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Skincare Labels Decoded: Ingredients You Must Avoid

When cosmetic ingredients sound like tongue twisters, something is not quite right. But the actual bad news is some of them are so toxic that they are linked to several disorders and even cancer. You really don’t want to put anything like that on your skin.

To make things easier for you, here are some of the most common nasty lab-produced chemicals you should steer clear from:

  • Parabens (found present in breast tumours, these synthetic preservatives are used to extend the shelf life of cosmetic products)
  • Synthetic fragrances (listed as fragrance or parfum; unless sourced from natural ingredients, these allergens include toxins capable of causing cancers, birth defects and allergies)
  • Sulfates (anything ending in this word is a strong surfactant that will actually lead to skin dehydration). Sulfates are used in cleansing agents due to their lathering properties.
  • Formaldehyde (and any of the ingredients that release it, such as DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methanamin, and quarterium-15) is a harsh irritant linked to cancer.
  • Petrochemicals (on labels they can be identified as paraffin, petrolatum, benzene, toluene, phenoxyethaniol, mineral oil). They are irritating, comedogenic, sensitising, and they tend to dry the skin.
  • Any ingredient starting with “PEG” - The abbreviation stands for polyethylene glycol, with polyethylene being the most common form of plastic which becomes a sticky liquid when combined with glycol. PEGs are usually followed by a number (e.g. PEG 100) that indicates the molecular weight of that compound.  PEGs with smaller molecular weights are normally used in cosmetics since they penetrate the skin more easily.
  • Alcohol – Formulas like SD alcohol 40, ethanol, denatured alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol are known to dry out the skin.
  • Chemical components having an “-eth” in the middle (e.g.Sodium Laureth Sulfate) are highly irritant.
  • Phtalates – Avoid ingredients like dibutyl/diethyl ester, DBP, DEHP, DMP, DEP, and 2-benzenedicarboxylate, all chemicals linked to cancer and fertility issues.

Remember that ingredients are always listed in descending order on the label (the first ingredient listed is the one used in the largest amount, followed by the rest of the ingredients). Seeing one of these chemicals at the top of the list? Move on. Look for products made with clean, natural ingredients (if a product is safe, it will show on the label, so check for Latin terms, the botanical names of plants, which are a good indication that the product is health-friendly).

And how about you? Do you always check the labels on your skincare products?

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Health and Beauty Benefitting Properties of Sage

When an aromatic plant gets awarded the title of “herb of the Year” by the International Herb Association, it starts getting all the attention it truly deserves. Sage might have been just a humble herb before 2001, the year it won its accolades but, ever since, this powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients belonging to the mint family has been in the spotlight for its numerous uses.

Cholk-full of antioxidants, phenolic acids, beta-carotene, volatile oils, Vitamin A and Calcium, the fragrant herb has gained its place of honor in the beauty and cosmetics industry. With amazing benefits for skin, hair and health, sage is a plant you will wish you had met before (outside the kitchen). 

Interested to find out what sage can do for your skin? Here’s what.

  • Slows down the signs of aging – thanks to its potent antioxidant content, sage offers protection against free radicals which are to blame for age spots, lines and wrinkles. While daily cell regeneration is aided, the onset of fine and deep wrinkles is visibly minimized. 
  • Keeps skin infections at bay – the antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of sage help clear acne, relieve psoriasis and eczema symptoms, and prevent the occurrence of bacterial infections.

Besides these remarkable skin benefits, sage is known for combatting hair loss, imparting shine when used as a hair rinse and promoting hair growth. It also soothes inflammation, cures a sore throat, reduces excessive sweating, treats gum disease and prevents asthma attacks.

Jalue’s Ice Therapy mini facials harness the extraordinary powers of herbs and plants, with sage being one of the ingredients we are betting on. Try them to enjoy flawless skin powered by nature!

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Beauty Trends: Skincare Products with Less than 10 Ingredients

What would you say about cosmetic products with a lean ingredient list that you can actually pronounce, for a change? We know, right? Understanding exactly what’s in your moisturizer or makeup remover can be truly reassuring since nowadays we are used to impossible-to-decipher labels that cause us major anxiety. 

Even if most brands in the beauty industry consider that multiple ingredients (both synthetic and natural) are necessary to ensure a product’s remarkable performance, lately a few of them decided to get back to basics by launching products with less than 10 ingredients. 

Normally, cosmetic companies will use at least 25 to 50 ingredients to create a new skincare product. With such a high number of components it is literally impossible to figure out which of them is causing a bad reaction to someone with sensitive skin, for example. This explains why products with minimal ingredient lists are pretty exciting, especially to women with demanding complexions. 

Say hello to a new cosmetic trend: products with one or two key active ingredients around which the rest of the basic elements are assembled. Zero colorants, fragrance or superfluous fillers. What you read is what you get. 

Today’s conscious consumers love to have control over what they are putting on their faces and cosmetic brands are aware of this, hence the minimalistic products they have been launching lately. This proves once again that less is more.

Jalue believes that fewer ingredients mean better skincare and happier skin. Our mini facials are inspired by traditional herbalism and rely exclusively on the natural benefits of plants and herbs. Enjoy minimalism at its finest!

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Herbal Secrets: Health and Beauty Benefits of Oak Bark

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us. Looking at plants that can be used as effective medicine, we are truly impressed with the bark of the longevous white oak (Quercus Alba), a natural wonder used for centuries as herbal medicine to treat a range of conditions and illnesses. If you are as excited as us about using plants instead of medicine (when possible), read on to discover more about the miraculous oak bark. 

What Makes It So Special?

Besides containing precious nutrients, such as iron, vitamin B12 and potassium, oak bark is rich in tannins (compounds with astringent and antiseptic properties also found in tea, cocoa and red wine). 

Health Benefits 

Here is what this hardwood does to improve a few serious health issues:

  • Treats bleeding, varicose veins and haemorrhoids by means of constricting the body’s tissues
  • Protects and controls infections caused by viruses and bacteria, such as skin, bladder, venereal and vaginal infections
  • Works on removing gallstones and kidney stones
  • Effective when used as an expectorant to remove mucous and cure a sore throat. 

Skin Benefits 

Thanks to its astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, oak bark has long been used by many nations in healing wounds and different skin conditions. Applied topically, it stops bleeding, helps heal burns, cuts, eczema and bruises, and may even improve the appearance of wrinkles. Swelling and inflammation, together with fungal skin infections are also kept at bay.

How to Use It

You can either find oak bark as a liquid extract, or dry, to be used in infusions. This is also one of the active ingredients found in Jalue’s Ice Therapy Mini facials - a great place to start testing the benefits of oak bark alongside other valuable ingredients. 

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The Facial Massage: a Quick Way to Rejuvenated Skin

   Looking to update your daily beauty routine? Add a facial massage. It will work wonders. And no, it won’t be a hassle, since it will take just a couple of minutes if performed while you are applying your regular moisturizer or face oil. Think of it as a gym workout for your face. That’s how beneficial it is. 

The Technique

   Rub a dime-size amount of moisturizer or oil between your palms and start by pressing your fingertips between your eyebrows, gently sliding up your forehead. Repeat several times then proceed to massaging from the center of your visage towards the ears, past the cheeks. Keep sliding across the jawline with up and out motions and remember to also massage the neck with vertical strokes from the collarbone upward. 

The Benefits

   Besides a relaxing effect, a facial massage will diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles increasing the absorption of your moisturizer or face oil. Skin will acquire an extra glow looking firmer and more contoured while the oily areas on your face will be decongested. 

Ice Therapy + Massage = A Match Made in Heaven 

   This power duo will soothe your skin after a sleepless night, a drink too many, or simply when your complexion looks puffy and red. Apply your favorite mask sheet onto your face and run across it a couple of ice cubes (or, even better, the cooling – and multitasking -  Jalue “Ice Therapy”) for 15-20 minutes. The icy effect will lock in the mask ingredients for longer-lasting results. Follow with your moisturizer using the above massage technique.

Do you normally massage your face? If so, how do you do it?

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