Is There Something Like Organic Sunscreen?

The FDA does not allow sunscreens to be labeled as “organic sunscreens” and here is why. There are two ways sunscreens work.

  • Physical sunscreens that physically block or reflect harmful UV rays from the skin. They have mineral pigments zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as active ingredients.
  • Chemical sunscreens that absorb damaging rays using chemicals, filtering them before they reach the skin. These cannot be certified organic.

Products containing titanium dioxide can never be considered for organic certification although titanium dioxide is a wonderful and expensive ingredient that Paul Penders uses successfully for over 10 years in our Herbal Sunscreen SPF 22 and its efficacy tested by independent labs including the Korean FDA

Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 is SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to provide a broad spectrum protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Sun protection comes mainly from titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral). Also added ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (also occurring in cinnamon leaves), LevensESSENTIE Gold® (herbal extract made from 22 organic herbs), vitamin E and vitamin A, as well as natural plant oils to soothe and moisturize.

Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 efficacy is tested by independent labs including the Korean FDA

(Image from Australian Organic Association)

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Part 2: A Blogger fights Ageing — the Adventure Continues…

Do you know…what moisturizers do?

Oh, these last hot days of summer! Days when we crave moisture — the splash of a fountain that refreshes as you walk by, a plunge into a pool, a long cool drink of water… Your body thirsts for moisture in summer heat – and unless you live in the tropics — you can look forward to the long dry months of winter as well.

I’ve just come indoors from gardening, feeling all hot and sweaty. I shower off and pass by the mirror. Shockingly, instead of looking refreshed, the skin on my neck and face looks wrinkly; the creases and age lines much deeper than they were this morning. I’m all wet but my skin looks dry – how can this be? Is it the sun? I’d carefully smoothed on an SPF sunscreen but still my skin looks a bit sun-damaged. Must be the soap. Being dirty, I’d washed with an antibacterial product which seems to have sucked the last bit of moisture out of my skin.

Quickly, I head to the assortment of Paul Penders products that I have lined up on the dresser. There’s one called ‘Hydrating Control Serum.’ Hydrating – that must mean it adds water to the skin. Yes, just what I need! I dab the white cream on – and the results are instantaneous! My skin instantly looks normal again! What’s in this ‘magic cream’ anyway?

I look up the product on which lists all the ingredients in detail. The two main active ingredients listed are Cocos nucifera (Coconut) extract and Caprylic/Capric triglycerides. I don’t really know what caprylic means (have to look that one up) but I love coconut in all its many forms! Now I can personally recommend it:

Coconut oil is great for your skin.

I have embarked on an adventure – ‘traveling’ through the product line and trying to learn more about their ingredients and formulas. I’m no scientist but I know what “feels” good. So often I just grab the nearest product rather than spending time to research and make an informed decision about whether it will be good for my body.

Getting moisture into skin by using a “moisturizer” is a case in point.

I tend to have dry skin, especially now as I start to see signs of “mature skin.” In the past, I usually rushed to the nearest tube or bottle whenever my skin felt dry. But now I’ve started a morning and evening “Skin Care Regime.”

Each morning, I apply A.M. Moisturizer which is a light cream which contains lavender and aloe vera extracts, and fine calendula and flaxseed oils. I like the light fragrance of lavender – there’s something both calm but energizing about it.

Before bed, it’s time to get more serious with the P.M. Moisturizer, a lotion that’s concocted with avocado and cranberry, as well as the seed oil from the jojoba plant that survives in the most desert conditions. This product has won awards in the U.K. two years running.

I apply the P.M. Moisturizer to my face and hands and wherever my skin feels dry. It feels really nice on my feet – especially if I can get someone to give me a foot massage…

I slather on creams, gels or lotions at other times of the day. They make me feel better – but what do they actually do? How do they work? Which ones should I use? Here’s what I’ve learned:

An “occlusive” moisturizer acts like another coat for your skin – especially useful if you will be out in the wind or strong sun.

On dry days – whether the weather is hot or cold – you will want a “humectant” to draw water from the air onto your skin.

If you have stressed your body in some way, through poor diet, lack of exercise, accident or illness, or simply working too hard, your skin will show it. To restore its natural balance, look for “restorative” products that provide vitamins, minerals, amino-lipids and other skin-healthy ingredients.

All three of the products described here act as occlusives and humectants. With the addition of Paul Penders exclusive Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® and other ingredients, they all also act as “restoratives” to support your skin’s natural health and most beautiful appearance.

By Teviot Fairservis.


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“Beauty,” they say, “is not just skin deep.”
To be beautiful, we can’t just rely on beauty products — our diet is very important too. Did you know that eating salads can help to moisturize your skin, boost your energy and improve your overall appearance? And that salads don’t have to be boring?
Low calorie, high fiber content – eating raw foods in salads gives you beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that can be destroyed in the cooking process. A vegetarian friend recently said something that really got me thinking, “Name an animal that cooks their food.” Of course, there aren’t any others – only humans insist on cooking their meals. Why is that?
The best way to hydrate your skin is by eating salads, suggest many health and beauty experts. According to studies, iceberg lettuce and cucumbers are both about 96% water while a red tomato contains about 94% of that wonderful H2O!

The basics of a typical ‘American salad’ (like the one in the photo) are lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Or you can make salads as exotic as the one that visitors from France made for me with cold rice topped with vegetables, fruit, and nuts, all sitting on a bed of lettuce. Note that in many countries, “salad” is the word used as a name for lettuce.
Sprinkle flax seeds on top for intestinal health; add walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia or other nuts for both flavour and texture. Or make a fabulous salad like the one I had at the “Red Tomato” restaurant on Langkawi, Malaysia. Their chef starts with rocket lettuce, then tops that with tomatoes and cucumbers, then adds slices of mango and avocado and spills handfuls of cranberries over it all. To finish it off, he offers a choice of proteins from the menu of chicken, salmon, or tuna. The ‘secret’ dressing melds the flavors.
Speaking of dressings…One of the healthiest dressings is a simple mix of Spanish or Italian olive oil with apple cider or balsamic vinegar. Another ‘secret’ of a chef I know is to add a spoonful of honey and/or a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. Spice it up with seasonings: salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and basil make it “Italian;” soy sauce and mirin rice vinegar turn it into an Asian dressing.
The famed Mayo Clinic offers a number of salad recipes online to encourage people to eat healthy foods. According to research posted on their site, “Americans are making salads for less than 10 percent of meals — a decline of 20 percent in the past 15 years.” No wonder there’s an ‘obesity epidemic!’
Best foods for your skin…
Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Gibson lists the following “best foods for healthy skin:”

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts
Throw all those things together in a bowl and just think of all the healthy anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and oils you’ll be eating! The olive oil alone will do wonders for your skin and hair – inside and out!
Salads don’t have to be boring!
Let yourself be inspired by the cuisines of many countries and create your own. Of course, if you’re not in the mood for the ‘crunch,’ you can throw your salad in a blender, add some yogurt, and make a great smoothie! You can have salads at almost every meal!
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I finally found Paul Penders Natural Sunscreen and I am very excited!

Author: Juliette Ald

“…. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with horses. My mother once told me ever since I was a baby and saw a horse, I would point to it and whinny. So, I think one is born with the “horse bug” and it will never go away! If you have such a child you better start saving your pennies 🙂
It has been a long road to become a horse trainer and there will never be an end. It is about the “journey”, not the finish. I try to help a horse become stronger, healthier and happier in his daily work, no matter if they are just a pleasure mount or a fancy sport horse.
It takes careful and methodical training to create an athlete and a whole team of farriers, vets and trainers to keep on track. There is no end to learning, so it is always interesting.

Working with animals has made me a better person because they do not lie and do not judge. Horses in particular seem to have an uncanny way to mirror one’s personality. Impatience for instance, might create a nervous horse, or you can break them down physically by pushing them too far too soon.
They made me realize, that relationships are built on trust and if you can win that trust, there is nothing more rewarding or beautiful winning over such an amazing animal. Being able to make him your willing partner is an unbelievable feeling. And because of this, I can deal much better with life and what it might throw my way and I realized what’s really important and what is not worth losing sleep over.

Being outdoors most of the day, we horse people need sunscreen that does not sting when you sweat and doesn’t run into your eyes.
I often hear my fellow riders cry out about the sticky, pore clogging, sweaty, and filled with chemicals sunscreens and the wish for one that actually feels and smells nice.
Well, I finally found Paul Penders Natural Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 and I am very excited about this product. It feels very nice when you put it on, like a moisturizer, does not clog your pores and has a great smell.

No chemicals to worry about and it stays on all day, unless of course you work ten horses a day and sweat it off. I will recommend this to all my “horsier friends” and am sure, they will love it, too.
Thank you so much Paul to give us this great product. It has made my daily life in the sun much more safe and enjoyable! Happy trails, everyone!
Juliette Ald
3017 May Road Richmond
CA 94803, USA
Herbal Sunscreen SPF 22 (for all skin types) provides broad-spectrum protection from harmful ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays of the sun while vitamins repair, soothe and hydrate the skin. Contain titanium and zinc oxides for UV protection and uplifting lavender essential oil. Apply liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours and always after swimming and after showering.

Paul Penders Jasmine Shampoo goes where ever I go! 

I start using Paul Penders Time Release Jasmine Shampoo (TRJS) this year and pleased me immediately with the difference it made to my hair. I have very thick and long hair. Normally I have to use LOTS of shampoo, and, being a fitness & swimming instructor, of course, I need to wash my hair every day. Over time this has made my hair dry, dull and always entangled.
A friend with a hair salon in Langkawi UNESCO Geopark island, introduced me to TRJS. She gave me a nice treat by washing my hair with Paul’s shampoo. I have to say that scent is important to me as well, and this shampoo was the one I liked right away!
Now, most shampoos foam like a bubble bath and at the same time very drying to my hair. They wash away self-produced oil from the scalp. With TRJS it doesn’t foam like a bubble bath, yet my hair and scalp is clean, moisturized and the best part…. it is softer and shinier!
Thanks Paul for this wonderful shampoo and for you to know is that TRJS goes where ever I go… to hair salons and vacations as well! 
Author: Ann Victor

Time-Release Jasmine Shampoo
Adds volume and shine, restores balance for all hair types
Paul Penders Time-Release Jasmine Shampoo is a unique approach to washing the hair based on organic olive oil as cleansing agent. The shampoo is designed to foam minimally as it is first applied to the scalp to ensure a healthy foundation for beautiful hair. After some water is added, it releases gentle foam for cleansing the hair. If you prefer the feel of foam, you can wash a second time using only a minimal amount of shampoo, and foam appears. Paul Penders Time-Release Jasmine Shampoo leaves hair shiny, soft and free of fly away strands.
Directions: Apply onto wet hair, add a small amount of shampoo and gently massage. Rinse thoroughly.
Ann is a certified Fitness Professional and being in the fitness industry for more than a decade now. Ann fitness genres started from aerobics to aqua fitness, kick boxing, Pilates to Yoga, children to senior workout and Jazz Dance to Hip Hop. Therefore Anne is specializes in group fitness program for adults as well as kids. For more information about Ann’s fitness program, please visit