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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Refreshing daycare for the summer, purely natural

Are you looking for a refreshing daycare for your skin this summer? Based on only natural ingredients?
Why don’t you try the Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer form Paul Penders Cosmetics?
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is refreshing like a light summers breath, feels airy not greasy and contains for example Aloe Vera, Calendula and Vitamin E for natural sun protection.

The moisturizer has a slightly herbal scent as if you were walking on the Lavender fields in the Provence of France, but also has a very moisturizing effect and therefore prevents dehydration.
Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is based on coconut water and thus feels very soft and fresh on your skin. Furthermore; it makes your face glance, lithe and resilient.

It’s made of organic cultivated herbs and keeps your skin tenable against external influences. It’s especially suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
Paul Penders Aloe &Lavender A.M. Moisturizer is available at 30 ml tube packaging: not only for a hygienic point of view, but also very useful to carry with you in your bag.
Author: Maureen (From the Beauty Journal)

Stress & your skin

Many physical changes are associated with long-term stress which leads to intense effects on your skin.

Whenever one is under stress, hormones will be released which cause blood vessels to constrict and lead to poor circulation. Due to decrease of blood supply to the skin, can leave it feeling dry and flaky.

Besides that, one breathing alters will become quicker and shallower. This will cause the amount of oxygen to your skin to be reduced. If stress is long-lasting, you may find that your skin becomes pasty or gray and you will be having tension lines around forehead, eyes and mouth.

Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes although is not initially caused by stress, can worsen when you are under stress. And some people find that they break out in spots when they are stressed.

Although it is hard to get rid of all the stress we have, there are a few techniques that can help us to cope with stress more effectively.

  • Learn how to say no – Understand own limits and stick to them or when it is not necessary, you don’t have to do it.
  • Time management – If you are trying to do too many things in a time, not good. Try to arrange /divide the time well for each task.
  • Make time for yourself – do something that will bring joy to you. For example, reading, taking a walk in the park, relaxing while listening to music and many more.
  • Have enough sleep
  • Have a massage to relax tense muscle

And many techniques out there that is suitable for us. However, remember to choose a healthy way to release your stress.

We at Paul Penders have an excellent product that releases stress on the skin.

Ceramide Recovery Lipo A, C & E

A natural skin remedy containing vitamin A, C and E, provides antioxidant support against free radical damage. Enhances hydration for a smooth appearance and a firming effect.

The ingredients that make Ceramide Recovery Lipo A, C & E are Calendula flower oil, Wheatgerm oil, Phyto-tocotrienol, Ceramide III, Ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl palmitate, Essential oil of Olibanum, and of course the 22 herbs of the LevensESSENTIE Gold™.

Cancer from Vitamin A in Your Sunscreen?

We like to let you decide whether you believe there is too much hype, self-interest, manipulation or scare tactics involved in cosmetics today? With also the organic certification confusion going on, we believe one must look carefully to all sides; not let fanatics getting their way but also not the giant cosmetic industry players who become more powerful these days and get themselves even involved in regulation matters as well. Let us know what you think?

Cancer from Vitamin A in Your Sunscreen?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in their annual sunscreen report states that retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A) in sunscreens is linked to skin cancer and tumor growth. The FDA was implicated that risks with retinyl palmitate and skin damage was something they were aware of yet failed to warn the public about.

Here some highlights you must know:

  • The safety and efficacy of registered sunscreen products have been tested by regulatory authorities throughout the world. There is also an extensive body of research supporting the safety and efficacy of sunscreen actives.
  • Daily use of sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater is recommended by the FDA and the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
  • Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and must undergo pre-market approval that involves rigorous scientific assessments according to FDA standards.

EWG’s sunscreen assertions

  • EWG’s statements against sunscreens are in conflict with scientific and FDA safety assessments of sunscreens. This includes scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe, Canada and several other countries.
  • According to the Personal Care Products Council, the EWG has its own method for calculating how much protection a sunscreen provides based on scientific methodology that has proven to be inaccurate and unreliable by sunscreen experts around the world.

Is vitamin A going to give you cancer?

  • Retinyl palmitate is approved by the FDA as a food additive, as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug and a prescription drug. To achieve premarket approval the FDA requires extensive and rigorous testing.
  • Retinyl palmitate has been shown to offer sun protection and is a potent antioxidant.
  • In vitro (test tube) research showed that pure vitamin A (retinol) has a mutagenic effect on cultured skin cells but the studies did not involve the use of a sunscreen.
  • Vitamin A is an antioxidant that breaks down in the presence of sunlight generating by-products that can potentially cause damage. This is how antioxidants work to protect your skin from the greater source of damage, which is sunlight—and it’s precisely why daily sunscreen use is essential!

Conflict of Interest?

The EWG recommends a very small percentage of sunscreens only available from links from their site.

Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 contains an organic herbal extract while sun protection comes from ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (occurring naturally in balsam and cinnamon leaves), titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), vitamin E and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate).
Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 was thoroughly tested even by the Korean FDA and scientifically proven to provide safe broad spectrum protection from harmful sun rays.

The Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocado (Image by Chris Windras)Avocada, also known as butter pear or alligator pear, is actually a fruit and not a vegetable that is a relative of the berry family.

This egg- or pear-shaped fruit is widely grown in tropical climates throughout the world such as the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Central America as well as other places with temperate climate like California.

It’s a common misconception that avocados are bad for you – they are high in fatty acids – but the healthy kind! One of the essential fatty acids found in an avocado is oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid. It’s said that it can help to lower cholesterol levels.

Besides, an avocado is also rich in potassium that is 60% higher than the potassium found in a banana. It not only can help with regulating blood pressure, but also works to eliminate irritability, confusion and stress.

Besides being a heart healthy fruit, avocado helps in promoting overall good health with Vitamin E, Vitamin K, lutein and beta-carotene. Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit, which is beneficial in health and weight maintainance.

Did you know that Vitamin K can be applied – as a 5% cream – to help remove post-operative bruising from cosmetic surgery, broken capillaries, to treat rosacea and to assist in the fading of hyperpigmentation and dark circles?

My cousin’s son, Aaron has dry skin that is resultant from the unpredictable weather in Australia. Every morning, his mother would feed him with mashed avocado with warm milk. His mother told me that it was good for moisturizing his skin.

Guacamole (Image by Kashfia Rahman)There are better recipes than the one mentioned above, of course. Guacamole, a Mexican dip, is one of the popular dishes made from avocado – and it’s organic too! Here’s the recipe. Try it out today!

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