Monthly Archives: September 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Being  a 100% paraben free skin care products company, Mango Madness Skin Care is committed not only to helping women achieve healthier, more beautiful skin, but also in the health and well being of women.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mango Madness Skin Care is donating $1.00 from every sale during October to breast cancer research.

Thank you for your support.

What is Squalane and how does it help my skin?

Widely used in the best deep smoothing creams, moisturizers and cosmetics, squalane is now typically derived from plant sources such as olive oil. Once commonly derived from shark liver oil, environmentally responsible skin care product manufacturers, including Mango Madness Skin Care, use only vegetable derived sources.

Its ability to penetrate the skin efficiently promotes the creation of new skin cells and retards bacterial growth.

Because of its small molecule size, squalane absorbs into the skin readily and has no greasy feeling. And because it is chemically similar to the skin’s own oil, sebum, it is a very compatible and effective anti-aging skin moisturizer and conditioner. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and is therefore less likely to degrade from oxidation.

It can be very effective on certain skin problems such as rashes or dermatitis when nothing else seems to work. Its ability to minimize cracks in dry skin helps keep germs out. It is also effective at preventing and minimizing age spots and wrinkles on your skin.

This product is a clear oil that is silky and soft to the touch. It is highly compatible with the epidermal layer of the skin. It is non toxic and can even be taken orally. It helps prevent water loss in the skin and is especially effective at facilitating the absorption of desired skin care ingredients through the epidermis.

For these reasons, squalane is a valuable compound for minimizing the aging process of skin. It is produced naturally in our bodies in small quantities, especially in our youth. As we age, however, its production decreases, making it important to replenish it as we get older by applying it to our skin in topical preparations.

An excellent product containing squalane is Peptide 6™ anti-aging skin cream.

What are Molecular Weights in Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic moisturizers are sometimes formulated with dual molecular weights. The term “molecular weights” sounds like something we should remember from Chemistry class – what it refers to is the size of the molecule. Hyaluronic Acid can be manufactured in both High molecular weight and Low molecular weight.  The easy way to understand this is that High molecular weights are big molecules and Low molecular weights are small molecules.

So, what’s the significance? Simply, that the big molecules sit on the surface of your skin and the small molecules can penetrate more deeply into the epidermal (top) skin layer.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has the ability to attract and hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture – making it the best facial moisturizer you can find. Most HA is manufactured in the High molecular weight size. This means that the HA absorbs and retains moisture on the surface of your skin, which is typically is the driest part of your skin because the skin cells are older and are also exposed to the elements.

The beauty of the Low molecular weight HA is that its small molecule size penetrates just below the surface. When it absorbs moisture, the molecule expands. This causes your skin to plump up – and has the beneficial effect of smoothing out wrinkles from underneath.

The best Hyaluronic Acid serums can have both High and Low molecular weight components to hydrate your skin inside and out and help reduce wrinkles.

Don’t wear white after Labor Day, but…..

Fashion protocol will say not to wear white after Labor Day based on the tradition that Summer is over, BUT – keep wearing your sunblock!

Not only is Summer officially not over until September 20, but because the skin aging effects of sunlight are cumulative year-round, you should wear your sunblock every day.  We are advising this sun protection because the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging on your skin.

When you look for a good, protective sunscreen, be sure it says “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” and protects against both UVA and UVB.  Also, choose a sunscreen that is water resistant (per FDA, manufacturers can’t claim “waterproof” anymore – even for the best sunscreens), and reapply as necessary during the day since perspiration will dilute the protection. And of course, if you go swimming, reapply immediately afterward.

Also remember that ultraviolet light from the sun (UVA and UVB) is invisible, so if it’s a cloudy or overcast day, the harmful rays are still there.

Parabens as Preservatives Linked to Health Issues

Parabens are widely used, inexpensive preservatives found in a variety of consumer products. In a 2008 study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology (Darbre, et al), parabens have been linked to breast cancer in women.

Preservatives by themselves are not a bad thing, and all products that hope to have any appreciable shelf life need preservatives. One of the oldest preservatives in our history is salt – used to keep foods from spoiling. Think of “salt pork.” Without preservatives, many of our foods and consumer products would either spoil or begin to harbor unhealthy bacteria or fungus. However, we must select our preservatives with care.

The problem with parabens is that their chemical structure is similar to estrogen – and this can contribute to the growth and proliferation of malignant tumors. Parabens are “xenoestrogens” – estrogen-like substances that originate outside our bodies and are commonly found in many products and chemicals. Other xenoestrogens include formaldehyde, phthalates and bisphenol A.

The scientific evidence and research on parabens as a cancer-promoting chemical is not completely conclusive, but the association is there – why take a chance when 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime?