Friday, August 11, 2017

ALOE VERA IN HERBALLY RADIANT PRODUCTS ADDS TO BEAUTY

Aloe vera is an extremely beneficial ingredient in skin care products. It's thick green leaves store water. This slimy, water-filled tissue is the 'gel' we associate with aloe vera products, which contains most of the bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Several products of Herbally Radiant are aloe based. Its wide use has earned it a global market share of 13 billion dollars. Some of its benefits are :
1. Has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which are important for health. Aloe vera gel contains powerful antioxidants, which belong to a large family of substances known as polyphenols. These polyphenols, along with several other compounds in Aloe vera, can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.
2.Accelerates the healing of burns. Aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical medication, rubbed onto the skin rather than eaten. It has long been known as a treatment for sores, particularly burns, including sunburns. In fact, the FDA first approved Aloe vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for skin burns back in 1959.
A review of 4 experimental studies found that Aloe vera could reduce the healing time of burns by around 9 days compared to conventional medication.
3.Reduces dental plaque. Tooth decay and diseases of the gum are very common health problems. One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to reduce the buildup of plaque (bacterial biofilms) on the teeth.In a mouth rinse study of 300 healthy people, 100% pure Aloe vera juice was compared to the standard mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine. After 4 days of use, the Aloe vera mouth rinse was found to be just as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque.
Another study found similar benefits of Aloe vera mouth rinse when used over a 15- to 30-day period. Aloe vera does this by killing the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans.
4.Helps treat mouth ulcers, or canker sores. Many people have experienced mouth ulcers, or canker sores, at some point in their lives. They usually form underneath the lip, inside the mouth, and last for about 7-10 days. Studies have convincingly shown that Aloe vera treatment can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers. In a 7-day study of 180 people with recurrent mouth ulcers, an Aloe vera patch applied to the area was effective in reducing the size of the ulcers.
5.Reduces constipation. Aloe vera has often be used to treat constipation.This time it is not the gel, but the latex, that provides the benefits. The latex is a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf. The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.
6. May improve skin and help prevent wrinkles. There is preliminary evidence that topical Aloe vera gel can slow aging of the skin. In one study of 30 women over the age of 45, topical application of the gel was shown to increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity over a 90-day period. Another study found that Aloe vera reduced erythema (redness of the skin), but was also found to dehydrate skin cells.
7.Lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics. Aloe vera has sometimes been used as a traditional diabetes remedy. It is said to enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar management. Several animal and human studies in type 2 diabetics have actually found promising results from consuming Aloe vera extract.

Monday, August 7, 2017

GROWING UNSAFE COSMETICS BEING SHIPPED TO US

Herbally Radiant noted with concern that potentially unsafe skin care products are being sent to US in growing volumes. In its letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr (D., NJ), FDA has expressed inability to carry out adequate inspections of cosmetic shipments coming from many countries due to scarce resources. At the same time, the letter reveals that about 2000 shipments a year are refused entry to the US, based on these inspections or other issues; the highest share of those blocked come from China, South Korea, Canada, France, and India. It emphasized that imports from China were particularly problematic.

Of the 3 million imported cosmetics shipments, FDA physically inspected just 9,871, or about 0.3 percent in 2016, and 15% violations were found in 1474 shipments.  In other words, in the small percentage of checks that FDA could carry out, the rate of rising violations was of concern.

This comes on the heel of several reports of potentially unsafe cosmetic products being sent by online suppliers which are doing a booming business on the back of aggressive marketing promotions.

While FDA should be able to increase inspections and bar imports from companies dispatching unsafe products, the consumers also need to exercise caution. Most of such cosmetic products use unsafe chemical ingredients not mentioned on the labels.


Friday, August 4, 2017

BIOLOGICAL PROCESS OF AGING OF THE SKIN

The question of aging of skin has been engaging the attention and efforts of beauticians and scientists. The R&D team of Herbally Radiant has experimented with a variety of combinations using herbal ingredients to create and maintain a youthful appearance. It also monitors the latest studies on aging factors and found the recent article by Yella Hewings-Martin, PhD in MNT  a good effort in explaining the biological process of aging.
Skin aging is caused by a combination of natural aging and exposure to sunlight. Add to this the inescapable factor of time, and the result is sagging skin, wrinkles, and discolorations: the characteristic signs of skin aging.
Our skin has two distinct layers. The epidermis makes up the outer barrier of our skin and protects us from environmental insults, such as bacteria and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Meanwhile, the dermis is rich in collagens and other proteins, which are responsible for skin's strength and elasticity.
The dermis contains a very complex arrangement of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, including collagens and others, such as elastin, which provides elasticity.
Fibroblast cells in the dermis not only produce these proteins, but they are also firmly lodged in between these proteins and connected to them. As we age, the ECM progressively loses its integrity as the protein structures become fragmented.
Fibroblasts lose their ECM connections and slowly degrade the protein networks. This leads to a change in fibroblast shape, severely affecting the cells' function. Protein production by fibroblasts is reduced, contributing further to the breakdown of the ECM network.
This detrimental circle of events causes a significant reduction in elasticity and results in the loss of our part skin tone. Scientists think that it is caused by a combination of oxidative stress damage to DNA, cell senescence, and chronic inflammation.
Although we all experience some natural loss of elasticity and ECM integrity as we age, sun exposure makes this much worse.
But fibroblasts themselves do not react to direct irradiation with UV light in laboratory studies. Instead, scientists think that cells in the epidermis respond to UV exposure by releasing chemicals that diffuse into the dermis and lead to enzyme release in dermal fibroblasts.
This complex interplay is thought to result in deep wrinkles, which is a hallmark of UV-induced skin aging. And recent evidence implicates a third player in causing the signs of skin aging.
As our bodies age, the fat layer below the skin naturally shrinks, resulting in sagging. But until recently, scientists were unable to see any connection between UV damage and fat; UV rays do not penetrate deeply enough to reach the subcutaneous fat. However, a new type of fat depot in the deep dermis was recently discovered that can penetrate the upper dermis, which is well within reach of UV light.
These specialized fat cells can also respond to chemicals released by cells in the epidermis. In response to chronic UV damage, these fat cells die and are replaced by scar tissue.

Besides avoiding excessive sun exposure, Herbally Radiant has found certain combinations of herbs and essential oils extremely effective in preventing premature aging of the skin. The rich nutrients in its anti-aging formulations (Radiant and Rejuvenating), amazingly activate cellular cleaning process and accelerate epidermal regeneration.  These improve skin hydration and elasticity and reducing the appearance of over-pigmentation and skin inflammation. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"NATURAL" ON THE LABELS NEED NOT BE REAL NATURAL

The Washington Post carried an informative piece on misunderstanding of the product labelled as "Natural Flavors".  It explains how the FDA defines a natural flavor as a substance extracted, distilled or similarly derived from plant or animal matter, either as is or after it has been roasted, heated or fermented, and whose function is for flavor, not nutrition. Foods that should be vegetarian can include flavors that are derived from animals, and foods can have flavors that outwardly have nothing to do with the food involved. An example of these incongruities is wine that includes traces of eggs or fish.In the food and cosmetics industries, the term “all natural” is poorly regulated, so manufacturers may use it even when their products are full of chemicals and preservatives — not at all what we think of as natural.
 There are a few reasons extra flavors are added to foods. They can replace flavors that food processing and pasteurizing removed (probably the case with the orange juice he spotted); they help food taste fresh even when it is not (again, perhaps the case with the orange juice); they create an appealing smell that will entice the consumer to eat the product.
The words “natural flavors” seemed to be on most of the food packages they spotted at the store. In fact, the Environmental Working Group found in its research of 80,000 food products that only salt, water and sugar are listed more often than natural flavors on food labels. We all know that we aren’t supposed to eat too much sugar or salt, and water seems to be a safe bet, but what about that fourth most popular ingredient.
There seem to be about 1000 chemicals in the GRAS category that have not been researched or approved by the FDA or anyone else. Some are obviously artificial flavors and not natural flavors. Artificial flavors are created in a lab instead of being derived from a natural substance, yet what was fascinating to my boys was that the chemical structures of a natural strawberry flavor and an artificial strawberry flavor may be exactly the same, just achieved by different means. This suggests that a natural flavor may not be chemically any healthier than an artificial flavor. Organic foods cannot have artificial preservatives or synthetic solvents, so generally they are a safer bet.

Monday, July 31, 2017

HEAVY METALS IN COSMETICS BEING REGULATED BY GERMANY

Herbally Radiant welcomes the initiative of the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) to regulate mixing of heavy metals in cosmetics.  EU law is protective of public health. The German initiative seems to be the result of growing pressure from activists that the heavy metals are very dangerous to public health when applied on the skin.

There have been several studies confirming the health risks due to the harmful metal elements in cosmetics. The 2012 study by the Dominican University of California brought out this danger.

Presently, German VBL allows the following heavy metals in cosmetics: lead (2.0-5.0), Cadmium (0.1), mercury (0.1) arsenic (0.5) and antimony (0.5).  For the present, it is allowing cadmium in trace amounts in cosmetics. However, scientists have highlighted the inherent grave risks in allowing heavy metals in cosmetic products even in a small ratio.

Herbally Radiant has, therefore, been advising customers to avoid chemical based skin care formulations, and prefer skin-friendly safe ingredients to avoid health risks.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

IS MANUKA HONEY A SUPERFOOD? NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SO FAR


While promoting natural organic skin care products, Herbally Radiant has also been advising its customers to desist from ‘do-it-yourself’ kind of formulations without understanding their scientific basis.

Writing in MNT, Amanda Barrell has explained the unsubstantiated properties of Manuka honey, the market for which has exploded recently under its perceived benefits as a superfood..

The bees that collect nectar from Manuka tree (also known as tea tree) is said to have healing properties. All honey contains antimicrobial properties, but Manuka honey also contains non-hydrogen peroxide, which gives it an even greater antibacterial power. Some studies have found Manuka honey can also help to boost production of the growth factors white blood cells need to fight infection and to heal tissue.

Manuka honey contains a number of natural chemicals that make it different:
Methylglyoxal (MGO): effective against several bacteria, including Proteumirabilis and Enterobacter cloacae.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): converts into MGO during the honey production process.
Leptosperin:  naturally occurring chemical found in the nectar of Manuka plants and a few close relatives.

Experts believe that because Manuka honey has added antibacterial and healing properties, it may be even more effective. Strong evidence was found that honey heals partial thickness burns around 4 to 5 days more quickly than conventional dressings. There is also evidence indicating that honey is more effective than antiseptic and gauze for healing infected surgical wounds. However, more studies are needed in evidence.

In the lab, Manuka honey has been shown to be able to inhibit around 60 species of bacteria. These include Escherichia coli (E. coli) and salmonella. It can also fight so-called superbugs that have become resistant to antibiotics. These include staphylococcus aureus (MRSA-15) and pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the line of investigation is still incomplete.

Herbally Radiant would like to highlight the fact that the medical grade honey used to dress wounds is very different from the honey sold in stores. Medical grade honey is sterilized, with all impurities removed, and prepared as a dressing. Wounds and infections should always be seen and treated by a healthcare professional.

Store-bought Manuka honey can be used in the same manner as any other honey: on toast, on porridge, or to sweeten drinks.

There is no clear evidence that people who consume Manuka honey in this way will notice any benefit to their health. It is not clear how the active ingredients that provide Manuka honey with its healing properties survive in the gut.

Honey is usually around 80 percent sugar, mainly supplied by glucose, fructose, and sucrose, so moderate intake is recommended. This is particularly true if one suffers from diabetes.


Monday, July 17, 2017

COSMETIC COMPANIES FUNDING 'FAVORABLE' "STUDIES" FOR THEIR PRODUCTS

An investigative piece by Emma Deangela, dietician, shows how lobbying by food industry manipulates consumers.  We at Herbally Radiant promote healthy lifestyle – balanced diet and natural skin care products and advise customers that excessive sugar impacts on skin and speeds up aging of it.  Unfortunately, sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine.
The Sugar lobby planned to change the public opinion of sugar through industry-funded research in 1964, when increasing studies were finding solid connections between sugar and heart disease. The plan was “to refute (our) detractors,” and “diminish negative views of sugar” by pointing to another source – fats and cholesterol – as the main cause of heart disease.
The sugar lobby paid $ 50,000 to review selected articles that condemned fats and cholesterol. When examining the studies naming sugar as the main culprit for heart disease, the researchers would claim that the studies were flawed in certain ways but questioning saturated fats, the researchers would praise the format of the study.
The article highlights how Dr. Hegsted, who became head of the nutrition at the USDA helped draft dietary guidelines recommended by the federal government.  His relationship with the sugar industry executives was widely known.  

In 2015, Coca-Cola paid millions to minimize any connection between their sugar-filled drinks and current obesity trends. In June’16, a trade association, representing three major candy companies funded a research study that claimed that children who ate more candy weighed less overall than those who didn’t!
Sugar is necessary to a certain degree, but not in the amounts that are typically consumed in a Western diet. Only when sugars and fats are consumed in right amounts, will the heart disease will begin to decline.
Herbally Radiant comes across “new studies” frequently that are inspired and funded by cosmetic firms to promote their products. The customers need to be aware of facts, and not be manipulated by unverifiable claims of the marketers.



Friday, July 14, 2017

SCIENTISTS REALIZE GROWING DEMAND FOR NATURAL COLOR IN COSMETICS

In an article this week, Teenke Barresi, explains how scientists have realized the growing demand from consumers for the natural colors, and how they are shifting their focus to use nature's own colorants to create bold, beautiful and long lasting natural colors.

At the Herbally Radiant we are happy to note the growing awareness among the consumers about the ill effects of chemical colors in their beauty care products.  It is a positive trend which is shifting focus on natural ingredients. 

As Teenke writes, color attracts attention and nobody uses it better than mother nature. In observing the world, we see how nature uses a colorful palette to draw the attention of insects to flowers. In the animal kingdom, the most brightly colored birds attract the attention of potential mates. It’s no wonder that people are also attracted to beautiful colors. Enhancing your natural hair and skincare products with color can add to the appeal of your product, but, in the past, adding color to your hair or skincare products usually meant using something synthetic and unnatural. There have been a handful of natural colorants that have come and gone, but often the color fades over time or completely changes if you adjust the pH of your product. The only way, if you desired vibrant, long lasting color, was to choose a synthetic colorant. Fortunately, those days are quickly falling behind us. With the rise in demand for more natural products, scientists are shifting their focus to use nature’s own colorants.

Consumer awareness has forced manufacturers to write ingredients on the labels which they like to read and insist certain ingredients be eliminated.  All skin care formulations launched by the Herbally Radiant in the last seven years have excluded all harsh chemicals or other synthetic additives. Instead it uses essential oils for soothing fragrances, and organic ingredients in the range of foundations that have found great favor with its customers.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

HYPNOTIC TECHNIQUES BENEFICIAL UNDER TRAINED GUIDANCE

More studies are now appearing on hypnotic techniques. In a long informative piece, Adriana Barton of The Globe and Mail, which Herbally Radiant feels makes useful observations.

She describes how a doctor (Leora Kuttner), specializing in clinical hypnosis, was able to
leverage the brain’s healing abilities during a trance state. At Legacy Oregon Burn Center
Portland, Ore. psychologist Dr.Emily hypnotizes patients to cope with the excruciating injuries.
Hypnosis is an induced trance-like state intended to provide an intensive awareness of the
present moment. Neuroscience studies show that this mind-body therapy affects the brain in
extraordinary ways. Clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating anxiety,
phobias, skin rashes, irritable-bowel syndrome and acute and chronic pain. In US, medical
centres such as the Mayo Clinic have added hypnosis to their pain-management tools.

However, many experts in cognitive neuroscience say hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone, and
it’s completely underused at present.

As with mindfulness meditation, hypnosis harnesses the brain’s natural abilities to regulate the
body and control the random thoughts that ricochet through our minds says psychologist Dr.
David Patterson, of University of Washington. But, he adds, meditation can take weeks or
months of practice before it helps patients dial down pain. With hypnosis, “the relief is just a lot
quicker and more dramatic.”

Hypnosis reduces our awareness of what’s going on around us, even as it increases our attention
and openness to new ideas. The brain’s command center lets its guard down, allowing the
therapist’s suggestions to embed themselves into the parts of our grey matter that regulate our
thoughts, perceptions and physiology, it’s as if you’re talking directly to the brain.

Hypnosis stimulates specific brain activity in adults who scored high in susceptibility to hypnosis
and these changes occurred only while they were hypnotized.

Using a brain-imaging technique called fMRI, researchers found decreased activity in the brain’s
salience network, the inner “air-traffic controller” that processes stimuli and preps us for action.
Secondly, they saw greater connectivity between the brain’s executive-control network and the
insula, a grape-sized region deeper in the brain that helps us “control what’s going on in the
body, and process pain,” the study’s co-author, Dr. David Spiegel, says. Finally, they observed
reduced connections between the executive-control center and the “default-mode” network,
involved in self-reflection. This could lead to a disconnect between a person’s actions and their
awareness of their actions.

Physicians describe hypnosis as a “very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds
to control perception, and our bodies. It could make “a huge difference” in the opioid epidemic.
In a previous study, doctors instructed patients in self-hypnosis techniques before their vascular
or kidney procedures. Compared with patients receiving standard care, the hypnosis group used
significantly less pain medication.

But hypnosis has an image problem. Unlike mindfulness, it lacks Zen-master cachet. Doctors and
patients have trouble forgetting the dangling pocket watches of stage hypnosis, or the bad guys
who put sleeper agents under “mind control” in movies. Despite solid evidence from clinical

trials, the medical field’s approach to hypnosis has been extremely careful and conservative.
And let’s face it: there are hundreds of charlatans touting self-hypnosis CDs or sessions on
Skype as a miracle cure for everything from obesity to cancer. In the land of psychics and crystal
magic, anyone can become a “certified hypnotherapist” in a month or less. Rampant quackery
“gives us a bad name,” Patterson says.

But in fact, people who respond to hypnosis may have better co-ordination between brain areas
that “integrate attention, emotion, action and intention,” according to a 2012 study published in
the Archives of General Psychiatry.

About 10-15 per cent of adults are “highly hypnotizable,” meaning they can easily slip into a
trance and act on hypnotic suggestions. The same percentage of adults do not respond to
hypnosis at all, while the rest are somewhere in between. Most children can easily imagine an
invisible “magic glove” that keeps needles from hurting, or a fantasy world free of pain, Kuttner
says. Concentrating on these beliefs can have analgesic effects. She recalls a child with leukemia
who spent her treatments in an imaginary land of candy.

Hypnosis techniques are relatively easy for health-care professionals to learn. But Kuttner
cautions patients against seeking hypnosis from someone with no medical training. A lay
hypnotist could fail to recognize the signs of psychosis, or encourage someone to regress to an
earlier life stage filled with traumatic memories, “and they won’t have a clue how to help the
person.” Kuttner recalls treating a patient who had gone to a lay hypnotist for headache relief but
came away weeping and confused.

Hypno-sedation works because the patient wants it to work, she says: It’s the opposite of “mind
control.” The anesthesiologist’s job is to use hypnotic techniques and communicate with the
patient, but the patient must collaborate, “so he puts himself in the hypnotic state.”

Finally, Hypnotic techniques cannot enhance your physical beauty for which you need to feed skin with rich natural nutrients.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

'WETTABILITY' OF SKIN A NEW MARKETING GIMMICK

The basic principle of maintaining healthy and shining skin is to keep it moist, and avoid dryness that speeds up emergence of aging signs.   Herbally Radiant always reminds its customers to apply natural formulations, whether lotions or creams, which do not have chemical ingredients.  The formulations with chemical ingredients provide a layer over the skin, but render it dry and remove the natural shine. 

To cash in on this, researchers at the Birmingham State State University are reported to be considering a new way that will be capable of directly controlling the physical property of skin through  chemical interaction between keratin in the skin and the surfactants. The research team is claiming it to be the first such attempt which can alter the physical properties of skin.

Having been in the business of manufacturing beauty care products, without any potentially harmful chemical ingredient, Herbally Radiant has tried to examine this possibility.  Basically, surfactants are amphilic containing hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups. These are of many different compounds that make up a detergent. They are added to remove dirt from skin, clothes and household articles, and are also used extensively in industry. Surfactants function by breaking down the interface between ester and oils and/or dirt. They also hold these oils and dirt in suspension, and so allow their removal. They are able to act in this way because they contain both a hydrophilic (water loving) group, and a hydrophobic (water hating) group, such as an alkyl chain. Molecules of water tend to congregate near the former and molecules of the water-insoluble material congregate near the latter.  
Soaps were the earliest surfactants and are obtained from fats which are known as glycerides because they are esters formed by the trihydric alcohol, propane-1,2,3-triol (glycerol), with long chain carboxylic acids (fatty acids). The glycerides are hydrolyzed by heating with sodium hydroxide solution to form soaps, the sodium salts of the acids, and propane-1,2,3-triol. The process is known as saponification.

Instead of going further into the detailed process of the reaction of the chemical ingredients, suffice it to say that the surfactants play different role, and would not be able to keep the skin moist and shining. The idea of 'wettability' of skin with the help of strong chemicals may not render the skin healthy.  

 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Dietitian Cara Rosenbloom of Washington Post makes an important observation about the food fraud about which most consumers are not aware. We at Herbally Radiant consider food important in any skin care regime. The diet should be balanced and healthy enough to promote good appearance and prevent premature aging signs.

Cara Rosenbloom highlights how consumers are typically get ripped off in one of these three ways:

• They buy luxury goods, such as expensive olive oil, wine or cheese, that are counterfeit.
• They buy products with proposed health benefits, like antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, that have little or no active ingredient.
• They buy organic or non-GMO foods that are actually conventionally grown products that have been fraudulently labeled.

The vast majority of fraud incidents do not pose a public health risk. The harm in most cases is that you’re not getting what you paid for. When consumers learn that they’ve been duped, they get a deep feeling of violation and outrage.

In a small number of cases, there is the potential for harm. Consider the substitution of extra virgin olive oil with cheaper nut oils, which could be problematic for people with food allergies.
And there have been countless cases of people getting sick from the bait-and-switch of white tuna for cheaper escolar, a bottom-feeder fish that’s full of a waxy substance that is indigestible by humans. It can lead to severe gastrointestinal distress (it’s known as the “Ex-Lax fish” — enough said). In a nationwide study of seafood fraud, researchers found that 84 percent of the white tuna samples were actually escolar.

The basic steps she recommends to the consumers are in the form of following questions:
What can you do about it?

1. What is the product? Be on alert when buying oils, dairy foods, spices, fruit juice and fish.

2. Can you distinguish the quality? If you’ve had real Parmesan cheese or maple syrup, you can tell when the consistency or flavor is off. If the price is too good to be true ($3.99 for a 750 milliliter or 25-ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil), then it’s likely fake.

3. Do you have a trusted supplier or retailer relationship? Buying from a reputable grocery store is a good first step and offers more protection than an alternative retailer, like a flea market. Remember: It’s harder to buy fakes when you’re looking at the whole and unprocessed products. For example, choose whole instead of ground spices, and brick instead of grated cheese.

4. Are you shopping online? If so, make sure it’s a reputable and recognizable supplier (such as Publix or Walmart), rather than a basement-run shop.


Friday, June 30, 2017

COMPLAINTS OF HARMFUL COSMETICS MORE THAN DOUBLED FROM 2015 TO 2016

At Herbally Radiant we were not surprised to learn about the outcome of the recent study that confirms that the consumer complaints of harmful cosmetic products increased by hundred per cent over one year alone. More and more products, especially being supplied by online enterprises do not conform to the safety standards and contain several chemical ingredients that damage the skin or cause have harmful effects.

Herbally Radiant has learnt that many consumers do not bother to register their complaints. The percentage of dissatisfied customers would therefore be substantially much higher.  Many cosmetic products entice consumers with active ingredients that will plump, lengthen and boost.

MNT report recently referred to the new study of Northwestern Medicine study which reveals very unsatisfactory situation. The study reports consumer complaints more than doubled for cosmetic products from 2015 to 2016, with hair care products being the biggest offender. But consumers remain at risk because the industry receives little regulatory scrutiny and does not require pre-approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"The FDA has much less authority to recall cosmetics from the market in stark contrast to drugs or medical devices," said corresponding author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident physician in dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "It's harder for the FDA to get harmful cosmetics off the shelves."

Since cosmetic manufacturers are not required to submit adverse health events to the FDA, the current data sources to track product safety are significantly limited. Even though there were more than 5,000 events reported to the FDA from 2004 to 2016, it's likely only the tip of the iceberg, Xu said. He suspects many events are not reported by consumers or doctors.

Herbally Radiant has been advising its customers to satisfy themselves of the quality of the products and read the ingredients. Where the product is marketed with 'too-good-to-be-true' claims, better avoid it.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

COCONUT OIL EXCELLENT INGREDIENT IN NATURAL BEAUTY FORMULATIONS

Herbally Radiant has been monitoring the studies being conducted on the effects of coconut oil. Unfortunately, there has not been any peer-reviewed authoritative research on it.  There are reports from time to time explaining health benefits from the use of coconut oil, or potentially harmful effects.

Having lived in coastal areas for more than 9 years (Dar es Salaam, Manila and India) where coconut is made good use of by everyone, we found using coconut oil had been the norm for times immemorial. People in these regions did not suffer from high cholesterol from its use. And, they did not need any 'research' or 'study' to tell them the good or bad effects of coconut which grows abundantly in those climates.

From the dietician's point of view, coconut oil contains high natural saturated fats. These fats increase healthy (HDL) cholesterol and convert bad (LDL) cholesterol into good ones.  As we saw from our experience in warm coastal countries, coconut oil helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.  It improves gut bacteria and digestive health, besides also helping to restore oxidative tissue damage.

Being in the manufacturing of natural beauty formulations, Herbally Radiant has found coconut to be one of the most effective and skin-friendly moisturizing agents. Apart from skin, coconut oil provides the best nutrients for the hair and prevents hair damage.  Herbally Radiant products, therefore, carry coconut oil in many of its 76 natural products that have found favor with its loyal customers.   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NATURAL INGREDIENTS SHOULD GROW IN NATURAL HABITAT

The reports quoting Jorgan Gade Hyldgaard of Hygade, Denmark, that natural ingredients in cosmetics can be "re-ingineered" so that traditional cosmetic products can be turned into natural products, was perhaps more a part of marketing argument.  He was speaking to a beauty magazine prior to the event bring organized by the Cosmetic Consultants of Europe  in Spain.

the fact remains that increasing number of consumers are going in for non-chemical beauty formulations, the market for which is expanding rapidly. In his interview, Jorgan Gade Hyldgaard said that many cosmetic companies are now trying to use new technology for cosmetics ingredients. The technology which his company is going to use is called Solubility Parameter Technology.  He did not clarify the new technology. In fact, we at Herbally Radiant feel that the natural ingredients should be allowed to grow in the best natural habitat and that use of chemicals in their growth should be avoided.

The current plants and flowers that are the source of natural ingredients have proved quite powerful in beauty formulations. The Essential Oils derived from flowers undergo a very delicate process and create amazing effect on skin. Herbally Radiant would therefore suggest that this natural process of the growth of natural organic ingredients should not be interfered with.  Any attempt to introduce new technology on GMO pattern could lead to avoidable risks to skin health.

Monday, June 19, 2017

AVOID HARMFUL ADDITIVES AND COLOR IN PROCESSED DELI MEAT

At Herbally Radiant we have been highlighting the importance of good health which complements good appearance and beauty. Exercising good choice in diet is more crucial because of additives in the processed food, many of which carry potential risks. Emma Deangela’s recent article on unhealthy ingredients in processed meat is very informative.
Deli meat is one such product that is quick and easy to grab for meals, snacks or party trays. It is a naturally low-fat product that many consider a great addition to a “healthy” lifestyle. Unfortunately, typical deli meat contains some ingredients that can be damaging to one’s health, especially if consumed on a regular basis.
The questionable ingredients are:
Carrageenan: used in reduced-fat foods as a fat replacement and to provide a specific “mouth-feel”
Citric acid: used as a preservative and/or a pH control agent
Corn syrup: sweetener derived from corn starch (most likely from GMO corn)
Caramel color: used to color meats—note that this is not considered an “artificial color” so it may still appear on a product that claims to have “no artificial colors” on the package
Gelatin: a form of animal-derived collagen (typically from bovines)
Modified food starch: a starch that is used as a thickener once it has been chemically modified; the source of the starch is not required to be listed
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): used as a flavor enhancer
Phosphates: used as a preservative; considered a “free” phosphate meaning it is readily absorbed in the body, as opposed to naturally occurring phosphates which have only 40-60% bioavailability; a study shows that consuming these phosphates could be fatal to those with kidney disease
Propyl gallate: an antioxidant used to prevent rancidity in rendered fats or pork sausage
Sodium nitrate: a preservative salt and color enhancer often added to jerky, bacon and lunchmeat
Sodium nitrite: a preservative salt and color enhancer similar to sodium nitrate but is also an antioxidant; typically used to cure ham and bacon
Sugar/sucrose: sweetener
Dried whey: used as a binder or extender in meat products like sausage and stews
The danger lies in the fact that it may be easy to think that they are beneficial, but many of these ingredients either have not been studied intensely for their long-term effects on the human body or they have been studied and have been found to be harmful.
The safer alternative is to go in for naturally grown food, or meat that is processed as little as possible and has no added salt and nitrates. Be sure to read the ingredient lists, recognize them and look them up before purchasing.
In brief, there should be no ‘fillers’, no artificial colors, no added flavors, no trans fat and gluten.
Healthy food should then be followed by applying natural skin care formulations. There are regular findings how chemical ingredients cause harmful effects on skin, and cause premature aging. Herbally Radiant has therefore continued making natural organic beauty products from the USDA certified organic ingredients for safety and efficacy.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NEW SKIN CANCER TREATMENT DRUG SHOULD NOT BE USED AS ANTI-AGING PRODUCT

They hope that the new drug might prevent skin cancer and even slow the appearance of aging.
The drug is rubbed into the skin to skip the damage and kick-start the process of making melanin and will create tanning appearance.

It is a markedly different approach to fake tan, which "paints" the skin without the protection from melanin, sun beds, which expose the skin to UV light or pills that claim to boost melanin production but still need UV light.

Stopping UV damage could have an extra boon beyond cancer - slowing the appearance of aging.
Dr Fisher's final piece of promise for the research is: "Many people would say the obvious and most dramatic sign of aging is what skin looks like and even casual UV damage over the years causes damage. He adds, "medically it is very difficult to focus on, but if it is tremendously safe then it could keep skin healthier for longer."

Of course, a lot more research has to be done before this sort of technology can be used on humans. However, it should be noted that the drug is meant for external application on the skin to make it look tanned, healthier and prevent aging signs. The R&D team of Herbally Radiant has reservations whether the color and shape of skin can be changed without any side effect by the new drug. External application of the drug might necessitate frequent rubbing it on the skin without altering the molecules of the epidermis.  In that sense, it would be like botox treatment of the skin which needs to be repeated often and is known to have caused irreparable damage to the skin.

What organic natural ingredients that Herbally Radiant uses in its anti-aging formulations are designed to help the skin from within which is the safest and time-tested procedure. These natural formulations are inexpensive and skin-friendly and are known to have created an amazing effect as the anti-aging procedure.  In particular, the Radiant and Rejuvenating range of anti-aging products launched by Herbally Radiant nearly seven years ago have established themselves as the best brand for anti-aging skin care regime.

 


Saturday, June 10, 2017

"DIRTY ELECTRICITY" HARMFUL FOR SKIN & GENERAL HEALTH

Herbally Radiant has been monitoring constantly new developments in skin care field, and came across an interesting piece in The Health News column by Emma Deangela, the author of The Alkaline Diet Program & 80/20 Fat Loss, many of us may actually be using "dirty" electricity at home that could damage health.
Dirty Energy: When energy enters a house, it does so between 50Hz and 60Hz. At this point, it is still considered clean energy. When there is an erratic spike or energy surge along power lines and wiring, this is considered “dirty” energy.
Dirty energy can have mid-high range frequencies between 100Hz-100,000KHz causing electric noise.
Because the frequencies are so much higher than the intended range of 50-60Hz, the electric and magnetic fields that are created by the high frequencies can cover an entire house instead of staying limited to the wires.
Dirty electricity is created during the conversion process needed for many household devices to function.
Instead of the flow of electricity being continuous, many devices draw energy in short bursts which causes disruptions leading to spikes and surges.
Unfortunately, once dirty energy is created, it is unusable and can travel across wires. Everything from computers to dimmer switches, step motors and other electronic equipment can contribute to dirty energy.
These fields have been found to have some interesting impacts on the body’s health.
Adverse impact on health: As a bioelectric organism, the human body actually requires a certain amount of energy flow to function — 2Hz for nerve regeneration, 7Hz for bone growth, 10Hz for ligament growth and 15-20Hz for capillary growth stimulation.
Because the body transmits electrical pulses to communicate from the brain to the rest of the body, dirty energy could have a serious impact on neurological conditions, especially in those with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
EHS is currently a controversial topic that refers to those who appear to have notable health changes when exposed to electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
One study published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine claims that dirty electricity is one of the causes of worldwide obesity and diabetes.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association validates EHS as a legitimate neurological disorder by discovering changes in brain glucose metabolism in response to cell phone radio frequencies, but many other studies have revealed conflicting data.
While there are a few conflicting studies about the legitimacy of EHS as an environment-induced neurological disorder, it is undeniable that some people have physical responses to varying frequencies of EMR.
The issue has been finding a truly “safe” level of EMR. There have been reports of people experiencing a variety of symptoms at a variety of frequencies—some at very low frequencies and some at higher ones.
Some of these responses have included skin rashes, tingling, allergy symptoms, headaches, muscle and joint pain, memory loss and even cancer. For those who do have negative responses, dirty energy is something that should be avoided as much as possible.
The process for measuring the amount of dirty energy in your home is a relatively simple one. The most cost-effective and efficient way to do this is to directly measure the amount that is present on the specific building’s wiring.
You can purchase plug-in dirty electricity meters that plug into a wall outlet and give a numerical reading for the amount of dirty electricity present—the higher the number, the greater the amount of dirty energy.
Another way to measure is to use an electronic scope.
This gives a visual representation by providing noise wave shapes, frequencies and amplitudes. Using these, you can more accurately find the specific source of the dirty energy.
How to reduce dirty electricity: First, simply turning off any electrical devices when they are not in use can significantly reduce the amount of dirty energy present in a house at any given time.
Second, instead of using compact fluorescent light-bulbs, use incandescent or LED (find a brand that doesn’t produce a lot of dirty energy) light bulbs.
Third, if you have a SMART utility meter, replacing it with an analog meter will help to lower the dirty energy travelling along the wires.
Last, installing dirty electricity filters in your home will significantly help to lower the dirty energy in the house, especially when using electronics and appliances. These filters are very easy to use as you simply plug them into your electrical outlets in your house and then plug your electronics or appliances directly into the filters.