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Tuesday, December 25th, 2018
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Its hard to believe, but there is no fixed definition for the term mineral cosmetics. This can hide many different products that contain minerals in various forms and proportions – from dry powder based on minerals to shampoo with marine minerals.  For some it stands for “Mineral Makeup,” a cosmetic based on minerals that are extracted from the soil and then crushed. Others refer to care products with a certain mineral content. These can range from specific minerals such as Dead Sea salts to semi-precious stones.

In the case of make-up in particular, proponents emphasize that these are completely natural; however, this can only apply to loose powders (not cream powder, liquid foundation, lipstick, etc.).  A consequence is the additives such as preservatives, oils, waxes, petrochemicals, dyes, and fragrances.  One has to look more deeply at the teaching of the composition. Mineral-based minerals USA and UK are only referred to mineral cosmetics with a mineral content of 3% or more.  The setting of a minimum content of minerals is therefore questionable. Other ingredients, including those for restoring or protecting the hydro lipid film, must also be considered.



Sunday, November 11th, 2018

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A Japanese proverb states that one kind word can warm three winter months. What can also make the cold winter months better is a great skincare routine and your beauty must haves! Our friends at share some winter recommendations

SUN PROTECTION  Stick to your sunscreen. It may be colder, but experts advise that we keep on applying a sunscreen cream on our face even after August. The UV light, however weaker during winter, can still have aging effect.

LIGHTEN UP ON EXFOLIATION  Yes. exfoliating is great to get rid of all the dead skin cells, but be careful if you do it during winter as your skin is more likely to be sensitive due to the cold weather.  An over-solicitous exfoliation can lead to scarring.  Break out the hydrocortisone cream when soothing chapped, scaly skin and the topical antibiotics should the skin break.

COFFEE OR WATER?  Limit your intake of coffee and alcoholic beverages during the winter months. Days become shorter and the sun is not out as long, so you will inevitably feel sleepier. Instead of caffeine, top up with water to feel more energized during your mid-day dip at work. (more…)


Sunday, July 29th, 2018

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Glycerin is a natural component of healthy skin. It’s also known as glycerine and glycerol, the latter being the term most often seen in studies about this ingredient.  Glycerol is a humectant which helps to retain moisture in creams and cosmetics.  Whether derived from vegetable or animal sources, or made synthetically, glycerin is hygroscopic. It plays an important role in improving skin texture and hydration.  Binding with water, it not only keeps the moisture in products, but improves skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Research has shown that glycerin mimics what’s known as skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is why it’s compatible with all skin types, of all ages. Replenishing skin’s NMF is important because it becomes depleted as we age, are subject to environmental exposure, and use irritating ingredients like denatured alcohol.

Glycerin can be applied directly as a moisturizer.  It especially effective when combined with other products such as water-based cleaners and creams. Some question the safety of glycerin in cosmetics.  Whether it is useful or harmful is probably dependent on the concentration used. If it is too high (≥ 30%), it will deprive the skin of moisture; however, if properly dosed (≤ 10%), it will keep the moisture in the skin supplied with the cream.