Hydrolyzed Collagen in Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Monday, January 17th, 2011

hydrolyzed collagenHydrolyzed collagen is an ingredient commonly found in anti-aging facial creams and body lotions.  Cosmetic companies continue to include the ingredient and make numerous claims concerning the benefits.  Problem is there are no proven benefits.

Collagens are simple proteins made up of only a few amino acids.  In the human body, they are classified as “structural” proteins, meaning they are used by the body to create various structures.

The proteins are abundant in young, healthy firm human skin.  Along with the protein elastin, they make up the skin’s elastic fibers.  It is the elastic fibers that allow the skin to snap back into shape after being stretched out.

The fibers can be … Read Full Article

Choosing Natural Skin Care for the Health of the Environment

Monday, January 10th, 2011

natural skin care pollutionNatural skin care products are the green alternative.  Most people choose them because they are better for their health.  They are also better for the health of the environment for many different reasons.

There are many different reasons because there are many different chemicals.  Let’s start with petrochemicals.

Petrochemicals are petroleum derivatives.  Our reliance on them over the last few decades has caused them to become common air and water pollutants.  The factories that produce them produce CO2 and other climate changing compounds.

Propylene glycol, ethylene oxide, sunscreens called oxybenzone and benzophenone, isopropyl alcohol and ethanol are some of the petrochemicals commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products of all kinds.… Read Full Article

Stop Animal Testing by Choosing Natural Skin Care Products

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

animal testing rabbitsAnimal testing regulations vary from one country to the next.  The use of animals to test cosmetic ingredients is about to be banned completely in the European Union. 

One of the biggest cosmetic companies in the world is located in France.  The company has protested the ban.

The ban will not affect companies that manufacture drugs.  Some cosmetic ingredients are also considered drugs.  Examples include some of the anti-wrinkle preparations.

Each batch of Botox is still tested extensively on animals.  Botox is a de-activated form of botulism toxin.  There have been instances in the US where the injections were found to contain the live virus.  People have ended up in the hospital … Read Full Article

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