The good news is that many people are eating healthier these days. That can mean many different things depending on your starting line. For some, it’s adding more fruits and vegetables and less Twinkies. For others, it means choosing organic food more often and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. It can also mean purchasing more local items, which are generally fresher and help support the local economy.
But what about what you put on your skin, not just in your mouth? You may remember from that high school biology class that your skin is actually an organ. In fact, it’s your largest organ, covering 20 square feet. That’ a lot of skin! Some medicines are delivered through the skin, via a patch or cream. So, that must mean that what you put on your skin goes into your body! Now, isn’t that a thought!
Imagine you are pondering the next great fountain of youth product to make you even more beautiful. How about slathering this on your face:
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol**, Polyethylene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4***, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Tocopheryl Acetate^, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Fragrance * Vitamin B3, ** Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Amino-Peptide, ^ Vitamin E, ^^ Green Tea
Ick. Well, it does have Green Tea as the last ingredient. Since they list the ingredients in order from most to least, they probably just waved a tea bag near the container. I won’t name the product, but many skin care labels look like this.
Let’s try this instead:
99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit,lavendula augustafolia(lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.
That is Purple Prairie’s Lavender Lotion, made by our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota. I can read and understand those ingredients! I’d much rather put coconut and olive oil on my skin that crosspolymers. And I am certain I will remain just as radiant. Because there is no fountain of youth, sadly. The secret is to keep your skin moisturized, get some fresh air and be happy. And I hear buying local keeps you beautiful, too!
Purple Prairie Botanicals was started in 2000 by Bethany Albers. She would sell her products to friends and co-workers (including my mother!) and then at farmer’s markets. I was so thrilled when she was ready to be sold at Coborn’s. All Purple Prairie products are free of:
- Synthetic Dyes
- Artificial Preservatives
- Animal Ingredients
We’re proud to offer products with these high standards. They have great scents from essential oils and most everyone can find one they like.
Plus, as I have said many times before, when you buy local, your money stays in the community. When you purchase a Purple Prairie item, that money goes back to Bethany and her team in Clearwater. They may be spending their money in your restaurant, or your uncle’s gas station or on your kid’s school fundraiser.
Enjoy your summer. Keep buying local, which is easy to do when our store is full of beautiful tomatoes and sweet corn and other seasonal offerings. But remember your skin all year long!
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager
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