THE "SEEDY SIX" OF BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE

Updated: Feb 10



I cannot stress enough, your skin is a key organ of your physical system that needs care and attention - but not in the way you may first think. Skin is so sensitive and the major filter between our external and internal environments. For optimum health and well being, not just for your skin itself but also your internal health, please consider the impact of the below "Seedy Six" commercial skin products we often use. I have also provided some natural, Ayurvedically inspired, alternatives you can introduce into your daily skin care and beauty routines.



DEODORANT


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Parabens (used as a preservative)

  • Aluminium

  • Triclosan (used to prevent bacterial contamination to the product)

  • Phthalates (helps the deodorant stick to the skin)

  • Fragrance or parfum


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please click here.



Effective, natural alternative:


  • Crystal deodorants

  • Tea Tree Oil deodorants




PERFUME & COLOGNES


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Acetone

  • Benzaldehyde

  • Benzyl acetate

  • Benzyl alcohol

  • Ethanol

  • Ethyl acetate

  • Limonene

  • Linalool

  • Methylene chloride


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please click on the links below:


Perfumes & Colognes

Toxic Perfume Chemicals



Effective, natural alternative:


  • Essential oils (used with a carrier oil, not directly on the skin)

  • Rose water or other infused waters such as lavender, bergamot, lemon verbena etc.




MOISTURISER


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Mineral Oil

  • Propylene Glycol

  • Fragrance/Parfum

  • Synthetic Dyes Or Colours

  • Parabens

  • Retinol

  • Alcohols

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids

  • Petroleum based products


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please click here.



Effective, natural alternative:


Pure oils are recommended Ayurvedically. Listed below are some ideal choices for different skin types:

  • Vata (dry, fine-pored, wrinkled, thin skin) - A nourishing oil such as black sesame/ almond oil.

  • Pitta (warm, sensitive, mildly oily, freckled skin) - Coconut oil, ghee, sunflower oil/ grape seed oil.

  • Kapha (thick, oily, translucent, large-pored skin) - Minimal to no oil, light application of almond oil/ olive oil if required.




FAKE TAN


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Mineral oils

  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate

  • Amyl acetate

  • Octyl stearate

  • Isopropyl myristate

  • Fragrance/Parfum

  • DHA (dihydroxyacetone)


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please please click on the links below:


Is There A Safe Fake Tan

Harmful Ingredients in Tannig Creams & Lotions



Effective, natural alternative:


I would strongly recommend to avoid fake tans of any description, natural alternatives included. In addition, exposing the skin to excessive levels of sunlight for the sake of tanning. Sun exposure is important, but as always in Ayurveda, moderation is always recommended.




⁣SHAMPOO & CONDITIONERS


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

  • Fragrance/Parfum

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine

  • Triclosan

  • Polysorbates

  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

  • Potassium Sorbate

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Retinyl Palmitate

  • Dimethicone

  • Behentrimonium Chloride

  • Quaternium-15


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please please please click on the links below:


Toxic Ingredients in Shampoo & Conditioner

Harmful Ingredients In Hair Products



Effective, natural alternative:


  • Natural shampoos and conditioners from health food store, local and online.

  • Natural shampoo and conditioner "bars" that are good for you and your environment too!




⁣MAKE-UP


Potential toxic ingredients found in the product:


  • Phthalates

  • Lead (can you believe it?!)

  • Quaternary-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

  • PEG compounds

  • Butylated compounds (bht, bha)

  • Parabens


For more of a read on what the above mentioned chemicals can alter in the body, please click here.



Effective, natural alternative:


  • Please click here to learn about quality non-toxic make-up options.

  • I would highly recommend also wearing make-up minimally. Every day use, even with natural/organic products can irritate skin over time if used rigidly for most skin types. Always try and remember that skin is not meant to be covered consistently and needs time to restore and be able to function without a "covering".



As a basic rule my friends, when it comes to our skin, if you wouldn't eat it, don't apply it. Our skin is such an amazing organ that needs to be fed and nourished correctly in order to remain healthy and function optimally.




With love and light,


Tamika x


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