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Are Your Skin Care Products Safe And Effective

Beware Of Toxic Ingredients In Skin Care Products

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Clients ask me to check out their skin care products to see if they are safe and effective. I follow the Scientific Rule: The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin cancer. By looking at the ingredient label, I am able to tell if they are safe or not but not really tell if they are effective. To check to see if the product is safe, I look to see what ingredients are irritants and possible or known carcinogens. One such ingredient, Triclosan, an antibacterial, was found to cause cancer in mice, so it is a possible carcinogenic for us. It can be found in skin care products, toothpastes, deodorant and more. This ingredient was questionable in the late 1990s and was taken out of the Pevonia products that I carry in less than a year. Yet many skin care companies still contain it.

The products’ effectiveness can’t be told by the ingredients list. You really need to know your company and the testing they do. Two things that are important to know: the percentage of the active ingredients in the product and if there is a special delivery system to help the ingredients to do their work.The active ingredients such as peptides, stem cells, and vitamin C, etc. need to have a certain percentage in the product to be beneficial. Also an ingredient like vitamin C needs a special manufacturing process to be beneficial in your bottle and effective.

It’s not easy for you tell if the product is going to be effective. That’s where your facial specialist comes in to help. I had researched many companies before I chose the Pevonia line. So according to your skin’s needs, I can let you know what products would help your skin to be healthier and younger looking.

The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin cancer. If you have questions about your products, just call me. I would be glad to help and recommend.

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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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Many Cosmetic Products Contain Gluten

Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products

If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.

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Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.

Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.

In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.

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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Skin-Lightening Products Contaminated With Mercury

Beware Of Toxic Skin Care Products

Editor’s Note: You have heard us talk about the importance of natural and organic skin care products. This article underscores the importance of buyer beware.

Infamous for poisoning the kidneys and brain, mercury is a potent, silent destroyer of healthy cellular function. Mercury compounds can be readily absorbed through intact skin – inducing toxic, dermal effects. As a melanotoxin, mercury compounds are capable of decimating melanosomes, which are tiny “balloons” in the skin that consist of melanin. There’s a dangerous practice going around regarding the manufacture of skin-lightening, “beauty care” cosmetics.

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Many skin-lightening products, anti-aging lotions, and acne creams contain unprecedented levels of mercury. This mercury is rubbed directly into the skin, where it is readily absorbed into the body. Mercury levels are reportedly so high in some skin products around the world that the FDA has issued a public statement warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty products and lotions that might contain mercury.

In a new report from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, hundreds of skin-lightening products from around the world were found to contain extraordinary levels of mercury that exceed FDA standards 10,000 to one.

The FDA limits companies to 1 ppm mercury in cosmetic products. Some of the products being tested at the Loma Linda University reach 10,000 ppm of mercury.

The products are typically marketed as anti-aging treatments, capable of removing freckles, wrinkles and blemishes. These same formulas are often used as acne treatments. The toxic metal mercury abounds in these skin creams, labeled alternatively as mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric or mercurio.

“Even though these products are promoted as cosmetics, they also may be unapproved new drugs under the law,” says Linda Katz, M.D., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors.

Charles Lee, M.D., a senior medical advisor at the FDA, states, “Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences. It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.”

Furthermore, mercury from these skin creams can be breathed in or accidentally swallowed. Infants can receive a toxic dose if they touch parents who use these creams. A little one is prone to come into contact with the cream and put their affected hands and fingers into their mouth, and thus begin ingesting high traces of mercury.

Many of these mercury-containing beauty products are imported into the US and are sold online. In the study from Loma Linda University, 549 skin-lightening products were purchased from 32 different countries. This included online sales from countries like Taiwan, Japan, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the US. Using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, the researchers screened the products for mercury exceeding 200 ppm.

Of the products purchased in the United States, 18 products were found to contain mercury levels exceeding 1,000 ppm – a truly toxic dose. Overall, 6 percent of the 549 products tested from around the world contained mercury in excess of 1,000 ppm. Nearly half of those products contained over 10,000 ppm mercury.

A 39-year old woman from Northern California sought medical attention when mercury toxicity symptoms began setting in. Found to have more than 100 times the average amount of mercury in her urine, the woman showed symptoms of mercury poisoning, including weakness, insomnia, pain in the extremities and severe headache. According to the California Department of Public Health, the woman and her husband had used an unlabeled mercury-containing face cream for three years. Brought in by a relative from Mexico, the cream was found loaded with mercury. The husband and their four-year-old child also had high levels of mercury in their urine. The problem, mercury, was isolated.

In another case, a teen had come down with mercury poisoning symptoms. In just months, the fatigue penetrated him. The Texas Department of Health couldn’t find the source of contamination in the teen’s environment, including paint, soil and indoor air tests. The family continued to look for solutions and finally realized the answer. The teen regularly used an acne cream called “Crema de Belleza-Manning.” After laboratory testing confirmed that the product contained 6 percent to 10 percent mercury weight (labeled as mercurous chloride), the teen stopped use and saw improvements.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043630_cosmetic_products_mercury_contamination_heavy_metal_toxicity.html#ixzz2rEmUukGW

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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Skin Irritants Must Be Avoided For Optimal Health

Avoid These Skin Irritants

The following ingredients tend to be most irritating to your skin. This is not an exhaustive list and everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to isolate your personal triggers:

  • Detergents: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Preservatives: Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
  • Fragrances: ‘Parfum’ can signify artificial fragrance, which is a bad irritant. With natural essential oils care must always be taken since high doses can be irritating. Some, such as lemongrass, are irritating even at concentrations as low as 0.1%.

 

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If you know you are allergic to a specific ingredient, it helps to read the ingredient before buying skin care products. If you don’t know what you are allergic to, do a patch test before using the product regularly. In general, the list starts with the most concentrated ingredient and ends with the least concentrated one (with some exceptions):

  • Active ingredients may be in a separate list.
  • Drugs will be listed first.
  • Color and fragrance usually are listed last.
  • When the concentration is below 1%, the ingredients might be listed in no particular order.

Should we believe the product claims when the good ingredients are at the bottom of the list?

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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