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What does beauty mean to you?
It’s a concept that has been somewhat lost along the way in the digital age. Companies trying to sell products with photo shopped women wearing far too much makeup, Instagram accounts run by “influencers” who spend their time pouting at the camera and taking selfies.
These influences have warped our perceptions of what it means to be attractive in the modern age, and they have unfortunate, destructive impacts on our health and happiness.
And this is a serious problem.
Before we get ahead of ourselves and start attacking the health and beauty industry, we should first remember that this is nothing new. Culture has shaped perceptions of beauty for centuries, which has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves, our aspirations, and our health. It guides how we treat ourselves, and ultimately what we look for in partners.
Unfortunately, it just so happens that this can be a toxic and harmful influence.
But there is a truer type of beauty that transcends trends and fads. It is the natural, glowing beauty that comes from being truly healthy and happy.
Because while you can try and hide or alter your looks with expensive products, they are ultimately all trying to emulate the appearance of natural youth, energy, and vigor (we’ll discuss this more in the final chapter).
When you naturally look and feel great, you don’t need to do this. You will simply look naturally healthier, more vibrant, and more attractive.
People will notice that you look different, but they won’t be able to put a finger on it. They’ll say you have a “glow.” You’ll feel and look great, and people will be drawn to you.
The best part? The journey it takes to get here doesn’t involve using damaging chemicals, or going through painful procedures. It is the very act of nourishing and caring for yourself that will lead to that organic beauty. That outward glow is simply a reflection or a projection of your inner state of being.
This is the appeal of organic, natural beauty. And it’s something that anyone can achieve.
In this book, you’ll learn more about what it means to chase after “organic beauty” and how it can change the way you think about your appearance and your grooming. Are you ready?
Chapter 1 Why Go Organic (And What It Means)
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s consider for a moment precisely what we mean by the term “organic beauty.”
By “organic,” what we really mean is “without using artificial products.” The term organic can be explained as “relating to or derived from living matter.” That doesn’t mean that the ingredients are necessarily alive, but means that they must be natural and “related” to living things.
Minerals count as organic for instance, but rocks aren’t alive! Because rocks are created by the tides however, and because they are found naturally inside the body (yes, your bones are made from calcium and magnesium just like that found in nature), they count as “organic.”
The fewer steps the product had to go through before it was packaged, the more “organic” we consider it to be.
How does this relate to beauty?
Organic beauty means creating the beautiful look that you want, but without resorting to the use of chemicals, compounds, and other unnatural substances.
Why you ask?
There are actually a huge number of reasons to go organic when it comes to your beauty. Let’s take a look at just some of them.
Synthetic Products Can be Harmful
One of the biggest and best reasons to go organic, is that non-organic products designed for health and beauty will very often include synthetic products that can actually be harmful. Here are just some of the dangerous compounds you might encounter if you rely on mass-produced cosmetic products:
One of the biggest dangers when it comes to using non-organic products, is the large number of estrogenic compounds that are found in many cosmetics and even in our water!
Estrogenic chemicals are found in everything from shampoos, to Tupperware, to makeup. They include parabens (used as preservatives), placenta extracts and more.
So what’s so bad about this? Well essentially, it increases the amount of estrogen in the body. For men, this is particularly bad news as it means lower muscle mass, more body fat, lower sperm count and possibly even depression, lethargy and infertility!
Many of these compounds are even found to be carcinogens, meaning that they increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer specifically in men and women.
Aluminum is found in a large number of different products, including antiperspirants and some makeups. Aluminum works by temporarily blocking the skin’s sweat ducts but it can be absorbed into the skin where it will also have estrogen-like effects.
Parfum is a catch-all that describes a large number of synthetic compounds used to add ‘fragrance’ to our products. That means products that are specifically designed to be fragrances and it also means other things like shampoos and fabric softeners.
These products are well known to cause a range of problems including headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration and more. Some studies also suggest that they can affect the central nervous system and lead to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.