What we put on our skin is just as important as the food we eat. The skin is the body’s largest organ and plays a crucial role, not only in the elimination of toxins and in regulating our internal temperature, but also in terms of absorption.
Therefore it is critical to use skin and personal care products that first of all, are free from toxic chemical ingredients. Some of these ingredients include:
a) Propylene glycol: Found in practically every skin moisturiser, propylene glycol is used as the base ingredient in the manufacture of brake fluid and industrial anti-freeze. It greatly damages and ages the skin. It also causes rashes and dry skin.
b) Lauryl sulphates: These corrosive chemical ingredients used in industry to manufacture garage floor cleaner and engine de-greasing are also one of the main ingredients in practically every major brand of shampoo, bubble bath, face wash, shaving gel & toothpaste. Lauryl sulphates eat away at the mucous lining of the skin, are highly irritant to the eyes and cause urinary tract infections.
c) Parabens: synthetic chemicals which have been linked with breast cancer. They are used as preservatives in many shampoos and personal care products.
It is vitally important for the ongoing health of your skin to use skincare products that are made only with raw, vegan and natural ingredients such as raw cacao (cocoa) butter and cold-pressed oils. This is because the skin benefits and self-nourishes from the life force, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids present in the natural skincare ingredients.
To ensure that the life force and all these nutrients are retained, skin care products must be made at temperatures below 40C. If ingredients are heated above this level during the manufacturing process, most of the antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and the life force in the ingredients are destroyed. A good example of this is cold-pressed olive oil, which has long been considered a topical remedy for wrinkles and facial lines. Not surprisingly, olive oil is the best source of raw vitamin E. However, it is also is extremely sensitive to temperature and light and becomes completely corrupted when heated.
Heated oils and fats when used in skin care products –even in the so-called most natural ones- are actually one of the worst offenders to skin beauty. They contain highly toxic transfatty acids, which may be absorbed into the cell membranes, causing them to become porous and weak. Heating oils and fats also leads to the creation of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that have lost an electron. Collagen, a protein molecule that constitutes 80% of the dermis, is particularly susceptible to free radical damage, which includes wrinkles, lingering scars and stiff collagen
In contrast, cold-pressed fats and oils kept at low temperatures help to beautify the skin, strengthen the cell membranes and restore nutrients to the tissues.
Our Cacao Butter, Mango Butter and Shea Butter are all source as unrefined and cold pressed, as wel as all of the Cold-Pressed Oils that we use, also 100% unrefined.
In short, the best external skin care is to use products made using only 100% raw and truly natural ingredients. At present, we are one of the only companies in the world producing a range of such products.
To demonstrate this point, we researched the ingredients of three products sold in high street stores in the UK, two of them made by companies who advocate the use of “as many natural ingredients as possible”. Without naming and shaming, here are some of the ingredients found in them and their potential side-effects:
The first one, an anti-wrinkle cream, manufactured by one of the largest skin care companies in the world, contained among other things: Phenoxyethanol, which has been linked to potential for reduced fertility and reduced chances for a healthy, full-term pregnancy; Propylparaben, a potential breast carcinogen; and Methylparaben, an ingredient which can instigate itching, burning, scaling, hives, and skin blistering.
The next one, a moisturiser, from a natural skin care company, contained Disodium EDTA, a penetration enhancer, which alters the skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amount of other chemicals that can reach the bloodstream. It is also made with Salicylic Acid, a potential cardiovascular toxicant, which can also increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep skin layers. It also had PEG-100 Stearate, which can potentially break down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems.
Finally: a seaweed cream, made by a company that expresses a commitment to natural, sustainable and safe products. This contained Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, a respiratory toxicant and also a lung sensitizer which can potentially instigate asthma attacks and other lung problems. It is also made with Polysorbate 60 which can potentially instigate itching, burning, scaling, hives, and skin blistering.
You may be thinking: “But I have been using skin care products for years and I’m fine!” Well, that’s good but consider this: On average, we apply 126 unique chemical ingredients on the skin daily. Slowly but surely, this exposure adds up. Thus, the average person absorbs about 2 kg of synthetic chemicals into their skin every year. The cumulative and combined effect of these chemicals is definitely risky.
Propylene Glycol: Found in many skin moisturisers (and now even in processed foods and throat pastilles), propylene glycol is used as the base ingredient in the manufacture of brake fluid and industrial anti-freeze. It is used in skin care products because it glides on smoothly, drawing moisture to the outer layers of the skin, giving the appearance of moisturizing the skin. However it greatly damages and ages the skin. It also causes skin rashes and dryness.
Vaseline (also referred as Petroleum Jelly and Baby Oil): Commonly used in cold creams, lip protection and baby creams, it coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin’s natural immune barrier is disrupted as this coating inhibits its ability to breathe. It can cause premature skin ageing as well as allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Phthalates: Used widely in lotions, fragrances, deodorants, nail polishes, and hair care products, phthalates act like a moisturizer and help lotions penetrate the skin. However, this family of chemical plasticizers have been found to produce liver cancer and birth defects in lab animals. Phthalates are often hidden behind the term fragrance, so choose products labelled “fragrance-free” or which are scented exclusively with pure botanical or essential oils.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely-related compounds are used in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet SLS and SLES are major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpastes, hair conditioners and about 90% of all shampoos and cleansing products that foam. They can cause eye irritation, permanent damage in children’s eyes, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and mouth ulceration. When combined with other ingredients, they can form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Both chemicals easily penetrate the skin and can lodge themselves in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.
Formaldehyde: A cheap preservative found in eye shadows, mascaras and many hair care products, formaldehyde is toxic, carcinogenic and probably the most irritating ingredient used in personal care products. It is listed as “formalin” on product labels instead of its common name, formaldehyde, to veil its presence.
Diethanolamine (DEA) and derivatives such as triethanolamine (TEA): Widely used in shampoos, these ingredients can cause allergic reactions, irritate the eyes and dry the hair and skin. DEA and its derivatives can be contaminated with nitrosamines which are toxic pollutant bi-products and have been linked with cancer, especially in the kidneys and liver.
Isopropyl Alcohol: A poisonous solvent which alters the structure of other chemicals. Found in body rubs, hand lotions, after shave lotions, fragrances and hair colour rinses. Can cause nausea, vomiting headaches, flushing and depression. It can also dry the skin and hair and create cracks and fissures in the skin which encourage bacterial growth.
Talc: Found in baby powders, face powders and body powders as well as on some contraceptives such as condoms, talc is a known carcinogen. A major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area. Can also lodge in the lungs, causing respiratory disorders.
Therefore it is crucial to know how to distinguish those products that are good and safe to use from those that one should to avoid altogether. So here are some recommendations to help you choose:
1. Read the labels and do not use skin care products containing any of the ingredients listed in the box. If you are out shopping and don’t have this list at hand, as a rule of thumb, do not buy products which include complicated chemical compound names on the labels. However, do note that plant-based ingredients need to labelled by their Latin name, so don’t mistake one for the other. And remember: the word ‘natural’ on products does not mean anything, since it can be even be used for ingredients derived from petrol!
2. Use only vegan products. This is for several reasons: Firstly, the most beautifying skin care ingredients are naturally provided to us by plants. Secondly, beeswax (as well as plant wax) clogs up the pores of your skin. Finally, when buying certified vegan products you have the added peace of mind of knowing that these products not only do not contain animal products, but also have not been tested on animals.
3. Choose 100% organic. If your skin care product is not made with organic ingredients, you could potentially be rubbing pesticide and fertiliser residues into your skin. Here, we must be very careful with what marketing propaganda may try to suggest: Unfortunately, a skin care product can be labelled organic as long as 10% of the ingredients are organic. So make sure to check that all the ingredients are organic.
Buying certified organic products is good but also bear in mind that there are many really good skin care products available which are made with wildcrafted ingredients (i.e., harvested from the wild and free from chemicals).
Also, many rural communities in developing countries sell raw, plant-based ingredients grown under ecological principles and fair-trade practices but are not yet certified because certification is expensive.
4. Use skincare products made with unheated, cold-pressed and living ingredients. Plant-derived oils (like apricot kernel, jojoba and rosehip) and butters (such as cocoa and mango kernel) have some of the best skin moisturising and nourishing properties. Yet, if these ingredients are heated, their life energy is gone and most of their antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are destroyed. Moreover, heating oils and fats creates highly toxic trans-fatty acids and free radicals, which may be absorbed into the cell membranes, causing them to become porous and weak.
Therefore, it is best to use skin care products made with cold-pressed ingredients and through a low temperature process, which ensures that the vitality and goodness of the ingredients is retained while avoiding the creation of free radicals and trans-fatty acids.
So when you next buy a skin care product, remember that up to 60% of what you apply to your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream. Therefore using products made only with organic, vegan and raw ingredients is the best choice you and your family can make for a healthy skin and body.
Adequate levels of sulphur in the body help to promote a radiant complexion, glowing skin and mineralised hair. Therefore sulphur is often referred to as “The beauty mineral”. However, research has found that most people are deficient in sulphur and that deficiency increases with age.
Therefore it is recommended to take MSM as a nutritional supplement. Many people who take MSM on a regular basis report that their skin looks and feels better and also, that their overall health has improved.
MSM is formed naturally as a by-product of algae growing in the oceans and then is evaporated into the clouds. With rain, it falls to the Earth and becomes food and nutrition for all living organisms. MSM is highly concentrated in plants watered by rain, such as pine bark, wild grasses, aloe vera, etc. MSM is extracted from these plants and is available in supplemental crystal powder form.
MSM helps to promote elasticity, healing and repair. It makes cell walls more permeable, allowing nutrients and water to flow freely into cells. It also helps wastes and toxins to flow out. As a result, the benefits of MSM include: 1.MSM helps our bodies are able to absorb more nutrients – Vitamins and minerals “lock” with MSM, allowing the body to fully use them. 2.Oxygen availability is increased – MSM helps to get oxygen into the blood more efficiently. 3.People tend to feel more energetic – The intake of MSM increases cell permeability, therefore the absorption of nutrients and oxygen is improved while toxins are released, thereby helping to increase energy levels. 4.MSM helps to reduce inflammation and swelling – One of the most important benefits of MSM is that, by equalizing the pressure on both sides of a cell wall, it helps to take out inflammation out of soft tissue and therefore it helps to reduce pain from arthritis and rheumatism. 5.Help with skin conditions – studies have shown that MSM helps with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, dermatitis, scaly skin and dandruff. Topical application of MSM has been shown to help wounds heal quickly, without scarring. 6.MSM helps to maintain a proper pH balance – Sulphur is an essential component of insulin, which plays a crucial role in carbohydrate metabolism. Sulphur also helps to main an overall body balance between alkalinity and acidity.
By applying it to the face within our skincare products, you get all of the above benefits directly to your skin cells and increase the ability of the skin to self heal and help to create a glowing radiance.
Will your products help me if I have acne, psoriasis, eczema, combination skin, oily skin or dry skin
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We have experimented for a whole year before coming up with these gems and we know fully that they do the job they are supposed to.
For each and any skin condition, research each product individually and find what jumps out at you the most and what you require in any given product, based on the differences in each moisturiser.
As a whole, each of our moisturisers will help you regardless of what skin problem you have. But you are welcome to contact us to make sure and check in to ensure you get the most ideal and beneficial moisturiser for your skin.
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