Jun

18

By Karen

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Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

By the iconic Johnson & Johnson.

A few months ago I promised myself not to ‘bag’ chemical based skin care products. Rather than be negative, I would be positive and highlight the irrefutable benefits of skin care and cosmetics that do not contain dangerous chemicals.

But then along came the advertising campaign for Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion!

It looks impressive. Oats may well be wonderful for skin care. There is a big statement in the TV advertising promising improvement in skin quality in a day and then a bigger improvement in a week.

On the free sachet I received, the product claims to be ‘Clinically proven to relieve dry skin and moisturise for a full 24 hours’ I need to point out, there are no official definitions for ‘clinically proven’. There may have been in house studies, but no independent advise.

But lets take a closer look at the ingredients.

As usual, water is listed first. Glycerin is next. I have explained in other reports that glycerin draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin, particularly in humidity below 65%. It is held on the surface of the skin to give a ‘plumping’ feel by a silicone or mineral oil.

In the case of Aveeno, both Dimethicone, a silicone known to cause tumors in laboratory animals as well as “Paraffinum Liquidum” …  a posh way of listing mineral oils! … are included. From the petro-chemical industry, mineral oils are used as a barrier to seal the drawn moisture to the surface of the skin.
Both these ingredients would well and truly seal the skin for 24 hours. It would not he able to breathe or eliminate toxins, either.

Would you apply crude oils to your skin?!

The second on the list, Distearyldimonim Chloride is a positively charged surfactant, so it does not completely rinse off. The build up of the product gives a smooth feel, but it coats like plastic wrap.

It has not been tested for safety by any governing body. There are data gaps but from some sources, it appears that concentrations as low as 0.01% are irritating to the eye and mucous membranes. It is a teratogen (causes birth defects) in rats when administered orally, but not on the skin. Conditions that favour rapid absorption from the skin might be expected to increase the risk of birth defects.

This chemical is in the range of chemicals known as Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats” They release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen! In fact, finally, the US FDA has now recognized and advised of the dangers of formaldehyde.

Why is this ingredient included in a lotion promoted for daily use?!

If we consider the chemists’ rule of thumb, the first 3 to 4 ingredients on the list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product. The oats, claimed as the ‘ACTIVE NATURALS’ in this product are way down the list, just before another paraffin, some where in the other 5% to 10% of the lotion.

There are 4 alcohols in this product. Benzyl Alcohol, to name one, is irritating and corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes.

Please carefully consider the ingredients in this lotion before you apply it to your skin.

A better option would be a moisturiser that is certified organic to food standards. There are absolutely no synthetic chemicals here! Just pure, beneficial ingredients.

 

 

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.

Jan

28

By Karen

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Categories: Acne, Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free skin care

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The 2 Biggest Skincare Concerns: Anti-Ageing And Acne, And the Most Effective Solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2 biggest concerns most people face is acne, particularly adult acne, and wrinkles and lines that appear as we age. There has always been an interest by the majority of the population in skin care products to help maintain appearance and youthfulness.

An amazing amount of information on all sorts of problems can be obtained from the Internet. Everyone is an expert. But a lot of the information and recommendations sound remarkably the same. Lets sort the wheat from the chaff.

Acne Problems:

Whatever the age of the sufferer, acne is a distressing problem. Usually associated with adolescents, because of hormonal upheaval. The sufferer eventually outgrows the condition. But marks and scars often remain and it is the use of proper treatment that could prevent the aftermath of active acne problems. For some unfortunate individuals, acne can continue into their early 20s. Others suffer the occasional and random outbreak and this invariably happens before an important event.

An oily skin usually accompanies acne problems, and for this reason, proper cleansing is paramount in the acne skin care routine. A soothing wash for acne is to use cheesecloth or cotton bag containing raw rolled oats.  Pure cotton handkerchiefs can also be used for this purpose. Soak in tepid water and rub over the affected area to cleanse and soothes the inflamed skin. Rinse the skin, and pat dry with disposable paper towel to avoid re-contamination. Apply a light, aloe vera based moisturiser sparingly to hydrate and protect the skin from environmental pollution.

Always use a laundered cloth and fresh oats for each wash to prevent re-contaminating the skin with bacteria removed by the previous wash. It is handy to have several cloths in rotation.

Harsh skincare products can dry the surface skin, encouraging the sebaceous glands to produce more oil to alleviate the tight feeling. This, of course, is counter-productive.

Mild, soothing skin care products are the best choice, as they will not irritate. Aloe vera and essential oil based products are a great choice as the natural healing and moisturising plant base will encourage new cellular growth. Unlike mineral oils, that form a coating on the surface of the skin, essential oils will absorb into the skin feeding and nourishing the cells and helping with the healing process.

A Probiotic, taken daily, will help to improve and support the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself. A diet rich in antioxidants foods will also promote healthy skin. Fresh, unprocessed foods allow the body to absorb nutrients that in turn feed the skin. A Probiotic that it also contains super foods will provide a dual role.

Anti-ageing:

Cosmetic houses and manufacturers all have, what they claim, to be the latest, newest, breakthrough research to halt the signs of ageing. Antiwrinkle creams are heavily advertised and marketed, not only to women, but now, to men as well.

These creams usually work by puffing out the fine lines to create a smoother effect on the skin surface. Glycerin is usually the 2nd ingredient after water, on the ingredients list of the majority of anti ageing skin care products. This inexpensive humectant draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by silicon or waterproof barrier. Unfortunately, this process eventually dehydrates the skin, while the waterproof barrier prevents the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins.

Moisturising is most important to obtain a wrinkle free complexion. The choice of a rich moisturiser without harsh chemicals is paramount in obtaining a plump, smooth skin. It is interesting that aloe vera works well here as well because of the plants superior cell renewal activity and moisturising effect.

Fine lines begin when the skin’s natural collagen and elastin begins to break down. This is a natural ageing effect, and will be hastened by sun damage. But, beware of chemical laden sunscreens as they may create more problems than they solve. Some popular chemicals added to sunscreen have been shown to be hormone disruptors in laboratory animals. It is best to avoid sun exposure to the skin in the hottest part of the day, wear protective hats and clothing rather than smothering the skin with creams. We all need vitamin D, and this is best obtained from gentle sunlight rather than a pill.

 

Sep

30

By Karen

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Phthalates Exposure from Skin Care Products Continues to Impact Consumers.

 

After years of debate and little action, the risks of phthalate exposure, from skin care and environmental products such as household cleaners and air fresheners is again in the media.

 

Two democratic senators are pressuring the White House to release a list of chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency claims could be detrimental to the environment and human health. The ‘Chemicals of Concern’ include eight phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and bisphenol A.

 

Phthalates are known hormone disruptors and can even effect babies before they are born when their mothers are exposed to these chemicals. Phthalates are used as synthetic fragrances and colour fixers in skin care and cosmetic products. Some can be used to help the consistency of a cream or lotion and others are used in the manufacture of nail varnish.

 

The very strong fragrances in some laundry and dish wash detergents as well as air fresheners are fixed with phthalates.

 

At Mt. Sinai Medical Center recent studies have confirmed research carried out several years ago that consumers can have difficulty shedding fat because of the ‘chemical calories’ present in cosmetics such as lotions, shampoo and soap.

 

Chemical ingredients in 70% of cosmetics as well as many household-cleaning products are responsible for disrupting the delicate balance of hormones, throwing off balance the body’s natural weight control system.

 

The study suggests that once an individual is exposed to phthalates through the daily use of personal and skin care products in childhood, the chances of obesity and weight problems as adults becomes high.

 

The researchers obtained results from girls living in East Harlem, by analyzing the children’s urine and measuring their exposure to phthalates.

 

Renowned pediatrician, Professor Phillip Landrigan stated, “The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates in their urine. It goes up as the children get heavier, but it’s most evident in the heaviest kids”.

 

This is just one effect phthalates may have on the human body. A study in Mexico in 2009, of 454 women, 233 who were breast cancer cases, found certain phthalates were associated with breast cancer rates. Lizabeth Lopez-Carrillo led the research at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and considers the results may be the ability of certain phthalate compounds to alter gene expression without altering the genetic code itself.

 

The largest concerns of exposure to phthalates are for unborn and young children. They are most at risk as their organs and brains are at crucial developmental stages. Scientists have documented prenatal exposure by measuring four phthalates in the urine of over 300 women to evaluate links to pre-birth exposures of these phthalates and the behavioral, mental and motor development of children when they were 3 years of age.

 

The results showed higher prenatal exposures to two of the phthalates significantly delayed the odds of motor development and the potential of future problems with fine and gross motor coordination. One of the phthalates appeared to cause significant decreases in mental development in girls, while exposure to three of the chemicals were associated with behavioral problems in both the sexes. These included anxiety, depression and withdrawal behavior.

 

Professor Niels Skakkebaek from Denmark, whose research was seconded by Professor Shauna Swan in the U.S., found phthalates responsible for a decrease of semen count and quality. The research also indicated phthalates were responsible for genital malformations in baby boys.

 

It appears that the risks are such that the EPA, who were granted the authority by congress in 1976, to create a list in the Toxic Substances Control Act, have not ever added to it until now.

 

Over the past year, the chemical industry has attempted to block the release of the EPA’s proposed list. The EPA maintains these chemicals present or may present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.

 

It would appear to the layperson; from the varied findings of eminent scientists that fact was well established.

 

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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’

 

Aug

24

By Karen

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Beauty Myths: 3 False Beliefs about Skin Care

1. Avoid Moisturiser use for oily skin.

Many women troubled with oily skin are often concerned that using a moisturiser will make their skin oilier. To some extent that assumption could be true, particularly if a mineral oil or synthetic silicone are included in the ingredients of the moisturiser chosen.

Mineral oil is also known as petrolatum, obtained from the petro-chemical industry. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. During manufacture petrolatum can be contaminated with carcinogens. Dimethicone is a synthetic silicone, which acts the same way as petrolatum. It was first used in the paper making industry. Now it is found in may skin care products and hair conditioners. This chemical has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. Look at the ingredients in your moisturiser to find if they are listed.

Moisture and oil are two different body fluids. An oily skin can also be dehydrated, particularly if a harsh, drying cosmetic is used in an attempt to dry out the excess oil. The surface of the skin becomes dehydrated. The more stressed the skin is by continually being striped of the natural acid mantel, the more oil the sebaceous glands with pump out to contend with the problem.

A light moisturiser based n Aloe Vera is the best option as the aloe, with it’s healing and antioxidant properties will help to normalise the skin’s secretions.

Miessence Balancing Moisturiser for normal to oily skin that has a few break-outs and pimples is ideal as the certified organic Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without excessive oil.This creamy moisturiser is also formulated with plant phosphlipids, organic seed butters and oils, organic herbs and flowers has significant lasting effects on the skin’s hydration and smoothness.

The Balancing Skin Conditioner supplies water soluble nutrients to actually feed the skin and as a hydration base for the Balancing Moisturiser to lock in.

Miessence Purifying Moisturiser for acne and  skin is a light lotionwith organic extracts known to sooth inflamed complexions. Plant phospholipids hydrate the skin without clogging the pores or over moisturising.

The Purifying Skin Conditioner of aloe vera infused with organic echinacea, witch hazel, plantain and burdock helps firm and tone the skin. Tea tree assist the Purifying Skin Conditioner to clarify and purify the complexion.

2. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.

It will come as a surprise to many that little is known about the safety or effectiveness of sunscreens except they appear to prevent sunburn.

There is no data demonstrating that sunscreen alone helps prevent skin cancer according to the FDA. To protect from the sun’s damaging rays, covering up with clothing and hats as a physical barrier and staying in shade where possible is the best advice. Many sunscreen contain chemicals that have cause for concern due to their toxicity when absorbed into the skin.

Approximately 30% of sunscreens and most Moisturisers containing sunscreen use Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic vitamin A as it is claimed this ingredient slows skin ageing. However recent data indicates that when this chemical is applied to the skin in sunlight it may speed up the development of lesions and skin tumors. Scientists have been aware for some time that vitamin A can increase excessive skin growth and in sunlight can form free radicals that damage DNA.

During a year long study, laboratory animals were exposed daily to the equivalent of nine minutes maximum intensity sunlight. Some of the specimens were coated with a cream containing 0.05% vitamin A concentration while the remaining animals were treated with a vitamin-free cream. Tumors and lesions developed up to 21% sooner in the animals coated with the vitamin A cream.

Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with natural minerals that help reflect damaging ultraviolet radiation. Micro-fine (not nano-particles!) zinc oxide offers protection from harmful rays whilst organic olive oil keeps the skin supple.

3. All products labelled as ‘organic’ really are organic.

There are no regulations regarding the use of the word ‘organic’ when labeling or describing skin care or cosmetic products. In fact the term scientifically refers to any compound that was once living. Loosely translated, leaves and flora material that have been compacted over millions of years to form crude oil is classified as ‘organic’!

Consumers are under the illusion that if a product is labeled and advertised as organic, it is entirely natural with little processing and no synthetic chemical additives. This assumption is entirely incorrect. Some products may include organic ingredients and there might also be ‘certified’ organic ingredients but a closer look at the ingredients label could also show chemicals are included in the formulation and there is no safe guard to warn trusting consumers.

It is worth noting that if the ‘organic ingredients’ are toward the end of the list, they will be in too small an amount to be of benefit.
Another trick used by manufacturers is to list every organic herb in the ‘Aqueous Infusion’ of their product. A closer look reveals this ingredient to be a weak tea of botanicals, boosting the dubious organic claim.

To ensure the organic products you choose are genuinely organic, without the inclusion of chemicals, look for the ‘certification’ logo of a third party, independent body such as the USDA or the ACO. Without a certification, an organic claim cannot be substantiated.

 

Jun

26

By Karen

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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

24

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free skin care, DNA Damage, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, Moisturisers with Sunscreen, unassessed ingredients

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Sunscreens May have Harmful Chemical Ingredients

 

 

We are all encouraged to use sunscreen and avoid harsh sunlight for fear of sun cancers. There has been a lot of media attention directed by the various cancer foundations as well as the manufacturers of the sunscreen products in the hope to gain a market share of the multi-million dollar industry.

Consider some of the chemicals in sunscreens, as many have not been sufficiently tested for safety.

Oxybenzone has been detected in human breast milk and in 97% of the 2,500 US citizens tested for the chemical by the US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention in 2005. This chemical is also known to be a hormone disruptor and can be found in over 600 sunscreens sold in the US.

Oxybenzone is a penetration enhancer; helps to deliver other chemicals in the product deeper into the skin layers where they may enter the bloodstream. Not only does this chemical cause cell damage, it is rapidly oxidised in light and inactivates the skins’ natural protection system.

It appears that females have the highest reading for this chemical, which stands to reason, as they are more likely to use a sunscreen to protect against the ageing effects of the sun.

In 2006, research teams from the University of California-Riverside found 2 coastal fish species had been feminized by oxybenzone with two thirds of the males carrying ovary tissue.

Octyl-methoxycinnamate is a hormone disruptor as well as a penetration enhancer. It produces free radicals. The ‘oxy’ in the word indicates the chemical has been ethoxylated during manufacture meaning it could be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potent carcinogen.

Butyl-Methdiebenzoylmethane, also listed as Avobenzone degrades in sunlight within an hour to become ineffective as a sunscreen chemical. It rapidly converts light into chemical energy releasing free radicals into the body.

Titanium Dioxide has not had sufficient testing to be regarded as entirely safe. Studies have shown DNA damage from exposure to this chemical when exposed to light.

Nanoparticles are increasingly used in many cosmetics, including sunscreens where the relatively new technology has been used to create such ingredients as  ‘invisible zinc’.
This means the zinc loses it reflective property and could be absorbed into the skin and the blood stream. Scientists warn chemicals with a molecular size so small this type of absorption could result in the ‘next asbestos’.
There are no regulations to list nanoparticles on labels, so consumers may be unaware the products they choose may contain these type of ingredients..

As sales of sunscreen have risen, so have the rates of skin cancer. Caution should be used to avoid over exposure, but as an increasing number of people show vitamin D deficiency, it may be that the pendulum has swung to far the other way.
Recently, synthetic vitamin D supplements in the form of pills have been promoted.
Safe sun exposure, out side the middle of the day promotes the natural manufacture of Vitamin D within the body, without the need to pop a pill!

There are safer sunscreen products, when we learn to read labels and become discerning consumers rather than be taken in by the marketing hype and the scare mongers against natural, safe sun light exposure and who also promote synthetic chemical laden products.

 

Apr

17

By Karen

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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.

 

Apr

3

By Karen

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Qantas Business Amenity Collection

 

 

The flight from Sydney to San Francisco, in business class, in February was a wonderful start to our holiday.

The cabin crew were brilliant and the food and service outstanding.

But then there was the toiletries bag! I used to love the cute little bottles, and looked forward to seeing what was in them. It reminded me of childhood lucky dips!

The bag itself was in a fabric designed by iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst. Regrettably, that is where the Australian content ended.

American company Malin+Goetz apothecary and lab. New York, supplied the toiletries contents. Although the enclosed leaflet boasted ‘natural ingredients’ the list read like a chemists laboratory.

The warning label advised the Vitamin E Face Moisturizer was for Adult use only; if irritation occurs, discontinue use; avoid contact with the eyes, if contact occurs, rinse eyes with water!

Surely a ‘natural’ moisturizer could be used around the eyes? I have highlighted the main ingredients: –

After purified water, came

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, (1) a mixed triester of glycerin and caprylic and capric acid. This chemical has never been tested for safety in cosmetics by the industry panel. And although it is expected to be low hazard, there are data gaps and it is expected to be an environmental toxin.

Glycerin is a cheap humectant that draws moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity over 65%. In humidity below that (such as in an aircraft at 35,000 ft!) glycerin actually draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin (causing dehydration) to be held on the surface by a barrier cream.

In concentrated solutions it can be irritating to the mucous membranes, and if you consider the first 3 to 4 ingredients on the list usually make up 90% to 95% of the entire product, the glycerin in the moisturiser could be concentrated and the reason for the warning regarding the eyes.

Dimethicone is a silicone emollient and one of the barrier creams used in this product to trap the moisture on the surface of the skin. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. Some synthetic emollients are known to cause tumors in laboratory animals and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. As they are non-biodegradable, they also have a negative environmental impact.

Cyclopentasiloxane is the 2nd barrier cream, although considered to be a low to moderate hazard (2),  it has a 79% data gap meaning it has not been tested for safety by the industry panel for use in cosmetics. The Environment Canada Domestic Substance List classifies this chemical as expected to be harmful or toxic. Emerging concerns is that it is an endocrine disruptor at moderate doses.

Butylene Glycol is a petroleum derivative that penetrates the skin and can weaken the protein and cellular structure. It can irritate the eyes and cause dermatitis on the skin.

There are two PEGs, which are potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredients. These ingredients can alter and reduce the skins’ natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of ageing and leave the skin more vulnerable to bacteria.

Methylisothiazolinone (3)   is a known human immune system toxicant with a moderate hazard warning.  It causes allergies and comes with restrictions on its’ use. The Cosmetic Ingredients Review Assessments sites it as strong evidence of a human skin toxicant.

Disodium EDTA is a penetration enhancer, allowing for deeper penetration of the other ingredients!

I haven’t listed the entire contents, and I have referenced just a few so as to assure you I have scientific backup on my findings and research. I am sure your patience would be severely tried if I got carried away.

The other products in the pack, Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment and the Lip Moisturizer listed the same type of synthetic chemicals that can be dangerous, as they have not been fully tested for their safety.

All the products carried the same warnings for use and the lip moisturizer contained several chemicals that had been ethoxylated.
They can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane during the manufacturing process. Ingredients with ‘eth’ and ‘oxy’ in the name are an indication of this process.

Apart from the fact that our national carrier had gone outside the country for their passenger products, they are not doing our complexions or possibly our health any favors!

Consider an Australian range of Certified Organic skin care products such as those found at www.vieworganics.com and they would be promoting quality products from their home country as well as treating their passengers to far superior results.
(1)http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701056/CAPRYLIC%3B%3B_CAPRIC_TRIGLYCERIDE/

(2)http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701741/CYCLOPENTASILOXANE/

(3) http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient/703935/METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE/