Natural body care is a healthy alternative to harmful chemicals and a great way to ensure that we are doing the very best for our bodies. The truth is that most skin care companies do not have our best interests in mind. They want a product that will sell. One that smells pretty, feels good, and makes you thing is healthy because the word apple is in the title. Wait? Aren't lotions meant to soothe those issues? Aren't deodorants meant to keep you fresh? Aren't shaving creams meant to protect your skin against a harsh razor? Let's explore these questions.
We might think that lotions and body butters are intended for all things good, however some intentionally contain ingredients that dry your skin out. They also contain harmful chemicals such parabens, DEA, TEA, and petroleum. Some are even known carcinogens such as synthetic colors and fragrances. Some of the chemicals in OTC lotions have been known to give people hives, and create allergic reactions. Did you know that it takes less than 30 seconds for a product applied to your skin to enter your blood stream?.
What products are good? Well, I start at the base of my lotions and body butters, an work up from there. Bases that I use are typically coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Coconut oil has special proteins and fatty acids that make it the perfect moisturizer that leaves your skin rejuvenated and younger looking. It is also a natural antimicrobial. It is also very safe to use on your body as well as your face and hair. Cocoa butter is filled with antioxidants, which help combat free radicals. You have heard those terms when people discuss aging I'm sure. Cocoa butter also has restorative properties to your skin. Shea butter has very great healing properties helping things such as insect bites and skin allergies because of it's vitamin A concentration. All 3 bases are delicious smelling, however beware that some companies like to alter the smell so make sure you buy organic and raw.
Please see my body butter page for more information.
Natural deodorant has become more popular in the past few years as people become more aware of the harmful toxins in our skin care. Aluminum and other heavy metal compounds are added as a sweat blocker. Stearthers are a waxy compound added to most OTC skin care.
Have no fear! There are natural alternatives to that nasty, harsh deodorant. Here is a quick recipe. I recommend letting this set up for 2-3 days after making.
It is very important that you thoroughly clean your arm pits prior to application of your deodorant. Use a washcloth, warm water, and soap. Also apply a few drops of tea tree oil to create a clean, antibacterial surface.
Natural body care includes shaving cream, because after all you are using this product with a sharp razor that could easily create cuts. Most commercial shaving cream includes such toxins as Phthalates, Triethanolamine, and fragrance. Phtalates have been known to disrupt the body's natural hormone balance, and has been detected in the urine of some people suffering from diabetes and obesity. That means it is absorbed by your skin, and processed through your kidneys. Triethanolamine has been detected in testing of liver and bladder cancers. Fragrances are often mixtures of up to 3,000 chemicals to create a scent.
So what to use instead...I personally use a combination of natural castile soap, almond oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. It gives you a beautiful shave, that is well moisturized. And, by using oil, you are actually protecting your razor from rust. I never experience razor burn and rarely experience cuts.
Here is a great recipe for DIY shaving cream:
These natural body care products are just as important as natural soap, bath salts, and sugar scrubs. It is crucial that you pay attention to what you put on your body as well as what you put in it. Combined with a lavish body care routine, you will have supple and younger looking healthy skin in no time. Please contact me for any questions. Also, please take a moment and check out my line of skin care products, Skin Candy.