His other books:
Medical Medium: Secrets behind chronic and mystery illness and how to finally heal
Medical Medium: Liver Rescue
Medical Medium: Life-Changing Foods
Medical Medium: Thyroid healing
When choosing beauty products, the ingredients list should be your number-one reference point.
Every year, hundreds of products claim to be the newest, cutting-edge and most effective for everything from acne to wrinkles and everything in between. We constantly look for the magic lotion or potion that will make us look like that porcelain-skinned fifteen-year-old model.
The best way to shop for skin care products is to become ingredient-wise.
You have to stop being afraid of the fine print and learn to read product labels to determine good and bad product ingredients, so you can select skin care products that are most beneficial for you. Quickly scanning the ingredients list for offending substances is probably the most important skill you have to master. Being able to quickly decipher the ingredients list instead of listening to a salesperson’s chatter will save you money, time, and frustration.
The worse the formulation is, the harder the box is to read. To discourage curious customers from prying into cosmetic secrets, they print ingredients lists in all-capitalized dense letters with very small spaces between lines, so the whole area looks like one greyish square filled with chemical jabber.
Often the lavish design masks the most noxious ingredients.
It’s your money and your health.
When you learn the trick of scanning the ingredients list for toxic chemicals and ingredients that can damage your skin, you will never purchase a beauty product just because it looks pretty or elegant, thus falling prey to tricky advertisers and talented product designers. Once you’ve learned to read the ingredients label and identify marketing scams, you’ll be able to avoid wasting money and still take perfectly good care of your skin and hair.
Before we discuss green beauty products, let’s edit your beauty routine and reevaluate your beauty habits. Take a close look at the products you already own.
What is in your morning bathroom routine? Most likely, you take a shower with a zesty, invigorating shower gel; you shampoo and condition your hair; you wash and maybe scrub your face with a foaming fresh-smelling cleanser; if you are a man, you also shave. You splash your skin with a toner or an astringent, top it with a moisturizer with (hopefully) some sunscreen in it, followed by makeup (again, optional), rub some antiperspirant under your arms, and add a spritz of a fragrance to seal the deal. Within fifteen minutes, you have exposed yourself to a whopping amount of chemicals—and you haven’t even left home yet!
Julie Gabriel from the Green Beauty Guide summarizes:
After a quick count of ingredients contained in a typical cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, facial scrub, body wash, body lotion, and sunscreen, I came up with more than two hundred different chemicals that we diligently apply to our skin daily. This is not counting hundreds of synthetic fragrance ingredients in your favourite eau de toilette!
In 2006, a consumer advocacy group, Environmental Working Group, with the support of the Breast Cancer Fund, Breast Cancer Action, and the National Environmental Trust, released a study of the listed ingredients for 7,500 bestselling beauty products. Here are some of the findings: About 90 percent of cosmetic ingredients have never been analyzed for health impacts by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board, a panel that oversees cosmetic safety. More than seventy popular hair dye products contain ingredients derived from coal tar, a known carcinogen. Nearly 55 percent of products contain “penetration enhancers” that increase the ability of chemicals to enter the bloodstream. About 90 percent of cosmetic ingredients have never been analyzed for health impacts.
Read the labels. Spot unwanted chemicals. Check expiration dates and get rid of everything that contains one or more toxic ingredients. You don’t have to throw out everything right away. Some “holy grail” beauty products are almost impossible to let go of.
Can’t part with that caviar-based moisturizer that is loaded with paraben preservatives? Don’t use it as a hand cream. You may keep a miracle hair balm if it does wonders for your hair and doesn’t cause back or neck irritation. However, I strongly suggest that you double-check all questionable products that sit on your skin for longer periods, such as toners, moisturizers, and serums. Replace them with nontoxic versions as soon as possible. Synthetic cleansers can be the last to get the boot. I don’t expect you to instantly discard all your time-tested beauty treasures. If your heart bleeds, put them in a box and try switching to green, natural skin care for just one month. Give it a try. After one month, if you still feel like it, you can always go back to your chemical skin care. But something tells me you won’t want to.
The solution? The general rule of thumb is to avoid products with unpronounceable ingredients. To avoid 1,4-Dioxane, the Organic Consumers Association urges consumers to search ingredient lists for indications of ethoxylation, including: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, and any other “eth,” PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol in ingredient names.
Watch out for “eths” and PEGS, and your health will thank you.
Read more about it on www.safecosmetics.org
Be consistent in your quest for green beauty. This means that each product should be natural and contain no synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, or detergents.
No matter how you mix and match your cleansers, toners, sunscreens, and anti-ageing serums stick to a routine. Cleanse your face every morning and evening, boost the effectiveness of your moisturizers by spraying or padding on some toner, and always put on a moisturizer with sunscreen when you leave home.
At night, cleanse your skin and dab a little lightweight oil or serum to nourish, not suffocate, your skin when it needs oxygen more than ever.
Not ready for a big green leap? Take one step at a time. One natural product won’t mean much of a difference, but it’s a nice start.
Switch from a foaming cleanser containing several sulfate-based cleanser detergents to a mild olive oil soap or African Black Soap.
Replace your alcohol-based toner with witch hazel or rose water and dot a few drops of jojoba oil instead of heavy night cream.
Just keep in mind that several natural products used consistently will produce noticeable results within a few weeks. One product is not a cure-all. Regular use of green beauty products will give you a natural healthy looking skin.
Watch out for our next blog on cleaning out your beauty routine.
To read more about the chemicals you should avoid in your beauty products click here.
Curious? Interested? Wanna find out much more? Read the Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
Here’s the most comprehensive list of harmful chemicals currently used in skincare, hair care, makeup, and fragrances. Use this list anytime you buy a beauty product.
Don’t keep it secret: photocopy it and give it to your family and friends. Minimize your exposure to these chemicals. Ideally, eliminate them from your beauty routine.
They are the worst enemies of your skin and hair and health.
1. Acrylic Acid: respiratory toxin for humans; causes asthma, severe skin burns, and allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes renal and kidney damage in animals; causes blood tumours and skin tumours in animals
2. Aluminium (Pure Aluminum Powder): strong human neurotoxicant; causes irritation of eyes, skin, and lungs; endocrine disruptor; linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer; causes birth disorders in animals
3. Aluminium Chloride: nose and lung irritant; causes liver and bladder abnormalities in animals; causes brain disorders in animals; human endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
4. Aluminium Hydrochloride: endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
5. Aluminium Oxide: strong nose and lung irritant; causes skin cancer in animals; endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
6. Ammonium Laureth Sulfate: causes skin irritation; water contaminant; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
7. Ammonium Persulfate: strong eye, respiratory system, and skin irritant; can trigger asthma; restricted in cosmetics
8. Amyl Acetate: neurotoxin; eye and lung irritant; lung allergen
9. Benzalkonium Chloride: immune system, lung, and skin toxicant; can trigger asthma; restricted in Canada and Japan
10. Benzyl Alcohol: strong neurotoxicant; can cause allergic reaction in lungs; causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; causes liver damage, coma, and death in animals
11. Boric Acid: strong reproductive toxin; potent endocrine disruptor; unsafe for use on infants and injured or damaged skin; causes death and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada and Japan
12. Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol): one of the strongest lung and skin toxicants; endocrine disruptor; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine; causes allergic contact dermatitis; environmental contaminant; poisonous to wildlife
13. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): human carcinogen; causes brain and liver tumors in animals at low doses; endocrine disruptor; causes allergic contact dermatitis and skin depigmentation; banned in European Union; persistent environmental toxin
14. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): endocrine disruptor, skin and lung toxicant at low doses; causes death, liver and stomach cancers, thrombosis, fibrosis, and liver and brain damage in animals; strong skin and eye irritant
15. Butylene Glycol: skin, lung, and eye irritant; environmental toxin burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; causes liver damage, coma, and death in animals
16. Butylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
17. Calcium Fluoride: neurotoxic to humans; leads to bone weakness; causes birth abnormalities and depression in animals
18. Ceteareth (with any numeral following it): unsafe for use on broken skin; eye and lung irritant; may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane
19. Cetrimonium Chloride: skin and eye sensitizer that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering; causes cell mutations and lung cancer in animal studies
20. Cetyl Alcohol: skin and eye irritant in humans
21. Chloroacetamide: strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; toxic if inhaled; causes paralysis, goiter, and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada
22. Coal Tar: known human carcinogen; causes lung and urinary tract cancer; potent skin irritant; causes multiple cancers in animals; banned in most countries including Canada and European Union; still used in anti-dandruff shampoos in the US
23. Cocamide DEA (Ethanolamide of Coconut Acid): strong human skin toxicant and suspected carcinogen; causes irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs in humans; causes liver and bladder cancer in animals
24. D&C Red 30 Lake: strong nervous system toxicant; as an aluminum compound, disrupts endocrine system and linked to breast and ovarian cancer; persistent wildlife contaminant
25. D&C Violet 2: coal tar dye; skin and eye irritant; long-time use of coal tar hair dye is linked to bladder cancer
26. Dibutyl Phthalate: neurotoxicant; linked to impaired fertility and urinary abnormalities; linked to breast and ovarian cancers; contaminates wildlife
27. Diethanolamine (DEA): linked to brain abnormalities in animals; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
28. Dimeticone (Dimethicone): petroleum derivative; environmental toxicant
29. Direct Black 38: diethanolamine-containing dye that is a confirmed human carcinogen; strong evidence of causing bladder cancer; may harm the unborn child; causes liver and kidney cancer in animals; banned in European Union
30. DMDM Hydantoin: contains carcinogenic formaldehyde; skin, eye, and lung irritant; environmental toxicant
31. EDTA (Disodium EDTA): this penetration enhancer is a neurotoxin linked to brain damage in animals; caused liver changes and endocrine damage in animals; caused fetal death and birth abnormalities in animals; made from formaldehyde; approved for use in cosmetics and baby food
32. Ethylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
33. Eugenol: endocrine disruptor; skin, eye, and lung irritant; well-recognized consumer allergen; causes death, coma, insomnia, convulsions, hematuria, pulmonary edema, and liver cancer in animals
34. Ext. D&C Violet 2: this coal tar dye is a strong skin irritant; long-time use of coal tar dyes is linked to increased risk of bladder cancer; restricted in cosmetics
35. FD&C Blue 1: derived from coal tar; linked to allergies and hyperactivity disorders
36. FD&C Green 3: causes sarcomas and bone marrow hyperplasia in animals; not studied for safety in humans; prohibited in European Union
37. FD&C Yellow 5 (E104, Tartrazine): causes severe allergic and intolerance reactions, especially among asthmatics and those with an aspirin intolerance; linked to thyroid tumors, chromosomal damage, hives, and hyperactivity in humans
38. FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake: aluminum compounds are neuro-toxic to humans
39. FD&C Yellow 6: human skin and eye irritant; causes coma, convulsions, testicular damage, and changes in leucocytes in animals; cannot be used in eye cosmetics
40. Fig (Ficus Carica) Extract: immune system toxin; cannot be used as fragrance ingredient due to potential carcinogenicity; banned in European Union; allowed in the US as fragrance ingredient in shampoos and body washes
41. Formaldehyde: known human carcinogen linked to leukemia, pancreatic, skin, liver, and lung cancer; strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; irritates human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder; can cause skin burns; triggers asthma; hazardous air pollutant; environmental toxin; banned in Canada and Japan; determined as safe for use in cosmetics in the US
42. Formaldehyde Resin: contains formaldehyde and carries same risks; can trigger allergic reaction in the skin or lungs
43. Formaldehyde Solution (Formalin): neurotoxin in humans and animals; restricted in Canada and European Union; known human carcinogen linked to leukemia, nasal and nasopharyngeal, pancreatic, skin, liver, bladder, and lung cancer; strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; irritates human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder; can cause skin burns; triggers asthma; hazardous air pollutant; environmental toxin; banned in Canada and Japan; determined as safe for use in cosmetics in the US
44. Glyceryl Stearate: weak skin, eye, and lung irritant
45. Hydroquinone: eye, lung, and nervous system toxin; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; suspected liver and stomach carcinogen; causes liver cancer, and DNA and ovary mutations in animals; restricted in Canada
46. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate: contains Diethanolamine; can affect thyroid function; gastrointestinal and liver toxicant; cannot be used in aerosols; causes allergic contact dermatitis; restricted in Japan
47. Imidazolidinyl Urea (Uric Acid): can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin
48. Isobutylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
49. Isoparaffin: petroleum derivative; environmental environmental toxin; mildly irritating; produces kidney damage in animals; not carcinogenic in humans
50. Isopropyl Alcohol (SD-40): human neurotoxin; skin, eye, and lung irritant; vapors cause drowsiness and dizziness; causes skin dehydration; may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin; petroleum derivative
51. Lactic acid: strong skin and eye irritant; can cause skin burns; causes changes in liver, brain, and blood in animals; causes mutations and birth defects in animals; restricted in Canada
52. Lanolin: strong skin irritant and toxicant; can cause allergic reaction in the lungs **
53. Laureth-7 (Polyethylene Glycol Ether of Lauryl Alcohol): may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
54. Lead Acetate: possible human carcinogen and neurotoxin; skin and eye irritant; environmental toxin; banned in the European Union
55. Lecithin: can irritate lungs in aerosol form; a potent asthma trigger; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitrosating agents
56. Manganese Sulfate: strong human neurotoxin; harmful during prolonged exposure or inhalation; causes convulsions, DNA mutations, and protein loss in animals; toxic to wildlife
57. Methamine: strong skin, eye, nose, and lung irritant; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; may be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane; cannot be used in aerosol cosmetics
58. Methyl Methacrylate: strong neurotoxin; strong eye and lung irritant; causes asthma and skin burns; causes cancer and stomach bleeding in animals; hazardous air pollutant; banned in Canada and recently in the US
59. Methylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
60. Mineral Oil (Liquid Petrolatum): causes blood and skin cancer formations in animals; eye and skin irritant; derived from petroleum; non-biodegradable environmental toxin
61. Monoethanolamine (MEA): skin and eye irritant at low doses; can be irritating to the respiratory tract
62. Nonoxynol (ethoxylated alkyl phenol): endocrine disruptor; skin and lung irritant; causes liver damage in animals; may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane
63. Octoxynol (10, 11, 13, 40): strong skin and eye toxin that can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; may contain carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane; causes cancer of reproductive organs in animals
64. Oxybenzone (Benzophenone–4): strong photoallergen; endocrine dis-ruptor; produces free radicals that can increase skin aging; environmental toxicant
65. Padimate O (Octyl Dimethyl PABA/PABA Ester): has estrogenic activity; releases free radicals that damage DNA when exposed to sunlight; causes allergic reactions and photoallegenic dermatitis; restricted in Japan
66. Para Amino Benzonic Acid (PABA): causes allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity; produces free radicals that cause mutations, lead to cell death, and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease; causes changes in blood components and muscle weakness in animals; banned in Canada
67. Paraffin (Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffin Petrolatum): petrochemical bleached with carcinogen acrolyn; releases carcinogens benzene and toluene upon heating; causes kidney or renal system tumor in animals; environmental toxin
68. PEG-100 Stearate: polyethylene glycols are often contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
69. Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin, White Petrolatum, Petroleum Jelly): lung irritant upon inhalation; derived from petroleum; non-biodegradable environmental toxin
70. Phenol: strong respiratory irritant; toxic by skin contact; causes skin burns; causes kidney damage and cyanosis in humans; causes skin cancer, birth defects, and brain and nervous system damage in animals at very low doses; environmental contaminant; banned in Canada, restricted in Japan, permitted in the US
71. Phenoxyethanol: endocrine disruptor and carcinogen in animals; linked to allergic contact uritica and dermatitis
72. Picric Acid: human immune system toxicant; toxic by inhalation, skin contact, and ingestion; causes allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes coma, convulsions, and body temperature increase in animals; banned in Canada and European Union
73. Placental Extract: endocrine disruptor containing estradiol and progesteron; banned in Canada
74. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
75. Polyethylene Terephthalate: causes cancer in animals; not studied for safety in humans
76. Polysorbate 80: may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
77. Potassium Persulfate: strong irritant to eyes, lungs, respiratory system, and skin; restricted for use in cosmetics
78. P-phenylenediamine: linked to bladder and prostate cancer; human neurotoxin; skin and lung irritant; causes liver cancer and birth defects in animals; very strong environmental toxin
79. Propyl Acetate: skin, eye, nose, and lung irritant
80. Propylene Glycol (PG): can cause eye irritation and conjunctivitis, as well as upper respiratory tract irritation
81. Propylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
82. Quaternium–7, 15, 31, 60: formaldehyde releasing; can cause skin and eye irritation; linked to several cancers (see Formaldehyde)
83. Resorcinol (m-Hydroquinone, Euresol, 1,3-Benzenediol): strong skin irritant; linked to adenomas in animals; suspected to trigger skin cancer in humans; environmental toxin
84. Saccharin: suspected human carcinogen; causes liver, kidney, and bladder damage in animals, animals, as well as reproductive damage and birth abnormalities
85. Silica: linked to esophageal cancer, renal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, sarcoma, rheumatoid arthritis, and bronchitis; strong nasal and lung irritant; wildlife toxicant; accumulates in human body.
86. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: skin irritant; water contaminant; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
87. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: skin and eye irritant; in toothpaste may cause canker sores
88. Sodium Metabisulfite: immune system toxicant; eye and skin irritant; emits toxic gas when in contact with acids; dangerous for asthmatics; causes stillbirth, muscle weakness, and brain degeneration in animals
89. Sodium Methylparaben: endocrine disruptor; causes mild brain damage in animals; skin irritant causing itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering; causes depigmentation of skin; banned for use in European Union
90. Sodium Monofluorophosphate: nervous system toxin; harmful if swallowed during teeth bleaching; causes convulsions, proteinuria, osteoporosis, and changes in DNA in animals; restricted in Canada
91. Talc: even when it contains no asbestos, was proven fibrogenic (causes tissue injury and fibrosis); skin and lung irritation. Found in many makeup brands.
92. Teflon: causes toxic pneumonitis and skin cancer in animals; not studied for safety in humans
93. Tetrasodium EDTA: contains formaldehyde; cytotoxic and genotoxic in animals; strong skin and lung irritant in humans; most widespread poison to waterways
94. Thimerosal (Thiomersal, Merthiolate): strong toxin to skin, nervous, and immune system; mercury is linked to autism; causes cancer in animals; environmental toxin
95. Thioglycolic Acid: strong human skin irritant; causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; lung allergen; restricted in cosmetics; banned in Canada
96. Toluene (Methylbenzene): skin and lung toxicant; accumulates in fat tissue; soil contaminant
97. Triclosan: endocrine disruptor, affects thyroid hormone–associated gene expression, caused fetal death in animals; strong skin irritant; environmental toxicant
98. Triethanolamine (TEA): causes lymphoid, kidney; and renal tumors in animals; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane; skin and eye irritant even when used in low doses
99. Triphenyl Phosphate: human neurotoxin; skin, eye, and lung irritant; causes tremors, depression, and diarrhea in animals
100. Xanthene (AKA106, CI 45100): found unsafe for use in cosmetics in the US; causes cancer and various organ mutations in animals
And the list can go on and on. This is not a complete list of all harmful and toxic chemicals found in beauty products. Last time I counted, a popular hair highlighting kit contained forty chemicals that are linked to various health disorders even at low doses. However, these are some of the most common staples of junk beauty products. Try to avoid them at all costs.
It’s time to start reading your labels.
“It’s not what you put on your skin; it’s what you put in your body. People have glowing skin not because they put something on it, but because they glow as human beings.”
Some insight by Julie Gabriel from the Green Beauty Guide the word “natural” on the product box really means nothing, even when it adorns a pretty label with a bunch of flowers on it.
This allows keen marketers to slap the hot word “natural” on the label. Today, many people associate “green” with eco-consciousness, sustainability, organic farming, chemical-free foods, and low-emission vehicles running on biofuels or electricity.
In beauty, green means understanding nature and the human body as a whole, improving your looks naturally and holistically, and abstaining from synthetic, hazardous chemicals.
It’s not uncommon to find labels such as “organic,” “hypoallergenic,” and “cruelty-free” attached to your favourite skin care products. But when you buy green cosmetic products, it’s hard to tell whether the word “organic” on a label is a genuine claim.
Green claims sound reassuring, but you should be warned that too often they have little, if any, meaning. More often than not, closer inspection reveals that such products contain minuscule amounts of organic herbs, and the rest of the bottle is filled with preservatives and chemicals.
Contrary to what some people say, green beauty isn’t expensive. You don’t need to be faithful to a skin care line just because you love one product.
Normal skin does not exist anymore. Cosmetic companies invented “combination oily”, “combination dry” and “dehydrated dry” skin types. However, a slight dryness and shiny T-zone are perfectly normal, no matter how hard the industry tries to convince us otherwise. According to new estimates, our skin can absorb up to 60 % of substances applied to its surface. Unfortunately along with water, vitamins, minerals and oxygen, skin soaks up potentially carcinogenic ingredients that increase our risk of having cancer at some point in our lives – as if breathing polluted air and eating chemicals is not enough!!!
What happens when a potentially toxic substance passes the skin barrier? It ends up in the blood vessels and lymph ducts located in the skin layers. As chemicals are absorbed, they enter the bloodstream and travel through the lymph through the body. Eventually filtered out by the liver and flushed away by the kidneys. However, some substances remain inside the body, adding to the systemic load that can accumulate for decades. Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, it soaks up contaminants in much larger amounts than the intestines or lungs.
All skin types benefit from moisturising, even oilier skin types. In oily skin, the production of sebum has been compromised by excessively drying skin treatments. Treat your skin with care and moisturise it with lightweight oil-based serums and moisturising gels. Plant oils are the simplest and perhaps most effective moisturisers known to cosmetic science. All of the ingredients in commercial cosmetic products are much cheaper than plant oils, so no wonder that a regular “synthetic” moisturiser would contain 4% plant oil, which performs the full moisturising task, 70% is water, the rest is chemical junk that helps mix a teaspoon of oil with water, preservatives and perfumes.
Reflection time seems to create new thoughts and ideas, and it seems to be the inspiration for new creative ways. This year will be quite different, as we get very personal, with the happenings of life shared and experiences gathered.
I would also like to introduce many great entrepreneurs, of all sorts, which have either touched me in the past with their personality, story or products. Very dear and close to my heart is Jessica Wassung. Jess has helped me over the past year with editing blogs, posting facts, ads and invitations at the right time, and in the right way. She has managed to slowly decipher my thoughts, ideas and pictures in my head, and put them on paper ‘per say’ for me. I could have never done such a great social media job without her. Thank you Jess!
Not just because of her being the right generation to simply swift through this cyber language, but also for her interest in my line of work and her commitment. She is one young lady of a special kind, and no job is too big or small for her – not to mention her patience with my generation and social media.
The temptation to purchase beautiful products from different countries online is very big, but there are many reasons to “support local”.
In South Africa we are often confronted with the “same old stuff”, however year-end markets and events are a showcase of amazing entrepreneurial products across the country.
It’s a new year with new steam, new choices, new ideas and new expectations – we are all confronted with changes coming our way, whether we like them or not.
How can I contribute to a better city, country and planet ? How can I help my own neighbourhood flourish economically? How can I start to go a little greener, month by month, to become healthier and more sustainable?
The answer is by supporting your local businesses and entrepreneurs. “Local is lekker” is not just a beautiful South African saying, it’s our country’s mission and a chance for positive, lasting change!
Seasonal local food tastes better and is better for our health – plus we support local farmers at the same time! Thankfully we are blessed with a wide variety of outstanding products in South Africa!
In the past few years we’ve discovered that even Wynnya’s natural skin care products don’t travel too well. Due to having no preservatives in the products, carrier oils and essential oils like to stay away from big temperature changes, as experienced in planes or on ships. Shelf life is cut short dramatically as my family in Switzerland will confirm. Customers supporting Wynnya and taking their favourite body oil, body butter or deodorant across the sea to Australia or America have reported that “they’re not the same anymore”.
I tell them the same as I’ll tell you: Support your local organic skin and health care entrepreneurs, because every country has their own beautiful and brilliant products. Support your local brands because “local is lekker!”
It may seem like a strange concept, but using oil in daily skin regimens was once considered a faux-pas! Now, oil reigns as one of the greenest beauty ingredients and to good reason.
Making the switch to body oils from conventional lotions can feel overwhelming but it is more than worth trading up. Natural body oils absorb more deeply into the skin than lotions and keep your skin nourished for much longer. Wynnya’s new line of body oils will change the way you take care of your skin. Now you can choose from three different delicious fragrances – Camelot, You & Me = Us, Turkish Delight Nights.
Body oils also contain powerful nutrients to firm and improve the condition of your skin. Keeping your skin moisturized and nourished is paramount to your skincare routine. Once you’ve tried our natural body oils, your lotions will become a thing of the past. Here are more reasons why you should swap your lotion for our body oils.
Essential Oils: Formulated with 100% pure therapeutic essential oils, Wynnya’s body oils can help repair, heal and tone your skin. Most conventional lotions and some body oils include synthetic fragrances that can be harmful to your health.
Carrier Oils: Wynnya is using natural dry oils. This might sound to you a bit like an oxymoron and you are not alone. Something liquid, wet and moisturising can be dry??? Dry refers to the rate at which the oil is absorbed into the skin and hair
Non-Toxic Ingredients: A massive number of lotions include synthetic chemicals that can enter your bloodstream. Many, if not most, conventional lotions contain mineral oil which is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Yuck! It can also lead to premature aging of the skin and clogged pores. Toxic chemicals, like parabens, are also commonly added to lotions. Parabens can disrupt your hormone receptors and possibly cause breast cancer. Wynnya’s body oils are made from pure, natural ingredients so you can moisturize without worry.
Natural Beauty: Because our body oils are entirely pure, the whole family can benefit from this liquid gold. To help increase the look of healthy skin, use the oil at night before bed and enjoy glowing skin in the morning. After massaging the dry body oil gently into your skin, wipe your hands through the tips of your hair, for extra nourishment and added shine and style.
Therapeutic Aroma: Again, essential oils make all the difference when it comes to skincare. In addition to deeply nourishing your skin, the body oil will make you radiate a natural perfume with complexity and softness. Essential oils have more high-end, elegant aromas than chemical fragrances used in traditional lotions. Once you go with essential oils, you will never go back.
The largest and heaviest internal organ is the liver and the largest external organ is the skin. Adults carry about 3.5kg and 2sqm of it around and without our skin, we would literally evaporate. This versatile organ allows us to move around freely, shields us from harm of all sorts, manufactures vitamin D to convert calcium into healthy bones and it is packed with nerves, which keeps us connected to the outside world. Best of all – it comes in many different shades to add true beauty to our world.
So please, keep looking after your skin by nourishing it with the right kind of products. Nature loves nature.
We absorb many chemicals from pollution on a daily base through our skin, through to our blood, to be processed or excreted as waste. To certain elements we are exposed unvoluntery, however when it comes to skin care, we have beautiful and amazing natural options available out there.
As we are approaching the last month of really cold days and nights, keep protecting yourself, by nourishing your skin with the best out there – Butters and Oils!
Are you in desperate need to turn that leathery lizardy skin into glowing softness? Combine Wynnya’s Body Butter with Wynnya’s Body Oils to get a healthy super kick into those 3.5kg/2sqm organ.
Avocado Butter, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil – just to mention a few for now of the powerhouses – They are rich in vitamins A, D, and E, unsaturated fatty acids, and lecithin, linoleic acid, omega 6, all of which are beneficial to your general health and that of your skin.
Wynnya Combo Special from now until end of August
220ml Body Butter in Weck Jar
50ml Body Oil
Our Face Serum is packed with a number of fantastic ingredients, but the main ingredient is the Kalahari Melon Seed Oil.
The Kalahari Melon is a prehistoric, evolutionary ancestor of the common watermelon. It is native to the Kalahari desert – one of the driest places on earth – and serves as a vital lifeline for the local San people who rely on this fruit to be a crucial source of water. In fact, the San only cross the Kalahari in melon season, as they know that without it they won’t survive.
The oil pressed from the Kalahari Melon seeds contains one of the highest concentrations of Linoleic Acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid with well known benefits for healthy living. It is a natural component of the skin barrier, and is well known to have exceptional skincare benefits. It promotes healing, is anti-inflammatory, and is proven to improve senile dryness and skin atrophy (thinness). KMS oil is an incredibly user friendly oil. It is one of the least greasy oils and therefore doesn’t clog pores as it penetrates the skin exceptionally quickly.
Other Ingredients include:
Rosehip Oil – corrects dark spots, reduces scars and fine lines, hydrates dry and itchy skin
Jojoba Oil – moisturizer, removes excess oil, keeps oil levels balanced, prevents irritation
Sweet Almond Oil – mild, hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin, antioxidant, protective
Evening Primrose Oil – rich in Vitamin A, D, E and K, anti-inflammatory
Rose Oil – antibacterial, aromatherapy benefits
Calendula – anti-inflammatory, relaxant, promotes skin healing, improves skin firmness
Chamomile – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, natural eczema remedy
Elderflower – improves complexion, skin tonic, fades freckles,
Lavender – heals burns and wounds, restores skin complexion, reduces acne, slows ageing
Frankincense – helps protect the skin cells, reduce acne blemishes, prevent wrinkles, helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of ageing
Carrot Seed – antiseptic, disinfectant, stimulant, aids healing, nourishes, tightens, rejuvenates
Lavender – disinfect skin, enhance blood circulation
Cedarwood – anti-inflammatory, reduces skin irritation
Geranium – radiant skin, treats acne, reduces inflammation
Helichrysum – antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatiory, relief of sunburn
Sandalwood – cures skin infection and itching, bright and flawless skin, anti-ageing
Rosemary – increased circulation, clears up acne
Myrrh – antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, soothes chapped and cracked skin, moisturizer, prevents ageing
From 40 onwards, our serum can give a firmer, smoother texture to your skin. It makes pores appear smaller, increases moisture levels, increases hydration and nourishment. It also brightens skin, has acne prevention qualities, all while strengthening skin cells.