Tuesday, January 8, 2013

natural products

My order from iherb.com finally came but I only ordered it 2 weeks ago. Most products if not all, are derived from natural ingredients. My logic is since I'm trying to buy skin care products to protect my skin, why not use the natural stuff? I'm not saying that only natural skin care is good, and to be honest not all natural ingredients are good, especially when everyone's skin type is different. I was really excited to give natural skin care products a try. I just feel that the chances on natural products may be better because there's still a lot of unknown effects from man made ingredients and processes with the advance technologies and we did advanced quite quickly. And you may disagree, everyone is entitle to their own opinion.
The prices for these products were quite reasonable, and with referral code (JTN814) for first timer purchase you get 10$ off from a 40$ purchase and 5$ off with purchases below 40$.
So from this is my order
First impressions~
From the first day, I have tried Thayers~ Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula $7.96, I am already in love, this I uses as a toner is peach scented. Within one hour of it used alone, the scent was still noticeable and it also felt quite soothing and my skin seems to be lightly moisturized with it alone. I also used this after washing off my make up, I did realize the cotton pad did get a little yellow from probably from left over foundation that was not entirely cleansed after wash.
within 1 hour of first use
  • peach scented
  • soothing
  • feels moist
  • cleanses
With this product, I feel that I can also use onto my hands and cuticles for extra moisture and pampering. I love this one

Thayers, Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula

  • Since 1847
  • Natural Remedies
  • Astringent
  • Softens
  • Cleanses
  • Vitamin C
  • With Certified Organic Witch Hazel & Aloe Vera Formula
  • No Animal Testing
A gentle Native American remedy that smoothes and softens dry skin while it gently cleanses. The more you use, the softer and healthier looking your skin will feel. With its unique blend, this old-fashioned formula is perfect for today's health-conscious customer.
  • Peach leaves
  • Kiwi
  • Aloe vera
  • Orange flower
  • Passion fruit
  • Tangerine
  • Vitamin C
Thayers developed this all-natural astringent for healthy looking skin. Witch Hazel can help to tighten pores and to smooth skin. Thayers proprietary Certified Organic Witch Hazel (derived from the bark) is not distilled, thereby maintaining all the beneficial natural tannins. Assay of hamamelitannin shows that Witch Hazel bark extract is 31 times richer in hamamelitannin than the leaf extract and 87 times richer than the stem extract (Resource: Vennat, B., "Tannins from Hamamelis virginiana" Planta Medica 54 (1988):454-457).
Suggested Use
Apply with a cotton ball or soft pad to cleanse, soften, refresh and moisture skin. Use anything throughout the day as a softening refresher.
For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children.
with Avalon Organics~Vitamin C Renewal, Vitality Facial Serum $15.92, it would take more time to see actually results, this serum is meant to be used after toner

Avalon Organics, Vitamin C Renewal, Vitality Facial Serum

  • New
  • More Sustainable
  • NSF Contains Organic Ingredients
  • Contain 70% Organic Content
  • Certified by QAI to NSF
Antioxidant-intensive treatment stimulates cellular renewal and provides Photo-Aging Defense
Safe, Effective, Certified, Natural Skincare Without Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Harsh Sulfates or Parabens.
Even minimal exposure to UV light can cause free radical damage. This kind of oxidative stress, known as photo-aging, causes collagen and elastin deterioration, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, freckles and sunspots. To fight photo-aging and help repair damaged skin, we use a powerful form of Vitamin C shown to help neutralize free radicals while naturally stimulating cellular renewal to help boost collagen and elastin production.
Vitality Facial Serum
This highly concentrated treatment serum is designed to target hyperpigmentation, sagging and lines, the most visible signs of UV-induced stress. Our unique combination of antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids and White Tea help reactivate cellular renewal and promote collagen and elastin production while evening skin tone. As you soothe oxidative stress, you help fight the visible signs of photo-aging, resulting in smoother, softer skin with improved tone.
Suggested Use
After cleansing and toning, apply to problem areas. Use morning and evening.
Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
I also bought:

Jason Natural, Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Facial Wash & Scrub

  • Natural Pioneer Since 1959
  • Pure Natural
  • Exfoliates & Polishes with Natural Apricot Oil & Walnut Powder
  • Natural Deep Pore Cleansing for Women & Men
  • No: Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfates or Phthalates
  • New Look Same Great Formula
Pure Natural Face Wash & Scrub Brightening Apricot Scrubble
This naturally gentle, soap-free foaming scrub polishes away impurities, oil and makeup for a clean, comfortable feel. Brightening Apricot Oil and triple refined walnut powder gently wash away dead skin complexion. Mild enough to use everyday, it's a gentle way to wake up your skin, with no pore-clogging residue.
Born in 1959, Jason was one of the first to offer natural products without harsh chemicals. For over 50 years, we have delivered wholesome no-nonsense, natural products that happen to really work. Our products don't contain petrolatum, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates, parabens or phthalates. And we never test our formulas on animals. We invite you to try our entire line of safe, effective, body-loving products.
Suggested Use
To use as a scrub: Apply to clean, damp skin with fingertips in a gentle circular motion. Rinse well with warm water. Pat dry.
To use as a pre-shave (for women and men): Use as a gentle scrub before shaving, rinse well with warm water. Then apply your regular shaving lotion or cream.
Caution: Avoid eye area. If skin is sensitive or if using Retin-A, patch-test a small area before applying, or consult your dermatologist. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue for a few days if skin becomes sensitive.

Mad Hippie Skin Care Products, Vitamin C Serum, 8 Actives

  • Advanced Skin Care
  • With Konjac Root, Ferulic & Hyaluronic Acid
  • More Actives. More Results.
What are Actives?
Active ingredients are those with known antioxidant & skin rejuvenating properties.
What is Ferulic Acid?
Found primarily in plant cell walls, ferulic acid has been shown to double the UV protective effects of Vitamin C.
Uplifting antioxidant blend that brightens, tightens & smoothes the skin.
Genuine flower power, natural antioxidants & active essentials work hand in hand to enhance your body's ability to heal & protect. By leaving out harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetic color & fragrance, Mad Hippie helps your skin achieve true harmony.
Suggested Use
Lightly massage serum onto face after washing in the morning & evening. Follow with Mad hippie face cream.
No animal testing.
Again, the prices for these products were quite reasonable, and with referral code (JTN814) for first timer purchase you get 10$ off from a 40$ purchase and 5$ off with purchases below 40$.
Some Random facts:
I looked at some of the products, and noticed how they emphasize on not having parabens, although I simply just looked it up on wikipedia, there's a few theories of its harms, I think one that concerns me most in terms of skin care is this one:

Sun exposure

Studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin may react with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
~Osamu Handa, Satoko Adachi, Tomohisa Takagi et al. (3 October 2006). "Methylparaben potentiates UV-induced damage of skin keratinocytes".Toxicology 227 (1-2): 62–72. doi:10.1016/j.tox.2006.07.018PMID 16938376.

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