Organic. What’s in my name?
My business is called Rebalance Organic Reflexology. It’s right there in the middle, the ‘o’ word. But I haven’t just stuck this in to make my brand more appealing. My organic philosophy honestly isn't just a gimmick. I use organic and natural skincare products myself and it just wouldn't feel right to use anything different on my reflexology clients.
I only use high quality organic foot balms in my reflexology treatments which contain at least 95% organic ingredients. These products are not only safe to use, they have a beautiful, natural scent and nourish dry, cracked and damaged skin. Wherever possible, I extend my natural and organic philosophy to the other products I utilise in my treatments. For example, I dust tootsies with organic foot powder, drop organic essential oils into my scent diffuser, and only ever use organic cotton wipes, towels and pillowcases next to your skin. I believe I’m the only Reflexologist in Cornwall enhancing my organic approach in this way.
So why is this natural and organic philosophy so important to me?
What we put on our body’s biggest organ, the skin, absorbs directly into our bloodstream and whilst our bodies are amazing and can probably deal with a reasonable amount of the chemicals we are exposed to every day, I believe that reducing this exposure can only be a good thing.
Parabens, phthalates, artificial colourings and fragrances, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, petrochemicals…the list of stuff that’s added to many household, skincare and cosmetic products is endless. These chemicals are used because they're cheap and easy to manufacture and although they may make our skin and hair feel nice in the short term, they do little to nourish it in the longer term, sometimes being the underlying cause of drying and irritation in the first place.
I’m not on a one-woman mission to scare you, as the jury is still out on exactly how harmful some of these chemicals are. However if you are interested in reading on, take a look at just two of these chemicals and it might make you think twice about some of the shower gels, shampoos and face creams you use. First off, parabens...they're preservatives that prevent fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your skincare products, which sounds great but they’ve also been linked to being carcinogenic. Next up, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)...this chemical helps our shampoos and soaps foam which is awesome for bubbles, but it can also cause skin irritation and drying, especially in children and those with sensitive skin.
Products containing natural ingredients avoid at lot of the risks associated with chemicals, tend to be gentler on the skin and cause less irritation. Organic ingredients are good because they are free from pesticides and fertilisers, and contain higher levels of beneficial vitamins and minerals. And there's no doubt that organic and natural skincare products smell and feel lush! There are so many great skincare brands out there now, making high quality, natural products in small batches (eliminating the need for preservatives and other harsh chemicals) that you're spoilt for choice. Although natural alternatives are sometimes more expensive than mass-produced, high street bestsellers, I find that that they're actually good value as their nourishing formulas mean that you don’t need to use as much, so they last longer. I also look out for promotional offers and sign up for newsletter discounts which helps keep costs down.
Although we don’t know exactly how harmful some of these chemicals can be, anything that has potential links to headaches, cancers, skin irritation and hormone disruptions raises a red flag for me. And when there’s so many gorgeous alternatives out there, I think I'd prefer to err on the side of caution.
If you fancy trying out some natural and organic skincare products, here's a few of my favourite brands:
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