Birds Birds, some of the most sensitive creatures react to toxic chemicals in their environment. They are particularly sensitive to airborne gas emissions—even in small dosages. Some of the toxins that affect them are things we expose ourselves to daily. Birds are not supposed to be kept in or near kitchens because they can die when you cook with Teflon. When the nonstick cookware is overheated the excessive heat creates a gas emission and vapors that are released. When these vapors and gases are inhaled it can kill a bird (Commonly referred to as Teflon poisoning, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) intoxication). If […]
April 22 is Earth Day–a time to celebrate our planet and bring awareness to our impact on it. As consumer consciousness expands and evolves, conscious buying power forces industries to follow suit. But what does it mean to be a conscious beauty shopper? Purchasing a skincare or beauty product may seem like a beginning to the buyer. In reality, it’s a latter stage of a long chain of events that get products to market and each link in the chain has its own impact on the Earth in one way or another.
Dehydration increases the signs of aging, breaks down collagen, robs skin of vital nutrients, and reduces elasticity. Dehydration is a skin issue that affects up to 96% of our population. People often associate oil with hydrated skin, but this is only half of the issue. Your skin may be oily but still lack hydration from water, which affects its health and appearance. Having fluid between our cells is necessary for proper skin function. It both feeds the skin, carrying with it nutrients, vitamins and water vital to cellular function, as well as acts as a waste collector for the cells, […]
Which ingredients are best for your skin? This is a hot topic. Companies spend a lot of time, money, and resources enticing consumers to buy products containing newly discovered “miracle” ingredients. Truth be told, Mother Nature has all the ingredients we need and looking to the earth itself can often solve our skin issues. It’s important, however, to stay mindful of the whole picture. Many companies advertise the wonders of a single ingredient, neglecting to mention what else is in the bottle. For example, a product may contain turmeric, natural alpha hydroxy acids, green tea, pure clays, or a number […]
Chai is simple to make at home and can be stored for a good amount of time. It also makes a wonderful DIY gift in a glass jar with a homemade tag. Drink it hot in the winter and iced in the summer. For an extra-skin loving treat add 1/4 teaspoon of brewed chai to 1 tablespoon of any Sumbody body scrub. Use after mixing or store in the fridge.
Are plastics in skin care killing your healthy glow? It’s quite possible. Countless cosmetics are filled with chemicals known as “cones,” such as dimethicone or silicone. While cones aren’t the worst health offenders, they’re a nightmare for skin. They seal off pores, preventing your skin from breathing and functioning properly. Think of it like putting a sheet of plastic wrap over your face: suffocating! The cones trap skin’s oils, along with dirt and pollution, leading to clogged pores. They take skin congestion to the next level of dysfunction by making it much harder to clear and clean.
October brings shifts in weather, fewer hours of daylight, along with other seasonal changes. And, at the end of the month, Halloween gives us the opportunity to alter who we are for a day. What a difference a mask makes! As we settle into fall and the trees exfoliate their summer leaves, similarly, we should prepare our skin through exfoliation and hydration. Sumbody’s organic face masks have the power to transform us and magnify what is already within.
Paper or plastic? This simple question at the check out used to leave me paralyzed. Of course, now that we can bring our own bags, that debate is over. However, similar questions are just starting to come to light in the personal care/cosmetic industry. What should you avoid? What is toxic? How does it affect your health or the planet’s health? Do we seriously need to take a chemistry class to understand what is in our bottle of shampoo?