As you may know, Sembo Beauty, will be releasing vegan skin & hair care lines soon, so it’s not that weird that I’m fascinated by all things skin.
3 interesting skin facts:
- Your skin renews itself every 28 days and sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells every minute.
- The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters.
- Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
I initially started experimenting with various natural oils and butters a couple of years back because I have extremely sensitive skin, and have suffered from eczema a large part of my life. I was fed up with nothing working and my skin looking like a hot mess.
After researching natural alternatives to treat my skin issues, I discovered that I’d probably helped keep my eczema alive by using skincare products who claimed to be natural. Ever since adopting a natural skincare routine, I’ve been eczema free.
Many of the companies that claim to be good for you, are great at misleading packaging, and adding buzzword ingredients like shea butter, coconut and jojoba oil, to give the impression of harmless products. That is not only false, but the way these products effect your health, the planet and animals, who are often tested to produce them, is far from harmless.
I constantly meet people who are very cautious about what they eat and drink, but don’t think twice about what they put on their skin. This is completely normal, as we are not bombarded with information on how bad the most popular skincare brands are for our health.
The first thing you need to know is that your skin is your body’s largest organ. It plays a vital role in regulating body temperature, while protecting your muscles, bones and internal organs from outside infection and disease. That does, however, not mean that it’s not impenetrable.
Many of the popular and traditional skin care products are endocrine-disrupting phthalates or parabens. Let me translate because I don’t even know how to pronounce some of this myself.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can cause reproductive issues and are linked to increased cancer risk. The more you’re exposed to them, the more they concentrate in your body. I’ll save the animal testing part for a separate post, but you can imagine how these chemicals wouldn’t have a great effect on them or our planet.
So what should you look for when choosing safe skincare products?
- Vegan, Natural & Organic
- Cruelty free (not animal testes)
- Free of harmful chemicals, irritants, or preservatives.
In the next post I’ll share more information on which specific chemicals and ingredients you should try to avoid, but until then, try to do some research and start reading the labels on the beauty, and hygiene products you currently have in your home.
There’s beauty in strength.
/ Love Tima Ahimsa
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Click here to read about the skin bleaching industry.