Some of you have asked me to share with you what I use for my daily skin care regiment. So today I want to talk to you about that. I used to use Mary Kay, which were great products, but during my health journey I’ve slowly switched over to all natural and organic skin care products.
Currently my facial skin care line is Acure. I use their sensitive products for my face-cleanser and moisturizer, but I also use a couple of their other products as well, such as the “Radical Resurfacing Treatment” lotion. This I apply just after cleansing my face and right before I moisturize. I used to apply the Resurfacing Treatment cream both morning and evening when I first got it, but now I only use it once a day to every other day. I really loved how this Resurfacing Treatment cream smoothed out my face and gave it a healthy glow. And then once a week I use their Pore Clarifying Red Clay Mask in the shower.
- Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser
- Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cream Fragrance Free
- Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing Treatment
- Acure Organics Pore Clarifying Red Clay Mask
Why use natural/organic skin care products? Taken from downtoearth.org:
by Tracy Ternes
“When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.1Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia.2 And another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients.3
It is easy to see that what we use on our skin ends up inside our bodies. So it is important to pay close attention to the ingredients in our skin care products. If the products you use contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system. The majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants.
To eliminate a lot of toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, choose certified organic and natural skin care products. It is important to read labels and become educated about what ingredients to avoid when selecting body care products. A good motto to go by is if you can’t pronounce it or have only seen it in chemistry class, don’t use it! Petroleum derivatives, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and dyes go by many names. A few examples of common ingredients to steer clear of are Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Luaroyl Sarcosinate, Potassium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sulfates, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol.”Footnotes:
- Brown et al. The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Am J Public Health. 1984 May; 74(5): 479–484.
- Kasting and Kretsos.Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2005;18:55-74
- Robinson et al. The Importance of Exposure Estimation in the Assessment of Skin Sensitization risk. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 42:251-259.
So when in doubt, my friend, look it up and find out what you are really putting on your body. There are a lot of products that we use on a daily basis that we don’t even realize contain harmful chemicals; such as hand soaps, toothpastes, moisturizers, sanitizes, make-up, hair products and more. The more chemicals are bodies are exposed to, the more damage we’ll do to our bodies. And over time we could begin seeing the results of that harm done to our bodies through diseases and illnesses.
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