Be Wary Of Toxic Skincare – Organic Alternatives With Keeva Organics

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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.

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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.

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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.

Anti-aging skincare

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.

What are the most important components of skincare for you?

*This post has been sponsored by Keeva Organics but all thoughts and opinions are my own

January 6, 2017
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  • FussFreeJen

    I think it is so important to be aware of what is in the products you use on your skin. I never used to think about it, until my skin became more sensitive with age. Trouble is there is so much hidden in the labelling of common products, so it is always helpful to have recommended names. Faith in Nature are wonderful products. Would recommend them to anyone concerned about what they they using on skin and hair.

  • I’m quite bad for being aware of what’s in my skincare! I’ve got better though, and do consult the internet before I buy – so posts like this are super helpful!

  • Even with “natural” ingredients it’s still important to be careful – there’s just as much chance of having a reaction to natural products as there is to synthetic ones! I think it’s just about being sensible and making informed choices 🙂 I love the Origins Drink Up mask <3

  • Jazmin Williams

    I try my best to use a face mask once a week. I mainly use LUSH products and they are amazing on my skin!

  • I must admit I rarely look at the ingredients, I’ve been more aware of looking out for cruelty free items over the past year but I have had more reactions to all natural products from lush than from very synthetic products so I’m just using what works at the moment

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I avoid sulphates. They are usually found in the majority of shampoos. My scalp used to be really bad, it would be very irritated and i would scratch it so much it would sometimes bleed. I then switched to sulphate free shampoo and it’s improved so much. I love Lush as a brand and they are known for their natural ingredients. However when it comes to their shampoo they seem to put sulphates in them. For a brand that loves natural ingredients i find it wrong that they put sulphates in their shampoo

    • I didn’t know Lush used sulphates, might have to steer clear of their shampoos then x

      • Hannah Latoya Bond

        Yeah if you look at most of their shampoo you will see them in the ingredients. I think there is only one that doesnt have it in. But from a brand that goes on about nothing but natural ingredients it’s a bit hypocritical

  • Amy

    I have to admit I don’t really look at ingredients but I probably should from now on! I have very sensitive skin so I kinda just always stick with something I know doesn’t aggravate my skin! ox

  • When I started blogging I started paying attention to what went into and on my body. I only use chemical/toxin free products now.

  • Deborah Nicholas

    I have to look at the ingredients as my skin is a little dry at times and there are certain ingredients that react badly.

  • Fashion Du Jour LDN

    Since blogging, I have become a LOT more aware of looking after my skin and what to try after reading blogs such as this. Thinking it’s time to start checking ingredients…and seeking out Keeva!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  • Elanor

    I’d never actually considered any of this before, I’m terrible for looking after my skin and I do wonder if sticking to organic products would be more beneficial! 🙂

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I do look at labels to see what is in my skincare and it is good to be informed on what is what x

  • This is really interesting and I hate things with parabens in! Really helpful post!

  • Ickle Pickle

    This is so interesting, I didn’t know about these toxic ingredients, thank you for sharing. Kaz x

  • Sarahjane

    I always opt for unscented skincare not only because the smells are often off putting but because I know the scents, unless natural, are added unnecessarily and are unkind to my skin

  • Talya Stone

    I always try to go for organic skincare. It’s scary the amount of chemicals that are in some of the mainstream stuff. This looks like a fab range off to investigate further.

  • Lisa Graham

    I must confess I never look at the labels. I really need to start doing some investigation, my skin has changed a lot lately and needs some TLC. I need to look for some new products.

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I have to say, I never actually look at the labels for anything like this

  • I have never heard of this brand before but it seems good. I always check what is in the products, I am a bit of a stickler for natural products and always check. They are just so much more gentle on the skin

  • I rarely ever look at the labels to see exactly what I’m putting on my skin. Perhaps it’s something I should pay more attention to!

  • I don’t look at the ingredient of things and I really should. My skin care routine is so terrible, it’s no existent. I am definitely going to have a look at the Keeva Organic range.

  • I don’t look at the ingredients with things like this normally, but this has really made me think. I will definitely be having a look at the Keeva Organic range in the future.

  • Life Unexpected

    I never used to look at the ingredients. But I am so sensitive to everything. It’s rare for me to get on with products, but I’m definitely going to look into this range. x

  • I try to avoid anything that has a lot of chemicals in as it really irritates my skin. I have used Keeva before and its good for me.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I do like to try and use natural products as much as possible. I haven’t tried Keeva or heard of them before so thanks as I will look out for them x

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