Back to Basics: Clean Eating - Part I – Page 13 – Violet Botanical Skincare

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Naturally Intelligent Skincare

Recently, I read an article about how value-priced personal product brands are transitioning to more natural ingredients. One of the dermatologists interviewed for the article praised these companies for offering more “intelligent” natural ingredients than the kitchen ingredients that are being shared on the Internet. Whoa! Stop the presses. That comment put a burr in my saddle. Granted, he’s a trained, licensed physician who took the Hippocratic oath to Western medicine. But does he realize that Hippocrates and early Greek physicians based their healing on herbal medicine? They watched what plants the animals ate when they were sick and followed the same example when humans got sick. If Greek medicine believed that Mother Nature was a healing goddess and remedies...

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UV Protection from the Inside Out

While growing up, who remembers hearing, “Eat a piece of fruit instead of eating candy,” or “You have to eat your vegetables before you can have dessert?” Once, my father made me sit at the dinner table until I finished my peas. We laugh about it now, but back then it was torture. I’m sure you all can relate. Our parents reasoned that it would help us develop strong, healthy bodies. Little did they know that it would also contribute to guarding our skin against the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Eat for Sun Protection The first line of defense for protecting your skin from photodamage (sun damage) begins on the inside. Eating foods rich in phytonutrients (plant-derived compounds)...

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Why You Shouldn't Share or Swap Makeup

Recently, I’ve noticed posts on some of the Facebook groups I belong to where women are selling or swapping ‘gently used’ makeup. When I first saw it, I brushed it off as an isolated incident. Later, I saw more posts asking if anyone was interested in buying or swapping makeup that didn’t work for them. That stopped me in my tracks. Did I miss something in my sixth grade health and hygiene class? We’ve all bought cosmetics that didn’t work for us. You get excited seeing the product’s results in advertisements. You run out to buy the product with grand visions in your head. Only to get home, use it, and be disappointed. Now what? You’re stuck with this product...

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Wildcrafted Versus Certified Organic

As more and more people are becoming aware of the health hazards of chemical-laden products, the global demand for organic personal care products dominate the market according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc.1 The organic skincare market alone is predicted to grow over 10 percent between 2016 and 2025.2 As consumers are changing their lifestyle and choosing skincare products that contain ingredients like herbs, natural oils and butters, essential oils, fruits and vegetables, they’re also faced with the choice of organic and wildcrafted botanicals. Let’s explore the characteristics of both so that you can choose wisely for yourself. Organic Botanicals Organic herbs and plants are grown on a controlled farm. They are often produced for a purpose –...

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Silk Fabric for Sensitive Skin

When you have a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin, the last thing you want is for your clothes to irritate your condition. They cause you to engage in the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle, which only makes things worse. Did you know certain fabrics are more skin-friendly than others? Read along to explore one particular fabric that may calm your skin with delight. History of Silk Silk is a natural fabric dating back to China circa 26th century B.C. It’s attributed to the Chinese Empress Si-Ling, the Goddess of the Silkworm. Si-Ling raised silkworms and designed a loom for making silk fabrics. Silk was used for art, decorations, and clothing. It was important to the Chinese economy as a form...

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