What You Need to Know About Parabens + Sulfates

 

Gone are the days that women purchase personal care products based on pretty packaging and free-from claims. Today we’ve gotten smarter, we know flipping a bottle over and reviewing the ingredients is a key driver on whether or not we head over to check out with that same item. Scanning an ingredient list helps us better understand what we’re using on our skin giving us the peace of mind we need. But often what’s listed on the back of the bottle are fancy chemical terms we’ve never heard of. So let us help – here are two common ingredients that are often used that can be synthetics that aren’t so good for the skin.

PARABENS
Parabens are not natural, so you’ll never find them in beU by ORGANO skincare products. But they are common and used in many personal care products in the market which is why it’s important to know how it might show up in an ingredient listing. Generally, parabens are used as a preservative –protecting products from growing harmful bacteria and mold and ultimately spoiling products. However, the verdict is still out whether or not parabens have long term health risks as the research is limited, this is usually determined by the percent used which can vary from product to product, but if you ask us, we’re not willing to take any chance and is why we only use natural ingredients, the safest solution with no health risk at all.

Common names to look out for: butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben
Usually listed as methyl-, butyl-, and propyl-paraben

SULFATES
Sulfates, like parabens, are synthetic ingredients often found in a wide range of personal care products like facial cleansers, shampoo and body washes. In facial cleansers the sulfate acts as a surfactant which is when water and oil soluble compounds are mixed together with water and result in a foamy substance that is used to spread around the face. Women are quite familiar with this as we get this result with both our facial cleansers and shampoos –after all the greater the foam, the more effective the product, right? Well, not necessarily. Often it comes at a cost. Think about it – sulfates are part sulfur, which comes from petrolatum…not exactly something we want to use on our skin. But sulfates also come from lauryl alcohol which is derived from coconut oils –which is a natural ingredient. So the key is to look out for the synthetic sulfates known to be irritating to the skin or scalp versus the ones from natural ingredients.

Common names to look out for: sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate

Our advice, if you’re not sure about an ingredient, don’t use it. At beU, we’re all about obtaining that foam-like-feeling the o’natural way. And remember, just because something doesn’t foam does not mean it doesn’t work – lucky for you there’s 100% natural ingredient products like beU by Organo so you don’t need to be a scientist to understand what’s good for you, beU removes the guesswork for you.

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A Healthier Black Coffee Martini

 

Who said all cocktails were bad for you? Well this one has a superfood ingredient Ganaderma Lucidum or Reishi added to the coffee. Even the healthiest people who love an occasional cocktail would LOVE this one!!

 

  • 1 ½ oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 sachet ORGANO™ Black Coffee
  • Ice
  1. Warm water up and dissolve the content of your Black Coffee sachet.
  2. Add ice to an empty cup and pour vodka and coffee liquor.
  3. Lastly, pour coffee, stir, and enjoy!

6 ways Cordyceps may help improve health.

Cordyceps is a type of parasitic fungi that grows on the larvae of insects and may have some amazing health benefits..

This fungi has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat fatigue, sickness, kidney disease and low sex drive.

Supplements and products containing Cordyceps extract are becoming  popular due to their many purported health benefits.

More than 400 species of Cordyceps have been discovered, two are the focus of health research: Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris (found in Organo Red Tea).

Cordyceps Nutrition

1. May Boost Exercise Performance

Cordyceps are may increase the body’s production of  adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles. This may improve the way your body uses oxygen, especially during exercise which would improve the intensity of the exercise and also the duration.

2. Anti-Aging Properties

In China, the elderly have traditionally used Cordyceps to reduce fatigue and boost strength and sex drive.

Several studies have found that Cordyceps increases antioxidants in older mice, helping improve memory and sexual function. Antioxidants are molecules that fight cell damage by neutralizing free radicals, which can otherwise contribute to disease and aging.

Cordyceps’ potential to slow the growth of tumors has generated lots of interest.

In test-tube studies, Cordyceps has shown to slow the growth of many types of human cancer cells, including lung, colon, skin and liver cancers.

Studies in mice have also shown that Cordyceps have anti-tumor effects on lymphoma, melanoma and lung cancer.

Cordyceps may also reverse the side effects associated with many forms of cancer therapy. One of these side effects is leukopenia.

Not to be confused with the cancer leukemia, leukopenia is a condition in which the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) decreases, lowering the body’s defenses and increasing the risk of infection.

Interestingly, Cordyceps reversed the leukopenia. These results suggest the fungi may help reduce complications associated with some cancer treatments.test-tube and animal studies suggest Cordyceps may have the potential to treat cancer, as well as some side effects of cancer treatments.

4. May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Cordyceps contain a special type of sugar that may help treat diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or respond to the hormone insulin, which normally transports the sugar glucose into your cells for energy.When your body does not produce enough insulin or respond well to it, glucose cannot enter the cells, so it stays in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious health problems.

Therefore, it’s important for people with diabetes to make sure their blood sugar levels are well controlled. Interestingly, Cordyceps may keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range by mimicking the action of insulin. Some evidence suggests that they may also protect against kidney disease, a common complication of diabetes. Cordyceps may have potential as a diabetes treatment.

5. Possible Benefits for Heart Health

Cordyceps are approved in China for the treatment of arrhythmia, a condition in which the heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular.

Research suggests this is down to the adenosine content of Cordyceps. Adenosine is a naturally occurring compound that has heart-protective effects .

Cordyceps may also have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. LDL can raise your risk of heart disease by leading to the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood and Cordyceps may reduce it. High levels are linked to a greater risk of heart disease.

Unfortunately, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether Cordyceps benefit heart health in humans yet.

6. May Help Fight Inflammation

Cordyceps may help fight inflammation in the body. Some inflammation is good and too much may lead to diseases like heart disease and cancer. When cells are exposed to Cordyceps, special proteins that increase inflammation in the body become suppressed. Thanks to these effects, some believe Cordyceps may serve as a useful anti-inflammatory supplement or drug .

(from article written by Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD on May 9, 2018)

Bee Venom Mask

This luxurious mask stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Apply the Anti Aging mask on face and neck without blending. Leave on for 20 minutes, or overnight, and wipe off with a damp cloth. Don’t be concerned if you feel some tingling, this feeling is totally normal. Don’t worry either if you don’t feel anything; the magic ingredient works different on every skin.

This mask isn’t for daily use, but you can apply it 2-3 times a week.

Jojoba Anti Aging Serum – Liquid Gold.

WHAT IS IT?

BeU by Organo Jojoba Anti Aging Serum (Liquid Gold) is a luxurious serum to soften, smooth and hydrate skin to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles every day.

Can be worn alone or under makeup, this powerhouse of serums is packed with skin drenching nutrients. Feels like silk on the skin.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

This beautiful gentle organic Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) based serum is an excellent hydrator of the skin. Jojoba oil is a powerful natural moisturizer for your skin, hair and nails. The anti-aging properties of Pomegranate oil support the water balance of the skin.
You will love this soothing serum with its luxurious aroma of pure Rose oil Rosa damascena.

Gentle organic Jojoba oil-based serum hydrates skin, along with Pomegranate oil supports water balance of the skin.

Argan Oil – Argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It contains beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E, and is an excellent moisturizer.

One of the main reasons that argan oil is so beneficial is because it’s rich with vitamin A and vitamin E. However, Moroccan argan oil is also packed with antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.

Research shows that when applied to skin, argan oil benefits include a sense of refreshment while moisturizing the skin.

Pomegranate Oil – naturally contains linolenic acid, which helps balance the oil that skin produces, and can help fight free radicals.
The power of pomegranate seed oil is one of the most exciting things in skin care. …

Soothing:Because of all its properties together, pomegranate seed oil provides soothing, hydrated feeling for those with extra dry and sensitive skin.

Borage Seed Oil – borage seeds contain higher content of GLA (an essential fatty acid) than other plants. This helps to calm skin.
Contains high levels of essential fatty acids, helps balance moisturisation levels. Can help to maintain healthy-looking skin.

Rose Geranium Oil – helps soften and hydrate. A wonderful oil for the skin, Rose Geranium’s balancing effect makes it suitable for dry, oily or combination skin.

Jojoba Oil – is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). Technically, it is not actually an oil, but rather
what is called a wax ester. Out of all the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most like human skin oil (sebum).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

A serum is a skin care product that you apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing or applying makeup.
The reason why is the molecules in serums tend to be smaller, and better able to penetrate to provide a potent shot of ingredients directly to the skin.

BeU Anti Aging Serum contains exotic and powerful moisturizing oils and ingredients, yet feels light and luxurious.

For Daytime Use:
Allow to absorb before applying your BeU moisturizer before applying makeup.
For Night-time Use:
After cleansing with BeU Manuka Cream Cleanser.
Apply the Jojoba Anti Aging Serum, by gently massaging 2-3 drops into the skin.

Allow to absorb before applying your beU moisturizer.

 

Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer

WHAT IS IT?

BeU Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer is a PH balanced cream with active ingredients and oils from natural sources.

When applied as part of your daily skin care regimen, this enrich beauty cream works all day long to visibly help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and to smooth and soften the skin.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

Your skin will feel softer and smoother, by accelerating revitalization and stimulating the collagen in your skin, retinyl palmitate reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines with continued use. You will love this gentle, very effective beU Retinol Anti Aging Cream.

It will diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, aids revitalization and collagen for firmer, younger looking skin.

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

Aloe Vera – for soothing hydration. Aloe Vera extract has antibacterial activity and is known for it’s soothing powers.

Manuka Honey – contains extraordinary properties that help retain skins moisture. Honey’s natural antioxidant and antimicrobial  properties help to protect the skin while supporting the skin’s revitalization and refresh depleted skin. Our Organic Manuka Honey is
harvested in the South Island of New Zealand.

Rose geranium – helps soften and hydrate. A wonderful oil for the skin, Rose Geranium’s balancing effect makes it suitable for dry, oily or combination skin.

Retinol Palmitate – is an ingredient that will help improve skin tone. This ingredient helps thicken skin, which gives your skin added resiliency and a smoother look. Retinyl Palmitate is a pure form of vitamin A, which helps the skin’s ability to produce collagen. It is an antioxidant that helps reduce signs of aging while reinforcing the skin’s protection against environmental damage.

Mandarin Oil – Mandarin essential oil is very mild and known for many amazing properties. For instance, mandarin essential oil is useful in helping to reduce the contributing factors leading to acne, brighten the skin, reduce oily skin, diminish the appearance of scars and age spots and minimize the appearance of the effects of stress and wrinkles.

Avocado Oil – rich in fatty acids and an excellent source of moisture for the skin. Avocado Oil is a premium, extra virgin oil, cold-pressed from the flesh of ripe avocados. Rich in both oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acid) and plant sterols, avocado oil is a lightweight, skin-friendly oil that adds moisture, antioxidants and other vital nutrients that have the potential to leave skin looking and feeling more youthful and vibrant.

Vitamin E – Is an anti-oxidant that assists in maintaining cell integrity, and helps skin retain moisture.

Apricot Kernel Oil – nourishes deeply into the skin, and contains gamma linolenic acid to help firm and tone skin. With its pleasant nutty like odour Apricot kernel oil is a popular carrier oil rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. Apricot oil delivers softening properties beneficial for skin conditions

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, and is a pure form of the vitamin found in green and yellow vegetables, egg yolks, whole milk, beef, chicken, and fish-liver oil. It’s essential to vision and bone development and plays a role in vision health. Topically, Retinol is also hugely popular in skin care products because the skin naturally converts it to retinoic acid, which helps to stimulate collagen production, increase the skin’s revitalization, and decrease pore size, creating softer, smoother skin.
Retinyl palmitate is considered to be a gentler, milder form of vitamin A. A combination of retinol and palmitic acid has been found in studies to be an effective antioxidant. The skin must first convert it to retinol, then retinoic acid, for it to have the same anti-aging effects, so higher concentrations are used to stimulate skin repair.

HOW DO I USE IT?

For Daytime
After cleansing with beU Manuka Cream Cleanser, and Jojoba Anti Aging Serum (leaving to absorb). Apply this fantastic cream
to the face and throat paying attention to fine lines and wrinkles. With active ingredients to reduce the visible signs of aging, and
assist in the cellular renewal. Allow to absorb then follow with makeup

For Night-time
After cleansing with beU Manuka Cream Cleanser, and Jojoba Anti Aging Serum (leaving to absorb). The active ingredients in this moisturizer work while you sleep, during your body’s natural replenish and renew cycle, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

 

Manuka Cream Cleanser – Paraben and Sulphate free

A gentle, concentrated cream so a little goes a long way, designed for all skin types. This luxurious cream lifts makeup and thoroughly cleans your skin leaving it with a delicate and silky texture.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

Gentle to the skin, it cleans skin while promoting softness and radiance. Helps fight bacteria while softening the appearance of wrinkles, while helping balance skin tone.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

beU by Organo cleanses, moisturises, and helps improve the appearance and texture of your skin. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles diminish to reveal a more radiant, ageless, youthful glow. Designed to work with your skin’s natural production of elastin and collagen, promote skin revitalization to help you look and feel your best.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Manuka Honey – helps retain skin’s moisture. Honey’s natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help to protect the skin while supporting the skin’s revitalization and refresh depleted skin.
Betaine – helps the skin retain its moisture due to its molecular structure and ability to bond with hydrogen. The ingredient has been
found to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. One of the benefits of this powerful ingredient in anti-aging products is its ability to smooth and soften the skin, reducing sensitivity to external irritants.
Vitamin B3 – helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmentation.
Mandarin Oil – Mandarin essential oil is very mild and known for many amazing properties. For instance, mandarin essential oil is useful in helping to reduce the contributing factors leading to acne, brighten the skin, , reduce oily skin, diminish the appearance of scars and age spots and minimize the appearance of the effects of the stress and wrinkles.

Jojoba Oil – is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). Technically, it is not actually an oil, but rather what is called a wax ester.Out of all the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most like human skin oil (sebum).
Aloe Vera – for soothing hydration. Aloe Vera extract has antibacterial activity and is known for it’s soothing powers.
Vitamin E – Is an anti-oxidant that assists in maintaining cell integrity, and helps skin retain moisture.
Rose Geranium Oil – helps soften and hydrate. A wonderful oil for the skin, Rose Geranium’s balancing effect makes it suitable for dry, oily or combination skin.
Castor Bean Oil – is a wonderful humectant (it has the ability to draw moisture from the air) that helps fight bacteria.

DID YOU KNOW?

Many of us don’t properly cleanse our skin, resulting in over stripped, dry skin that can cause irritation and stimulate too much
oil production leading to acne, or to dry, dull looking skin.
• 52 percent of consumers (66 percent of men and nearly 40 percent of women) use bath wash or hand soap to cleanse their face, which can strip or irritate skin, and upset the natural PH Balance of the skin.
• More than one third only use water – which does not remove the debris from the face, and can lead to clogged pores.
• More than half (54 percent) of men and women admit often skipping washing their face before bedtime, not removing the pollution, makeup or debris that can leave skin tired looking, and prone to acne.
When we cleanse our skin properly, we allow it to breathe. It can then better absorb the nutrients and benefits of beU Natural Skin Care products.

HOW DO I USE IT?

Commence by  gently cleansing with the beU Manuka Cream Cleanser in the morning to refresh and awaken skin, apply in an upward and outward movements. Remove with damp cloth.

At night gently remove makeup and leave skin feeling refreshed. Remove with damp cloth.

 

Different skin types and how the BeU skincare range can help.

Understanding the 4  Types of  Skin

 

Your skin type is determined by your genetics, your diet, your lifestyle, your environment, and the products you use on your face.

These factors, which can vary over time, influence the size of your pores, the thickness of your skin, the amount of sebum, or natural oils, you produce, your water balance and many other characteristics that can categorise your skin in one of four basic conditions:dry,oily,combination or normal.

Dry Skin

Dry skin happens when your body is not producing enough sebum to keep your skin soft and flexible. It feels itchy, tight, and usually lacks glow. You might even see some redness and feel some sensitive and flaky areas. Because of this, dry skin is the one which most commonly suffers from premature aging.

For dry skin, we recommend using the BeU Manuka Cream Cleanser, Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer, and Jojoba Anti Aging Serum twice a day and apply the Bee Venom Anti Aging Mask 2-3 times a week.

Oily Skin

People who suffer from oily skin produce an excess of oils that end up clogging the pores. This develops acne problems and might make your skin look shinier than it should, feel greasy and thick. Oily skin doesn’t wrinkle as early as other skin types, but still carries a dull look and an uncomfortable sensation.

For Oily skin we recommend using the BeU Manuka Cream Cleanser and the Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer twice a day and applying the BeU Bee Venom Mask 2-3 times a week.  Apply BeU Jojoba Anti Aging Serum just once a day just enough for that healthy glow.

Combination Skin

As its name suggests, combination skin is the presence of both, oily and dry conditions. The oily features appear on the T zone of your face, which includes your forehead, nose, and chin. Your cheeks, eye zone, and jawline can present dry or normal type signs.

For combination skin we recommend using the BeU Cream Cleanser and Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer twice a day and apply the BeU Bee Venom Anti Aging Mask mask 2-3 times a week. Use the BeU Jojoba Anti Aging Serum twice a day. If your skin feels too oily, reduce the use of the serum to once a day.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is naturally balanced, soft and supple. It is less likely to suffer from acne problems, itchiness, or extreme sensitivity. However, it is still threatened by external factors to experience UV damage, premature aging, and clogged pores.

For this type of skin we recommend using BeU’s routine to keep it healthy, smooth and protected in your everyday life. Use the BeU Manuka Honey Cleanser, Retinol Anti Aging Moisturizer, and Jojoba Anti Aging Serum twice a day and apply the BeU Bee Venom mask 2-3 times a week.

 

 

 

Does a meal replacement have to taste bad?

This great product can help and support in people losing weight and super-charging their success

– as a meal replacement

-in between meals or

-to enhance training and recovery.

First and foremost, it tastes fantastic in Vanilla or Chocolate flavours.

Contains 10% fibre, organic grass-fed protein (43%) and 23 different vitamins and minerals
PLUS an incredible Chinese superfood called Ganoderma Lucidium.

A True Superfood

Ganoderma or King of Herbs in Chinese medicine, is included in over 1800 medical studies and has many positive effects on the human body  including helping the body burn fat.

Ganaderma can assist the process of burning calories and burning more fat ( thermogenesis ).

One study from 2016 (PMID:27636731), discusses the 3 medical mechanisms by which Ganoderma promotes fat loss:

Reducing cravings- by changing the brain chemistry to cause appetite reduction, reducing the amount of fat that is absorbed from the digestive tract and increasing insulin sensitivity so body uses less insulin.

Increasing metabolism-Ganoderma can increase the rate of metabolism, and actually increases fat burning.

Improving gut health-It changes the bugs in the gut in a way that’s favourable to reduce overall inflammation in the body and overall calorie absorption.

The Power of Protein

Protein is the building block of our bodies and is essential for optimal health. In OGX Fenix the protein source is whey from grass-fed cows.

Why is this such a great source of protein?
Whey protein may be the perfect protein to maintain lean mass and lose fat.

–  increase muscle protein synthesis.

–   enhance the immune system.

–   has direct antioxidant and anti-viral action which helps the body to detoxify by contributing to the body’s production of glutathione.

It is casein and lactalbumin free – which are the dairy proteins which can cause sensitivity issues in some.

OGX Fenix is just a high quality whey protein product with high quality vitamins and minerals and fibre.

OGX Fenix has a low glycemic index and contains nothing artificial, no additives and no preservatives, and, of course, it includes the king of herbs, Ganoderma.

 

 

 

How do we breathe?

The process of breathing (respiration) is divided into two distinct phases,

a) inspiration (inhalation) and b) expiration (exhalation).

When you breathe in ( inhale), your diaphragm contracts (tightens) and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity so your lungs expand. The intercostal muscles between your ribs also help to increase the chest space because they contract to pull your rib cage both upward and outward when you inhale.

When you breathe out (exhale), the diaphragm relaxes, and the chest space decreases, while the pressure within it increases. 

 

 

How does it do that?

A rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) stimulates the respiratory center (in the brain) to increase the rate and depth of respirations (breaths) . This  removes excess carbon dioxide and  breathing is  then stimulated by   low oxygen levels.

 

Breathing technique.

Breathing starts in your nose and then moves to your stomach. As your diaphragm contracts, the belly expands and your lungs fill with air. It ‘s the most efficient way to breathe, as it pulls down on the lungs, creating negative pressure in the chest, resulting in air flowing into your lungs.