Hey everyone! Hope all of you enjoyed the previous post on the Art Scene in Dubai. Today I’ll talking about a topic that affects all of us – skincare! Since the beginning of time, beauty problems were combated by crushing together different herbs, extracting the juice of fruits or simply scrubbing on a homemade blend whipped up from ingredients in a kitchen cupboard. Right? But as we know this practise has changed drastically. With the increase in demand and uncompromising want for multi-purpose and long lasting products (sound familiar?) it has driven the cosmetic industry to put preservatives and additional chemical compounds into everything.
Today, the average person slathers, lathers, rubs and sprays on 10 different skin care products on a daily basis. Since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, hundreds of chemicals present in those products are easily absorbed. While it may be safe in small doses, over time these begin to quickly add up and studies have shown that they can have a lasting and detrimental effect on us. WHAT?
Luckily there’s an easy alternative! Recently held at the Dubai Ladies Club, the organic skincare workshop hosted was a well received event as individuals have begun to appreciate the importance of adopting this regime. The workshop targeted young adults and taught them to create DIY face washes, scrubs and body butters amongst a slew of other potions during a day long programme. With fragrant and effective infusions like rose petals, sandalwood, activated charcoal and coffee (YUM!) it comes as no surprise that DIY cosmetics have begun to replace traditional store bought products. During my dinner with organic skincare coach Archanna Garg, I realized we both had similar views on this matter and managed to narrow it down to 6 basic steps to help you make the transition to organic:
- SIMPLIFY . SIMPLIFY . SIMPLIFY
Thousands of creams, lotions and potions make promises they could never deliver on, more importantly, several products are simply duplicated and hence do nothing extra for our skin. Ever notice, that? Our recommendation is to minimize, opt for a basic cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Sounds easy right? IT IS!
- KICK THESE TO THE CURB
Several chemicals have known dangers: Phthalates as an example are found in fragrances which can be linked to birth defects, sperm damage, infertility and even feminization of baby boys. Petroleum by-products are known to be contaminated by cancer-containing impurities and are identifiable as petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin. Sounds terrifying doesnt it? But it doesnt stop there.
Other ingredients to steer clear of include: 1,4-dioxane, Aluminum chlorohydrate, Ammonia, Dibutyl phthalate, Formaldehyde, Lead actetate, Hydroquinone, Mercury, Nanoparticles, Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isoparapben), Triclosan and Toluene.
- NO TO FRAGRANCE
Government regulations permit almost any ingredient to be used in products, which can allow dozens of toxic chemicals in a single fragrance product. Be mindful of the hidden dangers that ‘fragrance‘ or ‘parfum’ can pose and always choose fragrance-free products. This should be an easier one to do right?
- POISON PLASTIC
You can never go wrong with glass because it’s recyclable and has no danger of leaching toxins. With regards to plastics, avoid products that have recycling code #3 and the letter “V”, which refers to PVC as it poses environmental and health hazards. In addition to releasing cancer-causing dioxins and pollutants during its production, PVC contains additives and chemical stabilizers that can leach, flake or off-gas throughout its life. You’re checking your product containers now, aren’t you? Perfect! DO IT!
- PUMP IT OUT
Diet and exercise should play vital roles in your regimen, besides working up a good sweat to keep nutrient-carrying blood circulating, be sure to feed yourself protein, healthy fats (omega-3/flaxseed), carbohydrates and fruit. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water is also great for flushing out toxins that might otherwise show up on your skin.
- KITCHEN TIME
The best way to know what goes into your skincare products? Make your own, which gives you the satisfaction of knowing no preservatives or toxic chemicals were used. You can whip up a simple yet effective anti-cellulite scrub using coffee beans, combat pigmentation with activated charcoal or even eradicate dry skin with banana and honey. And that’s just for starters. Check out our step-by-step Brown Sugar Coffee Body Scrub below:
And that’s a wrap! With that I bring today’s post to an end in the hope that we’ve managed to enlighten you about the possible solutions and precautionary steps you can take. Did I miss out something? Then feel free to leave me with your comments below, as always I believe in open dialogue and want YOU to express your thoughts as much as I do. With each post, I’m passionate about leaving you with thought-provoking articles and new opportunities for you to get involved and today I want to hear from skincare enthusiasts that would like to share demos of their quick solutions for common skincare problems to our audience. The top 2 responses will get featured on the next post and will also WIN a deluxe organic skin and hair gift set.
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Until we rendezvous again,