Monthly Roundup: What's Trending in Industry News?
Today on the Seed blog: it's the Monthly Roundup. Our Roundup comes near the beginning of each month when I examine the most recently trending stories of interest on the subjects of beauty, skin care, health and wellness, aromatherapy, and more.
So what's trending right now?
- The FDA has concerns over ingredients in hand sanitizers, prompting an investigation. The FDA is taking a deeper look at three key ingredients found in hand sanitizers and hand cleansing wipes because of concerns that they may be harmful to pregnant woman and children. The ingredients in question are ethanol (or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. The last time the FDA reviewed these antiseptic ingredients was in the 1970s, so a closer look is warranted as we are now able to take a closer look at how ingredients may have a health impact. At Seed, rest assured we use NONE of these ingredients. We are very transparent about the healthy ingredient we use and fully disclose them on our website. Additionally, our ingredients (and their scores) can be found in the Skin Deep Database.
Interest in natural skin care and anti-aging products continues to grow. Mintel, a global leader in the market research arena, reports that there is a growing interest in natural ingredients in facial care because lifestyle trends tend to carry over into personal care. In other words, when people are more interested about healthy eating, mindfulness, stress reduction and self care, they are more inclined to let that interest in "clean" and healthy living be what they are seeking in terms of ingredients. Says Shannon Romanowski at Mintel, "Consumers are embracing healthy, holistic living, and our research shows that these lifestyle changes are driving the facial skincare and anti-aging market."
Consumers want to have personalized product recommendations and customized products, say researchers at Kline. At Seed, we understand and we agree! If you haven't shopped with us in recent months, you are missing out! Did you know that we have Custom Blend products? Yes, we do! Choose your product and then choose your own blend of 100% pure essential oils. Need help? No problem. We have our own expert Mixologist on staff who will help you find the PERFECT blend of essential oils based on your scent preferences and skin care needs. Just email her at mixologist [at] seedbodycare.com and she'll be happy to assist.
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It's an often asked question of skin care professionals: "Is toner really necessary?"
In a word, yes.
I think that some people are skeptical of trying toners because they associate toner with the old SD alcohol-based astringents that used to strip skin and leave it feeling tight and dry. Many toners out there still have some less than stellar ingredients, but that's not what we're talking about.
Vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants used in skin care. While it is common knowledge that Vitamin E is useful for the skin, many people are unaware of why it is beneficial. On the Seed blog today, we are sharing the clinical science behind Vitamin E and skin care, as well as ways it will help improve the appearance of your skin.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can help repair damaged cells. Naturally occurring Vitamin E includes eight different isoforms. These include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocotienol.
Vitamin E is one of the most studied skin vitamins because it was discovered so long ago. In fact, it was back in the early 1920s when Berkeley biologists Dr. Herbert Evans and Dr. Katherine Bishop made the discovery.
In the field of skin care, Vitamin E has been used for more than half a century -- and with good reason.
The leaves are changing and it's getting darker earlier and earlier. Fall is officially here. With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Autumn is a time of transition and it is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The recent summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the upcoming winter.
1. Exfoliate your skin.
Lift dead skin cells, which make your skin look ashy and dry, with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skin care routine, yet it continues to be one of the most overlooked. Everyone needs to exfoliate.
Why? When dead skin cells are sitting on top of your skin, pores become clogged. You will likely either experience acne or your skin will just look dull and flaky (or both). Helping your skin slough off dead skin cells is essential because those clear pores will more readily absorb your other facial care products, helping them to work more effectively.
Use a gentle facial scrub or facial brush to manually exfoliate, or choose a chemical exfoliant such as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). If you are oily or prone to blackheads, look for an exfoliant with salicylic acid (BHA).