If you suffer from extremely dry skin, Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream may be for you. I have suffered with dry, irritated, flaky skin for years (especially in the winter) and after discovering this little gem, my skin thanked me. This lovely scented moisturizer contains rose oil and wild rose hip extract which help nourish and heal the skin. According to some of the reviews on their website, it has even helped those with conditions like rosacea. Each tube contains over 1,075 organic rose petals, making it a little pricey, but in my opinion worth every penny.
A little goes a long way. So after cleansing, I apply a little to my damp skin and it is left feeling youthful and dewy instead of tight and flaky. It is a pretty rich and thick cream, so if you want something lighter with the same benefits, Dr. Hauschka also makes a lighter version, Rose Day Cream Light.
My lips are taking a beating this winter. The dry, cold air was making them scaly, chapped and sometimes painful. Many conventional lip balms contain chemical ingredients like parabens and petroleum. (Look here to learn about why these are bad). Natural lip balms use safer ingredients and can help soothe those sore, chapped lips.
Here are some good ingredients to look for:
Hempseed Oil: One of my favorites. This oil contains essential fatty acids that hydrate the lips and both seal and coat the lip skin.
Aloe Vera: Especially good for wind-burned lips (think skiers and snow boarders), aloe vera can also ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin E: This antioxidant helps regenerate vitamin C in the skin cells and helps with collagen formation.
The most commonly heard complaint and question we get from Ask the Expert, probably has to do with hair health. A healthy, shiny, full head of hair is a sign of inner health, and therefore good nutrition should be a priority. If certain nutrients are missing from your diet, the result could be hair loss. Natural remedies may also be able to help improve and restore hair’s youthful appearance.
Fenugreek: This herb has a unique blend of chemical constituents which can contribute to healthy-looking hair and a nourished scalp. Fenugreek has proteins needed for hair strength.
Biotin: Biotin is an important coenzyme that is involved in a number of processes in the body. It is a member of the B-vitamin family and an essential nutrient in human nutrition. Biotin has been widely used for nutritional support of healthy skin, hair and nails; deficiencies have been linked to brittle nails and hair loss. All of the B vitamins work together and are Continue reading “Get Healthy Hair, Naturally”
Annie Leonard has just produced another excellent, entertaining and educational video in her series, “The Story of Stuff,” this time on the safety of personal care products. It’s well worth 8 minutes to watch it.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that uses public information to protect health and the environment, puts out a list of safe and reliable sunscreens. The list includes sunscreens from companies like Badger and California Baby, both of which use titanium dioxide as sunblock.
They also found that a form of vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) found in many sunscreens can actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions in lab animals. Sort of defeats the purpose of sunblock, eh? You can read the full report here.
Last year we posted a great blog about Green Sunscreen and it gives you an excellent review of what to look for in a sunscreen. Personally, I use Badger SPF 30, on both myself and my 16-month-old son, and we have found it to be very effective.