An Organic Loofah Sponge Is The Best Addition To Your Bath Essentials

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If there’s one bathing accessory you shouldn’t be without, it’s a loofah sponge. Its utility is not only limited to getting rid of dirt and dead skin cells. There is so much more to this bath accessory than meets the eye. Let’s explore the other uses and unknown wellness benefit of organic, all-natural loofah.

  • Mild Exfoliation

The best loofah products have the ability to remove dead skin cells from the surface. It utilizes mild friction to stimulate exfoliation without dulling skin complexion. Not only does shower loofah remove dead skin cells to reveal a natural glow, but it also gets rid of bacteria that may have collected on the outermost layer of the skin.

  • Improve Systemic Circulation

The friction created by the firm, elastic fibers of a loofah sponge stimulate blood flow that improves overall blood circulation. The friction created by the scrubbing motion of the loofah against the skin makes the blood vessels closest to the skin expand, resulting in stimulated blood flow. Of course other body scrubbing accessories have the same effect, but loofah are milder in nature so you don’t have to worry about irritating or creating scratches on the skin.

  • Safe on the Skin and Mother Nature

A loofah sponge is an all-natural bathing essential that will not cause harm on your skin. You don’t have to worry about skin irritation even when you use it on a daily basis.

And since natural loofah comes from Mother Nature, it is biodegradable which means that it will not pollute the environment. When it’s time for you to discard the loofah, you don’t have to worry about it polluting landfills and the water supply.

Experience a more relaxing and stress free bathing with loofah sponges. It helps clean your skin, improve circulation, and make your skin glowing from within!

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Common Ingredients to Avoid in your Skin Care Routine

Sometimes you are lucky. You walk into a store, and spot a perfectly organic box of makeup or skin care, which also happens to be exactly what you were searching for – right shade, right price, the right thing, period. There are no suspicious ingredients, no hints of allergens, and a sales girl with a glorious fresh face assures you that that is exactly the thing she uses all the time…

And sometimes you are desperate. Your skin is dry as a parchment, your forehead is so red, it could stop traffic, and your lashes are as good as gone. And you are miles away from that health store you trust.

What do you do then?

You search for something new. You search for something as natural as possible, trying to avoid the worst that the skin care industry has to offer.

And to help you in your search, I’ve spent the last few nights compiling the short list of the most harmful ingredients out there. It is now presented here for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

May the next addition to your bathroom sink avoid the following:

Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum

These are byproducts of petroleum. Yes. When they produce gasoline, the by-products of the distillation process. I’m still getting over the fact that another name for mineral oil is baby oil. As in, the baby oil most touted for “soothing gentle baby skin” is petroleum derived mineral oil!!! What’s next? “dip your baby in natural gasoline?” Are people insane?

Petroleum products block your skin – they coat it like plastic, and clog up the pores. Naturally that way your skin can’t function properly. It can’t breath properly. It builds up toxins and leads to all kinds of issues. It is also a suspect cause of cancer. Which makes sense – cells that can’t breath or function properly, are bound to die or mutate…

Parabens

Chances are, if you heard of one ingredient you’d be best to avoid, it’s paraben. And you probably are having the hardest time avoiding it. Cause it is, literally, everywhere. Your odds of finding paraben-free products in a main stream cosmetics isle are almost equal to your odds of finding snow in the Sahara desert. This widely used preservative finds its way even into many so-called “natural” products. And that is despite the fact that it has been linked to cancer and is known to disrupt hormones (it mimics estrogen). Arguments about it’s safety go back and forth, ever since the first studies pointing to the danger emerged. FDA currently thinks it’s safe, until further notice… Kind of reminds me of that “smoking is perfectly safe” argument…

Phenol/Carbolic Acid

This precious little thing can be found in your faithful lotion and skin cream. What are its benefits? Let me quote Dr. Mercola for you: .”Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.”
Holly c@#$…

Acrylamide

Acrylamide is a known carcinogen. It made a strong impact on the media when it was found in fast food. You might be interested to know that it can also be found in your hand and face cream…

Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS) = sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

It’s a skin irritant. It can lead to hair loss. It breaks down the skin barrier, allowing itself to penetrate, as well as other chemicals. It’s corrosive. It may or may not be linked to cancer (depending who’s arguments are louder), but heck, no one argues it’s an irritant…

So why is it in so many of your cleansing products? Cause it’s cheap. It’s used as for car-wash, for engine degreasing, for garage floors , and… for your lovely facial cleanser and shower gel… Yup… Cause, presumably, your skin gets as dirty as that garage floor, and nothing milder could handle it…

Dioxane

1,4-Dioxane is a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. In fact, it’s carcinogenicity has been reported since the mid sixties. So, for a change, there is no controversy that it is harmful per se. Yet it finds its way into a myriad of common skin care products – lotions, body washes, soaps…

Dioxane has been making lots of fuss in the green blogosphere due to being spotted even in “organic” labeled products. You can check the shocking Organic Consumers Association press release here. Now, honestly, how do you go about trusting anyone after this? Remember I said in my post about organic certifications, that things aren’t always what they say? Goes to show… Now, if the “naturals” are detected to carry it, I can’t even begin to imagine what the main-streamers do…

The Organic Consumer Association recommends that To avoid 1,4-Dioxane, consumers should search ingredient lists for indications of ethoxylation including: “myreth,” “oleth,” “laureth,” “ceteareth,” any other “eth,” “PEG,” “polyethylene,” “polyethylene glycol,” “polyoxyethylene,” or “oxynol,” in ingredient names.

Fragrances/Parfum

These words may evoke the sexiness of Chanel, or the sent of a daisy field, but they really are a cover-all words for thousands of different chemicals. A typical cosmetic can contain 50-100 chemicals in the perfume. About 2,600 chemicals are commonly used in perfume; 95% of chemicals used in perfumes and as fragrances in cosmetics are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. Because perfumes are of low molecular weight they can easily penetrate the skin. (I got this information from here.) Realistically, companies cannot list all these ingredients on a bottle. So, you’ll probably never know the truth of what is hiding inside. Sometimes it’s better to err on a side of caution…

The above list is by no means exhaustive or authoritative. It is merely a result of my personal search for information. And by no means do I want it to cause you a panic attack next time you are searching for a foundation.

I remember watching the movie “Aviator”. In a scene where Howard goes completely nuts cause everything seems unclean to him, (mind you, I watched the movie once, so I don’t remember all the detail…) his girlfriend comes through for him. And she says, something like this: “Nothing’s clean… But we do our best”.

So do your best. Buy as natural as possible. Try to avoid the offending ingredients. But don’t go crazy if you can’t find that one tried and true 100% certified organic bottle. Or you’ll risk offsetting the benefit of a more pure product by all that stress you put yourself through while searching.

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Why Choose Organic Makeup and Skin Care?

Let’s step back and look at the big picture. Your skin is actually designated as an organ. In fact, it is the largest organ you have. Apart from the obvious (covering and protecting your body) functions, it regulates temperature, excretes waste, and absorbs. Yes. It absorbs things. Like oxygen and nitrogen. And all the things we put on it. Where do you think the creams disappear?

Think about it. It’s a porous absorbent surface. So shouldn’t it matter what it absorbs?

An average woman starts her daily skincare routine by washing her face with some sort of soap, putting a cream, and then layers of concealers, foundations, powders, shadows, liners, lipsticks. At the end of the day all of it is washed off with soaps, and covered with toners, lotions, masks… You know the picture.

The government does not actually regulate the makeup industry. The manufacturers of all these products can put anything and everything they want inside.

And they do.

So, when you think you’re covering up some spots, or making your eyes larger, you are actually feeding your body things like: Methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl paraben, petroleum, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours…

All these things irritate the skin (not to mention other long term side-effects), making women search for new lotions, new creams, new concealers.

Organic skincare products and organic makeup, or at least natural products, are the only way to escape this never-ending cycle of self poisoning.

So, for starters, next time you buy some kind of make-up, imagine you where to eat it. Just a bit of it. Then read the ingredients. I am pretty sure your next step would be to turn towards the local health store (or shelf) and search for organic makeup.

Unless, of course, you like the taste of petroleum…

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The Dangers of Expired Makeup

The following is a guest post contributed to Organic Makeup and Skincare by Tisha Dotson. This article discusses the whys and hows of special care required for your organic products. It’s not as simple as buying and putting things on the shelf. So read on to learn some valuable tips that might save you from some very unpleasant bacteria encounters.

When we consider purchasing the best makeup, we often take into account several different factors like price, ingredients, whether or not the product is tested on animals, packaging, and skin type designation. However, once the purchase has been made, just as with other products, we have a tendency to think that the decision-making is over. What many do not consider is that taking care of our products is just as important in maximizing their effectiveness as is purchasing the right kind of products.

When it comes to makeup, proper care is absolutely critical. This is especially true of organic makeup. Why? Simply because organic products do not contain the fillers and preservatives that synthetic makeup products do. As a result, organic makeup products do not have a very long shelf life, and since most manufacturers do not print expiration dates, we must be ever-vigilant about the product’s state on our own.

An article in the Green Beauty Guide outlines the problems with expired makeup. Perhaps because of the lack of an expiration date on makeup, it is very common for women to store cosmetic products for years and years. And of course, makeup, whether or not it’s organic, is expensive. As such tossing products away unnecessarily can hit our pocketbooks pretty hard. But the dangers posed by expired makeup are far more damaging than the economic cost of keeping cosmetics products up-to-date.

According to the article, old makeup can harbor dangerous bacteria. With foundations, expired makeup can cause what is called peri-oral dermatitis, which is manifested by little red bumps that look like acne. Expired mascara can cause conjunctivitis, an eye infection that is also known as pink eye. What’s more, women should be particular vigilant when it comes to lipsticks and lip balms, especially if there’s the possibility that it could have been used by others. In many cases, women can get cold sores through a herpes virus that can easily be absorbed by lip products.

Experts say that when it comes to cosmetics products, go with the smell test. Even if it has only been three months since purchasing, if the product smells strange, then it probably contains bacteria and should be thrown out. It’s also very important to consistently change makeup applicators, which are also breeding grounds for bacteria. While it may be difficult to justify throwing out expensive cosmetics products, the cost will be significantly less than having to deal with a potential infection.

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