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The Ten Deadly (Skincare) Sins

August 30, 2011

The Ten Deadly (Skincare) Sins

What’s in your skin cream? Any ideas? Thought not. The ingredients lists on cosmetics’ packaging can confuse even the most clued-up label lover. Marian Bourne who created Celgenics shares her tips on what to look out for.

What comes out of the lab isn't always good for your skin

Many products made by leading cosmetics brands contain unfathomable lists of ingredients that can be harmful to not only ourselves, but the environment around us. You need to be armed with the information on what you should be avoiding. So what are the top 10 chemicals to avoid to guarantee you’re not using highly toxic ingredients?

1. Parabens
Otherwise known as methyl, ethyl, propyl, butly (sounding rather like the registration call for a 1930s girls’ school classroom), and also hydoxy methyl benzoates. Parabens are artificial preservatives which can give a product up to seven years of shelf life. They’ve been linked to cancer, they’re neurotoxic and they have hormone-disrupting qualities which mimic oestrogen and interfere with the body’s endocrine system. This is a cluster of glands, each of which secretes a type of hormone directly into your bloodstream to regulate your body.

2. Synthetic Colours and Fragrances
Many colours in make-up and fragrances are carcinogenic – defined, this means a substance or radiation that’s an agent directly involved in causing cancer. Labelled as FD&C or D&C, these are followed by a colour and a number. Fragrances for women can contain up to 200 single ingredients. They can also cause many side effects such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, irritation and so on. Both are found in nearly all chemical-based products and cosmetics.

3. Propylene Glycol
This is used as a moisturiser – ideally this is vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural and have virtually no toxicity.   But usually, it’s a synthetic petrochemical mix and labelled as PEG or PPG. They can often cause an allergic reaction, including dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities and could inhibit the growth of your skin cells, or cause skin irritation.

4. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate
A cheap and harsh detergent that is strong enough to degrease an engine! SLS provides the foaming and cleaning action in toothpastes, shampoos, soaps and body washes. Not surprisingly, it easily penetrates the skin and helps other chemicals to penetrate.  It’s sometimes disguised on the label as having been derived from coconut – this too can cause eye and skin irritation.

5. Formaldehyde
Labelled as diazolidinyl urea or imidazolidinyl urea, these chemicals release formaldehyde – a colourless gas that is commonly used to preserve the dead that seems a strange choice for beauty products! It can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and lungs and is a known carcinogen.

6. Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
Often used in cosmetics as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. They are carcinogenic and toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

7. Toluene
This is poison!  It’s harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, it’s found in many synthetic fragrances. Long-term exposure has been linked to anaemia, low blood cell count, liver/kidney damage, and it may even affect a developing foetus – so if you’re pregnant, it’s a nasty it’s very much best to avoid. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.

8. Petrolatum
Commonly known as mineral oil jelly, liquid vaseline, paraffinum and baby oil!  It’s derived from petroleum products and is often mixed with paraffin oil derivatives. These products coat the skin like a plastic so your pores get clogged, and your skin can’t breathe. The ensuing build-up of toxins can lead to acne, dermatitis and photosensitivity, or rash.

9. Carincogens

Watch out for Acrylamide, Bisphenol-A (BPA), Butyl benzyl phthalate, Coal tar dyes, Green 5, Orange 7, Red 3,4,8,9,17,19,33, mineral oils and Nitrofurazone.

10. Skin Whiteners
These are a combination of the hormone cortisone and hydroquinone. Frankly, you shouldn’t see hydroquinone in any European product, because it has been banned. However, if you see it in a product on the internet, don’t be tempted, it’s carcinogenic and may pose a risk of leukemia.

There are many other ingredients to watch out for. A good rule of thumb is to look out for abbreviations e.g. (DEA) or (TEA) in brackets and chemical chain names e.g. stearalkonium chloride. New laws are due to be enforced over the next few years, which should hopefully bring a better understanding of cosmetic ingredient risks. The cosmetics industry may soon find that it has to justify everything that goes into its products – and not before time!

Do your cosmetics contain these nasties? Why not have a rummage through and let me know?

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Sweet enough

August 16, 2011

Sugar. We love it, and we’ve always loved it. But have you ever stopped to think about what it might be doing to your skin? Celgenics Skincare developer Marian Bourne explains.

Sugar: sadly not always so sweet for your skin

We’re eating more and more of it, in sweets, in biscuits, in Coca Cola and fizzy drinks. It’s now a given in our diets, and so much a part of most people’s lifestyles that we never think about any negative effects it might be having.

Every time you eat sugar you deplete your body of zinc and chromium because they are both needed to make insulin. And every time you eat sugar, your body has to produce insulin. Insulin is the only hormone we have that reduces blood/glucose levels.The sugar ‘rush’ that ensues can make you feel nervous, and stimulate the brain to crave more sugar. Eating more of the same then starts the cycle all over again. Over time this constant production of insulin produces what’s known as insulin resistance where the cells become resistant to insulin and the constant production of cortisone and adrenalin from the adrenals can ultimately lead to adrenal exhaustion.

How many people do you know who eat lots of chocolate and biscuits who say they need it to give them energy but who wake up tired and are permanently exhausted?

Not only does it make you tired…it also makes you age. As well as reducing your sex hormones!

Sugar contributes to the ageing process of cells in a range of ways. It’s a sticky substance, and literally sticks to the proteins in the body to form what are called advanced glycated end products – or the very appropriate acronym AGEs. This process is known as glycation. It’s irreversible, and damages the structure of proteins like collagen, so that your immune system has to remove the damaged protein and produce more collagen. This cruel process then depletes you of Vitamin C, so you can’t produce more collagen, leading to a build-up of AGEs, which causes inflammation.

Not only does sugar age your skin – it gives you cellulite too. Cellulite, those lumpy fat deposits that are the bane of women’s thighs and bottoms worldwide, is frequently caused by a build-up of sugar.

The single most important factor that accelerates ageing is insulin…triggered by sugar. But fortunately, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, given the right ingredients to work with. Cutting out sugar and reducing your insulin can bring huge health benefits, as well as giving birth to gorgeous skin, if you can just control your urges when they hit!

More glow, more vitality – everything you put into your body is visible when you look in the mirror. So check out your skin – what are you waiting for?

Do you struggle with a reliance on sugar? Or have you given up sugar, and found that it’s benefited your health and your skin? Why not tell us in a comment below?

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10 Good Reasons to Avoid Sugar and Save Your Skin!

February 25, 2010

1. Essential B vitamins and minerals [calcium, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium cobalt, zinc and manganese] are depleted to metabolise sugar so there are less available nutrients to feed your skin. For example, a zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and some eye disorders (macular degeneration).

2. Sugar is not digested in your mouth or stomach, it goes straight to the large intestine and then your bloodstream.
Fructose though, that you eat in the form of corn syrup which goes into lots of confectionary, is metabolised by your liver and turned into free fatty acids, VLDL [the bad sort of cholesterol] and triglycerides, which get stored as fat. The metabolism of fructose creates many waste products and toxicity in the body, which can create excess uric acid, increased blood pressure and even gout.

3. Sugar that goes straight to your large intestine feeds candida, gut parasites and pathogenic bacteria leading to gut permeability otherwise known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Gut permeability leads to less absorption of nutrients and allows the entry of more bacteria, fungi, parasites, toxic metals and toxic materials.

4. Research has shown that for many people who have a diet rich in quick release carbohydrates –glucose and fructose – over time they are highly likely to develop insulin resistance. As the body pumps out more and more insulin in response to all the sugary rich foods, the cells become more and more resistant to the insulin and the excess glucose is stored in the body as fat. The more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want to eat as it’s highly addictive, the result is a very acidic body which can be manifested as spots, acne and tired looking skin.

5. Sugar and vitamin C compete for a place in white blood cells. This means that the white blood cells of the immune system can be severely compromised Eating even 100gm glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey or fruit juice, all significantly reduce the ability of neutrophils to engulf and destroy bacteria. Since neutrophils constitute 60-70% of your total circulating white blood cells, this can have a big impact on your immune system.

6. Sugar can cause production of free radicals [superoxide, hydroxyl radical]. Free radicals can cause inflammation, pain, and have been found to speed up the ageing process.

7. Sugar/glucose attaches itself to proteins that form ‘Advanced Glycated Endproducts’ [AGE’s]. The formation of AGE’s is irreversible and they decrease the elasticity of connective tissue. Ie Your Skin!

8. Sugar has a very similar molecular structure to Vitamin C and displaces it from its’ proper binding sites which means that Vitamin C is not available for Collagen production.

9. Sugar makes your system too acidic; during the refining process, substances such as sulfur dioxide, milk of lime, carbon dioxide, charcoal, and calcium carbonate are used to purify the sugar but which are acidic and toxic for your body. This has a knock on effect to your skin.

10. Sugar interferes with how enzymes function and how hormones are made; if you don’t make enough oestrogen, for example, low oestrogen speeds up the ageing process.

A great book to read: Sugar Blues by William Dufty

Moisturiser Plus!

February 2, 2010

A rich blend of potent antioxidants – CoQ10, MSM, Zinc – vitamins and essential fatty acids, specially formulated to moisturise very dry or mature skin.

HAND MADE with natural Spring water for extra effectiveness.

Moisturiser Plus is enriched with energetic information from crystals, flower essences, homeopathic remedies and our unique FETTM system, to balance and up-regulate cellular energy, which as you age becomes increasingly important. How you age, how much your skin wrinkles and how much you can prevent wrinkles, is largely dependent on your ability to repair at a cellular level.

Looking at ‘Common’ Skincare tips

February 2, 2010

When you read any popular beauty magazine they boast some ‘common’ tips for gaining healthy looking skin like drink water, don’t eat chocolate, don’t touch your face too often, sleep well. Yes these factors do contribute to the health and appearance of your skin, however there is an important factor that many of these articles overlook.

What are you putting on your skin? There is more light being shed on this important topic and increasingly more people are turning to natural products. The bottom line is- all the toxic chemicals in cosmetics can damage your skin and are absorbed into the body. So you might be having great sleep and drinking lots of water but your skin could still be being damaged by harmful chemicals in the products you put on your skin day in and day out.

Opt for natural and organic products always. Our skincare is personal, pure, free of chemicals and utilises the healing and regenerating properties of vibrational energy medicine.

We each age in a different way and how we feel on an emotional level is often reflected in the health of our skin.

Like D.H Lawrence writes in his poem ‘Healing’…

I am not a mechanism,
an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism
is working wrongly that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the
Soul, to the deep emotional self…