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While some individuals are perfectly happy to purchase non-organic skin care brands, those who prefer natural skin care products find they rarely have access to these types of items at their local beauty supply or drug stores. Men and women who use organic skin care products do so because they want to avoid using products that are formulated with harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, parabens, carcinogens and skin-irritating fragrances. For instance, parabens and other petro-chemicals can be dangerous to the human body because they are absorbed into the blood stream. As these by-products degrade, they can release methanol - a potentially toxic chemical. Consumers should also avoid using skin care products that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, which is used as a preservative in many cosmetics and skin care products, is a toxic carcinogen and can be very harmful to the human body. If your skin care products contain these types of ingredients, then most likely they also contain fragrance, which is used to mask the smells associated with chemical by-products. Fragrance additives can be irritating to individuals with sensitive skin and can even produce an allergic reaction in some people. While research has not formed a definitive answer regarding the harmful nature of these ingredients, many natural beauty advocates suggest that the chemical by-products found in nonorganic skin care products can contribute to a host of health problems such as allergies and in some cases cancer. Many times, individuals interested in organic skin care are left to purchase facial cleansers, moisturizers and body products from specialty stores in their community. Alternatively, they may also have to go online to gain access to the wide variety of organic beauty products available for sale. Due to the limited access to and high cost of many quality organic beauty products, natural skin care advocates have taken the initiative to create their own homemade skin care products using natural ingredients like avocado, baking soda and oatmeal. If you are interested in finding the right organic beauty products for your skin type or are interested in learning how to improve the appearance of your skin with natural ingredients, we invite you to try some of our recommended organic skin care products and natural beauty remedies. • Your Skin Care Routine If you aim to have, clear, even-toned skin that will make you the envy of your social circle, begin by establishing a good skin care routine. A good skin care routine starts with buying quality beauty care products that are good for your skin. This means the products should be gentle, yet effective, and include no harmful chemical by-products or harsh sulfates. These types of by-products can dry out the skin and increase the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles that can date your skin.

Begin your skin care routine by washing your face twice a day using a natural, non-sulfate cleanser. It is important to find a gentle cleanser to lift and remove pore-clogging dirt and debris from the skin. If you frequently wear cosmetics, be sure to choose a cleanser that is strong enough to remove make-up as well as dirt. If you're looking for a cleanser that is strong enough for the job, try Juice Beauty USDA Organic Facial Wash or Nourish Organic Face Wash. After washing, you will need to follow up with a lightweight facial moisturizer. Most facial cleansers, both organic and non-organic, are designed to be used in combination with a facial moisturizer. Moisturizers help to hydrate the skin's surface and increase the skin's elasticity and firmness. If you need a lightweight organic facial moisturizer to add to your skin care routine, try Alba's Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer or Yes to Carrots Moisturizing Day Cream for Face. An often-overlooked step in most people's skin care routine is proper exfoliation. Exfoliants remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to acne. Exfoliation also removes dead skin cells to reveal smooth healthy skin. If you choose to use an exfoliant, be sure to only apply the product once or twice a week to avoid irritating the skin. Also, be sure to purchase a product that is not too abrasive. Overly abrasive scrubs can create fine tears on your delicate facial skin. If you're looking for gentle exfoliating products to polish your unruly skin, try Anthology Organic's Organic Facial Scrub, Alba's Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub or Adovia's Dead Sea Salt Scrub for the face and body. • Advanced Natural Skin Care While a basic skin care routine should leave you with vibrant, healthy-looking skin, you may occasionally need advanced skin care treatments to remedy acne breakouts, oily skin or to firm and tone the face. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and affects thousands of men, women and teens living in the U.S. If you suffer from reoccurring acne, you know how uncomfortable the condition can be and how much it can affect one's self-esteem. While most people associate acne with teenagers and pre-pubescent youth, you might be surprised to discover how many adults struggle with acne-prone skin as well. According to, adult acne affects 25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women living in the U.S. With so many people impacted by acne, there are a host of products on the market that claim to remedy or eliminate acne all together. Rather than rely on harsh acne fighting treatments that can leave your face feeling irritated and stripped of moisture, try an organic mud or moisturizing fruitbased masque instead. Mud-based facial masques are especially helpful at absorbing excess facial oils that can contribute to acne-prone skin. If you're looking for an oil-absorbing mud masque, try Eminence's Organic Skin Care Lime Cleansing Masque or Skin Perfection's Green Tightening Organic Clay Mask. In addition to absorbing oils, facial masques can also imbibe extra moisture into dry, brittle skin. If you want to give your face a hydrating boost, try L'occitane's Olive Tree Organic Moisturizing Face Mask or Alba's Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask. • Organic Skin Care For Men While many might assume that men don't have a preference concerning skin care products, some would be surprised to learn of the number of men who prefer to use organic skin care products for

their face and hair. Aftershave and moisturizers are some of the most popular organic skin care products for men and there are a wide variety of these types of products available on the market. If you're a gentlemen who is looking to add organic skin care products to your skin care and shaving regimen, try Anthony for Men Shave Cream and Pre-shave Oil by Anthony Logistics. You might also be interested in trying Anthony Logistics' Aftershave Balm as well. If you're looking for an organic product that can also help prevent unsightly razor bumps, try Jericho Men's Aftershave Balm, which is formulated to both moisturize and reduce the occurrence of razor rash. • Homemade Organic Skin Care If you're interested in organic skin care but don't have access to quality natural skin care products in your community, try creating your own skin care concoctions using commonly found natural ingredients. Your home is host to a variety of products - fruits, vegetables and other foods - that make excellent facial cleansers, toners and body scrubs. If you need to create a facial cleanser in a cinch, try using a combination of baking soda and water. Try mixing a handful of baking soda and a few teaspoons of water to form a paste and gently massage it into the skin. If you have any dark spots or skin discolorations, try adding a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture to even and brighten your skin tone. In addition to baking soda, witch hazel, lavender and tea tree oil also work as natural cleansers and astringents. Follow your homemade cleanser with a moisturizer. Milk and honey are some of the most widely used homemade remedies that also double as facial and body moisturizers. For hundreds of years, milk has been used as a beauty remedy because of its ability to increase moisture in the skin, stimulate circulation and brighten the skin. The natural enzymes and acids found in milk help to slough away dead skin cells to reveal younger, smoother looking skin. If you suffer from acne, try adding honey to your store-bought cleanser. Honey helps to moisturize the skin and also works as a natural antiseptic and healing agent. To give your face a smoother, tighter appearance, try creating a facial masque made of egg whites or, relieve under eye puffiness with a few slivers of cucumber. Exfoliant facial and body scrubs are some of the easiest beauty products to make at home. Your kitchen is host to a variety of ingredients that can help buff away dead skin and smooth the dermis. If you want to gently remove dead skin from chapped lips or exfoliate your face, try using a paste of baking soda and water. To remove dead skin and polish areas on your legs, arms and torso, try mixing olive oil and an abrasive product like brown sugar, oatmeal or sea salt. For more information please visit is an independent media and alternative health blog.

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==== ==== Do you want supple, smooth and youthful skin? Learn to prepare simple, homemade skin care recipes using only nautral ingredients. ==== ====

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