“It doesn’t decompose.”
What words come to mind when you read that statement? Fake? Synthetic? Preservatives? The McDonalds french fries from the documentary Supersize Me?
If some of those things do come to mind, then our super-great and awesome minds think alike. 😉
Now, most people know that any food that doesn’t decompose is questionable because, well, what exactly is in it that prevents it from breaking down?
But I’ve never applied this mentality towards something like beauty products until the moment that I received a freebie from Lush and found something different on the label…
An expiry date.
This particular product is called Angels on Bare Skin. It’s a hand-made, all-natural cleanser that was being handed out during a grand opening.
It’s not the prettiest cleanser in the world, but the fact that this 100% natural product has an expiry date got me thinking about how important it is to use natural beauty products instead of all of the other, more common brands.
Why Ingredients Might Matter
After doing a bit of research, it turns out that a lot of companies that sell all-natural or organic beauty products claim that “the body absorbs 60 percent of what we put on our skin–our biggest organ.” You can find this fact on websites like lastlotion.com or bodymindbeautyhealth.com.
Although it’s been difficult to find published research that supports this fact, big-name media outlets, such as The Huffington Post and the UK’s Daily Mail, say that they’ve found studies that prove that the body does, in fact, absorb a lot of what we put on it. One piece of evidence that’s used is nicotine and birth control patches. If these patches, which are just placed directly on the skin, can have such effective results, how does the skin NOT absorb what’s topically applied to it?
A lot of pro-natural websites and blogs contain lists of the most harmful chemicals found in beauty products. These lists include parabens, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, and fragrances.
(this image was found on liveloveraw.com)
On the Other Hand…
The Beauty Brains’ website says that your skin “is an excellent barrier to almost all chemicals. This is why doctors still have to give you shots or you have to take pills for most medicines. Some drugs, like those delivered through nicotine patches really work, but overall very few chemicals can penetrate your skin and get into your system.”
The website backed this up by saying that most chemicals are too large to diffuse into the skin.
If this is true, then all of this buzz around unnatural beauty products being physically harmful is, well, completely bogus.
Although there are conflicting views towards whether it’s worth it to use all-natural beauty products, I think I’d prefer to just stay away from chemicals and preservatives in general. Just for the sake of it. In my eyes, it’s amazing what our own planet’s plants and herbs can do. There are so many benefits to so many substances that come out of the earth’s ground, so it just makes sense to take advantage of what the natural world has to offer.
Considering I only have a couple of natural beauty products with expiry dates, I have a long way to go to completely rid my daily beauty routine of chemicals. But do I think it’s a good idea to work towards that? Absolutely. Hey, the lack of animal testing that’s usually associated with natural products is a big enough reason for me to stick to this path.
Of course, if you disagree or have evidence that proves either argument right or wrong, please share!:)
Until next time, stay fabulous. xo