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Some good advices before shopping green beauty products

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Nice package and amazing advertising does not assure the quality of a product

Have you ever asked yourself what are you putting on your skin when you try your new natural body moisturizer with that fantastic smell of tropical fruits?

Do you really believe to the nice words of the seller who claim that their products are totally natural, green and safe and who is trying to just quickly sell you their latest product?

Is really the product with the label eco/green/natural,…safe and non-toxic?

Do you pay attention to the label with ingredients on the back of the product?

If you are becoming green conscious and aware about what you put on your largest organ than it’s time to start buying your cosmetic with a new attitude. And believe me you’ll be just happier and surprised on the results. For me the most important thing is the result. When I did my first skin care with organic products, the results were just amazing! Since then I started to look at the label with ingredients, to change some habits concerning beauty and much more.

 

Some quick advices on how to start shopping green cosmetics

Checking the label with ingredients on the back side of your product is the most important thing. That means that you have to understand which ingredients are good for your skin and which ones you have to avoid. You can check the ingredients or product brands on the fantastic site http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com where you find all the information about cosmetic ingredients. You can make a list of the most harmful products and bring with you when you go shopping. You can find lists of harmful ingredients also on the site Health report.

Don’t trust the label green/natural/bio/organic. Just the name does not assure you the real quality. Check also the certificates, such as ECO CERT, SOIL ASSOCIATION, BDIH, USDA,…Eventhough the product is labeled with this certificates, I still check the label with ingredients.

Don’t believe in every miracle that the advertising and celebrities are promoting. Understand that they are payed for their job. I worked with many models who are aware about harmful cosmetics that they have to put on their face while working. This is why many of them choose for their personal use organic and safe products. And above all, their look on images is a product of a good make-up artist, hairstylist, photographer and the special magic touch on the skin is added by the retoucher. So, accept your unique beauty!

Spend your money wisely. Sometimes the price can be (but in most cases is not) a little bit higher than of an average product. But the truth is that the organic philosophy of skin care is different from the commercial one. You don’t need a lot of different products for your skin care, but just the right one of excellent quality. So it’s worth to invest your money in good products. At the end you will realize that you’ve spent more money before when you bought different cleansers, day&night&eye creams, serums, tonics, masks,…That is just marketing. Sometimes you can even make some new cosmetics at home; a nice honey mask or a salt scrub; read a book about home made cosmetic and try something new and fresh!

Hygiene is the keyword in most cases of contamination, bacterial infection,…I always warn about the correct and hygienically use of cosmetic products. Don’t share your creams, lotions, make-up products. Don’t apply cosmetic on your face with dirty fingers. Pay attention to the shelf life of your product and how long is open. Especially with organic cosmetic.

And above all, don’t think this is difficult, it’s just a new way of thinking.

If you have any questions on the topic just come around on my blog, I’ll be glad to help you!

 

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Words of wisdom from the top model Karolina Kurkova

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When I was checking the fashion news I encountered an interesting post about the top model Karolina Kurkova on Beauty counter blog at Style.com. It wouldn’t catch my attention so much, but I find her way of thinking very constructive and positive.

Here are some of her thoughts about models and healthy living:

“A lot of these girls don’t know how to take care of themselves. They have misconceptions that to be a size zero, you can’t eat or you can only have things that are really plain and boring. I definitely can’t live on lettuce and water! I’m very organic; I like to eat natural foods and exercise. You really have to take care of yourself from within. This was an important message for me to get across, especially when I heard that the girls were eating fried Oreos—and they wondered why their skin was so bad! When you eat well, you feel good, and that shows.”

I’m really happy that there are people from the fashion world who send out this important message: that you don’t need to starve, make sacrifices and pull yourself down with negative self talking. It’s all about healthy choices that help you grow. Especially, when you have a positive approach towards life. I don’t think you have to be slave of all organic and healthy things, cause they cannot help, if you have a negative approach to life. I think it’s important to find a balance between everything.

I also liked her thinking about life. About becoming a model she said:

“We’re in the stage where it’s not just about being beautiful or size zero. It’s about being kind and professional, and having a personality. If there is a girl who has that oomph and light, it doesn’t matter where she comes from; she will get noticed.”

In my opinion this is so true, but not just for becoming a model but for every other job; strong personality and following your heart is a winning combination.

You can read the entire Kari Molvar’s interview at the Beauty counter blog

Harmful ingredients in cosmetic products

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In reflection: Between 50 and 100 chemical substances are contained in a common perfume. That means that this cocktail is directly inhaled through our nose and enter in our brain, where it causes severe imbalances. Several scientific studies show that fragrance ingredients are one of the biggest causes for skin allergies, asthma, central nervous system diseases, hormonal imbalances and even cancer.

Did you know that there is a huge difference between natural and organic?

In Europe and the UK you can declare a product natural by law, if it contains only 5% natural ingredients. This means that these products may contain artificial preservatives, fragrances, petrochemical substances and detergents, which are absorbed into the body and are proven to be carcinogenic. Organic means that the product is produced without pesticides and toxic ingredients in the soil, which is also organic, without chemical substances. Some pharmaceutical companies use some organic ingredients, but their products are based on artificial or chemical substances. However, even if a product is labeled as organic, you should pay attention to the label with ingredients and to the certificate that assure you the quality. Just naming a product organic isn’t enough. The safe product has to be certified organic and under control by a number of internationally recognized bodies such as: ECO CERT, SOIL ASSOCIATION, BDIH (Europe), BFA (Australia), USDA (USA)…

Scientific studies show that in cosmetics there are many harmful and potentially hazardous chemical substances that can be: carcinogenic, skin irritants, allergens, acne producing, cause contact dermatitis and hormone-related diseases.

Pay attention and avoid especially the following ingredients:

aluminum ingredients

DEA ingredients (all ingredients with dea after the first word)

dimethicone (& other methicone ingredients)

formaldehyde

fragrance: contains large quantities of toxins & chemicals not disclosed.

imidazolidinyl urea: releases formaldehyde, toxic laureth family (ingredients with laureth, laurate or lauryl extensions)

parabens: petrochemicals

PEG ingredients

petroleum (petrolatum, mineral oils, vaseline)

phenonip: preservative blend of phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben & isobutylparaben

phthalates (esters of phthalic acid, such as dibutyl phthalate): found in most conventional nail polishes, hair styling products, fragrances, squeezable plastics, soft plastic baby toys, baby wipes. Not listed on products, hidden in ingredients such as synthetic fragrances & “fragrance free” products

stearic (acids & others)

talc: can contain asbestos

TEA ingredients (not tea, but rather ingredients with tea in front)

These ingredients are just some of the most harmful, but the list goes on. So if you want to avoid hours of intensive study, it is still best to look at certified organic products.

You can find on internet many sources of information about this topic. For the start I recommend you further reading such as:

Julie Gabriel: The green beauty guide (my favorite book)

Dawn Mellowship: Toxic beauty (also a great book about toxic ingredients)

Skin deep cosmetic safety data base at:  http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

On this site you find tons of information about ingredients, researches and studies of different cosmetic products and brands. I find this site extremely useful for checking the ingredients and find fresh informations.

http://www.safecosmetics.org

I believe that you haven’t heard yet about such things and they sounds just unreal. But the sad truth is that too many organizations prefer to choose profit instead health and nature. This is why a lot of people are becoming aware and seek the truth “behind the scene” of such corporations. But, once we were all involved in this story, so there is no need to blame anyone.

We must accept some new facts, adopt a positive approach towards life, nature and learn to listen to our bodies.

 

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Do you really nourish your skin and feel good in it?

Do you really nourish your skin and feel good in it

Nowadays, we believe that we will fight skin related problems such as dryness and many others with that nice smelling body butter that we bought, the new dry oil that absorbs so quickly,…? Well, that is not entirely true.

First of all, we have to understand what our skin is and then what do we really put on. Don’t believe to every word and nice picture that the beauty industry is proposing to you and make believe to millions of women that they don’t feel good in their own skin and consequently that they absolutely need the latest hot beauty product that will make miracles. It’s time to understand that things don’t work that way. You’ve already heard that the skin is our largest organ that “we carry around” and that absorbs most of substances that we apply on it. The skin is the outer covering of the body. Its main functions are to protect our body from outside environment and against excessive water loss. Skin is made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin is also the organ of sensation that contains a variety of reactive nerve endings. It has also a psychological function; the mood and the physical state on the face speaks without words.

In brief, the most important thing is that our skin functions normally and renews itself, if our body and mind are in harmony. With bombarding each day our skin with several different cocktails of chemicals in beauty products, food and medicines we have forgotten how does it looks like having a normal, healthy and radiant skin. It’s not a problem if we love taking care and decorating our face, but we need to make some steps further and start caring for our health and the health of our planet.

There are more factors concerning the health of our skin:

The use of safe cosmetic products: start to use cosmetics with no (or at least fewer)synthetic chemicals than in conventional brands. The main problem is the excessive use of harmful chemicals that don’t exist by default in our body. The overdose of chemical mixes in different products accumulates in skin tissues. Consequently, the body cannot detoxify itself. The result is the accumulation of harmful substances that are not normal for our body and when it comes to this we talk about disease.

Becoming aware what we put into our bodies; What food do we eat? Fresh, daily prepared and organically grown? Do we include vegetables and fruit in our daily menu? Or we always eat just junk food with many preservatives and other unnatural substances? Remember, what you put in your body, that is what you get (on your)? outside. The skin reflects the health state of your body, the function of your organs, your mood,…

Limited use of medicines: medicines contain a lot of chemical substances that don’t exist in our bodies naturally. With excess use of medicines, the organs have to work more in order to establish the body natural state and to eliminate out all that is not appropriate and natural for our body.

Take your time to relax: understand that the body, mind and the spirit are all connected. The more positive and relaxed is your view about life, the healthier you will be.

You should also understand that when you start using organic cosmetics, your skin has to adapt to it. This is because non organic cosmetic brands use large quantities of by-products of petroleum refining that are extremely difficult to remove, can clog skin pores and prevent skin to breathe. So when one stops using this products full of harmful substances the skin starts to detox = cleansing itself of chemical residues. Be patient and allow one month for the skin to adjust.

At the end, I know that is hard to choose quickly a safe beauty product in this flood of cosmetic products and different beauty topics, but if we choose a middle way and make a little effort, we can do it.

My purpose is to help you and keep you updated with fresh informations about green and healthy beauty choices.

So I invite you to read my blog about becoming green conscious in your beauty choices.

 

This article is published also on Greenwala.com

 

Welcome to my green make-up and beauty diary!

Welcome to my green make-up and beauty diary!

I’ll keep you informed about nature and human friendly organic cosmetics from make-up to skincare.

You will also discover my philosophy of beauty that lies inside us.

I’ll show you my tips&tricks as a make-up artist and much more.

You’re kindly invited to join me on this exciting green journey with your comments and feedbacks:)

Credits for the welcome photo:

Photo: Boris Gorjan

Model: Aryn@Joy

Hair: Paolo Soffiatti@CloseupMilano

Makeup: Dasha Grozdanic

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