Every day, the average woman uses about a dozen personal care products containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products but still apply about 85 chemicals daily. Many people don’t stop and think about it because they assume these products are safe. But are they as safe and beneficial as we’re led to believe?
Here at Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure we know it’s important to carefully think about what goes into our bodies. But we also believe it’s prudent to consider what we put onto our bodies. Natural, chemical free shampoos and cleansers keep you and your family clean without using harsh or irritating ingredients. Plant oils and herbal extracts used in our moisturizers and lotions nourish and heal skin gently and effectively. From natural shampoo to natural lotions, switching your personal care products to green ones will give you confidence about what you apply to your family’s skin.
The Power of Nature — Plant-Based Oils
It just so happens that the bounty Mother Nature provides includes beneficial plant oils which “have long been used on the skin for cosmetic and medical purposes because they have been found to have many positive physiological benefits” according to a study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. This study focuses on the therapeutic benefits of using seed, nut and other plant-based oils topically on skin. Here are the main ones observed by the researchers:
Our skin is bombarded on a daily basis by environmental stressors, some of which end up causing damage, leading to wounds, infection, inflammation, skin aging, or even skin cancer. Inflammation occurs in response when the normal skin barrier is damaged. Applying skin care products with oils such as jojoba, olive, sunflower, grape seed, coconut, sesame, apricot, rose hip, chamomile, and shea butter can help tamp down inflammation and restore balance to skin’s natural barrier.
Topical use of plant oils was shown to be useful in repairing and fortifying the skin’s function as a natural barrier. Since skin is our largest organ, and shields our entire body surface, it’s a good idea to protect it from the daily onslaught of elements and would-be microbial invaders. And since certain oils prevent the growth of bacteria on skin, it makes them useful for those with acne.
And wait — there’s more! Many of the oils tested showed antioxidant and anti-aging capabilities; excellent for combatting the effects of free radicals caused by environmental pollutants, stress and poor diet. These free radicals wreak havoc on our skin, and can even damage hair follicles. Jojoba, grape seed, coconut, sesame, almond, rose hip, and apricot oils were shown to be helpful in rejuvenating skin while improving its elasticity, thereby staving off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ah, the power of Mother Nature.
Surface nicks and cuts, abrasions, and breakdown of the skin due to rashes and acne showed marked improvement after application of certain plant oils. So reach for the aloe vera, jojoba, coconut, olive, grape seed or avocado oil the next time you cut yourself shaving, get a painful paper cut or have to deal with an unsightly acne sore.
All of Dr. Ron’s Ultra Aesthetics-brand cleansers, facial moisturizers, body lotions and anti-aging skincare products contain a multitude of beneficial plant oils. They also feature another of nature’s gifts — an ingredient rich in biological sulfur called MSM.
The Power of Nature — MSM
MSM, or MethylSulfonylMethane, is a naturally occurring organic form of sulfur and is found in all living things. It’s a major constituent of skin and hair, and is a necessary nutrient used in almost every cell in the body. It’s also the star performer in all our hair and skincare products. Why? The simple answer is that it works! Here’s how:
MSM helps boost collagen production after it starts to decline, so it’s an excellent ingredient in any skincare routine to fight the signs of aging right at the source. A boost in MSM-driven collagen production also helps repair acne-damaged skin tissue that could result in facial scarring. And since collagen protects the layer of skin that contains hair roots, it may help prevent age-related hair loss and thinning (more research is needed in this area).
Suitable as a treatment for a wide variety of skin conditions that cause inflammation of the skin, MSM creams, lotions and drops help reduce puffiness, discoloration and swelling. They also soothe tired and aching joints and muscles. Most blemish remedies treat clogged pores with harsh chemicals, but MSM offers a gentler way to calm such inflammation.
When used in concert with proper cleansing, gentle exfoliation and regular moisturizing, topical MSM products can have a dramatic, positive effect on the smoothness of the skin. Smoother, tighter skin with less puffiness and fewer wrinkles make skin appear younger without the need for potentially dangerous, invasive treatments.
We Use Only The Good Stuff…
Only the finest natural ingredients are used in our specially formulated Ultra Aesthetics hair and skin care:
From Mangifolia tree nuts in central Africa. A superb emollient, high in fatty acids and other nutrients. The base of our crèmes.
From the jojoba desert plant. Easily absorbed, creates a long-acting layer of moisture which doesn’t evaporate. The base of our lotions.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry), grapefruit seed extract, and ascorbic acid in liposome form.
Nut and Seed Oils
From Kukui nuts, Rose Hip seeds, coconuts, apricot kernels, sweet almonds, sesame seeds, tea tree, lemon and orange.
From cucumber, aloe vera, coneflower, calendula, chamomile, rosebud, orange blossom, algae, kelp, ginkgo and many more.
Volatile liquids extracted from plants containing the characteristic plant aroma. Essential oils evaporate at room temperature and do not leave an oily residue.
Last but not least — Methylsulfonylmethane, rich in biological sulfur, a collagen builder. A star performer in each of our shampoos, conditioners and skincare products.
Why Natural Is Important
Going green is a wise option for you and your family if you want to avoid synthetic ingredients. It’s even more important if you’re pregnant or nursing, or putting products on young children, or you’re compromised by an illness. When you use natural shampoos, conditioners, and skincare products you know that what’s being absorbed into your body is good for your health and well-being. And isn’t that peace of mind important?
Choosing natural products isn’t just good for you — it’s also better for our environment. Plant based oils are sustainable, non-toxic and don’t bioaccumulate — they don’t become concentrated in the bodies of living things over time (like mercury has in fish).
So whether your goal is to find simpler, more sustainable personal care products or to ease up on using products with artificial fragrances and dyes, plant-based oils are the way to go.
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