Toxic Medicine Cabinet – What are you putting on your body?

What’s in your cosmetics and beauty care products? Are there ingredients that you’ve never heard of? Can’t even pronounce?

At Naturally Susan’s, we scoured and researched ingredients in products such as facial moisturizers, body lotions, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, lipsticks, and foundations and discovered toxic chemicals in the products that were poisoning our bodies. So, we searched for natural, organic options and began developing our own.

Believe it or not, there are no government regulations that oversee the safety of cosmetics and personal care products that are in the market today. With the exception of color additives, cosmetic companies are not required to conduct pre-market testing or health studies before selling to consumers. As a result, hazardous ingredients can be included in products without warning labels.

So what did we find from our research? We found a laundry list of chemical ingredients and we’ve named a few in the watch list below.

Toxic Watch List:

* Parabens such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl parabens are used as preservatives and have been found to be carcinogenic. They are common ingredients in moisturizers.

* Fragrances are a chemical cocktail and are often listed simply as “fragrance” on the ingredient label. Approximately 3,000 chemicals hide behind the term “fragrance” and the synthetic components are not required to be listed.

* Petroleum-based products are derived from crude oil. These include mineral oil, paraffin wax, and paraffin oil and are often found in mascaras, foundations, and lipsticks. These ingredients clog pores, sealing toxins in our body.

* Sodium laurel sulfates are foam enhancers and have been found to cause damage to the central nervous system, skin irritation and eye damage in animals exposed to these chemicals.

* Phthalates are generally not listed on ingredient labels since they are part of fragrances. Oftentimes, they are used as plastic softeners and health issues may include birth defects and decreased sperm count.

* Talc has been associated with an increased development of ovarian cancer.

* Sunscreen chemicals such as oxybenzone and PABA can cause allergic reactions. Also, retinyl palmitate, a vitamin-A compound used in about 40% of sunscreen products, has been found to promote the development of skin cancer.

On average, a typical consumer uses about 10 cosmetic and personal care products every day. Our skin is the largest bodily organ that absorbs about 60% of what we put on it so, take a look through your bathroom cabinet to see what you’re putting on your body. While we may not be able to eliminate all toxic and chemical ingredients from our personal care regimen, let’s take steps to reduce our exposure.

What ingredients are in the products that you use? Let us know what you find.

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Beauty Foods: Beautiful Skin from the Inside

What if we said that you can have your chocolate and eat it too? You might say “Are you kidding me? I would be wearing the chocolate on my hips and thighs tomorrow!”

Alright alright, but what if we said chocolate is good for your skin? That’s right! You can eat your way to gorgeous skin.

Here are some delicious foods that are packed with skin-healthy vitamins and antioxidants so that you can feed your body from the inside.

1) Fruit

 Fruits such as oranges and peaches are high in vitamin A that promotes skin-cell renewal. Vitamin C-rich kiwi and berries are high in antioxidants that destroy free radicals and help to replenish collagen so skin stays young and firm. 

2) Fish and Nuts

Salmon and tuna are a great source of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) and help to reduce inflammation that can result in clogged pores and acne. Nuts such as almonds are great snack foods that are skin-savers too. 

3) Chocolate

 Yes, you heard us. CHOCOLATE! But not just any kind of chocolate, specifically, dark chocolate with a high cacao content. It’s a great source of antioxidants that protects skin from environmental damage and is oh so delicious! Chocolate also has been known to be an aphrodisiac. We’re just saying.

And, remember to hydrate. Our bodies are 70 percent water and drinking water helps to flush out toxins that pollute our skin and is vital to healthy bodily function.

So, eating the right foods can help to beautify your body from the inside and your skin will thank you for it. Bon appetit!

Stay tuned for our next monthly publication: Toxic Medicine Cabinet

 

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Food on Your Body: Tips for Dry Skin

Is the harsh winter weather wreaking havoc on your skin?  Central air and heating drying you on the outside?

Here are some all-natural ways to moisturize and refresh rough, dry skin.

1) Avocado:

It’s no wonder our Avocado Lavender Salve is so popular!  Great for dehydrated skin, avocados are packed with protein, essential oils and nourishing vitamins.  Mash a ripe avocado into a paste and smooth over your face and body.  Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with tepid water.

2) Yogurt:

Grab that container of yogurt from your fridge and slather it on!  Not only is yogurt good for you on the inside, it’s great for you on the outside. Yogurt is filled with protein and vitamins and contains lactic acid to gently exfoliate.  Smooth on some plain yogurt on your face to cleanse and soften your skin.  Leave on face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with tepid water.

3) Bananas:

Rich in vitamin A and potassium, bananas are a skin-saver!  Mash a ripe banana into a paste.  Apply all over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with tepid water.

So, go ahead and play with your food.  This time…you won’t get in trouble for having food on your face.  And, your body will thank you!

What’s your beauty tip?

Thank you for being kind to your body.TM

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Ours is to get Back-to-Basics…

When it comes to skin care, we like to keep it simple.  Here are some basic steps for healthy, beautiful skin: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.

  1. Cleanse: Use a mild, daily cleanser to dissolve pore-clogging dirt and oil.  Avoid using harsh cleansers and soap that can irritate and over-dry your skin.
  2. Exfoliate: Weekly exfoliation removes dead skin cells, reveals younger, fresher skin, and allows your skin to absorb moisture.  Avoid exfoliating too often or scrubbing too hard as this can damage the skin’s surface.  We find exfoliating masques better for oily, acne-prone skin.
  3. Moisturize: Protect your skin from losing moisture.  Avoid over-moisturizing as it can clog pores and, if you’re going outside…don’t forget the sunscreen!

 Thank you for being kind to your body. TM

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