What Is Exfoliation? May 4, 2022 16:43
What Is Exfoliation?
According to the Cambridge Dictionary
Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30 to 45 days. As you get older it takes longer for skin to shed and for new skin to emerge. But your skin does not shed all its dead skin, some of it stays attached and that leads to dry, flaky patches. This is where Exfoliating comes in. By exfoliating your skin, you slough away dry and dead skin cells making way for new skin. Your skin becomes soft, smooth, vibrant, and healthy.
The process of exfoliation and removing dead skin from your body can be accomplished in several different ways. Some of the more popular ways are, using chemicals, like Beta Hydroxy Acid, (BHA), Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), and enzymes, to help dissolve surface skin cells. There is also a large selection of exfoliation pads, normally made from sisal, nylon, or other mildly coarse material. A more natural way is to use scrubs made from ingredients like finely ground oatmeal, finely ground coffee, salt, or sugar combined with a plant-based carrier oil.
I prefer using sugar combined with good plant-based carrier oils. Sugar is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture to your skin. Your skin loves moisture. Sugar is gentle on the skin and when mixed with a carrier oil the application is easy on the skin while at the same time doing its job and removing dead skin. Sugar scrubs dissolve easily when rinsing, but the natural oils in them leave your skin ultra-smooth. There is a wide selection of carrier oils that are vitamin and nutrient-rich and fantastic on the skin. Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Just to name a few. Some oils are heavier than others, some offer different benefits.
Before starting an exfoliating routine, know your skin type. Do you have oily skin or dry skin, Is your skin sensitive to a certain carrier or essential oils. Look at the ingredients on the products, and make sure that the product you are going to use is good for your skin. If unsure do a patch test on your skin. Just be sure the product you choose has no man-made chemicals in them like parabens and fragrance oils. These chemicals can be irritating to your skin and cause problems. I know starting a skincare regimen can be intimidating, but the benefits of having healthy, beautiful skin, make it worth the effort. The main thing is you have to be consistent and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
Using a sugar scrub to exfoliate is simple. It can be done in the shower, bath, or sink. If used in the shower or bath be careful as the floor of the shower, the tub can become slippery. Sugar scrubs can be used from head to toe. You can and should exfoliate your entire body as your skin covers your entire body and therefore dead skin needs to be removed. Apply warm water to areas of the body to be exfoliated. Remove a small portion of the scrub and apply, gently scrubbing in circular motions, and then rinse. That's it. If using on calloused areas such as elbows and feet you can apply extra amounts of scrub and be a little more aggressive with the scrubbing. Sugar scrubs are gentle and can be used every day, but I would recommend using them every other or every three days, so you don’t irritate the new skin. On stubborn calloused areas, using a coarse salt scrub can be used instead of sugar and you can use it every day until the callouses are gone.
What is all-natural? April 15, 2022 13:46
What is all-natural?
What does it mean when skincare manufacturers use the terms "natural," "all-natural," or "made with natural ingredients." When we’re talking about skincare, According to Merriam Webster Definition of natural 10:B defines “natural existing in or produced by nature: not artificial”
The FDA governs the cosmetics world, and they do not have a defined meaning for the term “natural”. So, with no regulatory guidelines, many in the cosmetic and skincare industry market their products as “natural” or “all-natural” on their labels.
Some of these products may contain a couple of natural ingredients, but many also contain synthetic chemicals such as fragrance, dyes, and certain preservatives that may be linked to health problems or may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and sinuses. Now that doesn’t mean that everything natural is good for your skin. Poison Ivy is not good for your skin
As a consumer, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish what products are safe to use and what products are not. Fancy marketing techniques coupled with fantastic claims can sometimes influence our decision on what we buy.
Now if you’ve never used all-natural skin-care products before, and you’re looking to make the switch, do a little research. Now when I say all-natural, I mean that a product’s ingredients contain no synthetic ingredients at all.
Research and examine the different essential oils, the large variety of plant-based oils, and natural plant-based butters. These nutrient-rich plant-based ingredients are full of fatty acids, high in vitamins, and antioxidants that are excellent for achieving and maintaining healthy skin.
After you’ve done your research, look at all your skincare products at home, check the labels, and if they have any man-made ingredients, throw them out. Start fresh so that when you purchase your new all-natural products you can determine what works best for you.
When you shop for your skincare products do some label browsing. Search for targeted ingredients. If you’re looking for something to soften fine lines, smooth dry skin, eliminate breakouts, and control eczema, then you want a product that contains ingredients that will target those problems.
Now for a skincare product to be effective, you must be consistent with using it. Don’t use it once a month and say, “Hey this stuff doesn’t work”. Also, be patient. You may notice immediate results but depending on the severity of your skin problems it may take more time.
Enjoy Your Natural Skin Care Journey
Elly's Natural Skin Care - The Beginning February 25, 2022 17:11Plant-based ingredients are the best solution for problem skin.
Harmful Chemicals To Avoid When Choosing Skin & Hair Care Products December 31, 2015 12:51
Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.
If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it
Mineral oil ( liquid paraffin
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.
There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal [skin] absorption.”
Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads.
Mineral oil provides no nutrients whatsoever. It actually seals off your skin, preventing it from breathing. It has no benefits for your skin. It’s not infusing it with nutrients. It’s not providing hydration that actually goes into the skin where it counts. It’s just sitting there on the top of the skin preventing moisture loss.
Mineral oil attracts needed moisture from cells deep inside your skin. This means that cell renewal is slowed, collagen breaks down, and the connective tissue is destroyed. Normal cell development is slowed down and the skin ages prematurely when skin cells are robbed of moisture.
Petrolatum is a jelly made of mineral oil that is often used in lip products. While the products that use it are often advertised to help prevent chapping, petrolatum can actually interfere with the body’s natural moisturizing abilities, putting you more at risk for damage. What’s more, this ingredient can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, compounds that are associated with cancer.
Fragrance ( parfume )
Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Fragrance is an obvious ingredient in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants, but it's used in nearly every type of personal care product. It can be found in conditioners, shampoos, body wash and moisturizers. Even products marketed as "fragrance-free" or "unscented" may in fact contain fragrance along with a masking agent that prevents the brain from perceiving odour.
The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients.
Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Many of these unlisted ingredients are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. A survey of asthmatics found that perfume and/or colognes triggered attacks in nearly three out of four individuals.
Some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.
A group of chemicals used in cosmetics and personal care products. Dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it's added to fragrances (remember the "secret formula" not listed), a major loophole in the law. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS's are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser and mascara.
Formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP's) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.
A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.
Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It's classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans -- these effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents—research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, and facial cleansers.
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion, and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEGs are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
You’re most likely to find Stearalkonium Chloride in hair products, particularly rinses, conditioners, and bleachers. It is used to reduce static and improve luster, but it is also known to be an irritant and does little to actually improve your hair’s health.
Triethanolamine is used in many cosmetic products to help balance pH levels, as well as to act as a cleansing base. When absorbed into the body over a long period of time, it can become toxic. Even short periods of exposure can cause allergic reactions, including eye problems and dry hair and skin. Look for Triethanolamine in eyeliners, eye shadows, blushers, mascara, foundation, hair dyes, hair care products, shaving products, and sunscreens.
Like parabens, Imidazolidinyl Urea is used as a preservative in a variety of health and beauty products. These toxic chemicals are a common cause of skin irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Imidazolindyl Urea may appear under the trade names Germall II and Germall 115 and can be found in foundations, eye makeup, makeup removers, burn remedies, shampoos, sunscreens, and more.
How To Use A Sugar Scrub To Shave Your Legs November 6, 2015 13:12
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Sugar Scrubs For Sensitive Skin July 13, 2015 16:28 1 CommentUsing plant-based skincare products will help improve the overall health of your skin. Whether you are young, middle-aged, or basking in the golden years, it's never too early or too late to start taking care of your skin. If you have sensitive or problem skin, stay away from applying anything that contains chemicals, to your skin.
Chemicals & Skin Care June 19, 2015 14:58
People are looking for safer, more natural skin care products, but there is a lot of confusion about what "natural" actually means. The word "natural" is on labels everywhere, yet there is no regulated definition. The U.S. government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products so there are many non-natural components and processes in most U.S. body care products. Even those labeled "natural" may contain harsh preservatives or ingredients.
Preservatives are necessary in most body and skin care products, especially products that contain water, and we know that preservatives and chemicals such as parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates are not only bad for our body but also for our environment because the body care products that everyone uses eventually go down the drain and into our environment.
Fragrance is a word found on many products that claim to be natural, the fact is most fragrance is man made to mimic the the smell of something else. Fragrance oils should be naturally derived, if it is not, it shouldn't be used on your body. When looking for a special scent or aroma it's best to use products that contain Essential Oils. Essential oils are not only good for the skin but may have aromatherapy benefits, as well.
All of our products are made with ingredients that actually nourish your skin and body. We use no water in any of our skin care products so we don't need preservatives. All of our products have a shelf life of approximately 8 months to a year.
Our goal is to be the go-to place for the highest-quality, natural skin care products.