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The skin around the eyes is fine and much more delicate than any other skin on the body. It’s thinner, in order to allow the eye to move easily and quickly. This is a good thing, but it also comes with its own set of considerations. Because the eye moves constantly – even in sleep – this skin gets a workout. Many people suffer from dark circles, dryness, wrinkling, puffiness or loose skin around the eye area. The eyes are the window to the soul, and also to the health of the body. Life – all of it - even breathing - produces toxins for the body to eliminate
These toxins occur from lack of sleep, a poor diet, environmental toxins and emotional stress. The effects are clearly seen in the face, and especially around the eyes.Have you ever seen that extra glass of wine, or that lost hour of sleep, or that night on the computer – show up under your eyes? So, what can be done?
The trick is to reduce your toxic load. Besides improving sleep patterns, avoiding alcohol, eating right and dealing with stress in a healthy fashion (like exercise), you can also help the body to gently detox by nourishing, toning and tapping. Stimulating the tiny muscles around the eyes will help tone and improve the appearance around the eye area. The lymphatic system and the sinus system in the face benefit from nourishing products containing detoxifying and supportive ingredients to help the body recover and renew. Gently tapping or applying light massage from the outside corner of the eye in towards the tear ducts will assist the body in detoxing and reducing puffiness. You can actually feel the drainage through the sinus system.
Dark circles can mean a lack of iron (anemia), be a symptom of allergies or can be inherited. People of Asian or African descent can sometimes have heavier pigmentation around the eye area. Skin brighteners, or natural ingredients that have an enzyme called Tyrosinase – will slow and block the formation of pigment in age spots or dark areas on the skin. Ingredients that brighten and lighten are fermented ingredients, acids such as Kojic acid (found in fermented rice), Citric acid (found in citrus fruits), or herbs like horseradish, licorice root and uva ursi.
Puffiness is an accumulation of water – the body sends in the troops to deal with distress. If you are tired or hungover, eating salty or fast foods, or simply dealing with a difficult situation – the water arrives. The cucumber rings and tea bags you often see in spa ads are wonderful soothing solutions. They are astringent and diuretic – they tone the skin and help remove excess water.Ironically, drinking water is also a solution. It helps to flush the toxic buildup and reduce puffiness. As we age, fat can accumulate around the eye to store toxins, so it becomes more important than ever to reduce your toxic load daily.
Last, but definitely not least, is the power of gravity. Gravity pulls things down towards the earth, and the cumulative effects of gravity on the body is a natural part of living and getting older. When it comes to the eyes and gravity - the fine skin around the eye can’t do the heavy lifting. The last thing we want to do to our eyes is to load them down with heavy, thick eye creams. It is easy to get drawn in with the latest chemical actives and rich oils and butters, but using these products can actually worsen the appearance of the eye area.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to diminish gravity’s effect on the skin is to get upside down - yoga, inversions and non-weight bearing activities might actually improve the tone of the skin around the eyes (plus it’s fun!).
To bring things into focus: look for an eye serum withnatural, food-grade ingredients in a light, absorbable formulation that tones and lightly firms. Seaweeds, aloe vera, astringent herbs like Spilanthes - all offer gentle toning and tightening qualities. Avoid chemicals or synthetic cosmeceutical actives; they add to your body’s overall toxic load. To assist the body to drain toxins around the eyes, a small amount of Moringa Oil or organic cold-pressed castor oil will stimulate your lymphatic system to do its job. Skin brighteners like sake kasu and licorice root will brighten and lighten.
If you work at a computer, give your eyes a 30 second break for every hour of work. At night, ease into a restful slumber by turning off bright lights and using candles or low lighting to ramp up melatonin production. Sip some clean fresh water before turning in for the evening and read a book instead of looking at a screen. Your eyes and brain will thank you for it!
When the summer sun is beaming down, it becomes extra important to hydrate and protect our skin. As Fall slowly trickles in and the air becomes more crisp and cool, our skin responds to the changes in temperature and humidity. It's becomes more important than ever to adapt our skincare routines with the seasons to keep skin nourished and glowing no matter the weather.
JUSU Body Lotions and Face Creams are pure fresh food for the skin. We put a lot of nourishing ingredients into the bottle.
Our oils and butters are organic, unrefined, cold-pressed and full of rich fatty acids; including shea, mango and cocoa butters, along with cold-pressed tree and seed oils like Grapeseed, Camellia (Tea seed), Coconut and Borage.
Creams and lotions deliver needed moisture deep into the skin, protecting us from the elements. The water portion includes aloe vera juice, floral hydrosols (floral waters) and structured distilled water. We hold it together with a food-grade, naturally-sourced emulsifier blend and boost it with a shot of vitamin and mineral-rich juice extract. The delicious scents come from pure plant extracts and essential oils. Instead of creating an addictive need, we’re providing nourishment for the skin.
How do creams work? A cream is known in the industry as an “oil-in-water”, or “water-in-oil” emulsion. They can vary in richness (oil content). This water and oil combination is recognized by the body, easily absorbed and works to protect parched skin. Something known as an emulsifier holds it together (kind of like the egg in a Caesar Salad dressing!) and this emulsifier also contributes to a moisture-rich barrier to protect during the day.
Did you know, you can also heal and rejuvenate your skin at night as you sleep? To do so requires a different product; while face creams are perfect for the day, a high-quality face oil is the true champion at night.
Why? Your body’s wisdom kicks in – your temperature goes up slightly causing your pores to open and excrete toxins through your sweat.
Applying thick night creams actually slows and interferes with your body’s natural detox systems, hindering this valuable and necessary nightly renewal process. Since oil and water don’t mix (there’s that salad dressing reference again!), a Night Oil is the perfect way to experience supple, nourished skin as you detoxify naturally overnight. Toxins leave with water through your pores and the oil is absorbed easily through the fat layer in your skin. When you wake up in the morning your face is dewy, vibrant and toned.
Being judicious with what you put on your skin is a wise move. Sometimes we have the best intentions, but when you slather on those coconut or pineapple-fragranced, petroleum-based or synthetic, silicone-laden body creams and night creams, you are actually contributing to the aging of your skin and slapping your immune system with a negative hit.
To take it one step further, petroleum (carbomer, Vaseline, PEG’s, mineral oil) ingredients actually shut down your body’s natural oil-producing mechanisms, resulting in a nasty dry skin cycle. You know the one: cover yourself with lotion or cream, your body sucks it in, feels great, but the next day your skin is dryer than ever!
So get out there and enjoy the last of the long days. Choosing to use JUSU Body whole-food body lotions and night oils will heal dry patches and actually improve the moisture retention in your skin, so sleep well while your body rejuvenates with JUSU's plant-based and naturally nourishing moisturizers.
Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products predominantly to impart exfoliation and cleansing properties to the skin. They are most commonly found in scrubs, masks, cleansers. They are also used as fillers in laundry products and even toothpastes.
Sounds like these tiny plastic beads are relatively benign and provide us with glowing, clean skin, right? Unfortunately not. These deleterious pieces of plastic 1 mm and smaller in size wreak havoc on waterways, animals, and humans.
Thankfully, Canada has joined other countries in enacting a ban (in effect as of July 1st) on the sale of microbeads in toiletries, body washes, toothpaste and personal care products. One tube of face cleanser can contain around 300000 microbeads, so this is step in the right direction of protecting the environment.
The Macro Impact of Microbeads
Microbeads travel down the drain and infiltrate our waterways: oceans, rivers, streams and lakes. Given their tiny size, microbeads are not filtered out by wastewater treatment plants. These plastic beads act as mini-sponges, soaking up toxic chemicals along their journey down the drain into waterways, and eventually they find their way into our drinking water.
Fish and other marine organisms feast on these plastic particles as they are unable to differentiate between microbeads and food. Larger fish eat smaller fish, and the problem compounds as it moves up the food chain. Oysters, clams and shellfish are particularly affected, and their ability to reproduce is being severely impacted by microbead infection. We wind up eating and in some cases even drinking (microbeads that enter water supply systems can pass through water treatment plants) the very plastic that has been used to exfoliate our bodies. Yes, the need for truly safe and ecofriendly personal care products is very, very real!
Tides of Change
Over the last decade, increasing amounts of research on the deleterious impact of microbeads alongside activism and education has led to some political action banning microbeads. The federal government of Canada has recently placed a ban on the manufacture and importation of personal care products containing plastic microbeads that are equal or below 5 mm in size.
Following suit with the FDA's Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 prohibiting the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of rinse-off cosmetics containing plastic microbeads, the nationwide ban on the sale of personal care products containing microbeads will be enforced from July 1st, 2018 onward.
What you can do
Here is how you can ensure that you do not purchase or are not currently using products with plastic microbeads in them. Look out for the ingredients polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethlyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon on the product label. Instead seek ingredients with easily recognized and whole-food ingredients.
Unfortunately, if you do have products that contain microbeads, there is no perfect way to dispose of products containing them.
Remember when you throw things away they have to go somewhere. “Beat the Microbead”, an international campaign against microplastic ingredients in cosmetics, recommends either sending the product back to the manufacturer explaining that you will not purchase their products as long as they use plastics in them, or to dispose of the product in the trash ensuring that they do not end up in our waterways.
This story of microbeads demonstrates that what you or I wash our bodies with or more generally put down the drain on a daily basis can have massive ramifications on the environment, the planet’s health and our health.
Natural Exfoliation = Sexy Exfoliation
Does this mean that we have to kiss the luxurious joys of skin care exfoliation goodbye? Absolutely not. There are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly exfoliant alternatives. In fact, nature is teeming with beautiful natural exfoliants. There is no time better than now to say hello to eco-friendly exfoliation.
These are a few of the Jusu Body Team’s favorite natural exfoliants that are amazing to incorporate into DIY skincare:
Himalayan Pink Salt
Coconut or almond meal
At JUSU Body we use natural jojoba beads in our body wash for soft, gentle exfoliation. These liquid wax beads are 100% biodegradable and an amazing pore cleanser and skin balancer. In our face exfoliants we use oats, dried organic juice pulp, fruit and vegetable extracts, pearls, bamboo, and seeds.
Let’s get educated and creative. Who doesn’t want sexy, supple, exfoliated and, above all, SAFE skin?
Written by: Abbey Eurchuk
JUSU Body Communications Expert
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We’d like to share some insight related to common ingredients found in most cosmetic and body care products (you will not find any of these ingredients in the JUSU Body products)! So put on your spy glasses and fedora, play a little classic detective jazz and let us get to the bottom of this.
The first thing to look out for is the use of the words, “Fragrance” or “Parfum”. These two “ingredients” often denote a complex cocktail of chemicals that include toxic preservatives.
The real issue with “fragrance” or “parfum” is that you can never fully know the chemicals that are used in a given product. A good rule of thumb is to NEVER use products with either of these ingredients. We all love luxurious aromas, but make sure your “lemon fresh” body product is scented from pure lemon essential oil and not “lemon fragrance".
Let's discuss phthalates. I realize that word looks like some type of hippie yoga, but phthalates are far from chill. Phthalates are an “ingredient” everyone would be wise to avoid in their personal care products, as they may contain carcinogenic ingredients. Phthalates can also be hidden under the word, “parfum”.
The plastic water bottle you use and reuse likely has phthalates. Phthalates are found in everyday things. The lotion you may have been slathering on contains potentially cancer-causing ingredients. As do dryer sheets, which go on our clothing and in turn our bloodstream.
Fortunately, JUSU body products contain no Phthalates. Scented with 100% pure, therapeutic grade and organic essential oils, they give you the scents you appreciate about body care products, without the compromise.
The next important thing to focus on is the synthetic preservatives. Some of these are called “Parabens” and they have been linked to hormone disruption, DNA damage, increased skin aging and even cancer. There are so many toxins we can control. We’re restricted by our environment, but completely in control of what we ingest into our body.
One thing many consumers may not understand is the meaning of “alcohol” listed on the label. There are many different types of alcohols. You may think that all alcohols are in forms of consumable beverages. You know, like the kind your aunt used to put in her morning coffee or the kind of quality boxed wine consumed by a rogue teenager. Another common assumption is that all alcohol is extremely drying and that is also not the truth.
Did you know there are vitamins we need that are alcohols? Retinol or (vitamin A derivative) and tocopherol (Vitamin E) are very common alcohol nutrients we need. However, in most cosmetic ingredients you will find some very bad alcohols we should all avoid (rest assured we at JUSU Body do not have the disruptive forms of alcohol in our products).
Alcohols to avoid:
SD Alcohol 40, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol
Now if you want to preserve your youthful skin look no further than at your local morgue. That is right folks, come on down to the lower level where true beauty starts (said no one ever). Why then, do we find formaldehyde in the most common beauty care products? Whoever thought that using an ingredient in embalming fluid would be a great preservative to rub on your face? The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a “probable human carcinogen”. This should be is a no-brainer. I am pretty sure if you saw the words “embalming fluid” on the bottle you would probably put it down.
Be health-savvy by avoiding the following ingredients:
Becoming an educated consumer and learning how to read our body care and cleaning product labels can seem daunting. By looking out for these ingredients and avoiding them you are doing yourself and the planet some serious favours. At Jusu Body we put health first and will never use any of the above ingredients.
Additionally, there are amazing third party resources to help you make educated and safe consumer purchases. Visit sites like www.EWG.org and download apps like “Think Dirty”. These are online directories of products and ingredients that gives each product a toxicity hazard score. The higher the score, the worse it is for you. Visit our site at www.jusubody.com to get comprehensive information on our JUSU Body ingredients.