Friday, July 12, 2013

Natural Beauty

As a makeup artist, I have experimented on different kinds of beauty products. While some cosmetic products are sold at a much higher price, that does not necessarily mean they are better in quality. On the contrary, most commercially available beauty products are  loaded with harmful chemicals that can do more damage than good for your skin.  

So whether you are considering of buying a high-priced brand or a regular drugstore cosmetic, the key is know the ingredients.  Chemicals such as phthalates, formaldehyde, phenols, paraben preservatives, synthetic dyes and artificial fragrances can be harmful to one's health. I like to look at it like eating junk food. You know that it's not exactly good for you, but you still keep on buying it.

When I first learned about organic beauty, I did not hesitate to try these natural alternatives. I was also surprised that they are also priced reasonably! Such organic beauty products were unheard of in the Philippines a few years ago, but now, organic products are being sold online, in mall kiosks and even in some supermarkets.  Let me share some of the beauty products that I have personally tried and tested. These are products I would recommend because they did wonders for my skin! So I'd say, give it a try!

From Left to Right- Bio Oil, Bug Shield, Nature's Gift EV Coconut Oil, Mommy Patch Rice Baby Powder, Echostore Spa In A Bottle, All Organics Lemongrass Facial Toner, Be OrganicAll Natural Emu Skin Perfecting Cream, Human Nature All Natural Spray Sanitizer, Vanilla & Co Pure Shea & Cocoa Buttercream, All Organics Rescue In a Bottle

1.  Nature's Gift Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - As a young girl, I envied my grandma's shiny and healthy long locks. Her secret? Kakang Gata or Coconut Oil. I'm just glad that I don't have to over-exert my muscles just to be extract coconut oil by myself. EVCO is available mall kiosks and even in Mercury Drug. At least once a week, I use this as a hair treatment to hair to prevent it from dryness and breakage. Before taking a shower, generously apply it on your hair, massaging your scalp all the way to the tips. Let it stay for at least 15 minutes and then shampoo. I also used this to moisturize my belly during pregnancy and I continued to use it to help bring back skin elasticity of post-partum stretch marks.

2. All Organics Lemongrass Facial Toner - Forget about most commercial toners that are nothing but alcohol! This product is made of witch hazel so it won't dry or irritate your skin. It also has lemongrass and tea tree oil which have anti-bacterial properties to help minimize pimples. 

3.  Be Organic All Natural Emu Skin Perfecting Cream - Made with Rosehip oil and Jojoba oil. I was surprised how these natural oils helped control the oily parts of my face (t-zone) and minimize the size of my pores.

4. All Organics Rescue in a bottle and Echostore Spa in a bottle - These are my First Aid for migraine. They're loaded with soothing natural oils like peppermint, lime and lavender.
5. Mommy Patch Rice Baby Powder - This talc and paraben-free powder is made with cornstarch and rice powder. It keeps my skin matte and oil-free on days I just want to break-free from makeup.