*When I began looking for natural products to share with you all the first person I thought of was my friend Jaipi Sixbear who makes natural handmade soaps. She was kind enough to give me this post which contains a lot of helpful information when it comes to choosing handmade beauty products.*
By Jaipi Sixbear
Why is it so important to use quality handmade beauty products? To twist a phrase, think beyond skin deep. Whether it be makeup, lotion, soap or shampoo, choose carefully. Anything that contacts skin has the potential to be absorbed into the body. Let's take a look at just two potentially hazardous ingredients you might encounter in conventional beauty products.
Sodium laurel sulfate
You'll likely find that sodium laurel sulfate, a suspected carcinogen, is in most conventional beauty products. It produces a wonderful lather but does nothing for health or beauty. It's even found in toothpaste. What's even worse? Cancer is not the only health hazard attributed to sodium laurel sulfate. There are many more
Conventional skin lotions and deodorants nearly always contain parabens. There are several types of parabens present in most beauty products. What's so bad about them? Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, low sperm counts and early puberty. That's because they mimic other hormones to disrupt the endocrine system.
Other reasons to choose handmade beauty products.
*Handmade products are generally made in small, easily controllable batches. Some are even made to order. That personal touch translates to higher quality for the consumer. On the contrary, who knows what's going on in that huge bubbling vat at the conventional factory?
*Animal testing on handmade products is rare.
*Often, the entire purpose of handmade products is to leave out harmful ingredients.
*Smaller companies and start ups have more to lose by producing inferior products. They don't have deep pockets to back them up. It follows that they would take more care at all stages of production and development.
Handmade beauty products aren't all alike.
For instance, if you want cruelty free handmade soap, you may be disappointed with most of those on the market. Traditionally, handmade soap uses beef tallow or other animal fats in production. Look for a company that uses vegetable oils or milk fats from no-kill dairies. Remember, killing an animal is never cruelty free. If a handmade beauty product isn't specifically labeled cruelty free, chances are, it's not.
Some handmade beauty products still contain sulfates, parabens and other harmful ingredients. That's because they use commercial bases that are not toxin-free. That's not to say there aren't responsible companies using carefully selected natural bases for their products. In fact, my own company is one of them.
About my company:
J.P. Soaps (Just Plain Soaps) is selective about suppliers.
I spent a good deal of time finding a local supplier with cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, all natural bases for my soaps and other products. Why bases? I want no part of toxic lye or rendering fumes from soap production. Using purchased bases eliminates that issue.
Strictly cruelty free.
I do carry a goats milk based soap, due to local popularity. No animals are harmed in the production of that product.
Committed to slow, easy, purposeful progress.
The vision is to keep things plain, simple and low impact, keeping costs down for the consumer..
Serves people with allergies to heavy perfumes and dyes.
Any scents and colors in my products occur naturally in ingredients such as beeswax, aloe and olive oil. Eventually, I will be adding a line of lightly scented soaps made from natural extracts, as well as some other interesting products of my own creation.
Note: Whether you choose to patronize my humble little start-up or another, I urge you to choose handmade beauty products for your own personal care. You deserve it!
One of the things I've noticed as the years have passed is that my skin suddenly gets these scaly patches. This occurs on my face, the back side of my arms and on my legs.
As I've never suffered from psoriasis or extremely dry skin this was alarming to me. I have always been very good about moisturizing my face but not so much my body. I use moisturizing body washes and if I have been out in the sun I may apply body lotion after a shower but typically I'm not an "all over" moisturizer.
So when these patches began appearing I knew I had to do something. I've figured out a way to combat these patches when they appear and I like to think that they appear far less often since I've began moisturizing more religiously.
You may think that the first step to getting rid of those scaly patches is to scrub off all the dry skin. Exfoliation is a big part of making them go away but it's important to use the right product, some exfoliation products can cause irritation and even pain on extremely dry patches. I've found that a moisturizing sugar scrub is effective.
Sugar Scrub is easy to make just combine 1/2 cup of white sugar with a few teaspoons of olive oil. Or you can purchase a sugar scrub like Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub (link below). Use it after your normal body wash in the shower to rub gently on the dry patches for a few moments then rinse with warm water.
After using the sugar scrub dry off and apply a body lotion that includes natural ingredients. I love Aveeno Active Naturals oatmeal lotion. It leaves my skin soft and supple without that heavily lotioned feeling and it's even light enough to use on my face.
Use lotion every day and whip out the sugar scrub when you feel an area that is getting dry or scaly despite your moisturizing attention.
Keep in mind that psoriasis is a different condition that will likely require different treatment options and we'll discuss that in another post.
Guest post by Sandra Hamilton.
Hair removal can be one of the trickiest and most time consuming beauty regimens that we have to go through. There are many hair removal options available to women that promise to get rid of unsightly hair on our legs, underarms, bikini area and face. Many of these techniques work better than other and the duration of how long the results may actually last can vary. There are several things to consider when it comes to choosing the right method of hair removal that will suit your lifestyle and budget. You will want to think about how effective each method is, the level of pain involved if any, and how much each procedure costs. Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular hair removal methods so that you can decide for yourself which options is the best choice for you.
Shaving is the fastest and cheapest hair removal method. It is basically pain free unless you manage to nick yourself, which most women do at least once every time they shave. Using a sharp blade and shaving gel, cream or foam can help to cut down on the nicks and scrapes that occur. Also the quality of the razor that you use will help to eliminate cuts. Shaving is perfect for the legs and underarms but usually not recommended for the bikini area and definitely should not be used to remove unwanted hair from the face. Since shaving only removes hair from the skin’s surface, you can expect to see stubble appear once again within one to three days. If shaving is your main method of hair removal for your legs, it is a good idea to keep them hydrated by applying a good moisturizing lotion to them daily which will help to keep your legs silky smooth in between shaving.
Waxing is a process that includes applying a very sticky substance to your skin followed by a piece of cloth that is removed a few minutes later, pulling out hair in the process. Waxing is recommended for all types of body hair include that which is on the face. There are many waxing products available on the market and it can be difficult to choose which one would be the most effective however most users say that a good thick wax will work best, especially for the bikini area. There is a lot of pain involved in waxing which is why many people shy away from it but it does offer much better results over shaving. The hair will grow back thinner so that it is not as visible and it will take much longer to grow back since it has been pulled out by the roots. You can buy waxing products to use at home or choose to go to your local salon to have a professional do it for you.
Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a very effective process but it is not the best method for everyone. Lasers work best for people with dark hair because the lasers will target the melanin that can be found in darker hair however there are some laser systems that can now successfully remove lighter hair as well. Laser hair removal is not as painful as waxing but there is still a fair amount of pain involved in this process. The best thing about it would be that a laser hair removal session doesn’t take very long to complete and many people have had more success with laser hair removal than any other method. It can be very costly though. One session could end up costing you anywhere from £100 to £150 depending on where you live.
My name is Suz and I'm just an everyday woman who is trying to figure out when exactly I turned old. I'm not a doctor or an expert- what I am is a woman who wants to know for myself and to share what I learn with other women.
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