If you read the labels of skin care, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial items, cleansers, and scrubs, and looking for a natural skincare, you sometimes see "Paraben-Free" on the label but what exactly does mean?
Parabens: are several distinct chemicals with similar chemical makeup. Several show up in personal care and cosmetic products.
Parabens show up in personal care products that contain significant amounts of water to keep microbes from showing up in the product. There are amounts that have been established that are considered "acceptable levels". Your exposure is greatly increased when you are using more than one product containing parabens.
Parabens show up on labels as: ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben
Methylparaben and Propylparaben are the most common parabens that show up in personal care products.
Scary fact : Nearly every single person will test positive for Parabens in a urine test. Higher amounts of parabens show up in adolescent/adult females than do males of similar ages.
Parabens are not water soluable (able to dissolve in water). So they can be absorbed into the skin. UGH!! Just think, if you are using more than one product with parabens, you are being exposed continuously, in greater concentrations.
Health concerns resulting from parabens exposure:
Endocrine disruption, cancer development, and reproductive toxicity.
Endocrine disruptors, means their ability to mimic estrogen.
Applying skin care products with parabens (especially methylparabens) can lead to UV-induced damage of skin cells and disruption of cell growth rate.
Reproductive toxicity in reference to the Prop and butyl parabens, reduce sperm production which lead to reduced testosterone levels. These effects are dose dependent. A study fount that maternal exposure to butylparabens during gestation and lactation can alter the developmental organs. Propyl and buytl parabens disrupt male reproductive systems and organs. This is consistent with the estrogenic activity noted above.
Exposure to isobutylparaben during gestation can lead to behavioral and anxiety changes in offspring.
In summary, using products labeled PARABEN-FREE, is a way to avoid exposure to parabens. Natural and organic products have found alternative and effective products to prevent the microbial growth in person care products. Some companies make a preservative-free formula these products may have a shorter shelf life.
Looking for paraben free products or preservative free, is more important than you thought,
and another reason to look for natural organic products.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) August 7, 2014
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All cracked up, Would you paint this canvas?
No you wouldn't. Think of your face, and if you don't take care of the surface, and the supporting surface, you will be putting your makeup over a surface like the picture.
Makeup is GLAMOROUS, SEXY, FUN, and a gives you instant satisfaction. We see countless bloggers, magazine ads, pictures, posting fun, beautiful, and trendy makeup. It's eye catching and makes us instantly look and feel beautiful.
Skincare and supplements are the crux of a smooth, solid foundation. That is what makes our makeup wear and look better.
Do you see instant results from skincare and supplements? Not exactly, this happens over a week, month, two months, or three months. After a few months of taking supplements, and using skincare products, all of the sudden notice: "OH, WOW, My skin is looking GREAT! My makeup looks smoother, and skin looks brighter!" Then you get a compliment, because you are GLOWING!
Topically applied skincare products, can only take your skin so far. Exercise will help with moving toxins out of your body (aka sweat), boost your HGH hormone, balance your hormones, relieve stress, keep your heart healthy, retain muscles mass, need I go on? Diet has those key nutrients to reduce inflammation, and support the functions of your organs. I think we will all agree, we are what we eat, and exercise is GREAT for our mind, body, and soul.
What is the biggest organ of our body?
SKIN ..yes you guessed it!
Why wouldn't we eat right and take quality supplements to assist us to feel better, and support our largest organ as we age? This is easy, we are human, and lets face it temptation is always out there wether it is socializing, comforting, or just surviving. Some important nutrients are extremely difficult to eat enough to achieve the benefits. Then you go to your physician, which western medicine doesn't believe in vitamin/mineral supplements.
Are all supplements created equal?
NO! There are so many products to choose from, and it is convenient to pick them up from the grocery store, or look for the least expensive supplements.
Guilty! When I first start taking vitamins, I was guilty, and sometimes you are throwing good literally down the toilet! Remember there are no regulations on vitamins. Fed up, I did my research, I found a company that tested vitamins, to see if what is on the label is what was in the product. If you are taking the time to take a multi-vitamin or whatever you decide, then don't you want to take what you are paying for, and get results you deserve?
his is when I came upon a company called Life Extension, they produces QUALITY supplements. This company was the game changer for me. It is backed by a panel of physicians, and is backed by research. I started taking the TWO-A-DAY multi vitamin, evolving to taking my supplements at the correct times, so they are absorbed effectively.
Supplements, skincare, are my passion. Don't get me wrong, I love cosmetics, too! I love looking and feeling Sexy, Glamorous! Unless you have a solid place to put my apply my makeup, then the money you spend on your makeup will just add unwanted years. Yes, even in your 20s you should be thinking about this! As with everything, over time, your skincare, supplement routine will evolve. If in your 20s, you will not have the same needs as 30, 40 or 50 year olds. It is all relative to your age and should be taken into consideration!
All of the supplements from Life Extensions, are on the website to help your skin/body look and feel great!
Skin Restoring Phytocermides with Lipowheat 30 liquid vegetarian capsules
Skin Restoring Phytoceramides with Lipowheat® offers the skin-nourishing benefits of wheat-derived ceramide oils in a convenient oral supplement designed to support dermal elasticity, proper hydration, and lasting comfort!
Benefits at a Glance
Skin Deep: the benefits of ceramide oils
Ceramides comprise 35%–40% of the binding matrix that maintains moisture balance and protects the surface of your skin.1,2 These skin-nourishing oils are an important lipid component of the skin’s membrane, where they provide protection from the elements and lock in moisture.2-5 But one of the challenges of maintaining supple, healthy skin is that ceramide levels naturally decrease as we age!6,7This is the two or three line description that will be shown on the product page and any other pages that have a link to this product.
Black Cumin Seed Oil- 60 softgels
As we age, a balanced immune and inflammatory response becomes critical to guarding our health.65-69 Research has shown Black Cumin Seed Oil to be particularly effective.70-78
Scientists have determined that black cumin seeds contain a broad spectrum of active compounds.70 Combined, these compounds provide powerful and wide-ranging immune support and promote healthy inflammatory response.70,71
A number of biological factors contribute to the body’s normal inflammatory activity, including cell-signaling chemicals and hormone-like messengers.77,78 In a series of scientific studies, Black Cumin Seed Oil has been shown to support the normal effectiveness of these inflammatory factors.70,71
Also, an aging, healthy immune system needs to orchestrate the activity of macrophages and helper T-cells. Black Cumin Seed Oil was also shown to support the optimal function of this vitally important defensive activity.79-81
By acting on both immune factors and inflammatory factors, Black Cumin Seed Oil supports a healthy immune system — which is increasingly important as we age — and facilitates a healthy inflammatory response!
Adrenal Energy Formula 60capsules
When properly supported, the mechanism known as homeostasis enables the body to maintain its normal balance during stress, helping us to remain energized and focused.
Increasingly overwhelmed by stress, however, our bodies seldom get a chance to restore our natural equilibrium.
The result is that an estimated 75%–90% of visits to primary care physicians are now related to the effects of stress.15
Even more alarming is a recently published study16 linking stress with shorter telomeres (the caps on the ends of chromosomes), which is associated with accelerated aging!
Stress disrupts multiple biochemical pathways, including cortisol production, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)axis, pro-inflammatory enzyme production and neurotransmitter production. A pre-clinical study has shown that stress also inhibits neural plasticity (the growth of new connections between neurons in the brain)!17
Fortunately, Life Extension® has created a state-of-the-art formulation of botanical adaptogens, shown to modulate a broad range of factors to help relieve the effects of stress.
Adrenal Energy Formula combines four known stress-modulating extracts—Holy Basil, Cordyceps, Bacopa, andAshwagandha—each scientifically validated to support homeostasis, even on the most stressful days.
Each of these extracts modulates a different set of stress related changes in the body’s chemistry.18-30 Combined, they maycomplement each other to provide complete adaptogenic stress defense!
For those who are seeking protection from the effects of stress, Adrenal Energy Formula™ is a broad-spectrum, potent, and safe formulation for maintaining healthy energy and vitality!
Hair, Skin, & Nails Rejuvenation with Verisol
Hair, Skin & Nails Rejuvenation Formula with VERISOL® is a unique, orally ingested formula packed with clinically studied nutrients that promote collagen and keratin health. These proteins keep hair, skin, and nails looking youthful, healthy, and vibrant. Ingredients such as Cynatine® HNS Plus, VERISOL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides®, and silicon and biotin will help restore beautiful hair, radiant skin, and healthy nails.
Benefits at a Glance
Working from the inside out, orally ingested nutrients are demonstrating clearly visible outward benefits. These nutrients have been shown in clinical studies to promote various elements of hair, skin, and nail health:
Due to license restrictions, this product is not for sale to customers outside of the United States or to grocery or chain drug stores.
SUPPLEMENT FACTSSupplement Facts
Serving Size 3 Tablets
Servings Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving
Niacin (as niacinamide)
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate)
Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate)
Zinc (as zinc oxide)
Copper (as copper sulfate)
VERISOL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides®
Cynatine® HNS (providing solubilized keratin)
Silicon [from std. bamboo extract (stem)]
Other ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, aqueous film coating (hypromellose, glycerin, purified water), silica.
Cynatine® is a registered trademark of Roxlor, LLC. VERISOL® and Bioactive Collagen Peptides® are registered trademarks of GELITA AG.
Dosage and Use
Life Extension Tri Sugar Shield
You watch your diet and exercise, yet your blood sugar levels can still rise as you age. And to counteract the problem you have to deal with a number of issues. Now you can effectively address this issue with a multi-pronged approach. Tri Sugar Shield® provides three plant-derived nutrients (sorghum bran extract, white mulberry leaf extract, and phloridzin) that work together to provide optimal support for healthy glucose metabolism.
Emma is sharing her obsession with anti-aging fitness, nutrition, and skincare. To look and feel your BEST, living a balanced life!