Chemical Free, Me.

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Chemical Free, Me.

You would not believe how difficult it is to find beauty products that don’t contain nasty chemicals.

After seeing a report on 3 News about the cancer causing potential of Cocamide DEA and its prevalence as a foaming agent; I took to my bathroom cabinet and threw out about 60% of its contents upon reading the ingredients.

Then, I spent a few weeks without using a cleanser or exfoliator (not pretty) until I found the Ren range. Their products are free from potentially harmful chemicals, making it one of the few skin care brands safe for use during pregnancy, if you’re that way inclined. I’ve been using the cleanser pictured and also the Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm, both feel great on my skin and do their job well. So, if you’re having an anxiety attack about what might be in your skin care, I say give this stuff a go.

If you’d like to read the 3 News article in more detail, here it is. http://www.3news.co.nz/Common-shampoo-ingredient-deemed-dangerous/tabid/423/articleID/313301/Default.aspx#.UnGX9yTM1gI

Also, The Skin Deep Database is a really good site to check how harmful different products can be. They might be a little bit too militant in their approach but, their reviews seem pretty sound and easy to follow. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

My Latest Face Cream

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My Latest Face Cream

I have always thought that when it comes to taking care of your skin, half the battle is keeping a daily routine and the other is using a great product. About two years ago my friends told me that the face cream I’d been using contained potentially carcinogenic ingredients. Since then I’ve been searching for a moisturiser that feels as nice on my skin as the old one did. I’ve tried many different brands and have finally stumbled on one that feels as good as my old fave without the potential carcinogen issue.

I started using Heal Gel about 6 months ago and it makes my skin feel great. It’s light, non greasy and easily absorbed. If you’re looking for a new moisturiser I’d really recommend it.