Senior Women: Take a Look at the Label on Your Cosmetics

Jan 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

The Arizona Star (Tucson) printed an article last week that will be of interest to senior women.  It described the problems and issues created by cosmetics that have ingredients such as plastics, pesticides and harmful known carcinogens.  Yuk!

Dr. Andrew Weil is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.  He is recognized and well known worldwide for sound information on healthy lifestyles.  He offered a comment on the story: 

“I am very concerned about preservatives and coloring agents such as parabens and para-phenylenediamine (PPD) found in some cosmetics and hair dyes. When you apply these products to your face and head, the chemicals they contain are easily absorbed into the rich blood supply in the face and scalp and carried throughout the body. Some of them have the potential to do harm.  

“Concerned consumers can log onto the website of the nonprofit Environmental Working Group to review their cosmetics database and Shopper’s Guide to Safe Cosmetics. Another good resource
is the website of The Green Guide Institute which contains a list of safe beauty products, as well as the Dirty Dozen Chemicals in cosmetics.  

“Keep in mind that beauty reflects good health, and both depend in many ways on how you treat your body. For healthy skin and hair, follow an anti-inflammatory diet and stay well-hydrated to support optimal skin blood flow; exercise regularly, both for fitness and to manage stress, and be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. In addition, avoid excessive sun exposure, and don’t smoke.”

SCJ has discovered a direct sales company that has botanically based cosmetics, health and fitness products and skin care.  Arbonne International operates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.  Their products meet the test of Dr Weil’s comments, as well as The Green Guide and Environmental Working Group. The products have no artificial colors, no trans fats or poly saturated fats, no gluten, and are totally plant based.  It’s worth checking out, dear friends!



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