|Sakura Naturopathic Clinic & Organic Spa is Collingwood’s only naturopathic practice offering a special clinical focus on skin care. In addition to helping people look and feel their best with integrative medicine and holistic skin treatments, educating women and men about healthy cosmetics is high on my list of priorities. The ugly truth is that most personal care products on the market contain toxic ingredients that over time can be harmful to your health and the environment.|
This holiday season, why not skip the synthetics when you give cosmetics? Show your loved ones how much you care with safe, healthy stocking stuffers. Here are my top choices:
Seaflora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare has developed a local fan base since I began working with their products in my practice almost three years ago. Whole seaweed – not just seaweed extract – is the primary ingredient since whole seaweed has remarkable benefits for all skin types. It balances oil production, soothes inflammation and heals acne while calming rosacea and rejuvenating mature skin. Since it’s naturally fragrance free and hypoallergenic, it’s ideal for sensitive skin. You can rest assured that a stocking stuffed with Seaflora will please just about anyone.
The Seaflora family of products for face and body includes gentle cleansers, nourishing moisturizers and wearable treatment serums enriched with healing botanicals. Gently resurfacing exfoliators and restorative masques allow one to enjoy the benefits of an organic spa facial at home.
Seaflora’s magnesium rich Soothing Sea Kelp Soak added to a hot bath is the best natural medicine for aching muscles. The brand’s Wild Sea Garden Tea is a delicious blend of organic Vancouver Island seaweed, mint and green tea supplying trace minerals and antioxidants. Both make thoughtful gifts.
Suncoat natural makeup, a recent addition to my clinic’s beauty boutique, makes eco-chic yet totally affordable stocking stuffers. Made in Guelph, ON from natural ingredients, Suncoat products include beauty essentials like foundation, mascara and lipstick. The company’s founder is a concerned mother and award-winning chemist who applied her water based coatings technology to create nail polish safe enough for her young daughter. Now that’s one smart lady!
Suncoat nail polish is water based and formulated with much safer ingredients than conventional brands. It’s available in a stunning array of colours for every occasion. For a complete gift set, pair your polish with a bottle of Suncoat’s non-toxic, biodegradable nail polish remover. Made from non-toxic derivatives of corn and soy fermentation instead of stinky, neurotoxic acetone, this remover allows you to change your polish without harmful chemical exposure.
Suncoat’s foundation is non-irritating, won’t congest pores and works wonders to even out one’s complexion when nature needs a little assistance. The brand’s mascara works so well that I’m eternally shocked by its short ingredient list. With smooth application, no clumps and no nasty chemicals, it resists smudging yet washes off easily to respect the delicate eye area.
Suncoat’s natural lipstick, beautifully packaged in a sustainable bamboo cartridge, is formulated with moisturizing coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter. It smells edible because it is - and that should be standard for anything you layer on your lips before a kiss under the mistletoe.
No matter where you find stocking stuffers this year, be sure to steer clear of these harmful cosmetic ingredients: sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, petrolatum (mineral oil), PEGs and triclosan.
Sakura Naturopathic Clinic & Organic Spa
Aranka Jones, B.Sc., N.D. is a board certified doctor of naturopathic medicine and founder of Sakura Naturopathic Clinic & Organic Spa, named Collingwood’s Environmentally Conscious Business of the Year 2011. Learn more about Dr. Jones by visiting her website