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Which hand cream would you choose?

10 Aug

I normally avoid direct comparisons between brands of skincare because I don’t really believe in the principle of tearing other businesses down. But for goodness sake…when will we see the damage we are doing to our bodies through hidden (or not so hidden) dangerous chemicals?

To illustrate the vast difference between the safety of skincare products, we have created a direct ingredient comparison between Rubifresh (all natural) and Nutrimetics hand creams. This is absolutely NOT about putting down Nutrimetics. In fact over the years I have loved that brand. It is about exposing the dangerous ingredients that find their way into our bodies, and questioning whether we should be willing to continue to flood our bodies with these harmful chemicals.

Rubifresh Hand Cream Ingredients:

Purified water, Coconut oil, Cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (an emulsifier made from olives), Glycerine (vegetable), Camellia seed oil, Shea butter (certified organic), Cocoa butter, Betaine (from sugar beet), Avocado oil, Pomegranate oil, Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Calendula oil, Raspberry seed oil, Licorice root extract, Bellis perennis flower extract, Aloe vera leaf extract (certified organic), Xanthan gum (a natural sugar derived from corn), Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, Parfum (natural)

Nutrimetics Hand Cream Ingredients:

Water, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol*

*Butylene glycol easily penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. It can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives from too many mast skin cells.  Repeated exposure may also lead to sensitivity or skin allergies.  Once an allergic reaction occurs, the body’s immune system remembers the invader and will react negatively each time it comes in contact with the substance. The California Environmental Protection Agency warns against excessive contact as it may have effects including brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. 

Glyceryl stearate, Peg 100 stearate*

*PEGs can be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. Other common concerns include: reproductive disorders, carcinogen contamination, proven cancer risk, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, and skin irritation.

Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Tocopheryl acetate, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Algae extract, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Fucus vesiculosus extract, Algin, Commiphora abyssinica extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20*

*Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it’s treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide

Carbomer, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Methylparaben*, Ethylparaben*

*Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Associated with breast cancer

Diazolidinyl urea, Sodium hydroxide*

*A powerful alkali used in industry for cleaning drains and pipe lines also used in oven cleaners. Known as caustic soda. Workers exposed to steam containing sodium hydroxide have suffered lung damage and an increased risk of throat cancer. 

Fragrance, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, linalool

So just like food ingredients, we need to be paying more attention to the safety of our skincare ingredients. You can find every ingredient listed on our website under each Rubifresh product listing – nothing but naturally derived nourishing ingredients to build skin health. Make the change to natural today. The health of your skin (and your body) depends on it.

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh skincare.

Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

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Terrific Tea Tree

28 Nov

tea treeTea Tree oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic, but is gathering interest due to some new research that highlights additional benefits.

Pure tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant (not the tea plant…though it was used by 18th century sailors to make tea that smelled like nutmeg). Today, it is a natural essential oil used straight, or in skincare preparations, for it’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-infammatory actions.

Tea tree oil should never be swallowed as it is too strong for the gut lining, and can cause rashes, stomach ache, diarrhoea, vomiting or even hallucinations.

Recent research reveals it’s potential in the control of Golden Staph, and in the significant inhibition of the growth of highly agressive cancer tumours in mice.

All that said, much of this research is in it’s early days, but what we do know is it’s powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties in skincare formulations. If you are so inclined grab some olive oil (great for cleansing) and a few drops of tea tree oil, and make a homemade cleanser. If you can’t be bothered, and want the real deal, try our Rubifresh Cleansing Oil, which contains both olive oil, and lemon tea tree plus a whole bunch of other cleansing and nourishing oils to deep cleanse and rebalance the skin for the ultimate (not stripped dry) squeaky clean.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder Rubifresh Natural Skincare. Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

Exfoliation without the drying

26 Nov
Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub

Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub

In our 4 year journey to understanding beauty, skin, and all things natural, we have discovered many amazing things about how to optimise the beauty that nature gave us. Things about our skin, about ingredients, and many other fascinating aspects of beauty and skincare.

One of the stand-outs is the impact exfoliation has on the prevention of aging on our skin. When we are young, our skin renews itself every 30days or so. Once we are over 40, this process of renewal takes more like 60days! So we need some extra help shedding the layers of dead skin cells which cause dullness and uneven skin tone, and make it more difficult for us to maintain that youthful glow.

Enter the exfoliator or scrub!

Many scrubs actually strip the skin dry as they exfoliate. Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub was purposefully created from an organic moisturising base, using gentle clays and pumice, to ensure both a gentle scrub and avoidance of drying on the skin. Most people would use it 2-3 times a week, but due to its gentleness, it can be used on certain skin types daily. Whenever you choose a scrub or exfoliator, make sure you choose a gentle one and only scrub 2-3 times a week unless you have quite oily skin.

Our Face Scrub contains delicious cranberry and mint, alongside the clays and pumice, and will leave the skin refreshed as well as exfoliated. Due to it’s popularity, we are thinking of creating a range of scrubs, which perform slightly different functions. Let us know what you think. 

Skin Lightening with Licorice

21 Nov

licoriceWe all know how YUMMY licorice is to eat (not too much guys, it will give you the runs!), but did you know that licorice root has been used for centuries for it’s amazing nutritional and medicinal benefits? It has been reported to be commonly used in the treatment of asthma, athlete’s foot, body odour, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, dandruff, tooth decay, gout, heartburn, viral & fungal infections, psoriasis and arthritis, plus inflammation of the digestive tract. The amazing benefits of licorice root extract lie in it’s many healthy components, including flavonoids, volatile oils, plant sterols, coumarins, glycosides, asparagine, and glycyrrhizic acid.

But what does the research say?

Firstly, the glycosides have been shown to act as an expectorant and anti-inflammatory agent, breaking down the mucus of a cold or flu.

Secondly, the glycyrrhizic acid promotes adrenal function which regulates stress hormones, and the asparagine (an amino acid) helps maintain equilibrium of the nervous system, making licorice root a great support for depression or chronic fatigue.

It has also been shown to boost immunity by increasing the levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical, and have a beneficial action on the liver which can help reduce irritation/inflammation of the digestive tract.

But at Rubifresh Skincare, we use it as a skin lightening agent, so what does the research say about that?

Licorice root has been reported amongst the top 12 skin lightening ingredients (including synthetic ones!), and is one of the few naturally occurring ones. It has been found that the component GLABRIDIN prevents UVB-induced pigmentation and inhibits tyrosinase activity (a precursor to melanin). It has a depigmenting effect greater than hydroquinone, and is responsible for the dispersion and removal of melanin.

SO…if you suffer from uneven- or hyper-pigmentation, try making up a cup of licorice root tea, cool it and use it as a face wash (untested!)….or if you want something a little more luxurious, try our Pigmentation Serum which contains licorice root extract, plus two other natural skin lightening ingredients to boost it’s action.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder Rubifresh Skincare.

Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

Awesome Avocado

12 Nov

avocadoIt’s been called the world’s most perfect food – the awesome avocado. Originally from Mexico, this superfruit has now been well researched, and linked with the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions. We also love it for its amazing skin benefits!

The Avocado fruit is high in fibre, is cholesterol free, and contains nearly 20 essential nutrients, including healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as Omega 3), Vits A, C, D, E, K, potassium and the B vitamins. Omega 3 foods are especially known for their role in building healthy hearts, brain and eyes.

One of the really interesting findings of late has been the role of Avocado in Alzheimer’s disease, due to its high level of Vit E. The International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders reports the findings from years of clinical studies, revealing that high doses of vit E can neutralise free radicals and protein buildup to reverse memory loss in Alzheimers patients, reverse symptoms in the early stages, and retard the progression of the disease.

Another nutrient – Lutein – present in Avocados in concentrations 3 times that of other fruits and veges, protects against cataracts and certain forms of cancer, reducing the risk of macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in adults 65yrs+).

At Rubifresh Skincare, we love avocado too! As far as skin benefits go, it has been called ‘Mother Nature’s skin moisturiser’ due to its oil composition being close to our skin’s sebum (oil). This means it neither sits on the surface unabsorbed, nor does it disappear too quickly. Instead, it richly nourishes deep into the skin, and provides an ongoing moisture barrier. Our Rubifresh detoxifying Body Scrub is a delicious blend of pure avocado oil, camellia (green tea) oil, chia seeds, clay, raw sugar, juniper, lime and spearmint – great for exfoliating all over the body, helps detoxify the system through the skin, and leaves your skin really plump and hydrated due to the concentration of avocado oil.

Check out our Body Scrub at Rubifresh Skincare.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder, Rubifresh all natural skincare.