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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:
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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’.
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.
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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