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Want Flawless Skin? Throw Away Those Harmful Products

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Flawless skin, we all want it! But the fact is a lot of us don’t have it.

Millions of people all around the world suffer from acne, dry skin, oily skin, discolorations, uneven skin tone, the list goes on. With the millions of people who are unhappy with their skin, the skin care industry is definitely making a profit off our frustration. Research shows that skincare sales were over $844 million in 2012!

But are the products you’re using really worth the money and the time you spend using them? Or are they actually doing more damage than good for your skin?

DO THIS: Go grab your facial products and read the ingredient labels. If they contain any of the products listed below, you may want to reconsider the products used in your skin care routine.

  • Coal tar
  • Diethanolamine/DEA
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Lead and Mercury
  • Parabens
  • Antibacterials
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Phthalates (DEP, DMP, DBP)

The chemicals listed above can cause cancer, brain cell damage, severe allergic reactions, or respiratory infections. Even if some ingredients listed on your bottle are not listed above, you should still research those ingredients. Facial products are used 2-3 times daily…shouldn’t you know what you’re rubbing into your skin and into your bloodstream?

If you’re like me, then I’m ready to throw my all of my skin care products away! But what’s an alternative to the harmful, yet popular facial products that many of us have been using for years? Go natural!

Going natural doesn’t just have to be used to describe your hair… it can describe your skin care products also. We will feature recipes for natural skin care, typically using products that are found in your kitchen, like bananas, eggs, and oatmeal. Sounds pretty interesting right? And way cheaper that bathroom counter full of products that you have.

Here’s one to get you started:

Banana Face Mask

Bananas carry lots of vitamins that are beneficial to your skin, and their natural acids help slough off dead skin cells to brighten your complexion.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. honey

Mash up the banana with the honey and apply the mixture to your cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more easy at-home recipes.

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