Monday, July 11, 2011

New Resource: Natural Beauty Products Directory

Today we have a special announcement to make....   A week or two ago, we hinted at our upcoming new website, and it is now live! Of course it is still a work in progress - and probably always will be - but it is currently up and running and ready to use.

But first, check out this important excerpt from an article by Ageless Beauty:

Assorted cosmetics and toolsImage via WikipediaIf you spend a moment or two in the beauty section of a department store, you’ll probably walk away feeling totally overwhelmed by all of the lotions, potions, and serums that you’re recommended to use each day.

The beauty industry is booming, and it can get pretty confusing to try to separate the good from the bad, and the safe from the toxic when it comes to your daily skin care regimen. Fortunately, you can go back to basics when it comes to caring for your skin to see the greatest results in a smooth, fresh complexion.

You see, your skin is just like any other organ in your body: living, breathing, and in need of nutrition to stay young and healthy. Just in the same way that your health would be compromised if you constantly ate junk food and never exercised, your skin can be compromised if it’s overloaded with toxic chemical ingredients.

In reality, the majority of commercial beauty products are loaded full of chemical ingredients that affect the health of your skin and could even cause serious issues like skin cancer. Yes, many of these chemical ingredients are hard to pronounce and even harder to figure out what they will and won’t do for your skin.

To give you an example, a product ingredient like propylene glycol has been linked with kidney and liver abnormalities, dermatitis, and skin irritation. Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate can cause cancer when combined with other chemical ingredients by penetrating the delicate barrier of your skin and allowing toxic ingredients in.

And don’t even get me started on parabens! Parabens are found in a wide array of over-the-counter beauty products, but they’re really bad news. In fact, on May 3, 2011, the French National Assembly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of parabens in consumer products because they’re endocrine disruptors1.

Parabens are used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of a beauty product, but because up to 60 percent of a product is absorbed directly into the skin, parabens pose a serious risk as they’ve been linked with disrupted hormone function. A 2003 study in the United Kingdom detected parabens in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumors, likely the result of direct product absorption affecting healthy cells2

Instead of risking exposure to a number of dangerous chemicals in your daily skin care routine, natural is best to hydrate, nourish, and rejuvenate aging skin.

[1] "France Passes Bill to Ban Parabens and Phthalates in Cosmetics”, Natural Cosmetic News - Natural Blog for the Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry June 16, 2011
[2] Clarke, Linda, "Metro - Paraben-free Products: What Lies Beneath," Metro- Choose Your City June 14, 2011

The article above describes, in scary detail, why we created our new website. And without further ado, here is the link: (more products added weekly, so be sure to check back soon, and submit your product requests as well!)
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