At Primrose, we believe wellness is more than just attending therapy; it requires intentionality in every aspect of your life. Healing is found through a wide range of activities that involve physical movement like yoga, spiritual centering like meditation, eating well, and even using essential oils. So it’s no surprise that we strongly advocate for a switch to natural beauty products as part of an overall healthcare regime. What you put on your skin doesn’t just stay there, it gets absorbed into your body and can either have negative or positive effects. Ensuring a positive effect is simple: buy natural!
It’s all too common for skincare and beauty products to contain parabens and phthalates, which have been found to be endocrine disruptors, and have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. And while continuing to use your favorite body wash won’t result in a cancer diagnosis, it is clear that continued exposure of a long period of time does add up.
In fact, concerns over such chemicals have lead to new legislature about transparency for beauty product ingredients, for which California is leading the way. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would strengthen regulation of the ingredients in personal care products. In her testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, she said: “Our skin is our largest organ, and many ingredients contained in these products – whether it be lotion, shampoo, or deodorant – are quickly absorbed by the skin. There is increasing evidence that certain ingredients in personal care products are linked to a range of health concerns, ranging from reproductive issues, such as fertility problems and miscarriage, to cancer.”
But the best natural beauty products aren’t just about excluding toxins, but including beneficial and nutritious natural ingredients. When ingredients aren’t artificially produced, our skin gets the real deal. Think of it as cooking with fresh versus canned ingredients – the difference is noticeable. Natural ingredients are also more eco-friendly, as they tend to be grown and produced much more sustainably, which benefits overall public health and our ecosystem.
While there’s no legal definition of “natural” or “organic”, we can look for companies and products that abide by the California Organic Product Act (COPA) regulations, which generally requires that multi-ingredient cosmetics labelled or sold as organic contain at least 70% organically produced ingredients. Even better – get in touch with Primrose to learn more about the natural products we offer! Click here to drop a line.