Monday, June 23, 2014

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-The Pink Team

Monday, January 27, 2014

Apricot Kernel Oil – A Favorite in Cosmetics

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Apricot kernel oil is a popular ingredient among our products here at Pink Horizons. This light and gentle oil is high in essential fatty acids and rich in vitamins like C and E. Due to its GLA (gamma linoleic acid) content, it assists the skin in maintaining a healthy moisture barrier. It is a great oil for prematurely aged, dry and irritated skin because it is easily absorbed into the skin. The properties found in apricot kernel oil also benefit a person with an oily complexion. It is known to be a skin softener and a lubricant, and may contribute to the retention of elasticity, clarity, and suppleness of the skin.  

We can see why this natural resource is commonly found as an ingredient in many cosmetics and skin care products. However, not all apricot kernels are ‘created equal.’ In order to have the most beneficial form of this oil, we must make sure it is cold-pressed, unrefined, and extracted from organic apricot kernels.  

At Pink Horizons, we make a point to use the purest and highest quality. We stand proudly by our products and our choice of ingredients (such as this one), because our suppliers and the companies we do business with carry the same vision and ethical standards that we do. Our suppliers support the principles of Fair Trade systems, which inspects and certifies their working conditions, labor practices, environmental and social programs, the origins of their products, and their overall transparency to the public. All of our business partners work for the advancement of organic agriculture and sustainability. Natural resources like the apricot kernel oil are some of the many beneficial elements that Mother Nature provides, and our team here at Pink Horizons incorporates the best of them into our formulations with great admiration. 

To view our products made with Apricot Kernel Oil, click here.


Reference:
Pederson, Kevin. Benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil. Health Guidance. http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/1807/1/Benefits-of-Apricot-Kernel-Oil.html

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Restoring the Moisture Barrier | Botanist's Body Lotion | Skin Deep Mobile App


This fall, our founders wrote a couple of great articles for the US's two leading spa magazines, Les Nouvelle Esthetiques and Spa (LNE) and Dermascope Magazine. LNE featured the article entitled “Cause Marketing: Is your event matching your message?” It focuses on marketing for a cause and the importance of transparency in related business practices. Visit LNE online to read their latest digital edition. Dermascope Magazine's November issue entitled Restoring the Moisture Barrier: Proper Epidermal Hydration for Oncology Clients provides information about the importance of protecting the skin’s moisture barrier. Read it here!


New Product Launch!
Our new Botanist's Body Lotion not only brings amazing health benefits, but your skin will fall in love with its soothing and silky feel. It was originally our little secret... made only for members of the Pink Team, friends and family. But the word got out! The buzz about the Botanist's Body Lotion began to reach places and people that we had never heard from before and the requests started coming in!  At that point, we realized that we had to share this skin care gem with YOU too. So here it is - Get yours during the holiday season! 

Wait no more... The SKIN DEEP MOBILE APP is finally here! Use it to scan the barcodes of personal care products at your local store, view their toxicity scores and see if those products are worth your health! This free app is available for apple and android platforms and it comes with other cool features such as daily tips, history of products reviewed, and an option to save your favorites, like Pink HorizonsDownload this app, check the score on the products you are using and while you're there, search for us and see how we are one of the safest companies in the world!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Love Your Body

“Loving your body” may signify something different to each person.  For us (The Pink Team), when we say to our friends and family: “You should love your body,” it boils down to 1) Eating right 2) Using Toxin-free personal care products and 3) Maintaining a positive mindset.

Eating right consists of gaining the proper nutrition that our bodies need in order to function properly. This can be obtained through eating high amounts of fruits and veggies, lean quality proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Also reducing (or eliminating altogether) processed foods and high quantities of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners will provide your body with the fuel it needs.

When it comes to personal care products, we must be careful to choose only what our bodies deserve.  The personal care and cosmetics industry is one of the poorest regulated industries in the United States where women are being exposed to over 100 unique chemicals without ever leaving their bathroom. We are bound to learn about the ingredients found in these products, and we need to make sure we avoid using those that are harmful to our health.  There are natural, toxin-free products available and made by companies that do care about our health and well-being more than just their bottom line.

Finally, keeping a clear and positive mindset is another form of demonstrating love for your body and for yourself.  Your mind should be kept as a sanctuary – peaceful, free of contamination, and clean.  We must only allow thoughts and ideas that benefit us rather than hurt or disturb our state of being. Loving your body is giving your body, and yourself, what you deserve. From food, to skin care, to a single thought, you deserve only the best. Remember that.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Editorial Spotlight & Product Highlights

We've been in the news a lot lately, and we'd just like to share some product highlights and our latest editorial spotlight with our readers! 

Next month is 'Pink October' and now is the time to decide which nonprofits you're going to support (if any). In Les Nouvelle's business section of this month's issue, we talk about cause marketing and how to team up with responsible organizations during breast cancer awareness month. Although the article speaks to professionals in the skin care industry, the content is universal. Read 'Does Your Event Match Your Message?' here.
Our friends at Dermascope Magazine have featured some of our best this season, including the Coco-Mint Lip Factor, Therapeutic Massage Oil, and our ever-so popular BioFactor Collagen Gel (featured twice this month as our product of choice to support our partner organization Breast Cancer Action).

To get your free Think Before You Pink Toolkit, follow the link and instructions. There's no better time than now to move beyond simple 'awareness' and into a real movement of change.

                     
October is right around the corner and we're thrilled to be able to share more exciting press releases and events with our readers. Come back next month to find out about the latest skincare modalities for cancer patients and survivors, and get a sneak peek at our upcoming product launches!

Join the conversation by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter

You can also email us at skincare@pinkhorizons.com to share your questions and thoughts, or call us at (646) 504-SKIN

See you next month! 
-Your friends at Pink Horizons



Monday, August 26, 2013

What's in your lipstick!?

It's amazing. 
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Just when the seemingly endless pursuit for healthy personal care and cosmetics comes to a halt with the promise of greater government oversight, popular drug store brands sneak toxic chemicals back into their products while we wait for subcommittees in Washington to show some backbone. 

Back in 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested products made by L'Oreal, CoverGirl, and Dior and found that they contained lead - a highly toxic substance that causes brain and nervous system damage. The companies pulled their act together out of fear of losing their bottom line and consumers were led into a false sense of safety. Fast forward to 2013. A recent study conducted by the University of California - Berkeley found lead and other toxic heavy metals in lipstick, yet again. It's like a little kid being caught red-handed with his fingers in the cookie jar and then doing it again when he knows no one is around to catch him in the act. The only difference is that these huge cosmetic companies are knowingly causing consumers tremendous harm with no regard for public health or safety.

One thing is for sure. Consumers have a lot of power, and knowing where to best spend their purchasing dollars is the first step to changing the tides when it comes to public health. Spreading that knowledge is just as important. We have to keep the momentum building to a point where the scales have a chance to tip in our favor. 

Don't forget to use your biggest weapon when it comes to personal care: the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database with over 64,000 products and ingredients. If you're nervous about what products to choose for yourself or for your family, take 5 minutes to look it up. Five minutes is all it takes to feel confident about your purchase. You can also always feel free to email us at skincare@pinkhorizons.com to learn more about toxin-free living.

Source: Green America Newsroom, August 7, 2013.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Benefits of Vitamin B3 and What It Can Do For Your Skin

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Vitamin B3 (niacin) or more specifically, the amide of Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide has gained popularity over the last decade or so due to its multifunctional benefits. This beneficial ingredient has been studied in-depth and its results have been peer-reviewed to a rather satisfying extent (compared to many other marketed ingredients out there). As far back as 1995, Niacinamide has demonstrated its ability to work just as well as a prescription of Clindamycin for acne and without the risk of antibiotic resistance. It is known as a cell-communicating ingredient that can either enhance healthy cell communication or block damaging cellular pathways. Overall, cell-communicating ingredients complement antioxidants to improve skin-cell function. 

According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology along with the British Journal of Dermatology, topical application of Niacinamide has the ability to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels as well as stimulate microcirculation in the dermis and prevent transepidermal water loss. Among these benefits, Niacinamide also has an inhibitory effect on the transfer of melanosomes to skin cells, therefore it's able to decrease skin discolorations. Its reputation for diminishing wrinkles lends to the fact that it improves elasticity and is able to repair the moisture barrier effectively by increasing hydration levels. 

Keep your eye out for products that contain anywhere from 2-4% of Niacinamide in their formulations, since these are the most suited for its positive effects on skin. Although Niacinamide is safe and can be used by all skin types, individuals with very sensitive skin should err on the side of caution and use lower concentrations since it can potentially cause flushing (redness and warmth). Regardless of your choice in concentration, always remember to read your labels and use only toxin-free skin care products. 

Sources: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2011, pg 87–99British Journal of Dermatology, December 2009, pg 1,357–1,364; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pg 860-865; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, pg 88; and Journal of Dermatological Science, volume 31, 2003, pg 193-201; Begoun, Paula. Don't go to the cosmetics counter without me. 2008, 7th Edition, pg 1083-1084 & 1128.