Are you resolved to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible this year? One of the best ways to do just that is to choose organic skin and hair care products for you and your family. Here’s why that’s a good idea.
Men’s and women’s personal care products are some of the most insidious merchandise on the market when it comes to hurting the environment. Artificial chemicals and petroleum products contained in these items find their way back into our water supply and wreak havoc on the earth’s precious resources. Hair spray and other beauty products that use aerosol cans have long been targets of environmentalists concerned with their effects on the ozone layer.
Besides the toxic ingredients contained in the products themselves, their packaging is anything but eco-friendly. The containers remain in landfills long after the creams, shampoos, and makeup are gone.
If you are determined to choose organic beauty products which will help you to keep your carbon footprint resolution, you must be wary. In order to be certified organic, the items you choose must be made up of agricultural ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, natural oils, and herbs. They also must be approved by the USDA and not some other private agency.
Beyond the deleterious effects of chemicals on the environment, there are other great reasons to choose eco-friendly products: they are much better for you! Many regular skin care products contain alcohol. Alcohol is very drying to your skin, and may actually promote the premature appearance of brown spots and other signs of aging. In addition, it strips the skin’s natural acid mantle which makes it more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses.
With natural products, you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. Studies show that 89% of the ingredients commonly found in regular skin care items have not even been evaluated for safety by the FDA! Sometimes, the known is more frightening than the unknown, however. Many of the ingredients in skin care products are known carcinogens. If you consider that 68% of what goes on your body is absorbed into your blood stream, that is a cause for concern.
When it comes to environmental concerns, it’s important to consider the bottle along with what’s in it! Look for products that come in recyclable glass as much as possible. Not only is glass better for the environment, but its non-plastic surface does not transfer chemicals to the product itself.
If you are resolved to reducing your carbon footprint, start with little measures close to home such as buying organic products as much as possible. Not only will your actions benefit the earth, they will help you be healthier too.