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Why You Should Start Using Natural Skincare Today

Do you read your food labels? Great, because that’s exactly what you should do with your skincare labels, too. What goes on your body, goes into your body, you know. 

We live in an age where many of the ingredients used in beauty products are sadly hazardous. Ranging from pesticides and surfactants to carcinogens to endocrine disruptors the list of industrial chemicals to avoid is longer than you would expect. 

Feeling threatened and concerned? There is no need to, just be informed!  This will help you make only conscious choices and avoid the “nasties”. And, by the way, if you’ve been procrastinating auditing your bathroom cabinet, it is probably a good idea to start checking the labels on your skincare products and decide what stays and what goes. 

Some of the most common toxic ingredients used in skincare (parabens, petrolatum, PEG compounds, BHA and BHT, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, and the list goes on) are associated with increased risk of cancer, dermatitis, allergies, cellular damage, disruption of the endocrine, reproductive system, etc. This being said, the only safe alternative are natural and organic cosmetics with clean, certified ingredients, especially if you have sensitive skin, or you are allergic to certain ingredients. However, make sure your products don’t contain just a few organic ingredients alongside synthetics. Tip: Do not fully trust words like “pure”, “organic” or “natural” on the front of a packaging, and always check the ingredient list at the back.

Studies show that the average women use 10 different skin care products on their body every day, which means their skin will absorb dozens of ingredients like a sponge. Why slather on products made with synthetic ingredients that mimic the natural ones, when you can use the real thing? 

Go on, take a plunge into natural beauty and let your skin enjoy the real benefits of nature! Not only will you be making the best choice for yourself, but the environment will thank you, too.

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Understanding Essence – the Cosmetic Product Your Skin Needs

If you are a beauty junkie constantly keeping up with the influx of new skincare products, you are probably wondering about a few of them. The era of just cleanser & moisturizer is long gone and today a rigorous beauty regimen may count up to 12 steps. Yes, that means 12 different products to slather on our skin. No, we are not joking. 

If you have not heard about essence before now, it was about time you did.  We believe it has great potential to become a staple in your daily skincare routine. But let us enlighten you further…

First things first. Essence and toner are not the same thing (even if at a first glance you might be tempted to believe so). While the latter removes the makeup and impurities that your cleanser didn’t, essence is to be applied after the toner, to prep the skin for the next step, the serum. Initially formulated as a lightweight treatment chock-full of active ingredients, essences strengthen the skin helping it stay plumper and healthier longer. Often called miracle water, essence infuses the skin with concentrated active ingredients right after the cleansing process, giving it an immediate feeling of hydration and comfort.  Expect to be really impressed with the results, because this formula treats skin on a cellular level. Essence is actually a rejuvenator that targets fine lines, deeper wrinkles and uneven complexions, and smoothens the skin, giving it a bright, youthful appearance. What’s there not to like?

Tip: Applying essence correctly to your skin is key. Gently pat/press the product onto your face with your hands starting at the chin then moving up. Really easy.

Case in point, this is a must-try. Choose the texture that most appeals to you (you will find anything from watery formulas to thicker consistencies) and introduce it into your beauty routine. You will notice quite a difference. And you will L.O.V.E. essence forever. 

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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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