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Lavender Naturals is a line of bath and body care products that we have formulated without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates, artificial fragrance nor color to provide a healthy choice. Since the skin absorbs up to 60% of any substance applied, we have chosen to eliminate these unnecessary ingredients in order to decrease the toxic load on the body.

Lavender Naturals formulas are vegan and gluten-free. The natural products contain no animal byproducts. They are also gluten-free making them safe for those sensitive to gluten.

Lavender Naturals products are calming, refreshing, soothing and purifying. Their formulas contain a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend used includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, benzoin, coriander, germanium, labdanum, patchouli, vetiver and frankincense.

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts contain salts from the Dead Sea to help purify the skin and relax tired muscles. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. For a relaxing bath add a handful of salts under the running water, soak and enjoy. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream is a light and effective moisturiser for use after the shower or bath. After bathing, massage cream gently into damp skin for a healthy glow. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist is a gentle mist that can be used anytime of the day to refresh. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Spray all over your body after bathing or anytime of the day to refresh. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub contains Dead Sea salts and canola oil to gently exfoliate and polish the skin. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. It contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable. In the shower or bath, massage a small amount of scrub all-over your body and rinse well. Excercise caution as the bottom of the tub or shower will become slippery.

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel is a gentle gel with a pH that is skin compatible. It is refreshing and soothing in the shower or bath. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. The formula contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable.

Right now, the any Lavender Naturals product for 25% off the regular price at BelcamShop.com (for a limited time only).

-RyanNY

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In an article in the New York Times today, Natasha Singer reports that the FDA has ordered the strictest of all warning labels for Botox and similar anti-wrinkle drugs.

“The F.D.A. said such drugs must carry warning labels explaining that the material has the potential to spread from the injection site to distant parts of the body — with the risk of serious difficulties, like problems with swallowing or breathing.

Requiring a drug to carry a box with bold-face risk information — a so-called black-box warning — is one of the strongest safety actions the F.D.A. can take. Black boxes are typically reserved for medications known to have serious or life-threatening risks.”

This comes the day after the FDA approved another anti-wrinkle drug, Dysport.

“The agency’s approval of Dysport, manufactured by Ipsen, based in Paris, portends a fierce competition in the United States toxin market of a sort that has been raging in Europe for years.”

Botox is not only used for treating frown lines, but also used in treating “crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, severe underarm sweating, and cervical dystonia, a neck problem that can cause severe pain and abnormal head position,” as well as cervical dystonia.

To read the full article from the New York Times click here.

 

Neil Yard's Remedies

Neil Yard's Remedies

Something to look for in May is Neil Yard’s Remedies, a skin and body care line serving different skin types. Neil Yard is launching the Nourishing Orange Flower facial skin care collection. With orange flower, or neroli oil, the collection balances the skin’s moisture levels. The result is skin that looks and feels more balanced and evenly toned. The collection consists of a facial wash, face polish, daily moisturizer, night cream and facial mask. Also coming from Neil Yard’s is Rehydrating Rose facial skin care. This collection consists of a facial wash, facial polish, and facial moisturizer, all design for dehydrated facial skin. Neil Yard’s Remedies is a London-based company, but has a lot of distribution in the US.

 

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Well, if you’re an Ellen fan you’ve probably heard by now… Emmy award-winning talk show host, comedian and actress, Ellen DeGeneres, is the newest spokeswoman for Cover Girl. Ellen said when she was approached by Cover Girl she thought “they must be looking for actress Ellen Barkin.” On a serious note though, she sees this as an opportunity to “celebrate our individuality” in a time when Hollywood celebs are starting to look like clones.

 

Cover Girl is featuring Ellen in ads for their new collaborative product with Olay, Simply Ageless. The new foundation uses Cover Girl and Olay technology to stay above wrinkles rather than emphasizing them and causing a woman to look even older. Proctor and Gamble research has found that women are saying their makeup, especially their foundation makes them appear older. Simply Ageless addresses this problem directly with a solid emulsion technology that works with the skin’s temperature to transform to a liquid on contact. 

I love Ellen DeGeneres and I think she’s hilarious and beautiful. I couldn’t believe that she was being used for an age based product though. Then I discovered she’s in her fifties! She looks amazing for her age.

Ellen showed some out-takes from the TV ad on her show, and they are hilarious of course. Check it out here.

From the New York Times Health section today:

“A recent review in The Archives of Dermatology concludes that three anti-aging treatments are proven clinically effective: the topical application of retinol; carbon dioxide laser resurfacing; and injection of hyaluronic acid, a moisture-retaining acid that occurs naturally in the skin.”

I thought I’d summarize this article because it’s great and it stated facts, in a day when so much wrinkle reducing buzz is going around.

In the last ten years, research has revealed what treatments for reducing wrinkles actually work and why. Three have been proven to actually work: topical application of retinol, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, and injection of hyaluronic acid. All rely on the interaction of fibroblast skin cells with the collagen they produce.

Theory and experiment back these treatments, the authors (of the review) write. Fibroblasts — connective tissue cells — secrete a complex group of polysaccharides and proteins that creates collagen, which gives the skin shape and elasticity and supports the blood vessels that permeate it. The network of collagen tissue is maintained by its mechanical tension with these skin cells.”

Skin deteriorates as it ages, but its exposure to sunlight inhibits the ability of fibroblasts to produce collagen. Ultraviolet radiation induces production of the same enzymes that degrade collagen with age. Age and light result in fragmentation of the collagen and impairment of the ability of the fibroblasts to create collagen. As fragmented collagen increases, new collagen production decreases and the skin begins to wrinkle.

Retinol makes new collagen in aged and damaged skin. Many over-the-counter retinol products don’t list the percentage of retinol in the product though, and often don’t contain enough retinol to produce results. Retinol also makes the skin more susceptible to damage from ultra-violet light, so you must protect yourself from the sun if you are using a retinol product. I’ve noticed the lotion that I use now comes with an SPF 15, probably to compensate for this side effect. Though SPF 15 doesn’t even give my fair skin a fighting chance as it is!

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing removes thin layers of skin without damaging surrounding tissue. It does create a wound that takes two or three weeks to heal. As it heals the skin produces new collagen. the treatment induces high levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP), an enzyme that destroys fragmented collagen. Then it reduces MMP and the production of new and undamaged replacement material. Results last many years and the procedure is usually only done once. Similar laser techniques are less invasive, but the effectiveness is doubtful.

Finally there are hyaluronic acid injections. Hyaluronic acid is similar to a substance normally produced by skin into the dermis under wrinkles. The injection stretches the dermis, and the fibroblasts respond by producing more collagen and less MMP. Studies show that increased collagen production is visible within a month after injection, and it lasts about six months. Topical application of hyaluronic acid is not effective in increasing collagen production though, which is why the results don’t last.

Any wrinkle treatment will have side-effects and risks. It’s important to weigh out your options before pursuing treatment and deicide if it’s worth it to you or not.

 

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