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Healing the Skin and Body with Turmeric

When it comes to health benefits, turmeric is an ingredient that’s as modern and cutting-edge as it is time-honored and traditional. Turmeric has long been held in high regard in Hindu rituals, particularly with Indian women who would add it to their beauty routine as a skin brightening treatment before their wedding, giving them the ultimate glowing look. Newborn babies would also have their foreheads rubbed with turmeric for good luck. And its use as a healing, medicinal food has a storied history as well. Curcumin, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow pigment, is mainly responsible for turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties. In the skin, cucurmin has been touted for its ability to soothe irritation, combat acne, calm rosacea, and help even out hyperpigmentation. Turmeric is prized for its powerful antioxidants that slow down cell damage, reduce both internal and external inflammation, and brighten and revitalize complexions. Recently turmeric has experienced a renaissance as a trendy supplement and topical ingredient, as well as an antioxidant-rich spice to add to meals.

Turmeric in skincare is a hot topic. The benefits of masking with turmeric have become increasingly popular in the West, though its major drawback is the issue of skin staining. The most effective way to incorporate turmeric in topical skincare without battling skin stains is to dilute this very active—and highly pigmented—spice. The easiest way to dilute turmeric is to use a very small amount relative to the total ingredients in your formula.

For topical use, always mix turmeric with other ingredients like flour, oil, milk, or yogurt to avoid skin irritation. Turmeric powder mixed with warm water, warm milk, or a complimentary oil like sesame, hemp, or jojoba oil can be made into a paste to clean wounds and promote healing. Turmeric and manuka honey paste is known to soothe cuts and wounds and even improve the appearance of scars; and combined with aloe vera, it makes a soothing paste for sunburned skin. As an introduction to masking with turmeric, here’s a simple mask recipe that benefits all skin types:

Golden Skin Mask

You may also want to incorporate diluted turmeric into topical treatments as a macerated oil or a glycerite. Both dilutions are simple to make, and have a similar process. If it’s summertime, or if you live in a warm climate year-round, making a macerated oil or glycerite can be made simply in a mason jar. Start with your desired amount of dried turmeric in a mason jar, add enough vegetable glycerine or carrier oil (olive or jojoba are recommended for their shelf-stability) to cover the dried herb by two inches, and then leave the sealed jar in the hot sun for 3 to 4 weeks, shaking every day. After the time has passed, strain out the turmeric, and you’re left with a lovely oil or glycerite which has assumed all the beneficial properties of the turmeric, but is much easier to use as a topical skincare preparation.

If you live in a cooler climate, or the warm summer has passed, you can still make macerated oils or glycerites using a slow cooker on an extra-low setting for 3 to 4 weeks. It is also possible to make a macerated oil or glycerite on the stovetop using a double boiler, but it’s much more difficult to control the temperature, and you run the risk of cooking off the benefits of the turmeric. Once you’ve completed your macerated oil, you can use it as a cleansing oil or moisturizer–and you can use the glycerite as an ingredient in a cleanser, toner, or water-containing moisturizer.

Not to be overlooked are turmeric’s powerful internal benefits, as a strong anti-inflammatory pain reliever, a stomach soother and digestive supporter, and a potent anti-aging spice. Turmeric is commonly used in dried, ground form straight from the spice jar, but interest in growing in fresh turmeric root as well as turmeric supplements in capsule form. Here, NAA co-founder Tisha Jill Palmer shares her personal story of reducing pain with ground turmeric, as well as a nightly turmeric recipe for healing and self-care:

“After a stomach surgery left me unable to take any NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), I was at a loss on how to manage my arthritis pain flare-ups. Certainly, reducing or eliminating inflammatory foods like sugar and dairy from my diet set me up for success—but when I combined my other healthy habits with daily turmeric, I noticed pain relief with the bonus reduction of my rosacea symptoms. While I love cooking with turmeric, as my collection of yellow-stained wooden spoons reveals, my favorite form of turmeric supplementation is a mug of my very own Good Night Golden Milk. My trick to making this drink into a meditative self-care ritual is to never skimp on the ingredient quality or the details. I channel my years as a barista and froth this drink up to its golden glory, complete with pretty sprinkles, and enjoy while I write my nighttime gratitude list.”

Good Night Golden Milk

With so many forms of turmeric hitting grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and beauty boutiques, there’s truly a way for everyone to experience its powerful benefits for beauty and health. However you use turmeric, we hope you are able to appreciate its healing effects, both inside and out.

Written by the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance co-founders.

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Calendula for Skin

Calendula has shown to have healing properties when applied to one’s skin. It can be used to reduce pain and swelling, and to treat poorly healing wounds.

Calendula for Skin

This infographic was produced by DeliciousLiving and Bodyceuticals.

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Natural Sunscreens

The warm weather is here, which means that it is time to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors. It also means that it is time to make sure that your skin is protected from the sun. There are a multitude of sunscreen products on the market today, including lotions, ointments, sprays and moisturizers. Many of these products, however, contain potentially harmful chemicals which not only can harm your skin, but can cause additional damage as they penetrate your skin and enter your bloodstream.

Before buying sunscreen products, read the tips below from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that aims to protect human health and the environment:

Avoid spray sunscreens.

Although spray sunscreens may be tempting because you can apply them quickly and easily, be aware that you or your child can easily inhale them as you’re applying them. Plus, you risk missing spots on the skin when applying the spray.

Understand the SPF.

SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, measures the product’s ability to protect the skin against the sun’s UVB, or Ultraviolet B, rays. The SPF does not provide an accurate measurement of the product’s ability to protect against the sun’s UVA, or Ultraviolet A, rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, speed up skin aging and wrinkling, and may suppress the immune system. UVA rays also contribute to the development of skin cancer.

Many SPF products on the market today boast SPFs of 50 and higher, which may give buyers a false sense of security about how much they’re protecting themselves against the sun. These high-SPF sunscreens suppress sunburns but raise the risk of other kinds of skin damage. In fact, the FDA is considering barring SPFs above 50, according to the EWG.

Avoid sunscreen that contains oxybenzone.

This chemical is an active ingredient in many beach and sport sunscreens on the market. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin, enters the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It also can trigger allergic skin reactions.

Avoid sunscreen that contains retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A.

Although this chemical is a common ingredient in night creams to help improve the skin’s appearance, you should not apply retinyl palmitate to sun-exposed skin because the chemical may encourage the development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies.

Now that you know which sunscreen products to avoid, what can you do to protect your skin from the sun? Below are a few ideas on how to protect your skin naturally:

Consider using sunscreen made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

These products provide strong sun protection with few health concerns. Also, zinc oxide provides more protection from UVA rays than any other sunscreen chemical approved in the U.S., according to the EWG.

Eat foods high in antioxidants and omega 3s.

Foods high in antioxidants and omega oils can protect against the effects of UV ray skin damage. Foods such as carrots, kale and collard greens contain high amounts of antioxidants, while soybeans, salmon and walnuts are rich in omega 3s. Omega 3 fish oil supplements also can help protect the skin from sun damage by decreasing the skin’s response to the sunburn.

Create your own natural sunscreen.

You can make your own sunscreen with ingredients you can find in most grocery stores.

Use common sense and be proactive.

For example, try to avoid going outside in the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest. Also, wear light-colored clothing because dark colors absorb more heat. Finally, consider wearing a wide-brim hat to protect your face.

– By Jessica Braun
Jessica is a writer and an editor at WholesomeONE. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.

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Organic Sunscreen Disrespected

When buying sunscreen, is it important that the ingredients are Organic?More Sunscreen Education Needed

America’s explosive interest in organic food is obvious. Even a recent Gallup poll reports that 45% of people ‘actively try to include organic foods in their diets’.

But when asked about organic sunscreen, only 30% of women, the primary purchasers, say that Organic ingredients are important. 70% indicate that organic ingredients are Not Important, they Don’t Know or Only Important for Children.

This shows a big discrepancy in how Americans think about organic food versus organic sunscreen. It is especially poignant considering that price is often cited as a reason people don’t buy organic food, but there is little difference in price when comparing sunscreens with chemicals against organic ones.

Skin Absorbs Ingredients into Bloodstream

Rachael Pontillo, bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, a AADP Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and licensed aesthetician, states, “People still don’t realize that the skin absorbs up to 66% of what’s put on topically.” It’s worth noting, skin is the largest organ of the human body.

SPF = SPF

Pontillo goes onto say, “Many people think that an organic sunscreen wouldn’t give them adequate coverage, even though in reality, any product labeled as sunscreen has to be approved by the FDA and has to go through the same standards of testing for safety and efficacy as any other FDA drug-containing product does. Simply said, SPF-30 organic and SPF-30 non-organic sunscreen each provide the same level of protection from the sun.”

Education Gap

The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) has been working on educating people in the differences in sunscreens by annually publishing sunscreen guides and research findings on the harmful effects of chemicals in sunscreen products.

For instance, they write that Oxybenzone, an active ingredient in half of the sunscreens they reviewed, can disrupt the human hormone system. And Retinyl palmitate, in 20% of their reviewed sunscreen products, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies, and possibly cancer.

Even with the EWG’s work, further education is clearly necessary.

Organic Sunscreen survey results

An Organic Question
The short survey sponsored by WholesomeONE.com and conducted with Google Insights in May 2015 asked 505 random American women between the ages of 25 – 54 the question:

“When buying SUNSCREEN, is it important that the ingredients are Natural & Organic?”

Results were:

    • 42% No
    • 30% Yes
    • 19% Don’t know
    • 9% Yes, but Only for Babies & Children’s use

What’s Next

WholesomeONE.com CEO, Kevin Burke predicts “Just as controversial ingredients are being removed from many food products, the same can be expected for the sunscreen category.” In the meantime, there are dozens of organic sunscreens available from natural products manufacturers such as Badger, TruKid, Loving Naturals, and Every Man Jack.

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Are you Protected from the Sun?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If a person has had 5 or more sunburns, their risk of melanoma doubles.

Check out the useful Myths vs Facts when it comes to protection from the sun.

This infographic was produced by and originally published on Myriad.com

Are you protected from the sun?


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How to Spot Skin Cancer

The American Academy of Dermatology produced this ‘How to Spot Skin Cancer’ infographic published on Dr. Bailey’s skin care blog.

1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer. Anyone can get skin cancer regardless of skin color.

See how to do a skin cancer self-examination.

How to Spot Skin Cancer


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Lavilin

www.lavilin.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“At Lavilin, reliable, safe and high-quality ingredients are of paramount importance. As a leading international cosmeceuticals brand, Lavilin utilizes naturally-derived, active ingredients combined with research and development to produce effective products rooted in nature that consumers can count on.

As a matter of philosophy and policy, Lavilin products will never contain aluminum or other harsh chemicals and instead utilize plant extracts and oils to help address odor, dryness, and cracked skin. Furthermore, Lavilin products are not tested on animals and all packaging is recyclable.”

Lavilin Roll-on Deodorant

 

What is your most popular product?

“Lavilin’s flagship aluminum-free deodorant has been eliminating body odor for over three decades and continues to be a favorite to this day. While most aluminum-free deodorants only temporarily mask odor, Lavilin deodorant is long-lasting and highly effective at eliminating odor all together. Our formulation of naturally-based ingredients attacks and neutralizes odor-causing bacteria at the source and is so effective that one application provides odor protection for days. Daily activities such as showering and swimming do not reduce effectiveness!

Lavilin Deodorant products include the original Underarm Deodorant Cream, Roll-on Deodorant (lightly scented & vegan-friendly unscented), Foot Deodorant Cream and Shoe Deodorant as well as the anti-odor Body Wash and Intimate Body Wash.”

 

Why do people love it?

“People love Lavilin because it is a naturally-based, aluminum-free product line that actually works – no harsh chemicals needed! By providing a safe & effective way to stay fresh and odor-free, Lavilin appeals to a variety of people with a variety of needs. At Lavilin, we will always maintain a strong commitment to product development, formulation and production technologies to optimize the benefits of naturally-derived products and solutions for consumers.”

 

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youtheory

www.youtheory.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“Whether you’re 25 years old, 37, 52 or 60 your age tells a story. So proudly claim it. Because with your confidence and our entire line of health and beauty products, we can help you age beautifully™. Youtheory collagen gives you healthy hair, skin, and nails while keeping your muscles strong for a beauty that is timeless. Beauty does get better with age.

 

youtheory Collagen AdvancedWhat is your most popular product?

Youtheory™ Collagen Advanced Formula with Collagen Types 1, 2 & 3 is our best selling product on the shelf. Formulated with added Vitamin C Youtheory™ Collagen Advanced Formula helps to replenish your body’s collagen supply, providing nourishment countering the natural effects of the aging process.

Just launched, Youtheory™ MENS Collagen Advanced Formula, contains all the same great benefits as our Collagen Advanced but with added ingredients for hair rejuvenation. Age strong with Youtheory™ MENS Collagen Advanced Formula.”

 

Why do people love it?

We’ll let our customers do the talking!

‘It works.’

‘This product is amazing…skin, hair and nails have seen immediate improvement!’ 

 

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eco-armour

www.eco-armour.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“After Years of nicks and cuts, bumps, and ingrown hair, we came to the conclusion that there must be a better way to shave. What began as a hobby became a passion, and is now an obsession. We use only the purest ingredients in our products so you can have the greatest shaving experience possible.

Shave with Benefits is a luxurious botanical shaving foam that goes on easily, conditions you skin, and provides a close, smooth shave for all types and textures… no matter how sensitive. You deserve skin that looks, feels and smells amazing.

We recognize the importance of being responsible for the environment, so we are doing our part. Our ingredients are botanical and 100% sustainable. Nothing dies to make this product. Our patented formula can be applied to your razor in between shaves to extend the life for months at a time, which keeps them out of landfills.

Irritation from shaving is often exacerbated by the harmful and sometimes toxic chemicals used by others in manufacturing their products. Your skin deserves better, so we blended these botanical foams to be so healing, cleansing and moisturizing that many also love to use them as a face and body wash. Please try them to see for yourself.”

 

Shave with BenefitsWhat is your most popular product?

“shave with benefits”

 

Why do people love it?

“They love that they get a smooth, quick and comfortable shave every time. Freedom from nicks, cuts, razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs.

They love our 100% botanical and renewable resource ingredients.

They love that eco-armour is patented to improve razor performance and dramatically extend useful blade life, saving money hassle and the environment. ”

 

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Antioxidants for Healthy Skin during Summertime

It’s that time of year–the kids are out of school and are (hopefully) spending lots of time outside playing, swimming, or just being. I’ve enjoyed sitting out in our yard on a blanket with a book while the kids practice lacrosse, and we’ve also been leash-training our bearded dragons, Fifi and Sprite. Yes you read that right.

I bring it up for a valid reason–not just because I’ve become a bit obsessed with them. That reason is that bearded dragons are desert reptiles which require large amounts of heat and direct UV-B light to be healthy in captivity. Of course their tanks are fully equipped with a high temperature basking spot and a separate light that emits UV-B radiation, but our holistic reptile vet (yes they exist) suggested having them outdoors in real sunlight on leashes as often as possible.

While humans aren’t cold-blooded desert animals like Fifi and Sprite, many of us do live lives in captivity with artificial light, temperature regulation, and restricted movement. One of the reasons reptiles and humans need sunlight is the same–it helps us naturally produce Vitamin D. And though we must enjoy the sun responsibly to avoid skin cancer and wrinkle-causing free radical damage, there’s a lot we can do internally–in addition to proper use of topical sunscreens and protective clothing–to strengthen our skin’s ability to resist UV damage.

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute

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Get Fat for Great Skin

Fat gets such a bad rap, and most of the fat-bashing misinformation out there is a direct result of the mass marketing efforts of fad diet companies and of course our friends at Big Pharma. So much time has been spent telling people that “fat makes you fat,” and causes heart disease and other health conditions; which, thankfully is starting to change.

Now research is showing that all fat isn’t the enemy–it’s mostly manufactured fats like trans-and hydrogenated fats (shortening, margarine, etc.) that cause these health issues. Integrative, functional, and other holistically-minded doctors and researchers even place less blame now on saturated fats (butter, whole milk, fat found in red meat), which, of course used to be the devil.

People need fat.

Fat serves many purposes. It provides support to the skeletal system and cushioning/protection to vital internal organs, it helps to lubricate joints and other connective tissue (like the skin), it helps to build strong cellular membranes to prevent water loss and maintain overall cellular health, regulates body temperature, and also (along with carbohydrates–the other devil) provides energy.

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute

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