Why natural cosmetics?
This is a question that is answered by taking a look at the ingredient lists of the vast majority of cosmetic products that are marketed. And if you also introduce these ingredients in a browser to know more about how they can affect our health and our environment then the reasons are obvious.
We are tired of being tricked, of being sold a pig in a poke, of advertising a product as "healthy", "natural" etc., and then reviewing its composition we have to discover that reality is very, very far away of that ...
And if we also learn how they have been tested, what waste is being released to the environment and under what conditions they are manufactured, we begin to feel really bad.
Did you know that almost all of the products that are normally marketed and that we use daily (shampoo, moisturizers, deodorants, soaps, gels, toothpastes, etc.) contain a lot of substances potentially harmful to health?
And do not think it's just the super cheap products sold in the supermarket, noooo, even brands that are advertised as "trusted", "lifelong", "prestigious", "healthy", even for children!
Some of them for sale in pharmacies and drugstores, at gold prices, do not renounce to include among its ingredients substances of which it is known that from a certain amount its use can be harmful to health, especially for the endocrine system (the one that secretes the hormones) even in very small doses.
Conventional cosmetics and the use of questionable substances
The relevant organizations authorize the use of these substances as parabens, phthalates, benzophenones, or formaldehyde derivatives provided that they do not exceed predefined limits in each case, below which these organisms consider them harmless. The problem is that they are products that are used very frequently, and that these substances are added to all, with the consequent cumulative effect.
We have done a check of many popular products and practically all contain potentially dangerous substances. We have found them even in a pediatric body milk sold only in pharmacies! In shampoos, deodorants, makeup, balms, creams, etc. etc. etc. By exposing ourselves to these substances on a daily basis in so many different products, in the end, who can tell us if we are exceeding these maximum doses or not? To what extent are we poisoning ourselves?
It is clear that it is a question of costs. The traditional industry resorts to these elements (parabens, phthalates or benzophenones) especially to reduce costs. It is estimated that producing a natural cosmetic is 10 to 20 times more expensive than a traditional one. However, the natural cosmetic products we offer are not 10 to 20 times more expensive than conventional ones. If we compare them with some offered in pharmacies and yet with questionable ingredients, the difference in price is no longer such.
It is also clear that the large multinationals invest multi-million dollar campaigns in marketing and advertising so that their products are known and that all this has to be profitable, with which the prices of the big brands also drive up.
Deceptive campaigns of "supposedly natural" or "free of ..." products
Large companies today tend to present their products as "natural", "herbal" because they add for example a small amount of a natural component such as olive oil or aloe vera and already advertise the product as "Healthy" and "Natural". But if you look at the list of contents, all others are again just potentially harmful cheap ingredients.
On other occasions they even dare to promote their articles as "without silicones" "without parabens" and instead add substances that are even worse! In many products that are advertised "without silicone", other polymers are used, such as Polyquaternium, with greater dangers for our skin and for life in aquatic environments and with very difficult biodegradation.
Our skin and what we apply ...
The skin is the most extensive organ of the body and it protects us, it is our barrier against infections, bacteria and thousands of microorganisms and toxins, and at the same time it is exposed to all external aggressions and aging. We must take care of it so that it can perform its functions well, so that it remains protected, well treated and respected. The skin is the reflection of our health.
In addition, the substances that we put on our skin pass into our body. The North American Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010 study found almost total presence of chemicals in the urine: 96% of Americans had phthalates, 90% of parabens; 97% of oxybenzone BP-3 and 75% of triclosan.
There are also critical moments in which it is important to minimize exposure to these substances, such as prenatal development (during pregnancy) and during puberty, moments in which certain ingredients that act as hormonal disrupters, such as parabens and the triclosan, are especially harmful.
You can check here the ingredients commonly used in conventional cosmetics and their effects on health.
Check the composition on the labels
To avoid health risks, the only way is to make sure to use products that are 100% free of toxins, check their composition. Read the label to be sure.
As we know that they do not make it easy for us, with terms that are difficult for anyone without specific training in chemistry to understand, and with practically illegible font sizes, we have put ourselves to work and reviewed a series of fairly common products.
You can have a look at the results in Check-Me .
If you want to opt for products of real confidence, we guarantee that all the products we offer on our website are 100% toxic free. In the tab of each product we indicate all its ingredients, you can check it or consult us in case of doubt.
Our quality department has verified and confirmed the list of contents of each and every one of the products we offer in Tecuidanatura® and we only offer them if we know that they are 100% free of doubtful or questionable substances.
Natural cosmetics products are made with natural substances of vegetable (essential oils, flowers, fruits, roots, etc.), mineral (water, clay, sea salt, etc.) or animal (wax of bee, royal jelly, etc.) origin, avoiding the use of chemical products and experimentation with living animals.
Although there is no official definition, in a generic way it has been established that natural cosmetics are those composed of at least 95% of substances of exclusively natural origin. The remaining 5% may consist of synthetic substances that are not harmful to our skin or the environment.
Within the natural cosmetics is also one with Bio certification, that is, organic, ecological, in which its ingredients as well as being natural have organic certificates.
There are different certifications that guarantee the quality and origin of the products in natural cosmetics. You can take a look here .
Advantages of using natural cosmetics
The advantages of using natural cosmetics are quite clear and obvious in many cases, here we review them: