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These Ingredients Will Make You Rethink Your Skincare Routine While Breastfeeding

Parenthood is tiring and sometimes you want nothing more than to relax. It’s easy to fall into a routine which includes quick, “easy” skincare products.

From a breastfeeding mom to another, now more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re putting on your body. Choosing skincare products deserves consideration; the chemicals you put on your body can easily be transferred to your baby when you breastfeed.

When you’re breastfeeding, you want nothing more than to bond with your little one. It’s a sweet time, shared just between the two of you... and your beauty products?

If that doesn’t sound right to you, keep reading. There are the ingredients in various products you should be avoiding in order to make breastfeeding the closest, safest time for you and your baby.

Here are the top 7 ingredients to look out for and avoid:

Flouride

First and foremost, it’s important to note that both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association have both found that fluoride is bad for your teeth. If you’re using a fluoride toothpaste, it’s time to stop. Switch to a natural brand like Dr Brite and skip the fluoride.

If you’re breastfeeding, fluoride is even worse for you. The CDC, FDA and the ADA have all advised that you should not mix baby food or cereal with water containing fluoride. Instead, choose “nursery water” or “spring water.”

So, it naturally follows that if you’re drinking water with fluoride, water will enter your baby’s system. If you’re using dental care products containing the chemical, the same is true.

Flouride isn’t just bad for the teeth, it’s also detrimental to bone health, toxic to the thyroid and can even affect the reproductive system. Do yourself, and your baby, a favor. Stay away from products containing fluoride.

Toluene

Toluene is an ingredient found in many hair dyes, bleaching products, nail polishes and polish removers. If you’re bleaching your facial hair, those products may contain toluene, too.

So what’s wrong with toluene? Well, it’s a coal tar and petroleum derivative, which has proven to be very harmful to the respiratory system. In addition to causing troubles with breathing, and even asthma, toluene is a known skin irritant, damaging to the immune system and may cause nausea and vomiting.

Just done your nails? Think twice before you put your hands near your little one’s mouth. Stay away from products containing toluene and choose natural products instead.

Petroluem Products

Speaking of petroleum, petroleum products as a whole are something you should avoid while breastfeeding. These products can cause skin irritation. But they can also cause severe respiratory disorders in babies, increasing the risk of SIDS deaths.

While breastfeeding, you’ll wash your hands frequently. Your nipples will become sore and cracked, but instead of reaching for a petroleum based lotion, look instead for a product like our USDA Organic Whipped Body Butter. Looking for something a little thicker for breastfeeding pain? A small tube of Bamboobies has truly done wonders for me, I could have not done the first few weeks of breastfeeding without it – a true lifesaver!! 

Phthalates

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals known to be carcinogenic. As a matter of fact, concentrations of phthalates have been found inside tumors. The chemicals are also associated with diabetes and asthma, and have been linked to infertility in both men and women.

Despite the risks, phthalates are found in a huge number of skin care products. You’ll see phthalates listed in moisturizers, shampoos, facial washes and body scrubs.

When you were pregnant, your doctor probably told you that phthalates can cross the placenta. But as you breastfeed, your baby comes in direct contact with the phthalates in your skin care products.

Avoid these dangerous chemicals. Look for ingredients like diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), then put them back on the shelf!

Sulfates

You’ve probably heard talk of the dangers of sulfates. If not, here’s what you need to know.

Sulfates are a powerful skin irritant. They’ll cause redness, rashes, bumps and even severe allergic reactions. When ingested (like when your baby’s breastfeeding) they can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Sulfates have also been linked to organ disorders and cancer, endocrine disruption and nerve damage. In other words, sulfates are bad news for you and your baby.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is commonly found in shampoos and soaps, it provides the lather that most people love. But, for the health of your baby (and yourself), avoid skin care products with sulfates.

Parabens

One of the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics today, parabens are almost impossible to avoid, unless you are purchasing all natural and organic skin care.

Parabens can accumulate in breast milk and affect the endocrine system of your baby. Paraben is usually the suffix of an ingredient so look for words like isopropylparaben or methylparaben on the label.

You may find Parabens in your deodorant, with that in mind, I recommend Schmidt's Naturals deodorants here (Rose-Vanilla is my personal favorite).

Formaldahyde

This one is as scary as it sounds unfortunately. This is a very common preservative in skin care products, and while it may not affect you, it can cause serious allergic effects in the breastfeeding baby.

Formaldehyde can be disguised behind more technical names such as hydroxymethylglycinate, DMDM-hydantoin and methenesmine. A good rule to abide by is that if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not something you want on your body.

A Healthy Alternative

Of course many new mothers want to experience the wonderful bonding effects breastfeeding provides without worrying about nasty chemicals that can harm their new precious life.

Fortunately, as long as you’re using the right products, this won’t be a problem!

Our USDA Organic Unscented Whipped Body Butter is perfect for both Mom and baby as it is formulated with 100% natural, 99% USDA Organic Certified and soothing ingredients to leave your skin as soft as baby’s! It can also be used on your baby’s skin as it is super gentle.

Because all our products are formulated without chemicals, you can rest assured that no harmful toxins will enter your or your baby’s bloodstream.

In addition, breastfeeding mothers deserve to be pampered. Our USDA Organic Certified Body Scrub is perfect for a weekly excuse to take a long bath, and exfoliate your skin, to feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle thing called – mommyhood (we are creating new words here J). And if bath time does not happen, use it after each shower and take advantage of essential oils like sweet orange, rosemary and peppermint.

Indulge in an all-natural, organic treat and feel confident that you’ve chosen a product that won’t harm you or your baby.

You want breastfeeding to be a nourishing, bonding experience for both you and your baby. For the best experience possible, avoid the above mentioned chemicals in your skincare and beauty products. Reach instead for organic and natural products, and love your body and your baby. You deserve to enjoy this beautiful time in your life without the added stress of chemicals!

With gratitude,

Olga

 

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7 Tips that Will Make Your Skin Glow and Prevent Your Makeup From Causing Acne

If you avoid wearing makeup, because you find yourself breaking out every time you apply it, then you’re not using the right products for your skin. Or you’re using conventional chemically-laden cosmetics that contain ingredients that will irritate or aggravate your skin, especially if it’s sensitive or oily.

While many of us don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, there are bound to be occasions when you want to glam it up, but without the pesky breakouts.

In this article, we’ve put together a few handy tips when purchasing, as well as when applying your makeup so you always have a healthy skin, and never have to deal with breakouts from makeup ever again!

1. Check the Label

This is the most important step when purchasing any cosmetic product. By reading the label, you’ll know exactly what’s in your product. Be sure to read the ingredient list, and if you see ingredients you cannot pronounce or have never heard of before, think again, before making the purchase, as your skin and health is on the line.

Look for products that are free from chemicals, nano particles, parabens, Bismuth Oxychloride, talc, synthetic dyes, fillers, fragrance and preservatives. And to give you peace of mind, all of our products are free from these nasty ingredients.

2. Opt for Real Ingredients

The best thing you can do for your skin (and your health!) is to use products free from synthetic chemicals and instead use natural products filled with organic, nutrient rich ingredients.

You may think only skin care products can contain antioxidants and nutrients, that is, until you see the ingredients in our all USDA Organic Certified face powders! In addition, our entire makeup line, has a USDA Organic base, and is chemically free, and truly safe for the most sensitive skin.

3. Prep your Skin Properly before Application

Always be sure to apply an oil, face serum, or face cream to your skin, suited to your skin type, before applying your makeup. This helps to form a good base for your makeup to adhere to, as well as to keep nutrients IN and pollutants OUT. Please ensure the moisturizer you use is fully absorbed into the skin before applying our products. Also, fun fact, we are currently working on a face serum as well as a face cream recipe, so stay tuned for more updates to come on that later this year.

4. Don’t Touch your Face

Sometimes your breakouts are due to constantly touching your face throughout the day. This may seem like a very self-evident cause of skin breakouts, however, we still wanted to mention it. Our hands come into contact with many different surfaces and pick up bacteria along the way. When you are touching your face, or picking that annoying pimple, you’re simply transferring this bacteria onto your skin, clogging your pores further and creating the ideal conditions for more breakouts. It it best to be as mindful as possible about touching your face, and as always be sure to keep your hands clean.

5. Clean before you Sweat

Before hitting the gym, be sure to cleanse your skin as your pores open when you sweat and your makeup can then sink into your pores and clog them. If you do have to go to the gym after work and don’t have time for a full facial cleanse, then just be sure to wash your face properly afterwards and follow up with your facial oil, serum or moisturizer. If possible, choose a makeup free look when going to work out.

In addition, working out regularly, should give you a natural glow and help your skin flare ups, so keep at it, way to go friend.

6. Follow a Healthy Diet

From personal experience, ever since I shifted my diet to more organic fruits and vegetables as well as cut out all meat, fish, and dairy products, my skin started to rejuvenate. Additionally, I felt like I was experiencing less headaches and my overall health became better. I know cutting out meat and dairy may seem like an impossible task for many, but I encourage you to give it a try and see how you feel. If you are interested in my meat/dairy free recipes, let me know and I would be happy to write a blog post about that soon. Also, if you cut out meat and dairy, do share your experiences with me, would love to hear how it went for you.

7. Try a Facial Massage

You may prefer leaving the facial massage for your next facial, but why not treat yourself (and your skin) to some extra love every day? You don't need loads of time or fancy equipment for this, just a clean face, your hands, a little facial oil (we adore our Whipped Body Butters for this) and just 5 minutes!

Try this at night when you've cleansed your skin and you're winding down for the night. The Body Butter oils alone act as a wonderful moisturizer/serum, and you will wake up with a glow in the morning, and a nice soft skin.

To massage your face, apply a little oil or Body Butter to your fingers and use your index and middle fingers starting from the inside and working your way out. You'll move your fingers in gentle, circular motions and you'll always pull the skin up, never down, as you want to prevent sagging.

A regular facial massage will help to boost blood circulation for that instant glow, but over time, it will help to promote the formation of collagen to ensure your skin stays youthful and plump!

Follow these tips for a glowing skin and fuss free makeup application without the acne!

If you liked this blog please share along with your friends, and always let us know what other topics you would be interested to see for our blog posts. With gratitude, Olga

 

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Transitioning your makeup and skin care routine from Summer to Fall

As the cooler weather creeps up on us and we start daydreaming about pumpkin spice lattes and cozy evenings around the fire, our skincare routine should change to protect our skin against the harsh and dry air.

While the hotter months are a time to enjoy lighter, matte free lotions that absorb oil and keep our skin sweat free, the cooler months are a time to treat our skin to a little extra TLC. There is a lack of humidity in the air during fall and winter, and this dry air seriously saps moisture out of our skin. For this reason, fall is the perfect time to start to amp up the moisture in your skin.

Keep reading for 4 simple ways to add instant hydration to your parched skin!

1. Exfoliate Before Anything Else

Exfoliation is the key to a glowing skin and it helps to form a perfect base so that your makeup simply glides onto your skin with a beautiful smooth finish.

Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin build-up that can clog the pores contributing to breakouts as well as an uneven makeup application. By exfoliating at least a couple of times a week, you help to keep your skin clear and glowing. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to only exfoliate once a week, or every other week.

For an all natural exfoliation, then try adding one tablespoon of coconut oil to one teaspoon of coconut sugar and massage in gentle circular motions with your fingertips for a minute or two before rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry.

2. Introduce your skin to Oils

Oils will become your skin's best friend as soon as you experience their hydrating properties. Oils penetrate deeper than a regular lotion where they provide deep nourishment and hydration to your skin cells. And as you may have heard lotions are up to 80% water, so you don’t really get the bang for your buck with them in any case.

Look for ingredients like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil for a truly decadent skin treat. Our luxurious USDA Organic Whipped Body Butters contain all three of these luxe ingredients and will leave your skin nourished and supple.

Many of our customers love to use our butters all of their bodies, including their face. All of our butters are gentle enough to be used on the face, all you need to do is choose your scent between Lavender, Grapefruit Lavender, Orange Dream, Fresh Mint and Ylang Ylang. We are also contemplating to introduce Rosemary and an Unscented version of our butter, would you be interested?

3. Don't Forget the Sunscreen

You may think it's okay to skip the sunscreen when the temperatures are low and the sun hides its face behind clouds, but your skin is just as susceptible to sun damage in fall and winter as it is during the summer. Simply because the air is cool, doesn't mean the sun's potency is weakened. In fact, you have the biggest risk of a sunburn when there's snow on the ground, because you are exposed to the sun's rays from above and below as it is reflected off the snow.

Be sure to apply a high SPF, of at least 30 or higher, to all exposed areas of skin every time you are outdoors to protect your skin against the aging effects of UV rays.

4. Set Your Foundation With An Antioxidant Rich Powder

Of course, it’s essential to properly set your foundation, but unfortunately, most conventional brand powders contain synthetic ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your skin!

Our USDA Organic Certified Face Powders are perfect to set your foundation and ensure your skin stays perfectly balanced and hydrated thanks to all natural ingredients and antioxidants that will leave your skin glowing and feeling wonderfully fresh and healthy.

Try these tips and you’ll enjoy a flawless makeup application all season long!

We are very excited to announce that our Autumn inspired makeup collection is now available for pre-order here on our website! Be sure to subscribe here to our newsletter to stay in the loop, if you want to receive the best promotions and blogs like this, with tips and tricks.

 

 

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5 Incredible Ways Going Vegetarian or Vegan Can Save The Planet!

You want to be part of the solution. Part of the percentage of people who are actively working to save the planet. But you’re not sure how. We get it. You’re in that tough spot that many people find themselves in.

So what can you do right now that will make a big impact? Well, your answer may just be a few steps away… in your kitchen.

There has never been a better time to embrace your greens, and go meat-free! Here are 5 ways you can save the planet by going vegetarian or vegan!

1. Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

You may be surprised to learn that the greenhouse gas emissions from animals raised for food are more than that of all transportation forms on earth combined. Eighteen percent (18%) of the global total in fact, according to the UN.

These days we’re eating 230m tons of animals per year, twice the amount we did 30 years ago which means increased  amounts of methane are emitted, along with the increased production of greenhouse gasses, and other waste.

2. Saving the Forests

Once lush and vibrant, tropical rainforests have been put to work for the past 30 years, not for their timber, but rather for their land. Millions of hectares of trees have been and are being destroyed in order to grow palm oil, soya, and even to graze cattle.

Friends of the Earth estimates that 6m hectares per year (twice the size of Belgium) are being converted to farmland. The biggest use of this farmland is to grow crops that are used to feed cattle and chickens.

3. Cleaning the Air

Have you ever been driving down a long stretch of country road only to get a whiff of something that has you feverishly closing your windows? Soon you find yourself passing by a large factory farm and know exactly where that smell came from!

Cattle, pigs and sheep are responsible for producing not only methane, but other harmful not to mention, stinky gases (Nitrous Dioxide and Carbon Dioxide) that contribute to ozone pollution.

4. More Land for People

Over one billion people are hungry each day while livestock consume the biggest share of the world's crops. Here’s a distressing figure shared in a 1997 study at Cornell University: 13m hectares of land in the United States were used to grow fresh vegetables, fruits, rice, beans, and potatoes, while a staggering 302m hectares were used for livestock!

Some experts calculate that if grain that is fed to livestock in western countries were instead consumed by people, twice if not more people could be fed in the world!

5. More Water for People

Numbers speak louder than words when it comes to explaining the effect animals raised for food has on our planet, so let’s take a look at a few facts and figures!

Pounds of water needed to produce one pound of…

Potatoes: 60

Wheat: 108

Maize: 168

Rice: 229

Beef: 20,000

One of these figures is not like the other!

Yes, it takes around 20,000 pounds or 9000 liters of water to produce just one pound of beef. That puts it into perspective when most burger joints offer quarter and half pound patties!

What You Can Do

We know for many people making the decision to go vegetarian or vegan is a big one, but there are small ways you can start, one being to reduce the amount of meat products you consume. A great way to do this is to embrace Meat Free Mondays or to even alternate your weeks!

We’re committed to a world where the planet thrives which is why all our products are 100% GMO free, Vegan, and never ever tested on animals, only on our sweet friends and family! If you haven't already done so, check out our product offerings right here.

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With much love and gratitude,

Olga

 

 

 

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Why You Need To Know About GMOs

In this day and age, you’ve almost certainly heard the word “GMO” but are perhaps a little confused as to what a GMO actually is.

When people talk about GMOs, they are often referred to in relation to food, and how “these days many foods contain GMOS.” Even if you don’t know what in the world GMOs really are, chances are you try to avoid them, because you’ve heard they’re bad for your health.

So now to confuse you even more…

Did you know that GMOs are not only in foods, but in your skin care products too? Mind blown yet? Well, before you get too frazzled, keep on reading so you can finally figure out why you should avoid GMOs (as well as what it stands for!)

What Are GMOs?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOS are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially altered in a laboratory via genetic engineering (GE). All you need to do is compare an organic fruit to a genetically modified one to see the difference for yourself!

I recall a very vivid memory from the past, one day I decided to buy USDA Organic Certified bananas instead of regular ones (a lot of conventional produce is genetically modified), and the difference in taste truly left me speechless. The USDA Organic bananas tasted SO MUCH better, I was really surprised (note this was before my realization that USDA Organic produce is more savory and is better for you). This is how my journey began, one banana one moment in the past that is now such a big part of my present.

To jump back to the GMOs, if you’re wondering why the need for GMOS, it’s simply to allow for bigger yielding and pest resistant crops. Think this only refers to food? Keep on reading…

Why are GMOS in my Skin Care Products?

You may be confused by the link between GMO crops and your skin care products, but because so many ingredients in skin care comes from plant sources, it’s inevitable that GMOs will find their way into your beauty products.

A few common examples are canola oil, soy and corn oil, which you’ll find in many moisturizers. Remember, lotions are a combination of water and oil, and the oil must come from somewhere. Many big name commercial companies, that produce products in large quantities, rely on GMO crops as they produce larger yields and protect the crop against pests and bugs.

How Can GMOs Affect My Health?

Because up to 70% of everything you apply to your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, GMOs will eventually find their way into yours if you always purchase conventional products. GMOs can result in a whole array of health problems, ranging from mild skin sensitivities to more serious hormonal disruptions, accelerated aging, and even infertility. Remember, even if an ingredient doesn’t manifest physically, it doesn’t mean it’s not doing harm inside your body.

What to Look Out For?

The best way to avoid GMOs is to always read labels, and never be afraid to ask questions! Look for organic, antioxidant rich ingredients, as well as “GMO free” on the label. However, just because a product is GMO free, doesn’t mean that product doesn’t contain other nasty ingredients so always read your labels, and choose organic wherever possible.


Here at Olga’s Organics you can be sure you are receiving top-notch organic ingredients that feed your skin with love, rather than chemicals, and all our products are 100% GMO free!

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With much love and gratitude,

Olga

 

 

 

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