Here is a chart showing the costs of the most common fixed oils (as in fatty, not volatile essential oils). I think this is great information to have when you are purchasing products. It’s important to know the value of what you are buying when you read the ingredients.
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What a way to start Earth Month. In exciting, hopeful news…Canada is coming very close to banning plastic microbeads from personal care products. These beads found in facial washes, scrubs and toothpastes have been located in samples from all of our Great Lakes because they are washed down our drains and make their way into our water systems. The plastic pollutants do not break down so they will continue to build up in our oceans, lakes and wildlife unless… we do something about it. Similar bans have been put in place in Illinois and New Jersey but we will be the first country to do it if we pass the bill recently introduced to the House of Commons by the NDP.
Until then, you can ban the beads from your bathroom. Look for the words ‘microbeads’ on labels as well as “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” in the ingredients list. There’s also an app that will scan barcodes and let you know if the product contains them at http://www.beatthemicrobead.org. There are eco-friendly alternatives that are made from rice, sunflower, bamboo or jojoba, which we have been using since 2008!
We had already scheduled our Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser promotion to honour Earth Month so this perfect timing to put this water-safe product on sale.
Extraction: Cold pressed
Description: The argan tree grows to 8-10 metres high and lives to 150–200 years old in the semi-desert region of Morrocco, where it is endemic. It bears a fruit with a hard nut that is rich in oil. The thick skin is removed along with a fleshy pulp and the nuts are broken to release kernals which are then cold pressed into an oil. Most of this processing is done by women in co-ops.
Components: 44% oleic acid (omega 9), 30% linoleic acid (omega 6), vitamin E (four times higher than olive oil), polyphenols, carotenes, squalene, ferulic acid, phytosterols.
Softens and conditions skin
Very high in vitamin E
Rejuvenating and healing
Diminishes fine line and wrinkles
One of the main causes of aging skin is inflammation. It damages cells and reduces collagen production, creating wrinkles and sagging well before they are supposed to appear. There are two types of inflammation – acute inflammation, which is the body’s healthy response to injuries and infection and chronic inflammation, which is when the body is continuously in a state of inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body can trigger serious diseases such as atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and diabetes. On the skin, it can lead to premature aging, rosacea, eczema and hyper-pigmentation. It is caused by eating the wrong foods, drinking excessively, smoking, stress, infections, immune responses, uv rays and the most common, harsh skin care products.
People inundate their skin with harsh ingredients every day of their lives because they are in so many products. Sensitive skin types know exactly what these products are because they will feel a burn, and develop redness and/or swelling. Other people won’t feel a thing but that doesn’t mean it is not incurring the damage.
Look for the following ingredients to avoid chronic skin inflammation in your daily routine:
1. Alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids – Includes glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid and tartaric acid. The are chemical exfoliants that remove dead skin cells but can also damage healthy cells and barrier function. They also leave the skin vulnerable to UV rays.
2. Chemical sunscreens – These types of sunscreen turn UV rays into heat on the skin. They can be very irritating and cause redness and bumps to form. Look for products with zinc, a physical sunscreen that blocks UV rays by deflecting it off the face.
3. Fragrance – Can be an assortment of many chemicals, including harmful ones like phthalates and synthetic musks. Choose natural products with no fragrance or ones with gentle essential oils.
4. Detergents – These cleansers are currently in everything. They have even replaced bar soap for many people. They are meant to remove grease, dirt and pollutants but will also remove protective barriers and cause imbalances and inflammation in the skin. Use bars soaps and milk cleansers instead.
5. Retinoids – Retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, and retinyl linoleate are anti-aging ingredients related to vitamin A. They make your skin sun-sensitive and break down when exposed to UV rays to create free radicals that will damage your skin. Stick to anti-aging rosehip oil for a natural dose of retinoid, sans the side effects.
If one of the main causes of premature aging is chronic skin inflammation, then it is wise to keep inflammatories out of your life by way of lifestyle choices and the right skin care products. Natural skin care is the best choice for this because the ingredients are not only free of harsh ingredients, but they also contain anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that will reverse the damage that occurs.
Extraction: Cold pressed
Description: A succulent plant with thick serrated leaves that contain a thick gel-like substance used medicnally for thousands of years. Showy yellow tubular flowers grow out of a tall stem in the summer.
Components: Antioxidant flavanoids anthone, chromone, polysaccharides, aloe verasin, and hydroxyaloin.
Healing, especially for burns, sun overexposure, and redness on skin
Found in: Spotbuster Blemish Treatment
Plant-based facial oils have gained major traction in the last few years and thank goodness for that. North America had a period where oil was considered a ‘no no’ on the skin and that’s a shame because it is the most essential ingredient in a rejuvenating, anti-aging routine. The reasons are simple:
1. Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 (a-linolenic acid) and 6 (linoleic acid) are nourishing and anti-inflammatory both inside and out. Inflammation is one of the major causes of premature aging, brought on by sun damage, stress, smoking and unhealthy eating.
2. Antioxidants – All plant oils contain skin-loving antioxidants such as vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenes and retinoids. Antioxidants reverse free-radical damage in several different ways, which is why the more varieties, the better. Plant-based oils provide this multi-spectrum arsenal for healthy skin.
3. Skin Delivery System – One of the best penetration enhancers to deliver nutrients and antioxidants deep into the layers of the skin is Omega 9 (oleic acid). This fatty acid is contained in most plant oils in varying amounts.
4. Conditions and lock in water – Oils softens the skin and keep water in so it remains plump and hydrated.
The amount of oil required depends on skin type with some people only being able to handle a small amount in a cream while others can put several drops on twice daily. Surprisingly, some people have found success using straight oil on acne because it nourishes the skin and doesn’t contain a wax, like a cream, lotion or balm would. It can always be added to damp skin for dilution purposes or used only at night as a moisturizing treatment.
Prunus amygdalus dulcis
Extraction: Cold pressed
Description: A small tree indigenous to the Middle East that grows from 3 – 7 meters and bears white or pink blossoms in the spring. The almond fruit has a fuzzy green outer reminiscent of an apricot. The oil is extracted by pressing it from the nuts. The result is a golden, slightly viscous liquid with a mild marzipan scent.
Fatty Acids: Oleic acid 71%, linoleic acid 21%
Antioxidants: Vitamin E, catechin, caffeic acid, epicatechin and gallic acid
Moisturizing and protective
Soothes inflammation, dryness, redness in skin
Anti-aging and rejuvenating
High oleic acid content allows greater skin penetration and nutrient delivery