Friday, January 31, 2014

The Dangers of Parabens in Skincare

Why Parabens are Put in Products

With the popularity of parabens being bad, it is important to note that their are many other preservative ingredients to watch out for as well, we have a list of ones to watch for. The FDA allows the use of parabens in skincare, but you will want to make your own decision as the research over this topic is still discovering how parabens effect your health.  Parabens have been used for over 80 years to preserve your product and inhibit bacteria, fungus and other microbes that can form in mostly bathroom products.  Before the 1930's, formaldehyde was used as a preservative.  These products sit in a moist warm bathroom and contact your skin on a daily basis that can contaminate and bring on growth of bad bacteria and fungus.  44% of cosmetics contain parabens (1) including Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, lipstick, mascara and other makeup have been known to contain parabens.  Some food also contain parabens such as jams and jellies.

The Dangers of Parabens

Parabens have been found to mimick estrogen, absorb through skin, have been found in breast cancer tumors, increase testicular cancer, can disrupt the endocrine system, and lower sperm count.  A study where lotion with parabens was used on the body showed that two hours later parabens were found in the urine samples.  Most breast cancer is in the upper outer areas of the breast, close to where deoderant is applied, giving some indication it plays a role in breast cancer.

Parabens Are Bad for Your Skin

Parabens are not metabolized by your skin, and over time of use will accumulate on your skin.  This can result in eczema, irritation and rashes.  Studies from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan found that when parabens were applied to the skin in normal amounts and then exposed to ultraviolet light (UV), 19% of skin cells died, where as only 6% died to skin without any application.  This results in wrinkles, age spots, reduction in collagen and elastin, and an overall aging of the skin.  Lipid peroxide levels were also three times higher with the skin that was exposed to parabens, an oxidizing aging process where free radicals "steal" electrons from lipids in healthy cell membranes.

How to Look for Paraben as an Ingredient

At we have made a section of paraben free skincare, we have scoured the ingredients for you. The ingredient names for parabens will end with "paraben", like butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben ( Methyl P-Hydroxybenzoate ) and propylparaben.

Preservative Ingredients in Skincare
We have made a list of other harmful preservatives in skincare, and also a list of safe and healthy preservatives in skincare.

1 Yazar K, Johnsson S, Lind ML, et al. Preservatives and fragrances in selected consumer-available cosmetics and detergents. Contact Dermatitis. 2011 May;64(5):265–72.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Preservatives in Skincare that are Healthy

Most of the following can have shortcoming from lack of research.  Although natural and around for many years, many studies done in vitro (in test tubes, or out of the body) show that these preservatives are effective.  However, studies with skincare products are still not as conclusive. Many can be effective but need other more harmful preservatives to give full effectiveness.  While this may seem as not the perfect solution, these ingredients can reduce the amount of the harmful ingredients by 80 - 90%.

The Best Skincare Preservative Ingredients That are Healthy

Citric Acid -  Antioxidant, Antibacterial, prevents rancidity, very mild unless used at very high dose.
Benzylalcohol - Synthetic but is antiviral, antibacteria and anti fungal and also helps acne.
Geranium Essential Oil - Antioxidant, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti mold, low irritation
Honey - Antibacterial, with an added benefit of moisturizing the skin
Lavandula Officinalis ( Lavender Oil ) - Antibacterial and an antioxidant - usually used in formulation with other chemicals
Lemon Oil - Kills bacteria and an antioxidant - usually used in formulation with other chemicals.
Neem Extract - One of the best, from azadirachta tree in India, helps acne, is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic.
Neopein -  Antibacterial and antifungal, known to protect water based lotions.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract -  Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, is an antioxidant, and an anti-irritant.
Orange Oil - Antibacteria, antioxidant, very mild
Phenoxyethanol -  Synthetic, but is an antiviral, anti fungal and anti bacteria that also helps with yeast agent that is non glycol, non paraben, and non formaldehyde releasing. Must be with other preservatives such as potassium sorbate to be effective.
Potassium Sorbate - Anti mold and anti fungal and protects from yeast, needs to be used with other preservatives because not only protects from a small amount of bacteria.
Polyaminopropyl Biguanide -  Antibacterial and fungicide used in a contact lens solution, very safe.
Tea Tree Oil - Antibacterial and an antioxidant - usually used in formulation with other chemicals .
Tetrasodium EDTA - Synthetic and though not a preservative, helps to stabilize antioxidants and improve effectiveness of preservatives.
Thymol -  Natural from the plant Thyme, used in ancient Eygypt for preserving mummies.  Anti bacterial, anti fungal, and an antioxidant. 

Healthy Preservatives for Skincare, but they Can Cause Irritation

Benzoin Powder - Slows bacteria growth, can be a skin irritant

Cinnamaldehyde -Natural from Cinnamon oil and bark, it is anti bacterial, anti fungal, and an antioxidant.  It can be a skin irritant.
Hydrastis Canadensis ( Goldenseal ) - Also known as Tumeric or Yellow Root, can irritate skin. We almost didn't want to include Goldenseal since it has no proof to work topically, but we include it to relay the information of how it works orally as an antibacterial and antiviral ingredient, not topically.
Ethylenediamine - Fungicide, rarely found in products, can cause allergen contact dermititis.
Oregano Essential Oil  - Kills mold, fungi and bacteria, can cause allergic reaction due to limonene in it.
Rosmarinus Officinalis ( Rosemary ) - Antibacterial, antioxidant, can cause allergic contact dermatitis.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Preservatives That are Toxic in Skincare

The best way to preserve your products would be to refrigerate them, however the industry knows that is not reliable with the consumer.  Unfortunately, each preservative has a problem associated with it, due to price, cancer risk, allergic reaction, or lack of research.  Here is a rundown of preservative ingredients for cosmetics and skincare that are not recommended and are dangerous:

Benzalkonium Chloride ( BAC ) - Antibacterial, belonging to a germacide called Quats , can cause asthma, chronic dermatitis and other immune system disorders. Safe if used short term, but dangerous at low levels over long time.
Benzethonium Chloride - Antibacterial, belonging to a germacide called Quats like BAC, can cause asthma, chronic dermatitis and other immune system disorders. Safe if used short term, but dangerous at low levels over long time.
Clioquinol - Antifungal and AntiProtozoal, can inhibit certain enzymes related to DNA replication.
Dimethylol dimethyl hydantoin (DMDM hydantoin) - Kills Bacteria, fungus, viruses, link to cancer.
Diazolidinyl Urea - Antibacterial and antifungal by releasing formaldehyde, which has a link to cancer.
Euxyl K400 - Antibacterial, can cause allergic contact dermitis, can be spread from hand to hand contact.
Formaldehyde - Used prior to 1930's instead of paraben, it has a link to causing cancer.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) or Citrus paridisi -  Many people may find it hard to believe we put GSE on our dangerous list since it is natural.  Grapefruit Seed Extract inhibits CYP3A4, which is an enzyme that removes toxins and drugs from the body. Watch out for this one as well because some manufacturers are "fortifying" the GSE with triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, metyl p-hydroxybenzoate, benzethonium chloride, all synthetic chemicals.
Imidazolidinyl Urea - Antibacterial by releasing formaldehyde, which has a link to cancer.  No anti fungal properties.
Iodine - Antibacterial - skin irritant, can cause allergic reaction, dangerous to aquatic life, doesn't break down.
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate ( IPBC ) -  kills mold and Antibacterial, linked to gastrointestinal and liver toxins, birth defects, infertility in women.
Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile MDBGN -  Antibacterial, causes allergic contact dermitis.
Methylisothiazolinone - Antibacterial, can cause nerve damage in low dosage over time, skin cell death.
Parabens -  Antibacterial and anti fungal, can disrupt endocrine system and cause breast cancer, testicular cancer, lower sperm count.
Quaternium-15 - Antibacterial by releasing formaldehyde, which has a link to cancer.
Thiomersal -  Antibacterial, mercury based found in eye creams and mascara.
Triclosan - Antibacterial, can pass through the skin and cause endocrine disruption.  Doesn't break down, dangerous to aquatic life.

Monday, January 27, 2014

How Metalloproteinases (MMP-1) Damages the Skin

Metalloproteinases, also known as metalloprotease, matrixons or MMP is simply put, a degradation to collagen and elastin fibers, the main framework of skin cells.  The process of this aging of the skin is explained in the name, it is a protein enzyme that is involved with a metal.  Our bodies hold 23 MMP enzymes that help break down, one being MMP-1 or collagenase, which breaks down collagen.  We aquire the bad Metalloproteinases with unprotected sun exposure, and it is also found in sebum, a secretion in the sweat gland. (3)

Retinol, Ferulic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Kelp Extract, Phloretin, and Omega 3 acid ( eicosapentaenoic acid ),  and green tea have shown to inhibit and correct the effects of MMP-1.  Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases or TIMPs such as these are great for anti aging products.

One part of wound healing that doctors will look at is the level of MMP-1 to the level of TIMPs to figure out the healing process of a wound.  Patients with a high level of MMP-1 can have their wounds heal slowly or stop healing altogether.  Fibroblasts is a tissue that secretes collagen proteins that are the framework of connective tissue.(1)  Retinol is a key ingredient in resurrecting and maintaining fibroblasts in the skin to function in creating collagen. (2) Because of this, Fibroblasts are a major source of TIMPs

Products that Help TIMPs and inhibit Metalloproteinases

Retinol like SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, SkinCeuticals 0.5, Revision Retinol Repair
Vitamin C like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, Revision Vitamin C 30% Lotion

(2) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 94, pp. 10205–10208, September 1997 Cell Biology
(3) Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2005, pages 673–684

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Different Reasons Your Skin Gets Damaged

Damage from the environment can come from UV rays, air pollution, smoke, heavy metals, contact with chemicals and radiation.

Sunburns, or erythema, is the effects of exposure to excess amount of UV rays.  Sunburns and tans break down the skin cells leading to age spots and loss of elasticity.  Skin becomes dry, leather feeling and the loss of elasticity causes wrinkles.

Photo sensitivity is how exposure UV rays can cause photo aging with skin abnormalities.  Minor problems can start with an actinic keratosis or solar keratosis, and collagen degradation, metalloproteinases.  Further, it can mutate into a basal cell or Squamous cell cancer, further becoming a malignant melanoma.

Free radical damage is when environmental damage mutates skin cells.  These mutations can render the skin cell ineffective and lead to sun spots, hyper pigmentation and cancer. This happens when oxygen molecules are unpaired giving an oxidative damage.

DNA mutations can occur when skin is exposed to environmental pollutants or UV rays.

Treatment for environmental Damage to Skin

Antioxidants are the best way to prevent and reverse the effects of skin damage. Antioxidants give photo- protection as well as prevention to DNA mutations, and protection to skin proteins and cell membranes due to oxidation.

The Benefits of Vitamin E for the Skin

Vitamin E can be found in most skin care products for all of the amazing benefits that it can provide. Topically it's a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent skin cancer by fighting free radical damage. Vitamin E is also a great skin brightening agent, helping to reduce hyper pigmentation and heal wounds and scars.  Also an anti-inflammatory, Vitamin E can soothe sensitive skin and sunburns and scrapes.  Among all of these benefits mentioned to help with ant aging, vitamin E also protects fibroblast cells, which are the collagen and elastic fibers; elastin ) of the skin that regenerates skin cells and keeps skin tight and firm.

Properties of Vitamin E

Vitamin E comes in an oil form and therefore is a great moisturizer.  One drawback is that the Vitamin E oil is thick and greasy, causing it to be to heavy for oily and acne prone skin.  The Tocopherol form of vitamin E is recognized to have the most benefits for skin, the other less effective form being tocotrienol.  Some people have allergic reactions to vitamin E causing many skin care manufacturers to make some of their products with and without Vitamin E for this reason.

Vitamin E will break down with sunlight, like most ingredients, so for maximum effectiveness use as a night cream.  Combining vitamin e with vitamin c makes a powerful antioxidant that is a natural protection to UV rays and free radical damage like in SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic.

The Benefits of Vitamin K for your Skin

Vitamin K is mostly found in leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Internally vitamin k is used to clot blood, or reverse blood thinning. Because of this, if you have a liver, kidney or blood clotting problem, talk to a doctor before using a vitamin k supplement.

Their are many forms of vitamin k, but most available is vitamin k1, or
Phytonadione.  Vitamin K1 is known to be faster working, stronger concentration and less toxic.

Vitamin K benefits the skin by reducing spider veins, healing scars and burns, bruises, stretch marks, dark discoloration under eyes, and treating rosacea.

Vitamin k helps reduce calcification of elastin, the natural elastic fibers that keep the skin firm and stretchy. Because of this, vitamin K can be integral to reducing stretch marks with pregnancy. People that are unable to metabolize vitamin k usually have premature aging and a greater amount of wrinkles because of a vitamin k deficiency. Vitamin A is more effective in conjunction with vitamin K making them complements to great skin health, and needed for acne treatment using a retinol product. Vitamin C helps vitamin K be absorbed faster, so look for a cream with all three vitamins for maximum effectiveness.

Treatment for spider veins or broken capillaries and rosacea is from vitamin K's ability to help circulation in the skin.  Dark circles under eyes is helped by the ability for vitamin k to reduce bruising, since the dark circles are primarily a bruising of the tissue under the thin and transparent layer of skin under the eye.

The Benefits of Vitamin B for your Skin

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
 Pro Vitamin B is a water soluble vitamin that needs to be acquired daily, as it cannot be stored in the body. Also known as pantothenic acid, Vitamin B is made up of many different components, each having unique traits. Used topically or through food sources, Vitamin B is an antioxidant that moisturizes, retains water, helps circulation to the skin, reduce wrinkles, and treats acne, hyperpigmentation, eczema, and rosacea. Vitamin B can absorb water through the air, creates a moisture barrier to hydrate the skin. Vitamin B protects from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer. Increased circulation helps regenerate skin cell renewal and makes skin glowing and healthy. Vitamin B is a skin lightening agent that can reduce hyperpigmentation over time.

Vitamin B and it's multiple personalities

Vitamin B is unique in that it is made up of many variations within the same food source. Each component offers different benefits to the skin, here is the breakdown:
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – Antioxidant that increases blood circulation, and reverses damage from UV rays, smoking and alcohol use.

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – Nourishes skin and reduces acne.

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Improves epidermis by retaining moisture. A derivative of Niacine, niacinamide makes skin smoother and softer, treats dry flaky skin and reduces fine lines.

  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – Reduces oil formation helping acne. Retains moisture to moisturize and reduce wrinkles by making skin look plumper. Helps fight Eczema.

  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine and pyridoxamine) – Treats dry scaly skin.

  • Vitamin B7 (biotin) – Major component to make skin, nails and hair healthy. Helps treat acne, dermatitis, and eczema.

  • Vitamin B9 (folate or folic acid) - Helps control blood levels, cell division and internal functions of the body to help skin, hair and liver.

  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)  - helps with cell regeneration to promote healthy skin, hair and nails.

Signs of a Vitamin B Deficiency

Sigs of Vitamin B deficiency is acne, loss of hair, eczema, and dry or cracked skin around the mouth. Vitamin B takes fats, carbohydrates, and proteins and helps regulate, turn into energy and make them function properly. Vitamin B from dairy helps especially with dry and scaly skin. B6 is the most common deficiency, brought on by overprocessed food. A wide variety of vegetables, meats, grains and dairy give the full range of Vitamin B nutrients, having a well balanced healthy diet is the best way to get Vitamin B.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin

Avocados are a great natural moisturizer for your skin.  Easily absorbed by your skin, avocado oil can penetrate deep into the skin to give nutrients to clean, help elasticity, and antioxidants to repair damage.  Vitamins give a natural UV protection to help with sun exposure and burns.

Avocados are Packed with Nutrients
Nourishing your skin can easily be achieved with avocado oil as it contains essential vitamins A, B, C, E and K.  Minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium are also in avocados.  Beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein which are phytochemicals are also in avocados making them a true superfood.

Here are skincare benefits with the nutrients:

Vitamin A -  Builds skin cells, and helps with dry skin and acne
Vitamin B - Treats acne, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, sunburns.
Vitamin C - Boosts Collagen production, antioxidant that helps fight environmental damage
Vitamin E - Anti aging antioxidant that helps fight environmental damage
Vitamin K - Reduces dark circles under eyes, improves elasticity of skin, heals wounds

Copper - Helps build connective tissue elastin, keeping skin tight and firm
Iron - Helps with circulation and adds oxygen to skin tissue
Magnesium - Helps with Acne
Phosphorus - Helps with dry skin and acne

Beta-Sitosterol -Helps with burns, wounds and Psoriasis.
Glutathione - Antioxidant and skin whitening
Lutein - Helps skin elasticity, saggy skin and wrinkles

Where to Find Skincare Products with Avocado Oil

Coola MineralBaby SPF 50 Contains avocado oil

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Benefits of Sesame Oil for the Skin

Sesame Oil
Sesame Oil is one of the main essential oils for skincare, used in massage therapy to trap toxins in the skin, but it has many more benefits.  Sesame Oil has:

- Vitamin E - A natural Antioxidant and UV sunscreen
- Contains superb moisturizing with linoleic, stearic, and palmitic acids
- Has an Anti aging antioxidant called sesamol to reduce wrinkles
- Can easily be absorbed deep into the skin, to help circulation and repair damaged skin
- is a powerful antibacterial agent
- is an anti inflammatory agent

The Power of Sesame Oils Antibacterial, Anti Viral, and Anti Inflammatory Properties
Sesame Oil has shown to be an effective way to kill lice, improve dandruff, treat athletes foot, and skin fungus. Swabbing in nostrils can kill cold viruses and reduce sickness.  Putting on diaper rash, it will naturally help with bad bacteria from the babies dirty diaper and be a moisture barrier.

Sesame Oil as an Acne Treatment
Oily skin or Acne can be treated by this oil, that can absorb into the pores and break up the bad oils, trapping dirt and cleansing with the antibacterial nature. The deep absorption can help repair damaged skin, regenerate skin and tighten skin to help tighten pores around the nose to help them not get larger as you age. Skin circulation can be improved by sesame oil, which can help people that suffer from rosacea.

How to Use Sesame Oil When Applying to the Skin
When first using sesame oil, apply a small amount to your skin to see if you have an allergic reaction.  Because the scent of sesame oil is pungent, mixing it with almond, rosemary, lavender or other scents can reduce it's smell that some feel is not pleasant.

Adding a couple drops to a warm bath will allow your skin to moisturize, while not adding to the oily nature of your natural skin.  Use after a shower and wipe off the excess after 10 minutes.  Sesame Oil can help eczema and psoriasis for it's antibacterial and moisture retaining properties.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Great Benefits of Shea Butter for you Skin

 What is Shea Butter
Shea Butter, or Karite Butter,  is an all natural Vitamin A Cream with Vitamin E that comes from the seed of the Shea tree. Shea butter has a higher percentage of healing benefit than most seed oils.  Shea butter is most known as a great product for the hair, adding moisture, repairing damage and adding nutrients to hair.

Shea Butter for Your Skin
Shea Butter has been known to treat eczema, dermatitis, reduce wrinkles, and treat insect bites, allergies and sunburns and wounds.  Shea Butter has a lot of the same properties as the bodies natural moisture secretion from the sebaceous glands.  Vitamin E is a phytonutrient that helps fight wrinkles, increase blood flow the skin and as an antioxidant help fight free radicals that cause skin damage that lead to sunburns and cancer. 

Allergic Reaction and the Science of Shea Butter
Shea butter contains cinnamic acid, which is closely related to cinnamon.  Some people have allergies to cinnamon and Vitamin E, so shea butter can be a cause of an allergic reaction.  The cinnamic acid works in conjunction with other ingredients to maintain it's freshness and effectiveness.  Old (18 months or more), or over processed shea butter can degrade in effectiveness from the cinnamic acid breaking down it's bonds to the other ingredients. C0hecking the expiration date, getting minimally processed shea butter and keeping it in a light reduced bottle and out of heat will help maintain the properties of the shea butter.

How to Look for the Real Shea Butter
Shea Butter is a uniformly off white color with a nutty smoky scent that has a consistency of butter and melts easily on contact with the body.  It is crucial that Shea butter is unrefined cold pressed and processed minimally to retain it's healing properties.  Buying a pure 100% Shea butter product will achieve it's maximum effectiveness. 

Kpangnan Butter and How Sometimes it is sold as Shea Butter
Sometimes a cheaper butter called Kpangnan Butter, also called Golden Shea, Yellow Shea Butter or African Butter will be sold as Shea Butter.  It looks more yellow, is softer, has a lower melting point and feels powdery and goes on dryer than Shea Butter.  Kpangnan Butter is very beneficial to the skin as well but for different reasons.  Kpangnan Butter has a higher moisturizing benefit than Shea Butter, being great for stretch marks during pregnancy and minor burns.  For using on the hair, Shea butter works better because of it's properties of being less soapy.  Kpangnan Butter contains stigmasterol which has shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent and may help fight some types of skin cancer.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lilash - How to Spot a Fake or Counterfeit Lilash

How to tell if a Lilash Product is Genuine

Before we dive into this, let me first say, shopspaViolet has AUTHENTIC Lilash, and that is why we are priced higher than others online. NOBODY is an authorized dealer of Lilash in the United States.  Some retailers like us have inventory of Lilash to sell.

Are a Lot of Lilash Products Online Fake?

Yes, they are, in fact about 80%.  Bargain warehouses like Amazon, Ebay, Overstock, Bonanza, Rakuten and more are places where people can sell their merchandise, real or fake, through a black market.  Lilash as well as  every other skin care product manufacturer will not allow their products to be sold by anyone other than an authorized dealer, and these dealers are told not to sell on these sites.

What is wrong with a Knock Off Counterfeit?

Counterfeit skin care products like Lilash sold on the internet have not gone through the testing, or have proof of results like original authentic Lilash.  The ingredients don't have to be disclosed, so you really do not know what you are buying.

How Can you Tell if Lilash is Counterfeit

Fake Lilash will have some of these warning signs:
- Authentic Sellers will offer a 90 day money back guarantee
- Original .2 oz will be priced above $100, .1 oz above $55
- Sometimes say it will not come in a box
- Box has spelling mistakes and\or low quality printing
- Foreign language for the instructions
- Embossed Logo on front is not present
- Spelling mistakes on website to give you a clue it's from a different country.
- Payment system is not secure ( website should have a SSL Certificate )
- Buy from USA, Lilash is made only in the USA.

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What Would Bambi Do? Li Lash   - A picture of results

Thursday, January 9, 2014

How Arnica Helps when Used in Skin Care

Arnica Can Help Relieve Pain with Deep Bruises

Arnica, or Arnica Montana, is a homeopathic herbal medicine from the flower of the arnica plant, relative to the common daisy used mostly in Europe.  Used on unbroken skin, it can help with sprains, bruising, bursitis, arthritis, pain, swelling, chapped lips, insect bites, dandruff, and acne.  Used internally it can help with sore gums, mouth or throat, wisdom teeth and pain on the skin surface like swollen veins and insect bites.  Arnica can cause stomach pain, coma, death and heart problems if used orally in too large of a dose, so it should be used only topically or used under a doctor care for internal use.

How Does Arnica Work?

The oils of the arnica flower have anti inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and pain.  Maganese and selenium are rich in arnica which are anti-oxidants to help with acne.  Maganese is essential for wound healing in the body, to help with healing of wounds and bruising.  Studies have shown that arnica allows the white blood cells to reduce clots or help the flow of blood and other trapped fluid in bruised tissue, joints and muscles.  The increased flow of blood to hurt tissue can allow healthy nutrients and reduce stiffness of the area.

What to look for when Buying Arnica

Mexican arnica, also called Heterothica inuloides is not the same as Arnica Montana.  Mexican arnica doesn't have the same pain and anti inflammation properties.

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skincare

coconut oil in skin care
Coconut Oil for Skin Care

Benefits of Coconut Oil in Skin Care

 Coconut Oil has been around forever, but right now is a new fad in nutrition because of the great benefits in nutrition and effects on the body digestion compared to other oils.  Coconut oil can be great for skincare for many of the same benefits.  The huge amount of lauric acid and Omega 3 and 6 in coconut oil helps with acne, skin disease, UV rays, boost collagen and moisturize.

Lauric Acid is the main fatty acid in coconut oil, which has great anti-virol and anti-microbial properties to help with skin disease and acne.  Lauric acid is otherwise found naturally in human breast milk to help babies with their immune system.  Using coconut oil in your diet gives a whopping seven grams of lauric acid per tablespoon, which helps fights viruses and bacteria, also helping with metabolism and promoting healthy hair and skin.  The human body turns lauric acid into monolaurin, which contains antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties, so basically, it boosts your immunity in every possible way.

Rich in Omega-6 and Omega-3, a 3:1 ratio, where other oils are a more unhealthy ratio of 15:1, Omega oils ad antioxidants to help in skin repair, and help with skin disease.  Omega 3 and 6 have shown to have properties that block UV rays, allowing for added protection to the environment. The fatty oils give a rich moisturizer that is natural and healthy for the skin.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil in Skincare


- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.

- Kills bacteria that cause acne, ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

- Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

- Functions as a protective antioxidant.

- Protects skin from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

- Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.

- Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

- Reduces inflammation.

- Supports tissue healing and repair.

- Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.

- Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.

- Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

- Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

- Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

- Helps control dandruff.

- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.

- Is completely non-toxic to humans.

- Helps protect the body from skin, breast, colon, and other cancers.

Health Benefits Internally when part of your Diet

- Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.

- Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.

- Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

- Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.

- Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.

- Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

- calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

- Helps protect against osteoporosis.

- Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

- Relieves symptoms with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.

- Improves digestion and bowel function.

- Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.

- Supports and aids immune system function.

- Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.

- Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.

- Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

- Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

- Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).

- Reduces epileptic seizures.

- Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.

- Dissolves kidney stones.

- Helps prevent liver disease.

- Is lower in calories than all other fats.

- Supports thyroid function.

- Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.

- Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.

- Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

- Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Benefits of Beeswax in Skin Care

Ancient Egyptians used beeswax on their skin to moisturize and soften.  As a protective lining of the hive hexagon cells, it is used naturally by bees as a protectant to keep the hive free of infections for it's natural antibacterial, anti viral properties.

The benefits of beeswax for your skincare are many indeed, one of natures best moisture barriers for your skin.  Beeswax can create a moisture barrier to hydrate and soften the skin while also allowing the skin to breathe, allowing for optimal skin health and not clog pores.  Beeswax is a live agent that gives a anti-bacterial benefits.  Compared to other moisture barriers such as petroleum jelly, beeswax has shown to have less irritation and less allergic reactions to other moisturizers.

Beeswax contains Vitamin A which is a humectant (attracts water) and helps as an anti-inflammatory agent, reduce acne and boost collagen. 

Beeswax is great for lip balms, hand creams, waterproof sunscreen and target areas that are exposed to water often.  because of the antibacterial properties, it is excellent for wound healing including burns.  Beeswax can help with itching due to dry eczema skin.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Glycation Skin Care Products

Aging is a hot topic and advanced glycation end products ( A.G.E.s ) have received enormous attention as a result . Aging is defined as " the progressive accumulation of damage over time leading to disturbed function on the cellular ,tissue and organ level. One of the main causes of aging is defined as the process of glycation , which is the excess of glucose molecules binding to collagen and elastin fibers promoting the formation of A.G.E.s that lead to severe wrinkling. Basically collagen and elastin fibers become rigid .
Sun exposure, smoking and diet are aggravating factors of skin aging as well. The external signs of the aging process start manifesting between the ages of 30 or 35 due to increasing lack of resources to ward off damage and less of the body's ability to produce collagen. A tell tale sign of glycation is the yellowing of skin seen prematurely in smokers, because smoking reduces antioxidants which utilizes the smoker's natural vitamin C and E trying to manage the oxidation.
While glycation cannot be completely stopped, it may be slowed down. Even though all carbs are converted into sugar , eat the good carbs....there is less glucose production. The renowned dermatologist Dr. Brandt recommends taking carnosine, a supplemental amino acid shown to protect against AGE buildup. The miraculous green tea topically or orally has been proven to interfere with the glycation process while stimulating collagen synthesis.
As well as green tea, Phloretin, and blueberry extract aids in delaying the process of advanced glycation end products. So sip away and slather on Skinceuticals A.G.E. Interrupter.
I'm sold.
Cheers, Miss Violet