How apple cider vinegar and propolis are leading the way for natural beauty in the twenty-first century.
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For all the advances in science that have been made over the past century too many of the health and beauty products finding their way into the bathroom cabinets of Britain still contain an alarming variety and quantity of potentially carcinogenic, neurotoxic and endocrine disrupting ingredients. These include:
- BHA and BHT – these are used as a preservative in many over-the-counter moisturisers and cosmetic products. Implicated as possible carcinogens and known to be endocrine disruptors
- Diethanolamine – Used as a foaming and creaming agent in moisturizers and shampoos. Can interact with other ingredients to form nitrosamines, which may be carcinogenic
- P-phenylenediamine (coal tar dyes) – These pigments are used in many hair dyes and other coloured products and are thought to contain neurotoxic chemicals and possible carcinogens
- Formaldehyde-related preservatives – chemicals such as diazolidinyl urea, methenamine and DMDM hydantoin are known to gradually release the carcinogen formaldehyde
- Parabens – these are known to be endocrine disruptors to potentially inhibit male fertility and may even be carcinogenic
- Dibutyl phthalate – used in many nail care products. Is thought to be a disrupter of endocrine and reproductive function
- Parfum – many fragrances can bring on allergies or asthma attacks, while some are known to be neurotoxins and/or carcinogens
- Triclosan – used for its antibacterial properties and routinely used in cosmetics and other off-the-shelf products. Thought to be an endocrine disrupter and increasingly linked to the growing antibiotic resistance of harmful bacteria
In fact, the ingredients listed are but a tiny fraction of the harmful substances out there on the market. Research from the United State’s Environmental Working Group (the world’s leading organisation of its kind) suggests that around one in every eight of the more than 80,000 ingredients used in the beauty and healthcare industry contain harmful chemicals, including cancer causing agents, pesticides, fertility inhibiters and hormone disruptors. Examples of the kinds of things consumers routinely put on their faces include chemicals formulated to soften concrete, automotive degreasers and surfactants (used in the formulation of paints and inks).
Thankfully though there have been moves towards a more natural future. People are finally waking up to the reality that nature in all its simplicity can often be the greatest wonder of all. With this in mind here are two of the greatest natural products out there on the market, which alone mean you can finally abandon many of the harmful pharmaceutical-type beauty products out there.
Raw apple cider vinegar
By using apple cider vinegar you can automatically decrease your reliance on harmful chemicals.
For example, apple cider vinegar is natural pH regulator to help keep your skin in optimum condition. Mix a small amount with water, dab it over your face with cotton wool and enjoy the results. It can also be left on the skin overnight to diminish age spots and acne scars.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used in your hair to enhance body and shine. Simply mix a couple of teaspoons with one cup of cold water and rinse through your hair after shampooing. By doing this on a regular basis for just a couple of weeks you can really increase the health of your hair.
But apple cider vinegar’s uses don’t stop there. It is also reported to be effective in the treatment of warts, in the removal of stains from teeth and as an aid to weight loss. This latter claim is supported by a study in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, which found that subjects who consumed apple cider vinegar for three months experienced considerable reductions in body weight and triglycerides.
Believe it or not the list of apple cider vinegar’s benefits goes on. Here are just a few:
- Natural detox
- Immune system boost
- Increased cardiovascular circulation
- Treatment of thrush (Candida albicans)
- Reduction of heartburn
- Flea repellent
Anyone looking for apple cider vinegar can find it here
Given that propolis has been used for thousands of years and was the beauty treatment of choice of no less than Cleopatra, its “miracle” properties should hardly be news to the twenty-first century consumer, but, astonishingly, it is.
The substance, which is made from the resin gathered by bees from coniferous trees as well as, of course, pollen and wax flakes, has been shown in some studies to reduce the toxic effects of various substances, including the drugs used as part of chemotherapy cancer treatment.
The name propolis actually comes from the Greek for “defence of the city”; this is because bees use the substance as an antiseptic barrier to prevent the hive from becoming contaminated by nasty outsiders.
There have been thousands of studies on the benefits of propolis and its potential uses and benefits are too numerous to list here, but here are a few:
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