Seems like a ton of them came in over the holiday season. Always fun, but I am a bit behind in reviewing them.
Here’s one, though, that I had to get right to. Jessa Blades has been on my radar for a long time now. She’s a makeup artist who seriously knows her stuff about nontoxic products. Walking the talk, you might say.
So, when I found out she now has her own line of skin care, Blades Natural Beauty, I just had to check ’em out.
Informational tidbits that came along with: Super goody, good.
Enough of my fluffy adjectives. Get yourself to Feelgood Style where I wrote all about it.
In the latest issue of InStyle magazine they included some coverage of natural cosmetics. I always love to see stuff like this in mainstream media. Even if they don’t get it exactly right, at least it brings more attention to natural products.
Ok, so the article Do They Really Work? included some truly safe products, along with definitions of cosmetic terms; natural, naturally derived, and organic. The article did state that the definitions were created by InStyle Magazine (along with the help of a cosmetic chemist) to help consumers “navigate the products on these pages and in stores”.
Do we need these terms defined? Yes, I wholeheartedly believe we do. But because there is not yet a true legal definition of these terms it is hard to follow something you read in a magazine. Sure, if a product carries the NaTrue or ECOCERT certification logo you can be assured that the product meets natural requirements…their natural requirements. These would be clearly defined on their websites.
But just the terms “natural” or “naturally derived” on a product label with no natural cosmetic certification? These terms are so vague and loosely thrown around that there are no, as yet, clearly defined universal definitions.
In order to clear this up, here is how I view the terms “natural” and “naturally derived”. These are my own definitions, and are very vague, not unlike how the terms are most often used.
Natural – Ingredients derived from the earth (fruit, vegetable, herb, mineral, animal). Products labeled natural contain some amount of natural ingredients, or ingredients that started out as natural. This amount can make a large portion of the product or a miniscule amount. Also, these products may still contain toxic ingredients and natural does NOT mean organic.
Naturally derived –Ingredients (fruit, vegetable, herb, mineral, animal) taken from the earth, which are then processed with either chemical or natural means. The end result may be natural, or not so much.
The problem lies in the assumption that natural = nontoxic. It doesn’t. Natural, to most of the world, means good, wholesome, pure. Natural cosmetics – sounds good for you, right? Not always, and definitely not often enough to be reliable.
I do not put a lot of stock in either term. As always my best advice, and the practice I follow…Read.Your.Labels.
Flip the products over, read the ingredient listing, check my Ingredients to Avoid list. If it looks clean, buy it. If not, don’t. If you are shopping online and cannot find a full ingredient listing anywhere, do not buy the product. If you have questions, get in touch.
Aging is a controversial topic. On the one hand, we hate the thought of wrinkles and age spots, not to mention disease and decline. But, let’s face it, we all want to get older because the alternative stinks.
Since hitting 40 I have tried to embrace aging. In general, I have always been of the “You are as old as you think you are” adage, but I have noticed a few, albeit subtle, changes. My once normal skin is getting drier (as is my hair) and there is a little more sagging and a few extra fine lines.
But really, do we want to look 25 (or 30) when we are 40 and up, or do we want to look healthy for your own age?
An article from WE Magazine really tells it like it is but in a very uplifting and positive way. They lay out the facts but they also put a few notions out there that you don’t usually read about. Check out this paragraph from the article:
If it’s reassuring to know we age at our own individual rate, NIA research is also helping us understand other aspects of the effects of time on the body, such as the distinction between aging and disease. A study of patients over a 50-year period showed that even though our bodies over time become more delicate and can decline in certain ways, these changes are distinct from diseases. In other words, if we take care of ourselves, we can avoid maladies such as diabetes, hypertension or dementia and even minimize or overcome any genetic predispositions. Through a proactive approach, we can affect our aging processes for long-term health and vitality.
Cool, huh? And we all know what it takes to do that; eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, keeping stress to a minimum and eliminating as many toxins from our lifestyle as possible. Love Lula has a great guide to keeping you looking and feeling your best.
It sounds so cliché but true beauty really is inner beauty. Who do you think looks more beautiful, the woman who is all made up and “perfect” or the woman who obviously takes care of herself and seems comfortable with who she is? For me it’s hands down the latter.