by Andrea Sparks
If you've never tried using natural health and beauty products, now is the time to go green with your morning regimen. When you're accustomed to doing things the way you always have, you may not see why you would want to switch to natural health and beauty products. Once you compare the benefits of natural products to the way things used to be done, however, you'll see why you would want to adopt a new, natural lifestyle with health and beauty products that can help you look and feel great.
Earth-friendly: Products made from conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact. The manufacturing of chemical-heavy health and beauty products puts those chemicals, and many more, into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. When ingredients for natural health and beauty products are farmed and manufactured organically, fewer chemicals are put into the air and water.
Avoid irritation: Harsh chemicals, artificial colors and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural makeup, skin care products and body products work with your skin instead of against it.
Save your nose: Artificial fragrances are designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in traditional health and beauty products. The effect is that you have a chemical to cover up another chemical, and all those chemical smells can cause headaches in many people. Natural health and beauty products smell like their natural ingredients, not a cocktail of chemicals. Natural health and beauty products scented with natural essential oils can even provide aromatherapy.
Paraben-free: Parabens are used in conventionally produced health and beauty products as a preservative to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens, however, are synthetic and mimic your body's natural hormones. This can alter the functions of your body's endocrine system. Natural health and beauty products use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract, that won't affect your body.
Outside to the inside: Skin is our largest organ and also a gateway to the blood stream. Chemicals rubbed into the skin enter our blood stream quickly -- sometimes faster even than if we were to eat them. The average woman applies up to 200 chemicals to her skin every day through cosmetics, lotions and hair-care products. By using natural health and beauty products, you can eliminate many of these harmful chemicals and replace them with natural ingredients that not only protect you from harm, but can even be beneficial to your body.