I am the first person to hold my hands up and admit that I rarely look at the ingredients in skincare and despite all the horror stories of toxins within I don’t put the effort into finding the right skincare that I should. Skin has a total area of around 20 feet, although the thought of laying all your skin out to work out the area makes me feel a little ill so we’ll move on. As the largest organ in the body it protects the bodies interior from the elements outside to keep us healthy, regulate temperature and stop harm to our insides. Thinking about it like this I should probably take way more care with it.
I can admit that I don’t treat my skin as well as I should. I do always remove my makeup thankfully and I do moisturize every morning but that’s pretty much where my guaranteed routine ends. I intermittently tone and moisturize in the evening and do use an array of sleep masks/ treatments, and sheet masks generally get used every 10 days or so. So it’s not terrible but it’s nowhere near the stage that my skin deserves. Marketing used to try and trick people into thinking that harsh chemicals was what our skin needed and that heavy scrubbing with products was all we needed. But research has now shown that organic and natural products are the best thing for our skin. Horray for brands like Keeva Organics who offer 100% organic solutions for skin and hair health, particuarly anti-acne treatments.
Toxic skin care dangers
Unless an item is branded as ‘cruelty-free’ or specifically states that it is made from organic ingredients thenc hances are that one, or more of the ingredients have been tested on animals and can in some way be harmful to humans. Below is a list of some of the ingredients which are used in a lot of skincare products and why they can be harmful to you. Before looking at the list I had no idea about what would be lingering within my skincare, it’s actually pretty scary.
- Parabens: these are used to prevent mold and bacterial growth and these chemicals can increase the risk of breast cancer.
- Phthalates: these are used to prevent lotions from solidifying so can pretty common but these chemicals can also cause a higher risk of breast cancer and birth defects in both men and women.
- Sulfates: these are used as foaming agents and can be in hand gels, foaming cleansers etc but these chemicals can cause damage to the lungs, kidneys and airways.
- Formaldehyde: this is used as a preservative but the chemical can cause nasty skin reactions and cause an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
- Fragrances: Even a single scent can contain more than a hundred different chemicals and they can cause skin reactions, respiratory problems and reproductive damage.
- Propylene Glycol: this is used to bind other ingredients together but can be the cause of a wide range of skin conditions including hives and dermatitis.
While a lot of this might sound scary they are only potential causes, but there are alternatives which can be used in place of the dangerous toxins including essential oils made from natural, organic ingredients. The most common two used within the Keeva collection are tea-tree oil and argan oil.
Acne is the most common skin condition
I was very lucky as a teenager that I never suffered from acne, although I knew quite a few people who suffered pretty badly from it. Acne can develop in three ways: pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, all of which can be problematic and be tough to get rid of. Every year people spend hundreds of pounds on acne medication, but a lot of people don’t realize that alongside the natural remedies there are some harmful chemicals within, most commonly resorcinol which is also used in hair dye.
Natural brands like Keeva Organics use natural and safe solutions in order to treat acne. Firstly their tea tree oil acne treatment cream which is made with 100% oil which has a huge reputation for abolishing acne and it’s symptoms. As the oil is natural it balances on the skin and is therefore suitable for all skin types. The second alternative is their Clarifying Acne Face Wash which comvines tea tree oil with aloe vera to help replenish and hydrate damaged skin. These two ingredients have been used for medicinal purposes for years and continue to help treat conditions such as acne.
I turn 27 next weekend and despite still being ‘young’ I’m at the perfect age to be using anti-aging skincare as it can help target bad skin before it gets bad. I’ve tried a number of creams but Keeva’s alternative is simple and again natural which is a night cream infused with lavender. Lavender is used within a lot of skincare, especially relaxation soaks, nighttime sprays and essential oils in aromatherapy. The great thing about lavender is it can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and age spots (hooray) while also hydrating the skin and lowering the appearance of wrinkles.