Stay Close to Nature

We, as a society, don’t think about how even our slightest usage of chemicals affects the environment (we wrote a recent post called Skincare is Polluting the Air  if you’d like to read more on that topic).

Most conventionally-made skincare and beauty products shoot many chemicals into the air and water, by way of production at the plant and, then later, down the drain when you wash it off. Using hand-made and natural products means fewer chemicals damage our environment.

These chemicals can also cause allergic reactions for some people. Not to mention fillers in some skin care products (the stuff that gives them their consistency) can do the same. Look for natural makeup and skincare products as they help your skin be its best, rather than irritate it. We know some are allergic to natural ingredients, such as lavender or lanolin (which is derived from wool) but reactions from using natural ingredients are much more understood, and easier pin-pointed, than those from synthetic products.

Most chemicals also stink. We don’t think this because artificial fragrances are often added to products to cover up the weird smells. That’s right – it’s a chemical covering up another chemical. That’s why SeaLuxe uses natural essential oils. Not only do our products smell great, but they’re good for you as you get the added benefit of aromatherapy.

We’ve mentioned the dangers of parabens before, but it’s worth the reminder. Parabens are often added to conventional products as a preservative to extend its shelf life (important to note, some products do not contain parabens and will usually state this on their labels). Some scientists claim parabens can disrupt the functions of your body’s endocrine system. Specifically, if the product contains words such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, and isobutylparabens – you’re in paraben territory.

Parabens are added to so many products. In addition to skincare and makeup, they’re also added to deodrants, shampoos, conditioners, and toothpaste. Some argue that limited amounts of parabens are safe (limits set by Health Canada and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration) but BUT cumulative exposure can overload your body resulting in a wide range of health issues.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports, “Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors in the cells.”

To borrow from American architect , interior designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”