10 Natural Products Cosmetics Companies Don’t Want You To Know About

The more I learn about other cultures’ skin care routines and habits, as well as natural skin care remedies, the more I’m convinced that our cosmetics companies in the US are determined to keep that info under wraps. Why? Because as long as we think the fountain of youth is in a pricey jar labeled “Miracle in a Jar”, we’ll keep spending our hard earned cash on their claims.  It makes perfect sense, right?  Why teach us how to care for our skin early on and naturally when they can earn more than $56 Billion a year from our lack of knowledge?  So, let me get this straight: If Skincare products make up 31% of the industry, then we are spending roughly $17.6 Billion year.  On WHAT?  Things like this:

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Philosophy’s “Miracle Worker” cream’s two active ingredients are: Water and *Cyclopentasiloxane, a Silicone-based compound. We pay $60 for water and known carcinogens.  Seriously?

*Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound; may be associated with environmental toxicity.

Statistics of the Cosmetics Industry provided by Statista:

Instead of throwing our money away at “Miracles” and “Hopes” in a jar (sorry, Philosophy) Why not spend a little more time and do our research into real skin care regimens and natural products that are not only healthy but cost effective?  Wouldn’t you agree that keeping that coin in your pocket to spend on a vacay makes more sense?  I do.

So here are just a few top beauty products and natural “secrets” to consider before you fall for the same fanciful claims:

  • Green Tea: Green Tea is one of the most undervalued antioxidants in the USA.  We hear about it and it certainly has gained popularity over the years, but Green Tea has been used topically and drank in Japan and China for eons.  I guess it takes Starbucks to bring it to light for us here in the States. Try Matcha Green Tea Powder Organic ( Japanese Premium Culinary Grade ) – USDA & Vegan Certified – 30g (1.06 oz) – Perfect for Baking, Smoothies, Latte, Iced Tea, Herbal Teas. Gluten & Sugar Free
  • Honey:  Honey is literally one of nature’s best beauty and skin care remedies.  It’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants, which are good for wrinkles and aging skin. It is antibacterial, which helps with acne. It’s great at unclogging pores and clarifying skin. And it’s a great moisturizer that soothes irritated skin.  Is it really that hard or expensive to find raw and unfiltered honey to use?  Oh, look!  Here’s a 22 oz. of Raw, Unfiltered Honey at Swanson for $6.99!  My guess is that jar might last you a year or more (oh, and you can eat it).
  • Adzuki Beans: Crushed Adzuki beans are common in Japan and used to exfoliate skin, much like our well-known apricot scrub is here. The brownish-red Adzuki bean is also a rich source of antioxidants. To Try: Food To Live ® Organic Adzuki Beans (1 Pound)
  • Rice: It is well-known that Geishas would wash their faces with the water from boiled down rice. It’s an ancient trick used to keep their skin bright and fair. But get this: Rice water also helps improve your skin’s elasticity as well as even and tone for a smooth texture. The rice water will actually gradually lighten the complexion, too, which is what many women are looking for with these “new” Brightening creams on the market today for $85.  Click here for the Rice Water hair and skin recipe provided by HairBuddha.net.  If you are not keen on boiling down your own rice water, there are a few inexpensive toners on the market that are fermented and rice water based, such as the Face Shop Rice Water Products
  • Raw, Unfiltered “Mother” Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): This is a definite beauty MUST. Apple Cider vinegar is amazing as a hair rinse. It’s natural pH balancing properties soften your hair follicles and leave your tresses shiny. I know, it’s smelly-but the smell goes away once your hair dries. Plus, you don’t use it full strength and you don’t have to use it every time you wash your hair. Apple Cider Vinegar also has amazing health benefits and you can use it to treat skin problems such as age spots and acne.  Here’s why it’s so effective: During the fermentation of ACV, substances such as malic acid are formed, which give ACV its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties which help prevent acne and skin infections.  Keep in mind you DON’T use ACV undiluted on your face or hair.  It’s too potent and acidic and can cause damage to your skin.  You’ll want to mix equal parts water to ACV in a separate container and use that.  Do not use it straight, watered down.  Ok?  OK.   🙂 ALSO:  Make sure the ACV you use is the raw, unfiltered and “Mother” formula, like Bragg Organic. You can find this in most of your grocery stores, health food stores, or Whole Foods.  Don’t use the refined or filtered vinegar.
  • Tsubaki Oil: The tsubaki, or camellia flower, is packed with oleic acids that are extremely friendly with our skin . It is well-known that Japanese women (and men) commonly use camellia oil to moisturize their skin, face and hair. It’s relatively easy to find, too.  I did a quick search and found some pure Camellia oil at a good price – $6.99 at PipingRock but the organic, medical grade will cost a bit more.
  • Coconut Oil: This is my favorite super-oil moisturizer for it’s versatility. It is a nourishing face cream, a repairing leave-in conditioner for my hair or a rich moisturizer for all over skin. And that’s just the beginning: It’s actually been shown to be beneficial in raising metabolism and boosting immunity!  Seriously??  Why on EARTH would I use any other moisturizer?  That was rhetorical.  (Oh yeah, you can eat it and cook with it, too.)
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: I love this stuff!  It’s high in vitamin A and packed with antioxidants.  Yep! Rosehip seed oil is truly an amazing product and although it’s an oil, it’s considered a “dry” oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has carried respect among professional journals and organizations as being a great agent in the fight against dry, weathered, and dehydrated skin. Rosehip seed oil has been extensively studied for it’s skin regenerative properties in cases of sun damage, scarring, and other skin problems. I get mine in a 2 oz. bottle with dropper for $11.99 and it lasts me 6 months or more.  (Store in a dark, cool place to give it a longer shelf life).
  • Jojoba Oil: This is another great, light moisturizer that soaks in quickly. What I love most about jojoba oil is it’s amazing ability to mimic our natural skin sebum. It’s excellent during the dry, winter months when you need more hydration. I use it on my face. Jojoba also makes a great scalp cleanser for your hair.
  • Helichrysum essential oil: is also known as Helichrysum italicum. It is distilled from the flowers of the Everlasting. Also known by other terms as Everlasting or Immortelle flower. Known for it’s regenerative ‘ketones’, it is included in many skin formulas for wrinkle and scar reduction – effective even at low concentrations.  Many of you may have seen or heard of this via L’Occitane, but it is so much more than a face cream. Way more. In fact,  besides being recognized to have anti-aging and skin healing properties, this flower and essential oil is being extensively researched as the next medical breakthrough for it’s healing properties as an anti-cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) blocker, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.  As a result, the price of the oils are skyrocketing due to increased public awareness. It’s generally about $100 for less than 5 ml  (if you find it cheaper, it may not be pure grade, so read it carefully)

If you are not much into natural hair and skin care solutions as I am (or a DIYer), please look into other products which use natural and less harmful ingredients, such as DHC‘s natural skin care product lines, or scan Etsy for small-batch, handmade products.

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