Friday, April 26, 2013

Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 5 of 5

Continuation of April 24th article: Do you know what is in your skin products? Part 4 of 5

Here is what is in Clairalience Signature cream:
Aloe Butter – contains anti-inflammatory properties and can help to draw other ingredients to the skin.  It helps hydrate and moisturize the skin. It contains A, C, E, B, Choline, B12, Folic Acid,

Aloe butter is not truly butter like Shea Butter.  It is a combination of the gel from the aloe plant and coconut oil.  The coconut oil penetrating properties helps carry the aloe gel into the skin. 

Your skin knows to naturally absorb the aloe into the skin since it is one of the many chemical properties of the human skin.

Coconut Oil – Has been used for centuries in skin care products.  It is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, and is a natural anti-oxidant that helps the skin repair itself.  Coconut Oil helps protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental aging factors. Free radicals break down the connective tissues in your skin causing your skin to harden and lose its natural elasticity and strength.

Coconut oil is used for treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, just to name a few.  Many use coconut oil on minor burns like, sun burns.  Coconut oil quickly penetrates the skin allowing the anti – oxidants healing properties to bring relief. 

Apricot Oil – Is a light carrier oil that does not leave a greasy coat on the skin.  It is gentle for all skin types.  Apricot Oil helps re-hydrate dry skin as well as help control oily skin.  The excellent softening and moisturizing properties is great for face, hands and hair.

Apricot Oil is high in vitamin A, C & E and rich in oleic and linoleic acid.   It helps the skin retain its elasticity, clarity, and suppleness, which makes it very popular in facial mask. 

Aloe Gel – is one of Mother Nature’s wonders.  The gel from the aloe plant is non-toxin and safe for all skin types.  Unless you are one of the few who are allergic to the gel it healthy for your skin.  

Aloe Vera Gel is loaded with vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. It healing properties are endless and can be used for the following; blisters, insect bites and any allergic reactions, eczema, burns, inflammations, wounds, psoriasis. 

Aloe Gel is a great moisturize for the skin and contains anti-inflammatory properties that assist in treating acne and pimples. It provides oxygen to the cells which strengthen the skin tissues and helps to keep the skin healthy.

Beeswax – Study after study has proven beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits, making it beneficial for all skin types. Beeswax contains vitamin A, which is beneficial in softening and re-hydrating dry, rough skin.  When added to skin creams, beeswax acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it in. The protective barrier on the skin protects against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe without clogging the pores. 

Vitamin E – is an wonderful anti-aging ingredient for the skin and is a key ingredient in several anti – aging creams. Topical application promotes production of two important protein components collagen and elastin.  Both help improve the skins elasticity. This in turn reduces the appearances of the fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin E’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities aid in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema.  It also prevents water loss from the skin and restores the normal oil balance to the skin.   

Vitamin E oil is popularly used to treat minor sunburns and is an ingredient in many sunscreen lotions.  

Vitamin E is useful for removing acne scars from the skin.  Vitamin E speeds up the process of regeneration of skin cells while the dead, damaged skin cells are replaced with new ones.
Distilled water – Distillation is a process in which water is boiled until vapor is produced. The vapor is collected and cooled until it returns to a liquid state.  Minerals are too heavy to be carried by the vapor.  This process leaves the water free of additives.

Optiphen Plus - is water-soluble, paraben- and formaldehyde-free preservative. It helps to protect again bacteria, mold growth and even yeast! It is globally approved with many.  
It contains: 
  • Phenoxyethanol – is an organic chemical compound, glycol ether often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. 
  • Caprylyl Glycol -  is a skin-conditioning agent that may be plant-derived or synthetic and is often used as part of a preservative blend in skincare .
  • Sorbic acid - is a natural, organic preservative frequently used to maintain the freshness of a variety of human foods, drugs, and cosmetic products.
So what does all this information mean to you and me?  It means it is important to read the labels of the items we purchase.  

It is ok to question the ingredients on the containers.  It is ok to question your doctor’s skincare recommendations.   It is ok to not use something you are not comfortable in using.  You know more then what you think you do.  

The research on the skin cream took me longer then I thought it would.  Man-made ingredients are very convoluted.  I had to walk away many times from the articles just to clear my mind.  However the common thread with these man-made ingredients was…“using this chemical in small doses will not cause harm.”  Remember I said we would talk about this later?  It is later.  My question is… how many of these small doses of harmful chemicals can our bodies take before it becomes harmful and toxic?  Skin cream is just one of the many items that contain these chemicals.  At some point you have to say... ENOUGH!

It is no wonder the move to organic food and products are on the rise.

Hope you enjoyed the series.

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