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Developing severe skin reactions to chemical preservatives a few years ago I realized the importance of knowing what ingredients are in the products I am using on my body. Many of the products I thought were natural contained harsh chemicals and preservatives that over time irritated my skin. Skin is our largest organ and up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body. Harmful ingredients such as chemicals and preservatives interfere with the body’s detoxification process and immune system. Chemicals can remain in our system for months to years before our body can eliminate them. We are nature and therefore our bodies understand nature.
In order to have healthy beautiful skin it should be fed as you would feed your body. Nourish it with natural nutrition and it will reward you with a healthy, luminous glow. The chemicals in skin care products can cause inflammation and create free radicals that damage cells and prevent them from absorbing vitamins. Feeding it with chemicals and intrusive treatments will accelerate aging and cause irreparable damage. It will also destroy the natural ph of the skin, stripping it of natural oils and weakening it.
Natural skincare should not just be a personal choice but also an environmental one. Every product we use on our skin ends up in our soil and waterways where it does harm to our planet and its ecosystems.
Natural ingredients are generally safer but remember that some plants can also trigger reactions for some people. We must also take into account that many products labeled natural have had extensive chemical processing or are preserved with chemical preservatives which makes them less nutritional and beneficial to your skin. The best skin and cosmetic products contain ingredients that are minimally processed. Look for cold pressed, virgin oils and pure therapeutic grade essential oils from organic or biodynamic plant sources.
When choosing skin care products it is important to read labels, know ingredients, and learn how the products are made. Companies that truly care about the health and well-being of their customers and the environment should be knowledgeable and willing to share ingredient lists and information on how a product was manufactured. . Be wary of brands that do not list the full ingredient list.
Skin and body care products are food for your skin. Healthy food is made from minimally processed natural ingredients and your skin care products should be too. Beware of products with a long list of ingredients and a long shelf life. Simple is always best and less is more. There is also the misconception that natural products are more expensive. In the long run natural skin care is more cost effective because it is truly nourishing your skin so you will use less. You deserve only the best so be kind to your skin since it works hard to protect you.
Here is a link to list of the top ten offenders and more chemicals to look out for in skin care and cosmetic products that I refer to. https:/kristenarnett.com/toxic-ingredient-glossary/
From the warm sands of Nantucket to the red rocks of Sedona, Kim Bettincourt brings over eleven years of experience in wellness, Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and ACE Therapeutic Cupping to her new retreat in the Verde Valley.
In June, 2007, she completed her academic and hands on training in massage therapy under the esteemed Ben Benjamin of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Right after graduation, Kim earned her board certification through National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
In the upscale spa industry, she honed her skills at high end resorts including the Stein-Erickson Spa in Park City, Utah, The Wauwinet, The White Elephant and Great Harbor Yacht Club – all on the resort island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
In March, 2013, Kim opened her own wellness practice on Nantucket; for five years, Kim’s Essence Massage Therapy thrived. In October of 2017, Kim relocated to Arizona and has made her home here in the Verde Valley. In May of 2018, she opened the doors to Vital Essence Body Boutique offering her advanced training in Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Cupping Therapies to the Verde Valley Community.
With a passion for learning and eager to find additional healing arts to help her clients, Kim relentlessly pursues continuous education. She consistently adds to her quiver of wellness modalities so that she can target whatever physical challenge you are facing—headaches, muscle strain, injury, relieving tension or stress.
Breathe in peace, breathe out stress. At Vital Essence we provide transformative body and skin therapy to support you on your journey towards balance, harmony and vitality so the nature of your true essence can shine.