Radiant inside out: toxin-free cosmetics for care and health

Environmentally conscious consumers and health advocates are turning their gaze away from toxic ingredients found on cosmetic product labels as well as within them. As we are dedicated to highlighting the hidden dangers of toxins in mass-produced cosmetics, we share reasons why synthetic cosmetics can threaten health, especially because, as emphasized by Dr. Jeannette Gjurić MD, a specialist in anesthesiology, resuscitation, intensive medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and well-ageing medicine, natural ingredients are generally biocompatible with the skin and are better tolerated with prolonged use.

The primary and ultimate goal is human health

The beauty industry has seen explosive growth in recent years. Positive shifts are evident in trends that prioritize health and wellness. Thankfully, the trend of advocating for non-toxic ingredients has expanded from the food industry and lifestyle to the cosmetic industry.

Today, more and more people have sensitive skin, and using natural ingredients reduces skin irritations and allergic reactions. Natural ingredients contain synergistic effects of the environment and soil and carry therapeutic effects that are difficult to synthesize. Just one plant alone can contain various active substances such as vitamins, polyphenols, antioxidants, and fatty acids. It is important to carefully choose which natural substances to use for different skin types and specific needs, emphasized Dr. Jeannette Gjurić MD.

What are these harmful ingredients?

Unnatural cosmetics are often “enriched” with chemicals and synthetic ingredients that pose a silent threat to health. From parabens and phthalates to artificial fragrances and colours, these toxins can penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream, and disrupt the body’s natural functions. Disorders can manifest as hormonal imbalances and allergic reactions and even impact long-term health risks.

Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetic products

They can mimic the estrogen hormone in the body, potentially leading to disruptions in the endocrine system. The chemical has raised concerns among health experts due to its presence found in breast cancer tumours. This discovery has spurred ongoing research into the direct relationship between paraben exposure and cancer development. Although conclusions have not yet been drawn, potential health risks have been spotlighted.

Phthalates are chemical compounds that enhance flexibility and softness

Phthalate exposure is linked to a wide range of health problems, including reproductive abnormalities such as reduced sperm count in men and early puberty in girls. Additionally, a higher risk of asthma has been recorded. Considering those above, limited use is advocated.

Formaldehyde is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen

The presence of formaldehyde in cosmetic products poses significant health risks. It is directly linked to an increased risk of cancer, especially with prolonged exposure. Apart from its carcinogenic properties, formaldehyde can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals, including skin irritation and coughing. It also harms the immune system, impairing the body’s ability to defend against other diseases and infections.

Synthetic colours derived from petroleum or coal tar distillation

Synthetic colours derived from petroleum or coal tar distillation are potential skin irritants. They can clog pores, ultimately leading to acne formation.

Natural ingredients support body health at the cellular level

The dichotomy between natural and unnatural ingredients in cosmetics is steadfast. However, cosmetics formulated with natural ingredients are indeed a healthier, gentler, and safer option. Toxins-free cosmetics nourish the skin externally and support body health at the cellular level. Therefore, it is unsurprising that experts advocate for toxin-free cosmetics and continuously highlight the benefits of natural cosmetic products.

Choosing natural cosmetics is more than just an immediate benefit. It’s about the long-term health benefits for both the body and the planet, emphasized Ivana Šimatović, director of uchka cosmetics.

However, it is important to note that inadequate use of plants and natural substances such as honey and minerals can also trigger skin reactions.

The emphasis is always on professional use. Substances that are not contaminated and are environmentally friendly are recommended in the production process. Natural substances do not cause additional accumulation of toxins in the body, which can significantly slow down physiological processes, noted Dr. Jeannette Gjurić MD.

Consider the advantages of switching to natural

By choosing natural cosmetics, you significantly reduce the chemical burden on the body, reducing the risk of allergies, irritations, and more severe health problems.

  • Natural cosmetics will be gentler on the body and skin, as well as on the planet.
  • Sustainability and biodegradable ingredients reduce the ecological footprint.
  • Natural ingredients harmoniously work with the skin, promoting balance, regeneration, and nourishment without harmful side effects

Natural cosmetics can effectively improve the condition of your skin.

Gradually replace synthetic products with natural alternatives. Transitioning to a toxin-free routine and using natural cosmetics can seem daunting but gratifying. Carefully read labels, look for certifications confirming the product’s natural origin, and remember—your skin deserves the utmost attention.

What you put on your skin affects overall health

At uchka, we understand that beauty should not come at the expense of the environment or our health. The commitment to producing safe cosmetics and natural, effective skincare solutions stems from a deep respect for nature and a dedication to sustainable practices. From using local indigenous plant species to engaging in environmentally friendly handmade processes for preparing plant extracts, every step in the uchka production cycle reflects a commitment to environmental preservation and formulations that care for your and our health.

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