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Heal and Hydrate with Certified Organic Seaflora Skincare

I love a good story. The best stories come from companies that are closing the loop by producing environmentally safe and effective products without chemicals or damage to human health. Enter the main character of this story…Diane Bernard who is also known internationally as ‘the seaweed lady”.  Diane’s story came to me while visiting The Grotto Spa this summer when I learned of ‘the seaweed lady’ a special environmentalist that lives on BC’s West Coast that harvests seaweed and has produced a one-of-a-kind certified organic skincare line called Seaflora.  It is unique because Diane hand harvests the main ingredient <seaweed> and with her method of using clean cuts there is no damage to the reproductive parts of the seaweed so it continues to grow and flourish. Diane’s ocean ‘garden’ of 250 assorted species of seaweed reflect her strong commitment to sustainable marine environments. Her harvesting techniques and the wild seaweed is 100% USDA and OCIA certified organic.  The story only gets better because the Seaflora skincare line is packed with vitamins and minerals – you don’t need to worry about toxic ingredients that pollute so many products in the beauty industry today. Diane knew the health benefits of using wild seaweed as the Seaflora core ingredient as it’s been known for centuries to heal and hydrate skin. The surprising twist in this story is how sustainable and fast growing seaweed is in nature – making it a wonderful and truly organic ingredient in a skincare line.

An example of the sustainable nature of seaweed is bull kelp. It is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow three to four feet a day during peak time and 120 feet in a season. The beauty industry needs to harness this amazing resource much like the clothing and bedding industry did with bamboo last year.  Diane’s example of how to cultivate and harvest her ingredients with such environmental integrity is amazing with it’s authentic purpose from start to finish.  Picture below from the Seaflora site of Diane pulling bull kelp along the beach.

diane pulling bull kelp

For a consumer, the certified organic line Seaflora is simply wonderful. I’ve been trying this line for months and love the ‘glow’ my skin has after using the mud mask. You can feel the difference between a paraben, phthalate, and formaldehyde -free product because your skin is instantly moisturized and clean without the slippery feeling afterwards. My favorite Sea Flora products are Iridaea exfoliator which is a facial masque combined with ocean mud that makes my skin feel amazing and Laminaria Body Lotionfor the eczema patches on my ankles.  The Seaflora facial cleanser line contains certified organic seaweeds, Vitamins A, C, and E to cleanse skin.   Did you know that wild seaweeds contain anti-septic and healing properties?  So many products in the Seaflora line are recommended for rosacea, eczema, sensitive skin types. 

For woman trying to conceive or already pregnant – the Sea Flora line is an amazing organic solution to avoid synthetic chemicals that effect developing babies.  Seaflora contains no artificial colours or fragrances, GM ingredients, dioxins, petrochemicals, mineral oils, parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, propylene glycol, hexane, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, aluminium or animal derived ingredients. Seaflora skincare is perfect for people committed to an organic lifestyle and looking for a truly natural way to rejuvenate and sooth their skin. The line is certified organic in both the US and Canada and this is not as common as you might think. Diane warns that consumers need to be careful as skincare lines claim to be organic or natural can still contain petrochemical, synthetic, and other harmful ingredients. You need to look for USDA or OCIA seals for your assurance before purchasing organic skincare.

You can find Seaflora available to purchase in many high-end spas across North America or visit the Seaflora store and discover a new way to pamper yourself …sadly without the spa, but happily without the toxic ingredients.

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Parabens – Moms Should Check Their Cosmetics

We have been learning about health concerns with personal products, toys, and plastics and protecting our children, but have you stopped to think about your own cosmetics?  I watched a video clip on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) web site that prompted me to check my own skin care line. If you are like me and attempt to read the ingredient lists of my personal products, I just wind up confused (and convinced that I need to take an English course because I can’t sound our most of the ingredients). Plus, as one of the scientific analysts for EWG stated, that reading the ingredients list if pointless unless you know what to look for. And they go on to say that half of our cosmetics contain an ingredient that is linked to reproductive problems or cancer.

Especially interesting from the video, was the scientist mentioning the chemical paraben.  I’ve seen it mentioned in various places, but didn’t know what the problem was.  Even at the Farmers Market last Sunday, I noticed a vendor selling non-toxic products and she was marketing them as ‘paraben free’. The simplest way I can explain the problems these two chemicals (phthalates and parabens) cause is that phthalates attack a boy/man’s reproductive system and cause an assortment of cancers and parabans attack a girl/woman’s reproductive system and cause female cancers. I thought that I only needed to worry about my boys with the problems that phthalates cause, but after watching this news video, I started checking my own personal product line and noticed many of them contain ingredients ending in ‘paraben’…isopropyl-paraben, isobutyl-paraben, butylparaben to name a few in my Paul Mitchell smoothing hair conditioner. Yikes!  I am also glad that I’ve replaced all personal care products for my girls with the non-toxic Trukid brand.  Especially after reading that parabens are reported to be carcinogens found in breast cancer tissue as well as the problems they cause with reproductive hormones.

More breast cancers in women?  More testicular cancer in men?  Are the chemicals the cause? This is the million dollar question. I’ll put in my two-bits to this debate. From the second I wrapped my mind around the issue with BPA, I knew there was something to the debate about this chemical. Why are so many young people we know battling infertility, MS, cancers, etc.? I think everyone agrees it’s environmental and I would add that the chemicals like BPA, Phthalates, and Parabens contribute to the many health issues that effect the child-bearing public. So, as mother’s especially, we are so diligent about protecting our children from harmful chemicals…maybe it’s time to look at our own personal products. You can check your products on the EWG’s cosmetic database by clicking this link. We need to make sure that we are keeping ourselves healthy as well as our children.  If you are like me, the more you learn, the more aware you are about these issues and it perpetuates around you.  I’m sure my family and friends are tired of hearing about these environmental concerns – but it’s getting us talking about it!  Spread the message of better health through your group of friends.

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