With the holiday shopping in full gear, many of us will be buying skin care products for our loved ones (and maybe even for ourselves!). For us health nuts, it’s important for us to know what unnecessary chemicals that we’re being exposed to so that we can eliminate them if possible.
So last week we learned a laundry list of different harmful ingredients found in many bath and body products. Those are best avoided, but what about the ingredients that we should be looking for? This post lists skin care ingredients that heal:
By Tracey Tief, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, www.anarreshealth.ca.
(Sweet) Almond Oil Prunus amygdalus softens and re-conditions dry skin, being rich in proteins, fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B6 and is useful for chapped skin, itchy skin, and eczema.
Avocado Oil Persea Americana contains lecithin, and vitamins A, B1, B2, E and D plus Beta Carotene.
Calendula Flowers Calendula Officinalis are very effective treatment for minor skin problems.
Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum Nobile soothes the nerves, digestion and skin. Safe for babies and children.
Carrot Root Infused Oil from Daucus Carota is a very high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F (linoleic acid) and in minerals. It is useful for natural colouring, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rejuvenation of the skin.
Castor (bean) Oil Ricinus Communis is safe cold pressed as a conditioner and a liver and kidney detoxifier.
Clays are mineral-rich colouring and detoxifying agents, nourishing and rejuvenating for the skin and hair.
Cocoa butter Theobroma Cacao is naturally rich in vitamin E to heal, soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin.
Coconut Oil Cocos Nucifera creates a light oily, nourishing and UV protective barrier on the skin.
Evening Primrose Seed Oil Oenothera Fiennis is anti-aging and treats dandruff because it is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which can be used to nourish the skin.
Grapeseed Oil Vitis Vinifera is inexpensive, non greasy and quickly absorbed, good for oily, acne prone skin.
Hemp Oil Cannabis Sativa is rich in omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), complete proteins and minerals. Produced in Canada!
Jojoba Oil Simmondsia Chinensis is a liquid wax that closely resembles the sebum of the skin, and is rich in vitamin E. It is a useful moisturizer for all skin conditions, including acne, as it hydrates and dissolves sebum.
Lavender essential Oil Lavendula Angustifolia or Officinalis is a cell regenerator for burns. Reduces scaring.
(Blue) Mallow Flowers Malva Sylvestri is helpful for digestion, bruises, inflammations, piles, and skin diseases.
Neem (Seed) Oil Traditional medicine Azadirachta Indica heals eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne.
OILS: Oils should be cold pressed, non GMO, sold and stored in a dark glass bottle away from heat and light.
Olive Oil Olea Europaea is a versatile, nourishing moisturizer for stretch marks and dry, irritated skin.
Palm Oil Elaeis Guinensis is an anti-oxidant rich in palmitic acid, vitamin E, K and magnesium.
Rosehip Oil Rosa Rubiginosa treats dry, irritated and weathered skin, plus burns, scars and stretch marks.
Sesame Oil Sesamum Indicum is rich in vitamins A, B and E, essential fatty acids and in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. A natural sunscreen, sesame also treats psoriasis and dry eczema.
Shea (Nut) Butter Butyrospermum Parkii protects from UV rays, heals wounds and softens the skin.
Vegetable Glycerine softens and soothes the skin, assisting it to retain moisture by drawing it out of the air.
Walnut Oil Juglans Regia moisturizes dry, aged, irritated skin and balances the nervous system.
Wheatgerm Oil Triticum Vulgare is a preservative rich in natural vitamins A, B, D and E, proteins and lecithin.
Ingredients that are safe include:
- algae powder
- cetyl alcohol
- cetyl palmitate (synthetic, NOT the kind from whales!)
- cocopalm emulsifying wax a.k.a. cetyl stearyl alcohol (from palm and coconut oils)
- conditioning emulsifier (from cetearyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, and castor oil)
- cornacopa a.k.a. decyl polyglucose (from corn, coconut and palm kernels)
- tegomuls a.k.a. glyceryl monostereate
- seaweed extract
- wheat protein
I found this information very useful recently when I went to buy some hand cream. All the major brands at the pharmacy had harmful ingredients in them. So I checked at my local natural vitamin and supplement store and got an excellent alternative. It’s Nature’s Gate Rainwater Organics, organic lotion with Acai Oil and the scent of musky, earthy Bergamot Patchouli. Click this link to see products details, including an ingredients list.
I hope you’ve found this and last week’s Healthy Bath & Body posts helpful. And for those of you who have a little extra time and want to save some money, try making your own! Here’s one link to start with: http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com/.