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Skin Care Products Must Eliminate Microbeads

Illinois Bans Microbeads From Skin Care Products, Cosmetics

An outright ban on the common use of tiny plastic beads from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis. It also can help protect your skin and overall health.

These microbeads are one part of the microplastic problem in oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers, but are a special concern because in many products they are literally designed to be flushed down the drain. And even at conservative estimates, the collective total of microbeads being produced today is enormous.

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In an article just published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, scientists from seven institutions say that nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives exist for microbeads, which are used in hundreds of products as abrasive scrubbers, ranging from face washes, exfoliants to toothpaste. Around the size of a grain of sand, they can provide a gritty texture to products where that is needed.

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” said Stephanie Green, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow in the College of Science at Oregon State University, and co-author of this report.

“Part of this problem can now start with brushing your teeth in the morning,” she said. “Contaminants like these microbeads are not something our wastewater treatment plants were built to handle, and the overall amount of contamination is huge. The microbeads are very durable.”

In this analysis, and using extremely conservative methodology, the researchers estimated that 8 trillion microbeads per day are being emitted into aquatic habitats in the United States – enough to cover more than 300 tennis courts a day. But the other 99 percent of the microbeads – another 800 trillion – end up in sludge from sewage plants, which is often spread over areas of land. Many of those microbeads can then make their way into streams and oceans through runoff.

“Microbeads are just one of many types of microplastic found in aquatic habitats and in the gut content of wildlife,” said Chelsea Rochman, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California/Davis, and lead author on the analysis.

“We’ve demonstrated in previous studies that microplastic of the same type, size and shape as many microbeads can transfer contaminants to animals and cause toxic effects,” Rochman said. “We argue that the scientific evidence regarding microplastic supports legislation calling for a removal of plastic microbeads from personal care products.”

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Even though microbeads are just one part of the larger concern about plastic debris that end up in oceans and other aquatic habitat, they are also one of the most controllable. With growing awareness of this problem, a number of companies have committed to stop using microbeads in their cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes and skin care products, and several states have already regulated or banned the products.

The researchers point out in their analysis, however, that some bans have included loopholes using strategic wording. Many microbeads are used in personal care products that are not “rinse off,” such as deodorants and cleaners. And some regulations use the term “biodegradable” to specify what products are allowed – but some microbeads can biodegrade just slightly, which may allow their continued use.

If legislation is sought, “new wording should ensure that a material that is persistent, bioaccumulative, or toxic is not added to products designed to go down the drain,” the researchers wrote in their report.

“The probability of risk from microbead pollution is high, while the solution to this problem is simple,” they concluded.

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Personal Skin Care With DNA Analysis

Chicago Spa Has Always Promoted Personal Skin Care

Skin Care Plus has always touted the importance of personal and natural skin care products. A company in London, however, uses a high-tech process, including DNA analysis, to prescribe skin care products that match your genetics, chemistry and skin care needs.

The skin care company is called GeneU. The London-based clinic adds a sample of your saliva to a small microchip. The test is complete in just 30 minutes. It analyzes two genes–one that regulates how fast your body degrades collagen and the other deciphers your predisposition to antioxidant protection and anti-aging.

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Results are entered into a computer, which recommends two of the company’s 18 skin care serums that best fit your needs. The cost is about $940 (including the test and a two-week supply of skin care serum).

“For us it’s about giving people the right concentrations that their skin can metabolize,” said Christofer Toumazou, the company’s founder and a professor at Imperial College London. “We all know that science and technology have radically reshaped many aspects of our daily lives over the last 20 years. GENEU is at the forefront of the next wave of skin health. One that brings medical and technological expertise to everyone’s individual healthcare and beauty needs in radically new ways.”

Double-blind clinical trials over 18 months suggest that GeneU reduces fine lines and wrinkles by up to 30 percent in 12 weeks, Dr. Toumazou said. The results have not yet been published.

GeneU isn’t the only company offering skin care tailored to genetics. SkinShift in Austin, Tex., outsources its $99 DNA test, then suggests some combination drawn from an available pool of four serums and five nutritional supplements. None cost more than $75.

Skin Care Plus doesn’t make any judgements of these companies, but we do find it interesting that the theme of personal skin care continues to gain traction. We support that revolution completely. Be sure to tell your friends, family and co-workers that we offer free personal skin care analysis (by phone or in-person) as part of our personal and natural skin care consultation and treatment. We ship products to customers around the world. We also offer the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Wheaton.

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Demand For Natural, Organic Skin Care Products Rising

Skin Care Products With Harmful Chemicals Pushed Aside

The U.S. skin care industry should reach an estimated $12.2 billion by 2018. The major driver of growth in the skin care industry is the rising demand for natural and organic skin care products. Growing concern for health and safety, consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals, and rising green consciousness drove the demand for organic and natural skin care products. Another key driver of growth in the skin care industry is increased demand of anti-aging products.

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Skin care manufacturers recognized that valuable opportunities exist in the skincare industry. Skincare product manufacturers are continuously adopting new strategies to gain market share and one of the opportunities for multifunctional skin care products remains high.

Market analysts predict that the biggest challenge for manufacturers is to provide good quality products at low-cost. Consumers have become price conscious, but they don’t want to compromise on quality. The study explains that consumers use skin care products for long-term application effect, safety concerns and even eco-friendliness. Consumers with high incomes are increasingly buying premium products, responding to the improving economy and skin care product innovations.

Skin Care Plus plus offers only natural and organic skin care products. We also offer the best facial in Chicago. We proudly serve the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. We also offer tele-consulting and we can ship products to you anywhere in the world.

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Avoid These Skin Care Ingredients

Ingredients Dangerous To Skin, Health

Labels on cosmetics and skin care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as natural can be used by anyone for anything. Even organic is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.

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The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to skin care products and their ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart.

The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used. Here is a list of the top 20 toxins to avoid, according to Gillian Deacon’s 2011 book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them.

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a colour plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.

DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Formaldehyde: Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.

Fragrance/Parfum: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Mineral oil: By-product of petroleum that’s used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system.

Phthalates: Plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.

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Avoid Toxic Skin Care Products

Health, Beauty More Than Skin Deep

Some companies put ingredients in skin care products that can cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin. People ingest ingredients used on lips and hands, while we inhale sprays and powders. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high for you and your family.

When you know what’s in the skin care and beauty products that you use, you can protect yourself, while reforming the marketplace. You’ll find product and ingredient safety ratings, health information about cosmetics ingredients and smart shopping tips that you can trust.

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Protect Your Children From Harmful Skin Care Products

Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food, and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies may lead to disease later in life.


Parents can make healthy choices by using fewer personal care products for their children, ignoring ad hype and following these guidelines.

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye make-up, body wash and lotions. Knowing which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t is very important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, and always checking the ingredients for toxins.

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Skin Care and Beauty Trends

Product Ingredients Driving Consumer Preferences

More and more people are concerned about the impacts of skin care products and their ingredients on their health and the environment. Destructive practices and fraudulent claims are tougher to conceal in the age of social media. That single force could be the most dynamic issue in the skin care industry in the foreseeable future.

As we have explained in our blog before, many skin care products can harm you. In fact, many contain petroleum products and other harmful chemicals. Many skin care products contain ingredients that are known carcinogens, while others dehydrate your skin and cause other forms of damage to your overall health. Some creams and lotions contain collagen from livestock, which the food industry consider a specified-risk material for mad cow disease. Other skin care products include petroleum-based ingredients.

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Regulations in the skin care products industry are weak and oversight is even weaker in most countries. Your best bet is to do your research. Learn the issues that concern you and shop wisely, while informing your friends and family of the hazards. The risks are real.

Other skin care trends? According to their beauty blog, Marla Malcolm Beck, founder of M-61 Laboratories, thinks that personal technology will change the skin care industry drastically.

“They will eventually develop an app that’s kind of like a FitBit for your skin,” she says. “It will tell you everything that you need to know about your skin that day: the water levels, collagen levels, and on and on. Because, your skin is different from day to day.”

Then, things will get really interesting. “The app will be hooked up to a 3-D printer that’s equipped with different skin-care ingredient cartridges,” Beck says. “It will be able to cocktail products for you and then print them, so every day you have exactly what you need for your face.”

Dermatologist Craig Kraffert, MD, of Amarté Skin Care, says the days of heavy sunscreen may soon be behind us. And, who wouldn’t want their SPF to glide on as smoothly as moisturizer?

“The FDA is under huge pressure to look at and make a decision on new ingredients,” he says. “Once they do, it will give us a ton more options. It may be that [it will be] easier to make more elegant sunscreen products — meaning people won’t mind using them, and they may work better.”

Your beauty products are about to get smarter. “There’s going to be a big amount of influence from the pharma and nutritional worlds,” says Smitha Rao, VP of product development for StriVectin. “We know that when you apply antioxidants or…peptides intelligently, it turns on and turns off very specific genes.”

Formulas — not just ingredients — will get more effective. “Formulations will no longer just be ‘delivering’ the active ingredients to the skin,” says Rao. “They’ll work to improve the efficacy of the products.”

Ling Chan, founder of Ling Skin Care, agrees. “I see more exciting ingredients on the horizon that will be ‘smart’ and custom — ingredients that can deliver results according to our individual skin type and ailment.”

Organic skin care ingredients will soon be mixed with lab-created ingredients to create new hybrid products.

“In skin care, it will be about the marriage of ‘What is the best extract I can get out of botanical ingredients?’ and ‘How can I combine that with the best that science has to offer?’” says Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica. “Consumers are already very aware of what ingredients are good. We’ll be able to…design our own peptides and know what amino acids we can put together.”

And, Rao says: “We know what active ingredients are most important to your skin. We can use plant biotechnology to harness the best of what’s in a good thing, and make it better. It’s ‘science with a soul.'”

We’re already starting to see hybrids: makeup products that contain skin-care ingredients. But, they’re about to get huge. “We’ve moved on to the idea that every cosmetic…needs to have skin benefits,” says King. “We’re looking at skin care, 24/7 — not just through skin-care products.”

Yannis Alexandrides, MD, a plastic surgeon and founder of 111Skin, agrees. “We’re quickly seeing the line between cosmetics and treatment become blurred,” he says. “New-ingredient technologies that have been proven successful in medicine are beginning to be used in cosmetics.”

And, SPF is just the beginning. You’ll be able to use foundations, concealers, lipsticks, and more with powerful skin benefits, like anti-aging and acne control.

The stereotypical day spa may be a thing of the past. “The idea of a spa that is only about relaxation, chocolate facials, and rose petals in the bath is dead,” King says. “Women, and men, are becoming less and less interested in that.” American spas are about to become more “hardcore,” as she says, like their European counterparts. “If you go to a health spa in Europe, you’ll see no fluffy robes or slippers.”

This means serving up the goods, and nothing but the goods. “Women are now saying, ‘Give me the latest, greatest thing that is going to give me those visible results,’” King says. “The modern woman wants to…bring down her stress levels and take good care of her skin. These new-and-improved spas will do just that.”

Ling thinks so, too. “I see the skin-care industry becoming more niche,” she says. “Rather than the conventional, large day spas, spa owners will specialize in one or two treatments. It will be about catering to very specific needs.” We’ll take that over a chocolate facial any day.

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Chicago Skin Care Expert Offers Winter Tips

Natural Alternatives For Healthier Skin

As winter approaches, many of us live in climates that require lifestyle modifications. Shorter days and lower temperatures doesn’t have to mean bad news for your skin. We’re offering some food for thought on skin care that will help make this winter more interesting, while making your skin glow. If you have suggestions about your favorite natural alternatives to skin care and overall health, please pass them along and we will share them with our readers (and give you credit of course).

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Emu oil is one of those magical oils for the skin and your entire body. It’s a great moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. It’s also a skin rejuvenator.

Carrot juice really does add pigment to the skin, which means that it adds to your complexion.

Seaweed is an effective facial treatment. It helps detox and open the pores, while nourishing the skin.

Turmeric is a popular spice and a healthy addition to any diet. It boosts circulation and helps people of all ages fight acne.

Milk and honey baths are part of Cleopatra’s legend. Milk is a mild exfoliator and an effective cleanser. Of course, milk also has vitamin A  and vitamin D, which is absorbed by the skin. The mixture also makes your hair shine.

As you know, we always recommend natural alternatives to healthy skin care. Many skin care products can harm you and it’s advisable to have a personal skin analysis to make sure that you are using the best products and practices for your skin condition.

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Argan Oil A Great Skin Treatment

Oil Known As Liquid Gold

By Jayme Barrett
I first discovered argan oil, referred to as “liquid gold” in 2008 when I was visiting my soon-to-be husband in Morocco. He gave me a bottle as a gift and I was immediately amazed with how it moisturized, hydrated and softened my skin, body and hair.
I was familiar with the hair brand “Moroccan Oil” but knew it was filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, fragrance and contained little actual argan oil. I wanted to see where organic argan oil came from, so we visited many argan oil cooperatives in the region. Argan oil is produced from an Argan nut coming from Argan tree, which only grows in Southwestern Morocco. In 1998, the Argan forest in Morocco was designated a UNESCO protected biosphere so argan oil is sustainable.
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If you want to de-clutter your cabinet and simplify your beauty routine, argan oil can become your go-to beauty elixir from head-to-toe. It’s chockfull of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote your overall health by moisturizing, softening as well as protecting your face and hair from sun damage – without harmful toxins and Parabens.

Below are 10 ways to use organic argan oil in your daily life:
1. Face Moisturizer – After cleansing morning and/or night, massage a few drops of argan oil directly onto your face and neck. Since argan is considered a dry oil, it absorbs quickly and is not greasy. If you want to use it as a serum, apply your night cream after the oil absorbs into the skin.
2. Hydrating Toner – Add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously. You can make your own toner by adding a few drops of argan oil to Rose or Orange Blossom water.
3. Rejuvenating & Brightening Face Mask – Add a few drops of argan oil to your store-bought mask. Alternatively, make your own mask by mixing 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
4. Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Moisturizer – To smooth and moisturize your lips, add a few drops of argan oil and vanilla extract to fine brown sugar. Lightly massage into lips using circular motion and rinse off.
5. Face Glow – Add a drop or two of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for a dewy, luminous glow.
6. Leave-on Conditioner – After the shower, while your hair is still wet, add a few drops of argan oil to your hair, ends and scalp to hydrate and moisturize. It’s especially nourishing if your hair is dry from daily use of a blow dryer, straight-iron or curling iron.
7. Hair Styling Shine – When your hair is dry, use as a styling product by adding a few drops of argan oil to the palms of your hand. Rub your hands together and run your fingers through your hair to create shine and tame frizz. You only need a small amount. It lasts a long time.
8. Overnight Hair Treatment – Massage a generous amount of argan oil into your hair, ends and scalp. Wrap your hair and leave it on while you sleep. In the morning, wash your hair and you’ll have luminous, soft locks.
9. Cuticle and Heel Softener – Massage a few drops of argan oil into your cuticles to soften, moisturize and encourage nail growth. Use as an overnight treatment to nourish cracked heels by working a good amount into your feet and toes. Cover with socks and wake up to supple feet.
10. Body and Bath Oil – Add a few drops of argan oil directly onto your skin, into the bath or body lotion. It’s safe to use on a baby and to help minimize stretch marks on a pregnant belly too.

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Caution When Making Your Own Skin Care Products

Skin Care Products Require Correct pH Levels To Avoid Harm

Do-it-yourselfers may want to think twice about concocting their own natural products for skin care or cosmetic purposes because the results may be more pain than gain, says aesthetician Darin Wright.

“When using homemade remedies, it is important to consider the pH of what you’re applying to avoid hazards,” says Wright, owner of Elea Blake Cosmetics and Color Studio in downtown Chattanooga.

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The pH scale measures whether a substance is acidic, alkaline or neutral.

“Anything too acidic will burn,” she says, a category that includes vinegar, lemons, limes and other citrus fruit. “Anything too alkaline, such as baking soda, can irritate the skin.”

Once the skin’s acid mantel — its protective layer — becomes irritated, it becomes more susceptible to further damage, Wright says.

“Think about it. Baking soda is used to scrub your sink,” she says. “So, as much as I love a good home remedy, I try to keep it simple such as gently blended oatmeal with water for a gentle face scrub or mask, but even that has been known to cause dermatitis.”

Making homemade skin care products should be done with care, the expert says. For instance, the use of vinegar for skin care, especially when used as a deodorant — a common usage — can have a reverse effect, New York dermatologist Dr. Doris Day said in an interview with

“It’s killing the yeast and certain bacteria, but then you smell like vinegar,” she says. “Adding essential oil will help, but won’t eliminate the strong vinegar odor.”

Egg whites, a “natural” ingredient that some folks use to tighten their skin, can also be dangerous, Day says.

“You have to be careful with the egg-white mask because egg whites sometimes have salmonella and, if you end up ingesting it by accident, you can actually get salmonella,” she says.

Michelle Neubel, owner of Michelle’s Herbal Products in Dayton, Tenn., says an increasing number of homemade artisans are taking the necessary steps to study the science of formulating skin care products from home.

“They realize the necessity to becoming properly informed,” says Neubel.

Making skin-care/hair products is a true science, but it’s derived for centuries from the home and through generational folk-lore recipes, she says.

“On the flip side, if one is not conscientious about how they formulate or study, they are lacking,” Neubel says.

It’s imperative that those who make skin or hair care products thoroughly understand the interaction of how certain oils, butters and herbs relate to the body’s systems, Neubel says.

Having a good, basic knowledge of how the skin and the body work, how chemical elements are easily absorbed through the skin and studying herbs and aromatics (resins, herbs, essentials oils, carrier oils) and their interactions with the body is key in making safe skin- and hair-care products, Neubel says.

Citrus essential oils, for example, can be harmful, she says, because the chemical constituents within them can makes one (temporarily) hypersensitive to light.

Neubel, who sometimes sells her products at the Chattanooga Market, makes herbal hair tonic, herbal shampoo/cleanser, whipped shea butter, facial and body oils, among other products. She has certifications from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (an accredited online holistic health education program based in Portland, Ore.), and completed aesthetic certification at Chattanooga State Community College.

Wright says that, through trial and error, she has discovered that she is not a chemist.

“Nine out of 10 times, I ended up being disappointed by my homemade mixes and blends — olive oil hair treatments that took days to remove, leaving my hair in matted, dirty looking and odoriferous strands, and baking soda blemish relief that left my face dry and irritated; (and) using vinegar as an exfoliant leaving my skin red and welted.”

Shelley Black, a judicial assistant in Hamilton County Courts, says she started her “Smelley Shelley’s Homemade Bath & Body Products” business about six years ago after doing extensive research on essential oils, fragrances and skin products.

“I have always been a fan of different fragrances and beauty products, so as a hobby, I started making my own products,” Black says. “My best research is making products and using it myself and getting feedback from friends and family that I have made products for.”

Though she loves using essential oils in her products, she says using too much can irritate the skin.

“I make a lemongrass and lavender eczema body wash that is very helpful for people with this skin condition but, if I use too much essential oils in this product, it can actually make this skin condition worse,” she says.

A couple of her favorite products that produce positive results are virgin coconut oil and rose hip seed oil. She uses the coconut oil in body scrubs, lip shines, and lotions.

“Coconut oil melts very quickly when exposed to heat, even body heat. For someone who doesn’t necessarily want to make their own skin products, virgin coconut oil can be used straight out of the jar as an awesome face and body moisturizer,” Black says.

“It helps heal eczema and dry skin conditions. You can use coconut oil to sooth dry hands, shave your legs, deep condition your hair and many more things. I often use it straight out of the jar as a night moisturizer for my face.”

Rose hip seed oil “is a ‘miracle’ type skin product,” she says. “I have read that dermatologists have found that rose hip seed oil is excellent for your hair and body. Like coconut oil, I sometimes use rose hip seed oil as a night-time moisturizer.”


To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Make Your Own Mask, Body Peel From Natural Ingredients

Feed Your Skin With Natural Ingredients

If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. That’s been our skin care advice for years and the evidence continues to pour in about the dangers of toxic ingredients. The good news is that natural and organic products are easier to find every year. However, another option is to make your own skin care products from your own natural ingredients. here are two great examples of how easy and healthy it can be to make your skin shine.

Salt & Oil Body Peeling

Two tablespoons salt (sea salt or table salt), 2 – 4 teaspoons almond oil or cooking oil, 2 – 4 drops sea-buckthorn berry oil. Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Apply this scrub all over before a shower and rinse off with warm water

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Facial Mask

Two tablespoons quark, ½ teaspoon honey, a squeeze of lemon juice.

Mix well and apply to the face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. The quark moisturizes, the lemon regulates acidity and the honey soothes the skin.

If you have natural skin care secrets, please share them with us and we will post them for you. Tell us how you developed the formula and tell us how it works for your skin.


To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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