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Beauty Products for Anti-ageing – Tips for Achieving the Best Results.

The greatest interest in skin care these days is in the sphere of anti-ageing products. Both women and men are attempting to remain youthful looking. Many are prepared to pay any amount for skin care products with wild claims as the advertising industry probes deeper into our insecurities.

If you read the ingredients labels of most readily available products, you will find many contain the same substances. They will all contain preservatives and parben preservatives are widely used, even though they are known to be toxic.

I have some tips to help debunk some of the myths surrounding anti-aging skin care products.

DO … cleanse morning and night with a mild, natural ingredient based cleanser. Once in the morning, but use 2 applications at night if you wear makeup.

DON’T … use foaming cleansers that contain cocoamidopropyl betaine, some times seen with “(from coconut)” the oils are synthesised with ammonia and a toxic herbicide! May cause eye and skin irritation. Avoid sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate. These ingredients are chemical, they dehydrate the skin and inflame and separate the skin layers.

DO… exfoliate twice weekly for normal to oily skin, once weekly for delicate skin. A rough face cloth does a good job in between.

DON’T… use products containing almond or other nutshell. They have sharp edges that may tear the tissue.

DO… use a clay based mask: weekly or twice weekly for oily or troubled skin; every 10 days for normal skin, fortnightly for sensitive or delicate skin. Clay will gently draw toxins from the deeper layers of the skin. Masks brighten, lighten and smooth the skins texture.

DON’T … forget to moisturise after clay masks as they can be dehydrating. Use filtered water when mixing the paste.

DO… moisturise twice daily.

DON’T… use a moisturiser containing mineral oil (sorbolene!) it coats the skin like plastic wrap preventing elimination of toxins and from breathing. Or Glycerine, which is a cheap humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65% but draws the skin’s natural moisture from the deeper layers in humidity below that, causing dehydration. The more of these type of moisturiser you use… the more you seem to need!
Lip balms containing paraffin (derived from mineral oil) is a good example of a product that needs constant reapplications, never improving the skin on the lips.

DO … use night serums and cream. Even if you have ‘oily’ skin, special treatments will add moisture, as oily skin can be dehydrated.

DON’T … confuse ‘oil’ and ‘moisture’ in the skin.

DO … avoid ingredients such as:
PEG (sometimes with numbers added);
(polyethylene glycol) alter the natural moisture content of the skin and leave it vulnerable to bacteria. Although common in lotions and moisturisers. PEGs have been connected with liver and kidney damage in scientific studies. During the manufacture process the contaminant 1-4,dioxane, a carcinogen.

Oxybenzone; (as in sunscreen products);
Achemical found in sunscreens & moisturizers containing sunscreen – this chemical claims the most common causes of photo contact allergy.

It is rapidly oxidized in the presence of light and inactivates important antioxidant systems in the skin (the skin’s natural protection system) Oxybenzone is a hormone disruptor blamed for the increased prospect that male babies will be feminized and low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. Immediate and delayed hypersensitivity, it has been detected in human urine and milk. Potentially damages DNA under UV light. It is a skin sensitizer and a penetration enhancer. Used in many sunscreens!

Butylene Glycol;
Petro-chemical, potentially cause contact dermatitis. In animal studies to has been shown to produce mild skin and eye irritation, as well as endocrine system alterations.  There are also reproductive, brain and nervous system effects.

Retinal Palmitate; (in most anti-ageing products);
Vitamin A derivative, shown to improve tiny wrinkles. it decomposes under UVA into chemicals shown to cause mutations in mouse lymphoma cells. Is photo toxic- will cause skin ageing, educed DNA damage. Restricted in Canada.

Ceteryl alcohol;
Causes mild irritation and contact dermatitis in some users.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA);
The natural ones are glycolic acids from sugar cane, Lactic acid from soured milk (Cleopatra reputably bathed in it) and malic acid from grapes and apples. It has been suggested that AHAs may cause the skin to age more rapidly and elevate the risk of skin cancer, due to their ability to remove the outer layer of skin which can elevate sensitivity to sunlight, thereby increasing photo-ageing. In one study the AHA glycolic acid elevated the sensitivity of human skin to sunburn by as much as 50 per cent in some individuals

‘NICNAS: Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report,’ Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging, National Indus Research carried out on guinea pigs found that the AHA glycolic acid caused skin damage, with higher doses altering the structure of the skin and destroying some parts of the epidermal layer, as well as increasing UVB-induced skin damage, to a far greater degree than either glycolic acid or UVB in isolation.
Park, K.S. et al, Effect of Glycolic Acid on UVB-Induced Skin Damage and Inflammation in Guinea Pigs, Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, July-August, 2002: 15 (4): 236-245.

Trial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Marrickville, NSW, 2000 (12): 128;

Commercial glycolic acid is a by-product in the manufacturing of ethylene glycol, through the reaction of formaldehyde (a carcinogen) and carbon monoxide (a poison)!

DON’T … be misguided by confusing ingredients that have nothing to recommend them to give the results you seek and may even make your skin worse….

DO … Choose products Certified Organic to food standards. Ensure the best results for your skin to lessen the signs of ageing using skin care preparations to nourish and protect your skin.



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Hand Sanitizers; Are they Necessary or just Another Marketing Gimmick?

Avoid toxic chemicals in hand sanitizers.

I was lucky enough to go on a cruise, recently, and I was astounded by the number of hand sanitizers placed around the ship as well as the crew’s persistence in trying to persuade me to use the stuff.

I have been used to seeing the atomizer in hospitals and I guess, with so many people in close proximity to each other the last thing a liner needs to have a health crisis on board.

But let’s take a closer look at the burgeoning industry that I would like to call “Germ Warfare”

We are being frightened by graphic advertising from the manufacturers of these products to kill all germs, or rather 99.9% lest we fall for victim to colds, flu or any viral illness. We are encouraged to ‘protect’ our family against the marauding, unseen germs.


I would like you to consider how the over use of anti-bacterial products… from hand sanitizers to surface sprays and cleaners, might, in the long run affect our immune system and therefore general health. Many of the ingredients in the products have not been thoroughly tested for human safety, while others, through research, show toxicity even at low doses.


Interestingly, a study by the University of Virginia has shown that alcohol-based hand sanitizers didn’t significantly decrease the number of people infected with a cold or flu. Of 100 volunteers who used a hand sanitizer, 54 became sick with a cold or flu, while 66 of 100 people who didn’t use it suffered from a virus.

What is startling is that, while many people think hand sanitizers are effective and active for a long time after application, (call me suspicious, but that could be to do with advertising!) the fact is, according to Dr. Philip Tierno Jr from NYU Langone Medical Center “Alcohol sanitizers last only a minute or two and must be reapplied when recontamination occurs”


Even the U.S. Center for Disease Control admits that hand sanitizers will not kill all germs. And when reading the ingredients label of a hand sanitizer, the list includes several ingredients, not yet tested for safety in cosmetics. The remainder has been found to be irritants, toxins and carcinogens.


Add to that information is a study from researchers from the National University of Ireland that found a common disinfectant and antimicrobial agent used in hand sanitizers, benzalkonium chloride, has shown the ability to develop resistance to some antibiotics. The scientists found that by adding increasing amounts of the disinfectant to bacteria, not only does the bacteria survive the chemical, but also a commonly used antibiotic, ciprofloxacin, even when the tested bacteria has not been exposed to the antibiotic.


And there is more bad news for benzalkonium chloride, as the chemical is suspected human immune system toxicant, respiratory tract irritant, have reproduction & development effects, eye and skin irritant and can cause gastrointestinal distress if ingested. So just don’t use a product with this chemical as an ingredient if you plan to handle food or water, or touch your lips or eyes.


The chemical is yet to be determined safe for pregnant and nursing women or children under the age of 2. Benzalkonium chloride is the main cause of asthma and dermatitis in health care workers and professional cleaning staff.


Triclosan is another popular ingredient in sanitizers, both personal and household products. This chemical is toxic to humans, affecting the thyroid and other hormone systems. Research on a cross section of the American population detected triclosan in the urine of 75% of the more than 2500 people tested. In another study conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine the chemical was detected in the urine of 61% of 90 girls aged from 6 to 8 years.


Triclosan contaminates the environment and the water ways it is flushed into from waste water treatment plants as it can not be entirely eliminated. It is toxic to wildlife and marine animals from algae to fish. Scientists have found traces of triclosan in 58% of 85 streams in the U.S.

Triclosan interacts with sunlight and microbes in surface water to form methyl triclosan, a chemical that may bioaccumulate in wild life and humans.

Triclosan and triclocarban have been linked to endocrine disruption, with potential adverse impacts on sexual and neurological development.


Alcohol, either ethyl or isopropyl is the main and active ingredient in hand sanitizers, making up more than 60% of the entire product. It is the alcohol that kills the bacteria and viruses.

However, ethyl alcohol is a penetration enhancer, taking the other chemicals deeper into the skin and into the blood stream. Not ideal if the other ingredients are toxic or even questionable.

Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, is from the petrochemical industry, is extremely drying and is toxic to the nervous system. It is absorbed through the skin and from inhalation of the vapors.


Fragrance is used in everything. We are even encouraged to purchase instruments that will deliver constant puffs of artificial fragrance into our home to make them smell ‘fresh’! But these fragrances can be made up of more than 4000 different chemicals, many of them toxic.  It is recognized that these chemicals can accumulate in the body. Phthalates, used to ensure the fragrance lingers longer are known hormone disruptors. Scientists have studied the effects of phthalates on baby boys and have evidence that they interrupt the babies’ sexual development.


These are just a few of the ingredients in hand sanitizers, you might be bored if I listed and explained them all. So, are we really waging a war against germs? Or are we being suckered into yet another product to add to the shopping list, fearful that we might be on the brink of a health risking epidemic.

It has been shown by numerous health studies that good old soap and water is more effective in cleaning hands than packaged hand sanitizers, without the possible dangers of adding yet more chemicals to our bodies and into the environment.

Add to that the positive effect on the immune system in building anti-bodies to naturally fight disease and I’d say we can well do with out these little bottles of poison that are rapidly multiplying through out the world.

Remember, even according to the manufactures, hand sanitizers only kill 99.9% of germs… what happens to the remaining .1%?

They mutate and become stronger, eventually resisting all methods of killing them.


Associate professor Rolf Halden, of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, a biologist and engineer, and his team conducted a series of experiments aimed at tracking the environmental course of the active ingredients in personal care products. The disturbing results of their research indicate that triclosan and triclocarban first aggregate in wastewater sludge and are transferred to soils and natural water environments, where they were observed to persist for months or years.


Antimicrobials were first used in hand soaps in the 1980s, and by early 2000, more than 75% of liquid soaps contained triclosan and/or triclocarban in a billion dollar a year industry, heavily promoted by the manufacturers in what can only be described as scare mongering.   A disturbing statistic is 97% of American women tested were found to have antimicrobial in their breast milk.


Bioaccumulation of antimicrobial chemicals in animal species has been noted, this is where the reading of the harmful substance is far greater than the initial exposure.


The above excerpt of Prof. Halden from:-




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Breast Cancer Research

Should We Take a Closer Look at our Environment and Daily Choices?

There is not a day goes by that we are not reminded of the increasing rates of cancer. Funds, foundations and associations are raising money for research into the causes of all the various types of cancers.
They are looking for the magic bullet (or drug) trying to find the “Cure for Cancer”

Has anyone taken the time to consider prevention?
What about all the chemicals we are exposed to each and every day? Some chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in animals, such as several pesticides and some cosmetic ingredients are known endocrine disruptors. There are chemicals that have been tested alone, reported to be safe, but not tested in combination with other chemicals.
We are exposed inadvertently by way of car and industry fumes, and the off-gassing from plastics, furniture, and car interiors.

Many exposures come from our own hands – from the cleaning products we choose to use. There seems to be enormous range of household cleaners, a separate one for every job. And each as toxic as the other; There is one for the kitchen, that ‘cuts grease and kills bacteria’ and one for the bathroom ‘leaves tiles sparkling and kills bacteria’ and a special one for the toilet to ‘ kill bacteria’
Have you noticed a theme here?
Also advertised are several sprays for smelly rubbish tins! Has anyone considered emptying the bin instead of spraying a toxic chemical to mask the smell?
There must be big business when you take into account the cost of producing ads for TV and magazines to make us feel insecure about our natural world.
We are bombarded with advice to make our homes (and cars!) ‘germ-free’ and ‘fresh smelling’ but we are endangering our immune systems with the onslaught of synthetic fragrances as well as chemical cleaners and germicides that kill the ‘good’ as well as the ‘bad’ bacteria.
The body needs bacteria in the right balance, by killing bacteria we inadvertently kill the good ones, leaving an imbalance. In fact there are more bacteria in the human body than there are cells.

Then there are Personal Care and Cosmetic products. This subject is a particular favorite of mine! I have become obsessive about reading labels and researching the lists of chemical ingredients in the many products we apply to our bodies daily.
Many women use as many as 9 products a day, exposing themselves to up to 126 different chemicals that can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. This is how nicotine and HRT patches deliver the medication.
A facial cleanser, body wash, toothpaste and shampoo are all likely to contain sodium lauryl sulphate or the more toxic sodium laureth sulphate or both!
That is 4 applications of a chemical toxic to marine life, so that might give you an idea why you should avoid it.
Next, the body lotion, moisturizer, anti-age cream and foundation will possibly include Dimethicone and/or mineral oil/wax
Dimethicone has been found to cause tumors in laboratory animals.
Mineral oil and paraffin wax are from the petro-chemical industry. They coat the skin like plastic wrap, not allowing it to breathe or eliminate toxins. They slow skin functions and cell development, resulting in pre-mature ageing.
Alcohol is often added as an emulsifier. It dries the skin.
All these products will also contain preservatives. Some as many as 3 or 4.
Paraben preservatives are widely used even though they are known to be toxic.
In my reports is the quick, easy way to recognize these chemical preservatives. Access the reports from the link below.
Propylene Glycol is still a popular ingredient with manufactures of cosmetics.
A petrol derivative, it penetrates the skin weakening cellular structure. The EPA warns against skin contact because of detrimental effects to organs such as liver and kidneys.

So … back to the question, to help prevent cancer … should we take a closer look at the many daily exposures to chemicals?

There is that old chestnut “Prevention is Better than Cure” and a few personal changes such as making informed decisions when deciding on the type of cleaning products used and switching to personal care and cosmetics with less, or better, NO chemicals could put us on the right track to avoid the accumulation of toxins in our bodies and the bodies of those we buy for.