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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Know More about Organic Oils

Oil is a healthy secretion that helps lubricate the skin, just as the oils that your scalp secretes are beneficial to your hair; the sebum that your skin secretes is beneficial to your skin. But when your skin’s natural oils are removed, our bodies often compensate by producing more oil, and if your natural oils have been stripped away your skin feels dry and dehydrated.

Organic oils in cleansers contain different type of oils and these are very effective cleansing ingredients. They naturally and gently remove makeup and dirt and replace the oils in your skin with nourishing, beneficial ones. Organic cleansers also help balance sebaceous activity without depleting the skin of its natural oils. Below is a list of these super hero organic oils.

Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin) It is suitable as a light and gentle alternative to moisturiser for extra-sensitive, oily or problem skin, having a remarkable balancing effect upon skin, helping oily skin to become less oily and dry skin to become less dry. Jojoba is very similar to our skin’s sebum, so can be used to replenish skin that has lost sebum lost through age, sun, wind, cold and the environment.

Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
Avocado (dry and aging skin)
Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
Olive (all skin types)
Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
Tamanu (all skin types)
Avocado (dry, aging and normal skin).
Safflower (all skin types)
Rosehip (all skin types)
Coconut oil (sensitive, dry skin)
Macadamia oil (all skin types).
Spelt oil (dry, aging and normal skin).

# The benefits of facial oils using organic oils.

Plant oils are the closest thing to our own natural oils, so they make perfect moisturisers They also help balance skin when it gets out of wack, and unlike mineral oil won’t clog pores. Depending on your skin type, you can apply facial oil under your moisturizer for extra comfort, in place of your moisturizer, or as a supplement—just mix a few drops with your daily moisturizer. Organic facial oils are a mixture of rich carrier oils like jojoba and almond oil and added essential oils. Applying a few drops of organic facial oil into your skin every day will leave your face moisturised soft and acne-free. These formulas are light, provide your skin with a boost of hydrating nourishment, give anti-oxidant protection, and help prevent those signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles. Certified organic facial oils are usually around 99 to 100% certified, containing no preservatives. These precious oils also acquire their unique scents by including blends of herbal and plant based essential oils. Essential oils offer various benefits for your skin and their aromas also affect your overall wellbeing and mood. Facial oils do come in small amounts but these small amounts will last you a few months as you only need two or three drops each time your massage the oil into your face.

# Using organic oils for the treatment of acne/oily skin.

The more you try to get rid of the oil on your face with harsh cleansers, creams and treatments that strip your skin of its natural oils, the more your skin works to replace them. That’s when your face turns into an extra greasy inflamed mess because it overcompensates for that lost oil. Facial oils can actually restore and, if used regularly, maintain the natural balance of oil on your skin. Facial oils actually do just the opposite of what you might expect. They reduce oiliness and breakouts, while leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Some people advocate the oil cleansing method, using olive oil, sunflower seed oil, argan, avocado, jojoba and coconut oils. It may work to clear up acne; it is done by massaging the oil into your skin and using a warm steamy face cloth to wipe your face clean.

# Oils for your health and wellbeing.

Healthy oils and fats we need to eat in moderation to keep our bodies functioning optimally. These supply essential fatty acids important for brain and nerve function, cardiovascular health and clear, radiant skin. Tasty items like nuts, avocado, olive oil and coconut into our diet. I have a salad dressing with a mixture of extra virgin sesame oil with apple cider vinegar and mixed herbs. I also take krill oil (not vegan) as a supplement every day, chai seeds and linseeds are also great healthy oils.

About Alcohol in Skin Care

Many customers associate alcohol with skin dryness, itching and irritation, but contrary to the popular belief, not all alcohols are created equal. In fact, some of them are actually good for the skin. Alcohols are organic ingredients which contain C-OH or hydroxyl group in their molecular structure. There are many varieties of alcohols with vastly different properties.

Alcohols to avoid.

Below is a list of alcohols, they are generally good solvents with antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties. They quickly evaporate from the skin’s surface, robbing it of water, which may lead to skin dryness and irritation. The purpose of these are to inhibit microbial growths and extend shelf life . . . even though there are known allergic and toxic effects and even though these chemicals are suspected of being hormone disruptors.

– SD alcohol or super denaturated alcohol

– Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol

– Isopropyl Alcohol- Isopropanol is derivative of petroleum and is used in antifreeze as well as a host of other consumer products such as paint thinners and household cleaning products and disinfectants. It is easily absorbed through the skin and is twice as toxic as ethanol. The vapour is also dangerous. The side effects of inhalation of isopropanol include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, and even narcosis and coma.

– Amyl alcohol

– Alcohol denat or Denatured alcohol

– Methanol or methyl alcohol.

– Propyl alcohol,

Isopropyl Alcohol or Isopropanol is extensively used in surgical swabs where it acts as an antiseptic. Ethanol can be found in hand sanitisers and a variety of skin care products, particularly perfumes, toners, aftershaves, some sunscreens and less often, in creams and lotions. It is usually listed on the label as Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol or SD Alcohol or Alcohol denat. If these ingredients are found at the top of the ingredients list on the label, it is very likely that the product will be extremely drying on the skin.

Note on Benzyl alcohol.

Benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol that occurs naturally in e.g. Strawberries and essential oils and is often an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. Benzyl alcohol kills or inhibits the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and mould and can be used for conservation of all water-containing products. This alcohol is usually found at the end of an ingredient list.

Alcohols That Are Good

There are cosmetic alcohols that are actually very beneficial for the skin. Also known as fatty alcohols, they help skin care formulations to act as efficient skin care products. Fatty alcohols may function as emollients or humectants to moisturize skin. They may also possess cleansing properties and may be added to formulations to thicken them. Examples of good alcohols are Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol. They are waxy oil-soluble ingredients mainly derived from coconut oil.

Another example is vitamin based alcohols, such as Retinol (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Panthenol (Vitamin B5). These are “good” alcohols to have in your skin care products, although some people may experience sensitivity to them. These are skin moisturisers.

Certified organic skincare ranges that contain good alcohols use alcohol ingredients that are sourced from natural plant sources and are not synthetic.

Note on Lanolin alcohol=Lanolin alcohol is obtained by processing wool fat. It helps to create stable oil in water emulsion, soften and nourish the skin.

Note on Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virgiana) – improves skin tone, helps restore circulation, soothes inflamed skin and fights broken capillaries. Witch hazel works as an astringent and anti-inflammatory and is great for tried, sluggish, oily, dry, and infected skin.

Healthy Hair?, Here Its Tips

Whether you have dry, normal or oily hair, there are some key ways you can look after your hair.

# You are what you eat

We’ve heard it all before, but nutrition is key when it comes to healthy, shiny hair. Why? Because hair not only depends on a constant supply of blood and oxygen, but also nutrients, and a deficiency in these nutrients will show up on your skin, hair and nails. Brittle, dry or dull hair that easily breaks is therefore a tell-tale sign of poor nutrition. Eating protein three to five times a week will help maintain hair colour and texture, while keeping a close check on sugar levels will also help – high sugar consumption creates a higher demand for B group vitamins, which can also affect your locks. On top of this, an imbalance between good and bad fat consumption can either lead to an overly dry and flaky scalp and dry hair or excessive oil production. Correcting the imbalance will help to normalise the health of the scalp and the relative dryness or oiliness of the hair.

# It’s all in the suds

The type of surfactant in your shampoos may also be wrecking havoc with your locks – those containing sodium or ammonium lauryl sulphate contribute to irritated and dry scalp and hair issues. Softer surfactants such as decyl glucoside and coco glucoside or coco betaine are better choices.

# Simple styling

Try to avoid conditioners and stying products containing added silica as this will build up on the hair shaft and create ‘artificially’ shiny and silky hair. These products also increase the need to wash hair, which in turn dries the hair out, creating a cycle of poor hair management and ultimately poor hair health.

Blow-drying or straightening your hair, if done excessively, can also cause damage, weakening the hair shaft. The less you dry and straighten, the better the hair condition will be. In conventional styling products synthetic plastics such as PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone polymer), acrylic copolymers, VA (vinyl acetate), polymer and acrylamide polymer are used as holding agents, all of which are synthetic petroleum-based plastics. While these may not be specifically damaging to your hair, they are not environmentally friendly and are easily absorbed through the scalp, contributing to the total toxic load your body has to deal with. Instead look for natural products containing beeswax or coconut oil and sugar biopolymer-based products instead of hair spray or mousse. The natural wax products will also help to keep the hair shaft moisturised.

# Wash less often

Most people wash their hair too often, stripping back the protective oils from the scalp and hair. If your scalp is dry or itchy try waiting an extra day before washing, allowing the sebum to protect the scalp for longer. Washing twice weekly for normal to dry hair is a good benchmark – obviously oily hair needs to be washed more frequently.