There was a time, not that long ago, that my skin was red and blotchy. People would comment to me about it when I got out in the sun. They would say, oh you’re getting sunburned. I also got 1 or 2 painful bumps that looked kind of like a large pimple, but wouldn’t go away. My dermatologist diagnosed me with rosacea, which can cause permanent redness and if you look at pictures online, it can be really scary looking!
I was going through a stressful time in my life at that point. When things started to settle down a little, the bumps went away. I still had redness until I removed gluten from my diet a couple of years ago. I also found that using products for sensitive skin helped. Recently I started using products from my favorite essential oil company that are natural and use essential oils to support healthy skin. I haven’t had any sensitivity and my skin is looking much better!
Did you know that women put up to 168 different chemicals on our skin every day? Did you know that the FDA does not regulate the chemicals that a cosmetics company uses unless the cosmetic has been shown to cause a problem? Is that okay with you? It’s not okay with me, but it’s up to us to do our own research. By the time you figure out that a cosmetic product may be to blame for your health concern, it may be too late. That’s if you ever find out at all! Even baby products contain harmful chemicals.
Some chemicals you may see in skincare that are hormone disruptors, or carcinogens include: phthalates, perfluorinated chemicals(PFC, PFOS, PFOA), triclosan, parabens, and you can find more listed here safecosmetics.org
What can a girl do?
2. Use my favorite essential oil products, which are all certified pure, organic and gluten free. Email me at email@example.com.
3. Make your own products. You will know exactly what is in them. Here are some of my favorite recipes.
Facial Moisturizer For Dry Skin
2 oz. of jojoba oil or argan oil
14 drops each of lavender essential oil and frankincense essential oil. (Make sure these are pure. Most store bought brands have synthetic fillers that you don’t want on your face.)
(For oily skin, substitute fractionated coconut oil in place of the jojoba or argan oil. Even though it is an oil, it is good for oily skin and you can add 14 drops meleleuca (tea tree) essential oil.)
Place all ingredients in a glass bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water to gently melt oils together. Remove from heat and mix with a hand mixer. Put in a glass jar and store in a cool place.
10 mL roller bottle
20 drops white fir essential oil
20 drops grapefruit essential oil
200 drops fractionated coconut oil
Mix all ingredients in the roller bottle. You can play with the ratio of oils until you find the mix you like. Attach roll-on cap and shake until mixed well. Let sit overnight and then use as desired by rubbing on neck, wrists or back of knees.
I use Bare Minerals make-up mostly. I was happy to find that most of their products have a high rating on EWG’s website. Not all of them do, however, so it is best to do your own research. Some products that say “natural” may not be natural at all. I’ve also heard that some skin care lines must change their formulations for Canada, because some ingredients we allow in the US are banned there.
Sunscreens and after sun care are a whole other post. Join me for week 2 of giving toxins the boot to learn more about that!
I would love to hear about your favorite natural skin care products or what you may have found out about your products in your research. Comment below to share.