I just read a funny and sort of sad series of comments from a friend on Facebook. It seems that she was working out in a gym and some guy struck up a conversation (of course). He wanted her to try this “natural” self-tanning cream. It was a well-known brand name so he assumed that it was “true” that this stuff was natural as advertised. He also threw around the word “biodegradable”….
*Smacks forehead* Just for those of you who may be wondering, no self-tanning product is natural. Umm.. other than massive doses of vitamin A which will turn your skin a queer kind of Oompa Loompa orange but not tan.
It just so happens that I recently blogged about how people assume things are natural just because the label says so…you can read that article here.
The assumption that products are natural or all natural just because the label says so drives me crazy! I feel that people who push these products to market need to be much more responsible and truthful in the labeling of their products for sale.
I think that they should be held accountable for misinforming and misleading people into thinking that product is natural when it is not natural and even worse may contain harmful chemicals.
Unfortunately, there are currently no real “laws” surrounding the labeling of natural products. So I say to you, buyer beware! Read the ingredients on those labels. What you put on your body is just as important as what goes into your body.
Topical creams, oils and lotions etc…are absorbed through your pores and thus make their way INTO your body anyway. So just be more discerning and diligent when it comes to all natural and organic claims.
People like Mr. Annoying Gym Guy are the norm. So you be the exception. Arm yourself with knowledge of what is truly natural and what is not.
Afterall, like I LOVE to say, you’re the only one of you that you’ve got! So take great care of you! Here is a helpful list of ingredients to steer clear of when choosing your health and beauty products.
A product claiming to be natural should never contain the following ingredients:
- Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate)
- Parabens (Methyl-, Propyl-, Ethyl-, Butyl-)
- Petrochemicals (petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin)
- Chemical Sunscreens (Oxybenzone/Avobenzone)
Remember, knowledge is power! I hope that you enjoyed today’s article.
Thanks so much to Debbie for the inspiration for today’s blog! x0x0x0
Have a Beautiful Day! & All The Very Best To You!!!