FOOD MATTERS SKIN CARE BUYING GUIDE
Your skin is your largest organ and deserves extra TLC!
One of the things we’ve learnt along the way in our years of being in the natural health profession is that, what you put in your body matters, but so does what you put on your body.
The skin is your largest organ and absorbs 60% of what you put on it. Think about this for a second… According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 “beauty” products per day, containing about 168 ingredients. That’s a lot of ingredients you’re putting into your body, and if we're not careful many of those could be toxic!
The beauty industry promotes all types of lotions and potions that promise to make you look 10 years younger, hide imperfections, soften your skin, but at what cost?
Join us as we uncover the dark side of the beauty industry, why 100% natural skin care is incredibly important, help you decipher how to read the labels of your skin care products, provide you with tips for safe skin-care and share our all time favorite skin care ranges with you!
Let’s start by looking at the beauty industry, and what they’re not telling us...
The Ugly Side of Beauty
You walk into the beauty section of a department store, and are bombarded with sales assistants trying to tackle you into their chair to try on all types of miracle beauty products. You’re surrounded by advertisements everywhere telling you that they’ve just uncovered a “new” formula that miraculously turns you into Benjamin Button. Your skin will be as smooth as a baby! But what’s really happening in the industry that loves to conceal and gloss over things?
It’s sold in stores, it must be safe?
Wrong. The US Food and Drug Administration does not have mandatory safety standards in place for cosmetics. That’s scary stuff. This means any cosmetic product can make it onto the shelves and could be loaded with toxic formulas and endanger your health.
They’ve just released a new anti-aging formula. Yippeee!
Hold on. Before you start dousing yourself in the latest skin care that promises to wipe 10 years off your face and remove all those unwanted skin spots, take a look at the label. Can you even decipher what’s in it? Many of those ingredients could contribute to long-term health effects such as eczema, cancer, infertility and more.
The label looks safe, so it must be ok?
You’re armed with a list of all the ingredients to look out for on the label. It doesn’t say it contains formaldehyde or parabens, so they must not be in there. Unfortunately a lot of chemical cocktails hide under the term “fragrance” which allows the company to not actually list what is in it. There are all sorts of loopholes in the beauty industry.
“Pink” products help cure breast-cancer
Sadly, no. Most large beauty companies such as Estee Lauder, Avon and Revlon use toxins and carcinogens in their products. So even though they are promoting that they donate profits to find a cure, they could be in fact contributing to this deadly disease.
The Skinny On Product Labels
One of the most important things to do when selecting your skin care is to read the label of ingredients! Forget the terms on the front “organic”, “natural” or “fragrance-free” and jump straight to the small print.
Here are a few things to stay clear of:
||Is a mercury-containing preservative. Mercury may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation and adverse effects on the nervous system. Studies have also show that it can affect reproduction. Thimerosol is used as a preservative for products applied in the area of the eye, such as eye drops and contact lens solutions.|
|DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea||Used as preservatives and can release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a sensitizer and a proven carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep.|
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
||A known skin and eye irritant and enhances allergic response to other toxins and allergens. It is used as a lathering agent and detergent, and is present in hundreds of commercial shampoos, body washes, and bubble baths, as well as skin creams and some brands of toothpaste.|
Benzyl Alcohol and Isopropyl Alcohol
||Both can irritate the skin. They are used as fragrance ingredients as well as preservatives, solvents and anti-foaming agents for lotions, sunscreens, hand sanitizers, sunscreens, and baby wipes. There is also evidence that these two alcohols are neurotoxic.|
|1,4-Dioxane||Classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. It is a contaminant in shampoos, body wash, children's bath products and other sudsing cosmetics. 1,4-dioxane is a contaminant and not an ingredient, therefore it does not appear on ingredient labels.|
|Parabens||This is a preservative that is able to mimic estrogen hormones and has been found in breast tumors.|
|“Fragrance”||An ambiguous term where many toxic chemicals are hidden under, including synthetic fragrances containing phthalates - a plasticizing material used in polyvinyl chloride PVC which can mess with your endocrine system.|
So, how do you keep your skin care toxin and chemical-free? It’s simple... go “au naturel!”
If you’re wondering what natural skin care products are out on the market and are thinking of making the leap to the natural skin care world, then you’ve come to the right place!
Beauty Is Created From The INSIDE & OUT.
Beauty is created in two ways: the foods that you eat, and what you put on your skin. It’s not only important to know what ingredients you are putting on your skin, you also need to know what ingredients you are eating and feed your body with foods that promote beauty and vitality. If you want a healthy glow, then start by eating foods rich in nutrients and minerals that nourish your cells and make your insides sing and dance with joy!
David Wolfe talks about the importance of beauty foods in the film ‘Hungry For Change’ and below you'll discover David’s favorite beauty foods of all time!
David Wolfe’s Top 10 Beauty Foods!
One of the best ways to promote glowing skin is to eat yourself beautiful!! Below are 10 of David Wolfe’s all time favorite beauty-rich foods:
Olive Oil & Olives
Olives and their oil are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin E, a well known beauty vitamin that nourishes the skin by repairing connective tissue. Olives and their oil are an amazing beauty enhancing food full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats all working to keep the skin smooth and to boost the immune system.
Fantastic for cleansing our bodies. The skins of cucumbers are high in silicon although are often grown with pesticides and waxed in stores so it is best to choose organic.
The radish is one of the most rejuvenating foods for our bodies. High in sulfur, silicon and vitamin C. These all play a major role in connective tissue formation and working together to create glowing skin!
One of the most nutritionally complete foods containing all nine essential amino acids making them exceptionally high in protein whilst also high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and minerals. Eat them as a snack, add to a salad or use the hemp oil in your smoothie.
Believed to be a food of long-lasting youth and rapid healing. The anti-inflammatory power in acute inflammation is one of its best known actions. The gel of the Aloe Vera can be used topically or add to your daily juice.
Contains a number of health giving properties including being high in antioxidants, control blood sugar levels, assist the thyroid gland and repair the skin. You can eat it straight, blend into smoothies, use in cooking and on the skin.
Abundant in vitamins and minerals that are crucial to your entire body and especially beneficial for your skin. Particularly high in beta-carotene, lutein, vitamins B6, C, E, K, selenium, zinc, folate, potassium, glutathione and healthy fats to nourish the body and skin.
Highly alkalizing ranking high in sulfur and vitamin A. The perfect combination to help protect skin from sun damage. Vitamin A also helps to inhibit acne.
A wonderful source of B vitamins, many minerals (including zinc), phytonutrients and fatty oils. All of these contributing to their ability to produce clear and glowing skin. They also have anti-parasite properties.
Considered a restorative food, with strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial characteristics. Well known for its ability to purify blood which is essential for clear skin.
How Can I Find The Right Skin Care For Me?
Here's what WE look for when choosing a skin care range:
- Read labels: Start looking at the back of your products. The more ingredients you can pronounce, the better. If you see a lot of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum products, fragrances, and the like, look for another, safer product. Remember, not all ingredients are on the label, so make sure you trust the company you are purchasing from.
- Shop at natural stores or online specialty stores: Most of your healthier and safer products are either in whole foods stores or online.
- Research the company: Many newer companies were started because of the lack of natural and nourishing products out there. These companies tend to care more about what they put into their products. Research the companies you’re buying from, and find those that you can trust.
- Rate your products: Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database and type in your product. You’ll discover the rating for the hazard level of that product. This will give you a good starting point as to which of your current products may not be completely safe.
- Educate yourself: The more you read about cosmetics ingredients, the more you’ll be able to make smart choices. We provide you with the starting base for a sound understanding of the beauty industry and the importance of using natural and organic products.
If you follow these simple tips below, you should be able to find an awesome natural skin care range that your body loves and is free of all the hidden nasties.
Our Top 5 Favorite Au Naturel Skin Care Companies
Skin care products should be so natural you can eat them! Here’s our top 5 favorite skin care products we are loving at the moment:
Bliss in a bottle! Products are earth, mind and body conscious and are organic and 100% chemical-free. All the ingredients are on the label, they wear their heart on their sleeve!
(Price range: $10 - $55)
Provide optimal quality certified organic formulas to nourish, rejuvenate, beautify and transform the skin.
(Price range: $25 - $200)
Skin care made with organic healing botanicals and zero harmful chemicals!
(Price range: $4.95 - $29.95)
As the name suggests, this skin care company uses antioxidant-rich juices as the base of their formulas. All ingredients are certified 100% organic.
(Price range: $12 - $75)
Vegan friendly, Australian skin care range that has no hidden surprises, all ingredients are on the label!
(Price range: $5 - $24)
Try Our Favorite Skin Care Line!
BUY ONE OF OUR RECOMMENDED SKIN CARE PACKS BELOW AND THE FIRST 100 ORDERS RECEIVE A FREE TRAVEL RADIANT SKIN SILK BODY LOTION! OR TRY A SAMPLE KIT FOR JUST $10 (PLUS $10 VOUCHER AND FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!)
We personally use and recommend Annmarie Gianni skin care. Her line is truly phenomenal. It is beyond organic and is literally food for your skin!
We’ve saved you time and selected our favorite Annmarie Gianni products, compiling three personalized packs that are sure to make your skin cells squeal with happiness!
If you feel like you want to give it a try first, then you can pick up a sample pack for just $10 and you’ll receive a $10 discount off your next order plus FREE WORLDWIDE shipping. You don’t have to spend hours online researching for the best products, price or next-order coupons. We’ve done the research for you!
Facial Restore Kit
This kit is the best way to get started! These two best-sellers will get you on your way to healthy, glowing skin.Learn More
- Herbal Facial Cleanser
- Herbal Facial Oil (Normal)
Body Restore Kit
This kit will provide you with a more complete, full body experience.Learn More
- Herbal Facial Cleanser
- Herbal Facial Oil (Normal)
- Skin Silk Body Lotion
Body Makeover Kit
This kit provides the ultimate complete skin makeover! It’s like a natural spa treatment everyday!Learn More
- Herbal Facial Cleanser
- Herbal Facial Oil (Normal)
- Skin Silk Body Lotion
- Repair Serum
- Anti-aging eye cream
- Dead Sea Facial Scrub
But don't take our word for it! Look at why other Annmarie Gianni customers love this skin care range.
Here’s What Others Are Saying:
“For decades, one of my passions has been searching the globe for the best natural products and ingredients — and it’s truly rare to find a skin care line as pure as Annmarie Gianni’s. More than healthy ingredients that promote young, beautiful skin, Annmarie’s skin care line is heavenly aromatherapy at it’s best. I highly recommend her entire line — use it in good health!”
- Donna Gates, nutritional consultant, educator and best selling author of The Body Ecology Diet
"These products are natural and chemical free, totally in alignment with my health recommendations. And they are far more effective than anything I've seen in my 20 years of practice. They smell and feel amazing, and they really work. I'd recommend them to anyone who's looking for healthy, youthful, glowing skin."
- Dr. Mark Hyman
"These epic-ly high-quality, all natural, organic skin food products nourish my Crazy Sexy epidermis. Truthfully, I am totally addicted to them, and I've really noticed a significant difference in the quality of my skin since using this line (in addition to eating a plant-passionate diet and drinking lots of water and green juice!). Plus, these luscious products smell absolutely DIVINE!
...Sisters, if you’re looking for something new, give this chemical-free skin care line a whirl here. They’re an all-natural, organic blend between shaman magic, Medicine Woman wisdom and a potent herbalist cocktail, (Hey Bartender! I’ll definitely have another)."
- Kris Carr
"These products are some of the best I've ever tried. They smell amazing -- so amazing that every time I use the cleanser I want to eat it! And even better, after using them my skin feels incredible. They also are totally consistent with my diet philosophy of all the good stuff -- they are totally natural, healing and anti-inflammatory. They're like food for your skin."
- JJ Virgin
“Having been a Spa Therapist and Treatment Trainer at several top spas in Southern California, I have reviewed many skin care lines. I only chose to use the lines with the most natural ingredients. The quality of ingredients in Annmarie’s Skin Care Line is is outstanding! The entire experience from cleanser, to scrub, to mask to anti-aging serum was an aromatic, sensuous, sensory delight! My skin felt so fresh, clean, soft and revitalized! I especially love the Coconut Honey Mask and the Anti-Aging Serum. The extensive ingredient list in the Anti-Aging Serum is impressive and the smell is out of this world!”
- Lori Temple
Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
You might be wondering…
Why Use Oil Instead Of Lotion On My Face?
There are two reasons most lotions are best to stay clear of:
1. To stop most lotions going rancid a lot of preservatives are used
2. Lotions are heated extensively causing oils to oxidize, which are not great for your skin.
Natural oils are pure and have extremely high nutrient and antioxidant levels. They are 100% active, with no fillers and very high in electron energy. Plus, your skin welcomes oils much easier than a cream… 1 drop is greater than 30 drops of a cream!
Won’t my skin break out using oil?
Actually the opposite. Oily skin is generally a sing that the layers of your skin are dehydrated, and your skin’s sebaceous glands are producing oil to balance out your moisture levels. When you use an oil, it not only normalises your skin’s moisture levels, it penetrates deep into your skin and delivers anti-bacterial and skin-enriching nutrients to eliminate acne and oily skin.
Can I try Annmarie Gianni Skin Care before buying?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage those that aren’t ready to take the leap to a new skin care line, to try the awesome sample packs that Annmarie Gianni offers!
For just $10 you get to pick from 5 different sample packs, plus you receive a $10 voucher to use off your next purchase. To top it off, you will receive FREE shipping worldwide.
Once you try these products for yourself, you’ll understand why Annmarie Gianni is our skin care brand of choice.
To check out the sample packs, click here.
We hope this skin care buying guide has helped you understand the importance of natural skin care products and how beneficial it is for your health to use 100% natural and organic products. Remember, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!
Here’s to beauty, the way nature intended!
James Colquhoun & Laurentine ten Bosch
Filmmakers 'Food Matters' & 'Hungry For Change'
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