Less than a decade ago, few consumers knew anything about organic food. Today, organic food growth outpaces the rest of the grocery industry. This means that you may already be vested in achieving beauty from the inside out by feeding your body organic fruits and vegetables when possible.
But what are you feeding your body's largest organ, your skin? After all, skin absorbs ingredients in the products we use (although experts disagree about exactly what percentage is absorbed). Think of transdermal medication patches, such as birth-control patches, and then consider how the ingredients in a chemical-laden lip gloss, facial cleanser or moisturizer are being absorbed into your body, and what they may be doing to your health.
Not to worry, ladies, this week I've rounded up three beauty products so pure you can actually eat them. Just imagine how good they'll make you look.
Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss from Intelligent Nutrients
This gluten-free gloss does far more than just pay lip service to being natural. Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss is the real deal; certified organic by the USDA, this gloss is crafted of food-grade ingredients and is free of synthetic colorants, toxic pigments and heavy metals. Not only is Lip Delivery Antioxidant Gloss good for you, it tastes good too, thanks to certified organic agave, caramel, coconut, raspberry and vanilla. Time to kiss your toxic gloss away and pucker up to this award-winning product in five shades such as Glazed Peony, Purple Maize and Cranberry Glow. Get 'em for $24 each at intelligentnutrients.com.
Lemon Peel Exfoliating Cleanser by NOE Cosmetics
NOE stands for "Natural Organic Edible," and every ingredient in every NOE Cosmetics product can be eaten raw. That's because this entire beauty collection is crafted from food ingredients, none of which are animal-based. The NOE collection is also completely free of synthetic detergents, artificial preservatives, colors or fragrances, petroleum by-products, tar derivatives and genetically modified ingredients.
I love their lemon peel exfoliating cleanser with certified organic jojoba oil and soy milk, plus anti-bacterial lemon citrus. The cleanser effectively removes dirt, grime and makeup while bringing balance back to oily skin. Get it for $26 at noecosmetics.com.
Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil from Dr. Alkaitis
Called a "miracle in a bottle" thanks to a myriad of uses, this award-winning therapeutic healing oil is ideal for the scalp, face, and body. The Dr. Alkaitis certified organic skin-care collection was formulated as a raw health food for the skin, meaning that each and every product is edible and effective with nary a harmful chemical in sight.
The multi-tasking Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil ($80 at alkaitis.com) can be used as a hair and scalp treatment, an intensive facial moisturizer, a stretch-mark preventer or a post-shower body hydrator. Thanks to a bevy of organic oils — all cold-pressed, of course — and a host of good-enough-to-eat ingredients (think White Sandalwood, Cuscus Grass, Olive and Nut Grass, among others), this product truly nourishes the skin from head to toe.
Not only is the Dr. Alkaitis collection good enough to eat, you'll also find your hunger for healthy skin care satiated with this line of holistic, organic skin food.
Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBay.PrettyCity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty