The following skincare information comes from a highly informative workshop on

Natural Beauty from the Inside-Out

"How to use Nutrition to keep you Young and Healthy.
Discover the Truth about Cosmetics and your Skincare Products"

With Dr. Marilyn Glenville, UK's leading nutritionist on Women's Health.

During this workshop, Dr Glenville explained how we can slow down the ageing process through taking care of what we eat and what cosmetic and skincare products we use

Dr Glenville kindly agreed to make available the following information concerning harmful ingredients which are often contained in our toiletries and cosmetics.


Your skin is your body's biggest organ and 60% of what you apply to your skin can be directly absorbed. Using body care products that contain natural and organic ingredients can help limit the amount of toxic chemicals your skin will absorb. The following list shows you which ingredients you should avoid.

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Talc
  • Triclosan
  • Surfactants
  • Synthetic fragrances (parfum)
  • Formaldehyde
  • BHT
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium lauryl (laureth) sulphate
  • Colourants
  • Petrochemicals
  • Urea
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Dr Glenville has researched a range of products with the criteria to find those which are of high quality, natural and organic and which will not only nourish your skin but also be safe, effective and deliver excellent value for money. She has also taken the time to grade them as follows:

Gold - these products are of the highest quality being 100% natural and certified organic

Silver - these products are 100% natural

Bronze - these products are certified organic.

Nearly Natural - best alternative to main stream - synthetic products

Gold and Silver do not even contain the following synthetic ingredients which are allowed in Certified Organic products:

  • Benzoic acid, its salts and ethylester
  • Salicylic acid and its salts
  • Sorbic acid and its salts
  • Benzyl alcohol

If you would like to find out more about Dr Glenville's chosen products, visit her website and follow the link to Natural Lifestyle Products.

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