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Resolutions for Health

Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and it’s New Year’s Resolution time. This is the moment for self reflection, a reckoning of last year’s goals, and a look forward at the goals we want to accomplish in 2015.

First, let’s all agree not to use products that hurt us. That should be a simple decision. Let’s all avoid these chemicals in our personal products:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehydes
  • Triclosans
  • Phthalates

Next, let’s avoid BPA in our food and liquid consumable containers. That means eating less canned foods and reading the recycling labels on plastics.

There are some good things we can add as well. Are you drinking enough water daily? If you don’t like plain water, make 16 ounces of green tea, sweeten with honey and add the juice of one lemon. Sip it throughout the morning. It will help hydrate you and deliver vitamin C and the therapeutic effects of honey and tea. Good for you and tastes great.

Do you get at least a few hours of exercise a week? If not, consider incorporating some small changes into your life. Joining a gym or a group that walks several times a week would be ideal. But even scheduling 15 minutes of stretching or walking twice a day can break up a sedentary morning and afternoon and revitalize your mood and your body.

Let go of at least one negative thing you say to yourself or others. If you are someone who demurs when complimented, stop now. The next time someone says something nice about the way you look, don’t argue with them. Thank them. Period.  No more, “Oh, this old dress?” just a simple, “Thank you so much,” will do it.

Pick someone to encourage. Most of our New Year’s resolutions are about ourselves but how about this idea? Pick a friend or relative who could use a little cheering up and schedule a phone call once a week or an email with a link to a funny video. Or anything you think that would bring a smile to their face.

Let’s face the year ahead with a good attitude and a healthier outlook. Let us know how you are doing on our Facebook page. We care about you!

 

Beauty With A Clear Conscience

We are very excited to have received certification from PETA that our anti-aging skincare products were created without animal testing. If you have been a long term customer of ours you know we do not believe in animal testing. But we wanted to take the next step and get certified so you did not have to take our word for it.

petaYou see, we want everyone to have access to some of the top-grade therapeutic ingredients that promote youthful good looks and healthy skin. But we do not want that to be at the cost of anyone’s health and well-being. That was the philosophy behind the creation of Mango Madness Skincare, that we would never use dangerous ingredients that could harm our customers, and that we would not harm the rest of the earth, either. We avoid the use of a variety of chemicals commonly found in skin care like parabens, formaldehyde, SLS, triclosans, and more because they have been linked in studies to cancer or other health issues. It might be cheaper to use some of those chemicals in the creation of our anti-aging skincare line, but it would be bad for our customers. We also avoid using artificial fragrances because they can irritate sensitive skin, eyes, or even trigger allergy attacks in some clients.

Finally, the idea of having a skincare line that was not tested on animals was a decision we felt we had to make. No one likes the idea of animal-testing and we do not want that on our consciences.  This way, our customers pick up a jar of Mango Madness Skincare and they know they can trust what is behind that label. Just pure, anti-aging goodness. Nothing hiding in the formula but the ingredients that are most effective for your skin. That way you become even more beautiful, and we sleep great at night. Click here to confirm our certification.

What you need to know about sunscreen

July is here and it’s the month with the highest risk of over exposure to the sun – not just because of the intense sunlight this time of the year, but also because we are typically engaged in more outdoor activities in the summer.

You may already know that sunlight causes 80% of skin aging, and we all know that we need to wear a properly formulated sunscreen to protect our skin. However, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding sunscreen.  We’ll try to clear that up.

Sun Protection Factor
First is the question, how much Sun Protection Factor (SPF) do you need? A typical fair skinned person will get a sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight for more than 20 minutes. If you multiply this 20 minutes by the SPF, you’ll get the amount of time you can remain in direct sunlight without getting a sunburn. Therefore, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 would provide 600 minutes or 10 hours of protection (assuming it stays on your skin that long). A higher SPF does not indicate any appreciable additional protection. So the answer: SPF 30 is plenty.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Next there’s the need to protect against all forms of sunlight. Did you know that SPF only relates to the burning rays, also known as UVB?  The other form of sunlight is UVA (sometimes called Aging rays). UVA rays do not give you a sunburn, but penetrate deeper into your skin and cause damage to your DNA. So, besides getting a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, you must be sure to get one that says “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB” on the label.

Ingredients
Finally, there’s the question of: what’s in my sunscreen?  There are basically two types of active ingredients: chemicals and particulates. Some people prefer particulates (such as micronized titanium dioxide) for two reasons – chemicals can cause skin irritation and may also wash off more readily in water or from perspiring, while particulates are less likely to do so. You also want to be sure you have safe ingredients, so look for sunscreen (and all skin care) that is formulated without any harmful ingredients such as parabens.

SUMMARY: Since sunlight causes 80% of aging, you want a good sunscreen with a SPF of 30, Broad Spectrum or UVA/UVB protection, and made with particulates such as titanium dioxide but without any parabens.

Basic Skin Care Principles

You will find a dizzying array of anti-aging skin care products on the market formulated into all manner of creams, lotions, masks, gels, serums and scrubs. Many of these have long lists of complex sounding chemicals. However, the best skin care regimen is not that complicated. The 4 most important and basic things you can do for your skin are to: 1) Exfoliate; 2) Moisturize; 3) Repair; and 4) Protect.

You know that your skin is constantly renewing itself. This is because the outermost layer of our skin is composed of dead cells that function as a protective shield. However, because this layer is non-living tissue, it needs to be replaced from underneath in a continuous cell renewal process.  If this process happens too slowly, typically as we get older, the dead skin cells begin to look dull and drab. However, with exfoliation, you can speed up this process and the result is an outer skin surface that is newer, fresher, and younger looking. This regeneration process also helps to shed age spots and other blemishes we don’t like.

All living things thrive in a moist environment; this is because cells need moisture to perform their functions. A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer will absorb water from the air and keep your skin properly quenched throughout the day. Another benefit of a good moisturizer is that it will plump up your skin to fill in small lines in our face.

Whether we like it or not, most of us have to admit that by the time we reach our 4th decade, our skin has been exposed to years of harsh conditions, including strong cleansers, sunlight, environmental chemicals, and maybe some skin care products that really weren’t so good for us. This is where some superb wrinkle creams can help us recapture several years of lost youth. The two mainstay ingredients in the best wrinkle creams: peptides and retinol. Both retinol and peptides have the ability to help restore collagen and elastin.

Finally, while we do what we can to reverse the signs of aging in our skin, why expose your skin to continued aging factors? Sun exposure causes about 80% of skin aging, And this does not mean a day at the beach. A lifetime of accumulated sun exposure from every day activities gradually depletes the collagen and elastin in our skin and significantly accelerates the aging process. Look for a top quality, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen for your face – and use it every day.

Parabens in Skin Care

One word about health and safety – be sure you only use paraben free skin care products. Parabens are inexpensive preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer in women, and have also been found to speed up skin aging when exposed to sunlight. Look on the label for ingredient lists that do not contain these toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products.

Parabens Revisited

From previous posts, we know that parabens are something to be avoided.

In 2006, researchers in Japan discovered that certain parabens will accelerate the process of skin aging when exposed to UV light, such as sunlight, by causing premature cell destruction. Then in 2008, parabens were linked to breast cancer in women as a result of their use in underarm deodorants as preservatives – this was the result of a university study in Great Britain.

Now, a recent paper in the Journal of Applied Toxicology 2 months ago reveals that of 160 tissue samples removed during breast cancer surgery in a recent study, 158 or more than 99 per cent of the samples contained parabens. Moreover, the majority were located in the area of the breast closest to the underarm.

The paraben molecule is synthetically produced to provide a cheap preservative. Unfortunately, this chemical continues to to be associated with unhealthy outcomes.

For advanced skin care products without parabens, click here: MangoMadnessSkinCare.com

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.

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?

Parabens Shown to Accelerate Skin Aging

You may know that a class of synthetic chemical preservatives known as parabens has been linked to health issues in women, but a recent study has reported that methyl-paraben may accelerate skin aging in the presence of ultraviolet light (sunlight).

So, ironically, certain skin care products containing methylparaben may actually result in more skin aging instead of less!

The study about methylparaben causing skin aging in sunlight was published in the scientific journal Toxicology by researchers at Kyoto university in Japan.

The main health concern with parabens is that they can mimic the effects of estrogens in high doses. This has linked them to breast cancer in women.

Mango Madness Skin Care’s anti-aging skin care products contain no parabens, phthalates, sulfates or petroleum-derived substances.