5 reasons to use natural skin care

There are 5 good reasons you should switch to natural skin care. But if you are in a hurry and just want to get to the chase, the "TL:DR" version is -  scientific studies carried out by the American Journal Of Public Health, found that the skin absorbs up to 64% of what is applied topically. We are exposed to on average 164 chemicals, so it's definitely a good idea to stop slathering harmful chemicals on our skin - our largest organ.

Now here goes our 5 reasons to switch:

1. Poor regulation of cosmetics

Cosmetics are badly regulated. This is evident when cosmetics companies in the U.S. are allowed to use almost any new chemicals without government approval. Nearly 20% of personal-care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer, and yet the FDA has not regulated beauty ingredients since 1938. Not only in the U.S., in Australia there also isn't much regulation on the safety of cosmetics. It is mostly up to the consumer to read and understand the ingredients - but who really understands all the chemical names?

2. Most mainstream cosmetics contain harmful chemicals

When you read the ingredients at the back of your night serum or face cream, how many ingredients do you recognise? Here is a list of harmful chemicals that may be found in your beloved skin care and you should stay away from:
Paraben - a chemical found in deodorants, lotion, hair products, and cosmetics, has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors. A study published in 2012 suggested that parabens from antiperspirants and other cosmetics indeed appear to increase your risk of breast cancer.
Phthalatesare plasticizing ingredients that have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems. Be aware that phthalates are often hidden on shampoo labels under the generic term "fragrance."
Formaldehydemay be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Prolonged formaldehyde exposure may be a contributing factor in cancer development.
Lead and other heavy metals - heavy metals are found in a variety of beauty products including lipstick, eyeliner, and nail polish. Exposure to metals has been linked to health concerns including reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity. - did you know we consume about 2 kg of lipstick in a life time?

Do the big cosmetics companies have a policy on cosmetics safety? Check here to find out. 

3. Value for money

There is a misconception that natural skincare is more expensive than mainstream brands. Sure, natural skin care products may not be dirt cheap, but it does contains much more nutrients than highly chemical beauty products.

"Natural beauty products are no longer devoid of innovation for the sake of purity – these days a lot of high-tech know-how goes in." - Marie Claire

There has been incredible amount of research to find the best natural ingredients that can work as well or better than their chemically enhanced counterparts. With that, your skin no longer have to absorb harmful chemicals that you paid mainstream products for. You definitely get your value for money by supporting natural beauty products!

4. Don't take the risk in harming your baby and/or body

Organic natural beauty products help protect children so that they are healthy, strong, and don’t have any birth defects. According to The Lancet Neurology study, toxins in cosmetics can affect brain development and lead to neurobehavioral problems like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. Disorders of neurobehavioral development affect 10-15% of all births and are steadily increasing. Of course, it’s impossible to know which percentage of these are related to toxic chemicals in personal care products, but why take any risk?

5. Save the environment for our next generation

Did you know that the chemical components of many products don’t break down and instead accumulate in our ecosystems. Cosmetics and personal care products do their most damage to the environment after they are washed down our sinks. The chemicals are recycled into our lakes, streams, rivers and public water systems. One obvious example of harmful ingredient for the environment is microbeads, which can easily be replaced by natural blueberry seeds as exfoliator. Read the environmental damages of cosmetics here. Lily Lola is passionate about protecting the environment. All the brands we carry must have recyclable packaging and natural ingredients that do not harm the ecosystem further. 

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I hope after reading this, you will start to see the benefits of switching to organic natural skincare. Be that amazing girl inside and out, save your skin and the environment! - xoxo Lily Lola