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Facial Friday = Fresh, Fabulous, Faces!

Every Friday evening I love to give myself a facial.  It has become such a self-care ritual, that I am always looking for ways to improve either the atmosphere I create to enjoy my facial, or trying out a new facial product. It’s a great way to end the week, detoxify your skin from all the free radicals we are constantly exposed to that are so damaging to our skin.

When I was first learning about the possible toxins in skin care, I made my own facials from whatever I could find in my kitchen!  This is a fun way to experiment and can even include the kids!  I have sons and taught them early on about the importance of self care and taking care of your skin. Now that they are older they often come to me asking for me to whip them up something to help with either winter dry skin, sun stressed skin or occasional breakouts.  I now of course have access to ready to use facial masks that offer amazing benefits and make “Facial Friday’s” that much easier!

Naked Skincare Apothecary: 

Locally made, Naked Skincare Apothecary currently offers two types of facial masks.  Detox Mask & Radiance Mask.

Photo Courtesy of Naked Skincare

I lovvvve both of them! They are my go to’s and available at Generation Green!

Detox Mask will help neutralize oily skin and prevent or clear up breakouts.  Thanks to the activated charcoal & kaolin in this mask, it will basically pull out dirt & toxins.  Super easy to use, simply add a small amount of  liquid to a teaspoon of the mask powder.  Play around with different liquids to add like a toner, facial oil, or even hit up the kitchen for honey or yogurt!

Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Fuller Earth Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.

Radiance Mask will do just that! Make your face radiate!  Offering up some magical ingredients like Australian and French Pink Clay that not only detoxify and do away with dead skin, but also leave you with a refreshed look!  This one really is great for mature skin too thanks to the addition of  Mango Extract which helps prevent the decline of elasticity in the skin.

Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.

Mama Pacha : 

Another locally made favourite that we stock at Generation Green and is offered in refill is Mama Pacha’s  Daily Face Wash & Super Scrubby Face Wash.  These face washes can also be used as a face mask just by leaving on longer. They are gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Both offer the benefits of kaolin clay (the mildest of clays). Kaolin clay contains a high content of silica that not only can remove dead skin but also regenerate skin. Also offers purification by removing toxins and oils without drying out skin.

Both masks contain oats that offer a gentle scrub as well as the soothing benefits of chamomile.  The only difference in the two is the Super Scrubby contains jojoba meal as an exfoliator (really good scrub) without dangerous microbeads (little pieces of plastic that are not only bad for your skin but also the environment) that can be found in some conventional face scrubs.

Orgaid Sheet Masks : 

This is a new stock item that I’m anxious to try out!  

Orgaid masks are not made like other sheet masks. Not only because of the serum combination in the masks but the delivery system they use!  The unique fibre, (called Ecoderma) Orgaid uses is not only breathable and adheres well but more importantly the fibre helps absorb the serum deeper into skin, helping you to get all the benefits those ingredients offer.  The masks are made with certified organic ingredients,  all safe ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I also love the rating they get on EWG’s Skindeep Database!

Yes, you might look a little scary wearing one (think Jason from Halloween), but makes for great selfie pics! (before & after).

Available in 3 types: (information taken from Orgaid Website)

VITAMIN C 
 Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage 
 Provides potent antioxidant protection to keep firm and youthful skin 
 Improves skin’s natural healing response, resulting in skin revitalization 
+ Orange peel and pomegranate boost healthy collagen synthesis
ANTI-AGING & MOISTURIZING
+ Vitamin B3  reduces skin aging
+ Aloe Vera  helps moisturize and calm skin
+ Witch hazel  reduces swelling and blemish
+ Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
GREEK YOGURT
+ Organic Greek Yogurt supplements essential nutrition on skin
+ Organic Botanicals soothe  skin smoother
+ Pro-Vitamin B5  and Allantoin tightens skin
+ Beta Glucan and Vegetable Proteins condition skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Skincare

The next time your out shopping for cosmetics, turn over the bottle of either shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc., and read the ingredients. While it is difficult to understand, let alone pronounce a lot of those ingredients, we have to be concerned, we have to be informed, and we have to be our own health advocates.

Although things are improving on the regulating of cosmetics through Health Canada, there is still concern regarding the possible long term effects, and of the known chemicals still in cosmetics.

There is a great little video called “The Story Of Cosmetics” that was put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. While this is a US based group and the regulations and laws are also US based, there is information here that is pertinent to Canada. Primarily the fact that many cosmetic ingredients are unsustainable toxic petrochemicals, and how the use of some products together can build up toxins in our bodies, that intern effect our long term health. You can view the video here.

Canada’s system of testing and regulating cosmetics is much more advanced than that of the United States, but there is still room for improvement. Health Canada has banned or restricted over 500 chemical ingredients for use in cosmetic products. These chemicals can be found on Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. Comparatively, the U.S. has banned only 8 chemical ingredients for use in cosmetics.

That all being said, on Health Canada’s website there is a notice to manufacturers if a “hotlist” chemical is found in their product;

If a cosmetic contains an ingredient which appears on the Hotlist, the manufacturer may be advised to:

Remove the ingredient from the formulation;
Reduce the concentration of the ingredient to an acceptable level;
Consider marketing the product as a non-prescription drug or natural health product, with appropriate claims and application for a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN);
Provide evidence that the product is safe for its intended use;
Confirm that the product is labelled as required;
Confirm that the product is sold in a child-resistant package.
This is somewhat alarming knowing that these are chemicals that have proven health concerns and yet could still be considered to have “an acceptable level” and allowed in cosmetic products.

60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream! That’s nothing to ignore. Our skin is our largest organ and we need to nourish it, not load it full of toxins!

Here’s a couple of great resources for you to use when searching for safe skincare products. EWG (Environmental Working Group) has compiled a Skindeep Database that rates products and ingredients and gives them a hazard score. You can delve deeper and find out exactly what ingredients are making a product rate as a high hazard, or even find out about the chemical or ingredient being used, and what it could potentially do to your health.

The following attachment from David Suzuki’s website, is a great little resource for ingredients best to avoid in products. Print it off and bring it along the next time your shopping for cosmetic products.

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