What’s really in our skin care products?

We are constantly bombarded with the latest beauty fads. Shop shelves and glossy magazines are crammed with creams to make those suitcases under our eyes disappear, lotions to make cellulite history and deodorants that guarantee 48-hour freshness. With promises of flawless radiant skin, who wouldn’t want to splash out on these beauty must haves? But what is really in these products? To the masses, the never-ending list of ingredients might as well be in Chinese, you would need to have a chemistry degree to really understand what they are or do. Whilst you might be over the moon with your luscious pout or softer skin, are there any health implications that we are unaware of in our lack of understanding of what the products contain?

Every day it is reported that the average woman applies around 175 chemicals to her skin either in the form of cosmetics or toiletries. The list of potentially harmful ingredients includes substances that have been linked to cancers, skin irritations and even hormonal problems. Many cosmetics and toiletries use industrial strength chemicals which are more cost effective and give longevity to the product, not because they benefit the consumer.

Parabens used as preserving agents in many moisturisers and body creams have been linked to breast cancer while sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate commonly used in shampoos and hand wash are known skin irritants. Previously it has been thought that links may exist between male infertility and the use of deodorants and skin creams!

Whilst the products we buy might feel fantastic at first, they are readily washed off and the chemicals they contain can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream via your skin.

Making a few simple changes to your daily routine when it comes to skin care, can make a real difference not only to you but to the environment too! Using a natural moisturiser will replenish your skin with natural oils keeping your skin feeling moisturised all day and can be cheaper than those branded creams that promise miracle cures. So you’ll be winning all round!!

Author: Steven Chasen

Here at Eco Hip we have a simple philosophyTo offer you the best natural products around, so that you can maintain a chemical-free home, body and spirit.For 15 years we have been striving to give people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this lifestyle, using our knowledge and experience to guide you through the process from start to finish. We believe that there is a complete synergy between what is best for you and what is best for the environment.Do you ever stop and think about what goes into the products that we use on a daily basis?Did you know that everyday products such as toiletries and cosmetics are filled with harmful petro-chemicals, parabens, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, artificial colours, fragrances and fillers. The list goes on…Why aren’t there stricter regulations concerning these products?Are the waste products of industry being dumped and sold in our personal care and cleaning products?Who is stopping this and telling it how it is?We feel that we have a responsibility to both our customers and to the world around us to ask ourselves these questions every day. That is why we only sell the most responsible and sustainable products.Responsibility to ourselves – All our products are free of toxic chemicals wherever possible and endorsed by Ecocert and the Soil Association.Responsibility to others – We promote Fairtrade produce to stop exploitation and benefit those communities.Responsibility to local communities – We use local suppliers and products wherever possible in order to support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprintResponsibility to the environment – All our products use minimal packaging and recyclable materials. Responsibility to the future – We use sustainable materials and ingredients wherever possible.Responsibility to animals – We do not use any products that have animal ingredients or are tested on animals. Our products are certified as cruelty-free and are endorsed by BUAV and PETA.There doesn’t have to be a trade off between affordability and healthy living either. The choices we make now will impact our future, and we want to ensure that the investments you make now will save you money in the long-term.Sustainability doesn’t just have to connote the environment, but your own household too.In the age of information overload that we live in, we know that shopping online can sometimes be overwhelming, so we carefully source our products, selecting only the highest quality ingredients and most innovative designs, so that you don’t have to.Ecohip is more than just another online shopping website. The Ecohip mindset is all about challenging conventional thinking and finding a new way of looking at the world, believing that smalls steps can gradually add up to make a big difference.

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