Updated: Apr 13
Did you know that there are hundreds of chemicals in face and body products that we use each day? It’s true that there are statutory requirements placed on product labels and that ingredients are tested and must comply with Industry standards. But it’s up to us to read the product label and be informed of the ingredients in our body products.
Take a look at some of the ingredients found in a body creams available here in Australia and overseas like parabens. In Australia parabens are used in cosmetics as an antimicrobial preservative. In USA Methylparaben was the most frequently identified, being found in 64% of leave-on personal care products, 60% of baby care products and 39% of rinse-off personal care products. Predicted Environmental Concentration studies in Sydney have found parabens in waterways as they disperse from urban water and stormwater drainage systems. These chemicals also have an impact on marine aquatic life.
In addition parabens are absorbed into your skin, even though they have low acute toxicity. According to “Parabens: Human health tier II assessment“ no critical health effects associated with these chemicals have been established, although they do have very weak oestrogenic activity.
That’s where natural remedies come to the forefront. If you want to protect yourself from chemical overuse switch to natural or organic products, and read the labels on your beauty products with care. Our skin absorbs up to 60 percent of whatever we put on it. Just think of a nicotine patch! The best way to look after your skin is by using natural skin and body care products and a healthy lifestyle.
Persian Rose Body Cream is my favourite natural skincare product. It’s handmade by Busy Bee Blossom in Summer Hill, NSW with pure and simple ingredients including grapeseed oil and Rose otto (Bulgarian) essential oil. The preservative is all natural too – Benzoin Siam is extracted from tree resin. There is no harm in base ingredient sourcing or creation. Plus, it’s good for your skin. Rose essential oil is highly valued as a skin cell regenerator, gentle antiseptic, mild astringent and may help to uplift spirits and just feel good. It’s suitable for all skin types but especially mature, sensitive and environmentally damaged skin.
If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies you can do a simple skin patch test before applying. Just take a small amount and dab on the inside of your elbow and wait 24 hours to see if redness or irritation occurs. The ingredients in Persian Rose Repair Cream are unlikely to cause irritation due to their long, tested history of use in body care.