Are your skincare products as Natural as you think?
As you know I am a natural health specialist specialising in Pregnancy and Birth supporting women with holistic therapies and a natural non-toxic, non-addictive form of medicine called homeopathy. I am also passionate about informing my patients about toxic Skincare and Beauty products as these do affect your unborn baby. I hope we are all aware of how certain foods, drinks, smoking and drugs can affect our unborn babies but do you know how much your skincare products and beauty products also do to this precious new life? Today I am going to share with you ways you can check how toxic your products are that you are applying your skin but also introduce you to Tropic Skincare Products, which are natural products which can be used in pregnancy and beyond. Please also be aware that lots of products on the market are claiming to be natural but in fact they aren’t. To claim your product is natura,l you only have to have 3 natural ingredients in your product and the rest can be chemicals. Not with Tropic Products. They clearly state they are natural and the percentage they are. All ingredients are listed and you can ask me for a full list of ingredients before you purchase. My job is to provide you with the ingredients and information and then it is up to you to research products and make your own choice. I became a Tropics Ambassador to be able to offer my clients a natural alternative to the brands of skincare they are currently using and to make them aware of how toxic they can be. This is not another business for me it is a product which I can use alongside my Holistic Therapy Business as I do with my aura sprays and Zephorium products which I use in my therapies.
Where to start!
Where do you start I hear you say. How do I know if they are truly natural or organic?
Well I can help you with that.
Firstly, I would suggest that you download the app Think Dirty. Pop the name of your product in the search box or scan the barcode of the product you wish to find out more about. Press search and the following information will appear. If you get a red number appear it means the product has serious long term health impacts. If it appears Olive Green (Amber in traffic light system) means the product’s ingredients have potential moderate negative long term health effects and bright green meaning the product does not contain any ingredients which have a documented potential negative health impact. N/R means ingredients not yet rated.
Be warned, you will be shocked at how many products we are using on our skin that are absorbed directly into the blood stream and whizzing round our bodies, causing damaged to our organs and body tissues.
I can recommend the natural skincare product range Tropic, which do not contain toxic ingredients as so many of the products in your bathroom will do, but it has amazing results on scars and stretch marks. They are totally safe for mums to be and for mums that are breast feeding. They are totally safe for the delicate skin or a new born and also the whole family. In future blogs I will be sharing some amazing stories on how these products have supported women in all areas of their lives not just when they are trying to get pregnant or when they are pregnant.
A report carried out by the Environmental Working Group, in July 14, 2005 found that in one month leading up to a baby’s birth, the umbilical cord pulses many times a day carrying blood back and forth across the oxygen-rich placenta to the rapidly growing child held in a sac of amniotic fluid. This cord provides a lifeline between mother and baby, bringing nutrients that sustain life and support growth.
Previously scientists thought that the placenta shielded the cord blood and in turn the developing baby from any pollutants, chemicals and toxins in the environment. We now know that this is not the case and at this critical time when organs, membranes and vessels and body systems are being created, the umbilical cord,carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady flow of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as easily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol, therefore being absorbed by the developing baby.
In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group in America (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by the Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, petrol, and household rubbish.
Of the 287 chemicals which were detected in the umbilical cord blood, 180 of these chemicals cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
Obviously, it is not always possible to avoid pollutants in our environment, but we can be aware of what we are applying to our skin via washing daily and beauty products. We can also look at what we eat and drink and try to buy organic where possible. By doing this we are able to reduce the amount of toxins in our bodies but also those that are passing to our unborn babies via the umbilical cord.
Therefore I am backing the Best Natural/Organic Skincare Brand TROPIC. I have researched these products and can clearly see from their packaging and information provided by tropic that they are natural and don’t have harmful chemicals. They are totally safe for mums to be, women who are trying to get pregnant and are pure enough for you to use on your newborn’s skin.
Don’t just take my word for it hop on the Think Dirty App and check what is toxic and what is not.
If you would like to purchase Tropic products or find out more information, please link on the link http://www.tropicskincare.co.uk/shop/michellewilkinson_1