Why choose natural?
Hello beautiful Peaches!
I’m so excited to finally open my own online boutique stocking truly natural and effective skin care! For my very first blog I thought I should begin with a little bit about me and why I decided to act on my passion and open the Peachy Clean Organic Beauty Boutique. Now if you ask any of my friends, I’m sure they’d tell you I can get on quite a tangent! More than a few of them have lovingly and politely endured my long winded speeches about natural skin care, so I will try to be quick so that we can get on to the fun stuff-reviewing products and dishing out beauty tips!
Well it started a few years back when I first heard the words ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulfate’ and ‘Parabens’. Until then I’d taken beauty products for granted and never really paid any attention to the ingredients-I just assumed it would all have to be safe to be able to sit on the shelves of any beauty store. Surely they couldn’t sell toxic products right? It’s scary how wrong I was!
I was completely horrified to learn that the two scientific sounding ingredients I had just learned to pronounce were linked to things like breast cancer, severe skin irritation and accelerated aging of skin cells, low sperm counts, respiratory difficulties and immune deficiencies (the list goes on!). So if that was the known dangers of only a few of the most common ingredients in skin care-what else was I lathering on my skin? The truth is that the majority of ingredients used in skin care have yet to even be tested.
So how do we know they’re safe considering SLS and Parabens made the cut? Well, we don’t and the scary fact is that while more and more ingredients are being tested, more and more toxic effects are being discovered all the time. Birth defects, developmental disabilities, tumors and all sorts of cancers are being linked to ingredients in every day skin care. It is just so scary-and what’s more, completely unnecessary!
While many of the ingredients are technically listed as ‘safe in small quantities’ by government bodies, it’s also important to remember that our skin is our largest organ and absorbs up to 80% of what we put on it. Considering most men and women use between 12 and 20 personal care products daily (safecosmetics.org) this soon adds up to seriously unsafe quantities. The chemicals the average person uses in a year would add up to a shallow bath in toxic hazardous chemicals!
The worst of all this is that if you don’t know what you’re looking for when reading the back of a beauty product it’s easy to be fooled by labels promoting the product as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ when they can contain only a few (sometimes even just one!) natural or organic ingredients while the rest is made of a potent mix of toxic nasties. It is totally legal to name your product something like ‘Organic Skin Care’ when only a few organic ingredients are used!
Ever used a lip balm only to find you need it more and more? It’s because parabens (synthetic preservatives) are known to dry your skin out! So while it feels soothing the moment you put it on, it’s not long before you feel you need another dose-it’s doing the exact opposite of what it claims to do and that is to nourish your lips. It’s the same story with many moisturizers and cleansers.
I became so frustrated by misleading labels and outrageously false advertising - I decided to research products that were considered ‘safe’ for myself-many were far from it.
After much (much!) research I have finally compiled a collection of truly luxurious, effective natural products that you can lather on freely without having to worry about ingredients you can’t pronounce. Everything at Peachy Clean is natural-you’re free to shop safely without needing a science degree to de-code the ingredient lists, in fact I’ve added all of the ingredients next to each product for full disclosure so that you can do your own research if you wish. There’s nothing to hide!
The best thing about these natural products? I personally find them to be far more effective than any skin care I’ve used previously! I hear the same reviews from friends who have been converted to natural products. Now they’re all coming to me saying things like ‘my skin has never looked or felt so good-I’ve been getting so many compliments’ I know that the reviews echo what I have known for ages-that nature does know best!
So follow my blog for updates on gorgeous skin care news, product reviews and beauty tips and tricks. I’d love to hear feedback about your favourite products too!