• Alternative to anti-wrinkle patches / tape, and even botox!

    When I reached almost 42 I started to notice more wrinkles on my face. Of course, the wrinkles were there even before 42, but I did not look so close in the mirror! :-)
    I decided to look for natural ways to slow-down and even sometimes reverse the signs of 'aging'. I came across Tonya Zavasta, who promotes a raw food diet and she looks AMAZING for her age, or really any age, so I purchased her e-book: Guide to an Ageless Face: The Smartest Skin Training. She had all kinds of great suggestions. I especially like Chapter 10: Know Your Cosmetics! She warns her readers how cosmetic companies get away with adding in synthetic ingredients under natural sounding names. In general, her book is useful, except I took issue with one of her suggestions - using synthetic tape on your face.

    Why I recommend against using plastic or first aid tape as an anti-wrinkle solution.
    The only suggestion that I found in her book that did not seem so 'natural' was applying first aid tape to the face. She said when she first used the tape it caused "redness" and that was a BIG red flag for me, since it meant that her skin reacted. I wondered why would her skin react, so I went searching for the answer. The problems seems to clearly be the isooctyl acrylate which is a synthetic chemical found in almost all medical/first aid tapes and bandages. "the presence of one of the most common acrylates (isooctyl acrylate) used in 3M's adhesive bandages and tapes was discovered by accessing online US patent records" http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/572962_4

    Here are the toxicity warnings listed on the USA National Institute of Health website: isooctyl acrylate
    "Inhalation Symptoms: Cough.
    Skin Symptoms: Redness.
    Eye Symptoms: Redness.
    Ingestion Symptoms: Vomiting. Aspiration hazard!
    Ecological Information: ICSC Environmental Data
    The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms. It is strongly advised not to let the chemical enter into the environment."

    Since medical science has proven that our skin is permeable, what we put on our skin can and often is absorbed and thus will end up in our blood stream, which is why I think it is wise that we consider things we put on our skin similar to something we would eat.

    Thinly sliced fresh cucumbers work as a great substitute for tapes with toxic chemicals.

    Does cucumber work as an anti-wrinkle remedy?
    "In 2013, a study published in “Fitoterapia,” a journal dedicated to medicinal plant research, took a closer look at the bioactive compounds that make cucumber juice beneficial for skin care. The report identifies a variety of compounds that make cucumber juice “nourishing” for the skin. The authors conclude that these elements lend cucumber juice a skin-soothing effect that eases irritation, reduces swelling and even alleviates sunburns. Cucumber also offers antioxidants, which combat skin-damaging free radicals." http://www.livestrong.com/article/179024-what-are-the-benefits-of-using-cucumber-juice-on-facial-skin
    Cucumber will do the same ironing effect as anti-wrinkle patches or tape and also naturally hydrate your skin with all the goodies from the cucumber juice!
    I am confident that cucumbers are a safe and beneficial and better alternative to anti-wrinkle patches/tape and even botox.

  • Oil Pulling - CocoWhite or DIY? Easy, Eco & Low Cost DIY Oil Pulling

    Have you noticed the CocoWhite oil pulling buzz on the internet?
    Learn here how this buzz is created, and most importantly, we will show you a far more eco-friendly, low cost, non-toxic and super easy way to use a common glass jar of coconut oil for oil pulling.

    Source: http://ecopeaceful.com/blog/health/item/71-oil-pulling-cocowhite-or-diy-busting-cocowhite-s-myths-marketing-strategy

    1) Less plastic pollution - better for our environment, better for us and better for the animals!
    2) Glass jar - more eco-friendly vs throw-away, single-use packaged CocoWhite
    3) Eliminates the possibility of toxic chemicals from plastic (especially soft plastics which usually have phalates added to make the plastic soft) that will enter into your body after being absorbed by the coconut oil and possibly more so if the flavoring contains essential oils, which are normally purposefully stored in glass containers due to the fact that they can 'melt' through plastic. Oil tends to interact more with the plastic, than other substances, which can lead to more toxic chemicals being released from the plastic into the oil. Glass is an inert product that does not react with any oils.
    Got BPA? We see no mention of "BPA Free" on the plastic sachet or the box. Even if it did you may not be aware the INDEPENDENT (as in not paid or influenced by the manufacturer) studies show that BPA free often contains BPA and several other other TOXIC ingredients! See our video why I not longer use BPA free containers 
    4) Organic coconut oil - clean product for us, clean environment for workers and animals.
    5) Save money, a lot of money! 
    DIY vs CocoWhite $4.38 vs $38.51
       Coconut oil (Organic) in glass jar $12 = 32 Tbsp or not Organic at $8!!!
       CocoWhite (not Organic) in throw-away, single-use plastic sachets £19.99 GBP + £5 shipping about $40, 14 sachets = 14 Tbst
       1 sachet (1 Tbsp) of CocoWhite $2.85
       1 Tbsp DIY $0.375 + few cents for a few drops of lemon or mint essential oils.
    Oil pulling CocoWhite or DIY eco peaceful



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