Posts Tagged ‘Phthalates’

Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Propylparaben ~ Are these the names of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

 No, but they are just as bad!  They represent just some of the many parabens that are found in most all beauty and personal care products on the market today.  Surprised?  You are not alone.  Information about chemicals, fillers, and synthetic compounds has, until recently, been hard to find, if not impossible.

Parabens are inexpensive preservatives used to give products a longer shelf life – some as long as a decade!  Unfortunately, while giving products a longer selling cycle, parabens can be the cause many negative problems – from skin irritation, to mimicking estrogen – which can lead to hormonal disruption, all the way to altering our body’s cells. 

Knowing this, why are the vast majority of beauty and personal care product companies still using them?  The quick answer is that they are cheap to make, cheap to use, and will allow the products to remain on the shelf indefinitely. 

Honestly – would you even want to use a product that could have shelf life of double digit years?  Science and nature must work together in harmony. We deserve to use products that are safe, effective, and will improve our skin. – without the worry of dangerous side effects. 

Enjoy your beauty ~ paraben free!

Susie Galvez

A Healthy Foundation ~ For A Healthy Foundation

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Choosing the best makeup foundation for yourself can be challenging ~ even for skincare experts!  Especially when you look at all of the zillions of different brands, formulas and types! 

Everything from powder, liquid, stick, crème, and even air-brushed in a spray-on bottle!  Adding to the mix are the many different skin condition formulas: dry, aging, oily, combination, sensitive and normal.  And of course, there is the coverage factor to consider: sheer, light, medium, full, and even camouflage!  It is enough to make you say yikes! 

With so many choices – how can you choose wisely and healthy?  Believe it or not, just a little bit of research is all you need to reveal the perfect foundation for your skin. 

First – You need to determine your skin condition.  For the very best skin condition analysis, I recommend a consultation with an Esthetician near you.  The Esthetician will look at your skin under a “loop” which is a lighted magnifying glass to see your skin up close and personal.  Also sometimes a “Woods Lamp” is used showing the skin surface via a black light and magnifying glass.

In the meantime, while waiting for your appointment with your Esthetician, here is a quick- although less scientific method, to determine your skin’s condition:

Tonight after your evening beauty regime of cleansing, and treating your skin, as you are getting ready for your nightly ‘beauty sleep’ – place three clean tissues on your nightstand.  

First thing the next morning before getting out of bed, take the tissues, one at a time, and gently rub one across your forehead, one across your nose and cheeks, and the last one across your chin.  Remove the tissues and review them. 

  • Normal skin      Tissue will show little to no oil on it.  Skin does not feel tight or flaky.
  • Dry Skin:            Tissue will show no oil on it, but skin feels dry and taut after tissue removal.
  • Oil Skin:              Tissue shows oily areas and skin’s surface could still remain oily to the touch.
  • Combo Skin:     Some tissues reflect oily areas such as forehead and nose areas, while cheeks/chin feel dry/tight.
  • Sensitive Skin: Skin feels irritated and possibly looks red and/or blotchy after removing tissue. 

Secondly – Decide which type of foundation you like.  Is it crème, liquid, powder, stick, mineral, etc.?  Next decide what coverage you prefer.  These are truly a matter of personal preference – based on what you like, and what feels best on your skin.

Thirdly – But without a doubt – the most important step is to check the label for ingredients!  For the healthiest foundation, make sure that your foundation choice is free of:

  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • And is Dermatologist and clinically tested

As for SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The best place to have SPF is on your face – either in your foundation, or topically applied after your skincare regime, if you are sans makeup.   In order to work, a SPF cannot be IN your skincare products – as skincare products are meant to go into the skin!  SPF doesn’t do any good – inside your skin – to work SPF needs to be up, front, and center, shielding and protecting the skin!

And Lastly, if your skin could use a little extra age-defying ingredients, look for foundation formulas with multi-mineral complex of Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, and Lysine as well as vitamins like A and E that protect the skin against free radical damage while moisturizing and protecting the skin. 

Surround yourself with beauty ~ healthy beauty!

 

Susie Galvez

www.susiegalvez.com