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Skin Care Trends for the New Year Include Detoxification for Wellness

January 16th, 2016

relaxed girl with moisturized skin MJwxkHPO 150x150 Skin Care Trends for the New Year Include Detoxification for WellnessHeading into the new year, we know that wellness is no longer just a buzz word. Thanks to the Internet and social media global trends are instantly shared across the world. Skin care is no longer a luxury, it is a priority and can also lead to better health.

There are a number of overriding trends in wellness for 2016 including everything from the use of cannabis in beauty treatments to detox skin purging therapies.

According to one *report entitled, a “Green Beauty Barometer” 59 percent of U.S. adult women read beauty product ingredient labels prior to purchase, while nearly 40 percent intend to increase their spend for all-natural beauty products.  Last, 54 percent of the women said all natural skin care products were essential.

Following are some of the trends:                           

K-beauty: There is inspiration from ancient traditions like the Korean beauty market which recently launched “K-beauty.” Koreans are elaborately passionate about skin care.

All natural products: More than half of U.S. women prefer all natural skin care products. As the natural trend in skin care continues to rise, a recent survey has found more U.S. women consumers look at product labels to avoid certain ingredients prior to purchasing.

Forest bathing beauty traditions:  A Japanese concept, forest bathing encourages quiet walks through a forest to meditate the feel and sounds of nature. Medical evidence has proven long-lasting impact of forest bathing on the immune system. 

Detoxification and Skin Purging Therapy: Herbalix has been educating audiences about the benefit of skin detoxification for more than 15 years. Products such as the Women’s 80 Night Lymph Detox Program includes a free 20-minute consultation with each kit ordered. The benefits include ridding the body of toxins, and especially aluminum. You’ll know it’s working when normal detox symptoms appear which are simply indicators that the toxins are transitioning out of your body. 

Islamic mud or sand bathing : The Islamic world has been refining their nature-based healing therapies and beauty practices for centuries. Now they are being shared globally.

Medical cannabis: The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in many U.S. states has deepened cannabis’ health value into wellness treatments such as incorporating it into massage therapy. Charcoal is another ingredient popular in some skin purification treatments.

Halotherapy: This dry salt therapy has been around for centuries, but the United States has only recently become familiar with its health benefits, including respiratory and skin benefits. It can be used in salt rooms and for dry salt therapy sessions or dry saunas.

TrendWatching says consumers prefer to build their own identities based on their own inclinations rather than fitting into a traditional mold, which ties in nicely to the fact that Herbalix Restoratives offers customized skin care treatments for various skin types. Learn how what you put on your skin really matters. Watch this Herbalix video about how aluminum and alum in deodorants can harm your health.

 

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*http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/ingredients/Survey-54-Percent-of-Women-Want-All-Natural-Products-321263321.html#sthash.JXS59ZHt.dpuf

 

 

 

Detoxing the Poor Little Armpit and More

July 25th, 2014

box underarms Detoxing the Poor Little Armpit and More

Detox your underarms with Herbalix Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant.

We have all been seeing recent television commercials talking about “your poor little armpit” sponsored by a leading soap brand. The reality is that yes, your armpit IS getting a bad deal. But not for the reasons they say.

For some reason, since Mum, the first commercial deodorant brand was introduced in the late nineteenth century, everyone listens to them. The big personal care brands developed and manufactured and marketed deodorant and antiperspirant products, and people never even questioned this – so people have been listening and slathering chemical laden stuff underneath their arms ever since. Yuck and why?

Our human underarms are among the most consistently warm and moist areas of the human body. The sweat glands also provide moisture, which when excreted, has a cooling effect.

Deodorants were initially intended to prevent body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of the perspiration underneath a person’s armpits. The same thing goes for feet, and other private and moist areas of the body. Then a special subgroup of deodorants were developed and they were named “antiperspirants,” affecting odor and designed to actually “prevent” sweating. This process happens by affecting a human’s sweat gland – something the Food and Drug Administration has classified and regulated as an over-the-counter drugs.

Think back, and you might remember the first commercial deodorant, Mum, which was was patented and sold in the late nineteenth century by an inventor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose name has sadly been lost to history. Mum was briefly withdrawn from the market in the U.S., but it is now currently available at U.S. retailers under the brand name Ban.

There are studies globally proving that a small percentage of people are allergic to aluminum, and they can experience contact dermatitis when exposed to deodorants containing aluminum.

That said, the modern formulation of the antiperspirant was patented by Jules Montenier on January 28, 1941, called “Stopette” deodorant spray. Time magazine said that Stopette was “the best-selling deodorant of the early 1950s.”

But by the year 2007 a study stated that personal care products are potential contributors to the body burden of aluminum. Newer evidence has linked breast cancer with aluminum-based antiperspirants, and states that these chemicals, especially the aluminum in antiperspirants, are very bad for human beings.

A study published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, addresses infants and the early exposure to aluminum, pointing out that there is an urgent need to reduce the aluminum content of infant formulas. Headed by aluminum expert Dr. Chris Exley of the Keele University, it appears as if infant formulas used daily by millions to feed children up to 12 months-plus of age, are dangerous as they are contaminated with aluminum.

There is other information confirming that even the over-the-counter products labeled as “natural deodorant crystal” contains a chemical known as potassium alum which is bad for us. Labeled as a popular alternative to modern commercial deodorants, ammonium alum is a common type of alum sold in crystal form and often referred to as a deodorant crystal, and it has been used as a deodorant in the Far East, Mexico, Thailand, and other countries.

Antiperspirants and deodorants come in many forms, and keep in mind, what is commonly used in different countries worldwide will vary. As one example in the U.S., solid or gel forms rule, while in Europe the aerosol sprays are popular.

For more information about non-aluminum deodorant click here.

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Best Organic Skin Care Tips for Summertime

May 29th, 2014

Everyone shows more skin in the summer, so here’s how Herbalix Restoratives (www.herbalix.com) suggests that you get ready to face the sun’s rays. Following are some of our best summertime organic skin care tips:

1) Exfoliate for smoother skin

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells. This technique has been around for many thousands of years and it actually helps improve the hydration from moisturizers.

Herbalix offers its unique blend of coriander seed and kelp in a superior Scrub Bar made with fresh goat’s milk. This Herbalix Restoratives Cream Bar Soaps helps exfoliate dead skin cells and release impurities. Choose from the gentle aromas of two fragrances – Ceremonial Sage or Coriander. Both will leave summer dry skin smelling clean and fresh, and looking luminous. soaps2 Best Organic Skin Care Tips for Summertime

2) Lighten sun spots with strawberry, lemon or lime

When you get too much sun, over time and also with aging, some people get what we call age spots. To help diminish them, cut a large strawberry in half and use a fork or knife to poke the flesh and draw out the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles. Leave the juice on your face for several minutes, then rinse off. This will lighten up any sun or age spots over time. You can get the same effect with a lemon or lime, so slice a fresh lemon or lime and apply the fruit directly to the sunspots for 10 to 15 minutes per day. The acid in the fruits will lighten the spots and also helps to remove any dead skin cells.

3) Keep skin hydrated.

226 Best Organic Skin Care Tips for SummertimeAfter you exfoliate, follow up with the Supreme Solution™ intensive body moisturizer to seal in moisture and support cellular regeneration. It has been carefully formulated using a very rich and expensive blend of pure, skin beneficial, non-RBD oils including: Almond, Olive Safflower, and Rice Bran, Avocado, Pumpkin Seed, Meadowfoam, and Carrot Seed, to name just a few.

“So far I have tried the moisturizer, both the stick and the cream in the beautiful blue jar. The moisturizer feels like velvet on my skin as I rub it in. Its scent is so subtle, natural, and light. For those of us who have difficulties with scents and who are sensitive to many ingredients, thank you from the bottom of my heart…” said one customer who identified themselves as S.V. in Maryland.

The unique combination of oils will hydrate your skin thoroughly. This formulation is extremely concentrated so a little goes a long way. It has been formulated without alcohols, binders, fillers, or emulsifiers, so it takes extra time to absorb. Supreme Solution is available in three lovely scents: Supreme Solution Clary Sage, No Added Fragrance and Tropical Cove.

And this month of June, you are in luck! If you sign up for the Herbalix News & Deals newsletter, you can get a hefty 15% off all the Herbalix moisturizers during the month of June including Supreme Solution and The Herbalix Moisture Stick in Tropical Cove (right), a whole body moisturizer with organic herbs and essential oils. Use as a lip balm, facial moisturizer or anywhere you want to. The unique moisturizer stick application is great for summer vacations or business travels.

4) Drink plenty of H20

With summer’s higher temperatures and more time outdoors, you can become dehydrated, which sometimes leads to headaches. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day. This will help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and it will benefit your skin tremendously. Remember that if you drink caffeinated beverages like tea or coffee, you need to drink even more water daily.

5) Use a No Added Fragrance Skin care Regimen

The summer’s UV light can cause brown spots, also known as photo aging, especially if you have sensitive skin. This results in coarse skin and wrinkles eventually, whether you have been sunburned or not.

NoFragrance Best Organic Skin Care Tips for SummertimeWhen sunlight comes in contact with skin damage happens with the stripping of barrier lipids, and this causes inflammation, along with the production of reactive oxygen molecules, affecting healthy cell growth, and the stimulation of enzymes that destroy collagen.

Tans may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage to your skin. Cover up, and simply wear a hat that blocks the sun, then you won’t need any chemical laden sun screen.

If you have sensitive skin, try the Herbalix No Added Fragrance line of skin care products. Created for those who prefer clean products with no added fragrance. Synthetic chemical and petroleum free, these products contain no parabens, phthalates, or propylene glycol, and they can be used by the entire family.

Daily Detox Make Easy: Herbalix Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant

January 28th, 2014

The dangers of aluminum in our bodies is becoming mainstream. The problem is that people still do not realize how much aluminum is actually present in their everyday lives — from food to prescriptions to personal care products, aluminum, alum or some form of this mineral compound, are in just about everything we touch, breath and eat. Today, many people are trying to follow an Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy (AAT).

If you are really interested in learning about the damage that Aluminum could do to your body, check out our white paper entitled, “The era of Aluminum Overuse.”

Below we list just a few sources that might contain toxic amounts of aluminum.

Any food with aluminized baking powder, which is a mixture of chemicals used as leavening in baking products to make a cake (for example) rise during the baking process. It is typically used in foods like cookies, doughnuts, pie crusts, waffles, as well as prepared cheeses, and meats. READ THE LABELS! Also, watch out for aluminum in creamers for coffee, microwave popcorn, hot cocoa mixes and pickles/relish. Just look for aluminum-free baked goods, and other products such as non-aluminum deodorants.

When it comes to personal care products, read the labels on the following products: Body lotions, face creams, anti-perspirants, crystal style deodorants (alum salts), commercial soaps, most cosmetics, shampoos/conditioners, lip balms, and almost all suntan lotions and sun screen or sunblock products.

Many over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs contain aluminum so again, read the labels and consult your doctor or pharmacist. You can ask your doctor for alternative, aluminum-free medications.

DetoxDeodorant Daily Detox Make Easy: Herbalix Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant

Use every night for 30 days or longer to detox aluminum from your body.

If you find that most of the products in your home do have aluminum in them, begin a slow and steady detox program by using the aluminum-free Herbalix Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant. Aluminum of any type, toxic air vapors caused by chem trails or gasoline and environmental toxins are absorbed through the skin and lungs. They enter the blood and are ultimately transported throughout the body, ending up in the lymph system and are stored in our cells as well. The Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant cleanses and deodorizes while you sleep. It is safe, simple, convenient and works to cleanse your body thru the underarms. With frequent use, over time (usually a minimum of 30 nights) your odors and perspiration will become more manageable and less toxic. Here is what one happy customer had to say.

“Thank you so much for your nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant. It has been the only deodorant to help my chronic armpit odor problems. I greatly appreciate the quality product that you offer.” – Melinda S. Stone Lake, WI.

Natural Skin Care Trends for 2013

December 2nd, 2012

One fairly odd skin care trend for 2013 is a “Nightingale Poo” treatment which has beneficial enzymes in the bird’s feces. Lovely! This treatment can be used to exfoliate and help rejuvenate the skin, and is just one of the many new concepts surrounding natural skin care products. However, this is probably one we would not recommend. However, there is huge growth in the natural and organic skin care and cosmetic industry, as evidenced below.

Mintel, a market research firm, did a forecast back in 2010 showing that the skin care future would be bright with sales projected to increase from $4.35 billion in 2009 to $4.97 in 2013 after economic recovery in the United States and globally. The firm also said that the biggest year on year growth would take place in 2013 at 4.9 percent.

The latest trends today in cosmetics and skin care involve new projection motion sensor technologies. For example, in the Asia Pacific where space is limited, marketers are using technology to target the consumer and bring them into the buying experience. First they will track to find out if you are a man or a woman, and you may hear and see water, then when you walk away this water turns into a trickle.

New technology in Brazil projects images of real live people in digital form onto a screen featuring products along the side. If you are a customer, you would simply point at the product you wish to try, then use your finger to pretend to apply lipstick, and it will suddenly appear on your lips in the image on the mirror.

When it comes to natural skin care products, in 2013 the trends will continue for pure organic skin creams, and serums that support skin cell regeneration. Detoxification creams will become more and more popular – even those that help target belly fat for weight loss – such as Belly Stripper. One detoxing product is called the Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant, which cleanses and deodorizes while you sleep, removing any buildup of metals like aluminum caused from antiperspirants. This ultimately supports healthy lymphatic flow, and ultimately reduces underarm odors altogether.

Herbalix Patented Preservative System

August 2nd, 2012

Health care providers globally are using organic Herbalix Restoratives products with excellent results for their patients. Herbalix organic skin care products contains the Herbalix™ Restoratives Botanical and Sea Vegetable Blend, a natural preservative., which is a very complex and potent herbal/botanical tincture with origins in Chinese, Native American traditions. and East Indian traditions. The preservative consists of a proprietary blend of herbs and plants that have been harvested and because Herbalix Sea Blend Preservative System is so effective there is no need to use any synthetic chemicals.

The blend has been tested to document its efficacy and has also conducted independent laboratory testing, all showing excellent results. For more informaiton go to www.herbalix.com

The Benefits of Olive Oil in Skin Care Products

June 30th, 2012

Olive oil has been a Mediterranean cosmetic and culinary staple forever. You might have read about it in history books –the ancient Romans used it in their baths to collect dirt and sweat.

Sadly, today we have embraced health and beauty products made from primarily synthetic ingredients. But, olive oil is prized for its lubricating properties for skin and hair because it is brimming with vitamins A and E.  Plus olive oil contains a triterpene called squalene that is highly valuable, which has antioxidant properties and is believed to inhibit UV damage.

Using olive oil based skin care products also help maintain and restore skin’s elasticity, and when used after a bath or shower, can help the skin to retain hydration by inhibiting water loss.  Herbalix Supreme Solution body moisturizers contains high concentrations of not only olive oil, but also skin nourishing emollients including sweet almond oil, avocado oil and rice bran oil (which also contains squalene).

The Herbalix Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizers are quite potent, water-free moisturizers that are formulated for both men and women.  They are free of petroleum products, propylene glycol, parabens and other synthetic ingredients. Herbalix moisturizers deliver a heavy dose of lubrication to parched skin.  They are available in either fragrance-free versions or suffused with fresh and invigorating essential oils including clary sage essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, blood orange essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil, among others.

Supreme Solution moisturizers are very intense, unlike most commercial lotions. In order to receive the full benefit, one must massage the lotion deeply and thoroughly to allow the nourishing oils to penetrate fully.  Once fully absorbed, Herbalix Supreme Solution Body Lotion will provide continuous skin softening properties for hours on end.

It’s important for your skin to look as radiant as possible.  Before heading out to the beach or any sun-intensive summer destination, try treating your skin to a natural, soothing and luxurious Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer.

For more details about Skin Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer, visit us at www.herbalix.com.

Non-Aluminum Deodorants Help Those Who Sweat

March 20th, 2012

There is one very important part of  your body — the underarms.  Have you ever wondered why they smell?  Experts are just now learning about how this affects our health. Your underarms are the part of our bodies where the fluids from the lymph nodes drain.

Body odor is the unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids. Actually it is the  bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids. Ironically, sweat itself is odorless to human beings. It is the rapid multiplication of bacteria with sweat that causes the unpleasant smell – and this is simply perceived as unpleasant because most people have been taught to dislike it. Many people with smelly underarms are finding they get better results when they use a non-aluminum deodorant.

Body odor starts around 14 to 16 years of age in girls and 15-17 years in boys.  People who eat spicy foods, or the obese, plus individuals with diabetes, are more prone to having body odor. Body odor can occur in our feet, anus, genitals, groin area, pubic hair, armpits, and even behind the ears. The odor can have a specific smell to each and every individual. Plus a person’s unique body odor can be influenced by gender, health, medication and diet.

Human bodies have three to four million sweat glands, of which there are two types: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are a type of simple sweat gland located in almost all areas on the body where there is skin. They produce sweat that reaches the skin’s surface via coiled ducts (tubes). Eccrine glands are responsible for regulating our body’s temperature. Apocrine glands are found in the genital area, breasts, eyelids, armpits, and ears.

Goat’s Milk Soap Trend Sweeps the U.S.

November 27th, 2011

We have all seen images of Cleopatra the Egyptian beauty slathering herself with goat’s milk. Milk-based soaps have been around a long time; however the milk-based products including goat’s milk soap have been rediscovered, mainly because of all the recent research about milk proteins.

A number of scientists have found out that our skin can benefit from lactic acid and whey protein. It is the lactic acid that helps smooth skin via exfoliation, while milk, which? contains Vitamins A and D, and this is what gives skin its suppleness and strength. Goat milk soap has a pH level similar to human skin; therefore, goat milk soap benefits the skin by protecting skin from daily bacterial and chemical invasions. Furthermore, the goat’s milk in goat’s milk soap has the same ph as human skin.

If you drink goat’s milk, it has a high fat content and is creamy milk that’s more easily digested. Why? The reason is because goat’s milk is made up of molecules that are smaller than those of cow’s milk. So it stands to reason that this is another reason why the skin benefits from goat’s milk soap. Also, the protein profile of goat’s milk more closely resembles human milk. People who cannot drink cow’s milk can usually drink goat milk because it is easier to digest.

Another environmental reason to use goats’ milk in products like goat’s milk soap is because goats are easily farmed – more so than sheep or cows – plus they forage on all kinds of feed, are providers of wool, milk and meat, and are far more resistant to disease.

Goat’s milk soap is delicate and light, and a big favorite among many health care providers. It is ideal for chemically sensitive skin, because it is not sticky like other hand ( or bar) soaps.

Other ingredients could include natural oils from seeds, nuts, and vegetables, such as soybeans or coconuts. You cannot make soap from milk alone. Soap has two main ingredients; lye and fat. When lye combines with fat, a chemical interaction hardens the oils, creating a bar of hard soap. When our great-grandmothers made their all natural soap, they used wood ashes and lard: the ashes were soaked in water, which leached out lye. Cooking lard with lye created soap. Original lye soaps were unscented and very harsh. They were also used for scrubbing laundry and floors, so their harshness helped pioneers get their clothes and homes—as well as their families—clean.

Many manufacturers add ingredients like goat’s milk to a soap base as a liquid ingredient which allows the beneficial properties of the milk to become part of the cleanser.

The moisturizing benefits of goat’s milk soap are also far greater than that of commercial soaps due to the natural creams in goat’s milk. Handmade goat milk soap benefits people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain additives like alcohol, petroleum and preservatives. This reduces the risk of allergic reactions and irritation to the skin.

Goat’s milk soap also benefits people, especially teenagers, with acne-prone skin because the proteins in goat’s milk kill acne-causing bacteria. Eczema, a skin condition caused by red, itchy skin patches, also benefits from goat’s milk soap since the natural nutrients in goat milk moisturizes skin and reduces itchiness and redness in your skin.

Joint Pain from Working Out too Much Lately?

October 4th, 2011

If you have been experiencing some sore muscles or joint pain from too much exercise, then you will want to hear this. The body loses bone no matter how old you are, but if you are fifty or above, you are losing hormones too. This is also why most people gain belly fat, as the hormones aren’t as active anymore. Along with this comes joint pain for most people, and it can be caused by many types of conditions or injuries. The good news is that by  starting early, insofar as preventative measures,  you will discover many benefits later.

If you are experiencing joint pain it might be caused by inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences. Like knees or elbows. The bursae allow the muscles and tendons to move freely over your bones.  However, the most common cause for pain in your joints are autoimmune diseases — which can include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, lupus, and chondromalacia patellae.

Further, infectious diseases can also cause joint pain, from minor to severe, including: a viral syndrome,  Epstein-Barr, hepatitis; influenza;  Lyme disease,  rubella, measles,  chickenpox and mumps.

Relief from joint pain can be attained through various treatments, depending on the cause and ailment.  For example, non-arthritis joint pain is relieved via rest and exercise.  Many people also do stretching exercises and take warm baths, or use massage to find relief.

On the other hand,  let’s say your pain is caused by inflammation. Using an anti-inflammatory medication may help relieve any swelling or pain. But remember to check with your doctor before giving ibuprofen or aspirin to children.

We have all seen the myriad of muscle relaxants, creams and salves on the market.  You can always find natural remedies for joint pain, that do not include the long list of chemicals, and Herbalix Restoratives’ Aches and Pains Smart Salve™ –  a natural moisturizing stick specifically formulated to help with soreness and muscle fatigue.  The good news is that there are are no heavy camphor fumes from this salve. This salve can also be used to help relieve  the symptoms of inflammation from varicose veins and even hemorrhoids,  providing safe relief with no known side effects.

Smart Salve is quite helpful for sore joints and aching muscles. It can be used both before and after sports activities, gym  workouts and even dancing.  Another interesting plus about the salve — it can help with the discomfort of mosquito or other insect bites plus it provides a natural moisturizer to the skin.

Smart Salve includes the Herbalix Organic Preservative, and other key natural ingredients include: soy oil,  avocado oil,  shea butter, beeswax, virgin mango butter, cocoa butter,  jojoba oil, first pressed extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, white camphor, chamomile, lemongrass, and the essential oils of lavender, white birch, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

Remember that if you have joint pain and a fever, these symptoms could be the flu.