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The Benefits of Goat’s Milk Soap

July 05, 2011 By: Kimberly Category: Caring for your Skin, Guinot Skin Care products

Goat’s Milk: The benefits

There are many amazing articles on the benefits of Goat’s Milk. eHow.com is an excellent resource for learning the benefits of Goat’s Milk Soap.

Ph Level:

Keeping a balanced Ph level is extremely important for our bodies to maintain a healthy weight with minimal, if any, issues. The Ph of Goat’s Milk soap  is like that of human skin, therefore, it helps combat invasions of unfriendly bacteria and chemicals harmful to our bodies.

Moisturizing:

There are many fats and natural creams found in Goat’s Milk. It’s smooth and creamy texture helps to create a barrier against the harsh environments we live in. It’s fantastic for moisture, and if you’re not an extremely dry person, you could possibly even substitute Goat’s Milk soap for your daily moisturizer.

Sensitive Skin:

Alcohol, Petroleum, and Preservatives are only a few of the additives that can be found in commercialized, mass-produced skin care products. These additives can help to irritate skin by furthering an already noticeable rash, or becoming the main cause of a new skin problem.

Eczema:

Eczema is a skin condition where red, itchy patches of skin are found on the body. It’s extremely dry, and many people use Goat’s Milk soap because of the nutrients found in natural goat’s milk. It reduces the itchiness caused by the Eczema.

Acne:

Goat’s Milk Soap helps acne and acne-prone skin because of all proteins power-packed into goat’s milk soap.

Exfoliation:

Alpha-Hydroxy acids found in goat’s milk are an amazing way to buff off dry skin, leaving a smooth and silky surface.

The Cancer Contender

June 06, 2011 By: Kimberly Category: Uncategorized

As society is ever changing, one “accessory” that is here to stay is our cell phone. Once attached at our hip, it is usually now attached to our ears. You can’t walk very far without seeing a passing stranger talking incessantly on her cell phone.

Although it is convenient, cell phone radio waves may have a huge affect on the quality of not just our skin, but our health. In an article, written by Sue Mueller of Foodconsumer.org, Mueller writes that a study in Finland showed that radio frequency could be a contributor of altered proteins in our skin. Additionally, according to BioMedCentral.com, “radio waves could also be a factor of sleep disorders, headaches, or allergy-like symptoms.” Cancer is the big discussion after all. So many studies are underway to determine the affects of radio waves on skin and its ability to cause cancer.

Although there does not seem to be enough sufficient proof that cell phone radio waves are the main cause all of these physiological concerns, it does seem to make sense that issues would arise from our need to be on our tellys 24/7.

It doesn’t seem that the outcome is good either way. Radio waves, TV waves, Cell waves…they all could be main contenders in our battle with Cancer and other health issues.

Until we have some invention that prevents radio waves from accessing the proteins and cells in our bodies, we certainly shouldn’t brush this under the rug. Be aware of how often you are on the phone. Turn it off when you can do without it. Spend more time with family and friends and leave the phone at home.

The Four Ingredients That Help Give You Wrinkles

May 28, 2011 By: Kimberly Category: Caring for your Skin, facial treatments

As much as we love our soda, the effects of all the harmful ingredients which make up a can of “pop” can contribute to our aging faces! Many soda drinkers crave the bubbly beverage with ferocity, but what we don’t realize is all of the things we are putting into our bodies, and the outcome we’ll have later on.  There is a great site  (www.Oleda.com) which listed all of the ingredients found in soda. Check them out:

“Phosphoric Acid: May interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.

Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user of refined sugar in the United States. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.

Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilepsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.

Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks can cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.”

As you can see, there are many reasons why we should cut down on our soda intake. There was one blog that commented that she had been a heavy soda drinker for over twenty years and continuously had eye twitches. One person suggested to her that the twitches could be from a build up of Phosphoric Acid from all of the soda.  The person then suggested that she cut out all of the colored soda from her diet.  After she cut out the colored soda, she was free from eye-twitching!

Research has shown that sugar attaches to proteins in our bodies, which then can damage surrounding proteins.  This, in turn, deteriorates the collagen ( the protein that keeps our skin elastic and taught). Not only are we left with wrinkly, sagging skin, it is also dull and less vibrant. Think about that the next time you order an icy cold soda!

So, it doesn’t mean that if you have a cold soda every once in a great while that you’ll end up with a wrinkle for every ounce of soda, but it does mean that you’re more likely than a water drinker to develop wrinkles.  I bet you’re asking yourself “so what do I do?”  Here’s your answer: Replace. If you are highly addicted to soda, make a list of how often you drink soda and how much. Start by replacing one soda per day or per occasion with water or flavored, no sugar added, water. Work yourself down to having all of your sodas replaced with water.  You can also try Crystal Light flavored powders. They are tasty and add that flavoring that we all like. Also! If you like lemon or lime you can throw that into ice water. It’s a great, refreshing taste.

It’s amazing when we fully concentrate on cutting the bad things out of our diets how much our skin and body functions improve.  Let us know how you improve your skin by cutting out the sodas!

Are the artificial lights causing us to gain weight?

April 24, 2011 By: Kimberly Category: Guinot Skin Care products, Indulge Body Butter Moisturzing Bars

Here goes…another perspective on weight gain and guess where this one comes from? You guessed it. Artificial light. Back in the day when we had to run after our food for the nightly meal cooking over the fire pit, we now are accustomed to eating our meals indoors and by artificial light bulbs. Can you imagine we as humans used to spend 10 hours a day outdoors? That would be until Edison popped out the magical light bulb. The natural light regulated our circadian rhythms and energized our brain cells and bodies.

Today we spend less than 30 mnutes a day or a mere 3 hours per week in the daylight, according to Daniel Kripke, M.D. He has said that our circadian rhythms are dependent on light entering our eyes to regulare our body’s natural master clock. According to the quality and quantity of light received, key hormones and neurotransmitters like serotinin and melatonin are release in the brain to set our daily rythms. I can really relate to this due to my son being up at night for hours and I have a light or the computer light on which would affect my weight over the years. Certainly you feel more energized when you are outside and have the fresh air on my face. Today, most people suffer from mal-illumination which means lack of enough daily natural sunlight and too much indoor artificial light, especially at night.

The results of being out of our rythm can be:

  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • depression,
  • headaches
  • pain
  • hormonal imbalances
  • sleep disorders
  • pms
  • lowered immune responses
  • vitaminD/calcium deficients and lack of vitality

Is there any wonder we are having skin and health issues. The average american will gain 8.5 lbs and getting type 2 diabetes. Even if excerising, we must avoid artificial fats (no fun) and the other bad stuff but essentially turn off the light at night will help regulate your body rythm. this is a good start to losing weight. The artificial light tricks our bodies into thinking it’s the season to eat all year round adn gain weight. Traitors to our own body.

Something we think is so simple by getting sleep will help the insulin be regulated, the cortisol be regulated just by getting regular sleep. Think about it.

How much sleep are you getting these days?

Vitamin D from the sun, is it safe to be in the sun?

April 22, 2011 By: Kimberly Category: Guinot Skin Care products

So controversial this topic! The sun is up, the beach blanket is perfectly laid out without the bumps, you nestle yourself into your “spot” and let the sun do it’s work on your skin. Be careful not to go into the sun unprotected without your sunscreen. We carry a moisturizer with sunscreen to protect the skin from UVA/UVA damage. I was always a super tanner when I was a teenager and now I have freckles and dark spots that are on my shoulders and chest. Not cute. I wish I had been taught more about skin but honestly I didn’t care and it was all about the iodine oil slathered all over and I certainly looked red which stained my skin. It didn’t protect me at all. I also was brought up to use the cocoa butter straight off the block melted in the sun and I slathered that all over my body but had the most amazing brown skin a girl could have. I could have won a trophy on my browness.

The benefits of being outside and in the sun are a better emotional sense of well being. Certainly individuals that suffer from some depression get perked up during the summer months. Vitamin D is essential for our hair, skin and nails but now with the technology we have today, we can certainly enjoy one pill a month containing full strength Vitamin D without the scary effects of sun exposure. Even a littel bit of sun causes cellular damage that can lead to aging and cancer. Recommended daily supplement containing 400 to 1,000 IU are normal but as always check with your doctor on your Vitamin D levels.

Using the tannin bed will increase your risk for melanoma by up by 75% according to the Internation Agency for Research on Cancer and 90 percent of signs of aging such as wrinkles, brown spots are caused by UV radiation. Unfortunately, the skin will fade and the top layer will peel off but the damage has been done and can go to the deep levels of your skin depending on how badly the burn is. Remember seeing the big pasty white guys on the beach that looked like a lobster? Case in point he should have used more sun screen and built up to that type of intense sun. My favorite is when someone has fallen asleep and forgot to put on sunscreen and they had their hand across their face. While that lasts a few weeks until it fades.

Recommendation use self tanners because that will give you the feeling of a tan and you will likely spend less time in the sun. We have Guinot self tanners at Indulge Salon that are healthy and give an even tan.