Natural beauty


Some shocking facts about cosmetics

Do you ever think about what you put on your face every day as you do your make up?  And do you expect them to be tested on animals?  Here are a few facts:

• Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream.
• Many cosmetics contain chemicals that can have harmful side-effects.
• One ingredient, ‘Parfum’ is a very vague term but often consists of several chemicals that can accumulate in body tissue.
• Ninety-three per cent of women use lipstick BUT in their lifetimes they consume about 2lb of it through their mouths.
• Lipstick colouring is often made from cochineal – crushed beetle-like insects.

  • A long list of the best known cosmetics manufacturers still test their products on animals. 

If we used these cosmetics occasionally they wouldn’t cause many problems but the cumulative use of them over years of our lives means that the chemicals are embedded in our bodies and may be weakening our defence systems.

The cumulative effect of many of these chemicals can cause premature ageing, disruption to hormones, allergic reactions, birth defects in babies and serious skin conditions and illnesses.

What are the chemicals?


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Heaven Age Defiance Cream, 50ml, £55
Barefoot Botanicals Hourglass Lifting & Firming Body Lotion, £27.95
Barefoot Botanicals SOS Foot Soldier Refreshing Foot Balm, 75ml, £13.95
Lavera Cleansing Milk 2 in 1, 125ml, £6.45
Lavera Hand Cream, Rose Garden, 75ml, £5.75
Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo, 400ml, £4.59
Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Conditioner, 400ml, £4.59
Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara, £19.95
Bellapierre Eyeliner Trio, £29.99
Dr Hauschka Lip Gloss, £14.95
Alva Fluid Foundation, £18.85
Spirit of Beauty, Dancing Orchid, Sun Orchid and Bird of Paradise Facial Spritz, made with essential oils, 100ml,  £17.95

The power of touch

Garry Trainer‘Talking, touch and listening’ go half way to making a patient better says osteopath, Garry Trainer. ‘I give them 30 to 45 minutes, while the GP can only offer 10 minutes, so the time and attention are very helpful.’ Celebrity osteopath Garry provides a well-honed blend of acupuncture, massage and osteopathy for his clients to suit their particular problem. His clients include the rich and famous – Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Coldplay, Robert Downey Jr, and Premier League footballers, to name but a few.

Garry Trainer was himself a talented rugby player in his native New Zealand, but a serious spinal injury meant that he was threatened with never walking again. After much diligent medical care and many non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, he got back on his feet. However, the NSAIDs gave him a stomach ulcer which left him with back pain and of course he couldn’t take the drugs any more. He discovered osteopathy, acupuncture and massage and got on the path that led him to London and specifically to his clinic in Primrose Hill.

Not only do NSAIDs cause side-effects, researchers have also recently found that paracetamol is not effective in treating lower back pain, and is only marginally helpful in reducing pain from osteoarthritis, according to research at the Sydney Medical School at Sydney University. The drug also failed to improve the quality of life of the users.

In a bid to help people suffering from back pain, Garry has developed Backaid, a combination of glucosamine and chondoitrin, made from shellfish. He recommends taking it for three months to rid yourself of back pain, and he even takes it himself!

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