Archive | July 2014

Skin Care Products for Dry Skin Can Lead To Cancer

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I have been talking with people asking about their health routines and really it wasnt a shock to me that many people only talked about their eating habits and what they did to correct it or make it better.  But not once had anyone mentioned their skincare habits.  I know on the http://www.facebook.com/theafteraffects page I have been posting alot of healthy eating suggestions from trying different recipes to blending and juicing.  But I think in many ways I have neglected to really stress that both these two entities go hand in hand to produce successful outcomes.  I dont think many truly make the connection that our outer body is also a vessel to carry toxic materials to our inner body through our skin cells.

So many of us get complacent, myself included, listening to the companies we grew up who sold skin care products our grannys and mom’s used on our skin and swore by them.  Even today some companies who’s platform is natural, if you do further, digging into the ingredients you will find about 1/4 of them are natural and the rest are lab created.  Even companies who add the word Shea on their bottle think that slapping a Natural ingredient on their product constitutes natural or having natural tendencies when in truth with all the toxic ingredients the Shea has to fight through to even provide your body with an ounce of skincare nutrition your skin still wouldn’t be safe.

skincare-ingredients-cI remember using this particular brand on my youngest child and finding that it wasnt keeping his skin moisturized.  I would apply the lotion after a bath and 10 minutes later you would look at his legs and think I hadn’t put any type of moisturizer on him.  After really looking at the ingredients and researching each one I found that it had drying alcohol (avoid these alcohols: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and SD alcohol)  also petroleum. The few natural ingredients that it did have were at the bottom of the list (usually meaning the further down the list there is very little of that ingredient in the product) . This is what prompted me to be more aggressive in using products that actually said what they offered.  And in turn pushing me to start creating my own products.

I know I know that is alot to ask for when people are leading busy lives, so let me help with some of that by supplying you with some of the ingredients you should shy away from and those you should feel comfortable putting on you and your family’s skin.  Such ingredients as Sulfates, Petroleum, Mineral Oil,Isopropyl Alcohol, and Parabens. The list of toxic ingredients is over 82,000 where companies use such ingredients as carcinogens, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxins.  Here is an extensive list  https://www.nontoxicalternatives.com/harmful-ingredients-list.html

Here are some beneficial alcohols that promote moisture:

Cetyl Alcohol
Extracted from coconut oil, it is an emollient that is included in skin care products to stabilize the formulations. It is a prime ingredient in moisturizers because it helps the moisturizer lock the in moisture to create a protective barrier for skin.
Stearyl Alcohol
Also derived from coconut oil. Because it is an emollient as well as an emulsifier, it can be substituted for cetyl alcohol to firm skin care formulations. It is mostly found in creams, lubricants, depilatories and conditioners.th (1)

Cetearyl Alcohol

Derived from natural oils and fats, it imparts an emollient feel to the skin. Cetearyl alcohol is widely used in cleansers, permanent hair color, face creams, eye make-up and sunblocks.

 

Finding the right moisturizer is a key component to having balance skincare.  But let’s not forget that we need to start with our cleansing agent. Before you step out the shower you should be using products that promote moisture and skin cell protection.  This in turn cuts down on many minor skin afflictions like dryness,blotchiness and itchiness.  Body and facial cleansers can have ingredients that can also be rather deceiving and when you dont take the time to know what ingredients are good and which are bad the long term result can be irreversible.  You should not have products that strip your natural oils away then to have to use products with synthetic ingredients to try to build them back up.

 

Adults absorb up 60% of what we put on our skin and children’s bodies absorb 40-50% more. They are more prone to contracting diseases later in life when exposed to toxins. In essence being exposed to these toxins as children in the long run can have long term harmful health problems from learning disabilities, skin allergies, reproductive problems to contracting different forms of Cancer.

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And we wonder why we end up at the doctor’s or the dermatologist more times then we would like.  Why doctors tend to prescribe more pills and antihistamines anti inflammatory pills and steroid cremes  that only mask the affliction and keep you coming back for more hoping eventually it will fix the problem.  We need to make doctors more accountable, better yet don’t just take what doctors are “selling”, many times there is a natural alternative to issues we are having with our skin.  Think about it, we are from nature, we are natural, so wouldn’t seem the logical thing to look towards natural solutions in nature instead of a lab with synthetic choices that most times leave you with side effects worst than the affliction you are dealing with.

unscented-Shower-Gel---Body-Wash-base__99800.1354313322.1280.1280Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-an additive that allows cleansing products to foam.

The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl according to the EWG. Why may you ask is this cleansing ingredient used in both our skincare products like soaps, body washes and shampoos, simple- it’s cheap.

In the age of information it makes it much easier to learn about what seemed to be a well kept secret by these big box skin care companies.  Our skin cells are the gateway to our internal organs receiving good and bad products.  It is up to us to make an effort to seeing that more good than bad is received.  I am sure some of you are thinking,”It hasn’t affected my skin so why do I need to start looking at natural alternatives”. You may not be seeing the affects on your skin right now but what is it doing to your insides?    This is not about pushing a new product to people, this is about pushing an idea of not making the use of natural products an option but a way of life.  Because in the long run isn’t you and your family’s quality of life worth the fight?

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Gardening to a Healthier you!

Taking a bit of a break from the After Affects rise and grind I decided to detour on a little adventure with my youngest and start a veggie garden.  Being a big proponent of using natural skincare products I wanted to mirror that with some natural and healthy produce.  We all know about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and toxic pesticides that much of our produce from the grocery stores offers.  I first went into this journey wanting my little finicky eater to learn about where food comes from, how it is grown and that trying new foods isn’t a scary thing.  My little guy stopped eating “real foods” about his 10th month (he’s 5 now) and it has been a chore to say the least- ok it has been hell on wheels- ever sense getting him to get back to eating fruits and veggies even some pasta!  But once I got the tools to start our little garden I began loving the thought of just growing my own food and knowing exactly how it was being grown.  What water I was using, what soil I was using and even what pesticides(all natural) I wanted to used to keep those pesky varmints from bothering our crops.  Since we live in an apartment I didn’t really have the means of growing in the ground and with the way Spring(more like Sprinter) had shaped up I decided we would get some starter plants, but the real fun was starting some crops from seedlings.  IMG_2373[1] IMG_2382[1]

Since we were growing an “urban garden” I needed to find out what we needed to make this happen after the nursery phase.  I researched with tenacity just as I did before I started After Affects.  I learned about companion crops, what was a better solution to using commercial fertilizer, how to harvest, when to harvest, what to look for, what herbs to use to deter insects.  i know I am not done learning and we will be ready for next summer to have a larger crop that will I hope keep us in produce year round.

My little shadow was really enjoying this project.  He was adamant about planting carrots and corn so we did just that.  Further along I decided to get a mini nursery and plant the rest of our crops and just nurse them as I would a new born baby.IMG_2602[1] IMG_2587[1]Although Mother Nature was truly having fun with us and by the time our sprouts were big enough to transfer to some of the larger planters it went back to being colder than they could stand and we lost some of those precious “toddlers”.  So we saved what we could and replanted some we lost.  By middle of May we had nice healthy crop before us!

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We truly were having a great time growing our food and the fact that you need to care for your inside the way you do your outside is what makes a whole healthy body.  My oldest was even coming out to check on what we were growing (cool like) and asking questions.IMG_2842[1]

Giving The Shadow more responsibility with the garden he took to watering because he loves playing it in too (no surprise). But one day we were in the garden and my little guy was picking the florets on the broccoli crop.  I didnt act like I had seen him nor was I going to make a big deal but he began eating them and liking them.  Who knew my little non eater was eating raw broccoli! I can only hope this will be the beginning and he will try other produce he has grown especially the two he wanted to plant (corn and carrots).

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Once I harvested the broccoli and tasted it I found it IMG_3069[1]tasted 10X better than that from the grocery store.  No they didnt look as large as the big headed stalks you get at the store yet they packed more flavor without cooking without seasoning and just solidified what I had been saying about food without preservatives is always going to be better for your body.YUMMY!! If you grow nothing else everyone should grow broccoli at least once in their lifetime.  I swear you will not buy store bought broccoli ever again.

Needless to say we are still nurturing our crops and waiting to harvest more produce but in the meantime what I have tasted so far there is such a massive difference in eating garden produce, tastes so much cleaner so much tastier and I dont know just fulfilling being able to grow what we eat. IMG_3176[1] IMG_2798[1] IMG_3178[1]

 

As I said, taking care of what you put on your skin and in your body go hand in hand, one without the other is counter productive with being healthy and giving yourself a fighting chance against such diseases as Cancer.

 

The Dirt on the Dead Sea

I know it has been awhile since I last published a blog entry, I want to first apologize for being gone so long but I plan to be publishing more in future!

Lets start with one of our newest products, Our Dead Sea Salt Body Polish!  First I am going to assume many if not all of your have heard of the Dead Sea.  In case you are apart of a select group who has no idea what or where the Dead Sea is let me break it down for you.

About 400 meters below Sea Level, Dead Sea located in Israel is the lowest place on Earth. It is nestled among the rough Mountains terrene of the Judean Desert.  It is said to be one of nature’s best kept secrets.  It has the name Dead Sea for is a body of water where fishes and plants don’t thrive in. However, the Dead Sea has been regarded as a good source of salts which contain healthy minerals that are beneficial to man’s overall health. The Dead Sea salts are not for consumption but rather these are more used for therapeutic and beauty purposes.

The minerals which are found in Dead Sea salts are magnesium, calcium, iodine, zinc, bromide, potassium and sulfur. These minerals are beneficial to your body simply because they similar to the minerals found in the skin cells.Yuzu Salt Palish

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Not only does this beneficial salt give your body the minerals it lacks It:

  • gets rids of toxins from the skin and helps in good blood circulation.
  •  It gets rid of dead skin cells, cleans skin pores and helps in skin regeneration.
  •  It helps firm up skin tissues and strengthens these against infections.
  •  It helps eliminate aches and body pains, making the body more relaxed.
  •  It helps in treating skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis and lessens inflammation of dry skin.
  •  It helps relieve muscle tension, lessens stress and anxiety.

If you can get to a spa that offers these salts you really should try them and notice a skin rejuvenation.   There are those who have traveled to the Dead Sea and soaked themselves in the sea to soak in their benefits. It has become a place of treatment and healing aside from being a very popular tourist destination because of the well known good benefits of the salts.

Dead SeaI hope that this insight into the benefits of Dead Sea Salts will get you try it to see if it is a a means of healing some of your skin afflictions or just keep your beautiful skin just that beautiful!

Remember using natural skin care should never be an option but a way of life.