Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Soap Cleansing - What's in your bar of soap?

I read an article the other day about soap cleansing with bar soap. Most don't give it a second thought, but maybe you should. Many conventional soaps contain beef tallow. That is the fat rendered from meat processing. Scrubbing down with cow fat is not my way to start the day! The beef tallow also contains toxins and artificial hormones which get stored in the tallow. If that's not enough to get lathered up about, other soap ingredients include phthalates which can interfere with hormone function and triclosan which is linked to thyroid dysfunction.

Thankfully there are healthier alternatives to a bar of soap. Plant based oils like safflower, sunflower and coconut combined with natural essential oils also from plants are healthier for our bodies and milder to our skin. Be a label reader and look for vegetable oil based soaps that are certified organic and free from toxic chemicals.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

Sensitive skin affects millions of people every day. The largest majority of people with sensitive skin can grouped into one or more of these categories — acne, rosacea, burning and stinging, and contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants). Inflammation seems to be the one thing they all have in common.

Many times chemicals in skin care products irritate the skin instead of help it. There are products available that are unscented, have minimal ingredients, are plant based and very gentle to the skin. It's best to remove all products and then start by adding a new chemical free product, one at a time a week apart.

A sensitive skin bar soap, like Head To Toe Organics "Organic Unscented Sensitive Bar Soap" contains saponified oils of safflower* and/or sunflower*, palm*, and coconut* (with retained glycerin); rosemary extract. (*Certified Organic). Very few ingredients, all plant based and certified organic.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Skin Care Collagen - Help with Wrinkles

If your skin is starting to wrinkle, you may have been doing a little research and found that collagen plays a large part. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue of your skin. It is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Aging plus environmental factors reduce the body's ability to produce collagen.

Research done by Kingdom University in South West London found that white tea prevented the activities of the enzyme which breaks down collagen and leads to wrinkles. The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed.

Another plant that helped protect against the breakdown was pomegranate. Research continues to show us how plants and not chemicals can help our body be healthier!

Products with white tea and pomegranate can be found at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pomegranate Cream

What's so great about a pomegranate cream?

Think of your skin cells like an apple cut into pieces. It starts to turn brown because it's oxidizing. Our skin, in a similar way, starts to wrinkle and age due to oxidative stress. The potent antioxidants in pomegranates help to neutralize free radicals.

In the February 2006 Journal of Ethnopharmacology, a study showed that pomegranate seed oil stimulates the growth of keratinocytes, which promote regeneration of the skin and slowed down its thinning. In the March 2006 issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology, it showed that pomegranate fruit extract can actually prevent damage from UVA radiation.

Pomegranates are an amazing fruit and can help to promote skin repair in a completely natural way. Look for pomegranate oil or juice as ingredients in skin care products.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Coffee Benefits - Good News for Your Skin

What does coffee have to do with skin care?

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle conducted a test to see if caffeine could protect skin cells from UV radiation. They took cultured human skin cells and put them in a caffeine bath then exposed them to UV. The results were that the caffeine destroyed the cells that were damaged by the UV exposure. If the damaged cells would have been allowed to survive, they could have become cancerous.

Ingredients such as green coffee, coffee beans and white tea all contain caffeine. Coffee and white tea are also excellent antioxidants for your skin.

Some of the best coffee and/or white tea skin care products available at Head To Toe Organics are:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Skin Care Vitamin E

Whether to take vitamin E supplements for your health tends to be a controversial subject. What are the studies showing for topical vitamin E for your skin?

In an article published by the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University in Chicago, it showed that experimental evidence suggests that topical vitamin E has anti-carcinogenic, photo protective, and skin barrier-stabilizing properties.

Vitamin E is powerful antioxidant and when combined with other antioxidant rich ingredients such as white tea, berries, and vitamin C, can team up to be a great anti-aging treatment for the skin.

Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant SPF 20 Facial Cream is rich in vitamin C & E, pomegranate oil, and white tea. SPF 20 protects your face from sun damage.

Organic Acai Berry Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a great source of vitamins C & E, white tea, blueberry, pomegranate, acai berry and blackberry.

Other products rich in antioxidants and vitamin E are available at