We've scoured the Net for this week's Saturday Spin picks worthy of your time. You'll learn about the dangers of Fragrances (we never use them), juice cleanses, formaldehyde on your face and leaded lipstick, and surprising truths about where wrinkles come from.
Is Fragrance Making Your Sick?
When perfumes, colognes, body sprays or other scented products are used, these chemicals are absorbed through the lungs and skin and enter the blood stream just as surely as if they had been swallowed. Once there, they accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, with liver toxicity, nervous system damage, brain fog, obesity, cancer and a compromised immune system being the potential results. If you have nagging health problems that won't go away, chances are they spring from fragrance and other toxic chemicals that have become ubiquitous in daily life but are hidden from consumers. Is Fragrance Making You Sick?
Are Juice Cleanses Safe?
Want to substitute food in favor of liquefied fruits and vegetables? Welcome to juice cleansing. While detoxing the body with spinach-apple-ginger juice or cashew-milk may sound appealing ( ... or not), with their popularity growing, the benefits and safety of juice fasts are still up for debate. Are Juice Cleansers Safe?
Formaldehyde on Your Face?
When you think of formaldehyde, it may conjure up images of frogs floating in jars from your high school biology classroom. The truth is, however, that many of your personal care products contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, and you may not even know it. And believe me, that is creepy! Formaldehyde on Your Face?
Leaded Lipstick: How Much is Too Much?
A press release issued by Safe Cosmetics quoted Mark Mitchell, M.D., MPH, policy advisor of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice and co-chair of the Environmental Health Task Force for the National Medical Association, who said, “Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels.” Leaded Lipstick
16 Crazy, Sexy Diet Tips for Healthy Living
Here are sixteen of my favorite crazy and sexy tips for supercharged and healthy living. Crazy, Sexy Diet Tips
Should Plastic Bags Be Banned?
Will banning plastic shopping bags make the roadways and oceans cleaner? Or will it merely annoy shoppers and harm factories that use recycled bags to make things like fence posts? Those were among the questions being fiercely debated at a public meeting here in Texas’s capital city last week, as Austin considers whether to impose a wide-ranging ban on plastic bags. Should Plastic Bags Be Banned?
What Causes Wrinkles? The Answers May Shock You
The Standard American Diet, or S.A.D., greatly contributes to wrinkles and aging. Why? Most Americans crave convenience, whether it be a microwave meal or a quick coffee and doughnut in the morning before work. This diet is rich in processed foods, vegetable oils, and sugar. It causes rapid aging and the aggressive development of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. When you eat “on the run”, your diet lacks nutritious food full of vitamins and anti-oxidants which keep your inner organs (and skin) healthy. What Causes Wrinkles
Latest from the MVO Blog
Three Anti-Aging Products You Don't Need
Dr. Oz’s beauty blog has some very good advice on which anti-aging products don’t give you much bang for your buck. Last week’s post, Three Anti-Aging Products You Don’t Need points out it can be difficult to sort out the hype from the facts, especially when it comes to anti-aging products. Many of the ingredients being touted as the providing the fountain of youth are actually still in the experimental stage. Anti-Aging Products You Don't Need
Oils for Face and Body: Your Best Protection Against Aging and Dehydration
Your body works best to combat disease and heal when it receives the nutritive wherewithal it needs to repair and rebuild itself. Most of us know that one of the best ways to nourish the body is by taking Omega 3-6 rich essential fatty acid supplements daily, in the form of either fish, krill or flax seed oils. Oils for Face and Body
Natural Face Oils for Healthier, Younger Looking Skin
Nourish your skin every day with replenishing oils to combat aging, naturally. Before you panic, take a deep breath and repeat after me, “my skin loves and needs oil.” Yes, it turns out the skin care ingredient you’ve feared most of your life can actually transform your skin. Just as oils rich in essential fatty acids are required in our daily diet to keep our bodies healthy, the right skin care oils are also necessary to keep your skin healthy. Natural Face Oils
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If you’re looking to have healthier, younger looking skin without exposure to chemicals, toxins or harsh treatments, nourish your skin every day with replenishing oils to combat aging, naturally. Before you panic, take a deep breath and repeat after me, “my skin loves and needs oil.” Yes, it turns out the skin care ingredient you’ve feared most of your life can actually transform your skin. Just as oils rich in essential fatty acids are required in our daily diet to keep our bodies healthy, the right skin care oils are also necessary to keep your skin healthy.
When you look at young, luminous skin, you are seeing skin at its healthiest; skin cells held together by an abundance of oils. As we age we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow. So, your job is to add them back. This is one of the most important ways you can support your skin because the first line of defense against environmental assault is the lipid barrier.
A healthy lipid barrier:
- 1. Prevents dehydration by helping the skin retain moisture.
- 2. Inhibits peroxidative and oxidative damage. The reason you should care about that is, in a word, wrinkles. 3. 3. Upon contact with light, lipids will undergo what is known as peroxidation. Peroxidized lipids create gaps in the lipid matrix, resulting in a loss of skin resilience and the formation of wrinkles.
When oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application. After a month of use, your replenished lipid barrier will reward you with a noticeable healthy glow. For those of you who are still trying to wrap your minds around this new way of thinking, here are some answers to the most common concerns about using face oils:
What about Oils and Acne?
For those of you who, like me, are still recovering from the trauma of teenage acne, it is important to understand that the primary cause of acne is excess sebum production, not oil. Applying oil to the skin on a daily basis helps to balance oil production, which is equally good for dry and oily skin. This is a perfect example of what I am learning is true in so many areas of life…the more we can help our bodies function as nature intended, the better the results! Topical application of fatty acids can alleviate breakouts by re-stabilizing the lipid barrier, thus restoring anti-microbial activity on the skin’s surface. Because lipids dissolve lipids, oils actually help break up congestion at the source, helping to clear acne and blemishes.
Are Skin Care Oils as Effective as Creams?
You may be wondering: If oils are so good for the skin, why are creams and lotions so popular? The truth is, it is a lot less expensive to manufacture products made with inexpensive ingredients. There is no ingredient cheaper than water! Creams are generally made with waxes, water, and oils. Whiles waxes can help to hold in moisture, by forming a sealant type layer on top of skin—there are drawbacks to using skincare products made with waxes: They tend to build-up on the skin leading to clogged pores and blemishes and they prevent the oil component of the cream (the part of the product that most benefits skin) from penetrating to the lipid barrier where it is needed most. On the flip side, oils deliver all the benefits with none of the downsides associated with creams.
Use Care When Choosing Oils
There are several factors to consider when choosing the best, natural oils for your skin care. Whether you create home remedies or find a favorite company offering oil based skin care, look carefully at the list of skin care oils that are used while bearing in mind the following:
- -- The skin care oils you apply should not have a downside. Many essential oils from the citrus family smell wonderful but they photosensitize the skin and should not be used. Bergamot is also phototoxic and should be avoided.
- -- In shopping for skin care oils one key factor to look at is the method of extraction, with expeller pressed, steam distilled or CO2 extracted oils being preferable to solvent extracted oils.
- -- Skin care oils should be selected according to their therapeutic properties. Some oils like carrot seed, helichrysum and krill have known anti-aging, skin rejuvenating properties, while others like tea tree oil have antiseptic properties.
- -- Finally, face oils can have aromatherapeutic benefits. Some essential oils, like rose and neroli, just can’t be passed up because their aroma is divine. They are known to lift the mood and calm the spirits.
The skin works best to combat aging when it has the wherewithal to repair and rebuild itself. Replenishing the lipid barrier with the oils that it needs to function optimally is an easy step to take in 2012 for the health of your skin. Happily, this is a painless New Year’s resolution that smells good, feels good and requires 30 seconds in the morning and 30 seconds at night.
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Your body works best to combat disease and heal when it receives the nutritive wherewithal it needs to repair and rebuild itself. Most of us know that one of the best ways to nourish the body is by taking Omega 3-6 rich essential fatty acid supplements daily, in the form of either fish, krill or flax seed oils.
While this regimen indirectly benefits skin, you will also see dramatic and immediate improvement in skin quality when those internal supplements are augmented by topical supplementation of oils. This is because when oils are applied to the skin they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve lipid barrier function.
In addition to being the skin’s first line of defense against environmental assault, the lipid barrier keeps water from evaporating on the skin’s surface, preventing dehydration
. If you have dry skin you will see an improvement in flakiness and dry patches almost from the first application. If you have oily skin, you will see oil production balance itself because the skin is not constantly seesawing from too dry to too oily.
MVO Oil Blends
All of our blends are composed of oils selected for specific job performance
, for example, our Sun Protective Oil
contains UV filtering oils such as red raspberry seed oil while our Anti-Aging Oil+
contains krill oil, high in phosphatidylserine, an important anti-aging fat molecule.
Our Anti-Aging Body Oil is informed by the same careful thought process.
It contains oils which have been selected for their fatty acid composition to help: hydrate and protect
the skin, fight wrinkle
formation, encourage regeneration
of healthy skin cells, and prevent premature aging
of the skin. In addition to their nutritive benefits, some of the oils also have deeply penetrative and cleansing properties. The result of our attentive balancing act is an overall blend that is therapeutic on many levels without ever feeling heavy or greasy.
Jojoba-- Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, not an oil, and closely resembles the natural sebum within our skin. This makes it an excellent moisturizer for all types of skins, as in addition to balancing sebum, thereby controlling the production of oily matter, its emolliency renders dry skin soft and supple.
Avocado-- This highly therapeutic oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Panthothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, lecithin, palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. It is also high in sterolins, which are reputed to reduce age spots and help heal sun damage and scars.
Apricot kernel seed-- Rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it penetrates easily it is a good oil for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin, helping it retain its elasticity, clarity, and suppleness.
Watermelon seed—The rich composition of essential fatty acids contained in watermelon seed oil, especially Omegas 6 and 9, helps restore elasticity to the skin. Non-greasy yet highly moisturizing, it aids in dissolving sebum build-up.
Vegetable squalene --Squalene is an unsaturated hydrocarbon found in human sebum and deep sea shark liver oil. Vegetable Squalene is derived from the oil of freshly pressed olives, and is prized for its deeply hydrating properties. It is so healing it is often used in formulations for eczema and psoriasis where relief from dry, itchy and damaged skin is needed.
Why body oil? Because putting oil on your skin is good for your whole body, inside and out, and it isn’t just your face that ages!
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