3 Supermarket-Inspired Body-Care Recipes for Beautiful Skin

| 6/16/2015 10:32:00 AM

Tags: body care, Marlene Adelmann, Herbal Academy of New England, Massachusetts,

One of the first things people do when they decide to live a more holistic lifestyle is to change their diet. We eliminate junk food and add more whole, nutritious foods to our diet. We begin to question the status quo; we annoy people by stopping to read labels on everything from cereal boxes to canned beans. With our heightened consciousness we also start to remove known toxic chemicals from our environment. In a larger sense, we may begin to re-prioritize what we believe are the most important things in life. Spending time with loved ones and getting close to nature are usually pretty high on the list. Learning to use natural resources conscientiously by repurposing what we already have and conserving what we can is also part of a holistic lifestyle. 

Supermarket Inspired Body Care Products

As we slowly make these changes to what we eat and how we interact with loved ones and our environment, we may have overlooked one of the most essential considerations – what we are putting on our bodies. We may be of the belief that what we put on our bodies has no effect on our health or wellbeing, however, this cannot be farther from the truth. We must remember that what we put on our bodies also enters our bodies. In fact, our bodies absorb 60 to 70 percent of topical applications.

Beware Of These Harmful Ingredients

Many commercial body care products are loaded with toxic chemicals. Our skin is literally drinking a chemical cocktail every time we slather on some of these products. Unfortunately, children’s body care products are no exception. Here are a few of the bad guys to watch out for:

• Fragrance (this can be a multitude of chemicals)
• Formaldehyde
• Diethanolamine (DEA)
• Phthalates

• Parabens

• Oxybenzone

• Petrochemicals

• Mercury

• Hydroquinone

Maybe it would be best to understand that if we can’t eat it, we shouldn’t use it on our bodies – and while this may seem like a stretch, it is indeed possible to make body care products solely from truly natural and food-grade ingredients. You can learn to make many body care products from shampoo to foot soaks with natural ingredients. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it is less costly than buying commercial preparations. Just as we feel empowered when we exercise control over what goes on our plates, we can also feel empowered when we have control over what goes on our bodies.

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