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We are Campaigning on A Mission of Prevention

 

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I have been working tirelessly for over a month to bring this campaign to you.  I feel there is a need to get a stronger presence out to you and others about the dangers of toxic ingredients in your skin care products.  It isnt just enough to eat healthy for the inner you but you need to be just as aware on what goes on your outer you.

Please join me in the fight to get more information and bring more awareness to staying healthy on the outside to keep the risk of dangerous health issues to a minimum.  We have to stop waiting until we have an illness and take more preventative measures.  This starts with reading labels, researching ingredients and taking back your control of what you put on your body.  Stop leaving those big name companies that use inferior and synthetic ingredients in their products and where some slap a natural oil or butter name on the front to make you more at ease with using their products.  When in reality it is only a small amount wading through the toxic ingredients that bring about issues of skin allergies to more severe illnesses like skin cancer.

Dont be fooled by these companies, dont keep allowing them to dictate what you should put on your skin.  Please click the link below and see just what I am talking about:

After Affects Co is Campaigning for You

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Are Natural Products Good For Me and Do They Really Work?

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It is truly amazing how After Affects has taken me to places where I have met some truly fascinating people and had some interesting conversations on the subject of natural skin care. Through the many vendor and farmer’s market events I found that the most common thing that I was asked by many customers of all races is “Are these products for my skin?”  I first thought people were pulling my leg, trying to be funny but as I further talked to many I found their thoughts were convoluted with alot of what they had been programmed to think by many of these big named companies.  Companies that had been around for many generations, teaching them that there was a divide in skin care products.  A separate but equal product so to speak.

This in turn, I think, had people of lighter tones including Caucasians believing because they didn’t see the dry skin that they needed a product that wasn’t full of alot of moisturizer ingredients. Now I know to many

IMG_0360they would probably just look at those two commercials and just think, “Oh well the company is trying to show that they are appealing to all races. Which is good marketing sense.  Ask yourself this, if you see a commercial with an actor/actress of same race as you using that product what pop’s into your mind, “Oh this product if for me”.  As if to say there are products specifically for of that particular race.  But in truth, WE ALL have dry skin and in truth there are some lighter toned people who need more moisturizer products than some darker toned people.

Take a look at the ingredients on the back of the bottles of lotion below. The top pic is an “Original” lotion then look at the one for “Extra Dry Skin and Ultra Healing”. You will notice the “Original” doesn’t have Petroleum or Mineral Oil as one of the main ingredients in its list of ingredients a its counterpart does.  Even those with Shea Butter, they may use that without adding the pore clogging Petroleum ingredient but it is still drowning in a sea of toxic ingredients.  What many fail to see is the only difference is our skin tones, our body’s skin craves the same moisture need as the next person.  And with the mineral oil/petroleum we get Original lotionsucked in to believe it must be for those with really dry skin, and seeing that stuff sitting on your skin gives you a sense that it is giving you extra moisture…not true.  I found that even there is Age-Defying lotion that uses Mineral Oil in it too I guess give more moisture too.  This having the opposite effect that you want, it is drying and clogging pores and actually speeding up the aging process. And I believe these manufactures bank on your ignorance of this to continue pumping ads to you with misinformation about extra dryyour skin care needs.

These companies bank on you using this logic with regards to products that are lab induced, only because some chemicals have different effects on different people of different races.  But seeing as many times when we purchase a product from these companies that we are driven by that commercial and what the actor sold us on and we don’t stop to think what else is in that bottl04ffa710e/jar etc. of lotion, shower gel, facial cream,shampoo,conditioner, or body scrub. We don’t read the ingredients on the back to see what other “wonderful” benefits this product will offer us.  We don’t question what Propylene Glycol is,or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Quaternium-15 and oh lest not we wonder what exactly is a Paraben and what do these do for my skin and my health.

With the age of technology that we are in and we can get information just by pressing a few buttons on our phone, why not Google these ingredients to see exactly what these ingredients for which you can hardly pronounce let alone know what they could possibly be doing to your internal organs.

It seems there are more questions for those who create true natural products then those who don’t.  And that is ok, that means you are thinking and want answers to your questions regarding, “Is this product for me, is it safe, will it cause me to break out”.  I welcome all those questions and hope that the information I provide will cause you to think further and eager for answers from the larger companies that use synthetic toxic ingredients that can lead to many health issues.  Yes there are some people who are allergic to certain natural ingredients due to nut or floral allergies, there are some essential oils that people with certain health conditions shouldn’t use due to side effects.  But for the most part natural should be used by natural don’t you think?

Let me say this, true natural products are just that from nature.  Think about it, we are ALL from Nature; Black, White, Hispanic,Asian, Indian(India), etc.  We all have skin (just in different shades), we all have pores, we all get itchy dry skin from IMG_0358loss of moisture.  So if we are all from nature would it not be prudent to think that true natural products made with true natural ingredients would stand to be a perfect fit for our natural skin?

We must remember this, no matter what our skin tone our skin cells have 3 things in common, the need for moisture, the need for protection and the need for cell regeneration.

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 Let’s Make Natural Use More Than An Option But A Way Of Life

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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Petroleum is Out this Winter

As youths we are told what to wear to prepare for those cold winter months. We need to keep our heads covered, wrap a scarf around our necks, always keep your gloves handy put on thick socks and petroleum jelly to protect your face. Well all of the above are great advice all accept the petroleum jelly-this practice should be something you should just not wear.Petroleum Jelly  Originally discovered on some of the first oil rigs in the United States, petroleum or petrolatum is a substance that although became widely known for protecting burns and moisturizing it was actually having adverse affects to the skin like clogging pores and being in connection to causing certain cancers. Petroleum is what gasoline is derived from, and this same substance is used in types of cosmetics that we put on our faces daily-lip balms, face creams,oils,etc. Big named manufacturing companies produce millions and millions of products with this goop in it. Even some high-end companies have products where you will see along with ‘alpha-hydroxy’ and ‘retinal’, petroleum will be one of the ingredients right along side it. I even found just the other day a lip care product by a big company has petroleum as its only ingredient but instead of using that word they used petrolatum, as if that were to ease the fact they were using this hazardous product any better. This is why we must be vigilant in what ingredients go on our faces and bodies. Sure it is creating a barrier on your skin but at what cost? It is a barrier that is keeping out oxygen and certain nutrients that your skin needs for survival. Petroleum sits on the skin which is why it leaves an oily, greasy residue that does nothing but collect dust and dirt on the skin. This in turn creates acne, dandruff,dryness and skin irritations. It makes it difficult for your skin to receive the needed vitamins and minerals that is needed to maintain quality skin. It also keeps toxins from being expelled through the skin.

Sure you say but I use it on my feet after a pedicure and placing socks on your feet and it leaves them soft and supple. Really what the socks are doing is absorbing the greasiness-the petroleum is not absorbed in your skin and so you have been lead to believe once again that this product has done wonders for your skin for a low price. Petroleum is not even a temporary solution to a much bigger issue-it does the very opposite of what we as consumers look for in a skin care product. It leaves your skin wanting and needing- the look and feel give you a false sense of promise that this is going to coat and protect your skin and moisturize it all in this one big jar.

Instead of tormenting your skin with this thick suffocating mess start looking for products that are vegetable or fruit extract based is what is needed for protecting skin. We have been lead to believe that the thicker the coating the more protected our skin is when actually our skin is unprotected. Petroleum for all it’s claims really does our skin an injustice and an overall detriment to our health and not to mention premature aging. If our skin is blocked from receiving the nutrients it needs to survive and those same vitamins that aid in sustaining our body’s well-being then that leaves us vulnerable to illness and even disease(cancers).

Just think about it you have been using something that is used in cars it has cancer causing properties and you are putting this gooey mess on you and your family’s skin. We put this on our eyes to remove make-up, on our bodies to (what we believe will) relieve dry skin problems and on our faces, hands and lips to protect against those harsh winter winds. It is almost like inviting an intruder to take advantage of your family. We should really use Petroleum for what it was intended for-shining leather, treating wood,hair care hardware(pressing combs,curlers,flat irons,etc).Petroleum-Oil

We need to always be particular of the skin care products we use products that have ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil,or sunflower oil should be used instead of petroleum. These natural ingredients are what was meant to be put on our skin everyday year round. These are the ingredients that offer your skin protection against the elements, vitamins and minerals that allow for your skin to breath and receive. They absorb into the skin as what a ‘moisturizing agent’ is supposed to do and not sit on top of the skin suffocating even poisoning it. And no, products with petroleum and these natural ingredients is not a product you want on your skin either-don’t be fooled some companies mix these ingredients(believe it or not) and claim them to be natural. If petroleum or petrolatum are anywhere to be found in products you plan to use, walk away.

I leave you with this: Just because it says it coats does it really mean it necessarily protects?

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