People are more conscious than ever about what foods go into their bodies. In this edition of Wellness, Jill Urban takes a closer look at what we put on our bodies instead.
"Clients are coming in asking what are the ingredients in these products. They are concerned about parabens, fragrance, sulfates, they are really concerned about what they are putting on their body," said Hector Espinal, a professional artist for Sephora.
Natural beauty products are finally gaining attention. Large companies have been investing in research and development to offer chemical-free products that generate the same results as the synthetic problems.
Tata Harper, a natural skincare expert, said, "Natural ingredients have come a really long way. They are clinically tested, their molecular size is really small, they have nano technology, Peptides, you can literally find all the alternatives that synthetics do in natural alternatives."
Harper says people should be aware of what is going on their skin because the molecular structure of products is so small, that it's now possible for synthetic chemicals to be absorbed into the skin. Rather than being detoxified by our bodies, these products enter the bloodstream directly and can be linked to health issues.
"Some of the key offenders are parabens which a lot of people know about. Also PEGs, it’s a big offender. Its been linked to nervous system problems, SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate which are the foaming agents and phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative which replaced parabens, and hydroquinone which his linked to cancer," explained Harper.
As a consumer, it's important to read labels carefully, and not get caught up in the marketing. Just because a box says natural, it doesn’t mean all of the ingredients are natural.