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Types of Sun Block & SPF Values

Thursday, June 8, 2017 2:42:52 PM Asia/Singapore

Types of Sun Block and SPF Values

SPF Values

Holiday time. Out comes the sunscreen. But which to choose from? SPF Values and Sun Block Type

We like to buy the best. But is it necessary? Is an SPF rating of 65 necessary? 
Look at the graph.

SPF 15 filters about 93% of UV-B rays; 
SPF 30 filters about 97% of UV-B rays; and 
SPF 50 filters about 98% of UV-B rays. 
The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is only a 1% filtering improvement

SPF is a rating of protection against UVB rays!
Yes, UVB is the one that causes skin cancers etc. But UVA causes deep damage (aging, spots etc)
What one MUST look out for is the words BROAD SPECTRUM protection. This protest from both UVA and UVB.
So, an SPF rating of 30 is really, quite good, for a broad spectrum sun block.

 

Types of Sun Block

There are 2 ways of protecting from the sun. Use a mechanical mechanism like reflecting the UV rays away, or chemically, where the chemicals absorb the UV rays and convert them to heat energy. Skip the chemical version, go for the ones that use the reflective mechanism.

Here again, we have to look out for the use of nano-particles. We do not want nano -particles.

Nano particles can penetrate the skin and get into the body. 
TiO2 (titanium dioxide) penetration is considerably more problematic than ZnO (Zinc Oxide) because ZnO breaks down into zinc and oxygen, which the body can handle. We do not have the same ability to break down titanium dioxide. One disturbing study linking titanium dioxide nanoparticles with brain damage in fish is perhaps the first of more to come that will shed new light on the various toxic effects of titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is toxic.

So, we have actively prevent harm when evidence indicates that something may be harmful. It would be wise to assume that non-nano zinc oxide is safer than nano zinc oxide, and that any form of zinc oxide is safer than titanium dioxide.

Until more studies fill in the information gaps, it is safest to conclude that sunscreens made with non-nano zinc oxide are the best alternative. There are still many manufacturers out there who will say that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that the above ingredients are toxic. I agree with them! I am simply not willing to jeopardize my health or the health of my family with exposure to ingredients that are toxic or even potentially toxic — especially when better alternatives exist.

In Summary - for a good sun screen
SPF 30 to 35 is good enough
Broad spectrum.
Zinc Oxide based
No nano-particles
No titanium dioxide
No unnecessary chemicals.

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Types of UV Rays

Thursday, June 8, 2017 2:28:42 PM Asia/Singapore

Different Kinds of UV

I bet you all have heard about UV-A, UV-B and UV-C.Types of UV

So, what is it?

UV = ultra violet light. White light is a combination of different colours. Amongst them, violet. The ultra- violet rays (invisible) are the ones that damage your furniture, fades your curtains and...damages your skin the most. UV rays are split into three types, depending on their wavelength. UVA have the longest wavelength and penetrates the skin the deepest, causing aging, dark spots etc. UVB are shorter and don't penetrate as deep, but, damage the skin surface, which could cause skin cancers. UVC, the shortest wavelength of the three, is usually filtered off by the ozone layer. But in places like Australia, where there is a huge gap in the ozone layer, the UVC rays do get through. These are the most damaging to the skin, causing skin cancer too. In Singapore, and most places, we just need protection from from UVA & UVB.

Your sunblock MUST say Broad Spectrum

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Mole vs Skin Cancer

Thursday, June 8, 2017 2:16:28 PM Asia/Singapore

Mole vs Skin Cancer

It is important to protect one's skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.Identifying skin cancer

Here's some skin related infoimation on moles vs cancer. REMEMBER,

if you are not sure, ask your physician.

The ABCDE of moles vs cancer
A - Asymmetry
B - Border
C - Colour
D - Diameter
E - Elevation, Evolving

Basically, any mole or growth that is CHANGING needs to be checked by a physician.

There is a lot more to this, but seeing this, I am sure you will do your own research. 

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Shaving

Thursday, December 17, 2015 9:27:17 AM Asia/Singapore

SHAVING

By SHEA, located at Orchard Central, #B2-47/48, www.shea.com.sg )

Shaving

Most of us guys shave our face at least 3 times a week. What if I told you that you could get a lot more BENEFIT out of this routine, with almost NO additional effort?

Guys are lucky, sort of. When we shave, we exfoliate. For those who only have to shave their moustache (not everyone has a fully beard) do also “shave” and clean the cheeks and sides as if you did have a beard. There we go. Easy no? This removal of old dead cells gives your face a glow, and cleans at the same time. 

It is important to soften your facial hair before shaving. Thus, it is most beneficial to shower before shaving. And it is very beneficial to use a facial scrub to clean your whole face AND NECK. Don’t forget the neck.  Why do we need to use a scrub if we are going to shave? There are parts of the face that will not be shaved, like your forehead, but this needs to be exfoliated too. Using a scrub also softens the facial hair, making shaving easier.

Always use a lubricant like a good soap, and a badger hair brush to foam up to ensure the lubricant gets deep down. This creates a protective film to protect the skin and to allow for a smooth glide. It is best to shave WITH the grain. Shaving against the grain does give a closer shave, but, you will experience more razor burn. What is razor burn? It’s those little bumps and pimples that pop up after shaving when you forget to apply some form of soothing balm or oil.  

Now that your face is nice and clean after shaving, don’t let this opportunity go to waste. After shaving, the skin is much more receptive to anything you put on it. My system (was) is to apply a serum and a thin film of moisturizer. I NEVER use any alcohol based aftershave. It severely dehydrates your skin.

About a year ago, I started using Saadia Organics 100% Pure Argan Oil after shaving. Holy sh**! This stuff was brilliant! I did not have to use a serum and moisturizer. I only needed this. It left my face feeling really nice with absolutely no oiliness. Hand-squeezed Argan Oil is nutrient rich, very fine, and remains liquid at body temperature. It is absorbed by the skin very fast and does not block your pores, allowing your skin to breathe naturally.

So, for me, I exfoliate my face with a scrub (I experimented with various brands but I like the Exfoliating Scrub and Polishing Peel from Nu Skin) at least once a day in the shower, and ALWAYS apply the Argan Oil after shaving or peeling.

Please do note that there is a big difference between Pure Argan Oil and the blended rubbish being sold out there. Don’t get cheated. You get what you pay for. There is NO substitute for the real thing.

There is a difference between hand-squeezed argan oil and machine pressed argan oil. Sadia Organics Argan Oil is HAND SQUEEZED by Madam Saadia and her team in Morocco. No heat is applied, and all the precious nutrients remain intact. Machine pressing applies heat (damages nutrients) and crushes the pulp so much that even stuff you don't want comes out of the pulp.

When you buy something, look for the value it brings to you, not the price (by the way, our hand squeezed Argan Oil costs the same as the big name brand, but you get a much higher quality and effective Argan Oil from ours, as we don't have to pay the long supply chain. We get ours direct).  Always look for the EFFECTIVE VALUE you get from what you buy.

SHEA (Orchard Central, #B2-47/48, www.shea.com.sg) offers pure hand squeezed Argan Oil from Saadia Organics, which we believe is probably the best Argan Oil in the world. We also offer the Nu Skin Exfoliating Scrub and Polishing Peel.

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Cellulite, And what to do about it.

Monday, November 9, 2015 3:36:48 PM Asia/Singapore

CELLULITE,
and what to do about it

This is a problem many people face, especially ladies. So what is this nasty bumpy stuff? It’s a combinations of swollen fat cells, water and waste fluids. So how is it formed? It’s a combination of diet, hormonal balance, diet change, aging and exercise.

It happens in 5 steps.

  • Fat metabolism is disturbed
  • Fat cells increase in size
  • Fat cells squeeze capillaries and disrupt micro circulation
  • Skins collagen & elastin support structure breaks down
  • Fluid retention increases

The image explains this quite clearly

Cellulite Formation

Simple enough, the formation of cellulite is known. But, getting rid of it is a whole other story. So, to decrease cellulite, choose products with ingredients that can concentrate cellular energy to help do the following

  • Break down fat
  • Reduce fat storage
  • Increase circulation to remove toxins
  • Increase the firmness of the skin
  • Even out affected areas

This is best done by eating correctly, exercise and massaging the affected areas with the right topical creams & related products

Our Seaweed Batch Anti-Cellulite products do just this. The soap helps massage the affected areas and the cream penetrates the skin and helps drain the retained fluids. For more detail on their active ingredients and how they work, click here. More Info

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Why Skin Wrinkles

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:47:35 AM Asia/Singapore

WHY SKIN WRINKLES

Young and Old SkinHealthy young skin maintains and appropriate moisture levels through the sealing and protective properties of the moisture barrier. The moisture barrier is made up of keratinocytes (keratin filled skin cells) surrounded and sealed by ceramides, lipids and fatty acids. As we age, the skin produces fewer ceramides, lipids and fatty acids. This weakened moisture barrier results in water loss and dryness.

Loss of smoothness and suppleness is due to the break-down of collogen and elastin. Collagen is a structural protein found in the dermis provides a mesh like framework of support and strength for the skin. As we age, collagen production decreases and collagen fibres degrade at a faster rate than earlier years. The result is an overall decrease in the amount of collagen in the dermis. Areas with less support cave in and wrinkles form. Another skin structural protein found in the dermis is elastin. This coil like protein has the ability to snap back into place after stretching, giving skin its elastic quality.

Vitamin E provides protection against free radicals and premature aging caused by sun damage and pollutants. It also works with Vitamin C to help reconstruct collagen, help retain moisture and skin firmness.  Vitamin thus, helps scars fade faster, helps repair from UV damage, improves elasticity, reduce itchiness due to eczema and psoriasis.

One of the best sources of vitamin E is Saadia Organics Hand extracted Argan Oil. Where the full benefits of the nutrients can be experienced as it is not subjected to heat. Grab a Bottle and see the difference.

 

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Argan Oil for Face and Skin

Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:42:51 PM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL FOR FACE AND SKIN

Argan_FaceArgan Oil is known as nature's ultimate anti-aging product. It is extremely high in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, sterols, polyphenols, and carotenoids. Argan Oil also contains squalene, which has been promoted as having anti-cancer properties.

Argan Oil is good for both dry and oily skin types. Because it helps to regulate the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), oil on the skin will reduce and issues such as acne are greatly improved. 

For basic skin care, Argan Oil can be used as a daily moisturiser and as a makeup base. It is also useful for skin conditions such as: psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, contact dermatitis, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, scarring, minor burns and cracked heels.

Argan Oil also produces excellent results on new tattoos by soothing the area, decreasing itchiness and helping the skin to heal quickly.  In addition, it is ideal to use after waxing, laser treatments and even chemical peels. 

Argan oil absorbs quickly into the skin, thus, it does not leave a sticky afterfeel. Very importantly, argan oil does not block pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely, and, allowing the skin to naturally discharge waste by sweating.

Usage: Apply in a circular motion to clean skin morning and night until absorbed. Be sure to include the area around your eyes. You will be able to see a difference within a few days of consistent use. Those with dry skin like to use it morning and night, while some with oilier skin like to just use once per day. It it recommended to allow the argan oil to absorb fully into the skin before going into the sun as argan oil is light sensitive. Let it absorb, and do it's magic.

 

side note : always use a sunblock to protect your skin from UVa, UVb & UVc when going out into the sun.

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Argan Oil for Nails

Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:35:44 PM Asia/Singapore

ARGAN OIL FOR NAILS

Argan NailsNails become brittle for a number of reasons, among them, over drying. This can occue due to repeated use of nail polish remover or working is dry environments. Ever notice your nails becoming fizzu after filing?  This occurs when nails absorb too much water. Usually, happens to those who have their hands in water, like washing the dishes etc. 

Argan oil is easily absorbed by nails. When nails are over dry, argain oil help to gve them more flexibility thus preventing them from chipping and breaking easily. For fuzzy nails, Argan Oil acts as a water repellant, preventing nails from absorbibg too much water. Argan Oil’s richness in Vitamin E, F, and essential fatty acids thus promote strength in easily broken nails and will ensure cuticles are smooth and in great condition.

As a bonus, applying a teensy weensy bit of argan oil on your nails after applying nail polish (after they are properly dry of course) will make the coating more flexible and less prone to chipping, making the nail polish look nicer for a longer time. 

But don’t forget your toes! Your toenails and feet will benefit greatly from regular use of Argan Oil.  If you suffer from very dry, cracked heels this is the product for you.

Use:  Massage a drop or two of Saadia Organics Argan Oil on your cuticles, nails and hands as needed. For a more intensive treatment, mix equal parts of Argan Oil and lemon juice and soak your nails in it for ten minutes.

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Posted in Argan Oil Body and Skin Care By Jag

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