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Is Your Skincare Routine Safe?

This is me teaching a class on organic skincare and walking everyone through a yummy facial. Our AIR, SOIL and WATER are horribly polluted, as are the creatures that inhabit them.  One of the reasons to go vegan is because eating animal fats, where toxins are stored, causes you additional harm.
Plants don’t store toxins the same way animals do.  So in short, the higher you eat on the food chain, the more damage you will have.  Most of us, on some level, realize that what we eat, what we put in our bodies, is going to have an effect on us, but so many people don’t think about the toxins in their skincare routines.  Because the body absorbs at least 70% of what is applied, it stands to reason we want to be very mindful of the chemicals in our lotions and potions.

From Avon to Clinique, Borghese to Aveda, no matter where you shop,  it is very challenging to find a line that is 100% clean, let alone one product that is.  A simple word like ‘fragrance’ can mean an entire chemical laden stew that disrupts your hormones, your endocrine system and includes carcinogenic substances.
Seeing all these chemicals and their effects is what got me motivated to rep for safer skincare.

So I sell for Essante, Miessence and Bioceutica. Links are below for your shopping ease or to just take a more in-depth look.  Also, this can be a business opportunity for you too, to sell something you feel good about marketing.  (See my separate articles on the Superfoods and skincare comparisons.)

www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple – Essante has a great eye cream and firming skincare treatment as well as superfoods.  This line is a mix of organic and wildcrafted.  While they have some nice skincare products, Essante doesn’t offer makeup per se’ at this juncture, however, I love their lipglosses.  Right now that is the only ‘makeup’ in the line.

www.bioceutica.com/puretemple  – Bioceutica is plant-based without the known harsh chemicals however it is not a 100% organic line.  I adore their Reverse 20 deeply moisturizing mask package and their mascara, which is keratin based and has grown my lashes out amazingly.  They also have a nice and yummy smelling daily skincare lineup that includes an eye gel with a ceramic tip on the end that feels oh so great in the morning.

http://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare – Miessence is so clean you can eat it.  100% plant-based skin and body care with a few home care products and fantastic superfoods.

Some Chemicals that you can go in search of in your home right now (and throw out!) are:
PEG –  Polyethylene Glycol, Ethylene Glycol Propylene Glycol – This chemical poison is in anti-Freeze and yet it is also in so many food stuffs as well as cosmetics.  It is even in some pet foods and treats and, recently, in some wet wipes, I bought for my cat that I had to toss out because um, cats lick their fur so why on earth would such a toxic substance be in a wipe for a cat that is known for grooming? Really, I am absolutely amazed at how many items this toxin is in.  It is used in cosmetics as it is easily absorbed into the skin, so it assists other ingredients in a deeper dive, but the cost can be damage to the liver, kidneys or your brain.
Triclosan – I ended up with this actually in an organic hand cream I ordered which did not provide me with the full ingredient list until I received the cream.  Triclosan, used as an antibacterial, accumulates in our bodies, is a hormone disruptor and can help create bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
Formaldehyde – From detergents to hair conditioners to mouthwashes,  Formaldehyde is classified as a Category 2 Carcinogen.
Parabens –  Used as a preservative, it is a hormone disrupter shown to be a reproductive toxin in animal studies (hint…We are animals). Parabens have been detected in breast cancer tumors.

Nanoparticles – Cosmetics have come a long way.  In the past, a lot of our makeups used to just sit on top of the skin.  But nanoparticles are very tiny.  If the nanoparticle is zinc oxide or aluminum, due to such a small size, it can literally get into your body and end up going from an eyeshadow or foundation or sunscreen to penetrating into your organs.
Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), e.g. Cocamide  Monoethanolamine (MEA) Oleth-3, Phosphate, Tea-Lauryl Sulfate  – NDELA –  Nitrosamines have been identified as one of the most potent classes of carcinogens, having caused cancer (liver, stomach, bladder and esophagus) in more than 40 different animal species, including us humans.  These chemicals are reactive toward other ingredients in the product, making a volatile toxic stew.

Check out EWG which you can use as a handy check when shopping.  https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

And for those of you who are passionate about health, learning and taking the natural, alternative path, I welcome you to go down the rabbit hole that inspired me to become a plant-based lifestyle consultant and write this blog and consider studies with Hippocrates Health Institute.  You can click on the link below to get your free syllabus.  The course is not inexpensive, but I assure you it will be chocked full of information you didn’t already know (I thought I would know it all but I didn’t) and it will be life-changing.

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Foods Supplement Comparisons

Supplements & Super Foods!

Everybody has their opinion on this topic but I believe in supplementation. Even if you are eating 100% raw, grow most of your own food, sprout sprouts and down 4 cups a day of them, and green juice daily – everything organic – doing everything right – we have polluted air, soil and water, soil erosion, produce that sits on trucks and loses potency by the time you eat it. Depending upon the organic soil used, the grower may care about truly supplementing the soil or not so much so the product is going to be varied.

People are People. You have the all in folks, who do everything to build their health and never vary or cheat from what they know is the very best, the folks that power vegan on week-ends and the junk food vegans, folks who are way too busy to step back, buy a great juicer (see my website/blog) and juice every day when there is work and family concerns. And you have the folks not yet ready to give up meat eating but perhaps want to be healthier or kinder to animals and the planet so they work on that issues one plate at a time.
It takes more time and thought to eat correctly and it takes a huge mind shift. This is significantly daunting at first. Like anything we do, it does become habit and it does get easier. I promise you! My favorite story from when I first went vegan was trying to fix something at home for my executive chef husband that didn’t have meat or dairy in it. He took one look at the kitchen island and said ‘Well, you got me (gesturing to the plethora of foodstuffs on the counter) I have zero clues as to what we are having for dinner.’ I had a really rough time at this. Eating vegan and healthy can certainly be done with diligence, but throw in travel, then it really gets complicated. This is WHY I rep for 3 product lines and when I locate a great cookbook, or a way to grow sprouts easier, I post about it.
Regardless of how you eat today, I believe we all need supplements based upon our individual body and lifestyle. Links are below but here’s a snapshot of the super greens Bioceutica, Essante and Miessence offer you:
www.bioceutica.com/puretemple – Bioceutica has superfood capsules with great greens in it. All you do is pop two capsules and *boom* done for the day.  This has great stuff in it, such as Resveratrol, from red grape skins, shown to be highly anti-aging, Spirulina, ginger and turmeric.  This is easy peasy to travel with.  There’s no muss or fuss with carrying around powders to mix into something.
www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple – Offers a combo pack for $97.00 or you pay $50.00 for either their Earth Greens or $47.00 for Super Reds powders.  They also offer capsules specifically for the Earths Greens where you get 270 capsules per bottle for $72.54 which is 90 servings.  This line is a mix of both certified organic and wild crafted produce.
http://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare – This line is both USDA and ACO certified organic.  It doesn’t get cleaner.  Their superfoods are a trio of Probiotics (InLiven) Alkalizing (Deep Green) and Antioxidants (Berry Radical).  The Antioxidant one tastes like chocolate, there’s organic cacao in it, YUM!  These are

In Summary – Comparing the Miessence, Bioceutica & Essante:
Miessence:  
For $75.95 you can purchase their Probiotic, Alkalising or Antioxidant powders. These are their superfoods and they are excellent.  All 3 may be purchased for $204.95.  Micessence also does periodically offer a 30% off or, if your spend level is high enough they give you that.  Either power is 105g of product, about 30 days.

Essante :  Offers a combo pack for $97.00 or you pay $50.00 for either their Earth Greens or $47.00 for Super Reds powders.  They also offer capsules.

Bioceutica – Offers SuperPower3 in capsule form,  $40.95.  While there is no wheatgrass, there is spirulina, resveratrol from grapes, kelp, numerous botanicals and this would be a great on the go supplement if you are not inclined to make juices and smoothies or on days that you don’t, such as when traveling perhaps.

Miessence is 100% certified in their Super Foods and the green alkalizing food contains Chlorella and Spirulina and Wheatgrass, ALL HUGE with Hippocrates Health Institute where I took training.  Essante powders are a mix of both organic and wild crafted non GMO.  You get a lot more product, 200g and for less.  From my perspective, Miessence is a better superfood offering in quality.  But, some folks will want the savings and more product that is still a great product with Essante.  Or, speaking personally for what I do, I get the Miessence organics superfoods in powder form.  I scoop the Deep Green onto my raw salads and mix it into my salad and dressing and its delicious.  For the Berry Radical, I use that like a hot cocoa, mix that into some hot water at the office and …delightful.  For on the go I also use the capsules but I buy the Essante because for $72.54 I have a 90 rather than a 30 day supply.  Both products are great, it depends upon what greens you want.

This line is both USDA and ACO certified organic.  It doesn’t get cleaner.  Their superfoods are a trio of Probiotics (InLiven) Alkalizing (Deep Green) and Antioxidants (Berry Radical).  The Antioxidant one tastes like chocolate, there’s organic cacao in it, YUM!  These are

Feel free to comment and let me  know what your favorite products are and why.  Thanks for reading. ♥