Natural Products Expo West 2016 Part FourMay 6, 2016 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Diet, exercise, sleep and stress reduction usually top the list of modifiable risk factors that affect our well being, and, with good reason. Still, it’s important not to stop there. The products we use day-in and day-out to brush our teeth, care for our skin and color our hair are capable of causing dis-ease and/or endangering health. Fortunately, in many instances, a simple switch from conventional cosmetics, hair dyes, moisturizers and toothpastes to more natural alternatives can make a big difference.
Occasional exposure to conditionally-toxic chemicals in the environment is rarely a major health concern. For instance, if you go to a hair or nail salon once a month, it doesn’t pose the same risk as working there five days a week. It’s what we do on a regular basis that tends to influence wellness in a much more profound manner. Given this, today I want to shine a light on several manufacturers that are offering up healthier options for products that are generally used each and every day.
Healthier Skin Care: SIBU Sea Berry Therapy (link)
Some people just wash their faces and are ready to go. Others add lip balms, micro scrubs, moisturizers, toners, and under-eye creams to help bring out the best in their skin. SIBU Sea Berry Therapy is a line of natural skin care products that features sea buckthorn berries – a unique source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Samples of these mild products were recently given the “thumbs up” by none other than Mrs. Healthy Fellow. I like them because numerous studies report that sea buckthorn oil (SBO) benefits skin when taken orally and applied topically. The topical use of SBO has been shown to improve acne, atopic dermatitis and dry skin. Used orally, SBO tends to have an anti-inflammatory, hydrating effect in a variety conditions ranging from dry eye syndrome to vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women.
Healthier Cosmetics: Mineral Fusion (link)
Take a look at the ingredient list of your concealer, eyeliner or lipstick. Do most of the components look familiar to you? Probably not. Now, compare them to the list below. Mineral Fusion has created a cosmetics and skin care line that avoids quite a few of the questionable chemicals found in many mass market makeup brands. There are no artificial colors, fragrances, gluten, parabens, phthalates or talc to be found in the Mineral Fusion line. Instead, they make it a point to add antioxidants (chamomile and pomegranate extracts, vitamins C and E) and healthy oils (coconut, shea butter). This provides a two-fold effect: 1) it allows consumers to avoid toxic elements that are known to be absorbed transdermally; 2) the Mineral Fusion products may actually protect your skin by addressing excessive oxidative damage and inflammation.
Mineral Fusion Liquid Mineral Concealer
Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Lanolin, Candelilla wax, Carnauba wax, Beeswax, Stearic acid, Mica, Coconut oil, Tocopherol, L-ascorbic-acid (Vitamin C), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf extract, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Powder, Phenoxyethanol.
Conventional Liquid Concealer
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Pentylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methylparaben, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tristearin, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylparaben; May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Healthier Oral Care: Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste (link)
Tom’s of Maine now offers a more effective and natural alternative to toothpastes intended for sensitive teeth. They accomplish this by combining arginine, an amino acid, and calcium carbonate as an active ingredient. This fluoride and nitrate-free toothpaste essentially fills the microscopic holes on the surface of teeth that allow for pain signals in underlying nerves when acidic, cold, hot or sweet foods are eaten. Perhaps the best news of all is that numerous scientific trials indicate that the arginine/calcium carbonate combo is more effective and longer-lasting than the leading ingredient used to manage tooth sensitivity: potassium nitrate.
Healthier Hair Care: Herbatint Hair Dyes (link)
If and when the time comes to dye your hair, I urge you to consider the Herbatint line of products. Most hair dyes contain a motley mixture of chemicals that are suspected of contributing to some very serious diseases, including breast and prostate cancer. Also, they can be rather harsh on the hair itself, as well as the skin and scalp that reside directly below it. A 2011 report by “60 Million Consumers”, a French, consumer organization determined that Herbatint was the only product (out of 18) that met a strict set of guidelines relating to “potentially sensitizing or toxic substances”. So, if hair coloring is a must for you, at least use the gentlest, safest product available.
Whenever possible, I try to use my power as a consumer to support companies that go the extra mile to make a positive difference in the world. All four of the companies featured today do just that. SIBU supports fair pay and sustainable farming practices for the Himalayan villagers who harvest and process their berries. Mineral Fusion has partnered up with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide awareness and resources for children and women affected by this scourge. Tom’s of Maine donates 10% of its profits to “community based organizations committed to human, healthy and environmental goodness”. Herbatint does their part by avoiding GMOs, opting for certified organic herbal extracts and using biodegradable, and recyclable packaging. I commend all four companies for their products and good deeds!
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Anti-Aging Potential of Phytoextract Loaded-Pharmaceutical Creams … (link)
Study 2 – Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil-in-Water (O/W) Emulsion Improves … (link)
Study 3 – Clinical and Sebumetric Evaluation of Topical Emulsions in the … (link)
Study 4 – Effects of Sea Buckthorn Oil Intake on Vaginal Atrophy in … (link)
Study 5 – Effect of Dietary Supplementation with Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaë … (link)
Study 6 – Environmental Working Group: Myths on Cosmetics Safety … (link)
Study 7 – US FDA Lipstick and Lead: Questions & Answers … (link)
Study 8 – Scientific American: How Safe Are Cosmetics and Body Care … (link)
Study 9 – Phthalate Exposure Among Pregnant Women in Jerusalem, Israel … (link)
Study 10 – A Survey of Phthalates and Parabens in Personal Care Products from … (link)
Study 11 – Cutaneous Hypersensitivity to Gluten … (link)
Study 12 – A Pilot Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial on Topical … (link)
Study 13 – Topical Microemulsion Containing Punica Granatum Extract … (link)
Study 14 – The Retentive Strength of Cemented Zirconium Oxide Crowns … (link)
Study 15 – Arginine-Containing Desensitizing Toothpaste for the Treatment of … (link)
Study 16 – Efficacy of a Combined In-Office/Home-Use Desensitizing System … (link)
Study 17 – New Hope Media: French Consumer Report Rates Herbatint Safe … (link)
Study 18 – Hair Dye Use, Regular Exercise, and the Risk and Prognosis of Prostate … (link)
Study 19 – Does Hair Dye Use Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer? A Population … (link)
Study 20 – The Use of Personal Hair Dye and its Implications for Human Health … (link)
Synthetic Hair Dye Use May Increase Skin Cancer Incidence
Source: PLoS One. 2016 Mar 17;11(3):e0151636. (link)
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