We often hear about the harmful toxins and pollutants in the air we breathe and even in the food we eat, but have you ever thought about all the toxins we apply to our face and bodies? Most skin care products contain petroleum (crude oil) derivatives called petrochemicals, and the most widely used ones in skin care are mineral oils, parabens and fragrances. They are inexpensive to produce but unfortunately for us, their long-term effects can be hazardous to our health. Petrochemicals are known to cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and have carcinogenic effects on our bodies. In other words, they are cancer causing agents. It’s frightening to discover that most, if not all major brands, use these carcinogenic ingredients. However, consumers can be assured that there are plenty of eco-friendly, cost effective alternatives available that don’t use any of these harmful artificial substances.
VietSun had the pleasure of interviewing Graydon Moffat, the mastermind behind Graydon-Clinical Luxury by Nature (www.clinicalluxurybynature.com). Her goal to create a product line that is high quality, eco-friendly, and affordable for everyone is an inspiration in itself. Her pure plant-based products have recently been featured in Flare and Best Health Magazine and now VietSun is excited to highlight a few of her best selling products.
1. THE CLEANSER
This powerful and yet non-abrasive cleanser contains no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), an agent commonly found in face cleansers, shampoos, detergents and mouthwash. (SLS is the active ingredient that makes your soap foams, and although those bubbles appear to be harmless, SLS is a well known carcinogen and can interfere with and damage the human nervous system). This creamy cleanser lifts dirt and oil from the surface of your skin, deep cleans your pores and removes your make-up without leaving behind an oily residue. It is lightly scented with lovely tones from pink grapefruit, blood orange, essential oils and best of all, you won’t have to apply a moisturizing cream after you cleanse your face. Last but not least, this miracle cleanser can even take off your water-proof mascara! It has been tried, tested and proven true! If you are still in disbelief, I suggest you see it for your own eyes.
2. GREEN CREAM
The Green Cream is a light, non-greasy, fast absorbing moisturizer with plenty of ingredients you’d likely find in a fresh and nutritious salad. This cream contains oil from thousands of pressed broccoli seeds, which act as a detoxifying and anti-oxidative agent, helping to prevent premature aging. It also contains a medley of herbal extracts – thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley – which gives you a cooling sensation immediately after application, similar to an aromatic spa treatment. Thyme acts as an antiseptic; parsley and sage have antibacterial and healing properties; while rosemary stimulates cell growth and helps clear acne. This cream works well for every skin type from oily to dry, from young to mature skin and everything in between.
Most sunblocks contain Oxybenzone, which very effectively absorbs a broad spectrum of UV rays. It was thought that this chemical would just sit on the surface of your skin and block the sun’s damaging rays. However, we now know it absorbs quickly through the skin and travels straight into the bloodstream. It is not known how long it stays in your system but Oxybenzone can damage your cells and can cause hormonal disruption in your body. Glow is Oxybenzone free. It contains sun reflective oils and antioxidants which protect your skin while simultaneously nourish it. The unique and alluring element of this sunblock, aside from its natural ingredients, is that it contains the mineral mica. This ingredient will give your skin a beautiful glow and help even out your skin tone by diffusing light across your skin.
Start treating your facial products as if they are for consumption and always choose to go organic !
Trang Pham is lead makeup artist of Code: Beauty,