* Wrinkle Fighter/Moisturizer - a few drops a day keeps the wrinkles away. Use instead of a face cream for moisturization day and night!
* Stretch Marks - soften away the stretch marks with a daily dose
* Crow's Feet - dab a little around the eyes every day
* Make-up Remover - massage in a little argan oil and wipe the make-up away
* Cracking Lips - protect lips with a few drops of argan at night
* Strengthen Nails - massage nails with a drop of argan a day
* Protect Cuticles - massage argan into cuticles to prevent splitting
* Condition Hair - apply argan to hair wait 30 minutes and shampoo out
* Control Fly Aways - using fingers run a few drops of argan through hair
* Soften Bath Water - add a few drops of argan for luxuriously soft skin
Whew! That's a lot of bang for one little bottle! I absolutely LOVE using Argan and another oils on my face instead of a cream. Light enough to use during the day under make-up, even loose minerals! Remember a little goes a long way!
Have you tried face oils? Tell us what you think!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Dr. Oz consulted with the nation’s top plastic surgeons to find alternatives to popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Safer, cheaper and easier than a facelift or chemical peel, these secrets can help drop a decade from your face.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Theoretically, applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor – SPF – of 100 would allow beachgoers to bare their skin 100 times longer before the sun burns it. Someone who would normally redden after 30 minutes in the midday sun could stay out for 50 hours.
But for high-SPF sunscreens, theory and reality are two two different things. Many studies have found that people are misled by the claims on high-SPF sunscreen bottles. They are more likely to use high SPF products improperly and as a result may expose themselves to more harmful ultraviolet radiation than people relying on products with lower SPF.
The reason: People trust these products too much.
There are four key strikes against SPF values greater than 50:
1. Marginally better sunburn protection – Sunbathers often assume that they get twice as much protection from SPF 100 sunscreen as from SPF 50. In reality, the extra protection is negligible. Properly applied SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98 percent of sunburn rays; SPF 100 blocks 99 percent. When used correctly, sunscreen with SPF values in the range of 30 to 50 will offer strong sunburn protection, even for people most sensitive to sunburn.
2. Poorer balance – The chemicals that form a product’s sun protection factor are aimed at blocking ultraviolet B rays, which are the primary cause of sunburn and non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma (von Thaler 2010). Ultraviolet A rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are harder to block with sunscreen ingredients approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for use in U.S. sunscreens. Scientists know less about the dangers of UVA radiation, but the general consensus is that it is less obvious than UVB damage but possibly more serious.
A sunscreen lotion’s SPF rating has little to do with the product’s ability to shield the skin from UVA rays. As a result of the FDA’s restrictions on ingredients and concentrations, U.S. sunscreens offer far less protection against UVA than UVB, particularly those producrts with the highest SPF. Because UVA and UVB protection do not harmonize, high-SPF products suppress sunburn but not other types of sun damage.
3. Consumers misuse high-SPF products – High-SPF products tend to lull users into staying in the sun longer and overexposing themselves to both UVA and UVB rays. Imbued with a false sense of security, people extend their time in the sun well past the point when users of low-SPF products head indoors. As a result, they get as many UVB-inflicted sunburns as unprotected sunbathers and are likely to absorb more damaging UVA radiation.
Philippe Autier, a scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is affiliated with the World Health Organization, has conducted numerous studies on sunbathers and believes that high-SPF products spur “profound changes in sun behavior” that may account for the increased melanoma risk found in some studies. In two studies Autier confirmed that European vacationers spent more total time in the sun if they were given an SPF 30 sunscreen instead of an SPF 10 product (Autier 1999, 2000).
4. High-SPF products have greater risks to health – High-SPF products require higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low-SPF sunscreens. Some of these ingredients may pose health risks when they penetrate the skin, where they have been linked to tissue damage and potential hormone disruption. Some may trigger allergic skin reactions. If studies showed that high-SPF products were better at reducing skin damage and skin cancer risk, that extra chemical exposure might be justified. But they don’t, so choosing sunscreens with lower concentrations of active ingredients – SPF 30 instead of SPF 70, for example – is prudent.
The sunscreen industry has defended high-SPF sunscreens as a way to combat consumer misuse (Ou-Yang 2012). Numerous studies show that sunscreen users apply just one-fifth to a one-half the quantity of sunscreen the maker recommends. When someone applies only 25 percent of the ideal amount of SPF 30, the sunburn protection on the skin is actually only 2.3. Someone who applies SPF 100 sparingly can wind up with a functional SPF as low as 3.2. In the real world, these products are less effective than T-shirts, which generally have and SPF of 5.
EWG believes that manufacturers should stop selling high-SPF products altogether. Only then can consumers have clear, straightforward information about what’s in the bottle and how to use it to protect themselves.
The FDA has long contended that SPF higher than 50 is “inherently misleading” (FDA 2007). Australian authorities cap SPF values at 30; European and Japanese regulators at 50 (Osterwalder 2009b). In 2011, the FDA proposed a regulation to prohibit labels higher than SPF 50+, but the agency has not completed work on this rule and put it into force.
High-SPF sunscreens are popular – and lucrative. Sales of high-SPF products have been on the rise for at least a decade, so it’s no wonder that sunscreen makers are fighting to keep selling them. About 1-in-7 beach and sport sunscreens in EWG’s 2013 database advertises SPF values higher than 50+. That’s virtually no change from the proportion of high-SPF products in last year’s sunscreen database.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The key to any skin/beauty regime is consistency – the skin is made up of several layers and it takes time for skin to adjust to new climates. If you follow the main “musts” your skin will be vibrant and glow year round.
Eat well: The old adage “you are what you eat” applies to not only our body but skin. What is lovely about spring and summer is that nature’s skin detoxifiers abound in red and blue, in the form of berries. Try eating what is in local, in season and fresh. Not only will you feel better but you will look better.
Strawberries, rich in vitamins A and C, they are great for your skin and I love using them in recipes.
3T honey 3 large ripe strawberries 1T almond oil or you can use sunflower or apricot oil. Mix ingredients in a bowl and use to cleanse skin. It not only cleanses but moisturizes.
Exfoliate: Get rid of winter skin with a gentle exfoliator, stay away from harsh scrubs and chemicals that can damage your skin. Remember your skin is shedding cells every minute, think of it as spring cleaning, sweeping away winter. When I was a child my mother would exfoliate with cornmeal which is the reason I created our award winning grits & honey scrub. What customers love about it is that it is not only an exfoliator but a moisturizer as the honey leaves your skin soft and supple. To this day her skin glows and I know it is from her routine of exfoliating and moisturizing.
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Monday, March 11, 2013
The beauty of our B Green Mud Mask is that you can customize it to fit your specific needs. If your skin has been taken advantage from the wind, sun, or smog, pick the ingredients that are best suited to replenish necessary moisture and nutrients, like avocados, bananas, yogurt, and olive oil. A simple 20-minute application will allow the Mud Mask’s French Clay to absorb any toxins from the skin and the extra fruits and foods will bring an instant boost of moisture to the party!
Some mixing ingredients and their benefits: Mix 1 Tbsp of the B Green Mud Mask with a combination of mashed avocado (moisturizing antioxidant that promotes healthy cell function), banana (said to help soothe psoriasis and eczema, reduces inflammation & irritation, diminishes wrinkles), yogurt (evens out skin tone, contains lactic acid which smooths rough skin and prevents the signs of aging, dissolves dead skin cells), honey (moisturizing antioxidant, protects against damage and promotes wound healing), olive oil (plumps and moisturizes skin) or water and apply a thick layer on top of clean skin. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off with water.
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If you've tried it or have a fun recipe to share we"d LOVE to hear from you!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
There are many reasons to make the switch to non-toxic products, but for some people it is acne that motivates the switch. While we know that acne can be caused by a myriad of factors (hormones, environment, and so on), we’re big believers that non-toxic products made with natural and organic ingredients do make a difference in clearing your skin. However, it should be known that not all natural ingredients are good for your skin.
One big time offender is Bismuth Oxychloride. By definition Bismuth is a natural mineral, but did you know that it is a byproduct of lead and copper processing? It is also labeled as a “skin irritant” on its Material Safety Data Sheet. To top it off, its primary use is in the manufacturing of fishing anchors and shot gun pellets. We can’t imagine that the same ingredient could ever be soothing, calm, or even beneficial for skin. If you look on the periodic table of elements, you'll find bismuth with an atomic number of 83. It neighbors lead, tin, antimony and polonium on the periodic table - Heavy Metals. Bismuth does occur naturally in the earth but in very small amounts. Most of the bismuth produced in the US is as a by-product from refining lead, tin, copper, silver and gold ores. Bismuth must be refined and combined with other elements to produce bismuth oxychloride in order to be safely used in cosmetics. Doesn't seem as "natural" as some would have you believe!