By Ali Wetherbee
The skin is our body’s largest organ, accounting for about 8 pounds of the average adult. Because our skin is so porous, it absorbs nearly everything that comes in contact with it. That’s why natural skin care products are so critical to our health. Studies have found that skin absorbs more than 64% of chemical contaminants (up to 100% in sensitive areas such as the underarms) and 100% of chemical fragrances. More than half of skin care products contain chemical ingredients designed to enhance penetration, which means even more of these toxins are absorbed into our bloodstream.
Why Choose Natural Skin Care Products?
In one day, the average person is exposed to 126 different chemical ingredients via skin care products, including sulfates (including sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, glycols, dioxin, dimethicone, PABA, formaldehyde, chemical sunscreens, diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, triethanolamine, triclosan, plus chemical dyes, pigments, and fragrances. A whopping 95% of personal care products contain pthalates, endocrine disruptors linked to developmental disorders and neurotoxicity as well as cancer. Even skin care products labeled “natural” often contain synthetic ingredients and toxins — one estimate found 35% of “natural” children’s products contained synthetic preservatives linked to health problems such as allergies, nervous system issues, and hormone disruption.
Many of these dangerous skin care ingredients are banned in other countries, but here in the U.S. we each have to actively work to eliminate these ingredients from our homes and our bodies. Switching over to natural skin care products that are safe and non-toxic can be a daunting process, but it is completely worth it to ensure that only the best natural and organic ingredients are absorbed into our bloodstreams! Check out these safe natural skin care products from Nourishing World.
Golden Essence Natural Skin Care Products
Golden Essence Raspberry Ketone Body Lotion is appropriate for the hands, feet, elbows, and the entire body. With no oils or parabens, this is a non-toxic lotion with the added benefits of raspberry ketones. Pure raspberry ketones aid the body in detoxification and fat burning, plus tighten and tone skin, all while moisturizing dry areas of the body. Rub this raspberry ketone body lotion into trouble areas of the body to burn fat and firm the skin.
Ideal for both women and men, Golden Essence Rejuva 180 Face Moisturizer is a luxurious face moisturizer which minimizes the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging. Enriched with raspberry ketones, Golden Essence Rejuva 180 improves skin elasticity and combats the free radicals and UVA damage that can lead to skin cancer. This natural skin care product contains no oils or chemicals, and no parabens, dimethicone, synthetic fragrances, or toxins. Golden Essence Rejuva 180 is safe for the entire face, including the delicate areas around the eyes and the soft skin around the neck.
Green Pasture Natural Skin Care Products
Green Pasture Beauty Balm is made from nutrient-dense oils including high vitamin butter oil, fermented cod liver oil, and organic coconut oil. The nutrients from these oils — vitamins A, D, and K, plus omega 3 and 6 fatty acids — are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream to boost levels of these critical nutrients in the body. Beauty Balm smooths skin, reduces wrinkles, and evens out the complexion. It can also be used on acne, rashes, eczema, and sun spots to improve these skin conditions naturally.
Calm Balm is a natural menthol camphor muscle rub you can massage into the skin to reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness. Calm Balm is also a great natural alternative to vapor rub, and alleviates stuffiness and congestion associated with colds. Green Pasture Calm Balm contains the same nutritious, healing oils as Beauty Balm, with menthol and camphor to ease aches and pains.
Living Clay Natural Skin Care Products
Safe, non-toxic deodorant that actually works and keeps you smelling fresh all day is hard to come by! The natural skin care products from Living Clay contain detoxifying bentonite clay to help draw out toxins and neutralize odors. Available in two scents — lemongrass sage and lavender — Living Clay Detox Deodorant will keep you dry all day, with none of the toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in other deodorants.
If you’re looking for a refreshing, cleansing face mask, this bentonite clay mask from Living Clay is one of the top natural skin care products available. Living Clay Bentonite Face Mask removes skin impurities while softening the skin. With only two ingredients — bentonite clay and purified water — this face mask is free from the additives and toxins found in other face masks.
Clean and detoxify your skin with Living Clay Face & Body Scrub. Made with bentonite clay, jojoba, tea tree, grapefruit seed, and peppermint essential oils and ground walnut hulls, this body scrub is so invigorating and refreshing! After rubbing Living Clay Face & Body Scrub into your skin, you leave in on for a few minutes, and you’ll feel it go to town waking up your skin & your mind as it draws out toxins and impurities.
If you’re looking for great natural skin care products to combat signs of aging, Living Clay Rejuvenation Face Cream and Living Clay Wrinkle Release Cream work great alone and even better together! Made with bentonite clay and nourishing oils, the Wrinkle Release Cream helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines and smooth the skin, while the Rejuvenation Face Cream hydrates and leaves skin looking and feeling younger, naturally.
Perfect Supplements Natural Skin Care Products
We usually think of using coconut oil in food, but Perfect Coconut Oil is also one of the easiest, healthiest, and most nourishing natural skin care products available. It’s safe enough to eat! Simply rub a spoonful of Perfect Coconut Oil between the hands to melt, and then rub into dry, itchy, or rashy areas.
After trying this lip balm, I wanted to throw out all my other little bottles of various brands of chapstick! Perfect Lip Nutrients goes on so smooth, has an amazing lemony smell, and actually moisturizes the lips. With other brands of lip balm I found myself constantly reapplying throughout the day, almost as if they were causing more dryness, but with Perfect Lip Nutrients, once a day is plenty!
More Natural Skin Care Products
Walkabout Emu Oil is an oil rich in vitamins D, E, and K plus omega fatty acids. Rub this nourishing oil into your skin to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging and promote skin regeneration. In addition to providing transdermal fat-soluble vitamins, emu oil is excellent for alleviating aches and pains. Walkabout Emu Oil is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.
Honey for the skin? Yes! Wedderspoon Manuka Honey provides a natural face lift as it tightens and softens skin. And if you’re suffering from a skin condition such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis, manuka honey is a great remedy. Apply a light layer to the affected skin and bandage the area to give the manuka honey the chance to fully absorb. Manuka honey has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and can even help heal wounds and reduce scarring.
Ancient Minerals Massage Gel is another excellent natural skin care product for those with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, and other skin conditions. Ancient Minerals lotions, oils, and gels deliver elemental magnesium through the skin, supporting skin and cell health while providing numerous additional health benefits, particularly for the 75% of the population with magnesium deficiency. The Ancient Minerals Massage Gel remains wet on the skin to truly nourish and hydrate the skin. You can leave it wet or wash it off after 20 minutes. Ancient Minerals Magnesium is also available in oil form, as well as in a lotion ideal for sensitive skin.
Natural Skin Care Products for Spring & Summer
One final note: it’s not too soon to be thinking about sunscreen and bug spray! As the days grow longer and we spend more time outdoors, it becomes vitally important that we have safe, toxin-free products to protect us from everything from bug bites to UV damage. Check out Nourishing World’s entire natural skin care product selection to find these and other safe, healthy natural skin care products for the whole family.