Protect Nature by Protecting with Nature

We’ve gone over, in depth, the possible harm cosmetics and other beauty products can cause our human bodies. What we have yet to discuss is how those same products that slide through our pores also slip down the drain, threatening more than our physiology.

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The phthalates and PCBs in the microbeads of exfoliates contain hormone disrupting toxins. After we scrub our faces and wash off the day’s moisturizer, the residue that didn’t seep into our own bodies gets washed into either the freshwater we in turn use for drinking or dumped into oceans and lakes. The same risks we face by using these products – the inability to reproduce, birth defects in offspring if able to reproduce – are posed to the marine life in the contaminated water. For the animals – frogs, fish, dolphins, to name a few – exposed to these toxins, the harm is even worse. Missing or multiple body parts is bad enough, but the inability to reproduce? It’s heartbreaking to happen to a person, but technically the flow of the natural world does not rely on human population growth – in fact its a threatened by it. But other species  face extinction and the ecosystems they contribute to will suffer drastically. The triclosan in antibacterial soaps wipe out algae, the building block of marine life, and the suds from shampoo, a reaction from sodium lauryl sulfates, cause cancer and never fully degrade. Whether through the water system or through consuming seafood, all of these toxins – that we put on our bodies, then inadvertently feed to the animals – come back full circle and renter our bodies, strong as ever but stealthier because they reach people who may have avoided the harmful products in the first place. Meanwhile, as these toxins build up in our bodies and travel through the food chain and gene pool, we also continue to manufacture products, like balms, with a petroleum base – an environmentally unsound practice on its own.

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Select natural skin care brands, like Suki skin care take this kind of toxicity seriously and only provide products that are safe AND effective. The same, if not better, results for breakouts, wrinkles, and oily or dry skin are instead delivered via natural solutions. With botanical bases and transparent labels, these products come with a promise that your skin is in the best hands. Lux & Eco is dedicated to carrying brands like this, where the goal is overall beauty, inside and out, without harming anyone or anything. Shop the site now and make a change in your daily life that may at first seem small, but has momentous results – for your health, for your appearance, and for the world you live in.

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Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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