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THE FACTS ABOUT GLUTEN IN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

THE TRUTH ABOUT GLUTEN AND SKIN CARE written by Sherina Jamal founder of Ancient Secrets Inc. and developer of the Beauty Through Balance Spa Line. You may have noticed the increase in personal care products claiming to be “Gluten Free”. Its certainly caused some confusion in the public especially for those that have intolerance to Gluten. Due to this I wanted to share some insight into how certain active ingredients used in skin care formulations that may contain gluten actually react in comparison to ingesting food that contains gluten. Gluten – While we understand it’s important to have information on which ingredients contain gluten in a skin care formula – it’s also equally important For consumers and spa professionals to know that if one has an allergy to gluten it doesn’t mean they will react negatively to a product containing a cosmetic ingredient which contains some level of gluten. “Some […]

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    Treating Dry Skin Conditions Including Eczema Naturally Treating Dry Skin Conditions Including Eczema Naturally

    Treating Dry Skin Conditions Including Eczema Naturally

Treating Dry Skin Conditions Including Eczema Naturally

With the winter season often comes mild to more severe dry skin conditions.  Many people with this skin concern, try to use topical moisturizers, steroid creams, and ointments but often do not get results.  Moderate to more serious dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis can be caused not just from the change in weather but also from food allergies, nutritional imbalances, exposure to chemicals and stress. Dry skin conditions should be treated both internally and topically.  Here are some remedies I can recommend that have shown to heal skin tissue, replenish hydration levels, calm the skin, reduce redness and itching. TOPICAL CARE: I. Ready made product.  If you’re looking for a good moisturizer or speciality skin care product to treat your skin condition opt for one’s that contain some of these key active ingredients: Natural sources of fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed/Algae, Butters such as […]

  • Natural Solutions for Oily/Greasy Skin! Natural Solutions for Oily/Greasy Skin!

    Natural Solutions for Oily/Greasy Skin!

Natural Solutions for Oily/Greasy Skin!

Do you have oily/greasy skin? This skin condition can worsen during the summer months and create issues such as blackheads/whiteheads and acne. this skin type occurs due to an excess of sebum production and it can be a challenge to find products that actually work. Products on the market designed for this skin type are often harsh and drying to the skin as they contain alcohols and other  ingredients which are made to dry the oil but do not offer gentle corrective care.  In addition to alcohol avoid products that contain Kaolin clay as the main clay . While this is good for absorbing oils from the skin it can also be drying.  Good choices for clays are French Green Clay and Canadian Glacial Clay My tips to help re-balance this skin type without causing irritation or dryness: 1. Use a cleanser free of synthetic detergents such as sulfates. 2. Use a […]

Do you know what’s lurking in your cosmetics?

With all the information all over the internet about cosmetic chemicals to avoid it can get a bit confusing… Are parabens really harmful? what is a cosmetic chemical? are preservatives needed?  these are common questions that may come to mind. Although there are a number of synthetics that should be avoided I’ve come up with a list of some of the key ingredients to stay away from when shopping for skin care/cosmetics. The best approach when trying to make the right decisions, is to ask questions and make sure you know what you’re buying. Stay away from these commonly used cosmetic chemicals in your products: -Sulfates and derivatives of – these are synthetic detergents -Synthetic Dyes, Colors, Fragrances  -Propylene Glycol  -Lead – commonly found in lipstick  -Formaldehyde found in certain preservatives -Chemical Sunscreens – such as Oxybenzone -Aluminum -Ethyl acetate – used as a solvent in many skin care products & can […]

  • What’s lurking in your skin care products? What’s lurking in your skin care products?

    What’s lurking in your skin care products?

What’s lurking in your skin care products?

With all the information all over the internet about cosmetic chemicals to avoid it can get a bit confusing… Are parabens really harmful? what actually is a cosmetic chemical? are presevatives needed?  these are common questions that may come to mind. Although there are a number of synthetics that should be avoided I’ve come up with a list of some of the key ingredients to stay away from when shopping for skin care/cosmetics. The best approach when trying to make the right decisions, is to ask questions and make sure you know what your’e buying. Stay away from these com monly used cosmetic chemicals in your cosmetic products: -Sulfates -Synthetic Dyes, Colors, Fragrances -Propylene Glycol -Lead – commonly found in lipstick -Formaldehyde- found in certain preservatives -Chemical Sunscreens – such as Oxybenzone -Aluminum -Ethyl acetate – used as a solvent in many skin care products & can be found in paint […]

Summer Skin Care – Naturally. By Sherina Jamal

In this blog post I’m going to share with you some of my favorite raw natural ingredients which when used topically on the skin can help protect, heal, and repair your skin from the damaging effects of the sun!    To prevent pre-mature aging on the skin we all know that sunscreen is a must but now more than ever many of us are searching for more natural alternatives to the common synthetic based sun protection products. So are there really natural ways to protect the skin from sun damage? I believe Mother Nature has gifted us with all we need to keep our skin and body healthy and youthful from the inside out! You may be surprised at some of the ingredients listed below which have the natural ability to provide protection, repair and renewal of the skin during and after long term sun exposure. Raw Ingredients with naturally […]

Top Skin Care Mistakes People Make!

We all want to have healthy youthful skin and in order to achieve this it’s important to have the right skin care regime and products that will provide you the benefits you desire.  In today’s blog I’m sharing with you some of the common skin care mistakes people make to help provide some guidance on how you can avoid these and make better choices. Top Common Skin Care Mistakes: 1. You pick your skin care line based on media hype. Did you select the line you are using based on how popular it is in the media? This is a common mistake. Remember the quality of a skin care line and it’s benefits is not a reflection of how many TV ad’s or magazines it has been featured in. TIP: Pick a product based on it’s authentic ingredients and track record of working to offer benefits to the skin vs […]

Summer Skin Care – Naturally

In this blog post I’m going to share with you some of my favorite raw natural ingredients which when used topically on the skin can help protect, heal, and repair your skin from the damaging effects of the sun! To prevent pre-mature aging on the skin we all know that sunscreen is a must but now more than ever many of us are searching for more natural alternatives to the common synthetic based sun protection products. So are there really natural ways to protect the skin from sun damage? I believe Mother Nature has gifted us with all we need to keep our skin and body healthy and youthful from the inside out! You may be surprised at some of the ingredients listed below which have the natural ability to provide protection, repair and renewal of the skin during and after long term sun exposure. Raw Ingredients with naturally occurring […]

How beneficial is your Vitamin C based skin care?

We have all heard about the benefits of using skin care products that contain Vitamin C but did you know that some forms of Vitamin C are not as stable in a cosmetic formula and therefore end up oxidizing very quickly leaving you with reduced benefits?  With summer upon us this ingredient can be one of your best tools to prevent sun damage and related signs of age but the key is to pick a product that uses the right form and concentration for maximum results.  Why all the hype about Vitamin C for anti-aging? First I’d like to briefly mention why Vitamin C(ascorbic acid) is beneficial when used in cosmetic skin care formulas.  As we age our levels of free radical damage increase due to long term exposure to factors such as pollutants, the sun, chemicals, prescription drugs and a poor lifestyle.  In a nut shell these free radicals […]

Botanical Extracts in Skin Care – Are they beneficial? By Sherina Jamal

Skin care formulas often contain a range of extracts which can originate from plants, flowers, roots, steams, barks, fruits, etc.  If the correct processing method is used, a pure extract can capture the true essence of that plant providing a concentrated substance to be used in a cosmetic formula or even as a herbal medicinal tincture. In order for a skin care product to be the most effective and bring results, it must contain active ingredients that are in a form which are synergistic to the skin’s chemistry. For example, it may be beneficial to rub pineapple on your skin however it would be even more effective to extract the active component of the pineapple (bromelain) and use that in a cosmetic formula as it can directly interact with the skin bringing faster and better results vs the whole fruit. Extracts can only be beneficial if the correct processing method […]