Feb

2

By Karen

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Why I am Biased Toward Organic Skin Care Products.

 

 

I do not apoligise for being biased toward organic skin care, as my research over the past number of years has only strengthened my opinion for the purity, efficacy and value for money these products provide.

Lets not muddy the waters regarding true organics and the pretenders. As people lean more and more toward natural, no-chemical products, cosmetic and skin care manufacturers promote and claim their products are ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ even if there is no evidence of there being any ingredients that could honestly be described as such.

Then there are the middle ground products, those that may have some organic ingredients in the formulation, but also include chemicals.

Often shampoo manufacturers will promote “aqueous infusions” or “herbal extracts” which are effectively just weak teas where teabags of herbs have been dunked into a large vat of water. The herbal extracts may be organic and even certified organic, but they are in such small amounts, diluted by a large amount of water, they have little or no value. This practice bulks up the organic claim.

I have mentioned in previous articles that the first 3 to 4 ingredients listed on the ingredients label make up between 90% and 95% of the entire product. So if our herbal infusion is the 2nd on the list, which is usual, after water, the product is probably 95% water.

The same biochemists’ rule of thumb applies to all personal care products. With this in mind, a moisturiser advertised as having a particularly valuable ingredient such as organic primrose oil, may be worthless if the oil is towards the end of the ingredients list. The last 3 to 5 ingredients on the label amount to approximately 1% to 3% of the entire product.

Only when a 3rd party governing body certifies the entire product organic, can you be sure of a genuine organic claim.

Organic ingredients are grown in unadulterated soils, free of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, harvested cleanly, minimally processed without risk of contamination and stored correctly to maintain their nutrient value.

The certification is a guarantee the organic claim is genuine. When free of pesticides or chemical contamination organic ingredients are truly pure. The vitality and the potency of the nutritional value of the organic raw ingredient is the greatest benefit to the user.

You can be confident of value for money when you choose a product carrying the organic certification, as there will not be any useless fillers to bulk out the ingredients list, or chemicals whose safety may be questionable. You can be assured that the certified organic product you are buying will deliver the results you expect.

Sep

6

By Karen

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Beauty Myths parts 2 & 3: More False Beliefs about Skin Care

 

Toners are needed after cleansing the skin.

When I started in the beauty industry 40 years ago, all cosmetic companies included a toner in their regime. The idea was to remove all traces of make-up after cleansing and to ‘close the pores’. Just about all formulations contained alcohol and we were encouraged to use generously, swiping the toner liquid over the face and neck.

I still get requests from customers as to what toner I can recommend. My answer is always the same: none!

There is absolutely no evidence that a toner will close pores. In fact, although advertising regulations for cosmetics are loose, this claim is avoided as it is seen to change the body in a physical way.  Only products classified as drugs that actually change the body’s’ physicality are permitted make such claims and they come under an entirely different set of governing rules.

The alcohol is extremely drying, dehydrating the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. Only proper cleansing with a gentle cleanser will effectively remove make-up, pollution and dirt. Some cosmetic houses promote liquid serums as they are used as a ‘pre-moisturiser’ feeding the skin with essential nutrients. Always read the label to ensure the product you choose does not contain alcohol, which is often used to blend the emulsion.

A Skin Conditioner is a pre-moisturiser, often thought of as a toner as it is used after cleansing and before the creamy moisturiser. A good Skin Conditioner actually feeds the skin with water soluble nutrients and provides a base for the moisturiser to lock into.

Some chemicals in Skin Care are ok.

I really can’t see any redeeming features in a skin care product that is a concoction of synthetic chemicals.  89% of chemicals used in cosmetics and skin care have not been tested for safety. The 11% that have been tested and regarded safe to include in the lotions and creams we us on our bodies have been tested in isolation and not in combination with other substances.

The industry wants us to believe Paraben preservatives are safe even though they have been found in breast cancer tissue. Many companies are removing these chemicals and promoting the fact. Sighting propyl, methyl, butyl or ethyl in the ingredient word can identify Paraben preservatives.

Research has found numerous chemicals tested on lab animals have been found to be hormone disruptor, affect the immune system, risk birth defects, may contribute to sensitivities in the individual and have shown to cause cancer!

There are many choices of skin care and cosmetics products on the market that contain ingredients that will nourish and protect the skin without the risks that using untested chemicals may bring.

Ensure the products you use on your body does not contain chemicals be choosing Certified Organics. These products carry a third party independent guarantee promising no synthetic chemicals are used in the formulations.

Secret Ingredients in Skin Care products must be worthwhile because they are patented.

There are an increasing number of cosmetic companies promoting their skin care products containing a magic, secret ingredient. They patent the name and make a big deal that this wonderful new discovery that will bring exceptional benefits to their customers. The question is: how can the consumer evaluate the claims?

Because they are ‘secret’, the company is not required to divulge the ingredients. They cannot be peer reviewed or investigated by consumers concerned with the type of chemical they expose themselves to.

These products come and they go! Making way for another new discovery that is reported to improve lines and wrinkles or miraculously save us from the dreaded ageing process. And we fall for it every time, only to realize after months of dedicated use, the improvement was fleeting.

Be wary of products that sound too good to be true. They probably are. Consider skin care that informs the customer of the active ingredients and how they will work for them. Without the smoke and mirrors. It is highly unlikely a moisturising cream will deliver remarkable changes to they way a person looks. Only cosmetic surgery can make such a promise, and that is a bit drastic for most of us.

Look for products where the entire list of ingredients is visible. This is the only assurance you have of knowing what you are actually applying to our skin.

Part 3;

Chemicals in Cosmetics can’t absorb into the Body.

Our skin is the largest organ we have and often the most abused. We scrub the exposed skin, usually our face and neck, apply lotions, creams, pastes and ointments and then neglect the skin not seen by others.

Many people think the skin makes us air and water tight and don’t consider that what applied to the skin can, and is absorbed into the blood stream and then into the other organs. But that is how HRT and nicotine patches work. They deliver medication into the blood stream to remedy the ailment. A few years ago, experiments were started with dermal patches to deliver medication to the brain for people suffering dementia.

It is, therefore, reasonable to assume chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products do travel through the skin layers into the blood stream and are carried to the organs.

Scientists have documented an enormous amount of research results indicating the adverse effects of some chemicals that are included ingredients in cosmetics. Consumers are left in the dark about the results of such research unless a lobby group makes an effort to expose a potential problem with a particular chemical.

Phthalates are an example of toxins in skin care products that alter the hormones. Used as a fixer in synthetic fragrance and colour and a plasticizer in nail varnish. Phthalates are present in many consumer products and there is mounting evidence they have detrimental impact on the human body.

Scientific studies from researchers’ worldwide find absorption of some chemicals impact adversely on animals of many species, from mammals, fish and amphibians.

It is possible to find skin care and cosmetics without chemicals. By choosing certified organic products, you can completely avoid the risk of toxic ingredients that can absorb into the blood stream and be carried to the organs.

That Fine, Flaky Scalp is ‘Dandruff’

Like the skin, the scalp is shedding skin cells each day. Our hair makes it more difficult to remove the skin flakes from the scalp and, if left for a length of time, warmth and moisture from the head may cause bacteria to form a crust on the scalp that is known as dandruff.

The result is a yellowish, thick build up of scalp skin cells that take patience and several treatments to remove, sometimes loosening clumps of hair as well.

Fine, powdery flakes from the scalp are actually dry scalp, usually caused by an ingredient in shampoo, sodium lauryl sulphate. This chemical inflames the scalp skin cells causing them to lift and flake.

Clever marketing from shampoo companies promote dry scalp as dandruff, but they invariably contain the same foaming chemical that causes the problem. Shampoos with non-chemical based foaming agent are rare, but worth seeking as they are not as drying. Massage the scalp regularly to promote blood supply to the scalp and hair follicles as well as loosening the dead scalp skin.

By choosing a shampoo that does not contain sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium lauryth sulphate or cocoamideapropyl betaine you can avoid the chances of a flaky scalp. These chemicals can inflame and separate the scalp skin cells which lead to a flaky scalp, often diagnosed as dandruff.

 

‘Natural’ Skin Care products are Chemical-Free.

Worldwide, it is not illegal to advertise skin care products as ‘natural’ even if they contain chemicals.  As an example, Manufacturers will claim that coconut oil, synthesized to produce the foaming agent Cocomide DEA is a natural ingredient. But once the chemical reaction has taken place on the coconut oil it is no longer natural or even safe as the manufacturing process may produce a contaminant called nitrosamines. This will not be listed on the label, as a contaminant it is not an intended ingredient. Nitrosamines have shown to cause cancer in all species of laboratory animal including the primates, the closest relative to the human race.

Inspect the ingredients label closely of most ‘natural’ skin care products and you are likely to find the botanicals, usually marketed as the benefits of the product, are in the middle, if not the end of the list.

By choosing products with a certification logo, you are assured the entire product is certified organic and not just a few of the ingredients.

When you understand that the first 3 to 4 ingredients listed make up 90% to 95% of the entire product, the ‘natural botanical’ ingredients are in such small a proportion they will be of little benefit to the user. Many products are mainly water and chemicals with a few herbals thrown in so they can be promoted as ‘natural’

 

Jun

26

By Karen

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Categories: Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, DNA Damage, Green Skin Care Products, unassessed ingredients

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Clear Skin Beauty Tips

There are just a few points I would love to share with you, hoping they will be of use in your endeavors for beautiful skin. A good diet, plenty of water (filtered … chlorine and additives to our water supply are detrimental to health!) along with a couple steps for moisturising, protecting and cleansing, should have you well on the way to skin you are happy to live in!

To have skin to be proud of, whether it is your face or body, there are a few things to consider.

1)   Your diet is truly important. The saying “You are what you eat” is the biggest factor for a healthy body to produce clear, bright, unblemished skin. The body needs the nutrition from the food you eat to repair all the cells.
Of the approximate two billion skin cells, 300 million are replaced each day. Diets containing high sugar intake adversely affect the skin’s appearance. Don’t be afraid of good fats in your diet such as organic olive and coconut oils. They are nourishing when eaten and soothing when applied to the skin and it’s an old wives tale that natural oils will make an oily skin produce more sebum.
Eat nuts as a snack instead of sugary cookies or cake and your skin will reward you. And don’t forget 6 to 8 glasses of water. Limit alcohol. Eat loads of fresh leafy greens, preferably organic, as there will be no pesticide residue. Raw or lightly steamed preserves the nutrients needed to build healthy tissue.

Certified Organic supplements such as Probiotics and Antioxidants can really assist your body, and in turn, you skin to look and feel fantastic

2)   Cleansing should be done twice a day. At bed time to remove the pollution, dirt and any makeup, but also in the morning, even though you may have just spent the time in bed … to remove those dead cells! If not cleansed properly, the skin appears dull and tired. Exfoliate once or twice a week to polish a glow.
Always choose a mild cleanser, without alcohol and beware of foaming cleansers with harsh chemicals as their foaming agents.

Cleansers certified organic to food standards are without synthetic chemicals that can strip the natural oils from the skin, altering the PH, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.

3)   Moisturiser with out glycerin as an ingredient is the best choice. It is often the second ingredient on the products’ ingredient list after water, or ‘Aqua’ for the up-market brands! Glycerin is a cheap humectant that will draw the skin’s natural moisture from the deeper layers if the humidity is below 65% such as in air-conditioned cooled and heated rooms. This leads to dehydrated skin in the long term. Look for Aloe Vera based moisturising day and night creams as these blends accelerate skin cell growth. The higher the concentration of Aloe Vera gel the larger the increase in skin cell regeneration. The plant is easy to grow and invaluable to have on hand to apply to cuts, burns and insect bites. Use the clear gel in the centre of the leaf .The cut leaf can be kept in the fridge for several days.

A moisturiser that is certified organic and based on Aloe Vera as the main ingredient, along with essential oils and plant extracts with have your skin glowing with health in a very short time.

4)   Sunscreen chemicals have been controversial. There is no consensus on whether sunscreens prevent skin cancer and after 33 years, the FDA is yet to provide consumer guidelines. Many manufacturers make dubious claims regarding the protection their products give against UV rays.
There is also the case for vitamin D deficiency because some people have not had sufficient sunlight on their skin for it’s natural production.
If you go to work early, are in-door most of the day and return home when the sun’s strength has waned, I can’t see the need for a sunscreen. You are exposing yourself unnecessarily to chemicals. It is best to cover up and stay in shade during the hottest part of the day.
When a sunscreen is required, the Environmental Working Group suggest you choose one containing Zinc or Titanium as the active ingredients, but not the nanoparticles type. Avoid Oxybenzone, Retinyl palmitate and sunscreens that contain insect repellent. Spray on sunscreen can be inadvertently inhaled, so should also be avoided, particularly for children.

Sunscreen with microfine zinc oxide to protect from harmful rays, potent antioxidants and organic olive oil will protect your skin from premature ageing and prevent damage caused b the elements.

So, to recap: eat well, choose fresh food, organic where the budget and resources will permit. Raw provides the best nutrition. Read the labels on the products you use on your skin and be aware of the number of chemicals you expose your body to. Choose skin care and cosmetics with fewer chemicals and maintain a routine. Enjoy beautiful, supple and smooth healthy skin, you will have deserved it!

 

May

26

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, Contaminants = Infertility?, Green Skin Care Products, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, No Chemical Cosmetics, Toxic Contaminants, Toxic Parabens, unassessed ingredients

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Free Reports Explaining the Chemical Ingredients in Cosmetics and Skin Care Products.

 

Are you interested in chemical-free, natural and organic skin care? Would you like to reduce or even eliminate chemicals in the products you use on your body?

A little taste of the information in my email reports on Cosmetic Ingredients and Contaminants.

In the world of cosmetics and skin care products the choices are enormous. The most popular products seem to be the ones that are most heavily advertised and promoted.  They promise magical results almost instantly.

But what do they really contain? And are they safe for us?

This is the reason I compiled the reports, spaced a week apart, so you have the time to read and absorb the information.

The first report on Ingredients is delivered immediately … why wait around for bad news?!

We discuss:

  • The definitions such as “Clinically Proven” to find what this really means to you.
  • The way a label is listed is of importance if you are looking for potency in the active ingredients.
  • Beware of chemicals disguised as ‘natural’

The second report is delivered the next day. This subject is Contaminants, and maybe more important as Contamination of an ingredient is not intended, and as such is not listed on the label. Contamination often happens at the manufacturing stage where  the ingredient is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.
There are also products that are contaminated during storage by the combination of 2 or more ingredients that react unfavourably with each other.
I will show you how to recognise them.

All the reports will now be delivered a day apart…  And in the 3rd report, we look closer at Cleansers, shampoo, body wash and personal care products that foam. Even the ‘natural’ ones contain chemicals that dehydrate the skin and scalp and lead to flakiness. Discover what chemicals to avoid in foaming and lathering products.

Moisturisers and Body Lotions are meant to improve the suppleness and smoothness of the skin. In this report I will examine the ingredients that can actually dehydrate and prematurely age the skin. You will be surprised how widely they are included in the most prestigious brands.

Sunscreens are email report number 5. There is a large amount of controversy, with skin cancer doctors and foundations advising us to avoid the sun or smear chemical laden creams onto our bodies, to the well documented findings that lack of sun causes vitamin D deficiency and why that can be a health problem. I research the chemicals found in the majority of sunscreen products, and discuss why they may be more dangerous than sun exposure.

Baby Care products are not exempt from chemical ingredients. This report highlights the type of toxins that are found in baby products. Small bodies are more susceptible to these toxins because of their weight ratio. Learn how to protect your children.

Cosmetic Products are a favourite report. Lead in lipstick? Mercury in mascara! Whether we want the full works of foundation, blush, shadow, liners: both eye and lip and lashings of mascara, or we are happy with just a little lipstick, the number of toxic chemicals in these products is enough to make your head spin! I help you to weed out the worst offenders and find safer alternatives.

Free reports from No Chemical Cosmetics will arm you with the knowledge to confidently shop for your skin care, personal care and cosmetics. You will be able to recognise and avoid toxic chemicals in the products you choose.
There are safer, more effective alternatives to the chemical concoctions on offer.
You will never again have to rely on the manufacturers claims that often fall short of the results you expect and deserve.

 

May

10

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, Green Skin Care Products, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, Toxic Contaminants, unassessed ingredients

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Beauty Products’ Questionable Claims to Get You to Buy.

The advertised benefits some manufacturers of Cosmetics make can be a long way from the truth, confusing for shoppers of personal care, skin care and cosmetic products. People are led to expect unrealistic results, usually in a very short time of using the product.

Manufactures are not required to seek approval from authorities and can make claims as long as they do not include changes to the body’s function or its’ structure.

Labeling is not as regulated or controlled for the consumers’ benefit as we might think. These are some of the most common terms used to describe the proposed benefits of beauty products.

 

  • Hypoallergenic: There is no official definition for this term. It just means the ingredients are not known to cause allergies in the majority of people.  Some very sensitive users can still get a reaction from the chemicals included in products making this claim.
  • Dermatologist Tested: Rarely is there any information for what the products were tested for, or against.  This is also not an official term used by any governing body and most testing is done ‘in-house’ without the benefit of an independent critique.
  • Clinically Proven: Ditto for the above: no official definition, and ‘in-house’ trials. There are some cases where manufactures will employ outside research companies, providing them with the answers they want from the testing.
  • Anti-ageing: There are formulations that plump the skin in an attempt to minimize fine lines, with a combination of Glyceryl/glycerin to draw the moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by an oil or silicone. This effect is temporary and will lead to dehydration of the skin in the long term.

True ANTI-AGEING products are potent with antioxidants from pure certified organic ingredients.

  • Natural: There maybe ‘natural’ ingredients in the product, but take a closer look at the label and you may just find ingredient names that you are unable to pronounce! They are probably chemicals! Beware of ‘derived from’ such as ‘from coconut’ as these natural substances have most likely undergone a chemical process that will not leave them ‘natural’ any longer.
  • Organic: Unless there is a Certification logo from a third party, independent governing body to state this product is organic … don’t believe it! Some manufactures do include genuine certified organic ingredients in their formulations, but, like the ‘natural’ products, read the label to see the other ingredients. If the ‘organic’ ingredients are listed towards the end of the list, they are in such small quantities; they probably won’t be of much benefit to you.

Beware of ‘organic infusions’ as these are just a weak tea of organic herbs so the main ingredient is water! … a great way of boosting an organic claim to make the product seem genuinely beneficial.

This link will take you to a wide range of skincare, personal care  products and cosmetics      CERTIFIED ORGANIC to FOOD STANDARDS

  • Not Tested on Animals: with that cute bunny symbol … means that the manufacturer or their agents have not tested their ingredients on animals in the past 5 years. Testing on animals continues regardless of the disclaimers on packaging.
  • Fragrance-free products may still contain synthetic fragrance just to mask ingredients that have an unpleasant smell. ‘No fragrance added’ on a label is usually genuinely free from synthetic fragrance.

The old adage ‘buyer beware’ could have been expressly written with the cosmetic industry in mind. Consumers have to be on their guard for misleading information and claims and not be seduced by promises that are likely to be unachievable.

From the worlds’ first range of Certified Organic skin care (2001) you are assured of 100% Beneficial ingredients: Potent and Active products
Cold formulation: Bio-Available Nutrients for Your Skin
Made Fresh: Products are shipped asap after manufacturing so you receive the maximum benefits of organic oils, extracts and other vital ingredients.

 

Apr

17

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, Green Skin Care Products, No Chemical Cosmetics, Toxic Contaminants, unassessed ingredients

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Chemical-free, Natural & Organic Skin Care Products & Cosmetics.

Why would you choose anything else?

There is a lot of Hype about no-chemical cosmetics & organic skin care and natural personal care products.
As consumers become aware of the huge amount of ingredients that are unassessed for safety in the many body products they use daily, manufacturers are going to great lengths to advertise and market their wares as ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ to woo buyers.

A great number of these products do have valuable ingredients, but a closer look at the labels will reveal that they may also include contents in the formula that have not been tested for safety to the user, singularly, let alone in combination with other ingredients in the product.

Over the past few decades there have been a plethora of new chemicals introduced into the market and the safety research has had a difficult time keeping up with the testing. Much is made of not testing on animals, but the bunny logo recognised as the insignia of ‘not tested on animals’ is a little deceptive.

A manufacturer can make this claim if they or their agents have not undertaken animal testing for the past 5 years, outside that, all bets are off! You can be reasonably sure that chemicals used on humans have been tested on animals at some stage in their production or they would not be deemed safe enough to be included in products applied to the human body.

As there are no regulations or legal obligations for advertising organic or natural skincare products, it is reasonable to assume that companies actually lie to consumers when they proclaim ‘natural’ ‘organic’ and ‘chemical-free’.

They claim their range of products are natural but boldly list ingredients with names difficult to pronounce. I have the image of bubbling test tubes that are likely to be the result of concoctions from the mad professor’s laboratory.

Here is a list of toxic ingredients …

Natural is perceived as being close to nature and certified organic ingredients are those that have been raised, harvested, processed, stored and packaged with an audit trail through out the entire life of the substance. This method can be considered true green skin care as the manufacturers who have taken the trouble to certify their products, will be aware of energy and carbon foot print issues when developing their range.

A Certified Organic ingredient has a guarantee from an independent third party governing body ensuring such a claim. Natural, certified organic ingredients are extracted with little processing, no heat to destroy the beneficial and often healing properties and certainly would not use chemicals in the process.

The governing agencies, charged with the task of maintaining watch on ingredients used in cosmetics and skincare products appear to be overwhelmed. The ever-increasing number of products and wild claims of magical results are more often industry reviewed. A conflict of interest may well be suspected.

To be sure you are not exposed to chemicals that might cause harm, choose body products that are certified organic and carry a logo of a reputable governing body. At the very least we all need to learn to read the labels and recognise the most dangerous chemicals. Those that have been researched and have been shown to be toxic to laboratory animals could also have catastrophic consequences to human health.

This link will take you to the benefits of Certified Organic Ingredients in Miessence Products.