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  • #Cancer Causing Commodities

    I have been talking with people asking about their health routines and really it wasn't a shock to me that many people only talked about their eating habits and what they did to correct it or make it better. Making the connections with eating better and making better skin care #product decisions have a direct link to creating an environment for cancer cells to develop becoming a detriment to your life. We all have pre cancerous cells, but how we live our lives through the products we put in and on our bodies is what can help determine how healthy we are living. So many of us get complacent, myself included, listening to the companies we grew up who sold skin care products our grannys and mom's used on our skin and swore by them. Even today some companies who's platform is "natural", if you do further, digging into the ingredients you will find about 1/4 of them are natural and the rest are lab created. Even companies who add the word Shea on their bottle think that slapping a Natural ingredient on their product constitutes natural or having natural tendencies when in truth with all the toxic ingredients the Shea has to fight through to even provide your body with an ounce of skincare nutrition your skin still wouldn't be safe. I remember using this particular brand on my youngest child and finding that it wasnt keeping his skin moisturized. I would apply the lotion after a bath and 10 minutes later you would look at his legs and think I hadn't put any type of moisturizer on him. After really looking at the ingredients and researching each one I found that it had drying alcohol (avoid these alcohols: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and SD alcohol) also petroleum. The few natural ingredients that it did have were at the bottom of the list (usually meaning the further down the list there is very little of that ingredient in the product) . This is what prompted me to be more aggressive in using products that actually said what they offered. And in turn pushing me to start creating my own products. I know I know that is alot to ask for when people are leading busy lives, so let me help with some of that by supplying you with some of the ingredients you should shy away from and those you should feel comfortable putting on you and your family's skin. Such ingredients as #Sulfates, #Petroleum, #Mineral Oil, #Isopropyl Alcohol, and #Parabens. The list of toxic ingredients is over 82,000 where companies use such ingredients as carcinogens, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxins. Here is an extensive list Adults absorb up 60% of what we put on our skin and children's bodies absorb 40-50% more. They are more prone to contracting diseases later in life when exposed to toxins. In essence being exposed to these toxins as children in the long run can have long term harmful health problems from learning disabilities, skin allergies, reproductive problems to contracting different forms of Cancer. These are ingredients are found in everything from cleansing body care products to deodorants to skin care creams. And we wonder why we end up at the doctor's or the dermatologist more times then we would like. Why doctors tend to prescribe more pills and antihistamines anti inflammatory pills and steroid cremes that only mask the affliction and keep you coming back for more hoping eventually it will fix the problem. We need to make doctors more accountable, better yet don't just take what doctors are "selling", many times there is a natural alternative to issues we are having with our skin. Think about it, we are from nature, we are natural, so wouldn't seem the logical thing to look towards natural solutions in nature instead of a lab with synthetic choices that most times leave you with side effects worst than the affliction you are dealing with. #Sodium #lauryl #sulfate (SLS)-an additive that allows cleansing products to foam.The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl according to the EWG. Why may you ask is this cleansing ingredient used in both our skincare products like soaps, body washes and shampoos, simple- it's cheap. In the age of information it makes it much easier to learn about what seemed to be a well kept secret by these big box skin care companies. Our skin cells are the gateway to our internal organs receiving good and bad products. It is up to us to make an effort to seeing that more good than bad is received. I am sure some of you are thinking,"It hasn't affected my skin so why do I need to start looking at natural alternatives". You may not be seeing the affects on your skin right now but what is it doing to your insides? This is not about pushing a new product to people, this is about pushing an idea of not making the use of natural products an option but a way of life. Because in the long run isn't you and your family's quality of life worth the fight? - C Farrow Like us on Facebook TheAfterAffects Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @theafteraffects Check out our products

  • What's In a Skin?

    #skincare #skintypes #normalskin #dryskin #oilyskin #combinationskin #sensitiveskin Our skin is only as good as what we put on it and in it. Your skin IS what you eat. Skin types are as unique as a finger print. One product doesn't fit all and we need to pay particular attention to help it flourish. Just as we learn what products help our hair thrive so should we take the time to learn our skin types. Remember- whatever your skin type (normal, oily, dry, sensitive, combination) you want to keep the three most important things in finding the perfect products to keep your skin healthy; a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer that locks in hydration and a protector high in anti-oxidants. There are 6 main skin types and they sometimes depending on your genetic make up can cross. This can make for a difficult find especially if you are dealing with sensitive skin but you suffer from acne. Most conventional acne products tend to be a bit rough on the skin with the ingredients used to battle acne which makes for aggravated skin that can tend to be overly dried out. Here are some skin types and the characteristics behind them: Normal Skin “Normal” skin means that there are no extreme issues to be dealt with. The sebum, or the oil naturally produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands, is on regulated production. This means your skin is neither very dry nor very oily. The goal here is to find products to maintain that balance. Changes in the skin may be subtle. Don't assume that just because you have normal type skin that you can pretty much use any type of skin product. Be careful about keeping the balance of your skin's sebum production. If you use say a facial product formulated for oily skin you may actually be doing more harm than good. Because you would be dry your skin out or if using a product specifically for dry skin you may over - moisturized and clog your pores. Even in the natural world, pay attention to how your skin reacts to products. Even with there being natural ingredients some natural oils may leave your skin feeling oily or tight or itchy and dry. Oily Skin Often seen as problem skin, this skin type actually has the benefit of staying soft and resilient much longer than others – and taking much longer to show wrinkles. But the over-active sebaceous glands can cause unwanted shine, and in some cases, acne. Because of this, people with "oily" skin tend to do a-lot of over-cleaning, which damages the skin, drying it out and causing it to produce more oil. Be gentle, stop treating your skin like the enemy. Look out for ingredients that remove oil without drying out your face. Natural ingredients like Willow Bark can help remove excess oils and even fight acne, as well, Tea Tree Oil, and Aloe Vera. Green clay is also a great friend to oily skin, giving the skin a chance to help restore balance of it's. pH levels. Facial masks are a good friend to have in your skin care arsenal. Green French clay is a great one for oily skin and Bentonite helps when you have oily and are prone to acne. Clays help to absorb excessive sebum that those with oily skin produce, and help prevent forms of acne like blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. You might want to check the label to see if the product is ‘non-comedogenic’ (doesn’t clog pores). An exfoliating facial bar would help to open the pores to help alleviate excessive oils. Dry Skin When dealing with dry skin the battle of spot and blackheads is not seen as often as with other skin types. However, itchiness and tightness are common problems since the skin doesn’t produce enough of its own softening sebum. This means it’s very important to make sure the products you want for your dry skin won’t strip your skin’s oils even further. Natural bars enriched with olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, kokum butter, shea butter, and aloe vera , can cleanse your skin without stripping it of the natural oils it does try to hold on to. Then follow it up with a non - comedogenic face serum like with rose-hips oil, hemp seed oil, apricot oil to name a few. The myth that oils on the skin can clog your pores isn't true. Yes there are some oils, yes even some natural oils that have hire comedogenic ratings than others which can cause breakouts. But the ones I recommended have low numbers between 0-2 and they absorb into the skin rather quickly without leaving your skin with a greasy residue. Combination Skin This skin type can be kind of tricky. With the need of dual products to help balance that t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) area it can be difficult finding the best product and most times you need to get two types. One for the oily and one for the dry areas. But err on the side of mild when looking for products. You want ingredients that will gently remove dirt and extra oil in the areas that have them while keeping the rest of your skin calm. Of course you may need to purchase multiple products to get this desired effect. Jojoba, Olive Squalene, Rosehip oils are great moisturizers for combination skin. You do get the best of both worlds when using them. For cleansers Bars with milk in them are great for this skin type, it gently exfoliates while cleansing the extra oils but never striping the skin and moisturizing the dry patches. Sensitive Skin If you suffer from sensitive skin, your priority is to be as gentle with it as possible. Look for soaps without perfumes, colorants, sulfates, alcohol, or preservatives. In fact, the fewer ingredients listed on a label, the more likely you will be to have success with the product. Natural ingredients can be your friends, but some natural substances can still be quite harsh on the skin. Gentle ingredients milk, oatmeal, carrot, honey, Chamomile, and Calendula put in soap can be a great find. Some people have also found the Sea Buckthorn and Neem to help keep skin care as gentle as possible. Exfoliating soaps can be a risk, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If you do exfoliate, make sure the ‘abrading’ ingredient is not too hard or sharp; say no to crushed pits and walnut powder, these can be very damaging to any skin type. Those should only be used on harder extremities like knees elbows and heels. If you are unsure of your skin type and can't get to a dermatologist, a simple way to get an idea of what products you should be looking for is- cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser let dry and wait 15-20 minutes then document symptoms if you have any. This will definitely give you a feel or an idea of what you should and should not put on your skin. Be an advocate for your skin. You want to keep it as healthy for as long as possible. Remember, 1 gentle cleanser, 2 moisture that locks hydration and 3 products that protect from the elements. This recipe makes for a meal your skin will love you for. And even if it is still difficult for you to find the perfect product combination check with your dermatologist they may be able to help steer you to natural products that will be the best fit.

  • SkinCare Transitions You Can Fall For

    #Tips for helping you transition your #skincare regimen to #fall Yes it's time of year again. The leaves are changing the weather is cooling. Time to test out the old furnace make sure its blowing that dry heat through the vents to keep the family warm. But it is also that time of year where the humidity levels are lower and the air is getting dryer and so is our skin. For many of us, myself included, dry skin can make you have a love hate relationship with your skin during fall and winter months. I am here to tell you all is not lost, below are some tips that can help keep you loving your skin and your skin loving you back. Tip #1 - A gentle cleanser gives you a head start Once you know your skin type if you don't know it already get a cleansing agent that is gentle for the skin (both body and face) if you don't use one already. Your gentle cleanser should never strip your skin of all its natural oils and never agitate nor irritate after you wash. They should not have sulfates, petroleum oils or parabans. Look for ingredients that include low or no comedogenic ratings in the butters and oils in them like mango, kokum butter, castor, sunflower, and olive oils. Tip #2 - Gentle Exfoliate Exfoliating is definitely something that should not be exclusive to spring and summer when you are going to be showing more skin. Doing it year round will keep your skin fresh, keep acne down and slough off dead skin to reveal youthful glowing skin while circulating blood flow throughout the body. Regular exfoliation with a mild abrasive additive, sugar, salts, fruit fibers, even seeds are great to use to help remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating is key to keeping your skin and complexion clear throughout the fall and winter seasons. Exfoliation should be done about twice a week in order to help prevent breakouts and to keep the skin clean and fresh. But find what exfoliate works for you. Some exfoliates like bamboo powder or jojoba beads offer a more gentle approach to sensitive and transitioning (pregnant or post pregnant) skin types than sugar or salt scrubs. Tip #3 - Thicker Moisturizer I am sure there are some folks out there who believe a lighter skin complexion means you must not have dry skin. It is furthest from the truth. Just because you cannot see your name written on your skin does not mean you don't need daily moisture and thicker cream like. a body butter is a must. The other myth, all body butters are too thick and greasy. There are brands, like After Affects Skin Care, that offer butters that are creamy, rich, moisturizing but they also melt into the skin on contact and don't leave greasy residue. The key is you need that thicker moisturizer to protect from the dry air both outside and inside. Sensitive skin is very important to continue to coat your skin with a good moisturizer, because your skin is so delicate and prone so many types of irritants and adding dry heat to the mix can exacerbate issues you can most assuredly try to avoid. Now if you have oily skin, you may be able to keep up with your lotions you used for the summer months, but pick a facial cream according to your skin type to keep skin from developing dry patches. Tip #4 - Continue to Protect with Antioxidants and SPF Don't be fooled, just because you may be experiencing more cloudy days doesn't mean the sun has gone away. Your skin is still susceptible to UVA and UVB rays. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., board-certified NYC dermatologist, clinical instructor at NYU Langone and.Mount Sinai states, “Free radicals are molecules that can cause damage to different components in cells, such as the DNA, proteins, outer barrier, and the matrix. Antioxidants are basically free radical fighters." When our cells are exposed to these free radicals, they can do everything from speed up the aging process, hyperpigmentation, acne, to even cause skin cancer. So using products that have SPF and antioxidants it an armor for the skin. Tip #5 - Don't forget the humidifier If you don't have one get one or two or one for every room in your home. A humidifier is a necessity no self respecting skin lover should be without. Keeping up with these 5 tips should help make your skincare regimen transition a little less traumatic for you and your skin. Always remember, first know your skin type then; 1 gentle cleanser, 2 thicker moisturizer, 3 a protector against free radicals. Transition is the key Fall and winter months don't have to be your skin's enemy, with the right tools you can have skin that will continue to thrive even in the driest of situations. Tell us what you thought of this post, did it help you and what skin care regimen do you do to transition to fall and winter months? Also, don't forget if you haven't, sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on new posts, exclusive deals and offers to try products before they go up on the site. As always: "Be Good To Your Skin It will Be Good To You"

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