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Organic Facial Cleanser: The Ultimate Anti-Acne Facial

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Do you suffer from acne, severely oily skin, breakouts?  Is your skin breaking out this summer.  Maybe you need to try Organic Apoteke’s new Prana Facial.

Ideal for clarifying and detoxifying, the Prana Facial actively clears the skin. Our highly effective products works directly with the body to correct sebum imbalances and calm inflammation. Our unique massage technique stimulates circulation for deep healing.

Before Prana Facial Treatment

Before Prana Facial Treatment

After Prana Facial Treatment

After Prana Facial Treatment


Do you suffer from clogged pores, blemishes, or inflamed skin?

Then this facial is for you. Click here for more information and before and after pictures.

Duration: 50 minutes

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Organic Face Cream : Hydration for Summer Skin

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Over the last few weeks we have had queries about the need to use an organic face cream or facial moisturiser during the summer.  While our skin tends to be less dry during the summer months, it is not advisable to forgo the use of a moisturiser during this period. You don’t want your skin to become dehydrated as this would just result in it producing more oil, thus affecting the overall sebum balance.

What you could do is use a lighter, gel like moisturiser that nourishes the skin and maintains its hydration without being too rich and greasy.

However for those with very dry skin, it is advisable to use a nourishing moisturiser, what you may do is only use your face cream once per day or morning only.

If you are extremely dry, what you may require over the summer is a hydrating face mist which you could spray onto the face throughout the day. Droseros is a certified organic facial spray which you can use under or over makeup. Infused with oxygen and rose wax it both nourishes and uplifts, exactly what you need to keep cool and hydrated during these long summer days.

Organic Moisturizer

Organic Moisturizer

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Organic Face Cream : Ingredients to avoid – Read your organic skin care labels

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

With skin care ingredients not being very well regulated, we find so many harmful chemicals finding their way into products we use daily. Even products that claim to be natural or organic can sometimes contain these harmful toxic ingredients.

Although the list is long here are a few of the worst offenders that definitely need to be avoided especially of the product claims to be a natural or organic face cream.

Diazolidinyl Urea

Used as an antiseptic in cosmetics. It may release formaldehyde, known to be highly toxic.

*Found in: body powders, cleansers and soaps, lotions and moisturizers, make-up and make-up removers, shampoo, shaving products, sunscreen.

Imidazolidinyl Urea

The second most commonly used preservative in personal care products (parabens are first). The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes it as a cause of contact dermatitis. Formaldehyde release is a hazard of this chemical. The CIR Expert Panel is reassessing its safety.

*Found in: baby and other shampoos, bath and body oils body powders, colognes and other fragrances, lotions and moisturizers, makeup, permanent waves, and rinses.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Extensively used for its emulsifying and foaming properties. Associated with allergic reactions and eye irritation. The combination of DEA and DEA-related ingredients is associated with cancer in lab animals. The FDA is currently investigating this link.

Triethanolamine(TEA)

Used as a detergent and dispersing agent. There is high sensitivity to its use. Prolonged contact is particularly irritating. Toxic to lab animals. The CIR Expert Panel recommends use only in small, concentrations, not to exceed over 5%. They also recommend limiting it to rinse off products, such as shampoo. However, some hand and body lotions include it. Combining TEA with nitrates results in cancer-causing nitrosamines.

*DEA and TEA are found in: bath powders, lotions, shaving creams, shampoos, and soaps.

Parabens: Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, and Parahydroxybenzoate

Parabens are the second most common ingredient in skin care products … water is first. The most widely used preservatives in the United States, they may cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions.

Studies show they possess mild estrogen-like qualities. Preliminary research uncovered parabens in human breast cancer tumors. This does not prove a causal relationship, however. Parabens are ubiquitous. They are an estimated 75-90% of all personal care products. Even many so called “natural” and some organic skin care products contain parabens (check labels!).

There is a gradual phase out of these preservatives occurring in the natural skin care industry. Preservatives are essential. However, there are all natural, nontoxic preservatives that are both safe and effective.

*Found in: baby preparations, cleansers, deodorants, eye-products, lotions and moisturizers, make-up, personal lubricants, nail products, shampoos and other hair products, and sunscreens.

Petrolatum

Also known as petroleum jelly. Purified petroleum is common to moisturizers and other cosmetic products. It forms an oily layer on the skin that prevents moisture evaporation. It purportedly smooths and moisturizers skin, but often has the opposite effect. It causes allergic reactions in some. Manufactures love petrolatum because it is very inexpensive (read: a cheap addition for manufacturers).

*Found in: baby creams, conditioners, creams and moisturizers, makeup, nail products, and wax depilatories.

Propylene Glycol

This is the most common moisture-carrying ingredient, excluding water itself, in personal care products. Extensively used in makeup. It is known to elicit allergic reactions, including hives, and is associated with eczema. Safer glycols are gradually replacing propylene glycol. The CIR Expert Panel maintains its safety in concentrations up to 50%.

*Found in: antiperspirants and deodorants, baby lotions, hair strengtheners, moisturizers, mouthwashes, shaving products, sunscreens, and stick perfumes.

PVP/VA Copolymer

Considered toxic. Some individuals develop thesaurosis, which is foreign bodies in the lung, due to inhalation of PVP in hairspray. Rats ingested intravenously with PVP developed tumors.

*Found largely in: bronzers, eye makeup, and hair products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

A detergent, emulsifier, and wetting agent. It is drying and often irritating to skin. Associated with eczema. The Journal of the American College of Toxicology states this chemical has a “degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties” and that “high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration.” The CIR Expert Panel is reassessing it for safety.

*Found in: bubble baths, emollient creams, cream depilatories, hand lotions, permanent waves, shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Acts as a water softener and a foaming and wetting agent. Often in products designed for mildness, such as baby shampoos. Yet it leads to eye and skin irritation in some. The CIR Panel is reexamining its position on this chemical also.

*Found in: shampoos, including baby shampoos.

Stearalkonium Chloride

The Fabric industry developed this as a fabric softener. It softens hair, allowing easier combing. Known to cause allergic reactions and irritation to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Considered toxic. CIR Expert Panel is reassessing for safety guidelines.

*Found in: hair conditioners and creams.

Synthetic colors

Unlike most ingredients used by the industry, synthetic colors are regulated by the FDA. Yet, most are derived from coal tar. Many people are allergic to coal tar. Of greater significance is the association of coal tar and cancer. Most all coal tars cause cancer when subcutaneously injected in lab mice. In fact, many formerly approved colors are now banned in the US because of recognized carcinogenic properties.

Used in a large variety of personal care products, most notably hair dyes. What color is that drugstore shampoo … neon green anyone? Nontoxic all natural skincare products, as opposed to traditional skin care, rely on botanical ingredients for subtle color. This is one of the reasons that Organic Apoteke products vary in color, we are dependent on the combined colors of the natural ingredients we use which vary due to weather conditions and the plants unique manufacturing facility.

Synthetic Fragrances

There may be up to 200 ingredients encompassed by the term “fragrance”. Furthermore, manufactures are not required to disclose actual ingredients in their formulas. They receive protection for such proprietary formulas. Reactions to fragrance in personal care include: coughing, dizziness, headaches, hyper-pigmentation, rash, skin irritation, and vomiting.

I can personally vouch for hyper-pigmentation. I have seen unsightly brown spots on necks of many patients which disappeared when they stopped applying perfume there.

*Synthetic fragrances lurk in the majority of traditional personal care products. Even many so called natural products use synthetic fragrance. To be safe, look for 100% “all natural skin care products.” Natural essential oils are the ideal fragrance.

Organic Apoteke products do not contain any of the above ingredients.

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Organic Acne Treatment : Choosing the best organic face cream

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I met with a friend over the weekend  who has battled with acne for over a decade. He had always maintained that he was acne prone due to his oily skin and hence used harsh cleansing and alcohol laced moisturisers to help dry up the oil. I had believed his skin to be quite dry and therefore producing excess oil to counter the severe dehydration.

Over the years I met many people with a similar problem.  This only stressed the importance of using the correct organic moisturiser or face cream for your skin type.

How to know if your skin is dehydrated even though you have acne?

If your skin occasionally feels tight especially after cleansing. Your skin can also feel quite sensitive. Your skin also may feel tight after cleansing but have get oily and shiny after a few hours – this is the skins compensatory mechanism that aggravates the break outs.

What organic moisturiser should you use for dry skin that is acne prone?

Rejuvenating Face Cream

You need to use a nourishing organic moisturiser or organic face cream. Seems strange in  light of the acne. However when skins dehydrated the negative feedback system kicks in to produce oil. If you nourish and hydrate your skin efficiently, your skin rebalances itself and produces less oil, hence fewer clogged pores and breakouts.  Give a moisturiser like the Rejuvenating Face Cream a try.

Organic moisturiser or organic face cream for Oily Skin

If your skin is genuinely oily, you still  need to ensure that you do not use a product that dehydrates the skin, as this just encourages it to produce more oil. What you need is an alcohol free, gel like moisturiser as these have a high water content, which will keep skin well hydrated. The skin then does not have to produce excess oil to compensate. Stay away from alcohol and SLS based cleansers and moisturisers. Also use a moisturiser that contains ingredients like neem (Melia azadirachta leaf extract) which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Make sure that the product is designed to balance sebum production and contains sebum balancing ingredients such as arginine.

Active Face Hydrating Gel

Active Face Hydrating Gel

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Best Detox: Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke’s Detox Face Mask

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke's Detox Face Mask

Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke's Detox Face Mask

We all try to be healthy, try to avoid the nasties, but there are times when we all over indulge. The holidays are one such time. Thats okay, because there are great products that help you detox. We are all in need of those. Megs Makeup reviewed Organic Apoteke’s Detox Face Mask. See what they have to say here.

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Spring clean : Detox Face Mask

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Blemish free skin is within reach

Blemish free skin is within reach

For as long as I can recall the pores on my nose and my chin have looked bigger because they were clogged. No More!

Our pores don’t have any muscles and is biologically impossible make your pores smaller, but you can make them look smaller. Our pores stretch and look larger due to pollutants, oil, comedogenic face care products, makeup etc.The more clogged your pores are, the larger they look.

When I first met Nitasha (founder of Organic Apoteke) I had plenty to envy about her skin but I suppose the thing I was most impressed with was that you could not see her pores at all! I immediately asked if it was scientifically possible for me to have “invisible pores”. She encouraged me to use the Detox Face Mask regularly.

I have been using the Detox Face Mask and all the other active products from Organic Apoteke for about two and a half years. Now I am not sure when it happened but those pesky enlarged pores on my nose? Refined and virtually invisible and my blackheads gone!

There are many reasons to use the detox face mask regularly, but this one matters to me most.

Who is it for:
Anyone with normal to oily skin (great maintenance treatment).
Also ideal for anyone with congested skin, scars, blemishes, blackheads or skin needing a softening, exfoliation treatment.

This mask is not stripping or drying and can be used by people with dry skin who suffer from blemishes or blackhead, or any other form of “congested“ skin.

Why it’s amazing

  • Reduce blemishes by 72%*
  • Diminish oiliness by 74%*
  • Even complexion by 84%*
  • Refines pores

Key Ingredients:

  • Dead Sea Mud – 22 mineral function through osmosis to extract impurities from the pores of the skin. Impurities are absorbed my the mask and rinsed away.
  • Papaya and Pineapple enzymes soften the skin and remove dead and damaged skin cells

Tips and Tidbits:
• put a tiny dab on a blemish overnight and watch is shrink to barely visible by morning
• Improves microcirculation so your skin get an oxygen and nutrient boost equivalent to a 5 mile run

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Natural Skincare: Exfoliation in Acne Treatment

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

What is exfoliation:
Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest outermost skin cells which are dead and in the process of flaking off. Exfoliation removes these cells evenly to allow for the newer skin cells to be revealed. While the skin naturally sheds skin cells, it can do so unevenly causing different problems for the skin and overall lack of luster and radiance. These dead skin cells can also interfere with the absorption of your facial treatments.

The skin cells that you see on the very surface were born approximately 30 days ago in the deeper dermal layer. They have been growing and working their way through the layers of the skin and becoming more keratin rich, thereby becoming more protective. The skin is continually shedding these cells …

Exfoliation as part of an acne treatment
There are two ways in which exfoliation supports clear skin:
1. Preventing new blemishes: When dead skin cells build up, they find their way into the pores, clogging them and creating a breeding ground for acne, causing bacteria and leading to a blemish.
2. Removing scars: Blemishes can leave scars.  Regular, gentle exfoliation removes damaged skin cells that form scars encouraging the regeneration of healthy skin cells to replace the damaged ones.

 Exfoliating Techniques and Products for Acne prone skin:
Exfoliating treatments come in a variety of strengths and range from over the counter products to professional services. Some off the shelf products that might exfoliate are: cleansers, masks, scrubs, peels. Professional treatments include facials, peels and microdermabrasion.

To scrub or not to scrub:
We are focusing mainly on facial skin and the question of whether to “scrub” is essential, because while the right type of exfoliation can benefit the health and beauty of your skin, the wrong product or technique can cause damage it as well as trigger the formation of new spots. At Organic Apoteke we do not recommend any mechanical forms of exfoliation on acne prone skin especially over spots.

Scrubbing the skin can cause minute tears, not visible to the eye which can do two things, cause dehydration and expose the skin to bacterial infection.

Organic Apoteke offers two products which may safely be used as part of your acne treatment.  The Active Face Cleanse Gel is an organic facial wash perfect for starting to treat acne.  It uses fruit enzymes to soften and remove dead and damaged skin, revealing clearer, even toned skin.

Papaya Enzymes soften and remove damaged skin cells. Useful in natural skin care as a functional exfoliant.

Papaya Enzymes soften and remove damaged skin cells. Useful in natural skin care as a functional exfoliant.

And the Detox Face Mask, a fruit enzyme rich organic face mask, which provides a more intensive weekly exfoliation along with a deep cleanse. All  you need to prevent spot formation.

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Organic Skincare : Exfoliation Explained

Friday, November 20th, 2009

What is exfoliation:
Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest outermost skin cells which are dead and in the process of flaking off. Exfoliation removes these cells evenly to allow for the newer skin cells to be revealed. While the skin naturally sheds skin cells, it can do so unevenly causing different problems for the skin and overall lack of luster and radiance. These dead skin cells can also interfere with the absorption of your facial treatments.

The skin cells that you see on the very surface were born approximately 30 days ago in the deeper dermal layer. They have been growing and working their way through the layers of the skin and becoming more keratin rich, thereby becoming more protective. The skin is continually shedding these cells …

Three types of exfoliation: mechanical, chemical and functional (don’t let those words scare you)

Mechanical exfoliation involves using abrasion. The abrasion can be in the form of apricot kernels, micro beads, sponges loofas, micro fiber clothes to name a few. (see below to scrub or not to scrub)

Chemical exfoliation involves apha or beta hydroxy acids, salicylic or glycolic acids which break down the keratin and thereby remove the top layer of skin cells. These treatments should ideally be carried out by a professional.  Even then we recommend that you proceed with extreme caution as these acids may cause burns and extreme stripping of the skin.

Functional exfoliation
Involves either a naturally-occuring mild acid or enzyme which loosens the substance binding the cells together.  This allows them them to be gently removed. Examples of natural functional exfoliants include lactic acid (from dairy sources), and fruit enzymes from pineapples and papayas. Organic Apoteke products use functional exfoliants only as this is the safest method of exfoliation.

Exfoliating Techniques and Products:
Exfoliating treatments come in a variety of strengths and range from over the counter products to professional services.
Some off the shelf products that might exfoliate are: cleansers, masks, scrubs, peels. Professional treatments include facials, peels and microdermabrasion.

To scrub or not to scrub:

We are focusing mainly on facial skin and the question of whether to “scrub” is essential, because while the right type of exfoliation can benefit the health and beauty of your skin, the wrong product or technique can cause damage it and have unintended results. At Organic Apoteke we do not recommend any mechanical or chamical forms of exfoliation on the face unless performed by a professional (even then we suggest you proceed with caution).

Scrubbing the skin can cause minute tears, not visible to the eye which can do two things, cause dehydration and expose the skin to bacterial infection.

Organic Apoteke offers three products which exfoliate the skin.  The Active Face Cleanse Gel is an organic facial wash perfect for starting to treat acne.  It uses fruit enzymes to soften and remove dead and damaged skin. Buttermilk Cleanser, an organic facial cleanser uses lactic acid from organic buttermilk remove and prevent the build up of dead cells, making it the perfect initial step in anti aging skin care. And the Detox Face Mask, an organic face mask, which provides a more intensive weekly exfoliation for both acne and mature skin types.
 
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Treating Acne | The Advantages of Natural Skincare

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Organic Facial Cleanser that deep cleans to prevent breakouts and blackheads

Organic Facial Cleanser that deep cleans to prevent breakouts and blackheads

Cleansing

 

Cleansing is a very important first step for anyone suffering from acne. When it comes to acne and blemish prone skin, the cleansing stage requires special attention because the problem is complex.  This means that a face wash or cleanser needs to address many things such as daily dirt, grime and cosmetics, inflammation, bacterial infection and oil production.

A common mistake that people with acne make, is to use very harsh cleansers.  This is often because they think of the acne as being “dirty” and they want to “scrub it off”.  Although understandable, this approach only stresses the skin even more. Harsh cleansers dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil. This results in overly oily skin that makes the acne condition worse (even if looks better for a short while).

The key to acne treatment lies in finding an natural face wash or cleanser that balances the skin, deep cleans and is gentle at the same time. While there are ingredients to be wary of such as sulfates, poor labeling standards can make it hard to know what you are getting. For example, the label could say that ingredients are derived from coconut oil, but the product could still include harsh sulfates. Although you can do your best to avoid any obviously harsh ingredients, it’s always a good idea to try a sample if possible to make sure the product isn’t too drying or too oily.

Other things to consider in a face wash or cleanser

Exfoliation

Dead skin cells contribute to acne as they clog the pores leading to possible infection and inflammation (in other words a pimple!). Exfoliating is an important step to prevent this. Instead of using a separate scrub to get the dead skin off (this can cause tiny tears in the skin), look for a cleanser that contains fruit enzymes like papaya and pineapple to help slough off dead skin cells.

Bacteria

Bacteria causes acne, so your face wash should destory acne-causing bacteria, look for ingredients such as neem leaf extract which is superb at doing this.

Inflammation

Why do those pimples look reddish and so much bigger than they really are? The answer is inflammation. Soothing inflammation speeds up the healing process, and it also makes pimples look instantly smaller. Tea tree oil is a great anti-inflammatory.  (It also happens to be antibacterial).

Other ingredients to look out for

Bergamot: claryfying

Arginine: balancing

Lemon: tonifying

 

What to avoid in a face wash or cleanser

Petrochemicals: don’t allow skin to ”breath”

Alcohol: too drying

Organic Apoteke’s Active Face Cleanse Gel is a balanced, certfied organic face wash that addresses all of the above.  This makes it the perfect cleanser for maintaining normal skin types, but also an excellent choice as the first step towards acne treatment.

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Glamology Reviews the Organic Apoteke Active Skin Care line

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Charmaine Leah of Glamology offers a blog covering organic and green issues in cosmetics, fitting closely with our values. Her review of our Active Skin Care range includes both text and a great video review. Read, watch, enjoy – and I’m sure both she and we would be delighted for any comments you make.

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