I get this question often. I realize that everyone has priorities for how they spend their time, money, and efforts, and I’d like to share why I feel it’s critical that the products you apply to your skin should be helping you, even nourishing you, and certainly not hurting you.
Do all your personal products HAVE to be edible? Well, consider this: If you wouldn’t feel comfortable spooning them into your mouth, WHY are you using them? Your skin is your largest organ and it drinks up everything that you put on it! If 1 of your products is mostly clean (aka: label claims ‘natural’ – which means NOTHING by the way), but has a couple genetically-modified ingredients, fats that go rancid easily and fewer organic ingredients than you’d think for such a ‘natural’ product… remind me why you would put this crap onto your naturally beautiful skin?
If you are still early on in your health journey and eating some conventionally slaughtered meat, pasteurized dairy and other processed junk, should you put more of your limited time and energy into cleaning up your diet first than into pure skin care? Such a good question, and such a personal answer. If you are on a path to better health, optimal health, even to exceptional health (it does exist!), then food is just 1 piece of the pie.
True – it is the most important piece, but that doesn’t mean you can overlook the negative consequences of using well-marketed unimpressive (‘natural’) skin and body care products. These natural products are an insult to raw, vegan, organic, edible, and truly pure skin care lines. I really don’t mind breaking the news, but it’s all marketing – their not ‘natural’.
What ‘natural’ products am I talking about? The ones you buy at ‘health’ food stores – your natural food store, where you would expect you could get some good quality stuff. You CAN get few things that are okay, sure (i.e. lip balms)… but are the choices there the best choices available to you? And how long have all those products been sitting on the shelf? Most would be better off applying straight extra virgin organic coconut oil over their body, rose hip seed oil over their face for daytime replenishment and raw cacao butter as a night cream as needed.
And no, your face and body will not be oily. Exfoliate first if you want to open up your pores to enhance detoxification and absorption of the oils even better, and if your skin does feel oily after applying the coconut, rose hip or cacao oils and butter, then you’ve applied too much in that area. Easy fix: rub it somewhere else or on someone else. No big deal – give it a minute and you’ll be smooth as a baby’s butt and wonder how it could be so simple.
I challenge you to try this if you aren’t already implementing these easy, inexpensive ways to soothe, nourish, and heal your skin. Please take before and after pictures for yourself. You’ll want to see them.
A friend sent this to me and I post it here (w/ her permission of course) because I have a sense that this is the way many people view skin care. (And I really honestly want to change this. You deserve the best. Your skin can look so much better than it already does. Your perception of your own beauty will skyrocket when you make the choice to honor your body temple and treat it with respect.)
My friend of mine wrote:
‘I truly don’t yet understand how important the quality of my skin care products are in relation to the other things in my life that I currently deem worth more of my focus (stress levels, what I eat, my environment, who I spent my time with, quality of sleep, getting enough exercise, personal fulfillment/life mission, etc.). All are worth improving, no doubt, but I only have enough bandwidth to focus on a few things at a time, and skin care hasn’t yet been one of them. I’ve switched to better quality, more natural stuff in the last couple of years (slowly), but I don’t use many products, though, so I’m not especially worried about it (I use so little compared to many folks) and again that reduces my concern or urgency. Perhaps faultily 🙂 but that’s why I haven’t made it a personal mission to educate myself more about it or take action with it. So I am in the ignorant bliss stage of skin care still, you are right. In time I will continue to make improvements.’
There’s nothing inherently wrong with this mindset and we all are doing the best we can with the information we have. I imagine that unless you’ve been following my work for some time, are a hard-core Superfoodist, or you make your own skincare, then what she wrote resonates with you. Just because you only use chemicalized skin care products occasionally, does that mean you would eat rat poison occasionally? This may sound extreme, but what is truly extreme is the amount of poisons that the average person in the US / or in the World puts on their skin on a daily basis. These poisonous chemicals are causing serious damage to our bodies and to the environment.
Just consider that. This requires a paradigm shift. The products sold with parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben) are obviously toxic and in my ideal world, you already know this. Walk to your bathroom NOW and check and double check every single product within those 4 walls. Throw them out immediately if they contain any ingredients with the word paraben in them (usually the last several ingredients in the list).
If there are no parabens, great! Your starting from a higher platform. Do you know what the other ingredients in your products do for your skin? Is each ingredient for both food and cosmetic use? If you have to stop and think if its a good quality product, then very likely it’s less than the best ever. The quality and potency should RADIATE and be absolutely apparent, not just because of what the label says (remember, there are no regulations in the cosmetics/personal products industry), but because it’s so safe and good for you that you can eat it. That doesn’t mean you will – it means you CAN.
Review your choices, refuse to allow cost to get in the way since truly natural skin oils are very cost-effective, and stop compromising when it comes to you. If you follow this advice and use these individual oils, keep the rose hip seed oil in the fridge (use within 12 months of date of purchase) and coconut and cacao at room temperature. They will last nearly as long as any products intentionally formulated to last indefinitely.