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By Kait Fairchild, Lead Esthetician, Organic Elements Spa
What organ is a part of the immune system, controls evaporation, regulates temperature, stores water, absorbs oxygen, and acts as a resistant barrier? Surprise, it’s the skin! Although we don’t often think of it in these terms, our skin is our largest organ and our primary defense against the environment. Skin protects us from the sun’s harmful rays, extremes in temperature and defends us against a host of bacteria and viruses. Skin generally becomes drier and thins as we age making it more susceptible to cuts and bruises. Our skin also begins to show its age in the form of age spots, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
So how do you take care of mature skin to help it look as healthy as possible and to slow down the aging process? As an esthetician I recommend five simple practices:
- Cleanse. When it comes to the face your cleanser should be soap-free. Facial skin is delicate and the soap used for your body is too harsh and actually strips away the protective barrier on the face. Remember, as skin ages it tends to dry out. Look for a creamy cleanser and one free of SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE and PARABENS which have been linked to cancer.
- Hydrate. Breathing, sweating and other bodily processes remove water from your cells. That’s why it’s so important to drink at least a half-gallon of water every day. Water flushes toxins out of the body, allows our cells to absorb nutrients, and keeps our digestive processes moving smoothly. Water helps to remove impurities from the skin that can lead to pimples and hydrates to keep the skin plump and smooth.
- Eat Well. Essential fatty acids are crucial to keeping your skin looking healthy and are found in the food we eat. Omega-6: poultry, grains, cooking oils. Omega-3: cold-water fish (salmon, sardines), flax seed oil. Gamma linoleic acid: plant oils. These nutrients help to build up the lipid-based cell membranes that hold water and nutrients. In the case of the skin, those lipids also form an oil barrier that protects the skin from UV damage and pollutants.
- Use Daily Sun Protection. What most of us think of as “aged skin” is actually sun-damaged. Skin that’s left without protection ends up more dry, discolored and wrinkled and less elastic than skin that is shielded from UV radiation. Look for a sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) greater than 15, and apply it at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun. That way, the active ingredients have time to take effect before the UV exposure begins.
- Fight Free Radicals. Antioxidants are crucial for healthy skin cells. They fight free radicals, which can damage otherwise healthy cells and are found in food and skin care products. While many antioxidants are beneficial to the skin, two in particular get lots of attention: Vitamin C builds collagen for plump, tight skin. Find it in whole grains, apples and citrus fruits. Vitamin E protects cell membranes and “boosts” skin-based nutrients that fight off UV damage. Find it in wheat germ oil, almonds, and peanut butter.
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Organic Element Spa uses only NATURAL, ORGANIC skin care. WHY???
Because first and foremost we value the
health of our clients
Although The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the production of drugs & food in the United States, they don’t regulate skin care as closely as they should. Today, almost every product that is mass marketed contains harmful chemicals.
We Encourage You To Read Your Labels.
Here Are Some Of The Top Ingredients To Watch Out For:
Dioxane is found in products that create suds, like shampoo, liquid soap and bubble bath, considered a probable human carcinogen. The California Environmental Protection Agency also lists 1,4-dioxane as a suspected kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant.
It is highly unlikely that any one product containing 1,4-dioxane will cause harm on its own. However, repeated exposures from many different products add up.
DEA and MEA are usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Look for names like Cocoamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines.
These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers.
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40) is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities). Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac.
According to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting and coma.
Polyethylene Glycol is used a ‘surfactant’ or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shaves, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.
Fragrance is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby care products. Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. Fragrance on a label can indicate the
presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.
Clinical observation by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.’ Home Safe Home’.
Read Product Labels & Learn About What You’re Getting
If you want to protect your body and your family from the harmful ingredients used in most commercial brands then check out organic skin care products and organic make-up. Get in the habit of reading body product labels, just as you would with food products.
BEAUTIFUL SKIN ♥ BALANCED WITHIN
Welcome to our blog. Organic Elements Spa is a new spa located in Southern Oregon. We are committed to serving our community though the use of organic and local products. Our Estheticians are among the best in the global industry, ASTECC Certified, and take an individualized approach to the art and science of spa practices. Because we are educated in the biochemical aspects of theraputic applications we possess the skill and expertise required to determine the treatment that best serves your body.
We are also pleased to announce the launch of our ONLINE ESTHETICIAN website. Here you can find a variety of trusted, natural, and organic facial and body products recommended by our estheticians. Plus, we offer the ability to chat with a live certified esthetician regarding your skin care concerns.
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