Friday, May 28, 2010

Enough of chocolate treat for all the sun worshipers.

Well, mainly it is a baby sunscreen, but everyone can borrow. And you will not regret. Sun'n'Fun Organic baby sunscreen is chemical-free, toxin-free, full of antioxidants and smells like chocolate..... proud creation of Sweetsation Therapy. And now we offer it in Limited Edition Jumbo 9oz canister. It's small enough to fit in pretty much any bag but it's big enough to last a long time.Ingredients: Deionized Water (Aqua), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Lecithin, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) fruit extract, Organic Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cacao Butter), Helichrysum Essential Oil, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Cannabis Sativus (Hemp Seed Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol (safe, paraben-free food grade preservative), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Xanthan Gum. Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (6.5%) NON-NANO, Titanium Dioxide (2.5%). NON-NANO

And while you are exploring the world of Sweetsation, visit their Memorial Day SALE to stock up on delicious organic treats for your skin.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bananas and apples in skin care. Weekend Home Spa.

The Chemistry Behind Bananas

Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, C, B6 and B12. They also are full of potassium and magnesium. Therefore this offers great antioxidants for our bodies and are great at purifying our skin with these nourishing benefits. Plus they offer gentle fruit acid exfoliation for removing dead skin cells and leaves the skin looking revitalized, smooth and brighter.

The Chemistry Behind Apples

Apples contain an alpha-hydroxy acid, which refines and rejuvenates the skin. It is best known for it's moisturizing and anti-aging properties, making it perfect for dry or mature skin. It also has exceptional elastase inhibition activity, making it suitable for treatments aimed at maintaining the skin's youthful elasticity. Applying the fruit to your face and neck will give you a healthy dose of vitamins A, B, C and E as well as antioxidants protecting your skin from sun damage. Apple is beneficial for helping to keep your healthy complexion, treat and prevent acne breakouts.

If you are up for a home Spa treatment, here is the recipe of The Facial Mask Using Banana and Apple As Key Ingredients

Mash 1/2 of a ripe banana and a 1/4 of an apple either with a fork or use a food processor or Kitchenaid mixer. Then add a tsp of Honey or Jojoba oil. Mix well with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Oatmeal. Apply to cleansed face and neck and leave on for the desired time (10-20 min). Rinse off with clean warm water and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer. This mask moisturizes, tones and exfoliates the skin. Honey is an excellent humectant and also has antibacterial properties. Oatmeal is great for moisturizing, plus it helps soothe dry, itchy skin and reduce inflammation the organic way.

And if you are not up for just a weekend treat, a few of our Sweetsation skin care products contain both Banana and Apple in it's ingredients, to keep your skin clear, radiant and beautiful every day.

Aqua*Tica Organic Botanical Night Cream

Contains: Apple as well as Papaya, Watermelon, Guava, Apricot, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Argan, Acai and a lot more.

Q*Lumiere Organic Day Creme with Cucumber and Co Q10

Contains: Apple as well as Oat, Papaya, Guava, Watermelon, Raspberry, Sea Buckthorn, Strawberry, Apricot, Pineapple and lots more.

C*Perfect Skin Organic Foaming Face Cleanser with Enzymes, Antioxidants & Vitamin

Contains: Apple, Banana as well as Argan, Watermelon, Strawberry, Papaya and Calendula.

Monday, May 3, 2010

What is the Difference Between Sunscreen and Sunblock

Sunscreen and sunblock are both sunscreens. Within this broad category are chemical and physical sunscreens. The difference between the two is how the ingredients treat ultraviolet rays.

Chemical sunscreens absorb ultraviolet radiation before it penetrates the skin. These sunscreens often are colorless and maintain a thin visible film on the skin. They usually contain UVB absorbing chemicals and more recently contain UVA absorbers as well.

Physical sunscreens, sometimes referred to as sunblocks, are products containing ingredients such a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which physically block ultraviolet radiation (UVR) by scattering or reflecting UVR before it can penetrate the skin.

Physical sunscreens or sunblocks provide broad protection against both UVB and UVA light. However, they can be cosmetically unacceptable to many people, because they are often messy, visible and do not easily wash off. However, some new zinc oxide products are available in brightly colored preparations which are popular with young people. Physical sunscreen is recommended for individuals who have unusual sensitivity to UVR.

Sun Protection Factor

All sunscreens contain an SPF or sun protection factor, a measurement of the amount of UVB protection. Currently, there is no standard rating system to measure UVA protection.

SPF is not an indication of how much time you can spend in the sun. For example, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 rather than one with an SPF 15, it doesn’t mean you can stay in the sun twice as long. In reality, an SPF of 15 filters out about 93 percent of the UVB rays; SPF 30 filters about 97 percent of UVB rays. The beneficial effects of sunscreen decreases over time, so after a few hours the difference between the two may be even less.

UVA, UVB and Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Although there is currently no rating system that measures UVA protection, both UVA and UVB are dangerous.

Ultraviolet-A: UVA are long wave solar rays. Although less likely than UVB to cause sunburn, UVA penetrates the skin more deeply and is responsible for wrinkling, leathering and other aspects of photoaging. The latest studies show that UVA increases UVB’s cancer causing effects, but may directly cause some cancers, including melanoma.

Ultraviolet-B: UVB are short wave solar rays. They are more potent than UVA in causing sunburn and are the main cause of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas as well as a significant cause of melanoma.

Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Look on the ingredient labels for oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, avobenzone (Parsol 1789), ecamsule, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.


Most people use sunscreen too sparingly. A liberal application of sunscreen, recommended by the medical community, is about one shot glass or one ounce or 29 milliliters of sunscreen. If you have a four-ounce tube of sunscreen, you should use a quarter of it for every application.

Apply sunscreen about thirty minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or more often if needed.

Be safe and have fun in the sun!