Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Usual questions about natural health and beauty products

Are natural products really effective?

Of course they are! Besides a lot of natural products are more effective than the conventional ones. Why? The main reason: they do not contain unnecessary fillers or irritants. You may find that some unnatural products can work better when you use them for the first time, but used for a long term, the dangerous chemicals which cleaned your skin or smoothed your hair, finally, may cause them damage.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What are natural health and beauty products?

At present, in most countries there is no general regulation regarding the way that the “natural” label is applied to personal care products. Pre-market testing for the safety of an ingredient before it may be included in a personal health and beauty product is not provided by any legal requirements.

A lot of products which are labelled as “natural” or "made with organic ingredients" use in fact only a little bit of natural elements. Instead lots of synthetic chemicals are used as preservatives or to obtain a better absorption.

The question is: how do we know the products we use are natural or organic?

One way could be a reliable certification done by a trusted organization, which can assure us that they are really natural or organic.

Another way would be, when we go shopping such products, to know and keep in mind some of the dangerous ingredients: benzyl enhancers, benzoates, formaldehyde, oxybenzone, petroleum byproducts, phthalates, sulfates, urea, ingredients ending in "paraben".

To be sure that the health and beauty products we use are natural, they must not be made with ingredients that may be considered potentially harmful or may have cancer-causing effects.

That means they need to comply with some criteria: to be made mainly with natural ingredients (at least 95% must come from natural sources, and they have to meet the same required standards for farming, production and handling as for the organic food); not to contain any ingredients that may affect our health, or which have been genetically modified or radioactively irradiated; to have been tested on animals; not to use packaging that can affect the environment.

In Europe, the natural health and beauty products are those made of high-quality, plant-based ingredients, without using any kind of chemical substances like: synthetic colors or fragrances, paraffin, silicones, or petroleum-based products.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Natural Health And Beauty Products

Have you decided to live a more natural lifestyle? Then your best option is to start with natural health and beauty products.

But I am sure you will have questions about what a natural product is, and why we can consider it organic. I will answer some of these questions trying to guide you so you can find out what is the safest way to buy natural health and beauty products and begin a green life.

What do you have to know?

For a long time you have done a lot of things as you always have, so you may find no reason to change them, and to try to live otherwise. But comparing the benefits of the natural products to those you were accustomed to use, it becomes obvious that you should start a new lifestyle with health and beauty products. They can definitely change your look, and make you feel younger and healthier.

So let’s compare the two ways of living:

Habitual: The use of the conventional ingredients can be very dangerous for the environment.

Natural: The organic ingredients used for making health and beauty products and different supplements allow only a small amount of chemicals to be spread in the air and water.

Habitual: There are always possible side effects when artificial ingredients are used.

Natural: Natural health and beauty products are permanently improved using tested alternative healing methods to provide benefic healthy effects.

Habitual: The chemical smell of the artificial fragrances can cause unpleasant headaches.

Natural: Natural essential oils used to scent the products provide aromatherapy.

Habitual: Skin care, make up and body products made with chemicals and artificial colors can cause irritation, redness, and pain.

Natural: Natural skin care, make up and body products help your skin to improve its quality.