Habits are hard to break. For most people, brand specifics play an important role in the products they choose to use on their bodies and although those products are not 100% pure, the marketing campaigns for those products are so well orchestrated that people become sold on the idea, more so than the product itself.
Did you know that in order for major retail bath and body companies to sell their products as all natural, the ingredients need only be approximately 95% natural? Think about this for a moment. A scientifically generated chemical used on your skin is absorbed through your pores, allowing entry into your body causing, in some cases, great detriment to your delicate system. The following is a list of just a few widely used chemicals in skin and body care products that you may not be aware of.
Propilene Glycol – This an industrial grade antifreeze and is used in your everyday products, such as shaving gels, shampoos, deodorant and skin care products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate – An article published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%.
Fluoride – In high concentrations, fluoride is toxic to the body and skin. With regard to Sodium Fluoride (NaF) the toxic, lethal dose for adults is estimated to be at 5 to 10 g. Ingestion of fluoride can produce gastrointestinal discomfort. Fluoride is typically found in skin and body care products.
Linalool – This narcotic is typically found in perfumes, bar soaps, shampoos, body moisturizers, nail products, body products and also in laundry and dishwashing products. It has been linked to causing respiratory problems and central nervous system disorders.
Benzaldehyde – This chemical is typically found in perfumes, laundry detergents and bleach, deodorants, Vaseline, shaving cream, shampoo, retail bar soaps and dishwasher detergent as well. It is a narcotic and acts as a sensitizer, a local anesthetic and a CNS depressant. It is also an irritant to the mouth, throat, eyes, skin, lungs and Gastrointestinal tract and may cause damage to your kidneys.
Ethanol – is listed as a hazardous waste on the EPA list and is found in most bath and body products. It is a severe irritant to the eyes and upper respiratory tract and has been linked as a cause to central nervous system disorders.
Ethyl acetate – This narcotic chemical is listed as a hazardous waste on the EPA list. It is an irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract, can cause headaches and narcosis and may be the cause for anemia and can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Ethyl acetate is most commonly found in colognes, shampoos, nail products and laundry and dishwashing products.
Cocoamide DEA (diethylalomine) TEA, MEA,– This chemical is a dangerous additive contained within most shampoos and skin products such as moisturizers. Scientific laboratory studies have shown that these chemicals directly inhibit fetal brain development by blocking the absorption of choline, a nutrient required for brain development and maintenance.
Methylene Chloride – This carcinogen was banned by the FDA in the 1980’s and is listed on the EPA’s hazardous waste list. It is a chemical most often used in shampoos and perfumes. It has been linked to causing headaches, irritability, fatigue, tingling through the limbs and central nervous system disorders.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine – The toxicity of this chemical is harmful to the immune system and can cause dermatitis.
PEG – Studies have shown that any ingredient containing PEG in its name may be contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane.
Benzyl acetate – This chemical is most often found in perfumes, shampoos, soaps, deodorants and shampoos, as well as commonly used laundry and dish detergents. Benzyl acetate is a carcinogenic and has been linked to pancreatic cancer. When absorbed through the skin, it causes harmful, systemic effects. It has also been linked to certain respiratory failure.
Is there really any power in positivity? Can positivity really bring to fruition the visions that hope carries? Does it truly have the power to make the difference in one’s life? The answer is yes, absolutely. Did you know that it takes more energy to hold onto negativity than it does to simply maintain a positive outlook? And, did you know that holding onto negativity thwarts your ability to gain in all aspects of your life?
What you give out is what you receive back. How does positivity bring to fruition the vision that sings within hope? Quite simply, because going after what you need and want with the knowledge that it will happen despite the obstacles, makes the negative walls you greet along the way collapse. Did you ever go after a job and despite getting “no’s” across the board, eventually, you found that one door open for you and off you went? Oppositely, did you ever lose your hope and maintain a negative outlook such as, “Oh, whatever. It’s not going to happen anyway” and found yourself with no reward? A defeatist attitude begets a defeatist reward. However, a positive attitude begets its just reward.
Being positive is natural. Harboring negativity is a learned attribute and is anything but natural. If you are “hating the world,” the world will shun you back. If you “love the world,” the world will turn upside down to return that love to you. Love is instinctive, hatred is learned. Learned attributes take a lot of energy to keep their baseless opinions while love is effortless and bountiful. Love is a flawless energy while negativity is a conglomerate of mixed energies.
Sometimes, the best and easiest way to gain fruit in your own life is to recognize whether you are living flawlessly or sorting through a myriad of baseless opinions. A simple restoration of positivity can be all you need to succeed. The hope is not in miracles, but rather within you.
There are so many ways energy affects our daily lives, both in positive and in negative ways. The most interesting thing about it is that although there is never really a constant flow of energy one way or the other, there are many ways to manipulate the current from negative to positive. And, when I speak of energy, I am referring to spirit or light energy.
Have you ever found yourself stuck in a situation where there is nothing but negative influences around you and although you try to ignore it or dodge it, eventually you find yourself caught up in it? Obviously, when you’re in a situation that disrupts your personal mood cycle and causes you emotional imbalance, the best thing to do is to leave. However, we cannot always leave a situation, especially if it is work related or home related.
The first thing I recommend doing is what I call, step back, define and depersonalize. Impartially assess the situation. Who is emitting the negativity and why are they doing it? Many times, although what seems to be directed toward you, in actuality, has nothing to do with you at all. Rather, you become the outlet. Depersonalizing yourself from the situation gives you an opening to a very valuable resource – your inner resolve, which allows you the opportunity to regain control of yourself and also to reorganize your strength and vitality. Seeing a situation for what it is or viewing an individual from an outsider perspective allows you restore your personal ground.
So, how do you manipulate the negative energy around you into positive, knowing you cannot change a person or change the situation? The answer will not surprise you and in actuality, is really quite simple. For every negative vibe you receive, douse it with a positive charge. For example, Rhonda comes over to you and blasts out a rude comment such as, “Your outfit looks really stupid.” Instead of a defensive remark, you simply respond with, “Do you think so? Thanks for letting me know. By the way, your hair looks great today.”
Simple gestures of positivity suffocate negativity and restore healthy balance and peace.
Waking up to the intoxicating aroma of brewing coffee beans, caffeine is the eye-opener of choice by millions of people around the globe. And while a good, hot cup of joe reduces fatigue and opens your eyes for the day ahead, did you know that that same cup of joe contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. Scientific studies revealed that caffeine reduces inflammation almost at the same level as aspirin does. Skin care products containing caffeine both reduce and prevent inflammation and redness thereby increasing the vitality of your skin tone. And you thought caffeine was just for drinking in your cup of coffee?
In a recent study performed at Rutgers University, the theory that caffeine guards against certain molecular level skin cancers was strengthened as literally inhibits ATR, a protein enzyme in the skin. Additionally, scientists believe based on their research, that when caffeine is applied directly to the skin, this may help block cancer causing ultraviolet light from penetrating the skin.
Caffeine also works wonders for dark under-eye circles. Although caffeine is not a miracle worker, applying it under your eyes will diminish puffiness and inflammation typically associated with dark circles as well as flattening out those under-eye bags. It also reduces the look of dark shadows under your eyes because caffeine reduces the build-up of blood which aid in promoting those circles.
Is cellulite a thing of the past? A scientific study revealed that an application of skin cream containing caffeine to cellulite reduced the size of the cellulite fat cells by 17 percent.
Why not begin scrubbing your skin into radiance today? Take advantage of Spirit Cove’s powerful, caffeinated coffee scrubs.
One of the top benefits of sugar for the skin is that out of all of the body scrubs available, sugar is the least abrasive and gentle on the skin. But, do you know the benefits of sugar for the skin? Both white and brown sugars are wonderful for exfoliating the face and body and work great on Eczema and Psoriasis.
Sugar, being a natural humectant draws moisture to the skin creating moisture-rich skin, but gives your skin a radiant glow. Additionally, as sugar is rich in alpha-hydroxy, it provides a natural glow to your skin. There are also no harsh side effects from using sugar on your skin, thereby making it safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Sugar hydrates the skin without clogging the pores. In addition, studies have shown that sugar can aid in stimulating and circulating lymph fluids.
Sugar scrubs, especially brown sugar, are phenomenal in soothing the skin. They are especially good for use after shaving. Do you commonly use different skin care products? Did you know that by using a sugar scrub, you don’t need to turn to different products to achieve maximum benefits for your skin. Sugar scrubs eliminate the need to use pumice stones and separate moisturizers.
Do you like to tan? Because of the gentle exfoliating action of a sugar scrub, removing dead skin cells before tanning hydrates the skin aiding in preventing the absorption of excessive tanning lotions into key areas such as the elbows and knees.
While most body scrubs should only be used approximately three to four times per week, sugar scrubs are gentle enough for daily use and may also be used on your face.
After only a few uses, sugar scrubs can help aid the body in healing blemishes because it absorbs the dirt and oil from your pores thereby rejuvenating the birth of the natural oils in your skin.
Do you know someone who suffers from rough, chapped or even calloused skin? Sugar scrubs alleviate and moisturize those tough areas and are great for men too.
And because Spirit Cove's Body Scrubs are made of all natural ingredients, there is no chance of contaminating your pores with unjust and harmful chemicals.
Have you ever wondered why when you try a body scrub or lotion, it doesn’t seem to quite work the way it was described? Have you ever bought a body product described as all-natural, only to find that the ingredients list additives that are far less than natural? Unfortunately, this is the practice with many body products on the market today. Some companies even advertise that their natural products are 95% natural. Why settle for less than 100% natural?
I cannot tell you the amount of costly products I have purchased from lotions to body scrubs only to find that they did nothing more for my skin than to smell nice. Having sensitive skin and suffering from patches of eczema my whole life, I came to the realization that I should not have to be careful about the products I use, but rather, it was the companies making those products that should be more responsible in the products they make.
I decided that I wanted to use only 100% pure and natural products on my skin, not 95% natural. I began researching and combining different herbs, fruits, vegetables, essential oils and vitamins and tested each combination on my skin. I found that with regular use of my handmade products, I had far less eruptions of my eczema, my skin was supple and moisturized for almost 24 hours and I had no more break outs.
I learned, firsthand, the benefits of an all natural body scrub. Whether you’re using a sugar scrub, a salt scrub, a coffee scrub or some other exfoliating property, one thing is unanimous. Removing dead skin cells, your skin rejuvenates its healthy glow as the top flaky, dry and dull layer gets washed off. It also removes toxins that the skin shields itself from allowing to pass through as well as caked on dirt and oil. Scrubs are comprised of refined and granulated that when rubbed against the skin will completely remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Regular bathing and washing with normal soaps does not give your skin the essential benefits of a body scrub and additionally, adds to the residual oils and toxins.
Spirit Cove’s body scrubs are good for all skin types. They unclog pores and provide a deep clean thereby decreasing residual oils. Because dry, dead skin accumulates and lays on the surface, the extra oil becomes built up and causes a clogging of your pores. A scrub removes that layer thereby removing the chance of oil becoming trapped. This stops breakouts. Scrubs also stimulate blood circulation and the production of the skin’s own natural oils, which adds to the skin’s luster and moisture.
There is no need for a separate moisturizer, as all of Spirit Cove’s body scrubs are fortified with specially formulated essential oils for added moisture which increase the skin’s vitality. Once you remove the barrier of dead skin cells, the essential oil is simultaneously absorbed by your skin.
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