The jury on “antibacterial” hand wash is no longer out: stick with good ol’ soap and water
November 29, 2016
Photo credit: Aikawa Ke
As the cold weather approaches, parents do what they can to make sure the flu bugs don’t come home from school with their kids. Antibacterial hand sanitizers have become a go-to solution for many parents, but some may be doing more harm than good.
Make your own healing salve for stings, bites, scrapes and more
August 16, 2016
These days getting kids outdoors into the backyard is hard enough and few negative experiences with bugs or plants can be a pretty significant deterrent to time in wild spaces. Whip up a batch of this nature salve to bring along on your nature excursions so you can quickly address the emotional and physical wounds of things like bee stings, bug bites, scrapes and cuts.
In part one of this series the first 3 of the top 12 toxins in skin care products were reviewed. Here is the link in case you missed it! Thank you for taking the time to learn ways to reduce your exposures to these chemicals, as they can have a significant impact on you and your children’s health. With exposure to toxins, every little bit helps, so congratulations on taking this very important step. Here are the next 5 ingredients to look out for in skin care products.
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we begin to slowly come out of our hibernation modes to play, clean, exercise, and relax in the sun. This sunlight provides warmth and light that exposes us to mood boosting properties. It also contributes to our bone health – stimulating the production of vitamin D which is important in the development of our skeletal system, how our blood cells are formed and our immune systems.
One of the most common questions I get from parents this time of year is “what do I do to protect my baby from the sun”? First of all it is important to understand that there are many benefits to sun exposure, for both adults and babies. One of the more well-known benefits of the sun is that it helps to increase the levels of Vitamin D in the body. In Canada, due to the angle of the sun, we are only able to produce Vitamin D via our skin from May to October. Twenty minutes of sun exposure is thought to be enough to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
The skin is your largest organ and helps provide a protective barrier between your body and the environment. This barrier is what is referred to as semi permeable. You can think of semi permeable as a piece of cheesecloth. It allows some substances to pass into the body while stopping some from getting in. Unfortunately, toxins in skincare products do pass through the barrier. This is harmful because substances that are absorbed through the skin get directly into the bloodstream and are quickly distributed throughout the body.
How to tell the difference between natural and petrochemical-based ingredients in your skin care (and other) products
February 17, 2016
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I’m always surprised when I meet someone who doesn’t know that most skin care products are made from petrochemicals. This came up recently when I met a trendy 20-something-year-old photographer who worked for a local magazine. I mentioned it fleetingly in our conversation and she looked at me shocked: “They are?!” If a recent journalism grad doesn’t know about this, then who does?
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