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There has recently been a flurry of news articles stating that we should be wary of some beauty products which may contain chemicals such as phthalates. There are some chemicals that we come across everyday in the environment, plastics and other household items which have traces of harmful ingredients – but we want to reassure you that it is not likely that you will come across these in your beauty regime. Here’s why…
Ingredients such as DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate), are banned from use in Cosmetics in the UK and the rest of the EU.
A recent study from Washington University School of Medicine found a link between a group of chemical ingredients and early menopause – which are sometimes known as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can be found in some household products, but these are more likely to be strong cleaning products, than the type you lather onto your skin.
In the US, it is not illegal to use substances like DEHP in cosmetics, however these products would not be allowed to be sold in the EU due to the regulations currently in place. When talking to Cosmetics Design, Dr Chris Fowler – Director General of CTPA said, “DEHP is not expressly forbidden in the US and so it is possible some companies continue to use it, though companies making the same product for the US and EU could not do so because DEHP is expressly forbidden in the EU.”
Flower continues, “At no time do the authors of the study draw a link between their findings and ingredients in make-up and personal care products, as suggested in some of the alarming headlines.”
A senior author from the study, Amber Cooper, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, said, “This study doesn’t prove causation, but the associations raise a red flag and support the need for further research.” 15 of the 111 chemicals tested, showed the need for further investigation.
The findings do however, bring to light the concerns over cosmetic production and show that consumers should be made more aware of the implications of their purchase. We have put together some tips to help make sure you can reduce the contact you have with harmful chemicals and make smart choices about your cosmetic products.
1. Read the ingredients lists on every cosmetic product you buy. If you are unsure about a particular ingredient and want to find out more about the impact it will have on your skin and body, visit the EWG Cosmetics database which is the largest cosmetics and ingredients database. http://www.ewg.org
2. Be careful where and who you buy your products from. Make sure that the company you buy from have recommendations and good reviews in the media, or from secondary retailers or consumers. Buy your cosmetics from reliable sources and if you are unsure about a product or company, look them up online. If you choose to buy products outside of the EU, check the ingredients list before you buy.
3. When you are using household products – make sure you wear gloves to minimise the direct contact with chemicals on the skin as these can be absorbed and cause possible health issues. Always follow the safety and storage advice on the container.
4. Recycle, but do not re-use. Some types of plastic container can contain chemicals which filter into your food and drink when left under heated conditions. Avoid re-heating food in plastic containers, and do not re-use drink’s bottles that have been exposed to heat.
5. Do not put plastic in your mouth. Some types of plastic until recently, were still used in the making of children’s toys, for example, and some of us may take to chewing on accessories like bits of stationery, where we can absorb the nasty chemicals.
6. Know your chemicals. By educating yourself on what’s good or bad for your body, you can avoid any nasty trips to the doctor. For example, not all phthalates are harmful and whilst some phthalates may be found in lipstick, they will not be the harmful type that may also be found in toilet cleaner. Not all man-made chemicals are bad for you, but there may still be some that you would rather avoid.
All ingredients in Stratum C Menopause Skin Care products are available on the website. Visit http://www.stratumc.com or feel free to contact Forme Laboratories for any more information regarding the products and ingredients. All Stratum C products are phthalate, paraben, DHA, BHA, BHT, formaldehyde and MI free and use only the gentlest of preservatives.
The Benefits of Aloe Vera
We have all heard of Aloe Vera, the plant used for its therapeutic properties and popularly used as a natural emollient, due to it being gentle, calming and soothing making it the perfect choice for skincare. Aloe, or ‘Aloe Barbadensis’, is full of nutritional benefits for your body and very popular amongst skin care manufacturers as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. It is also a perfect astringent, making Aloe the essential ingredient for a toner due to its deep cleaning, hydrating, moisturising and rejuvenating effects.
With so many choices out there, it can be difficult choosing which skin care product is best for you. Having the right levels of Aloe Vera and other active and natural ingredients in your skincare regime will make all the difference.
Aloe has mild healing qualities and is also known to kill bacteria, and when used as part of a skin toner, it delivers all the benefits into freshly cleansed skin.
Toners gently close the pores, so using Aloe will confidently leave the skin perfectly clean, nourished and healed. Aloe Vera has properties which allow it to reach deeper body tissues, taking all the nutrients of the Aloe into the skin. It also helps to retain moisture in damaged tissue; the penetrating power of Aloe allows water and other moisturisers to sink deeply into the skin, therefore also making it ideal to use before applying your face cream. Collagen is a big factor in preventing skin ageing during menopause and Aloe Vera has been found to increase the production of fibroblast cells, these are the cells responsible for for producing collagen and it has been known to increase by up to eight times as much as normal cell production.
Stratum C Calming Toner uses a high level of active ingredients to give you the highest quality products. As well as Aloe Vera, which gives it a natural green hue, it also contains Hyaluron, Papaya, Cucumber, Sage and Orange Flower which all help to enhance the delivery of Coenzyme Q10 into the dermis. CoQ10 is an important anti-oxidant ingredient used in our Calming Toner, this active ingredient will prevent dry skin, ageing and a dull complexion by powerfully combating free radicals. Stratum C Calming Toner compliments our existing Gentle Cleanser with Rose Hip Seed Oil, giving you a complete regime for beautifully clean skin. Use the toner morning and night, after cleansing to deeply clean the pores, remove make up and bacteria, leaving it soft and replenished.
To purchase the Calming Toner or any item from the Stratum C Menopause Skin Care range, please visit www.stratumc.com.
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This month, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Stratum C will be giving away a free Rose hip Gentle Cleanser with every order that contains a special value combined pack of Protect Cream and Repair Serum. This means that you will make a total saving of £33!
The offer is only on until 28th February, so visit http://www.stratumc.com now to benefit from this exclusive offer! Stratum C Menopause Skin Care is the first range of products formulated specifically for menopausal skin, to help repair and protect your skin against the damage that menopausal hormone changes can bring.
Please contact Forme Labs for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you wish to place your order over the phone, please call 01252 267950 (UK), where we will be happy to help and answer any of your questions.
Hyper-pigmentation is commonly known to be something that is often suffered by many menopausal women. Better known as age or liver spots, they can change the appearance of your skin dramatically and your skin can appear damaged and aged.
The spots are caused by melanin or Lipofuscin synthesis often caused by exposure to UV light. The production of melanin pigment is controlled by an enzyme in the skin called Tyrosinase. Age spots are formed when melanin pigment forms under the skins surface due to the production of the Tyrosinase enzyme.
After thorough research on this subject, Forme Labs, the makers of the unique Stratum C Menopause Skin Care Range, decided to develop a product that would help to tackle this problem of age spots, that was suitable for menopausal skin, without the use of any invasive skin bleachers or harmful ingredients.
The ingredients in Stratum C Pigment Correction Gel include natural Daisy Extract, combined with Vitamin C which is proven to inhibit Tyrosinase and melanin production. The formulation also includes extract of olive leaves, also called Oleuropin, which has been shown to both prevent the formation of Lipofuscin and to reduce the appearance of age spots.
Due to menopausal hormone changes, your skin also becomes dry and thinner during this time and so Forme Labs have also unusually combined Hyaluronic acid into the mix, to deliver moisture and hydrate the skin.
The gel can be used 3 times a day on the face or hands for optimum effect and visible changes should be seen within a month. The gel must be used with a sunscreen minimum of SPF30 in order to help prevent further spots, even in the winter, as many people are not aware that even in winter, you can still be exposed to UV rays, as you are in summertime. When you apply the gel, it gives a light tingling sensation as it soaks into the skin and the ingredients begin to work.
Stratum C Pigment Correction Gel is now for sale on the Stratum C website http://www.stratumc.com, at £49 for a 30ml bottle with an airtight pump. For more information, you can contact the Stratum C team via their website or via email email@example.com, or telephone on +44(0)1252 267950.