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The UGLY Secret in Your Beauty Care Making You Look OLDER

BY PUREHEALTH RESEARCH | Oct 20, 2021

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Your face and skin are the first things people see. When you’re young, you enjoy plump cheeks, a firm neck, and a seamless smile with confidence. Women are taught from an early age to moisturize, “don’t squint,” and “avoid touching your face,” which cause blemishes and wrinkles. Even men realize the benefits of moisturizing and have their masculine beauty line. Yet even with a strict daily regime of expensive creams, both men and women end up with “facial character.” So, why, after hitting 40 and 50, do you now look like a caricature?

Ahh, and there’s the rub. Well, it’s true that over time exposure to the sun, elements, and lifestyle choices (smoking, alcohol, processed, and junk foods), illness, and more can take a toll on your skin. But there’s another ugly secret hidden in your beauty care products. Some ingredients could be accelerating premature aging. Yup, you read that right. Your beauty cream could be making you look older!

We’re told to read the labels. But reading the ingredient label of your face cream looks like a gobbledygook you can’t even pronounce. Well, let’s discover what you might be slathering on your face right now.

Banned in the EU - Why not in the US?

The European Union has banned 1300 toxic chemicals while only 11 are banned by the FDA.1 There are mixed reviews within governing bodies about the safety of many of these ingredients. Yet, the science is clear, and the alarm from scientists falls on deaf ears. An independent group called The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) classifies the safety of foods, ingredients, and more. It has an excellent website and an app resource you can check while shopping. The EWG evidence-based rating system ranges the safety of ingredients and products from Best to 10 (worst).

Parabens – This preservative is found in makeup, shaving products, hair care, moisturizers, and some deodorants and easily enter the skin.2 It reacts with UVB rays, leading to skin aging and DNA damage.3 Studies clearly show they disrupt hormones – particularly propyl- and butylparabens – harm reproductive organs, fertility, and increase cancer risk.4 They’ve been detected in breast cancer tissue. It’s estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg of Parabens from cosmetics each day.5 EWG rate: 9-106 7
Ingredients may also be listed as:

  • 4-hydroxy methyl ester benzoic acid,
  • methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate,
  • methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl- and isobutylparaben

FormaldehydeFormaldehyde – You’ve probably guessed this preservative is used in embalming fluid. It’s found in nail polish, hair products, false eyelashes, shampoos, and more.8 9 Formaldehyde emits a gas that causes burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritations.10 In addition, studies show a link between formaldehyde exposure and lung and nasopharyngeal cancer.11 EWG rate: 1012
Other ingredients that release formaldehyde include:

Formaldehyde – You’ve probably guessed this preservative is used in embalming fluid. It’s found in nail polish, hair products, false eyelashes, shampoos, and more.8 9 Formaldehyde emits a gas that causes burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritations.10 In addition, studies show a link between formaldehyde exposure and lung and nasopharyngeal cancer.11 EWG rate: 1012
Other ingredients that release formaldehyde include:

Formaldehyde
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Tosylamide
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Benzaldehyde
  • Polyoxymethylene urea
  • Glyoxal
  • Methenamine

Dibutyl Phthalate – Phthalates are known as plasticizers that help dissolve other materials and make them more durable.13 They’re found in personal care products, such as nail polish, hair spray, aftershave, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, and other fragrances.14 Studies show links to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), breast cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, low intelligent quotient (IQ), brain and behavioral issues, autism, and reproductive fertility issues.15 It has shown toxic to the heart, liver, kidneys, hormones, and genitals.16 EWG rate: 1017

Talc (sprays/powders) – Here’s another ingredient where governing bodies tell you it’s “safe,” yet the science says “nope.” They say it's "safe" to apply on skin, but not to inhale it, or if your skin is dry, cracked, or has any blemishes, irritations, or cuts. It’s in baby powder, yet diaper rash is skin irritation. Hmm. It’s also found in moisturizers, face powder, blush, eye shadow, concealer, eyeliners, pencils, lipstick, face masks, mascara, and more. And these products could include up to 35% talc.

Talc could lead to abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Researchers have found asbestos-tainted talc that leads to cancer. Other side effects include “powder poisoning,” resulting in trouble breathing, coughing, eye irritations, a burning sensation in your throat, lung problems, and lung failure.18 Plus, it’s known to cause chest pain, coughing up blood, irregular heartbeat, and more.19 EWG rate: 820

Toluene – Painters and mechanics will recognize this used in paint thinner and gasoline.21 It’s used in nail polish, nail treatments, hair dyes, and fragrances.22 23 Research shows this solvent causes eye and nose irritations, fatigue, confusion, euphoria (feeling high), dizziness, headaches, dilated pupils, anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, rashes, and nerve, liver, and kidney damage. EWG rate: 1024

Sadly, this list is very long. So, let’s examine what you SHOULD be applying to your face!

Going Natural has Never Been so Beautiful

As you age, your skin loses lipids (fats), moisture, collagen, elasticity, blood flow, and the nutrients to build and support these structures. In addition, free radicals take a toll as oxidative stress, promoting aging. The good news is that your skin renews itself about every 28 days. So why isn’t your skin like a baby’s bottom? Because your skin “remembers.” For example, exposure to the sun will damage DNA, resulting in dark spots. When the cell replicates, the damaged DNA divides, and your new cell’s DNA is also damaged. And the dark spot remains.

We know that chemicals applied to the skin can be absorbed into your cells and bloodstream. Up to 60% gets through depending on the size of the molecule and the area of the body. So, the answer to reviving your skin is targeted skin nourishment. Nutrients enter cells, restoring the missing building blocks that stimulate the REPAIR of damaged mechanisms and DNA and regenerate healthy new cell growth. Natural oils are packed with nutrition and are non-comedogenic (don’t clog pores), and provide huge benefits! The following is a shortlist of potent “skin food” for all skin types, even problem skin! Check it out…

SqualeneSqualene (plant-derived) – Replenishing this critical lipid boosts hydration restoring teenager-worthy, plump skin cells. The antioxidants fight free radicals that accelerate aging. Research shows Squalene detoxifies cells and, with regular use, can boost collagen production, giving you firmer, more resilient skin.25 26 27 28

Squalene (plant-derived) – Replenishing this critical lipid boosts hydration restoring teenager-worthy, plump skin cells. The antioxidants fight free radicals that accelerate aging. Research shows Squalene detoxifies cells and, with regular use, can boost collagen production, giving you firmer, more resilient skin.25 26 27 28

Squalene

Sweet Almond OilSweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – These lipids lock in moisture, alleviating dry, swollen, itchy skin, and restoring suppleness to your skin. Its Zinc soothes skin rashes, irritations, and cracked lips, while Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids rehydrate, minimizing dark circles and puffiness. And it shields against UV rays and boosts circulation, reducing spider veins. Studies show it has antioxidant, immune-balancing, and scar-reducing properties by boosting collagen and skin resiliency.29

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – These lipids lock in moisture, alleviating dry, swollen, itchy skin, and restoring suppleness to your skin. Its Zinc soothes skin rashes, irritations, and cracked lips, while Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids rehydrate, minimizing dark circles and puffiness. And it shields against UV rays and boosts circulation, reducing spider veins. Studies show it has antioxidant, immune-balancing, and scar-reducing properties by boosting collagen and skin resiliency.29

Sweet Almond Oil

Rosehip Seed OilRosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Rubiginosa) – A potent antioxidant and repairs UV damage. It improves moisture and collagen levels, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.30 It calms dry, itchy skin, redness, cysts, skin irritations, and blackheads. Carotenoids regenerate new skin growth, reducing dark spots, brightening and evening skin tone. It has anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, even helping problem skin types.31 32

Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Rubiginosa) – A potent antioxidant and repairs UV damage. It improves moisture and collagen levels, reducing wrinkles and fine lines.30 It calms dry, itchy skin, redness, cysts, skin irritations, and blackheads. Carotenoids regenerate new skin growth, reducing dark spots, brightening and evening skin tone. It has anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, even helping problem skin types.31 32

Rosehip Seed Oil

Jojoba Seed OilJojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) – Similar to natural skin oils, jojoba penetrates deeply. Studies show antioxidants improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and slow skin aging signs.33 Studies found it provides a substantial long-acting layer of moisture. Its Vitamins E and B complex tame chaffing, chapping, and calm irritated skin, reducing redness and swelling.

Dermatological tests found it increased long-lasting skin suppleness. Extremely gentle and great for all skin types, including troubled skin!

Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) – Similar to natural skin oils, jojoba penetrates deeply. Studies show antioxidants improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and slow skin aging signs.33 Studies found it provides a substantial long-acting layer of moisture. Its Vitamins E and B complex tame chaffing, chapping, and calm irritated skin, reducing redness and swelling.

Dermatological tests found it increased long-lasting skin suppleness. Extremely gentle and great for all skin types, including troubled skin!

Jojoba Seed Oil

AvocadoAvocado Oil (Persea Gratissima) – Avocado is an excellent source of fatty acids, including beta-sitosterol, linolenic and oleic acids. These preserve moisture, reducing water loss and skin dehydration.  Avocado oil smooths, replenishes, and softens skin. It visibly calms skin and is loaded with natural antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, D, and E. Also, oleic acid promotes collagen production, accelerating the repair and regeneration of healthy new skin.34

Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima) – Avocado is an excellent source of fatty acids, including beta-sitosterol, linolenic and oleic acids. These preserve moisture, reducing water loss and skin dehydration.  Avocado oil smooths, replenishes, and softens skin. It visibly calms skin and is loaded with natural antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, D, and E. Also, oleic acid promotes collagen production, accelerating the repair and regeneration of healthy new skin.34

Avocado

lang Ylang Flower OilYlang Ylang Flower Oil (Cananga Odorata) – Ylang Ylang fights bacteria, purifying and protects your skin, and is great for spot breakouts.35 It stimulates new cell growth regeneration, calms tight muscles, improves sagging, shrinks large pores, and smooth wrinkles. It helps balance natural skin-oil production, balancing acne and blemishes. It quiets reddened, irritated, and swollen skin areas. Fabulous for most skin types and rejuvenating aging skin.36 37 38

Ylang Ylang Flower Oil (Cananga Odorata) – Ylang Ylang fights bacteria, purifying and protects your skin, and is great for spot breakouts.35 It stimulates new cell growth regeneration, calms tight muscles, improves sagging, shrinks large pores, and smooth wrinkles. It helps balance natural skin-oil production, balancing acne and blemishes. It quiets reddened, irritated, and swollen skin areas. Fabulous for most skin types and rejuvenating aging skin.36 37 38

lang Ylang Flower Oil

Geranium Leaf OilGeranium Leaf Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens) – Geranium oil's astringent properties tighten and contract your skin tissue, significantly reducing wrinkle appearance and firming skin.41 Its antioxidants slow skin aging.  Its antifungal and anti-bacterial effects flush dirt and microbes that clog pores, reducing pimples. It soothes red irritations, swelling and promotes skin repair, fading acne scars.39 It reduces dark spots and under-eye circles. It’s perfect for dry, aging, or sensitive skin with its revitalizing properties.40

Geranium Leaf Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens) – Geranium oil's astringent properties tighten and contract your skin tissue, significantly reducing wrinkle appearance and firming skin.41 Its antioxidants slow skin aging.  Its antifungal and anti-bacterial effects flush dirt and microbes that clog pores, reducing pimples. It soothes red irritations, swelling and promotes skin repair, fading acne scars.39 It reduces dark spots and under-eye circles. It’s perfect for dry, aging, or sensitive skin with its revitalizing properties.40

Geranium Leaf Oil

Evening Primrose OilEvening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis) – Primrose reduces wrinkles and fine lines and protects your skin from cellular oxidation. It moisturizes, improving elasticity and resilience. It calms, soothes, and smooths roughness, redness, flaking, peeling, and dryness while ridding your skin of impurities. It soothes irritated and acne-prone skin, promoting cellular repair, reducing scars and outbreaks. Primrose is gentle to use on sensitive skin and promotes a clear, rejuvenated complexion!

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis) – Primrose reduces wrinkles and fine lines and protects your skin from cellular oxidation. It moisturizes, improving elasticity and resilience. It calms, soothes, and smooths roughness, redness, flaking, peeling, and dryness while ridding your skin of impurities. It soothes irritated and acne-prone skin, promoting cellular repair, reducing scars and outbreaks. Primrose is gentle to use on sensitive skin and promotes a clear, rejuvenated complexion!

Evening Primrose Oil

Rosemary Leaf Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) – Rosemary tones and tightens while fighting free radicals.41 The rosmarinic acid soothes and calms irritated skin, reducing redness, puffiness, and swelling. It balances your skin’s natural oils, boosts circulation and nutrient delivery.42 It boasts disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. This accelerates cellular repair and cleansing, ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.43 It encourages tighter, firmer skin and reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Jasmine Flower Extract (Jasminum Officinale) – Jasmine calms reddened skin, soothes irritations, and reduces scars. Its rich emollients accelerate the repair of damaged skin.44 Potent antioxidants fight oxidation damage. It helps even skin tone, reducing dark spots. Natural emollients improve skin health without clogging pores.

Look for a quality NATURAL beauty company that combines the above oils and extracts. Proper skin nourishment revitalizes your caricature complexion and SMOOTH, BRIGHTEN, LIFT, FIRM, & PLUMP, sculpting your facial features backward in time. And leaves you with an illuminating SMILE that boosts your confidence and the giddy youthful passion for life you had as a kid!

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