Posts Tagged ‘organic face wash’

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 : 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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Rejuvenating Starter Kit containing Organic Eye Cream on Sale at www.amazon.co.uk

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Organic Apoteke’s rejuvenating starter kit contains all you need to get your skin glowing. An organic cotton toiletry bag holds the following 6 products.

  • Buttermilk Cleanser 15ml
  • Balancing Rose Toner 15ml
  • Rejuvenating Face Cream 15ml
  • Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum 5ml
  • Organic Eye Cream 5ml
  • Organic Rejuvenating Face Mask 5ml
Rejuvenating Starter Kit

Rejuvenating Starter Kit

This great kit gives you Organic Apoteke’s complete rejuvenating regime. Whether you are new to Organic Apoteke and would like to try the products or are an ardent fan and need smaller sizes to take on holiday. This kit is perfect for you. The kit gives you enough product for about 3 weeks. Each of these products have wonderful anti-aging benefits. However when used in combination optimal results are seen.

www.amazon.co.uk is launching the Organic Apoteke range by offering the Rejuvenating Starter Kit at £19.95.  It normally retails at £29.95. Click here to benefit from this offer.

PS: This kit also makes a wonderful gift. Whether you are looking for fantastic stocking stuffer on the cheap or that perfect beach bag cosmetic kit, this is perfect.

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Natural Skin Care : Organic facial cleanser for men

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
A balanced, deep cleansing natural face wash is the first step in any acne treatment

A balanced, deep cleansing natural face wash is the first step in any acne treatment

After much nagging from my wife about the so called toxic dumps (blackheads) and volcano’s (open pores) on my face, which would erupt to produce ash  clouds far more disruptive than we are currently experiencing, I  finally gave Active Face Cleanse Gel a try.  And guy’s don’t tell my wife, but I just love it. I have had oily skin all my life with breakouts a common occurrence. I assumed that was how it had to be. Some guys looked like Brad Pit and some like an oil rig. Either way you just had to live with it. I have now been educated…. I have been using the Active Face Cleanse Gel before I shave, to clean out my pores and ensure my skin is fresh and tingling. And my skin looks pretty good, even if I have to say so myself.

I was once rushing and applied the Active Face Cleanse Gel and instead of rinsing off, I  shaved. What do you know, it worked really well as a shave gel. Hey PRESTO, no need for shaving gel. It gave me a fanstastic clean shave and my skin felt so fresh and oil free throughout the day.

MONEY SAVING TIP: if you get your partner to buy this product, then you can experience its benefits for free. Or if you are feeling generous, you buy it and share . It will definitely earn you brownie points.

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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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“What I love about Organic Apoteke?” Sarika Buldeo

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Why Sarika Buldeo loves Organic Apoteke?

Why Sarika Buldeo loves Organic Apoteke?

CLEAN, CLEAR AND GORGEOUS!!!

That’s how my skin feels after using Organic Apoteke’s Active products and Detox Mask.

The products leave my skin feeling fresh and clean and I feel confidant and beautiful. 

Being in my 20’s, my skin is probably at its best, however those nasty pimples have a habit of popping up at the worst moments. But I have to say, that since I have started using Organic Apoteke, acne has become a thing of the past and my skin is radiant, flawless and glowing. I get compliments daily, which I simply love. So much so, that I get anxious and start ordering more when a bottle is just half emply.

At 24 one would think that your skin is usually self sufficient, but let’s not be complacent….

I believe that it’s a time to learn good habits that will set you up for life, like wearing sun protection, getting into a regular beauty regime and never going to bed with make up on.

Organic apoteke’s range is the best way to get started, it’s quick and simple routine leaves your skin feeling clean, healthy, breakout free and absolutely radiant.

I have tried and tested these products and have to say I simply love them. Thank you Organic Apoteke and thank you Nitasha for creating them. My sister does me proud.

Woman today are keen on projecting a confident image at college, the workplace and even at home. Their look is vital to maintaining this image and they will go to all sorts of lengths to keep up their appearance when they think that things aren’t going to plan. From plastic surgery to extreme dieting, we do all we can to make sure we look our best. But what many of us fail to realize is that beauty need not be that difficult.

Healthy skin is a start and Organic Apoteke gives you that. It really is a miracle in a bottle.

Buy it because it’s pure, use it because it works and love it because it’s the BEST

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How to find the Right Organic Facial Cleanser

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

CleanseWhy is a facial cleanser so important?
Consider the fact that the skin on your face is quite delicate, then think of everything it is subjected to: air pollution, chlorine (in most tap water), and the toxins from a variety of personal care products. All of these put a strain on the skin’s natural detoxification process. Our skin needs the support of a good facial cleanser to wash away impurities and stay balanced, healthy and beautiful.

How to choose the right cleanser for your skin?
Everyone’s skin is slightly different due to our genetics, our diet, our environment, and our hormone levels. Using the right cleanser for your current skin condition is a vital step in achieving luminous skin. Here are a few questions that will help you determine what your skin needs.

  • Does your skin feel tight after washing? The face wash or cleanser you are using is too dehydrating for your skin. You need to find a gentle cleanser. Look for ingredients such as rose oil, soy oil or shea butter (to nourish and protect your skin while cleansing).
  • Does your face feel oily 15 minutes after washing? You could be using the wrong cleanser, there are two possibilities: Your cleanser is too rich and not able to remove the excess sebum your skin is producing, or your cleanser is too harsh (drying) causing a your skin to produce excess oil. Look for ingredients such as arginine, and lemon oil which balance oiliness.
  • Is your skin dull after cleansing? You need a face wash or cleanser that gently exfoliates (no scrubbing please)! Look for ingredients such as pineapple enzymes, papaya enzymes or lactic acid (from organic dairy sources) to help remove dead and damaged skin cells revealing newer skin cells.
  • Does your skin have blemishes despite regular cleansing? Look for ingredients such as neem leaf extract and tea tree oil which are naturally antibacterial (also make sure you change your washcloth daily).

A fine balance
You might have to scrub other things to get them clean, but don’t take this approach with your skin. Be very gentle. Your skin has a protective “acid mantle” which  should be maintained, or restored (when needed) by using the right cleanser. You never want your cleanser to:

  • be harsh (avoid sodium laurel sulfate or other harsh surfactants), this can strip your skin of the protective oils that help to maintain moisture levels and prevent dehydration).
  • contain alcohol (destructive to the “acid mantel”, making skin, dry, thin, weak and vulnerable to environmental pollutants), or
  • have abrasive particles (this can cause tiny tears in the skin leaving it vulnerable to infections which can lead to blemishes and other problems).

Why organic?

  • Natural, botanical ingredients which form the basis of organic products are beneficial to the health and beauty of your skin.
  • Avoid exposing your skin to even more potential toxins, carcinogens and hormone disruptors found in most cleansers.
  • Supporting organic farming techniques has an benefit that goes far beyond what’s good for your skin, it also improves the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Organic Apoteke makes two certified organic facial cleansers. Which one is right for you?

If you have sensitive skin, eczema or your face feels tight or dry after cleansing: try the Buttermilk Cleanser

If you have normal skin/combination skin or your skin feels oily or has blemishes: try Active Face Cleanse Gel

Your skin is your largest organ, support its health and beauty by using an organic cleanser.

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