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A while back, I wrote this article, Natural Beauty Myth’s…Busted! because I felt so many people had the wrong idea about natural or organic beauty. Its not weak and watery skincare, grainy or earthy makeup or natural fragrances that smell like lawn clippings.

Your  harmful, chemical laden skincare routine might produce results but keep in mind the toxins are building up in your system. Microscopic may they be, these teeny particles can do some long term damage. Remember this: your skin is a carrier, not a  barrier. It doesn’t shield you from the synthetic chemicals and nasty toxins, it helps absorb them into your body. 60% of what you put on your skin is taken into your system!

I was totally oblivious to the ingredients in skincare, makeup, hair products and various other personal care items. While I may have scanned the ingredients, I never knew what many of them were and I didn’t care. I knew certain brands were more toxic than others but I still used them. I always assumed that companies wouldn’t use toxic ingredients because…well, why poison people? Now I realize companies aren’t trying to poison us exactly- they are trying to sell us products.

Then (and I’ve written about this before) something clicked for me and one weekend, I completely cleaned out all of my products and slowly started replacing them with better, non-toxic choices. If I was making and drinking green juice, eating dark leafy greens, drinking water and doing yoga, what on earth was I doing using toxic products?

Its been several months and I’ve been using nothing but non-toxic products, I haven’t looked back. As I might have mentioned before, the appeal of advertisements touting new makeup and magazines featuring conventional, toxic products is lost on me nowadays. I no longer shop in the beauty aisles of Target or CVS but spend hours looking online for natural products.

Here’s why I am LOVING my non-toxic, natural, organic products. I hope you consider switching if you haven’t already!

*Natural products are often made in small batches, by hand using organic and natural ingredients- they are fresh!

*There are no dangerous long term effects of using natural, organic ingredients on skin and hair.

*Natural products don’t test on animals- this is the case in the majority of the products I have tried.

*You won’t find mineral oils, parabens, synthetic preservatives, artificial  fragrances, harmful chemicals in a product that is created from natural ingredients.

*They work! Once I was turned on to Annmarie Gianni’s amazing skincare and saw visible results, I began to rethink the world of natural beauty products. Since then, I have used so many wonderful natural products that have made a difference in my skin, hair and body!

*Those who make natural products are easily accessible! Josh Rosebrook, Indie Lee, Sarah from Osmia Organics, May from May Lindstrom Skincare, Briar from Marble and Milkweed, are just a few of the masterminds behind the most amazing natural products. These brilliant people are available on Twitter and Facebook to answer your questions and to talk to you about their products.

*They smell good.

*No need to make false claims, the natural products speak for themselves.

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I love how Kimberly Snyder sums it all up beautifully with this: Our skin is an outer expression of our inner health and beauty, and how we care for it from the outside, as well as the inside, is extremely important. (source)