Why Buy Chemical-Free Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
By Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA

Everyone hopes to have a perfect body but, unfortunately no matter what we do, our bodies never seems to be perfect. Are nose or breasts too large or too small? Is the skin too dry or too oily? The problems are never ending. That's why plastic surgeons can't keep up with the demand. Perhabs it is not the body, but the attitude which is the problem. It is human nature to never be satisfied; unconsciously, we keep wanting more and aiming higher. These feelings are not completely unhealthy, as long as they are not overpowering.
What's in the Bottle, Jar and Tube?

In the past two decades, natural body care products, including certified organic, organic, wildcrafted and toxin free ingredients have changed the way consumers look for, and use, cosmetics and personal care products. We introduced in the fall of 1993 herbal medicinal and personal care products with no harmful toxic chemical ingredients to holistic practitioners in traditional medicine as the first company in Canada. Today, customers are savvier about products and more skeptical about marketing claims. They read labels and know what to look for and what to avoid.

I remember 20 years ago, it was be very difficult to find any cosmetics and personal care products without a long list of harsh dangerous chemicals on the label. Artificial colour, scent, paraben preservatives, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate and a host of other hazardous ingredients were very common. For years, the manufacturers used industrial waste by-products in their formulas and got away with it! No one ever asked about the impact these chemical ingredients had on the skin, your body and your health, especially long term. So I raised awareness and began to reseach the topic and wrote my first educational article in 1999 “What is really in your beauty prodcuts?” and “Chemicals in Cosmetics.” Later the article was updated with the new title “Cosmetics to die for” and “Hidden dangers lurking in your personal care products” published in leading health magazines, “Alive”, “Common Ground,” VISTA” in Canada in the years 2000, 2001 and 2006.

My premise was that there were already many harmful chemicals in the air, water, drinks and the food we eat, so why put additional chemicals on our body? Chemicals are readily absorbed into the bloodstream and will damage the liver and kidneys, creating even more health problems. My recommendation: read the labels and if you can't pronounce the name of the ingredients, don't buy, it's a chemical!

Anti-Aging Hyperbole
Be very skeptical about claims on labels. Anti-aging products in particularly are prone to hyperbole. Your oil glands at 25 years produce the double amount of oil as in a 50 year old person, and this continues to decrease we age. As skin ages it loses elasticity becoming thinner and dryer. Wrinkles appear. The layer of fat that gives the skin its soft appearance in youth, begins to shrink and eventually does not regenerate. Remember there are three ways people age:

Chronoligical Aging:
This is impossible to stop, and most anti-aging wrinkle creams do not work, but we can buy into the illusion.

Environmental Aging:
This happens at any age, so protecting the skin, especially from sun and wind is recommended.

Lifestyle Aging:
You are what you eat! Poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, and lack of exercise will affect how you look and feel. Stay always positive towards life! Drinking enough water is important, as it flushes out toxins and prevents blood clotting!

Conclusion:
As you age and mature your skin become less resilient and, you will feel better about yourself and healthier as well, by using chemical-free cosmetics and personal care products since HEALTH is WEALTH!
Words of Wisdom
Those of you who do not find time erveryday for health, will one day sacrifice a lot of time on illness.

Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA, author, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of FERLOW BOTANICALS , Vancouver and NEEM RESEARCH, Mission, Honorary Master Herbalist of the Dominion Herbal College, Professional Herbal Advocate of the Canadian Herbalist's Association, board member of Health Action Network Society, member of the Neem Foundation, Bomay, India, co-author of the book “7steps to dental health” and author of the book “Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity” published May 2015.

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This information is offered for its educational value and should not be used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease, contact your local health care practitioner.


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