Written by Tera on October 24, 2012 – -
By Nadine ArtemisA clever marketing game is played in every skincare and cosmetics aisle in drug, department and health stores. Phrases like “Active Ingredients”, “Key Ingredients” and “Natural” are emblazoned across labels in bold print to distract us from investigating the small print of what is really in the product. The full list of ingredients is often hard to find. If you do locate the full list, then you may understand why it is not part of the extolled marketing strategy. These bright bottles with splashy labels are made with undesirable ingredients and futile fillers that our skin can certainly do without. I have been examining skin care labels since I was 18 years old, and I have seen, firsthand, the cosmetic industry’s formulation processes. Some ingredients and some products are better than others, so I have created a top ten list of commonly used ingredients that our skin, our cells can thrive without.
Cosmetics seem to be created backwards and upside down! Liquid and creamy products contain mostly water or water-based infusions, called distillates or aqueous extracts, used to fill up bottles inexpensively. Because aqueous solutions are vulnerable to spoilage, preservatives (like paraben, sodium benzoate and Leucidal Liquid) must be added to the product. I love water! Pure water is wonderful and amazing to drink and to wash with, and there are better ways of getting it than in $20 per ounce bottles of cosmetics. It is probably tap water, too, which means it likely contains chorine and fluoride along with a multitude of other toxins.
Hopefully, this list will help you decipher the slew of lofty labels that promise the world. Everything that is applied to the skin is absorbed by the bloodstream, circulates with our cells and mingles with our mitochondria. The skin’s brilliant ability to absorb is a gift. When applying the right things, we can literally feed our immune system and skin cells. With the food I eat, I want every morsel to be of benefit, and with the skincare I create, I want every single ingredient to actually be natural, active and key. Everything that goes in and on my body must benefit my cells, and my skin. Every single ingredient matters: each drop must contain boundless, bioactive, botanical beauty. When nature provides such exquisite and effective botanicals that graciously attend to our health and beauty, why use anything artificial?
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Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs and essentials oils for those seeking the purest botanical health and beauty products on the planet. She is a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets and her products have received rave reviews in The New York Times, The National Post and The Hollywood Reporter. An innovative aromacologist, Nadine develops immune enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness: her potent dental drops are used worldwide and provide the purest oral care available. Nadine’s new paradigm for beauty and her natural approach to health presents a revolutionary vision: it allows the life-force of flowers, dewdrops, plants, sun and water to be the ingredients of healthy living and lets everything unessential, contrived and artificial fall away. Also by Nadine Artemis: “Successful Self Dentistry: How to Avoid the Dentist Without Ignoring Your Teeth” You’ll also learn how to improve your diet, how to protect your children’s teeth, herbal therapies, how to choose a dentist and how to prepare for a dental appointment.
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