Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quick Tips for Safe Skin Care

Be Toxin Free
There is no denying the research linking toxic cosmetic ingredients to either cancer or endocrine and reproductive dysfunctions. Remember that your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it, and the rather shocking part for most people is that your skin does not have the ability to metabolize toxins the same way your liver does when you ingest something. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to know what you are putting on your skin - and more importantly, your children's.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a quick list of ingredients to avoid in personal care products for both adults and children found in many common brands on the market.  Being aware of the effects that these products have on your health is the first step to making a real change in your household. The increasing rate of cancer and the overall deteriorating health of the United States is a result of poor industrial regulation on the corporations that manufacture these detrimental products. A new wave of socially responsible companies are emerging and finally giving consumers a real choice among their personal care products. It is now up to you to do your research and decide who gets to stay in your bathroom cabinet and who needs to go!

Use this list created by EWG to guide your efforts in redefining your personal care:

•  Triclocarban (bar soap)
•  Triclosan (liquid soap and toothpaste)
•  Retinyl palmitate or retinol (facial care products)
•  PEG, ceteareth and polyethylene
•  Parabens: propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl
•  DMDM hydantoin 
•  Formaldehyde or formalin (polish, hardeners or other nail products) 
•  Toluene 
•  Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) 
•  Diazolidinyl urea
•  Imidazolidinyl urea 
•  Oxybenzone
•  Boric acid (diaper cream)
•  2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol) (baby wipes)
•  FRAGRANCE: Products with “Fragrance” on the label can contain 100s of  chemicals and trigger allergic reactions. Skip these products

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The safest and most effective form of collagen

Many cosmetic companies still extract collagen from the dermal matrix of animals, a practice that is not only unnecessary, but also unethical and damaging to the natural ecosystems of our planet. A safe and far more effective alternative comes from extracting yeast derived polysaccharides. They contain the same effective moisture retentive properties as traditional animal derived sources, yet more important than this is the fact that carefully extracted polysaccharides amplify the moisture binding properties by maintaining the integrity of the glycosidic linkages, which are absent from all animal derived collagen. 

Pseudocollagen, the term given to this form of yeast derived collagen is a true water-soluble moisturizing glycoprotein that is created by extracting the intra-cellular matrix from live yeast cells, ultimately preserving its high molecular weight and ‘native’ structure. Similar to the sugar and protein complexes found in the dermis, it consists of a moisturizing complex of sugars and proteins responsible for providing turgor and shape inside the cell. 

Pseudocollagen imparts mature skin with firmness, moisture, and structural support, all while maintaining environmentally and ethically safe standards in skin care. We use pseudocollagen in our Antioxidant Refining Toner and our Omega Hydrating Complex

To learn more about our sustainable and effective line of ingredients, please visit our Information Bank. Join our toxin-free campaign by visiting us at pinkhorizons.com!   

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Road to Recovery: How Spa Professionals Can Benefit Cancer Patients

Dermascope Magazine - September Issue 2012
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become widely accepted over the last decade as a supplementary avenue to be used in conjunction with traditional medicine for treating cancer and its side effects. Approximately 80 percent of cancer patients use at least one CAM modality or another, often looking to their spa professionals for additional support and guidance in the process. For most of us, the spa is a place of true solace and retreat. Often times we find ourselves seeking the benefits of spa treatments hoping to regain our sense of self, which is usually lost in the daily grind of life's activities. In the case of an individual diagnosed with cancer, this tendency is even more pronounced with a distinct desire to participate in their own treatment and recovery, and feel empowered to make proactive choices regarding their overall personal well-being. Continue reading at Dermascope.com

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Different Kind of Pink

We are developing a new campaign together with Breast Cancer Action (www.bcaction.org) where we wish to unfold important information about the 'other side' of Breast Cancer 'Awareness' now that the pink month is around the corner.

Our campaign consists of streamlining the importance of fighting cancer and living toxin-free while sharing this information with as many loved ones as possible. Of course, we can only do this with YOUR help.  If you or someone you know has cancer, then please let us know.  Pink Horizons is committed to taking a serious stand for all of us. Join us and start wearing and supporting a Different Kind of Pink.

Our campaign consists of various activities during the month of October.

How to treat cancer clients in a spa setting

The Pink Team wrote an article in a leading spa magazine, Dermascope, where we speak to spa professionals about various techniques for treating clients suffering through cancer, and how they can positively impact their road to recovery. If you are a spa professional, please read this important article here and leave us your questions and comments – we would love to hear from you.

Pink Horizons will also have a web banner on the Dermascope website, where it will direct visitors to the campaign, for the purpose of educating our professionals on the importance of using truly toxin-free products not only on cancer patients, but on everyone who visits them.

Fashion Shirts with a Bold Statement

One of the components of this campaign is selling black fashion v-neck soft-cotton spun t-shirts with the following statement that was voted on by our Pink Fans: It takes more than a pink ribbon to fight cancer.’

On the back of the shirt there is a QR (Quick Response) code that leads visitors to information from multiple reliable sources in order to generate a different kind of conversation on improving our fight to end cancer by helping us to educate our families, friends, and coworkers on the causes of cancer and how PREVENTION is our greatest weapon against the disease. We believe it’s time to support a Different Kind of Pink. Together we can stop ‘walking’, and start flying.

Several members of our local community have already pre-ordered their shirts.  Pink Horizons has NO interest in making money off of these shirts. Our mission is for this message to reach as many people as possible.  ALL of the profits are going to Breast Cancer Action, our partner organization, who leads the fight against pinkwashing, holding corporations accountable for their products and practices and advocating for legislation and policies to ensure the public's health. Pre-order cost is $10. After October 1st the price of each t-shirt will be $12. Sizes available are S, M, and L. If you would like to pre-order, please send us $10 via Paypal at pinkhorizons@gmail.com and make sure to add your size in the comment box. Order yours today, while we still have them. We ARE going to run out!

Screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success. Written by The National Film Board of Canada http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2035599/plotsummary).

We will be screening this film in conjunction with the Women's Center at Florida International University on October 11th at 7:30pm in the Graham Center, room 140. For those who wish to help us out and volunteer for the event, please send us an email at skincare@pinkhorizons.com

Spectators in Black-n-Pink

Some of our passionate fans and all members of the Pink Team will be attending Komen’s ‘Race for the Cure’ on October 20th at Bayfront Park in Downtown, Miami as a Spectator in black and pink.  We will only be attending to watch the event and to quietly advocate the importance of Komen's supporters in questioning their policies and practices. We want to give breast cancer awareness supporters a helpful hand in using their discretion when donating their time, energy, and money to organizations that claim to have their best interest. We will not be supporting the walk, and for those that still do not understand why, please allow us to explain.

We would like to peacefully attend to demonstrate that we care and are aware that we must change our ways in order to obtain better results. What do we mean? Year after year, more and more funds go toward researching for a cure yet, year after year, cancer continues to increase. Does that make any sense?  Let us make a stand against corporations that exploit and use the suffering of so many victims as a means of increasing profit.  The more we are, the more impact we will cause. So we urge you to join us in supporting a Different Kind of Pink.  

Florida International University’s Pink Football Game

We have been asked to host FIU’s Pink Conference Football Game on October 27th against Western Kentucky.  As FIU Alumni members, the Pink Team is honored to be the hosting company for such a major event. The game is in support of breast cancer awareness and offers students and the community a chance to learn more about the causes of cancer and prevention techniques by visiting with companies and organizations that are committed to educating the public and providing services that benefit the local community. If you are in the South Florida area, come out and join us during the pre-game tailgate event and be there to try out our latest toxin-free product which we will be giving away for free.  Stay tuned for tent location and time.

Buy the shirt, attend the documentary, support us at FIU’s Pink Conference Game, and make a stand at the Komen walk.  Share this with everyone you know. We, Pink Horizons, will be right there with you!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How one organization is changing the way we see breast cancer

Breast Cancer Action (BCA), a national, grassroots education and advocacy organization located in San Francisco, California is effectively challenging the status quo of how the public views and understands the fight to end breast cancer.  "After years of encountering government agencies and organizations that provided inadequate and superficial information rather than scientific evidence about breast cancer", BCA took matters into their own hands.  
Through BCA's research, they have determined that there is a growing body of evidence indicating a strong connection between environmental factors and breast cancer. There are over 85,000 synthetic chemicals on the market today, from preservatives in cosmetics to pesticides on the fruits and vegetables in our supermarkets. American companies manufacture and use chemicals without ever establishing their safety in humans, and this is a result of the lack of U.S. government policy that has contributed significantly to the rise of breast cancer rates. Staying committed to reducing involuntary exposures to toxins in the environment that are linked with breast cancer is one of BCA's important goals.  
Through their Think Before You Pink campaign, they have demanded transparency and accountability in 'pink ribbon marketing' and offer the public systemic changes to end the epidemic. They do this using a 3 part strategy:
1. Advocating for more effective and less toxic breast cancer treatments. This means independence from pharmaceutical company funding.  
Despite the billions of dollars and decades spent on breast cancer research, we are far from a cure. The greatest tool we have in our fight against the disease is PREVENTION or the precautionary principle, which is the idea that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Pink Horizons has joined efforts with BCA to bring awareness to the southeast region of the United States on the importance of toxin-free living, while advocating against pink washing (companies that use pink ribbon marketing despite their use of dangerous, toxic chemicals in their products and services). Join us throughout the months of September and October as we begin our own company campaign, A Different Kind of Pink, and lend us your efforts in creating healthier lifestyles for our friends, families, and communities.  We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with BCA and encourage all of YOU to take the first step at spreading the valuable and necessary knowledge they offer us.  

If you would like to volunteer during a special screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc. in October, please email us at skincare@pinkhorizons.com 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Choose your sunscreen wisely - a quick look at false claims

Summer is here, and for many of us, this harvest season is characterized by increased physical activity and exciting new discoveries that lead us into the outdoors where if we aren't careful, can wreak havoc on our skin's vulnerabilities to the sun's radiation.  

Staying loyal to our efforts in avoiding toxic chemicals, sunscreens pose a rather challenging conflict - risk harmful sun exposure or absorb the toxins associated with most retail sunscreens.  A good starting point to minimize the damage of either is to become aware of the misleading claims that popular sun care products advertise.  

Although the federal Food and Drug Administration announced new regulations that will ban misleading terms such as "sunblock," "sweatproof" and "waterproof", the regulations will not be enforced until after the 2012 season. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that many manufacturers are still misleading the public, and major retail outlets such as Walmart, Target, and Walgreens encourage the use of such claims by continuing to distribute and stock their shelves with these false products. 

As recently stated by EWG, "American consumers need reliable information - not exaggerated or false claims - on sunscreen labels so they can make smart shopping decisions. The best way to influence manufacturers to bring their products in line with the new regulations now is to get major retailers to stop selling products with these false claims."  You can click here to sign EWG's petition to get major retailers to protect consumers by taking these products off of their shelves.  

For more information on EWG's campaigns, current research, and government policy updates regarding toxins in our everyday lives, from food to house cleaners to cosmetics, visit our friends at ewg.org.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Toxin Free Initiative

With the latest report from the Breast Cancer Fund on breast cancer and its direct relationship with the environment and personal care products, the Pink Team strongly believes that advocating against breast cancer just one month out of the year (October) is not enough.  

Through a powerful initiative, Pink Horizons has made the commitment to Donate a Décolleté Serum to a breast cancer warrior for every Décolleté Serum that is purchased.  We encourage all of our Pink fans, friends, families, partners, and affiliates to join us in this mission and help us reach the goal of granting this wonderful toxin-free gift to as many warriors as possible, demonstrating that it is possible to live toxin free. We intensely believe that with your help, we can.

Learn more about our Décolleté Serum and the effective, toxin-free ingredients that nourish one of the most overlooked areas of a woman’s body. If you know someone struggling with the disease or happen to know a survivor, please let us know! 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tamanu Nut Oil: Les Nouvelle Esthetics & Spa - March Eco Issue

by Melissa Montalvo and Karym Urdaneta 

The Tamanu Nut Tree comes from the plant species Calophyllum inophyllum, which is commonly found along the shores of Southeast Asia, and grows to approximately three meters in length. Beautiful, fragrant, orange blossom-like flowers bloom on the tamanu twice a year, and produce 100 kilograms (kg) of apricot-sized fruit annually, translating to 5 kg of mature nut oil, which is deep green in color and carries a luxuriously pleasant aroma. Calophyllum means “beautiful leaf” in Greek. For the Polynesians, tamanu is their “green gold,” known for safely and effectively regenerating damaged skin. Because the fruit is collected after it drops from the tree, there is no negative impact upon the life of the tree or its habitat, distinctively highlighting its naturally sustainable harvesting practices. The combination of these qualities has given this hearty tree—with its beautiful leaves and sacred oil—a unique reputation within the natural care industry.

Beyond beautiful leaves
Among the skin remedies sold throughout the world today, tamanu nut oil has become a “must have” ingredient. This is due to its growing exposure for its positive properties, especially among those interested in natural skin care. The indigenous Polynesian and Tahitian people knew about the powerful effects of the tamanu tree (and its parts) against various skin conditions many years ago. They believed the tree to be a sacred gift of nature, a place where “the gods hid in its branches.” Research has proven that the oil extracted from the tamanu nut has had a positive effect on reducing and healing skin abrasions, scars, burns and skin conditions such as eczema and psorisias.

No pain, more gain
Tamanu, also known as kamani among Hawaiians, has historically been used as a topical agent for the relief of pain from sciatica, shingles, neuralgia, rheumatism and many other skin issues, including burns, scrapes, insect bites, sores and blisters. Its use has been very popular among the Southeast Asian natives in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, Melanesia and Polynesia. Medical studies have demonstrated the successful use of tamanu oil. Historically, one of the most highly regarded studies involved a woman who was admitted to St. Louis Hospital in Paris with a large, gangrenous ulcer on her leg that was not healing properly. Amputation seemed unavoidable, yet the doctors opted instead to administer tamanu oil dressings to her leg on a regular basis in the hopes that the wound would heal. Eventually, the consistent application of the oil to the woman’s leg resulted in the limb’s complete recovery. After some time passed, all that remained of the wound was a smooth, flat scar. This remarkable incident that occured years ago kicked off years of research on tamanu oil’s therapeutic and healing effects for the skin.

Beauty comes with healthy skin
Although tamanu oil has proven to be effective in addressing a broad range of skin problems—some very severe—the oil is found to be quite soothing, even on sensitive skin. According to Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) and Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist who researches and studies the effects of plant-based medicines, this cold-pressed oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. This is due to the presence of 4-phenyl coumarin calophyllolide and a group of xanthones, which explains the reduction effect it has on rashes, sores, swelling and various skin abrasions. The antimicrobial phytochemical agents like friedelin, canophyllol, canophyllic acid and inophynone are the reason for the oil’s efficacy against various human and animal pathogens, including Staphylococcus and other undesirable infections.

According to reports from research conducted in Pakistan, friedelin, one of tamanu’s antimicrobial agents, exhibited activity against various fungal diseases found in hair, skin and nails. The presence of antioxidants that all of us look for in a skin care regimen is abundant in tamanu oil. Xanthones and coumarins have antioxidant properties, specifically inhibiting lipid peroxidation (the oxidative degradation of lipids). We must not forget that our cell membranes, including those of skin cells, are made up of lipids. The presence of these compounds allow tamanu oil the capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating cicatrization, increasing skin’s elasticity and suppleness, minimizing blemishes and reducing common free radicals.

BioScience Laboratories conducted a nine-week study of tamanu oil’s ability to reduce scars, resulting in an average reduction of 0.28 centimeters (cm) in scar length, and an average decrease of 0.12 cm in width size. However, scientists have yet to pinpoint the mechanisms by which tamanu oil imparts these properties, and precisely what it is that gives it these amazing attributes. The tamanu tree is a valuable element for skin protection and an effective remedy for many skin problems and health conditions. It can be credited for the beautiful, blemish-free skin of Polynesian women. The substantial research that has been conducted on the tamanu tree has continuously uncovered positive data on its beneficial properties. It is time we recognized tamanu as the precious gift of nature that it truly is.

Read the full article online, Published by: Les Nouvelle Esthetics & Spa, March 2012