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Lesley Haw   
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Ten Natural Ingredients That Do Wonders For Your SkinConsider that your skin absorbs 60% of the products you put on it. We bring you a list of ten natural ingredients that cleanse, regenerate and soothe, to ensure that what you put on your face isn’t poisoning your body.

“The human body is a giant communication system, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the skin”
 – Barbara Close, Pure Skin, Organic Beauty Basics.

Our skin is more than an outer covering – it is actually a vital organ that has the tough job of blocking out all the bad elements - bacteria, viruses, pollution and chemicals. It also has the added job of protecting and nourishing our body. It is not that easy to try and limit the amount of chemicals we put into or onto our body – we eat healthily, choosing organic foods, but our skin is still exposed to many other chemicals every day! There are certainly many man-made products that have become invaluable to society, but some of these innovations are simply harmful and nowhere is it more apparent than when we use harsh synthetic ingredients on our skin.

In January 2003 the European Union took a stand and banned over 100 chemicals used in cosmetics (Cosmetic Directive (76/768/EEC) and became affective in September 2004. Among them are phthalates, parabens (alkyl esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid) are widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in thousands of cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceutical products, and food. There are six commonly used forms (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben) and it is estimated that they are used in at least 13 200 cosmetics products. According to the lead researcher of the recent study, Philippa Darbre, an oncology expert at the University of Reading, in Edinburgh, the chemical form of the parabens found in 18 of the 20 tumours tested indicated that they originated from something applied to the skin, the most likely candidates being deodorants, antiperspirants, creams, or body sprays.

Skin care products and cosmetics do not stay on the surface of the skin. The skin absorbs at least 60% of the products we use, and dumps it directly into our circulatory system. It is estimated that over a period of an average life time for a women (60 years), we can absorb more that 15kg’s of ingredients through our skin. If you consider that we are absorbing chemicals or petroleum derived ingredients, plant nutrients and plant oils are obviously a far safer choice. 

Our ability to choose the right skin care and cosmetics depends are the accuracy of our ingredient knowledge, personal needs and market choices. Caring for your whole body includes choosing skin care that supports and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

Natural, and preferably Organic, skin care products are safer and healthier alternatives, especially when they are made from ingredients that are chemical and metal free. Natural skin care products have come under fire when it was found that only a small amount of natural ingredient is used and the bulk of the product is made up of petroleum by products and loaded with fragrance. Consider moving to all natural and organic products, which perform to the same standards as other non natural products. Many skin problems, such as acne, contact dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear once petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen. Using fully natural products can contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body in the long term.

Organic Skin Care Products formulate and combine organic flower and herb extracts, and aromatherapy oils to offer a nutritive skin solution for varying skin types. Some of the most well known and beneficial ingredients are:

  1. Evening Primrose as it is a source of essential nutrients to enhance skin care.
  2. Fresh Rose Petal extract which soothes broken capillaries, improves dry skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, calms eczema and calms the person!
  3. Sandalwood has been used for over 4 000 years in cosmetics and perfumes, Sandalwood has  earned the reputation of helping many skin complaints. It promotes tissue regeneration, is a powerful anti – inflammatory agent, and helps dry cracked skin.
  4. Ginkgo Biloba calms and tones visible surface blood vessels and reduces redness of sensitive  skin. Rich in flavone glycosides it reduces the breakdown of collagen and thereby reduces the  appearance of wrinkles.
  5. Hydrangea Flower extract cleanses and freshens the complexion. It contains natural cleansing  elements called saponins which improve skin texture. Arnica is well known to improve circulation and encourage healing.
  6. Cinnamon, has been used for centuries in Middle and Eastern Asia, as it encourages contraction of skin tissue and contains substances that encourage a protective coating to form on damaged scarred skin, i.e acne or sun damage.
  7. Rosemary, a herb considered sacred in many civilizations, is a natural anti-oxidant, which  roves the circulation of the skin, promotes healing and lessens the pain of certain skin  problems.
  8. Lemongrass encourages cellular renewal, calms redness and reduces the visible signs of aging. Fresh Aloe Vera juice helps to calm sensitive skins and encourages the formation of new skin cells.
  9. Carrots, Wheatgerm and Hazelnuts are rich in anti aging anti oxidants and have liposomes that encourage absorption of nutrients needed by the skin.
  10. Mandarin which helps face scars and acts to firm the skin.
The value of all these ingredients comes for the correct combination of nutrients that feed the skin and create and maintain a healthy skin.

Acknowlegements: Lori Stryker, B.Sc, BHEC, B.Ed – Why switch to all natural cosmetics? Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,  Skin Deep - Cosmetics Safety Database, The Environmental Working Group. The Environmental Defense, Ottawa Canada, 1 Aug 2006.

Lesley HawLesley Haw founded Aeon Organics cc in South Africa to address the lack of quality, All Natural and Organic skin care and cosmetic products. Lesley discovered in her travels to Europe and the United States that SA consumers do not have the choice of products, without harmful chemicals, or with the suitable nutritional quality, to apply to their skins without damaging it. As a mother to two daughters she also saw the need to protect and nourish the young skins of today in these times with heavy pollutants and chemical overload.  As a business woman with many years of experience in marketing, sales, international trade and logistics she has started introducing global brands that are not only offer a choice to the local market but also ensure world renowned quality using only natural and organic ingredients.

Simplicité offers a range of 40 nutritive and specially formulated skin solutions using organic plant extracts, Australian bush-flowers and aromatherapy essences. They are hand-made by leading Australian naturopath and herbalist, David Lyons, and sold worldwide.

The Simplicité secret lies in using fresh, organically grown, gently extracted plant nutrients.

Simplicité ingredients are hand-picked for quality and extracted entirely from plant and aromatherapy sources. They yield visible, substantiated results after just six weeks of use.

Simplicité results come from a regime of gentle exfoliation, applying enzyme-lift plant masks, and feeding high levels of broad-spectrum antioxidants into the skin. These methods improve the structure and health of the skin, instead of damaging it.

The large amount of plant nutrients in Simplicité products sets them apart from the chemically-based majority. Essential fatty acids, proteins and fat-soluble vitamins nourish and enrich, soothe and protect the skin.

The simple thing about Simplicité is that it feeds the skin back to health in the purest way imaginable.

Simplicité is available through discerning Spas and Salons, or alternatively directly through www.simplicite.co.za

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