Sep

6

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, unassessed ingredients

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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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Categories: Acne, Chemical free skin care, DNA Damage, Moisturisers with Sunscreen, Sunscreen, unassessed ingredients

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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.

 

Aug

8

By Karen

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Categories: Anti-ageing cream deception, DNA Damage, Green Skin Care Products, Hormone Disrupting Chemicals, Toxic Contaminants, unassessed ingredients

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Anti ageing creams and lotions: Do they really work?

 

 

No one could escape the advertising blitz from the cosmetics industry over the past few years promoting anti-ageing skin care products.

There have been recent media articles reporting that even children have been swept up in the mania, attempting to prevent signs of facial ageing.

With just about all the major cosmetic companies vying for a market share, you may wonder if one product is any better than another. Many manufacturers claim a secret ingredient and because they are not required to divulge the elements in the secret formulation, it is very difficult for a consumer to know what is actually in the product.

There are a few tricks to finding out if the product you are interested in is worthy of your money.

1 Quality Ingredients:

Although the advertising laws are rather loose, it is mandatory for the ingredients to be listed in descending order, with the largest ingredient amounts at the top of the list. You will not fail to notice that water, or  ‘aqua’ for the up-market brands, is first on the list.

By the same token, if the product is marketed as using a special ‘magic’ ingredient or essential oil, primrose seems to the biggy at present, and that ingredient is more than half way down the list, it is in such a small amount, it will be of little benefit to you.

Another ‘ingredient’ to be aware of is an ‘Aqueous infusion’ of  … all sorts of herbs and oils … but it is only a weak tea with the main component being the water. I have seen products marketed using this way of bulking out an ingredient list. There is little to recommend it.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics contain 100% beneficial ingredients: Potent and Active products. EVERY ingredient in every Miessence product is beneficial to you and your body.

2 Magic Formulas:

Glycerine is more often than not an ingredient used in anti-ageing skin care and is in the first few on the list. This is because it will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin surface in humidity above 65%. The down side is that, in humidity below that, glycerine draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to the outer layers, to be held on the surface by a silicone or type of oil. The result is to puff out fine lines, but dehydrates the skin from the inside out.

One cannot fail to be confused by ingredients that have so many letters in the word that we are hard pressed to pronounce them let alone understand what they are.  Ingredients with methyl, propyl, butyl or ethylsomewhere in the word are paraben preservatives.

These chemicals have been found in breast cancer tissue and although the industry are at pains to claim there has not been enough studies to confirm their danger, you will notice many manufacturers are removing these chemicals and promoting the fact. Where there’s’ smoke … etc!

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are cold pressed formulations, ingredients are unaltered by heat or synthetic emulsions. Only cold formulation provides significant quantities of bio-available nutrients that literally feed your skin.

3 Same, Same:

If most products have the same ingredients, it is interesting that the prices charged are hugely different.  This is where the prestige of the brand influences the consumer to think they are buying a superior product. The marketing and advertising budget is likely to be the bigger factor rather than the quality of the ingredients.

That said, some of the cheaper brands are popular also because of the promotion budget available if a large corporation owns the product.

4. Natural, Non-Synthetic:

The best choices for quality skin care, including anti-ageing products are natural ingredients that will feed and nourish the skin. These have not been synthesised by a chemical process. Avoid ingredients that have a natural substance usually in brackets after a long chemical sounding ingredient name. An ingredient that has been derived from a natural substance, for example ‘from coconut’ has undergone a chemical reaction and is not longer natural. If it has been ‘ethoxylated’ there is also a chance the ingredient has been contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane during manufacture.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are shipped as soon as possible after manufacturing directly from the factory. This ensures their freshness and potency when you receive them