If you’re sending a gift hamper to someone, don’t you want him or her to love the gifts inside? Not just throw the contents away or re-gift them? If the recipient is struggling with a horrible illness eg cancer, isn’t the idea of sending them a gift hamper, is to brighten their day and send something thoughtful?
If the recipient is ill, it is likely they are considering the products they use on their skin so as not to add unnecessary toxic ingredients.
This is why Love to Give Ltd stock skincare products that limit the use of harmful and toxic ingredients. Skincare gifts that are lovely to use and beautifully care for skin without nasty chemicals.
Some gift baskets are loaded with what looks like a bargain because there are so many products. But take just a couple of minutes to Google some of the products offered and you will find some skincare gifts are laden with toxic chemicals and cheap products to bulk up their baskets.
Women use an average of 12 products a day on their skin, men six. These contains an assortment of chemicals, including some that have been shown to disrupt hormones or increase risk of cancer.
We are literally bathing, lathering, brushing, spraying, powdering ourselves and our children with dozens of chemicals every day. Nearly all of these chemicals can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into your body, and some we ingest directly from our lips or hands. It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can limit the amount of toxins your body is exposed to.
Whether you’re buying personal products from your local pharmacy or supermarket for yourself, or gifts for others, below are just a few of the toxins (and what they do) to avoid where possible.
Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.
Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate - Sunscreen Chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Mineral suncreens are good - Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but beware that they are not just zinc oxide/titanum oxide added to a suncreen full of chemicals and then labelled as ‘mineral’ suncreen.
You have one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.
Thankfully there is an increasingly bigger range of skincare brands available that do not contain harmful chemicals.
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