The largest organ in your body is being taken for granted and could be hindering your progress towards living a healthier life. It takes less than 30 seconds for a product to be absorbed by the skin and start to affect other organs. This is why medicated patches work! Most people don’t think twice about what they put on their skin but I want to share with you why it matters.
I am all about finding ways to save money. I used to be the person that would celebrate over finding a $3 bottle of lotion, or a bottle of shampoo for a dollar. But have you ever stopped and thought about how companies can make products so cheap? Unfortunately, fillers like mineral oil, petroleum based ingredients, and rendered animal by-product (often called tallow which is another word for fat), are all commonly used in skin products to take up the extra space after the active ingredients are added. These fillers can be toxic, accelerate aging, and induce allergy responses. The cheap drugstore products may be a good price, but you may need three times as much to get the job done because the active ingredients are all diluted by the fillers!
But there is good news! There are companies who are committed to your best interest. Arbonne is a company that focuses on making products that are pure, safe and beneficial for the whole family. They understand that the FDA doesn’t regulate skin care as strictly as they should. Arbonne prohibits the use of over 1,300 chemicals because they are deemed unhealthy or harmful by European health guidelines. Out of those 1,300 chemicals, the FDA only regulates 11! Yes, you read that correctly, only 11, you could be using 1,289 harmful chemicals daily and not even know the damage being done by these products.
Go ahead and check your own products, don’t just take my word for it. Find out how they are made, where they are made, and the amount of active ingredients present, or at the very least read the label on the back of the package and look for potentially harmful ingredients. Look for a vegan certification label. This means that there are no animal products/byproducts and the company does not test on animals (this is a difficult achievement and means the products are made with a high standard). This is also important because some companies have been claiming to be vegan because they don’t PERSONALLY test on the animals but if the product does not have the certification, animals may have been used at some point in manufacturing. They have not acquired the vegan standard and are trying to seem better than they are, do not be tricked! Also be on the lookout for the gluten-free certification. Many people are gluten intolerant and some don’t even realize it, and your skin products could be causing some symptoms! Remember, your skin absorbs the products into your body and affects the entire system, so why wouldn’t we want products that enhance our body and its function, not hinder it?
We have looked at the importance of ingredients, but what about where the ingredients come from? Are your products made here in the U.S.? It’s important to use products that are made in the country you live in. Support your country and companies who are providing jobs within it. Are the botanically based ingredients grown properly? Are they organic and sustainably grown? Sustainably grown means that they are grown in a way that protects the environment, public health, and human communities. I personally think it’s crazy that this isn’t a requirement for all companies, but the reality is that it’s not. All products come at a cost, but are you willing to pay less to use products that are not only harming you but harming communities all over the country?! While these facts may not change how well your body wash works, it may change how you feel about what you use. It’s okay to ask questions about what you use, and the more you ask, the more you know! Knowledge is power and the first step on the path to living a happier and healthier life.
Arbonne & Organic
Organic certification refers to a crop-growing process that prohibits the use of additives such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, petrochemicals and dyes; the crop seeds and ingredients must also not be processed with genetic modifications, irradiation or industrial solvents. When it comes to organic, Arbonne mindfully selects ingredients for our formulas that are readily and consistently available and sustainable. However, there are some ingredients that are not available with an organic certification. These types of ingredients are often grown in the wild, such as Australian eucalyptus. Even when ingredients are readily available with an organic certification, this does not guarantee purity or safety because it is a growing process, and does not take into account soil or water run-off along with the cross-contamination that can occur as a result of this. Many organic growing fields are in close proximity to non-organic fields where chemicals are used, so the farming process alone cannot guarantee purity and safety. Science and testing of raw materials best supports the purity and safety of both the individual ingredients as well as the finished product which we believe is critical. Based on this, Arbonne concentrates on quality testing of each ingredient and product, irrespective of organic certification, to ensure that it meets our high standards of quality. Arbonne Greens Balance is a great example; each individual raw material is tested for purity and pesticide residue and then the finished product is tested again. This is where Arbonne’s commitment to safety and purity testing becomes critical to ensuring the quality of our products while maintaining our ability to source the best ingredients for the formula to ensure sustainability, efficacy, product performance and stability.