Throughout the years, it’s likely that you’ve picked up some beauty wisdom here and there, be it from your grandmother or your favorite magazine. These valuable resources have probably taught you that there’s a general order of operations to follow in your cleaning and makeup routine. The better you adhere to it, the more likely you are to see healthy skin.
We've recently been the delighted recipient of shout-outs from some of the heaviest-hitting fashion publications out there today. (May we admit that we fan out a bit when we see some of these links?)
To share in our excitement and to bring you up to date on what the industry big-wigs are saying about Drunk Elephant, we've compiled the most recent below.
Lately after my workouts, I've been stopping by a little spot near my house that has an Infrared Sauna. I'm quickly becoming addicted. My muscles aren't as sore, my eyes and skin look healthier, I'm more relaxed and overall, I just feel better. Sitting in an infrared sauna is like getting healthy sun exposure without the destructive UV Rays, which, by the way, make up 20% of real sun exposure. Here, you are only getting the good stuff...the other 80%. The infrared radiation warms you without warming the air around you, so you'll tolerate it much better than a traditional sauna. Here are a few benefits, followed by the ever-interesting (to me at least) light therapy and a brief description of what each color does:
1. Sweat Out The Toxins
Were you aware that toxic chemicals are responsible for up to 80% of cancer deaths? Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. Infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins (like chemicals and heavy metals) than traditional saunas. The sweating is deeper and more profuse. It also helps the fat cells release organic chemicals and biological toxins...it goes deep, up to three inches deep. Most toxins can be released through the skin, relieving the burden on the kidneys and liver.
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. It also goes a long way towards relieving tension and relaxing your muscles. All that’s really needed is 15-20 minutes a few times per week. The increased circulation and better blood flow you'll experience will help lower blood pressure too. If you’re troubled by muscle or joint pain, or more chronic conditions like arthritis, infrared heat from the sauna can provide drug-free pain relief, reducing stiffness and inflammation. Yes, it's all that.
3. Pain Relief
Along with the relaxing heat, the far infrared light penetrates deep in to the tissues and organs, reducing swelling and inflammation, which help the body heal in a safe, relaxing and non-invasive way. Furthermore, the infrared heat reduces the stress response which results in less painful clinching around pain. If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
4. Weight Loss
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in a boosted metabolism and weight loss. Infrared saunas, because of their ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate and can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half hour session. Hydration is essential, so never skimp on liquids just for the sake of seeing lower numbers on the scale. Drink up before, during and after – no exceptions! The three inches of heat penetration softens cellulite and increases the flushing of fat from the body. I know....sign you up?
5. Improved Circulation and Organ De-Congestion
Heating the body powerfully shunts blood towards the skin to dissipate heat. This decongests the internal organs and greatly stimulates circulation. Sinuses, joints and many other tissues benefit greatly. The sauna also stimulates the generation of new red blood cells from the bone marrow (an important energy booster), Especially for those whose immune systems are weak or who are anemic. Thus, saunas improve circulation and relieve internal congestion. As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
6. Skin Rejuvenation
Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin. These saunas will also improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better circulation, blood flow and increased collagen production – all of which improve the look and health of your skin. The increased circulation, elimination of toxins and flushing out of cellular debris give you a more radiant appearance. The last thing you'll want to do after your sauna is apply skin care products that contain the toxins you just sweated out, so thank goodness for non-toxic Drunk Elephant! Also, were you aware that our C-Firma Day Serum contains an anti-aging chronopeptide that biotransforms into Vitamin D and mimics the Vitamin D we get through sun exposure? The infrared sauna and Drunk Elephant make quite the duo when it comes to fighting the signs of aging! Shop the entire D.E. collection here.
Infrared LED Lights:
Red: Skin rejuvenation
Orange: Skin revitalization
Yellow: Reduces redness, swelling and inflammation associated with rosacea and sunburn.
Green: Calms and lightens hyper-pigmentation.
Turquoise: Increases intuition and sensitivity.
Blue: Prevents and treats mild to moderate acne.
Purple: Simulates spleen and white blood cells; boosts the immune system.
Shower after you sauna. You don't want the toxins reentering your blood stream.
I've already said it, but I'll say it again: Drink a ton of water.
Use it as a complement to your exercise, not a substitute for your exercise.
Watch out for alcohol...it hits you much harder after you've been in the sauna.
Remember the old saying? Women GLOW, they don't SWEAT. Well...not true. In this case, you'll do both.
I want to tell you about the hazards lurking in most sun protection products on the market...and in your cabinet. Surprising when you learn that the ingredients you are diligently using to protect yourself from the sun's damage, could actually be hurting you more than the sun. When you consider that the harmful UVA rays can get you, even through glass and clouds, you realize that it's imperative that you wear a good, healthy sunscreen every day. Not to mention...it's the number one preventative measure against skin aging. Here's a quick cheat sheet on which ingredients to always avoid. And, at the bottom, which to embrace.
Oxybenzone: This penetration enhancer (i.e., chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin) undergoes a chemical reaction when exposed to UV rays. When oxybenzone is absorbed by your skin, it can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you're out of the sun. Experts also suspect that oxybenzone disrupts hormones (i.e., mimics, blocks, and alters hormone levels) which can throw off your endocrine system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 97 percent of Americans have this chemical circulating in our bodies, as it can accumulate more quickly than our bodies can get rid of it.
Octinoxate: One of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens with SPF, octinoxate is readily absorbed by our skin and helps other ingredients to be absorbed more readily. While allergic reactions from octinoxate aren't common, hormone disruption is: the chemical's effects on estrogen can be harmful for humans and wildlife, too, should they come into contact with the chemical once it gets into water. Though SPF products are designed to protect skin from sun-induced aging, octinoxate may actually be a culprit for premature aging, as it produces menacing free radicals that can damage skin and cells.
Avobenzone: Easily absorbed through the epidermis and a chemical that absorbs ultraviolet radiation energy. Since it cannot destroy this energy, it has to convert the light energy into chemical energy, which is normally released as free radicals. In sunlight, Avobenzone degrades and becomes ineffective within about 1 hour.
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate): Just like the vitamin A we eat, retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant. As an ingredient in sunscreen, it's function is to improve the product's performance against the aging effects of UV exposure, However, certain forms of vitamin A found in sun protection products—namely retinyl palmitate, a combination of retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid, an ingredient found in tropical plants such as palm and coconut—can be cause for concern. When exposed to the sun's UV rays, retinol compounds break down and produce destructive free radicals that are toxic to cells, damage DNA, and may lead to cancer. In fact, FDA studies have shown that retinyl palimitate may speed the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before sun exposure, so steer clear of skin sun products that harbor the stuff.
Homosalate: This UV-absorbing sunscreen ingredient helps sunscreen to penetrate your skin. Once the ingredient has been absorbed, homosalate accumulates in our bodies faster than we can get rid of it, becomes toxic and disrupts our hormones.
Octocrylene: When this chemical is exposed to UV light, it absorbs the rays and produces oxygen radicals that can damage cells and cause mutations. It is readily absorbed by your skin and may accumulate within your body in measurable amounts. Plus, it can be toxic to the environment.
Paraben Preservatives: Associated with both acute and chronic side effects, parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-) can induce allergic reactions, hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. While butylparaben was reported to be non-carcinogenic in rats and mice, but it has been previously suspected that parabens and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics may contribute to the rising incidence of breast cancer.
Paba (para-aminobenzoic acid): Though rarely used now in sunscreens, be aware of products that contain the ingredient. Forty percent of the population is sensitive to it, experiencing red, itchy skin.
Fragrance and/or Essential Oils: mostly synthetic ingredients can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes. Our skin perceives essential oils to be complex chemical components. Over time, essential oils will cumulatively and imperceptibly cause skin sensitization and irritation. It's no wonder everyone has "sensitive skin" these days.
Nanoparticles: Physical sunblocks, made with the minerals titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, stay on skin's surface, reflecting UV rays. However, to make them more aesthetically appealing and less opaque, some newer products use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide reduced to microscopic nanoparticles. A nanometer (nm) is about a billionth of a meter-a unit so small that a single human hair is about 80,000 nm in diameter. The nanoparticles are unpredictable - they could penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream, where they may damage cells.
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I've been reading about this Ayurvedic technique all over the place. I couldn't resist anymore so right now, my mouth is full of unrefined coconut oil. You can use sesame oil too, just make sure that whatever you use, it's unrefined and organic. Hopefully, by the time I'm done writing this post, I'll be done with the "pulling" too. They tell you to start with a tablespoon, which can double in size as it draws out the toxins and bacteria from your mouth. This is about to get interesting and my mouth is already tired.
You actually pull the oil through your teeth and swish it all around for TWENTY minutes. You should not get the oil in your throat, as you don't want the toxins to spread around...you want the toxins to end up in your trash can. Here is a list of reported benefits associated with oil pulling:
I just finished and the oil does in fact get white and thick as you swish it around in your mouth. I had read that it would. My mouth feels really clean and fresh for sure, but I'm not convinced that that's not a result of flossing and brushing right after I spit everything out. I'm going to do this daily for the next two weeks. If you have any experience with this old practice, please share! I'm sure it can't hurt, but is it worth spending TWENTY minutes every morning? That's the question. Reading that it's a non-toxic way to benefit your skin (among other things) is enough to make me very curious! I'll keep you posted.
What’s going on at Drunk Elephant? We are surprised almost daily at the positive response from our customers, the wonderful press and reviews – and the enormous amount yet to be learned! I just returned from a jam-packed trip to Los Angeles filled with many productive meetings. We are back in product development and preparing to add a couple of exciting products to the line by this Fall 2014. In July, we are so excited to be heading to CosmoProf in Las Vegas with Discover Beauty, a program of CosmoProf North America that selects an array of unique, cutting-edge brands sure to be the next big thing! We will be meeting with retailers from all over the world and will have the chance to tell our story, which we believe is a really intriguing one. In August we will be in New York for editor desksides, which is one of my favorite things to do. There’s nothing like sitting face-to-face with the beauty editors who have literally tried it all.
We remain so thankful for your support and your feedback that helps us become better – it’s of great value to us. If we can help people find better internal and skin health by continuing to produce this non-toxic line that delivers real and visible results, then we have done what we set out to do.
Thoughts, questions, comments? Don’t hold back…we love hearing from each and every one of you! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.