One thing that I have never considered are the ingredients. I'm so concerned about the ingredients that I eat yet not those that I potentially let my skin absorb. Did you know that up to 60% of what you apply to your skin is absorbed into your body?! Some chemicals in skin care products can also be the cause of skin problems such as abnormal oily or dryness areas or acne itself. I was surprised to find that facial products can also cause internal problems to kidneys, the liver and urinal tract!! The ingredient Propylene Glycol (a popular skin care ingredient) surprised me the most. Firstly for the fact that everyone today is trying to retain youthful skin yet this ingredient actually weakens your skin proteins...the stuff that keeps your skin looking taught and youthful. Secondly it can be found in anti-freeze! Yikes! (Source: Pure-Therapy)
Armed with this information I began my search for a more natural skin care routine. Neal's Yard first came to mind having seen their advert for organic make up. After staring blankly at the gorgeously shaped, deep blue bottles on the shelf in John Lewis for ages I decided to try Origins instead. If I'm buying a facial product for the first time, I like to try it and speak to someone about it. *Huge downfall for some of the brands in the store who literally have a few shelves tucked away in the corner and no representative!*
Over at Origins the lady was so helpful. I am a sucker for good customer service and could have bought everything she suggested. After trying the products on the back of my hand I walked away with Never A Dull Moment and United State. A cleanser and a tonic. Oh and a list of 3 further products should I get on well with these!
I may have found a brand I can be loyal to...
Have you ever thought about the chemicals in your facial and beauty products? Would more knowledge of what they are made from, see you consider using more natural alternatives?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject.