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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Plant Enzymes For Healthy Skin

Malaysia’s largest newspaper wrote not long ago about the beneficial effects that plant enzymes have on keeping skin healthy and beautiful. They mentioned that plant enzymes work as a tool to maintain radiant skin, as well as repair adverse skin conditions such blemishes, spots, discolorations and excessive sebum production.

The article confirms why we are using plant enzymes in our products since 2009. We also write about it for several years.

How does papaya work in skincare?

As we age, the glue that binds dead cells to our skin hardens and that make it more difficult for us to get rid of dead skin. Regular skin exfoliation is essential in order to remove dead skin cells allowing the skin to produce new, healthy cells.

Since 2009, we are using various types of plant enzymes mixed with coconut water extract in all Paul Penders skin and body care products because plant enzymes are considered great super cleansers for skin. Plant enzymes’ effects are beyond the effect of a cleanser, as enzymes are gently proteolytic exfoliants that expel the dead cells from the skin.

They also help in regulating the sebaceous flow, following the needs of your skin. Plant enzymes help creating an extraordinary smooth skin and a refreshed, clear and youthful complexion

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Beauty Tip: Use Lemons To Lighten And Brighten Skin And Hair!

The Beauty of Lemons…
 
We all know that eating fruit brings lots of benefits for the body. But — how often have you thought about their benefits for the skin and hair? One such beneficial fruit is the lemon — rich in vitamins C and B6, iron and calcium. Lemons are among the best natural substances to help control skin problems like acne scars, dark spots and sunburn.
 
Lemon juice is a rich source of citric acid, containing about 1.44 grams of the acid per ounce.  Biochemists consider it a weak organic acid – one of the alpha hydroxys (AHA) so popular in commercial skin products today.
 

Mix lemon juice with water or into your favourite cleanser or scrub to remove dead skin cells and reduce blemishes. Be aware that it has a drying effect, so it’s best to dilute lemon juice or you may feel it sting and burn.
 
Lemon juice is also used as a skin lightener.
 
To brighten up your skin, rub half a lemon on any dark areas like elbows, backs of hands, and knees. Repeat every day until you notice an improvement in pigmentation.

Be careful on your face because lemon is both astringent and known to increase photosensitivity – you could end up darker than before! Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen for increased protection. Because it is so drying, lemon treatments should be limited, maybe 2-3 times per week at the most.
 
Lemons lighten and clean…
 
Wise women have known for centuries that you can highlight your hair with a lemon juice or vinegar rinse after shampooing. Rinse with 1 part lemon to 3 parts water, then go out in the sun. Soon you’ll see a difference!
 
For those with oily skin, clogged pores or blackheads, lemon juice can be a treat for your skin. Squeeze a lemon, then soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the juice and apply by lightly rubbing in circles. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse off. You can even make up a batch of these and store them in the freezer to use once a day.
 
Because of its exfoliating and astringent properties, an overnight lemon juice treatment on problem areas can help you achieve beautiful, smooth skin by morning. Lemon juice or ‘zest’ you make from the peel can be mixed into most commercial skin lotions and cleansers.
 
Make your own lemon mask: whip up an egg white and squeeze lemon juice into it – or just mix some lemon into a commercial mayonnaise — for an instant facial or hair treatment. Mix lemon and honey for their antibacterial and moisturizing effects and a lovely lingering perfume.
 
To exfoliate really fast, simply apply lemon juice on clean skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
 
And of course, you can drink lemonade or a mojito, squeeze lemon juice on almost anything for flavor – and use lemons to clean clothes, countertops, windows… Lemons have almost endless uses.
 
Try a lemon at home today!
 
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Beauty Tips… SALADS CAN ENHANCE YOUR BEAUTY?

“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!’
 
(http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/making-salads/MY01834)
 
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

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-skin/AN01863
 
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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An Incredible Contest With Unique R&D Opportunities

The famous, world-known Iron Man contest may take place again this year in Langkawi. When it happens, Paul Penders Co sponsors again 57 year old New Zealander Leslie McMillan.
 
Leslie will be for up to 13 hours being exposed to torture under a burning tropical sun. And believe me, no peanuts to undergo such harsh tropical sun conditions hitting your body when one is in a survival mode during this race with the great obstructions.
 
The rainforest island of Langkawi Geopark in Malaysia is located 5 degrees north of the equator with weather temperatures at this time of the year varying from 30 to 35 degrees C or 100 degrees F – that during the entire day!
 
It is obvious that a whole day in the sun means an enormous attack on the skin. Sunburn and dry skin would be inevitable if adequate protection would not be taken very serious.
 
Therefore a wonderful opportunity for Paul Penders to perform R&D tests during this race. Where in the world to find better conditions to measure efficacy of our products? To know for sure how far our natural products can go in protecting skin and hair in a grueling sun?
 
Any R&D scientist would dream to test his products this way. No lab tests in artificial conditions with computers for performance tests. No, this is the real thing in hot sun and salt seawater; thus extensive scalp and hair protection is a must.


    Some 700 Iron Men contesting in the ocean in a 4.5 Km swim

What Paul Penders products will be used during the race, as well during training sessions prior to the race?

Leslie, as well as us, were quite satisfied with the protecting effects that our products offered last time. Think about this… Just a 30-minute walk in the burning sun here in Malaysia will make one totally wet and exhausted. So imagine the effect on the body when one is for 13 hours constantly swimming, biking and running?


    Finishing…!! Yvonne, R&D manager of Paul Penders brings flowers to an exhausted Iron Man

Of course, only Leslie can share the details of the experience of fighting the elements. This will be covered in an exclusive interview after the race. With over 700 Iron Man competing, Leslie may not win but for sure will be one of the best protected contestants when it comes to professional natural skin and hair care products.
 
Note: Each Langkawi Iron Man Race receives some 700 participants from up to 40 countries with over 1,500 volunteers helping out.