Beyond The Label—Myra Michelle Eby
Body care and cosmetic products are not regulated like foods, so many products actually contain toxic chemicals that aren't listed on the label. While this provides a challenge to consumers, there are things you can do even if the label doesn't tell the whole story. Here are a few suggestions:
YOUR NOSE KNOWS. Trust your senses to help you determine if something is pure. Seek out products that smell and look fresh. Products that have heavy scents and unnatural-looking colors probably contain artificial ingredients and toxic fragrances.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER. If you're having a reaction to your skin care products even though the label indicates "all natural," you should isolate the products and only use one at a time. You will then be able to determine which product(s) is causing the problem.
DON'T MIX AND MATCH. For consistent results, stick with products from the same manufacturer and choose a brand you trust. It's also important to follow directions carefully and use the company's customer support so you can get questions answered.
BUILD A RELATIONSHIP. Get to know the product manufacturer. Be skeptical of companies that don't provide a toll-free number. It's important to have confidence in the manufacturer of the products you use.
COOKIE-CUTTERS ARE FOR COOKIES. Remember, you are an individual with special skin care needs. A one-size-fits-all approach to skin care is not sustainable.
PATIENCE PLEASE. Do your research. Your skin care plan may not be perfect right away. Developing the safest, most effective skin care routine takes time and commitment. Have patience. Radiant skin will be your reward.
*Best Beauty Tip!
Reduce your body's toxic load by avoidng the following chemicals in personal care products (these toxins can be absorbed by your skin and enter the bloodstream): EDTA; parabens; phthalates; propylene glycol; synthetic colorings; quaternium-15; and ureas.