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Most skin care does not care at all

When you consider how many thousands of untested, yet irritating, chemicals make their way into the daily assortment of skincare products we use, it becomes obvious that using the word ‘care’ is a bit of a misnomer. Creams and moisturisers, cleansers, masks and toners may typically contain several harmful chemicals that make them ‘work’ but at the same time can cause skin irritations and damage our delicate systems from the inside out. Some have carcinogenic properties, others affect our central nervous system. Almost all petrochemical and animal derived ingredients have the potential to be toxic, and plant or mineral alternatives should be explored. In a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2002, 72% of personal care products were found to contain phthalates. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can impact on hormones in adults and children alike, but they do not typically appear on an ingredients list as they perform a technical or functional effect. Care about your skin care and find products from reputable organic companies made from natural ingredients.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

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