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. 
Image Courtesy: Getty

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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

You can't patent my genes!

A great victory was won today when the Supreme Court outlawed the patenting of human genes. 

Our partners at Breast Cancer Action (the only breast cancer organization as the plaintiff in the case) fought and won a tough battle against Myriad Genetics, the corporation who held a monopoly on the BRCA genes. Now research, treatment, and testing for diseases associated with these genetic links is open to all parties interested in furthering innovation for public health. Where there is competition among service providers (in any industry), the public wins, because costs for the consumer are reduced tremendously (in this case, testing for the genes), and innovation undeniably thrives. 

To read more about Breast Cancer Action's victory today, visit their post and help to support their amazing work by sharing it with your friends, family, and colleagues! Thank you BCA for a job well done!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2013

Did you know that the current law governing the manufacturing of cosmetics and personal care products hasn't been updated in 75 years!

Did you know that over 80,000 chemicals and nanoparticles have been introduced into formulations since then?

The Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938 granted oversight of the safety of cosmetics and personal care products to the industry itself - meaning that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) basically has no authority over what ingredients are used in the manufacturing of these products. It's been a long time coming for a change in legislation when it comes to the safety of topical products that in fact have the ability to impose harm on the body. Let's face it - we all know by now that if the nation is undergoing a "food revolution" in the battle against GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling, then we must succumb to the notion that the safety of personal care products falls way below the priorities list of the Food and Drug Administration. 

In 2011, the Safe Cosmetics Act was introduced in Congress, but inadvertently went nowhere. This new legislation would have given the FDA authority over and oversight into the cosmetics industry, giving it the ability to impose regulation on ingredient labeling and the use of toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other biological dysfunctions. The bill was criticized by small businesses for the registration and fees associated with the new requirements. It would have stifled innovation and left the "big players" in the industry with the means to monopolize further developments and profits. 

The bill has been re-introduced in 2013 by Rep. Janice Schakowky [Il-9] with modifications that not only benefit the consumer, but also give small and upcoming companies a chance to grow on a level playing field. 

Now is the time to support this change in legislation. The American Sustainable Business Council has made it easy for consumers and businesses to voice their concerns and favor the passing of this important bill by outlining its key points to legislators. Support the Safe Cosmetics Act (H.R. Bill 1385) and sign this letter to Congress.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How important is nutrition in skin care?

Often times we overlook just how important our nutrition is to healthy skin. It is a misconception to think that a trip to the dermatologist or facialist will redeem lasting effects on damaged or inflamed skin if proper dietary steps haven't been implemented. Our skin is a reflection of our inner health and nutritional balance. 

Two of the major causes of aging are inflammation and glycation (when sugar molecules bind to proteins rendering them dysfunctional). These are directly related to the quality of foods that we put into our system. Topical skin care is important to maintain a healthy epidermis and assist in cleansing, removing dead skin cells and avoiding transepidermal water loss. Quality moisturizers and treatments keep the skin hydrated, vibrant and protected. But if a poor diet perpetuates, the damage may become too difficult to reverse. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are necessary for staying young and physically healthy. 

Understanding your dietary needs is an important step to maintaining healthy skin and ultimately avoiding the aging process. Some individuals are allergic to certain types of foods, so it takes diligence to compensate for the lack of vitamins and benefits we are no longer acquiring from the food we are trying to avoid. Consider eating foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3s to protect the skin such as blueberries, spinach (and other leafy greens), carrots (and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables), tomatoes, nuts, salmon, avocados, flaxseeds, and legumes. Find out what foods compare to what your body is allergic to and replace it  - there ARE options. 

Avoid unhealthy fats (saturated and trans fat), and foods that are processed or contain refined carbohydrates. Such foods include whole milk, red meat (especially conventional non-grass fed), vegetable oils, white flour bread (and pasta), and sugary treats. These types of foods cause inflammation and glycation. The impact on your health alone is reason to avoid these types of foods. Gaining healthy skin is actually a compliment to the overall health benefit you'll receive from a whole foods diet. Remember that dehydration is also a major contributor to aging, because like all cells, skin cells require adequate amounts of water to function properly. So it goes without saying that a healthy diet also includes sufficient water intake.

It stands to reason that a good skin care regimen begins at the source of your diet. The best anti-aging treatment one can embark on is from a holistic standpoint (treating the whole body). Keep in mind that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN it. Be TOXIN-FREE! Maintaining this balance will help you to achieve healthier, more radiant skin.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

To Exfoliate or Not Exfoliate, that is the question...

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Exfoliation has long been a controversy in the skin care industry due to the simple fact that most "experts" have mistakenly attached a dogma to the techniques, ingredients, and frequencies associated with it. The truth of the matter is that technique, ingredients and frequency are relative to the person's unique skin and skin care needs. When approaching the topic from a holistic standpoint, the only consideration apart from preserving one's moisture barrier is the toxicity level of the ingredients chosen for exfoliation. 

Whether a person wants to use "chemical" techniques as opposed to "mechanical" ones, the only real concern is whether the chosen chemicals are considered safe. Chemical exfoliation can successfully consist of fruit enzymes or other natural forms of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. And mechanical exfoliation can be used with a variety of available ingredients from dried fruits to fine shell powders.
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Special care needs to placed on the tolerance of your skin. As an example, simply because a person has oily, acne prone skin doesn't mean that it is not sensitive to frequent exfoliation (a common suggestion by some dermatologists). The point is to KNOW one's skin and not pass the threshold of damage. Regardless of the details surrounding the controversy, at least light exfoliation is necessary for most individuals in order to maintain healthy skin. And by healthy, we mean CLEAN skin, free from dead skin cells that trap excess oil and dirt. So, get to know your skin! And enjoy the different methods and ingredients available to you. 


Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Significance of Beauty Sleep


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The age old notion of 'be sure to get your beauty sleep' carries more credence than one might think. In fact, if done properly and with a conscious effort, you can actually combat aging while you sleep. The quality of our sleep can lead to significant improvements in our skin's health among other obvious benefits such as reduction in stress, better daily performance at work, and overall clarity in mental functioning and increased emotional stability. 

The advantages of nighttime skin care is sometimes often overlooked. Although daytime protection is vital for your skin's health, it's at night that our skin cells turnover more rapidly and repair themselves. This relaxed detoxification state of our skin also allows nutrients to be more readily absorbed, hence using concentrated serums and moisturizers are much more effective at night. With this foundation for nighttime skin care, certain additional steps can be implemented to maximize the benefits of sleep for rejuvenating your skin and defending against aging.

Rule 1: Get at least 7 hours of sleep every nightNighttime is when hormonal changes occur at the optimal level to repair our bodies.

Rule 2: Try to go to bed at the same time every nightSleep is considered a homeostatic system when done consistently, and our bodies tend to run more efficiently when it knows what to expect.

Rule 3: Drink plenty of water throughout the dayHydration is the single most important factor for healthy skin. Insufficient water content leads to dry, flaky, wrinkled skin that is less resilient to environmental damage. Our bodies use available water levels at night to repair existing damage, so stay hydrated!

Rule 4: Remove makeup. Going to sleep without washing your face contributes to cell damage and early aging by retaining pollutants and free radicals.

Rule 5: Do not sleep on your face. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "sleeping on the face is one of the major causes of sleep lines and wrinkles."

Rule 6: Sleep on a slight incline. When you lie flat, fluids tend to pool under the eyes creating puffiness.

Rule 7: Use skin care products that contain antioxidants, humectants, and cell-communicating ingredients. Nighttime is the best time to combat free radicals, prevent moisture loss, and encourage a boost in collagen and elastin levels. Always use healthy, toxin-free products that contain organic ingredients.

Although for some it might seem daunting to adopt these 7 rules, there is no better way to start than with Rule #1. Without enough sleep, our bodies simply do not have the capacity over time to combat early aging. Give yourself the opportunity to live a healthy and satisfying life by honoring your body's need for sufficient rest. Then, little by little, you can begin to incorporate the other steps into your lifestyle. Before you know it, it'll become second nature and you won't even have to think about it anymore! 


REFERENCES

Chaplin, Martin. "Hydration, water, and health." London South Bank University, 2012. Web. 27 February 2012. <http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/health.html>.

Colman, Patty. "Sleeping Beauty." Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, American Edition. Oct. 2012: 46-48. Print.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ways to Detoxify Your Body

Toxins are EVERYWHERE: in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the beverages we drink, and the products we put on our bodies. The average person absorbs up to 2 pounds of chemicals and fragrance in one year just with topical products alone. Signs of a toxic overload are: headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, joint pain, allergies, respiratory problems, insomnia and mood changes. If toxins have been present in the body for a long period of time, other health problems can arise such as ulcers, sinus congestion, constipation, skin conditions and arthritis. Regular detoxification is necessary to combat the overload of toxins found in our bodies on any given day, and there are many ways to jump start your body in order to achieve its optimal health.

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way. Detoxifying the body properly, requires that you first eliminate alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, refined sugars and saturated fats, as well as OTC (over-the-counter) drugs, and that you drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. 

The next step is to have regular bowel movements. If this is something you are struggling with, eat foods that are high in fiber and/or help the blood to circulate; such foods include: brown rice, beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli and seaweed.

Help your liver to activate the detoxification process. Fasting for 1 day is usually a great way to help your liver recover from toxin overload. If this isn't possible (some of us just can't manage to do it), drink teas that contain Burdock root, dandelion, milk thistle and chlorella. Include high doses of Vitamin C whenever possible by eating bell peppers, dark leafy greens, oranges, strawberries and papaya. Vitamin C produces a natural compound called glutamate that "drives away toxins." Try juicing your fruits and vegetables to increase your nutrient levels. The longer you are able to incorporate a "detox diet" into your lifestyle, the healthier you will be. Try it out for 3 days and see how you feel. Then little by little, start adjusting your daily routine to also reduce stress (a major contributor to toxin overload). 

Stress inhibits your body from functioning properly and it slows down your immune system. The best way to combat stress is to exercise. You don't have to exercise for lengthy periods of time, just enough to break a good sweat. Meditation is also an excellent way to reduce stress. Just sitting outside under a tree for 15 minutes can make all the difference in the world. It triggers your brain to acknowledge natural, primitive surroundings that are absent of modern stimuli, thereby breaking burdening thought cycles. 

Other effective ways to detoxify the body include lymphatic drainage, whether it is done by a professional (recommended) or by you in the comfort of your own home. Gently massaging your own feet, hands, arms and legs is a great way to promote circulation and relieve stress at the same time. More professional detox treatments include colonic hydrotherpy, herbal linen wraps, and seaweed therapy baths.

By now, you have probably already found ways to be healthier and this is most likely not the first article you've read on detoxification; it is simply a reminder. The most important thing to remember is that your body needs to detoxify REGULARLY. Make it a routine and not a yearly ritual. Your body will thank you, and your life will be ever more peaceful for it.

Reference: Bonnell, Sylvia. "Say Good-bye to Last Year's Toxins." Les Nouvelle Esthetiques & Spa American Edition, January 2012; p. 73-76.