Pure Truth About ‘All Natural’ Products & Other Beauty Myths

Written by Deanna Ferber

Myth: "All Natural" Beauty Products Are Best

Pure Truth: First of all, there are not really any ‘all natural’ products available for commercial sale. Unless you make them yourself, and are prepared to refrigerate them & use them within a few days, you really can’t find any. This is because, just as in food products,repparttar ingredients are perishable.

Just think what would happen to a jar of ’natural’ ingredients sitting on your vanity... The smell alone would keep me from openingrepparttar 131085 lid, let alone touching it! So beauty products, like foods, use preservatives to give them added shelf time. When you buy products, they have to last through storage withrepparttar 131086 company, shipping and still have some time left for you to use them. As forrepparttar 131087 term ‘natural’ it is not even regulated. This means any company can call their product natural, no matter what it contains.

Myth: Chemicals Are Bad For Your Skin

Pure Truth: Not all chemicals are bad for your skin. Just as medicines are chemical or synthetic versions of medicinal plants, sorepparttar 131088 science of chemistry brings us beauty products. Many natural ingredients have been re-created in synthetic form for ease of use & distribution, which can also make them cheaper to supply.

Myth: Product Packaging Does Nothing But Add To The Price

Pure Truth: Many people believe there is no importance torepparttar 131089 packaging of beauty products, thatrepparttar 131090 bottles and jars are just made ’neat looking’ in order to make us buyrepparttar 131091 products. This can be true, but with some ofrepparttar 131092 ’new’ beauty ingredients, packaging has a much larger, more important role. Some ingredients are considered unstable, meaning they are affected by sunlight and air exposure. For those ingredients, like retinol and some antioxidants,repparttar 131093 packaging is a big deal. If you want to get some use of what you paid for, look for packaging that limitsrepparttar 131094 products exposure. This may mean a dark colored container, or those similar to pharmaceutical products.


Written by Julia Schopick

When ecologically-minded feminists debate their menstrual product options, they most often advocate using organic cotton tampons and pads, rather than those made from synthetic materials like rayon. The reason most of these women chooserepparttar organic cotton versions centers aroundrepparttar 131083 fact thatrepparttar 131084 synthetics have been linked to potential health hazards, such as Toxic Shock Syndrome and dioxin exposure.

One option that is often left out of such discussions (as well as media programs and articles) is reusable menstrual products. The truth is, before tampons and throwaway menstrual pads came onrepparttar 131085 market inrepparttar 131086 1930s, women used rags, which were kind torepparttar 131087 environment because they were washable and hence, reusable. It wasn't untilrepparttar 131088 '30s, and inrepparttar 131089 years since then, that more and more ecologically-minded women began to discover that they had cause for concern.

After all, it is extremely wasteful to use a product for just a few hours and then toss it. And according to most estimates,repparttar 131090 average woman will use nearly 12,000 of these products during her lifetime. That's quite a lot of garbage!

Whether you flush a tampon or pad downrepparttar 131091 toilet, or throw it inrepparttar 131092 garbage, it is going to be problematic forrepparttar 131093 environment. If flushed downrepparttar 131094 toilet, these products can clogrepparttar 131095 sewer line; or they can go on to play havoc withrepparttar 131096 water treatment plant. (I understand that in 9 out of 10 plumbing problems in apartment buildings, homes and offices,repparttar 131097 culprits are reusable menstrual products!)

When you throw them inrepparttar 131098 garbage, these reusables end up in landfills, where they probably won't biodegrade for many years, because they lack light, water and circulating air. (Did you know that people have dug into landfills and found newspapers from 50 years earlier that are still readable?) And experts estimate that plastic tampon applicators may actually take 300 to 500 years to break down. But since tampons have only been around for seventy years, we can't yet be positive exactly how longrepparttar 131099 applicators will take to biodegrade.

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