Every day your bodies face more and more man-made chemicals and they have been fighting back. Eczema, asthma, and allergies are three of the most obvious complaints that can be linked to harsh chemicals in our environment. Chemicals build up in the body and some are known as endocrine disrupters, because they upset our hormones.
According to WEN (The Women’s Environmental Network).
• Around 93% of British women use cosmetics.
• UK consumers spend £5bn a year on cosmetics.
• 81% of women in the UK use lipstick (regular users consume nearly 2lb of it over their lifetime).
Many modern cosmetics are made up of industrially produced synthetic chemicals. The cumulative use of such ingredients in our bodies can trigger allergic reactions and chemical sensitivity. Some of these chemicals are suspected of being hormone disrupters, affecting fertility, puberty and even causing birth defects.
Quite apart from making women look young, they may contain ingredients that contribute to the effects of ageing.
In a random check, WEN found that preservatives were suspected of mimicking the female hormone. And some 57% of products contained oestrogen– which over time can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.
So how do you keep your skin looking young and glowing without such risks? Natural lotions and creams are often more hydrating than creams that use chemicals, because they contain ingredients like: aloe vera, jojoba, calendula, essential oils, and Vitamin E. Here are some worth trying.
Sasy ‘n Savy spf 15 Skin Firming Cream saturated in organic ingredients and incredibly beneficial antioxidants, and enriched with Australia’s most natural and organic plants, herbs and oils. These incude the richest vitamin C fruit in the world – the Kakadu Plum, combined with Tocopheryl Acetate and Wild Rosella Extract. It is high in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, all of which have shown to not only hydrate and refresh skin, but also protect it from free radicals, sunlight exposure and symptoms of early stages of ageing.
Sasy n Savy’s SPF15 Skin Firming Crème (15 ml), £33: www.sasynsavy.co.uk.
SkinGenius Moisturising Lotion for Teenage Skin. It might be billed for teenage skin, but adults love it too. There’s a fantastic fresh scent of citronella and the lotion helps the face to feel moist all day long. It contains:
- Hazelnut oil – astringent and good for combating pimples.
- Macadamia Nut oil – anti-inflammatory which cools and soothes the skin.
- Babassu Seed oil – high in antioxidant Vitamin E and lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties.
- Brazil Nut – which contains antioxidants to protect skin, zinc which is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
SkinGenius Moisturising Lotion , (100ml), £18.99.
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Coconut oil. It’s a great moisturiser but it can be a bit greasy, so best to use it at night when you’re going to wash your hair the next morning. There’s no doubt about coconut oil’s ability to hydrate the face, keep it healthy with its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil is not just the face – you can moisturise the whole body, including feet – as it also keeps away fungal infections. See our competition to win a jar of Kirly-Sue Organic Coconut Oil.
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