Health + Beauty

Why Eco Beauty Begins With Skin Health

Written by Annie Lizstan

In ancient Egypt, the famous queen Cleopatra used to bathe herself in milk, to have beautiful and healthy skin. Since those times, beauty has been associated with good health.

Today, we have a broad range of beauty products to choose from, but not all of them are beneficial for the skin. Most are laden with unpronounceable synthetic chemicals, preservatives and petrochemicals.

Increasingly, eco beauty products are appearing alongside the toxic versions giving people increased access to better beauty alternatives.

Why choose eco beauty products?

Many beauty products contain some chemical and synthetic substances, which can be harmful not only for the skin but your health overall. Among the substances that are most damaging, there are parabens, fragrances and talc. All of these substances are capable of disrupting the proper functioning of the endocrine system, reducing the fertility and irritating the skin at the same time.

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Now if you have the patience to conduct thorough online research, it is practically impossible not to find products that fit the eco beauty category. Here's how you can tell if they are:

  • it's artificial fragrance-free
  • it's paraben-free
  • it contain no petrochemicals
  • it contains all natural ingredients
  • it's vegan or animal-friendly
  • it's ingredients are certified organic
  • it uses non-toxic, recycled or recyclable packaging

Eco-friendly ways to reduce exposure to photoaging and cancer.

We live on a planet that is getting hotter by the second. The ozone layer has thinned which exposes us to harmful UV rays which means an increased risk of premature skin raging and skin cancers.

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Photoaging, as well as any other skin pigmentation disorder, can affect a person from both an aesthetic and health perspective. The more time you spend in the sun, the more you suffer from premature aging. This will translate into wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin. In addition, you're exposed to a higher risk of melanoma, one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer.

Why eco beauty starts with your health

So although aging in and of itself is not an issue, protecting your skin should be a high priority for these reasons. Many companies promote beauty products that protect the skin against photoaging, however not all are eco-friendly. You still need to choose those that contain natural ingredients and are less toxic.

The best way to protect your skin from photoaging and cancer is to use natural sunscreen lotions such as Moogoo Natural Sunscreen and Eco logical Sunscreen. Many natural sunscreens contain certified organic ingredients such as jojoba oil, lavender oil, shea butter, orange oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and extra virgin olive oil. There are no synthetic fragrances, parabens or other harmful chemicals and are safe for both adults and children.

How antioxidants help protect your skin.

Antioxidants are used by the body as a defense mechanism to help keep free radicals in check and to stop them from causing damage to other cells. Too much damage can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants can be found in vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin E.

Free radicals can be aggressive and damaging to the skin - exposure to UV light, pollution, and various toxins can all increase the amount of free radicals in your body's system.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, so by choosing eco beauty products that are rich in antioxidants, will not only be helping to nourish your skin but guarding your body from damaging health effects.

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So instead of choosing toxic beauty products, why not prepare a facial mask using vitamin E enriched avocado? Or cleanse your face with vitamin C packed lemon juice? These natural remedies will help to protect your health - inside and out.

A final word.

Although it is still uncommon to find beauty products that are exclusively made from natural or less harmful ingredients, the good news is that they are becoming increasingly available. As beauty and health are inextricably connected, we encourage you to choose your beauty products wisely. You shouldn't have to sacrifice your health in the pursuit of beauty.

And if you have the time, why not make your own beauty products? Check out our DIY beauty article to help get you started.

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About the author

Annie Lizstan

Annie Lizstan works as a health and beauty consultant for online websites and is an independent researcher by profession. She completed her studies at the University of Arizona and lived in Wasilla, Alaska. She enjoys exploring topics within health, fitness and beauty.

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