Archive for April, 2011

When I’m out, I study people’s skin – not in a judgmental manner but in more of a “what can I do to help?” kinda way. I have to admit that I see a lot of bad skin out there – acne and premature aging everywhere. This really isn’t necessary because we have the knowledge, tool and products to control these conditions.

The three biggest infractions against skin health are:

TANNING BEDS – Might seem obvious to some but with the rise in popularity of the Jersey Shore, I think people need to be reminded. It looks unnatural and screams ‘I have sun damage!’. You will age prematurely with fine lines and leathery skin.

CIGARETTES – I know most people don’t smoke but for those who do – beware – you will likely develop droopy skin because it breaks down elasticity. This is not a good look.

BAD SKIN PRODUCTS. There are so many people with acne it makes me wonder how the gazillion dollar skin care industry could be failing so many people. It is caused by the over production of sebum, an internal thing that can be treated externally. You need the right cleanser, toner, exfoliant and light moisturizer. You also need to ditch the make-up. It is a vicious cycle of the make-up creating zits and wearing the make-up to cover up the zits. My philosophy is that if you are using the right skin care, you don’t need cover up or foundation. It doesn’t make sense that the same companies that are creating “miracle” skin care products also want to sell you foundation….?????? Put your skin on a make up and bad petroleum product detox and get the skin you’ve always wanted – low maintenance and stunning.

I think people are going to the wrong places for help. Everyone has different skin so it is best to get samples of products first and try them out instead of spending a fortune on stuff you can’t use. This is especially important for those with sensitive or problem skin. Don’t trust that because it is in fancy packaging with a high price tag that it is going to do anything for your skin. Chemicals should only be added to formulas when it is absolutely necessary and not as cheap filler. Read your labels and make sure that the majority of the ingredients are botanical rather than synthetic petroleum-derived.

p.s. Cocoon Apothecary samples will be available online next month

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“Our real identity is that we are both biological organism and biosphere constantly recycling and evolving” – Deepak Chopra

In the past year, the planet has experienced two perilous events connected to our energy industries – the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the partial meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. It has begged us to consider what we are doing to this planet. We are allowing big business and government policies to destroy our eco-systems. Take the tar sands operation in Alberta for example, it has poisoned the Athabasca River, made farmland into wasteland and has been clear cutting our precious Boreal Forest and will continue to do so. It also creates higher incidences of cancer and autoimmune disorders in the First Nations communities in the region. For what? Oil that mostly goes to the US through a pipeline. It’s ludicrous.

This year Canada is investing $145 million into green energy. Sounds great until you compare it to the $1.4 billion that the oil and gas industry receives, with the majority of it going to the tar sands developments. This does not make sense! I urge Canadians to look at who they are electing May 2 and consider their policies on preserving our country. Environmentalism should not be politicized – we all live here and we all need clean air, water and soil to survive.

On a brighter note, there is a positive side. When I drive through the countryside, I see solar panels and windmills popping up everywhere. It is encouraging to think that these industries will continue to grow and innovate and perhaps become a big part of our sustainable future.  The solar industry is experiencing a reported 40% annually while wind is close behind with 30%. Let’s make this year about demanding clean energy alternatives. The world can no longer be enslaved to destructive industries that will surely be our demise.

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Olea europaea

certified organic

Extraction: cold-pressed, organically refined

Origin: Tunisia

Description:  A tree that grows to 8 metres, lives for hundreds of years and has been culitivated for over 5000 years. Indigeneous to the Mediterranean region, the fruit ripens from green to black and the flesh is cold-pressed to obtain the oil.

Components: Vitamin E, Vitamin K, polyphenols, linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid

Skin Benefits:

  • supports elasticity
  • moisturizes and protects skin
  • hypoallergenic – ideal for sensitive skin

Found in: Touchy Feely Body Lotion

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As you age, your skin can begin to look dull and lackluster. This is especially visible in the morning before you’ve washed your face. Dead skin cells can build up on your skin and create an extra layer that literally masks the more vital skin underneath. Regular exfoliation removes these cells to reveal a natural glow and increases the rate that new cells regenerate, a process that decreases with age.

Exfoliating is essential for acne-prone skin. Pimples and blackheads occur when sebum, dirt and pollutants get stuck in pores. The build up of these substances inflame the skin creating an eruption. The best way to avoid this is to keep pore openings clear of dead skin cells and debris.

The best way to remove these cells is to gently exfoliate them away. There are many ways to do this but the one that we promote is Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser – a 2 in 1 solution that can be used daily. It contains small rounded jojoba beads that are an eco-friendly, biodegradable option to silicone, a petroleum byproduct that is harmful to our water systems.

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