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.
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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