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Article by Lucy Cloonan

By Lucy Cloonan – Founder of Tula Naturals Organic Skincare

There are many skin care products on the market that are labelled “natural” but how do we know what is really natural?

There is a great book called “The Chemical Maze” which really helped me in my quest to create my own natural organic skincare range.  You can look up each and every ingredient in the book and a “happy” or “sad” face will tell you if the product is really safe for your skin.

The skin is the biggest organ of the body and what we put on our skin will ultimately end up in our bloodstream.

Here is a list of just some of the ingredients to avoid:-

-          Alcohol - very drying to the skin

-          Parabens - a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid used as a preservative and found in so many products

-          Phthalates/Fragrance - found in many products including perfume, hair spray, deodorant and almost anything artificially fragranced from shampoo to air fresheners, laundry liquid, nail polish and insect repellent to name a few.  Known to cause hormonal disruption in males and labelled endocrine disputers.

-          Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol - Commonly used to make extracts from herbs, they easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. There is concern about brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. (Steam extracted herbs are okay)

-          Mineral oil - liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, petrolatum – a petroleum by-product that coats the skin to keep in moisture. It clogs the pores, interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, encouraging acne and other disorders.

It is always worth checking the list of ingredients before buying skincare products.

There are 3 things that give you great skin, the first is genetics, the second is what you put “in” your body and the third is what you put “on” your body, so at least 2 out of the 3 are within our control!

13 Dec 2014

Last Update: 14 Dec 2014

Article/Information supplied by Lucy Cloonan

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.