Good. Better. Best. When I worked for a window treatment company we had three grades for our products. The discount, big box stores bought and sold "good", department stores offered better...but the premium stores and design houses offered the BEST.
As we wrap up 30 days of clean eating in our home I thought I should digress from the clean food topic for a bit, and bring up another subject that affects our health - that would be our skincare. As I have discussed in my cancer prevention workshops, when it comes to toxic food - thankfully our bodies have a liver to filter the toxins. When it comes to what we put on the largest organ of our body, our skin, there is no filter. Everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our system, and per the EPA reaches our bloodstream and organs in less than 30 seconds. So why should we be concerned about our lotions and shampoos?
Toxins in - does not necessarily mean toxins out (unless you are on some sort of regular detox program). Toxins store up inside - a little toxin a day multiplied by 365 days a year multiplied by..... get the picture? It creates a hormone imbalance, interupts our divinely created endocrine system. Consider that for a moment...and then - be on guard. Just because a label states "all natural" or "organic" does not mean it is toxin free.
Truth of the matter is - organic farmers have a hard time keeping their produce pure, in some parts of the world more so than others. I learned a while back from my chiropractor, Dr. Joe Teff, also a highly respected nutritionist, that the fall out of radiation from Japan has affected organic food crops. Where, you might ask? Well, California, Hawaii and another friend tells me the fall out has reached much further north. To help the organic farmers of California, the state simply raised the allowance of radiation in order to label a product organic. If you would like to be your own personal watchdog on this topic - check out www.enviroreporter.com or www.compassnaturalmarketing.com and look for the effects of the Fukushima disaster. It is affecting much more than I could have imagined.
This is not to say you should not eat organic - you can obtain 40% more nutrients from organic than traditionally grown produce, but for certain -wash it! Small organic farms adjacent to Monsanto's huge, chemical laden farms also fall victim to chemical fall out from their genetically modified crop farm/corporation.
So my point here is the ORGANIC label on skin care. Unless you are growing it yourself - I feel you need to have a higher standard than organic.
PURITY bests organic. For myself and my own family - we look for purity standards, and frankly, the European cosmetic industry has standards that far exceed any skin care products made here in the U.S. Having said that - watch out for foreign sounding names on your product labels. They may sound French, Swiss, or whatever, but may actually be formulated here in the U.S. I remember a friend telling me her mother uses a high end French sounding product from a fancy department store...and when I researched the ingredient labels the product contained petrolatum (a derivitive of crude oil) and parabens. It turns out the product line is simply a more expensive offshoot of the Big L in cosmetics.
Know the company from whom you purchase products. What is their ingredient policy? Are raw materials tested for purity on a regular batch-tested basis? Even organic soy beans contain naturally occuring toxins such as formaldehyde and trace metals from the soil. Just one example of why PURITY is the standard by which skin care products are chosen for our family.
Labeling is what labeling does - MARKET. I think about the irony of products who wash their labels PINK in October to support the Komen foundation...when the products themselves have cancer causing ingredients. All I am saying is be a WISE consumer, and do your research.
Check out those web sites I offered above, and become a SMART consumer about the truth of the nuclear disaster. Mainstream's media coverage, or lack of it, is rather disturbing. How would you like to apply a skin lotion made with organic ingredients that contain radiation? Think about that. The thought makes me shudder.
European standards, specifically the European Union Cosmetics Directive and the European chemicals agency known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) are two watch dog agencies that I trust more than any U.S. resource. Therefore, the products we use in our family, adhere to these European standards - and I feel very very good about the safe approach to skin care that my family is using. The company has been formulating with green science and offering pure and safe products for 33 years, before organic was a popular word.
Many of my readers may be familiar with Safe Cosmetics.org - and I will leave you with a link to their article which points out the level of excellence that is established by the European cosmetics directive: www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=346
May you feel great, look great and live great as you make wise decisions, not only in your food choices, but in your skin care as well!
To your health,