This article was authored by Klaus Ferlow, HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist), innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder Ferlow Botanical Enterprises Ltd, Vancouver, B.C. manufacturing/distributing organic toxin-free medicinal herbal and personal care products to professional health & wellness practitioners in Canada and parts of USA since 1993.
Everyone hopes to have a perfect body but unfortunately no matter what we do, it just never seems perfect. You feel too fat, your nose or breasts are too large or too small, your skin is too dry, you are either too tall or short: the problems are never ending. That's why plastic surgeons can't keep up with the demand. Perhaps it is not your body but your attitude that is not perfect. Realize that human beings are never satisfied - unconsciously, you keep wanting more and aiming higher. It is not completely unhealthy as long as you do not let it overpower you!
In the past decade natural body care products including certified organic, organic, wildcrafted, toxin-free items, have changed the way consumers look for and use cosmetics and personal care products. Customers are now more savvy and know what to look for and what to avoid. This shift has meant huge growth in the industry with new products hitting the market almost on a daily basis, sometimes with extraordinary claims. I remember fifteen years ago you were unable to find any of these products without a long list of man made chemicals such as artificial colours, scents, paraben preservatives and a host of other hazardous, dangerous chemicals. For years the manufacturers of cosmetic and personal care products used industrial waste by-products and it seemed that nobody was asking questions about what these ingredients did to your skin, body and health. That's why I did my research and after that wrote my first article in 1999 with the title "What is really in your beauty products?" and it was also published later with the titles "Cosmetics To Die For" and "Hidden Dangers Lurking in your Personal Care products." Since there are already many chemicals in the air, water, food, household goods etc., why would you put additional chemicals on your body whether you are using a cream, lotion, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, make-up etc? These chemicals are readily and instantly absorbed into your bloodstream and will damage your liver and kidneys and as a result of it will create a lot of other health problems.
It is important that you read labels carefully and if you can't pronounce the name of the ingredients, don't buy it, it's a chemical! A large segment of the population have mature and damaged skin. At age 25 your oil glands produces double the amount of oil as when you were 50 and continues to decrease as you age. As skin ages it loses elasticity and becomes thinner and dryer and therefore wrinkles. The layer of fat that gives the skin its soft appearance begins to shrink and does not regenerate easily.
There are three ways of age:
It's impossible to stop and most anti-aging wrinkle creams do not work but we can buy into the illusion.
This happens at any age and you need to protect yourself, especially your skin from sun and wind.
Poor nutrition, you are what you eat. Smoking, alcohol, and not enough exercise will reflect how you look and feel. Please remember too that drinking enough water and liquid is also very important as it flushes out toxins. HEALTH is WEALTH!
Words of Wisdom:
"The Inner Spirit working outward in your life is the only place where stability can be found in these changing times."
Health Risks in Today's Cosmetics: The Handbook for a Lifetime of Healthy Skin and Hair, Nikolaus J. Smeh, ISBN 13-9780963775505 or 096-377-5502
Beauty to Die For: The Cosmetic Consequence, Judy Vance, ISBN 1-57901-035-0
Drop-Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics, Kim Erickson, ISBN 0-658-01793-4
Dying to Look Good, Christine Farlow, DC, ISBN 0-9635635-3-X
This information is offered for its educational value only and should not be used in the diagnose, treatment, or prevention of disease. Any attempt to diagnose and treat illness should come under the direction of your health care practitioner.