Misconceptions about "Alcohols" in skin care products!
Consumers are often leary of purchasing skincare and haircare products that contain alcohol. Yet, there is are major differences between the various types of alcohols used in skincare products. All alcohols are not created equal, nor do they serve the same purpose. To better help you understand the difference, we have provided this information to you. Consumers automatically associate Cetyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Alcohol with drying alcohols like denatured grain alcohol, ethyl, Alcohol SD, benzyl and isopropyl alcohol. This is not the case. Cetyl, Stearyl and Cetearyl Alcohols are "FATTY Alcohols" which can be found in the waxy film that plants have over their leaves and fruits. They are also derived from whale oil and vegetable oils, such as palm oil and coconut oil. These fatty alcohols help to moisturize the skin and acts like a humectant in some cases. So be sure to take a closer look at the ingredients, now that you know you do not have to avoid all alcohols in skincare products. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Are you suffering from “summer skin"? Has too much sun and heat left your skin desert dry thirsting for moisture.
A clay facial could be the answer. I’m not talking about the foo-foo ready made clay facial mixes with beautiful fragrances. I’m talking about clay straight from volcanic ashes, the kind of mask that as it dries you can feel your skin pulsate because impurities and toxins are literally being pulled out of your skin.
Nothing absorbs dirt, oil, impurities and dead skin like a clay mask. The particles of clay carry a negative electrical charge. Absorption of toxins take place when clay draws particles into its internal layered structure — much like a sponge.
A clay mask has many benefits. It stimulates and increases circulation, tightens sagging skin, refines enlarged pores, exfoliates by lifting dead skin cells and cleanses the skin like no other mask. Clay masks are good for all skin types. For acneic skin it rids the skin of impurities that cause breakouts. For oily skin it absorbs excess oil leaving clean skin behind. For dry skin it increases much needed circulation and rids the skin of dead skin cells allowing serums, ampoules, lotions and cream to penetrate deeper.
Have you ever bought a cream that in the beginning worked wonders only to be disappointed when it eventually stopped working for you? Chances are your skins surface is working against you as a barrier not allowing that cream to penetrate. We are bombarded with pollution, dirt, grime and oil every day. Even the best of skin care can leave a layer of dead skin and debris behind. A clay mask binds to that layer and lifts it away allowing your products to absorb more fully.
For those of you blessed beauties with normal skin, clay will bring essential nutrients and oxygen to your skin. It will deep clean and maintain your beautiful skin. Whatever your skin type is, clay will leave you glowing and vibrant. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Attention Acne Sufferers!
An ideal way to improve your skin is to replace bad fats, such as hydrogenated oils, with good fats, such as cod liver oil.
Cod Liver oil provides an outstanding source of Omega-3 fatty acids, lacking significantly in persons suffering with acne. It also provides an abundant source of natural vitamin A and D, which are absolutely critical for an acne sufferer.
Quality cod liver oil gives you these vitamins in the proper ratio and quantity. Remember, consuming vitamins in their natural form is essential, as with anything you purchase, not all cod liver oils are created equal. Some contain high levels of mercury and almost all have stripped the oil of the essential naturally occurring vitamins. Others have been molecularly distilled, which can damage some components of the oil.
For those of you worried about the taste and odor, cod liver oil now comes in gels, various flavors, and are available in fermented or unfermented. The quality brands can be a bit pricy, but in the end it will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin.
A brand I can personally recommend is Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which can be found on various websites.
Good Luck! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Here’s why you should not use mineral oil, petroleum jelly or petrolatum on your skin and what you should be using instead. First, let’s look at what those ingredients commonly found in petrolatum are actually derived from. That alone may be enough to convince you to avoid them.
Petrolatum Discovered Petroleum jelly was discovered on some of the first oil rigs in the United States. The gelatinous substance caused problems for the workers, but they said that it did help heal burns. It turns out that you should not use petroleum jelly on burns, because it traps the heat and causes blistering. It may have promoted healing by repelling water and creating a barrier to keep germs out, but there are better solutions, including a simple bandage and a natural honey salve. Manuka honey is the best for that purpose, as it has the highest antibacterial activity.
Petrolatum is basically white petroleum jelly. It has been touted as a moisturizer for many years and you’ll find that it is an ingredient in the cheaper lotions on the market. Although some of the better companies include it, too. Petrolatum is not actually moisturizing, because it does not penetrate. You can tell, because it leaves a greasy feeling and it is hard to “rub it in”. If you use baby oil on your body, the primary component is mineral oil. Hours later, your skin will still feel oily, because, again, it is not absorbed.
Plant oils or plant-based oils are better solutions, because they are more similar to your skin’s natural moisturizers. Those natural moisturizers are called sebum. Some are closer to sebum than others. The plant-based oils that are similar to sebum include grape seed, avocado, Shea butter, jojoba, olive and palm oil. Shea butter is actually nearly identical to human sebum. It’s best for use at night, when its “healing quotient” is most effective. It is a little to heavy for most people to use during the day.
Cancer Connection? They may contain cancer-causing contaminants. Even some of the “natural” cleansers on the market have been found to contain cancer-causing Dioxane, because of the chemicals and the processes used during manufacturing. Cosmetic companies are not required to check the raw ingredients or the final batch for contaminants and most of them don’t.
The best company does test the plant oils that they use for contaminants, because of herbicides, pesticides and other hazardous chemicals that may be present. They also test the completed batch to be sure that there manufacturing processes are working correctly.
Best, Safest Moisturizer You should be using a moisturizer containing plant oils after cleansing in the morning and before going to bed at night. Some “experts” suggest the use of cooking oils for this purpose, but emulsified plant-based oils are more effective. They are absorbed more quickly and don’t make the skin shiny. If you choose the right options, your skin will look better and your overall health will be protected. -Margaret Bell