Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care
Look younger, erase wrinkles, better than botox...
You're probably bombarded every day with ads, on
TV, in magazines, in your e-mail box, promising you the fountain of
youth if you just try their amazing natural, anti-aging skin care
products. Pay the postage and you can even try the product for free.
Baby boomers are getting older. Many are
desperately trying to avoid looking the part. With the clock ticking on
aging boomers manufacturers are playing to their fears of losing their
youth. The marketplace is rich with products and procedures that
promise to turn back time.
The "green" anti aging generation
This age group is becoming more and more conscious
about natural, organic and ecologically friendly products for their
cosmetics, skin care and personal care. The major companies producing
these goods know this and they want a piece of the action. Many top
companies, like L'Oreal and Estee Lauder, are manufacturing their own
organic and natural skin care lines. They package them to look like the
product is natural, organic and good for your skin, but that's not
always the case. Often, great disparity exists between what you see on
the front of the package and what’s actually in the product.
So, the big question is...
Are these anti aging skin care products good for
The answer is unknown.
Science is advancing rapidly in the area of high
tech cosmetics and skin care products. Bioengineered and nanotech
ingredients abound in this merchandise, even in some of the best known
so-called natural and organic skin care brands.
Have the miracle ingredients stood the test of
time and been proven safe?
No. Definitely not.
Some of the concerns about these new
Many of these products contain bioengineered or
genetically modified ingredients, which are not labeled on the package.
The only way to determine if a product contains biotech or genetically
engineered ingredients is to contact the manufacturer. Long term
studies to determine the safety of these ingredients have not been
done. The technology is new and the manufacture of products is
proceeding far more rapidly than research into their safety.
Nanotech and micronized ingredients are also being
rapidly introduced into the skin care marketplace. According to the
Environmental Working Group, their use is already widespread.
What’s most disturbing about this is that the risks
associated with using products with these ingredients are unknown. The
most basic research on safety is just being done by the FDA.
How can you tell if a product contains high tech
You may be able to identify some of the
nano-sacale ingredients if they contain terms like nano, liposomes,
quantum dots, fullerenes and micronized.
Nanotech vs. Micronized
There is controversy as to whether micronized
ingredients are really nano scale ingredients. Those who use them say
Let's take a look at the difference.
Technically a micron is one millionth of a meter.
It's about one tenth of the diameter of a droplet of mist or fog. A
nanometer is 1000 times smaller than a micron. Both are extremely
small. For an ingredient to be either micronized or nano scale it must
be put through a procedure in a laboratory to achieve that minuscule
Are manufacturers labeling these ingredients
according to their technical definition? That is unknown. You must call
the manufacturer to find out for sure.
Are you a guinea pig?
With the lack of safety research on biotech
ingredients, micronized and nano-scale particles and the virtual
unknown risk, you are in essence a subject in a large uncontrolled
experiment if your anti aging skin care products contain these
ingredients, whether they’re called natural, organic or not.
What can you do to help yourself slow the aging
process and age gracefully... healthfully and safely?
The key is to recognize that it’s not
all about skin care. It's about whole body care.
- Eat well
- Stay fit
- Exercise the muscles of your face in addition
to the rest of your body
- Keep a positive attitude
- Get plenty of rest
- Learn to read ingredients lists and know which
ingredients are safe and which are not
- Use certified organic natural skin care
products with proven safe ingredients, OR
- Make your own anti-aging skin care products
with healthy ingredients that nourish your skin, right from your very
In this high tech world where industry greed takes
preference over consumer safety, you can still have a natural anti
aging program that includes healthy skin care products and a lifestyle
that promotes health. The key is to be informed, and act on that
© 2009 Christine H. Farlow, D.C., "The
Ingredients Investigator" and author of DYING TO LOOK GOOD. Dr. Farlow
has been researching ingredient safety since 1991. She gives more
information about ingredient safety at
healthy skin care products at
and healthy eating at http://www.HealthyEatingAdvisor.com