I learned a lot as I searched for 100% pure skincare products. I had to learn the scientific names of common plants, because that’s how they must be listed on the ingredients label of lotions, creams and other cosmetics.
I believe in holistic skincare and holistic healthcare in general. We cannot treat individual symptoms without considering the “whole” person. What we eat and drink, as well as how we feel affects our appearance. Excessive stress causes or aggravates skin conditions ranging from acne to eczema.
Many 100% pure skincare creams contain natural fragrances that are irritating and prone to cause allergic reactions. If you really want holistic skincare, you have to avoid added fragrances and “essential oils”.
A complete approach to holistic skincare takes into account the factors that lead to an aged, wrinkled look, because those factors also cause skin cancer. Aging skin cells produce excessive amounts of free radicals and are generally lacking in antioxidants.
Excess stress, sun and environmental pollutants increase the production of free radicals. That’s why people who spend too much time in the sun, those who smoke or are exposed to pollution on a daily basis look older than they actually are. Their skin becomes dry. It sags and wrinkles.
There are 100% pure skincare solutions that keep free radicals in check. But, there are many products on the market that contain compounds, some of them organic, that damage DNA and increase free radical production. The organic sunscreens oxybenzone and dioxybenzone are examples.
It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun, but the daily use of a product containing a sunscreen is not the way to do it. At the very least, it will result in vitamin D deficiencies, which can lead to numerous health problems.
The holistic skincare approach is to wear clothing that protects you from the sun and use creams containing natural antioxidants. Natural antioxidants keep free radicals in check, but you have to shop carefully. Manufacturers are not always 100% honest.
By definition, 100% pure skincare creams should be free of contaminants, but manufacturers are not required to test for contamination. Independent studies have shown that many of our skin care products are contaminated with lead and mercury. Preservative-free plant and vegetable oils stored in clear plastic bottles are often contaminated with bacteria, which can cause infection and scarring.
Companies having a truly holistic skincare philosophy use a special manufacturing process, called “cold pressing” to protect plant oils and other natural moisturizers from bacterial contaminants. They also use opaque bottles, because light breaks down botanical ingredients, shortening the shelf life and the effectiveness of their products.
You should look for ingredients like Functional Keratin, a digestible protein that moisturizes and protects, as well as, antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) and vitamin E (tocopherol). Seaweed or kelp extract and grape seed oil are also highly beneficial.
It is possible for any manufacturer to provide 100% pure skincare solutions. Most don’t, simply because it costs more. Be an informed consumer and protect your skin, as well as the rest of your body.
Article Source: EzineArticles.com