1. You Use a Lot of Products
Environmental Defence found that the average Canadian uses more than 15 personal care products a day with over 100 toxic ingredients before breakfast.* Yikes, right?! Consider how many products you use every day: toothpaste, soap, deodorant, face cream, mascara, concealer, shampoo, and more. You only need to read the ingredients list on each product used during your morning beauty routine to understand how quickly the toxins can add up!
2. Your Skin Is Your Biggest Organ Everything we put on our skin absorbs into our bloodstream. Once they enter your body, toxic chemicals can harm your health in a variety of ways including disrupting hormones (e.g., mimic or block estrogen), impacting respiratory system (e.g., allergies or asthma), playing havoc with your reproductive system, and the introduction or aggravation of cancer through carcinogenic chemicals. If the products you’re using are full of synthetic chemicals than you are exposing yourself daily to potential health issues and toxins.
3. Full Disclosure You'll find that most of the natural beauty brands are proud of their ingredients and want to show off what’s inside their products. You won’t have to guess what’s going on your skin rather you’ll know exactly what you are getting. This puts full control in your hands of the ingredients you allow on and in your body. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you already know how important full disclosure is to your health.
4. What’s Good For the Outside Is Good For The Inside You eat fruits and vegetables not only because they taste good but also because they’re good for your health. Plant-based beauty products harness the natural goodness of plant products and use them to make your skin gorgeous. The nutrients, fatty essential acids, and antioxidants found in many plant-based skin care products can help keep your skin healthy and free from congestion. They also can repair sun damage, moisturize dry skin, reduce redness, and fight aging.
We’re proud to carry only natural beauty brands that take the wellness of your skin and body seriously by using plant-based ingredients. Check out a few of our favourites:
Oils and serums provide the most effective way of delivering essential nutrients to your skin. Use facial oils and serums at night as a rejuvenating facial treatment or under makeup during the day. Serums contain concentrated active ingredients and you only need a few drops to feel the nourishing, hydrating effects.
Rose Hip Oil is made from the oil of the seed pod left after the petals have fallen off of a very specific variety of Rose - Rosa aff. rubinosa or Rosa moschata)and is rich in some of the skin's most treasured nutrients- Vitamin A and C and essential fatty acids. Rose hip oil is renowned for it's multiple benefits for the skin; healing scars including acne scars and old scars), dry eczema, facial rosacea, skin burns, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and rehydrating dry skin. The oil can penetrate due to the vitamin A which has small enough molecules to go deeper into the skin. Vitamin A also improves the skin's moisture levels to give the appearance of reducing wrinkles and fine lines. The Vitamin A combined with the oils essential fatty acids help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation. I highly recommend the Rosehip Oil Moisturizing Serum by Cocoon Apothecary. The only ingredient is 100% organic roseship oil! My son used rosehip oil to successfully heal scar tissue that is fading very well over time.
If you're looking for the ultimate body serum that nourishes, hydrates and makes your skin more supple- One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea body serum is itl! It's ultra-light and easily absorbed and can be used alone or layered with your favorite sunscreen or lotion for an intensely hydrating treatment. It so luxurious and makes my skin feel amazing. The Supercritical Sea Buckhorn Oil nourishes skin with a generous helping of the rare and highly beneficial Omega-7.
I'm obsessed with Argan Oil because it's naturally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamin E another ingredients that help to heal skin, reduce inflammation and fend off free radicals. Argan Oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree (native to Morocco) and is particuarly rich in lineolic acid, which is the precursor to vitamin E, making it twice as rich in tocopherolas (vitamin E) as olive oil, and giving it incredible moisturizing, regenerating and antioxidant properties. It reduces the production of sebum (great for combination skin types) and can be used on any area of your body to relieve dryness, itchiness, inflammation or any other skin or hair or nail ailment. Tyr our 100% PURE Argan Oil Hydration moisturizer. With SPF 30 to block out the suns' UVB and UVA rays, infused with rosehip oil, green tea leaf and organic aloe, this nutrient rich moisturizer with soften and nourish your skin, help repair damaged hair, reduce wrinkles and acne. I think you'll love this product as much as I do!
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural component found in skin that has many functions including holding moisture, providing cushioning, aiding tissue repair, holding together the skin structural components collagen and elastin and helping create a protective barrier against microorganisms. With passing years, the the Hyaluronic Acid (HA) content in skin decreases, causing skin to become dry, sagging and blotchy (ew!). HA is a large molecule, it doesn't permeate deep into the skin but stays near the surface where it moisturizes the skin surface layers. Hyarulonic Acid holds up to 1,000 times it's weight in water and retains water in the intercellular matrix of dermai connective tissue, increasing viscosity and elasticity- which contributes significantly to the skin maintaining a youthful appearance.
The science behind this stuff is fascinating! EIther layered under your favourite moisturizer for added benefit or used on its own, I highly recommend Derma E Hyaluronic Rehydrating Serum. This hydrating serum has a unique combination of ingredients that deeply hydrates and luxuriously delivers moisture directly to the skin to 'plump' it, which reduces the appearances of lines and wrinkles.
Check out the Hydrextreme by Consonant - an extreme hydration booster - in our next post. You will see more smooth, youthful and hydrated skin instantly. It also helps soothe eczema, post waxing irritation and other skin ailments.
If you love all things natural, you must try the newest serum from Consonant Skincare. Winner at the 2012 Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards, Hydrextreme by Consonant Skincare is a natural hydration booster that includes a proprietory blend of the unique Indian herb extract Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide and Glycerine. Hydrextreme is primarily used on its own but can be combined with moisturizers to combat extremely dry skin, eczema and even skin irritations caused by waxing. While in development, Bill Baker, the CEo of Consonant provided a sample for a friend who had extremely dry skin due to her chemotherapy treatments. She saw results within days!
This amazing serum will work wonders on the lines around your eyes or as your daily moisturizer. Add a drop or two to your favourite moisturizer and make your moisturizer last longer! My skin was feeling the effects of the cold, dry winter air but after just a few applications, it feels soft and nourished all day.
I love Hydrextreme, use it every day and am happy that members of the beauty industry recognized this great Canadian product!