Archive for June, 2009

Adding Moisture To Dry Skin

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Simple masks can be made by mashing avocado and whole fat plain yogurt together.  Slather on, wait a few minutes and rinse off.  For a pure moisturizer, olive oil can be smoothed on and the excess tissued off.   Herbs can soothe the skin, try aloe vera gel or chamomile tea dabbed on with cotton as a toner.  Those are just a few simple and easy ways to help dry skin regain balance.

Before using anything new on your skin, do a spot test to find if you are sensitive or allergic to any ingredient.

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Breaking News

Posted on June 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Yogurt companies are coming clean.  Yoplait and Dannon yogurt will soon stop using milk that contains  rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to make their yogurts.  Since consumption of the hormone has been linked to health problems, including breast cancer and we consider this a good move on Yoplait and Dannon’s part.  Read more about this story at www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org/Pages/InfoMktgCampaigns.html

To see what the American Medical Association (AMA) tells it’s member doctors about rBGH check this post on the Consumers Union website http://www.consumersunion.org/blogs/nimf/2009/04/kansas_governor_vetoes_milk_la.html.                Yeah, I know there’s a lot of blah, blah, blah, but check out  “Companies Removing rBGH” near the end.

And don’t forget to take a peek at http://www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org/Pages/CriticalQuestions.html for information on pink ribbon giving.  There is an informative flyer you can print out.  Neat.

Road trip!  Before you head off on that Summer adventure, here are a few tips to make your trip low carbon: www.emagazine.com/view/?4744

That’s all folks!

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Green skin care journals — finding papaya

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Papaya– oily skins best friend:

Oily skin is hard to manage (the blessing is, it does fight off wrinkles!), but mine is oily to the point of waxiness.  I kid you not.  Going three days without washing feels like I’m covered with greasepaint.  To combat the grease, I was using a high powered-mega-pore-blaster cleanser, but unfortunately the side affects (strange rawness and redness, blurred vision after use) convinced me to seek a healthier alternative.

The first place I started to look for an alternative cleanser was, oddly enough, a retail store.  Hey, why not let them do some of my research for me?  Targeting products specifically meant for oily skin, I found the lots of chemical ingredients.  Some of which were in my old brand.  I want to get away from those, thank you.  Yet, some natural ingredients kept popping up when I looked at products labeled for oily skin.  One of them was papaya.  Papaya clears away dead skin and oil by loosening up the bonds that keep the oil and dead skin sticking to your face.  I checked the claims out in a few herb books and skincare dictionaries, plunked down $18 for a tube of brand x and was happy with the results (compared to the harsh product that seemed to be blinding me). 

The thing that bothered me about brand x was the reality that it was not totally, completely green (Brand x is even owned by another cosmetic company that is so un-green that it makes the mind reel),  anyway… in my quest for greener pastures, I researched more about papaya on my own and found scads of recipes that I love to use. 

Papaya and yogurt, papaya and wheatgerm, papaya and clay.  But the best one to use  is still the most simple:  After cleaning your face with a mild cleanser, mash a sliver of papaya and rub it on your face like a mask. Let set for a few minutes and rinse off thoroughly.  Now, you can use this mask if you don’t have oily skin.  Like when you want to remove build up from creams or foundation, but it is best suited for someone with oily skin for use once a week or so.  As always test a spot on your arm before trying something new, in case you are sensitive and redness develops.

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Environment Spotlight

Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Excess packaging

When you make your own skin care products, you can forget about how the paper and plastic packaging affects the planet.  Landfills will be a little bit emptier, one or two trees might survive, the chemicals from the plastic and wood pulp factories won’t seep into the ground water, etc.  and you can pat your self on the back for helping out old Mother Earth. 

But what happens when you don’t have the time to make your own skin care stuff?  Well, you can be little bit greener if you look for recycled packaging, thin plastic wrapping and seals, no excess packing materials, larger bottles, compacts with refillable inserts and new materials that replace plastic.  You can actually get lipstick tubes made of environmentally friendly corn material and boxes that are recycled, printed in non-toxic ink, and contain wildflower seeds.  Toss it in your garden after you open up the box.  Find these products by checking out the health food stores, reading books on green living, and going on the web (try google  “earth-friendly cosmetics” as a search word.   That’s how I found enviromom’s  blog, check it out:   www.enviromom.com/2008/01/eco-friendly-co.html).  But my favorite way to search is to stop in at a high-end make up counter and ask if they use earth friendly packaging.  You may not find recycled packages there, but the look on the salesperson’s face will be priceless… the company might even start being greener as a result.

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Chemical Spotlight

Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Parabens

Parabens are chemical preservatives that inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold.  These additives have been identified as estrogenic and are disruptive to normal hormone function.  Parabens mimic natural estrogen in the body and may increase the risk of breast cancer by stimulating tumor growth.  Studies have found parabens in tumors.  Just to be on the safe side, I try to stay away from the chemical when I can, which is hard, because it seems to be in everything.  That’s why greening your skincare by making some (at least) of your own stuff makes so much sense.

See more about how paraben, as well as other chemicals affect the body by checking out these websites:

www.natural-skincare-authority.com 

 www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org 

www.google.com  searchwords: parabens

Find out more about cosmetic and skincare ingredients at these sites:

www.leapingbunny.org                               www.emagazine.com 

www.cosmeticdatabase.com                    www.greenerchoices.org                                                                       

Most mainstream health and government websites take a “needs further study” stand on many questionable chemical ingredients.  But they never seem to come out with the definitive last word.  I read that more than 10,500 chemicals are used in personal-care products, and less than 11 percent are ever tested or reviewed.  For me the question is:  Would I rather be safe or be an unpaid guinea pig?   You might want to guess at my answer.

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Hello world!

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

How does someone green their skin care routine?  How do they start? 

Well, it takes a little bit of investigation.  First, you have to find out your skin’s needs.  Is your skin oily, dry or in between?

When you find your skin type, focus on finding natural products and formulas that will correct and support your skins needs.

The next step is to find easy to make recipes that you can create on your own at home and/or find a store bought product that you can use to get the results you desire.

Green Your Skin Care blog is a place to share information about skin care that works and about how we can protect our planet from chemicals that are damaging.

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