When it comes to living healthy, what goes on one's body may be just as important as what goes in it. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
From vitamins to super foods, these days people are more conscious than ever about what goes into their bodies, but now there is also much concern for what goes on them.
"Clients are coming in asking what are the ingredients in these products: Parabens, fragrance, sulfates, they are really concerned about what they are putting on their body," says Sephora Pro Artist Hector Espinal.
So natural beauty products are finally having their day. We are not talking about homemade farmers market products, but products from large companies that are investing in research and development to offer chemical free products that generate the same results as their synthetic counterparts.
"Natural beauty has come a really long way. They are clinically tested, their molecular size is really small. You can find nano technology, peptides. You can literally find all the alternatives that synthetics do in natural alternatives," explains Tata Harper, a natural beauty expert and founder of Tata Harper Skincare.
Harper says people should be aware of what is going on their skin because these days the molecular structure of products is so small that synthetic chemicals are easily absorbed into the skin. And unlike what we eat which is detoxified by our liver, these go right into the bloodstream and some are linked to health problems.
"Some of the key offenders are parabens which a lot of people know about. Also PEGs it’s a big offender. It's been linked to nervous system problems. SLS, which are like sodium lauryl sulfate which are the foaming agents and phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative which replaced parabens and hydroquinone which is linked to cancer," Harper notes.
So read those labels carefully.
As a consumer it's also important to not get caught up in the marketing. Just because a box says natural it doesn't mean all the ingredients in it are natural. So be sure to read the label so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin.
In the next wellness report we'll take a look at a bouquet of all-natural herbs, extracts and flowers that can have a big impact on your skin.