1 Oct 2020
When you pass by the cosmetics section of a mall, it’s hard not to take a peek at what’s new and resist trying out the testers, what with the intoxicating fragrances, the vivid colors, and the near-perfect images of celebrities and models who endorse the different products. But are you aware that when you use a make-up sample for a patch test that you may actually be the first person to try out that particular product? This is because cosmetics companies are not required by the United States government to conduct mandatory testing for their products.
The watchdog organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) warns that one out of 5 cosmetics products may contain a carcinogenic substance. The EWG also states that only 13 percent of the more than 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics and other personal care products have undergone safety tests in the last three decades. And guess who did all the testing – the Cosmetics Ingredients Review, which is controlled by the cosmetics industry.
When you eat food that is laced with pesticides and other harmful chemicals, the enzymes produced by your digestive system have a chance to break them down and expel them from your body. Unfortunately, your skin does not have a filtering mechanism, so the chemicals you absorb go straight to your bloodstream.
Using cosmetics with the least amount of chemicals will help reduce your risk but switching to natural organic products is the ideal thing to do. Take a look at some of the best natural substances that you can use to enhance the appearance of your skin and hair:
The oil extracted from sweet almonds is one of the most versatile when it comes to cosmetic purposes as you can use it for your body, face, and hair. Almond oil is easily absorbed by your skin, which is why it can be used by itself or as a carrier oil for other massage oils. It can help moisturize and soften your face and body. You can massage almond oil on the area around your eyes to help reduce dark circles and lines as it contains antioxidants like vitamin E. You can also apply it to your eyelashes as a natural lash conditioner. Almond oil can be used to help treat acne because it is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog your pores. You can also apply almond oil on your scalp to treat itchiness and control hair loss, as well as to strengthen and thicken your hair.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is one of the herbal remedies that are suitable for all types of skin. Its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and moisturizing properties provide many skincare benefits. Aloe vera gel can help boost your collagen and elastin production. You can apply it to relieve sunburns and to treat acne and wounds. Men can use it as an aftershave and women can use it as a moisturizer before applying make-up. You can also apply it to the skin under your eyes to reduce puffiness.
Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, comes from the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco. This rare oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which help protect and nourish your skin. Argan oil can be used as an anti-acne treatment, blemish balm, hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, and lines and wrinkle remover.
Many celebrities swear by the benefits of emu oil, natural oil that comes from the fat of an ostrich-like bird native to Australia. Emu oil is a deep-penetrating oil that possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and moisturizing properties. You can use it to help relieve burns, insect bites, and itchiness; moisturize your skin; minimize or prevent scars, and help condition your hair as well as stimulate hair growth.
Technically a wax and not an oil, jojoba oil is very similar to your skin’s sebum, which is why it is food for moisturizing and enhancing the elasticity of your skin and your hair. Jojoba oil can be used as a natural anti-acne treatment because it is non-comedogenic, non-drying, and can help fight acne-causing bacteria. It can also help boost circulation to your scalp to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair damage.