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Skin Care: It Doesn’t Have to be Hazardous

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Barckley told me that the Weleda creams have a two and a half year shelf life.  They have organic alcohol as a preservative, along with organic essential oils.  The recyclable packaging is considered a third preservative.  The company uses dark colored glass, food grade plastics, and aluminum tubes lined with non-toxic resin.  Barckley told me that Weleda does third party efficacy tests, with results shown on the website.

The Almond Facial Lotion, specifically for sensitive skin, can be used for all life stages.  Barckley recommended it as an excellent starting point for women when they are transitioning from “a conventional product to a natural product,” explaining that the skin must relearn how to respond to living plants.

All the creams were white, but each had a different scent and consistency.  In the Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream, targeting those in their 30s, organic Rose Hips seed oil is the active ingredient helping skin cells regenerate.  The Pomegranate Firming Night Cream is for skin for the 40-plus crowd, and features free radical agents and antioxidants.  The basis for all the formulas is that each cream works with the skin. 

I spoke with Barckley about women's quest to fight the aging process.  She sent me the folowing e-mail message:

"So often, we want to turn back time to look and feel like we are 16 again.  Instead, what if we embrace each new year?  Every stage in our life offers experiences and wisdom.  When we turn 40, we are full of deep understanding about ourselves and the world.  this same wisdom is in our skin.  While our skin regeneration processes slow down, it is also wise and beautiful.

A concept definitely worth reflecting upon.



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EmpowHER Guest

I'm so pleased to see our voices become more and more to tell companies we don't want their toxins in our bodies any more! People tend to think that if millions of people use sth, it must be OK, or if you can't see any immediate terrible damage, it's fine.
I don't know in the states, but in Latin America it is quite an economic sacrifice to embrace organic and natural products. I know it's worth it, but I am afraid not everybody can afford it. I hope they will become a bit more affordable with time as more consumers start choosing them.
Thanks for enlightening more people on this topic!

April 7, 2011 - 1:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

Excellent piece - really practical and inspiring!

April 6, 2011 - 4:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

It is reassuring to find other like minded people attempting to remove synthetic chemicals from their skin care product choices. I choose certified organics and free reports at nochemicalcosmetics.com make it easier to recognise and avoid chemicals in cosmetics.

April 5, 2011 - 5:31am
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