Badger Sunscreen

Posted on March 30, 2009
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With resort season underway, here is a short post to report our experience with Badger Sunscreen. SPF 30 version of Badger Sunscreen is rated #1 with the Environmental Working Group.

Originally, our interest lay more in checking out UV Natural from Australia, which had a variety of products on a fun and informative website,  promoted non-animal testing and was favored by many users. However, late last summer, their website announced that UV Natural would no longer sell online in the United States. Several products in the line seem to have recently been picked up by other online retailers. We’ll research and tell you more about that once we’ve tried it.

Meanwhile, why not try out another  #1-rated sunscreen?

The primary complaint of Badger Sunscreen users is the oily texture. Our experience proved this a legitimate concern.

However, both Badger SPF 15 and SPF 30 were quite effective against even high-noon sun in Mexico.  It resisted rinsing during light swim sessions, but washed off easily in the shower.

Overall we were quite pleased with the performance of Badger Sunscreen for its intended purpose – protecting the skin against sunburn. You’ll be happiest at the beach or other lightly clothed outdoor activities. Due to the oiliness, Badger Sunscreen is not the best choice for dressing up and going to town.

Badger states they do not test on animals. As with all sunscreens, it’s best to apply at least a few minutes before exposing to the sun.

Bon Voyage!

 

 

Skin Care From Mother Nature

Posted on February 7, 2009
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My intention was not to use scare tactics or fill you with dread in the previous posts. Just be aware that you are in charge of your health and that many toxins are packaged as “natural.”

Supplements and skin care products using  chemical ingredients made in a laboratory are usually less expensive to produce than their counterparts made from truly natural ingredients.

There is no good reason to use artificial chemicals and products on our skin or in our bodies. Mother Earth has generously provided everything we need to stay pure on the inside, and promote clear, soft, healthy skin on the outside.

If you are inspired to apply truly organic, completely unprocessed care for your skin, start with your own kitchen shelves. My favorite is to relax for 15 minutes under a facial mask of mashed avocado. After your initial qualms, you might be surprised how quickly you feel the nutrients and enjoy feeding your face and skin with real food.

We’ll cover other recipes for homemade skin care in future posts. Do you have a favorite natural skin recipe or routine to share?

Most of us don’t have the time or interest in grinding, mashing and mixing our own cosmetics. Several companies offer wonderful and pure packaged skin care products. We’ll talk about those next time.

Who polices safety of personal care products?

Posted on January 17, 2009
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The personal care product industry has a self-policing “Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel.”

Like many such safety review panels, this one approaches its safety assessments from the standpoint that consumers start each day pure. As if we are exposed to only one chemical at a time, and as if the product being assessed is the only source for each chemical.

Smart consumers know that is fallacy. As human beings on planet Earth, we eat, breathe, drink and wear chemicals every moment of the day in our modern industrial society.

A coalition of environmental health organizations conducted a survey in 2004 to learn about chemical ingredients in personal care products. This survey shows that 9 personal care products are used daily by the average adult, with 126 unique chemical ingredients.

More than 25% of all women and 1% of men use at least 15 products daily.

That’s a lot of chemicals.  Typical household cleaners add even more chemical exposure. 

The survey shows the insidious integration of dangerous chemicals into common products. As one example, through these personal care products, 12.2 million adults are exposed daily to ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens.

How about the 4.3 million women who are exposed daily to ingredients that are known or probable reproductive and developmental toxins (which may impair fertility or harm a developing baby in the womb)? Do they believe the FDA or our government is protecting them from poisons? Would they use these products if they understood the risks to their child?

The top seven carcinogenic impurities in personal care product ingredients include: hydroquinone, ethylene dioxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, PAHs, and acrylamide.

20% of adults are potentially exposed every day to all of them. Twenty percent!

It’s up to us to protect ourselves, folks. We’ll talk about detoxing products and regimens another time.

For now, read the labels on your personal care products, whether they go on your skin or in your body, or cleaning your clothes. Learn about the ingredients.  We don’t have to use products with ingredients created in a laboratory.

Quality organic products might cost a little more, but they are worth it. Don’t let cost be a factor in your health.

 

Safe & Non-toxic Sunscreens

Posted on July 17, 2008
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Hopefully you’ve had a chance to peruse the information on sunscreen safety at Environmental Working Group. If so, you can see there are quite a number of sunscreens rated between 0 and 2, or “Low Hazard.”

The sunscreen best for you gets down to personal preference as to texture, smell, price, activity, SPF factor, and so forth. Almost all the information you need to select a safe sunscreen and have a pleasant experience with it can be found at the EWG website. It will only take a few minutes to do some vital research.

 We’ll give you a sneak peek of the sunscreens rated Top 10 by EWG, but highly recommend that you download their short report that gives concise lists of information to help you protect your skin at a glance:

1. Badger SPF 30 (2007)

2. Keys Soap Solar RX Therapeutic Sunblock SPF 30(2005)

3. ColoreScience Sunforgettable Rock and Roller Ball SPF 30 (2006)

4. Lavera Sun Screen Neutral SPF 40 (2007)

5. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 (2006)

6. UV Natural Sport SPF 30+ (2007)

7. UV Natural Adult SPF 30+ (2007)

8. UV Natural UV Golf / Ultra (2007)

9. UV Natural Baby SPF 30+ (2007)

10. Peter Thomas Roth Titanium Dioxide Sunblock SPF 30 (2006)

One great feature at EWG is a comment function, where you can read posts from users and leave your own opinion. This is a great feature because some people don’t like the smell or feel of certain sunscreens and, while everyone’s sense of smell is different and opinions on the board vary widely, this can at least forewarn you.

EWG also lists whether the products are tested on animals.

In the last post, we mentioned the most toxic ingredients to look out for in sunscreen, or any other product that you absorb into your body for that matter.

Zinc and titanium will usually be found in the most effective, low hazard sunscreens. Below are some of the ingredients listed by the manufacturers of the natural sunscreens:

Badger SPF 30 lists:

Zinc Oxide 20.5% Other ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinesis (jojoba) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lavendula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) CO2 Extract,Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil

Solar RX contains:

Nano zinc oxide, shea butter, avocado oil, carrot seed oil, black cumin oil, essential oil blend, purified water, vegetable glycerin, vegetable was, rosemary

Wow, what a difference! You can see that natural botanicals are safer for you and the environment, while giving your skin protection from harmful UV rays. Many of these ingredients sound like food, which is what they are – food for your skin and body!

UV Natural  has an informative website, where they claim that UV Natural Sunscreens are formulated from the highest quality natural ingredients available. In addition they are Cruelty Free (not tested on animals), 100% Vegan (excluding the SFP 15, which contains beeswax), biodegradable and non-comedogenic. Biodegradability is a huge factor in protecting the environment.

As you can see, there are many online resources. It will take very little of your time to educate yourself enough to make wise choices for your skin safety and overall health.

So study the terms, read the labels, select a natural, safe sunscreen, then go forth and enjoy the rest of this bountiful summer knowing that you and your loved ones are protected!

 

Sunscreen Shockers

Posted on July 13, 2008
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Summer is finally here, even in the northern half of the north hemisphere. Are you enjoying the nice weather? I hope so!

And I hope you’re getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Besides helping us relax, feel good and appreciate life, absorbing sunshine is the best way to infuse our bodies with life-saving Vitamin D.

On the other hand, we’ve all heard about the dangers from sunburn. Moderation is the best choice with sun exposure, and most everything. But what about sunscreen?

Sunscreens are supposed to protect us from UV rays and let us spend longer basking on the beach, right? The higher the SPF, the better, right?

As proof that we can’t outsmart Mother Nature, one only has to pick up a magazine or tune into the internet these days to see frightening headlines about the dangers of toxic sunscreens.

“Four Out of Five Sunscreens May Be Hazardous to Your Health”

“Most Sunscreens Ineffective, Group Says”

“What Makes Sunscreens Toxic?”

“Melanoma Surges Among Young Women”

“The Case Against Using Sunscreens … ”
It’s easy to blow this off as just another media sensationalization until you actually read the horrifying effects of some of these chemicals.

Many of the ingredients are known carcinogens which absorb quickly through the skin. Others cause allergic reactions, create deadly free radicals, or disrupt our hormones.

Studies have linked specific chemical UV filters with the degradation of coral reefs, and male fish transsexualization.  If the runoff containing diluted amounts of a chemical can turn a fish into a transsexual, is that really something you want to slather directly onto your skin, to be absorbed into your body???

So what’s the answer? There are over 100 different brands of sunscreen. Some contain more toxic ingredients than others. To learn more about the good and bad ingredients in sunscreens, set aside some time and visit the non-profit Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep: Cosmetic Database”.

Some of the major offenders to avoid include:

Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate)
Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3)
Avobenzone (Parsol 1789)
Octocrylene
Homosalate
Ensulizole (Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid)
Padimate O (Octyl Dimethyl PABA / PABA Ester)
Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol
Sulisobenzone (Benzophenone-4)
Benzophenone-2

Learn what these chemicals can do to your body and the environment. Read labels carefully. In the next post we’ll go into natural ingredients that afford some protection against the damaging UV-A rays.

Meanwhile, cover up when possible. Wear loose and lightweight long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim. You’ll get plenty of sun the rest of the time.

Who wants skin like leather, anyway?

 

Skin – The Largest Organ

Posted on July 1, 2008
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Did you know that our skin is an organ?

If you’re like most of us, you never really thought about it. You just think of your skin as skin, the thing that covers your body and protects your flesh.

It might surprise you to learn that not only is skin an organ, it is your body’s largest organ! Each of our body’s organs have a specific function to keep us healthy, and the skin is no different.

One of the skin’s functions is to allow toxins to escape through its pores. The body will alway attempt to protect its most vital organs first, such as the liver and kidneys which also filter toxins. So the body will attempt to rid itself of toxins, through the lymphatic system and also through the skin.

The skin reflects the health of the entire system. If you have skin irritations, rashes, acne or other issues, it is possible that the body is rejecting what you are putting into it, through the air you breathe, the food you eat, the products with which you bathe, or other chemicals and poisons to which you were exposed.

Toxins are all around us. It is virtually impossible these days to avoid them. So we must take great care to eliminate toxins from our body in gentle ways.

In the future, we will have a number of recommendations to effectively detoxify. For now, the first and easiest step you can take to help flush toxins through your lymphatic and other elimination systems is to drink lots of pure, fresh water!

Yes, it’s that simple. There is much more we can do. But drinking at least 8-10 glasses of pure water every day will help your entire system function better.

 

Skin Care Adviser, now live!

Posted on April 24, 2008
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Greetings and welcome to our conversation about how to nourish, replenish and treat our skin for the most beautiful complexion possible. Feel free to post a comment or ask a question, and be sure to check out www.skincareadviser.com, now live!