least not in the chemically-drenched way it’s being done today.