Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunscreen Isn't Just For Summer

Winter is time to protect your skin with moisturizing products that nourish and heal dry, chapped skin. The natural moisture in skin and hair are reduced by wind, cold, and indoor heat. Snow sports and outside activities can leave skin feeling itchy and dry. If you are concerned about parabens and silicones, look no further because NONE of our products contain these harsh chemicals. Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Sun protection must be water resistant for winter sports. Snow has the ability to reflect approximately 95 percent of the UV rays from the sun. An spf of at least 15 should be applied to your face everyday, regardless of the time of year. Most makeups and face lotions contain some level of spf protection; but double check the one you use to make sure. It is crucial to protect the skin on your face not only to reduce wrinkles, but to reduce your chances for skin cancer as's only your face after all! 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Truth About Parabens

With the long list of ingredients on many of our beauty products, there may be one key ingredient that you want to pay more attention to: parabens.  Parabens are the preservative entity of the entire cosmetic industry. They're effective and cheap and help major companies 'bottom line' when it comes to business and budgets. Unfortunately, these cheap shortcuts may be compromising your health. As preservatives, parabens are common to most cosmetic products. There has been mounting evidence that parabens are carcinogenic and estrogenic with continued use. Parabens are estrogen mimickers that are easily absorbed into the skin. As we are learning, estrogen increases may be linked to breast cancer and other illnesses. Laboratory testing has created cancer cells with parabens, so they're rightly considered carcinogenic. Yikes!

So what are you using that could be aiding to later health risks? Deodorants and antiperspirants are some of the primary sources of parabens. It's also important to recognize that whatever you spread on your skin can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause serious damage over time. Certain shampoos, conditioners, and lotions are also to blame. 

So what is one to do? Lately it seems like everywhere we turn there is a new fear or a new chemical to avoid. 
Avoiding parabens and other harmful chemicals requires becoming an avid label reader. Beware that products boasting "all-natural" labels can still contain harmful chemicals, including parabens, so make sure to check the list of ingredients. All it takes is a quick read of the ingredients list and you can rest easy knowing your body isn't absorbing any of those harsh chemicals.