Cosmetic Toxicity and Cellular Response


When a scientific toxicity report is done on an ingredient its aim is to find out whether an ingredient breaks open and damages the cell wall or not. ‘Toxicmeans that the cell wall breaks so that the cell cannot replicate and dies, causing irritation on the surface of your skin. ‘Non-toxicmeans that the cell wall is left intact. The problem is tle testing is that lit done to find out what happens on the inside of the cell with an ingredient is classed as nontoxic. As long as the ingredient is classed as non-toxic it is assumed to be safe in personal care products.

Flow Cytometry

Some of the latest research into the safety of cosmetics is called ‘Flow Cytometry‘. This is leading technology that allows scientists to study the effects an ingredient has on the human cell. It can measure the inflammatory response, the oxidative stress occurring inside the cell and whether any DNA damage or repair occurs. Reports show this testing to be accurate and reliable.

What goes into your skin?

Cosmetic surgery

Some women are convinced that cosmetic surgery has been the best thing for them. We know women who have had breast reductions and their health has benefited hugely, women who have had a very subtle eye lift and it is true that their eyes have taken on a whole new look.

From a holistic point of view, however, we would encourage you to investigate the best options for your body, the best procedures available and the best doctors who have total regard for your health, not your pocket. As you may be aware, there have been many horror stories regarding ‘beauty enhancement treatments: Our concern is that some may be detrimental to your health, so investigate fully before embarking on any kind of cosmetic surgery.

However, it is not all bad news. If we place a greater emphasis on reducing stress, a healthy diet, plenty of water and fresh air, skin protection, regular exercise along with plenty of sleep and relaxation – then we are giving our body the best chance to grow older more gracefully.

Take Care of Your Hand and Foot

Hand and Foot Moisturisers

All the following blends have been designed to be made up into a 50-m1 base carrier oil of either Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Calendula or Macadamia (or a combination of any two of these, 25 ml of each). Alternatively you can add your chosen essential oils to a moisturiser or product you enjoy using.

Hand Moisturiser

Hand and foot cuticle repair

10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lavender

Remember to wear gloves when possible, especially when washing dishes or gardening. Apply the hand-moisturising blend above after all types of work