What to hot dogs and makeup have in common? It sounds strange but they do have a similarity. Have you ever heard the term animal by-products?
This is something you may want to pay attention to even if you are not a vegetarian.
You may or may not be aware, but it has been known for a while that hotdogs have fillers in them unless you purposefully purchase a brand that clearly states it is 100% meat. Do you know what it means when “fillers” are on a label of our food or even our cosmetics, shampoos and lotions? Fillers and byproducts are used interchangeably and are sometimes the same thing, depending on the final product they are in.
Information found on the web describes animal byproducts as being developed in rendering plants where “raw product” of dead dogs, cats, heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, and other farm animals as well as road kill such as entire skunks, rats and wild animals are gathered for processing. The processing of rendering is basically to cook the raw animal materials to remove the moisture and fat. This cooking process creates a soup like substance of grease that is then skimmed off and sold.
Guess what the number one customer of a rendering plant is? You guessed it! AMERICAN COSMETIC COMPANIES! Yuck! Do you want that stuff anywhere near you let alone on your body when you lather on the lotion or wash your hair? Do you realize that your skin absorbs everything you put on it in a matter of seconds? If you don’t believe that do an experiment on your own. Take a clove of garlic and peel it and place it between your toes. You should have the taste of garlic in your mouth within one minute! If you are allergic to garlic then obviously don’t use it but choose something else strong that you can use.
If you deliberately put something on your skin and it gets absorbed, isn’t it reasonable to watch what it is that you use? Educate yourself by reading labels and watching for key phrases such as “animal byproducts”, “animal products”, “fillers”, etc.
Here is some positive information for you to look for. Be careful not to choose a product just because it says “natural”. That alone is not enough. There are things out there such as oil, uranium, and gas that are natural too but you sure wouldn’t use them to put on your skin! Choose products such as herbs and botanicals either alone or within a group of them that are used in products that make sense!
Here are seven ingredients that you can feel comfortable using in an antiaging product:
1. Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl phosphate
2. Alpha Lipoic Acid
3. Kojic Acid
5. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids
Vitamin C, magnesium Ascorbyl phosphate is a biologically active form of Vitamin C along with collagen and elastin promotes strength and elasticity of the skin.
Alpha lipoic acid is helps to increase skin metabolism to aid in generating new skin and again encouraging that youthful appearance.
Kojic acid is a skin lightening agent reducing appearance of long term sun damage.
Copper softens and firms the skin reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids wake up the healthy skin cells and help reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Peptides improve skin roughness and less appearance of depth of wrinkles.
Did you know that peppermint helps to open your pores and allows them to be cleansed from the inside? This means that pores appear to be smaller giving you a more youthful appearance?
With the above listed ingredients in a skin care line, whether it be body wash, facial products or even lotion, you can avoid the animal fat and byproducts that sure do not sound appealing to have on your skin.
Choose your products wisely! Educate yourself on what is natural and healthy to use!