The average person uses 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day. Skin is our largest organ and intrinsically permeable, therefore it absorbs nearly 130 chemicals we regularly & voluntarily expose ourselves to. Cosmetic companies claim that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are - in small doses at least. But considering the average human lifespan, the amount of ingested/absorbed chemicals easily adds up (some say that an average woman ingests almost 2 kg of lipstick in her lifetime). The fact is no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over a time, or how they react in our bodies in combination.

The rule of thumb when it comes to most of our skincare choices should be – if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

In this 3-part mini series, our host Maria Hannaford shows us how easy it is to make skincare products that are completely non-toxic, convenient and most importantly - really work.

Maria is an Australian blogger and environmentalist currently working with a sustainable food/environmental organisation. She's previously worked in mental health, chronic disease and neuroscience. Her sustainable lifestyle blog econest.blogspot.com.au/ is a treasure trove for anyone trying to live a healthier, toxin-free & natural life.

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