The Benefits of Natural and Organic Cosmetics
Posted on 24 January 2014 by Marie Hunter
It has been estimated that the average woman absorbs an amazing two kilograms of cosmetics every year, and on an everyday basis, a woman could be smearing 175 chemicals on her skin. Of the estimated 82, 000 ingredients used in personal care products, it is said that one in eight are chemicals that are potentially hazardous to our health. Many of these hazardous chemicals in cosmetics are known carcinogens, pesticides, industrial chemicals, reproductive toxins and hormone disrupters. When we look closer at many of these chemicals in cosmetics, you can find chemical plasticizers, degreasers, and surfactants that would ordinarily be used to keep concrete soft, clean our cars and reduce surface tension in paints … and then we put it on our skin!
While many cosmetic products may seem harmless, especially since it is really only small amounts that are applied to the skin, it is the cumulative effect over several years of use that is difficult to gauge the effect of and would be considered in terms of a ‘slow poisoning’.
Obviously, by choosing to use chemical free natural cosmetics you are reducing the ingestion of a plethora of hazardous or carcinogenic substances, many of which would be banned substances if there were more stringent controls in the cosmetics industry. For those with sensitive skin or a tendency to skin breakouts, natural cosmetics offer a sensible solution without compromising on quality.
Many natural cosmetics also contain botanical extracts such as calendula and aloe vera that can help to improve the condition of the skin and allow the skin to breathe and function normally. Many women do find that after switching to natural cosmetics they do not need to apply as much product to conceal imperfections due to improved skin condition and texture.
Due to the reduced reliance on chemically made ingredients, natural cosmetics offer a great eco-conscious option for the environmentally aware woman and you can be assured that all natural cosmetics available at Sundala Health Centre are made ethically and are cruelty free. Not tested on animals, no petrochemicals, no parabens, no talc, no GM ingredients.
View some of our natural cosmetics online here, we also have more in store to sample and experience.