– Staying Healthy with Nutrition
If you want to adopt a green lifestyle, you’ll need to avoid synthetic products that contain toxic ingredients or that use energy-intensive methods to produce. Unfortunately, this means chucking most of your store-bought beauty aids. Although eco-chic cosmetics can be as expensive as conventional upscale brands, using only green beauty products doesn’t require taking a second job. You can make many products at home from inexpensive ingredients. Supplement these DIY products with select natural products from retailers you trust and you’ll have a full yet affordable beauty regimen.
If you are sometimes confused when navigating the different marketing terms for organic and natural products you are not alone. Everything from produce to beauty supplies to clothing carries labels that appeal to the health conscious or eco-friendly shopper. Whether or not these labels accurately define the products depends on regulations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees regulations on product labeling. With the increase in interest in natural and organic products, the government has taken steps to regulate use of terms such as natural and organic (see References 2). As of 2008, 69 percent of adults in the United States bought some organic products and 82 percent of U.S. food retailers offered organic products for sale (see References 1, page 3).
Organic certification ensures that the product met the USDA standard under the National Organic Program, which began in 2002 (see References 2). The organic label means that the product contains at least 95 percent organically produced and processed ingredients. You might also see a label with a percentage indicating how much of the product qualifies as organic. Any product containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the organic label. These products can only list individual ingredients as organic. Organic products must also indicate the certification agency and indicate each organic ingredient on the label. (See References 3, page 1)
The natural label has become ubiquitous. The government does not regulate the use of the word natural on products, except for poultry and other meats. Natural meat and poultry cannot contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners, and processing kept to a minimum. A label of natural on meat products must explain how the product classifies as natural. A label of natural does not indicate anything about the raising, feeding or care of the animals. On other products, the natural label ideally means minimal processing and no artificial additives. The lack of regulation, however, makes it difficult for consumers to determine if this is the case. (See References 1, page 1)
With any product, reading the fine print will help you make educated choices. A product labeled organic isn’t necessarily better than one labeled natural. For example, because of regulations, some local products might not qualify for the organic label due to the fees and size of the operation, but may use organic practices. In such cases, ask questions of the farmer or manufacturer. Carefully read the labels of products identified as “natural” to search for any artificial ingredients or excessive processing.
Another amazing organic product 🙂
I’m no hippy but I’ve been on a bit of mission to be a more conscious consumer. While being “green” has become a marketing ploy as much as any other, I don’t think that should justify careless and thoughtless consumption. For me, the hardest part is being consistent and thinking of sustainable ways to use more natural products or to buy things that haven’t come at the cost of a chinese child’s bleeding fingertips. So, yes…shopping at Mr. Price should be a no-no, but I still do it because it’s cheap. CURSE! For now, here is my small beginning to an ambitious but good way of life. Here’s a skincare product that I’ve found which is natural and actually works.
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I’ve been in love with Jurlique for a couple of years, and the affair started with their Rose Hand Cream. It’s the product that taught me when rose is done well, it doesn’t necessarily smell old. Around 3 months ago I found the nice Pick of the Bunch set on Beautybay and decided to give it a try!
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1. Don’t Touch Your Face
When you touch your face, the dirt and oil from your fingers come in contact to your skin, which can cause breakouts. Don’t touch your face. No, just don’t.
2. Wash Your Pillowcases Regularly
When you lay down to sleep, the oils from your hair make their way onto your pillow, leading to clogged pores. Regular washing of pillowcases helps lessen the exposure of oil on your face. Another alternative would be to learn how to sleep on your back.
3. Don’t Get Too Stressed
It is widely known that acne can be also caused by stress. Stress induces the production of adrenal glands, which leads to the overproduction of oils on the skin. Having a positive mind and even have short breaks in the day can make all the difference.
4. Wash Your Face Twice a Day
Following the 3 Step Acne Treatment does…
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