Are you Green with your skincare? In keeping with the true spirit of St. Patrick’s day mySkin.com profiles a blogger whose passion and commitment to green skincare is commendable and note worthy.
This tete’-a-tete’ with Toxic Beauty blog has been a true learning experience and its given me a deeper insight into organic skincare.
mySkin: Why go Organic / Green with your skincare product choices?
Toxic Beauty blog: The skin is the largest organ of the body and many people don’t know this. Whatever is placed on it is absorbed directly into the blood stream. Most makeup is littered with chemicals linked to nervous system disorders, hormonal disruptions, and various cancers. Organic cosmetics provide a safer alternative to commercial ones as the ingredients are more complimentary with the body’s natural chemistry.
mySkin: I’ve heard that green products are pricey and have a lower shelf life- Can you comment on this?
Toxic Beauty blog: It really depends on how you look at it. You can elect to spend less money for a harmful product or more for a safer one. Which would you choose? Organic cosmetics cost more because they use quality ingredients which cost the company more to produce. As for shelf life, commercial cosmetics have a longer life span because they are composed of preservatives. Preservatives are the main culprit as most are toxic and disrupt the body’s natural processes. Organic cosmetics contain natural preservatives which extend shelf life as well but not nearly as long as their toxic counterparts.
mySkin: Could you share with our readers a DIY moisturizer recipe for the summers?
Toxic Beauty blog: A very simple and easy way to moisturize the skin as well as protect it from the sun’s harmful rays is to use pure Shea butter. Shea butter has a high vitamin E content, making it a natural sunscreen. It’s perfect for summer since it provides protection as well as moisture for the face and entire body. Shea butter improves skin tone, relieves dry skin and helps to reduce wrinkles because it contains a rich amount of fatty acids. Fatty acids are crucial for rejuvenation and moisturization of the skin. By the way, if you do get a sun burn and start to peel, Shea butter can help heal your skin faster. It’s an all around therapeutic skin conditioner.
mySkin: How can we make the site, mySkin.com a great place for organic/ green skincare users?
Toxic Beauty blog: mySkin.com can become a bit friendlier for organic consumers by including more organic products in your data base. It was wonderful to see some of my favorite brands, such as 100% Pure and Aubrey Organics in your search results, however there are many more lesser known brands available which use safe ingredients. If you were to include such brands on the site, it would give people more choices in organic brands and help smaller businesses who truly care about the consumer. I would also like to see the site feature more pure organic brands instead of those disguising themselves as organic or natural when their ingredients clearly aren’t.
mySkin: How do I know that a skincare product is ‘truly organic’. What are the easy ways to find out?
Toxic Beauty blog: If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, chances are it’s not organic. Be aware though, that even in some organic products, the scientific name for the natural ingredient is used such as “Lavandula angustifolia” which is lavender. However, if the ingredient is a long chemical name, you probably want to stay away from it. Another rule of thumb is “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” A great way to determine if your product is organic is to look for an organic seal, such as the USDA organic seal, ACO (Australian Certified Organic) or IFOAM (the European standard.) These seals are only applied to products which meet strict standards for organic cosmetics. Additionally, consumers can use a wonderful resource available online called the Cosmetics Safety Database (http://cosmeticsdatabase.com.) If they have a particular product or ingredient in question, they simply type it in to get a complete profile and rating of the ingredient or product’s safety. Of course, they can also e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions they may have.
mySkin: How long do you test a green skin care product to know it is effective?
Toxic Beauty blog: When I receive a product to review, I use it for a minimum of 14-30 days. During this period, I use the product exclusively without mixing it with anything else. I look for skin interactions, i.e. if there is any skin irritation or discoloration and if the product delivers on what it promises. I also take into account the “user experience.” For example, if it’s a body lotion, is the scent strong, does it absorb quickly, or feel thick?
mySkin: What do you do with the free product that’s been reviewed?
Toxic Beauty blog: I use a free product for review until the end of my review period. At this point, I do the review and always give my honest opinion. (By the way, it is just an opinion….just because I liked it doesn’t mean the next person will. I encourage readers to try products out for themselves to see if it works for them. If it’s a product I really liked, I finish the product until it’s gone. I don’t waste anything!
Its been lovely talking to you, Robin. Your ‘green take’ at skincare via your writings is daring and awesome!
Wishing you All A Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Robin Adler is the creator of http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com and is currently working on a Toxic Beauty ebook detailing the toxic ingredients in cosmetics and how we can avoid them. You can subscribe to her free newsletter on her blog and receive instant access to her special report, Beautify Naturally: 10 Nontoxic Ways to a More Beautiful You. She also operates two other beauty blogs: http://naturalbeautyra.info, a site devoted to Aubrey Organics and http://myorganicacne.com, a site for holistic acne solutions.
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