Wednesday, February 13, 2013

10 Beauty Toxins to Avoid NOW - Part 1


Did you know that there are a lot of toxins in your beauty products? Shea Butter provides effective safe skincare from head-to-toe without harmful toxins.  Pure Shea Butter provides the ultimate toxin-free beauty solution.

But today, the focus is on some other products that you may be using and the top toxins that you should avoid NOW to ensure your good health.

Seen in these Products:  Lotions and creams
Potential Health Concerns: Can disrupt endocrine system and is a carcinogen
Common Ingredient Name: Petroleum

Seen in these Products:  Hair care, skin care, a variety of other products
Potential Health Concerns:  Carcinogen, Allergic Reactions
Common Ingredient Names:  Red 40, Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 6

Seen in these Products:  Anything containing sunscreens; many of the products with SPF.
Potential Health Concerns:  Estrogen-like activity disrupting the endocrine system.
Common Ingredient Names: 3-(4-methylbenzylidene)-camphor, octyl-methoxycinnamate, octyl-dimethyl-PABA (OD-PABA), bexophenome-3, homosalate

Seen in these Products:  Perfumes, Lotions, creams, hair products,
Potential Health Concerns:  Reproductive disruption affecting sperm counts and other fertility issues; Allergic Reactions.
Common Ingredient Name:  Phthalates, Fragrance, DEHP, DHP, DBP 5, Dibutyl Phthalate

Seen in these Products:  Lotions, Sunscreens, creams
Potential Health Concerns:  The full safety of the usage of nanoparticles has not been fully analyzed to date, however, it is known that they can cross the blood/brain barrier potentially causing nerve damage. These very small particles may also affect lung health when inhaled.
Common Ingredient Name: Mineral Make-up, Mineral sunscreens like Zinc Oxide and Titianium Dioxide

Be sure to check back for the next time for the final 5 toxins to avoid in your Beauty Routine. In the meantime, grab your Organic Shea Butter from Purely Shea  and enjoy healthy toxin-free beauty!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TOP 5 Ways to Winter-Proof your Skin with SUPERFOOODS

Every winter here at the Shea Butter Blog we focus on some great ways Shea Butter can be used to winter-proof your skin. From head-to-toe it can help with parched hair, flaky skin, chapped lips, cracked hands and tough feet.

But did you now that there are some powerful Superfoods that can also combat winter skin woes?  Well according to nutritionist Dale Pinnock who is the author of The Clear Skin Cookbook, if you eat the right foods you’ll see the benefits in your skin in a few weeks.

WINTER SKIN PROBLEM #1  Dry Flaky Skin and Eczema

Eat foods and take supplements that are full of essential fatty acids that reduce water loss in your skin. This will help you to maintain high levels of moisture. Some of the food sources of ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), hemp oil, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts. Daily fish oil supplements can be used or if you are a vegetarian, DHA algae supplements can also be included to maintain moisturized skin.


Vitamin E can help you to get a more radiant glow. Foods high in Vitamin E include yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. So stock up on carrots, sweet potatoes, mangos and orange and yellow peppers. In addition to Vitamin E, each of these foods contain carotenoids, antioxidants that nourish the layers of skin.
Be sure to also include more blueberries, blackberries, and black grapes. These can all help your skin because they contain anthocyanidins, a pigment that has been found to strengthen collagen fibers resulting in much firmer and more radiant skin.


Since you get 90 per cent of your vitamin D from the sun exposure, during the winter months you will have lower levels of vitamin D than normal.  As a result, it’s not surprising  you may regularly suffer with low energy levels and this tiredness is instantly reflected in your skin. 
Oily fish is the best dietary source, but egg yolks, liver and wild mushrooms contain essential quantities of vitamin D too.  If you are a vegetarian, only mushrooms contain this vitamin but there some herbs which contain good amounts of vitamin D such as ALFALFA, RED RASPBERRY LEAVES, MULLEIN LEAVES, EYEBRIGHT, FENUGREEK SEED, OAT STRAW, THYME, ROSE HIP SEED, AND SARSAPARILLA.  One good vegan supplement to try is from Dhealthstore :

WINTER SKIN PROBLEM # 4: Chapped skin

Increasing your B-vitamins is important because these vitamins deliver nutrients and regulate the turnover of skin cells  and this is exactly what you need to recover from dry, chapped, and flaky winter skin.
Brown rice and dark green vegetables, broccoli, kale, and greens are rich in B-vitamins. Adding dark green vegetables to your lunch, dinner, or smoothie snack every day will help to prvent flaking chapped skin.

WINTER SKIN PROBLEM #5: Acne break-outs

Did you know that too much sugar stimulates sebaceous glands increasing break outs? Well too much sugarin the diet can stimulate the production of the male hormone androgen, which can increase acne and breakouts So when you get those sweet-cravings, grab some of  the yummy fruits we listed above instead and your skin will thank you.

As always, be sure to keep plenty of Purely Shea organic shea butter on hand to nourish and revive winter-worn skin. Visit us