The most common question I receive from my first time clients or even when simply engaging in a casual conversation with someone who asks what I do for a living is why I choose to focus on natural, organic skin care. The number one hesitation that typically follows goes something like “BUT I want something that actually works, packs a punch!” Honestly, I love these chances to share my passion with those that want to know all about why I have dedicated my career to focus on healthy beauty. We all love to talk about what we love right?
NOT SO FUN FACTS
• Women on average wear 11 products a day, while teenagers wear around 17. According to an article by Maureen Rice, “the average woman’s daily grooming and make-up routine means she ‘hosts’ a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.” (Rice, 2009)
• One of my favorite blog post by Ashley Steinbrink offers a great infographic explaining the toxins we absorb through our skin. She states, “Adults absorb 60% of what we put on our skin. There’s a difference between putting things on your skin compared to in your mouth…the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down the chemicals and flush them out. But when you put something on your skin, it goes right to your organs through your bloodstream and doesn’t filter the toxins at all.” (Steinbrink, 2012) It only takes 26 seconds after applying a product on your skin for the chemicals it contains can be found in every organ in your body.
• This is straight from the FDA website: “Under the FD&C Act, cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not require FDA approval before they go on the market.” (Is it a Cosmetic, Drug, or both?, n.d.) A cosmetic company can register their ingredients with the FDA and state that on their label. However, that does not mean they are approved. The FDA will step in if there have been several claims against a certain product, company, or ingredient. However, they do not approve ingredients before they are put on the shelf. To date the FDA has banned 10 ingredients in the United States of America while the European Union has banned 1,100 ingredients.
ACTUAL FUN FACTS
• Organic products have a higher level of anti-oxidants and active ingredients. These anti-oxidants help defend our cells from free radical damage protecting our collagen and elastase (skin’s structural components). This in turn leads to a healthier, smoother, fresh, and vibrant complexion. They really do work!
• You don’t have to worry about any hidden pesticide residue as the ingredients have been grown or produced without the use of pesticides, or chemical solvents. “Organic skin care products are produced in a socially responsible way without harm to wildlife, the environment, people or animals. They are either wild harvested, grown from organic farms or handmade with care and attention.” (Kalia-Sagoo, n.d.)
• You truly get what you pay for. Organic beauty products, much like food, tend to cost more initially. Keep in mind with organic products less is more. Even when it comes to the quantity you use. You don’t need to use as much of an organic product as there aren’t fillers. A little bit goes a long way, so a product will last you longer. Green beauty products are full of non-toxic ingredients you can trust keeping you safe from all the possible side effects associated with chemicals in other types of products such as hormone disruption, cancer, skin allergies, dermatitis, insomnia, labored breathing, and neurotoxicity, to name a few.
I hope these “fun facts” offered some insight as to why I am so passionate about sharing clean, green personal care products with so many people. I believe in the majestic power of nature, never compromising your health for beauty. ~Kileigh Knott
Is it a Cosmetic, Drug, or both? (n.d.). Retrieved from U.S. Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/guidanceregulation/lawsregulations/ucm074201.htm#Different
Kalia-Sagoo, S. (n.d.). Paul Penders Blog. Retrieved from Pail Penders: http://paulpenders.com/ppblog/10-reasons-to-choose-organic-beauty-products/
Rice, M. (2009, November 20). Revealed… the 515 chemicals women put on their bodies every day. DailyMail.com.
Steinbrink, A. (2012, July 16). What Toxic Chemicals Is Your Body Absorbing-Infographic.