Do You Know What You Are Putting in Your Body?

What we put on our body and in our body can really be terrifying! You are probably asking how? Today’s foods are filled with preservatives to maintain a longer shelf life. The cosmetics we use and the skin care products have preservatives to promote a longer use. Read the labels on your food, lotion, soap, can be down right frightening!
Do you remember back to October 17, 2008? This was the critical day individuals in American woke up to the knowledge they have been coerced into believing that just since a well known company sold it, it was safe. The ABC news on October 17, 2008 reported, “The coalition’s report found that 20 of the 33 lipsticks it sent to be tested contained lead. Higher levels were found in products made by L’Oreal, Cover Girl and Christian Dior”. I don’t know about you, but this made me more aware of the type of skin care ingredients in the products I had used over the years and what companies did not wish for us to know.
With the development of the internet and information sharing it can empower us to educate ourselves the food we eat, skin care we use, and the cosmetics we wear. We can take ownership of our body and our choices. We can opt to do research and read blogs, articles, and most importantly explore product options for our food, skin care products, and cosmetics.
With that said, what do companies really yearn for us to know? Let’s talk about our cosmetics. The industry is one of the only industries that regulates itself. Hard to believe isn’t it. In the United Statest the FDA is there in the background providing guidelines but does not regulate skin care ingredients or cosmetics. The cosmetic companies test their own products prior to putting the merchandise on the market. It goes to say that most companies provide the necessary testing but we still need to read our labels.
What about our food? The labels requirements are liberal. What you actually read on the label is only an approximation. Free range chickens for instance requires them to have the ability to “go outside”. Natural does not necessary mean that it may be healthy. Organic is not considered a true label without the certified organic label.
What can we do as consumers? I think that is a question many people ask.
Believe it or not you do have options! The first is to know what kind of products you are buying. You want to be comfortable with your decision with the products you purchase, ingest and put on your skin.
Individuals often think merely of their products and how they affect their skin. It is important to protect your body from the inside as well as the outside. How you ask? Make a decision to establish good nutritional habits if you have not already. Eat foods that are good for you avoiding foods that are nutritionally void of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Try to eat foods that do not go straight from the box, to the microwave, and then the table.
Using fresh foods will help your body both inside and out.
You may possibly also want to consider an antioxidant supplement. Using an antioxidant supplement with antioxidants such in the role of grape seed extract, citrus extract, bilberry extract, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (complex organic plant compounds), and pine bark extract. Don’t be fooled though all pine bark extract is the same.
Why the antixoidants supplements? They will fight the free radicals in your body. How does this all relate to your cosmetics? By providing the nutrients to your body, your body from the inside out, will be equipped to combat poor choices you may possibly make with your food, skin care, and cosmetics.

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