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The Big No-Nos in our Cosmetics – Part 3

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Welcome to part 3 in our series on the harmful ingredients in our skin care products and makeup. We have all been conditioned by advertising to just accept that the products on sale are good for us and not harmful in anyway. Advertising is an amazing tool and we just do not question it and assume that companies have our best interests at heart. Are they selling us down the river in the name of profit and taking shortcuts at the expense of our health. Research on the ingredients in everyday products seem to suggest that many hold health risks that should concern us. Today’s topic is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is used in various skincare products such as body washes, cleansers, shampoos and hand washes and acts as a detergent.

There are also other types of sulfates including Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS). Sulfates are the ingredients which make a product foam up and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the most commonly used.

SLS can cause allergic reactions, drying of the skin and irritation in some people and can have a lasting effect on the epidermis of the skin by damaging the hair follicles. It was thought to be carcinogenic but this is unsubstantiated. For more information and treatment for reactions visit https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/3423265#section=Human-Toxicity-Excerpts

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Depending on the manufacturing processes it is possible that sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane is a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and may interfere with human development. 1,4- doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. It can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way of knowing whether SLS has undergone this process. Sodium laureth sulfate( SLES) is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. For more information visit https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-sodium-laureth-sulfate/

While natural products do not lather as much as commercial ones it is a much safer option for you and your family. With so many long term health problems caused by these toxins going natural is the best option to take.

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The Big No-Nos in our Cosmetics – Part 2

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Thank you for joining us for Part 2 of the harmful ingredients found in our cosmetics. Another one of the big no-nos in our cosmetic is Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a colourless, strong-smelling gas used in a wide range of industries and products including building materials, walls, cabinets furniture and personal care products. Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are chemicals used In personal care products to prevent microbes from growing in water-based products by decomposing slowly over time to form molecules of formaldehyde which maintains a constant level of preservatives making this a popular preservative choice. According to the FDA, nearly 1 in 5 cosmetic products contain a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. While exposure to low levels of formaldehyde is not considered dangerous, high exposure to the chemical is a safety concern.

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High levels of exposure to formaldehyde, particularly in cosmetic products, can cause:

  • sensory irritation
  • skin sensitisation
  • breathing difficulties
  • asthma
  • cancer, in circumstances where there is chronic high exposure. The National Toxicology Program’s June report classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen under conditions with high or prolonged exposure

Products that contain low levels of formaldehyde include:

  • cosmetics
  • shampoos and conditioners
  • shower gels
  • liquid hand soap
  • cream cleansers
  • skin moisturisers
  • toothpaste
  • nail hardeners
  • eyelash glue
  • hair straightening solutions.

Identifying on the label is difficult but can include the following:  Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.

Always choose products with fewer ingredients when possible or choose natural products. That way you can make sure that you’re being exposed to fewer chemicals overall. Protect yourself and your family from all the harmful chemicals in our everyday products. Until next time

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This week’s news

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Free shipping

We are very happy to announce free shipping on all purchases over R699.00 because our customers are important to us. (South Africa only). Get the goodness from our products at an affordable price.

Our two skin care routine options

For teen and oily skin we have the Gel Cleanser, Toner and Daily Moisturizer

Optional extras: Honey Face Scrub and Hydrating Face Mask

For dry/normal/combination/sensitive skin we have the Cleansing Cream, Toner and Daily Moisturizer

Optional Extras: Anti-ageing Cream, Honey Facial Scrub, Night Cream and Hydrating Face Mask

While good nutrition is vital for healthy skin, hair, and nails, these three steps will help keep your complexion functioning at its best. See our face care products here.

  • Cleansing — Washing your face.
  • Toning — Balancing the skin.
  • Moisturizing Hydrating and softening the skin.

The skin benefits of some of the main ingredients in our skin care products: Being beautiful should never harm you.

HONEY:

Honey has antibacterial and anti-septic properties, making it perfect for both preventing and treating acne.

It is full of antioxidants and boosts collagen production which reduces signs of ageing.

It deeply moisturises the skin, the enzymes in honey condition and soften the skin from deep within.

It has naturally soothing and healing properties and also nourishes damaged skin to fade scars.

It works as a clarifying agent because it naturally opens up pores and removes blackheads by removing dirt from pores. It then hydrates and tightens skin pores for a clear complexion. The enzymes work as a gentle exfoliator.

NEEM OIL

Neem oil comes from the fruit and seeds of the Neem tree. The oil is rich in fatty acids (palmitic, linoleic and oleic acids) which support healthy skin.

The oil has antibacterial properties with wound healing effects. Researches have found the oil to be effective in treating the following symptoms of skin ageing: wrinkles, skin thickening, skin redness and water loss

The leaf of the plant also provides health benefits. The leaves contain plant compounds called flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

LAVENDER OIL

Lavender has the following benefits for your skin:

Fights acne, soothes dry skin and eczema and helps reduce redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring. It is anti-inflammatory and is great for soothing and healing skin irritations, sun-reddened skin or insect bites

Lavender oil is an antioxidant making it useful for battling signs of premature ageing and preventing wrinkles.

SHEA BUTTER

Shea butter has extensive anti-inflammatory properties and can soak into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture, lasting hours

May be related to promoting collagen production or decreasing the breakdown of collagen thus having anti-ageing properties.

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Indulge your skin with these skin nourishing products and say no to toxic ingredients. Can you afford not to? Until next time stay safe.

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The Big No-No’s in our Cosmetics – Part 1

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We all love our body and face care products and all those lovely eye shadow and lipstick shades. The packaging looks so inviting and the advertisements make them all just look so yummy that you can’t decide which delectable one to choose. Have you ever considered the fact that you might be harming your health by using them? It certainly came as a shock to me when I discovered just how many toxic ingredients I had been smearing all over me these many years. I am going to be doing a series of the ingredients in various products that have harmful effects on our bodies.

The first of the no-no’s I am going to cover is Parabens.

PARABENS

Parabens are used as a synthetic preservative in many different personal care products. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, blood and the digestive system. Parabens act like estrogen in the body and can lead to fertility problems, increase your risk of breast cancer and affect fetal development. One study found that exposure to butylparaben during pregnancy and lactation alters the development of the reproductive organs and sperm production in baby boys. In addition to reproductive problems, parabens may also cause other issues for your baby

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In another study, parabens led to anxiety and reduced learning performance in baby animals. But each person’s body responds differently, so this information serves simply as some scientific food for thought.

Applying personal care product containing parabens—especially methylparaben—can lead to UV-induced damage of skin cells and disruption of cell proliferation (cell growth rate). Daily application, in particular, can lead to increased concentrations of methylparaben because it is not completely metabolized. Parabens combined with other estrogenic chemicals may potentially influence the development of malignant melanoma, one form of skin cancer.

Parabens are used in soap, skincare, baby products, body care, hair care, toothpaste and deodorant.


How to identify on a label: alkyl parahydroxybenzoate, butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparabens.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

Read the ingredients labels to avoid products containing parabens. Many natural and organic cosmetics have alternative options to parabens to prevent microbial growth in personal care products. Some natural care products are preservative-free with a shorter shelf life. Choose products without any harmful chemicals to protect you and your family’s health.

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Why we started living a natural lifestyle

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For so many years there were no options available but those containing toxins, how things have changed! I love that there is so much variety of natural products now available to suit every taste. Sadly the ingredients for the products still remain expensive but I see that even with healthy food options which are so much more expensive than junk food.

Why I became passionate about living a natural life

I have become passionate over the last few years about living a natural life using more natural and organic products. It was a natural progression from discovering personally how all the toxins in foods and beauty products caused so many negative effects on the body. Hormone imbalances being one of the many effects. Then began my extensive research into all the ingredients that were the culprits and a complete lifestyle change for myself and my family began. The first thing I did was throw out all the toxic cosmetics, shampoos and lotions and started making my own. This progressed into making soap and I really enjoyed experimenting with different natural colour options and essential oil blends.

I have now had to step out of my comfort zone and embrace the motto of “nothing ventured nothing gained”. I am learning so many new things on this new venture that we have started on. It has been on my mind for a long time but finally, with the help of my son, Tyrell – the computer fundi and with my husband’s support, the project is happening. We are starting small but hope our new baby grows and we will eventually be selling all things natural for the body, face and hair. Love that we can take care of our skin with natural products and so happy there are now natural makeup options too.

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