Thursday, 8 September 2011

Getting use to Skin Care without Chemicals

The modern day skin care on offer today brings us a number of “you-beaut-and-wonderful” properties we consumers have grown very accustomed to.  We weren’t aware that we were becoming accustomed to certain types of results and we weren’t aware that these types of results were at the expense of new chemicals (quietly) being added to our skin care.

For example:
·         Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) suddenly appear in our cleansing products unbeknown to us: our bubble bath, soaps, facial cleansers, dish liquid and washing detergents suddenly have super amazing bubble power. Wow!
·         Mineral oil / petroleum appear in our cosmetic and beauty products and leave us feeling like our skin is being protected from the elements – while in reality it is coating our skin with an impenetrable layer of oil, clogging pores and interfering with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and eczema and resulting in premature ageing.
·         Triclosan is now in hand cleansers to kill off  99.9% of germs before they kill us.

When we are first given an all natural product to use that does not contain these chemicals we are so used to loads and loads of bubbles, mineral oil coated skin and death to ALL germs that we think the ‘natural’ alternative doesn’t work as well because it doesn’t offer the same properties.
Use a natural soap bar without SLES / SLS and we’re left thinking “This isn’t bubbling up enough”.  Use a natural moisturiser that doesn’t contain mineral oil and we’re left thinking “It’s not coating the surface of my skin protecting me from the elements and it doesn’t last me 20 years”.

The truth is a soap free from SLES that doesn’t bubble up wildly still works equally as well as its chemical counterpart and is all the better for you because SLES is a known skin irritant that contributes to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.  Your skin still comes out squeaky clean when using a natural soap regardless of the amount of bubbles produced.

Shaving cream that doesn’t contain chemical propellants and foaming agents may not be as frothy or expanding, however a traditional shaving cream made with traditional ingredients is considerably better for your skin.  It doesn’t clog pores or contain chemicals that irritate the skin and when you wash it down the drain it won’t wreck and ravage the environment.

Moisturisers that contain natural oils instead of mineral oil are far better for your skin as they’re less likely to clog pores.  Also the natural oils they contain seep into your skin hydrating your skin from within.  Moisturisers that don’t contain chemical preservatives may not sit on your bathroom bench for the next 10 to 20 years – and nor should they.  Keep in mind that numerous moisturisers are made with mineral oil and mineral oil takes a very, very long time to break down, which is why the moisturiser can last for a very long time.  Mineral oil draws moisturiser out of your skin leaving your skin looking older.
Moisturisers are made to be used regularly, daily, and ideally should be used within 12months - and disgarded if not being used regularly.   

There are some wonderful natural preservatives, which JOLI uses, (certain essential oils have great preservative properties) to preserve your skin care for the duration it was intended to be used without causing toxins to build up within your body.

Next time you use natural skin care and wonder about how it compares to mainstream skin care, just remember skin care without all the chemicals works equally well, if not better, than skin care containing chemical additives.  After a while you and your skin will become accustomed to the new feel of natural skin care, your skin will look and feel better and you will wonder why you ever thought over-the-counter skin care was good.  Once accustomed to natural skin care it will be hard to go back.

ONE of the main benefits to using JOLI Natural Skin Care with its lack of chemical additives, is it is especially beneficial for Sensitive Skin.

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