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It will not be long before the sunnier weather returns to our shores so do make sure your skin is protected and ready to enjoy it. Wherever there is light there are dangers from UVA; so, in addition to getting your skin in great condition (to bare with confidence in the sunshine), you need to do it safely!

The question of sun protection has risen, just like the sun, with scientific exposure of some of the main ingredients in SPF’s as cancerous.

According to Cancer Research UK, cases of skin cancer have risen to their current figures which are five times higher than what they were during the mid 1970’s.

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Here is the report from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27065916

First, some important information on popular sunscreens – ones that you are used to seeing in the high street stores.

How SPF(sun protection factor) works:

SPF sunscreens work by reflecting the direct sunlight off your skin. Titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide, used in tiny fragments, essentially act as a mirror to UVB rays in order to fend off any surface skin burn that may otherwise occur.

However, titanium dioxide is an active ingredient and has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogenic to humans” The pandemic level of skin cancer has made many rethink what is causing all the damage, which has led to more understanding of UV light.

To give you an idea of how toxic titanium dioxide is, it is also used as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to paints, plastics, paper and ink. When this is used in your sunscreen, it has to be coated with silica or alumina (even more chemicals), as it creates radicals which are carcinogenic and could damage the skin.

Titanium dioxide has also been proven to have a definite link to skin irritation, prickly heat and rosacea.

When you apply an SPF product, therefore not feeling the physical effects of sunburn, you are lured into a false sense of security to stay in the sun for long periods of time. However, in this time you are exposing your skin to absorbing a high degree of UVA – more on this later.

SPF’s can also stop your skin absorbing vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones, supporting the immune system, protecting against dementia, excess fat loss and anti-cancer properties.

N.B. There are no SPF’s in the products in this range.

 

To explain further….

There are 3 types of UV rays; UVA, UVB and UVC.

UVC is completely absorbed by the ozone layer and atmosphere; insofar as skincare is concerned, you do not need to worry about UVC. If it broke through the atmosphere then we would all melt! UVC is an important factor in global warming, but we’re not here to talk about that.

UVB causes the surface skinburn we get and this is what SPF’s reflect (as explained above, titanium or zinc dioxide are used as the reflection ingredient). Whilst skin surface burns are sore and not a good look, they are not as damaging as it was first thought. The skin sheds a layer every 28-45 days, so when you get burnt in this way, you are burning the very top layers and you will naturally lose this skin. So, as long as you are not exposing sunburn to the sun day after day, this should not cause any lasting damage – UVB rays can only get to the skin if you are in direct sunlight.

UVA is the hidden danger.

The stealth UVA is present where there is light..all year round; it penetrates our skin through glass, reflective glass and water. Even when you are in the shade or behind a window you are not protected. It is now seen as the cause of the worst form of skin cancer and most SPF sunscreens will not protect you from it. This is a huge concern as many people do not realise this…they do not know it is happening – or why! People who have always worn SPF protection or who have never exposed themselves to the sun for long periods of time have been diagnosed with this dreadful disease.

UVA rays cannot be bounced back. UVA damage is not immediately visible to the eye. The worst thing is that it reaches the deep layers of the dermis close to nerves and glands and mutates cells as they are being formed in the lower dermis.

The less serious affect caused by UVA is premature ageing.

So……… what can you do?

Natural vital oils neutralise UVA light – a little like electricity coming into contact with rubber. If you have natural oil on the skin then any UVA is neutralised.

Thus, in these products you have the perfect natural alternative to those full of chemicals, which cause more damage than good.

The Ultra-Sensitive Body Oil has been developed using oils to neutralise any UVA rays and suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It also helps protect against UVB as the oils naturally speed up the skins own defence to these rays by encouraging the melanin to react quicker.

Research revealed in 2013 that it is through melanin that animals are able to survive in the sun. Their skin or shell contains high levels of melanin and that, in itself, acts as a protection.

That is not the only advantage! Along with being free from chemicals, parabens and synthetic perfumes – so are perfect for sensitive skin – the oils are massively moisturising and protective – a real anti-ageing benefit!

But isn’t oil dangerous?

In a word: No – oils are far less dangerous than they are often portrayed in the media.

If you imagine you are frying chicken pieces, you put oil in the pan to stop the heat burning the outside of the chicken before the inside is thoroughly cooked. So, this is what the oil does; it allows your skin to absorb the heat slowly whilst neutralising any harsh UVA rays and encouraging your skin to protect itself against UVB, naturally.

But remember:-

No sun protection makes it safe to sit in the sun for hours on end. We recommend if you are sunbathing then you do so for maximum of an hour at a time, allowing your skin to recover in between, and avoid the mid-day sunlight.

Also remember to re-apply your oil every time you go back into the sun and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you are careful not to get burnt in the early days of subjecting yourself to sunlight, you will get a super tan which lasts a long time.

Please…..protect…..your…..skin…..and…..enjoy…..the…..sunshine…..safely.

Take advantage of our fantastic ‘Sun Care Kit’ offer, for just £39.99, which includes this Ultra Sensitive Body Oil (natural sun protection) plus the Body Lotion for Sensitive or Allergy Prone Skin and the Peppermint, Cucumber and Tea Tree Shampoo and Body Wash!

If you suffer from unsightly ingrowing hairs or post depilation rash, which many of us – whether male or female – do, it may spoil your holidays or cause pain and irritation throughout the day.

The company have the perfect solution in the Therapeutics Moisturiser. What is more, it has no chemicals or alcohol, just good healthy natural oils that help stop infection. Simply apply after waxing or shaving to eliminate skin problems. (Please note: many salons use the cheapest after-wax cream full of horrid chemicals which can make things worse). This is the perfect product! It is available in 100ml or 200ml. So if you want rid of rashes, plucked chicken skin and no infections, then this is a fantastic product for you!

Did you know that 70% of the population who remove hair (by whatever method) will at some time suffer with ingrowing hair problems?

Men who develop spots, have “ingrowing hairs”, or suffer around the neck area after shaving or chest/back after waxing…. we have not forgotten you!

Anyone who shaves their face, legs or anywhere else, can use our Easy Shave Oil to stop these problems in their tracks. You can use this product as an anti-bacterial body oil, so here you have extra value for money! Sporty people have many problems with ingrowing hair due to shaving and friction – cyclists and runners take note!

Allergy Awareness -  to remind you that we sell virtually the only skincare range of products completely free from allergenic ingredients, including natural ones.

We draw your attention to a statement from Allergy UK in 2013 claiming that by 2015 fifty percent of the population in the United Kingdom will suffer from allergies. This is an astounding increase in only a few years!

BUT….you will be comforted to know that this does not mean you have to forego anti-ageing skincare.  On the contrary, the bases of the range of products we offer host ingredients that can actually stop the skin ageing!

The totally Allergy-Free range – free, even from chemicals, natural allergens, and nut based allergies -are also PH neutral.   So, if you have allergies and extra sensitive skin you will benefit from using these products.

Click…………to view the range of facial products suitable for sensitive and allergy prone skin.

Click………..to view the hair products.

 

 

Do send an e-mail to hereforyou@organicskincareonline.co.uk if you have any questions about skin allergies, irritations or sensitivity  - we are always happy to help and advise.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM HAY FEVER?

PLACE A LITTLE  OF ONE OF THE OILS ONTO A HANDKERCHIEF AND LAY OVER YOUR EYES LOOSELY; REST FOR FIVE MINUTES AND IT WILL BRING YOU IMMEDIATE RELIEF .

ALSO….

HAY FEVER SNEEZING FIT? 

TAKE A LITTLE OF THE PACIFYING GEL MASK (WITH CUCUMBER) AND PUT SOME UP YOUR NOSE; WAIT A FEW MOMENTS THEN BLOW YOUR NOSE…..AGAIN, IMMEDIATE RELIEF.

……WITHOUT THE USE OF DRUGS!!!

“I’ve got itchy skin” we hear it all the time from people, especially men and children, suffering from itchiness that’s driving them mad. Researchers have been trying to find solutions in the natural world and feedback indicates that applying our Cucumber gel (in the form of the Pacifying Gel Mask) stops the itching within seconds – and the great news is that you can use it all over your bodycucumber3.

Cucumber (from research into skin whitening) has a naturally occurring bleach in it – not the bleach we use in the kitchen. This is different as it kills the bacteria which causes the itching on the skin. It doesn’t help to stop things such as eczema and other related skin problems -you would still need to use the Therapeutics creams and oils to treat these complaints. Applying the Cucumber gel stops the itching allowing undisturbed sleep. It is very safe as it’s just cucumber extract and cellulose gel from trees so suitable for everyone – even children.

 

Whitening Cucumber !

‘Skin Whitening’ has traditionally been helped by using very harsh chemical products, some of which have now been banned due to links with skin cancer and cases of burning the skin.

There has never been an alternative natural product, until now. In pursuit of ‘natural scientific studies’ it has been discovered that Cucumber contains an ingredient which creates a lightening of the skin naturally, so using the Pacifying Gel Mask, with its’ cucumber and cellulose gel properties (from trees), shows it to lighten the tone on darker skin. We recommend you use it normally as a face mask or you can use it just under the eyes to help reduce dark circles.

This hydrating pacifying mask made with real cucumber extract that cools, calms and pacifies the skin
- gives deep cleansing without drying
- balances the skin’s PH levels with repairing benefits for smokers.
- reverses collagen damage from being in the sun to long.
- contains cellulose gel which is superior to Vitamin C and Vitamin E which helps protect the skin from skin cancer.
- speeds up the natural repair systems and inhibits such damage.
- In later years, a drop in natural levels of Q10 is thought to cause ageing wrinkles to the skin. This product will help contribute to reversing the appearance of wrinkles.

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Yes – you can use this product unreservedly.
You also produce a kind of sweat which contains high levels of bacteria that can cause things like ‘jock itch’ – even foot fungus is linked with the same bacteria.
This sweat,called Tinea Cruris, is a strong fungal infection and is very common in men; it’s also linked to womens complaints e.g. thrush.
So, what is good for all these problems? Body oils…and especially the Easy Shaving Oil. The oils in the range are full of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal natural oils and using them kills off the infection. Just use a small amount as a body lotion around the areas and you’ll find it clears. N.B.If you have sensitive skin our shower gels are non-irritating.