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Dr. Em Natural Beauty Care is One Year Old

  Hello all! Can you believe that Dr. Em celebrated its one year anniversary this past August? And I have you to thank! I am grateful that we are all enjoying a lifestyle where we care about our health and wellness by staying away from products with synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Even a simple lotion you buy at the supermarket has so much harmful things in it that it's mind boggling why it continues to take space in store shelves! Well, not really mind boggling. Habits are hard to change and large companies control the narrative and our life literally. It would have been a different story if we happen to live in the UK. Many of the known chemicals that put people at risk for cancer and other medical disorders have now been removed from their health and beauty products. Perhaps, our great grandchildren's generation may see this change in our country. I sure hope so.....  I believe w e can do something small but hopefully with big consequences - by being good examples to
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Retinol in Skin Care

When it comes to our skin, we know that products with retinol (ROL) can slow down the aging of our skin and may even cure acne. But what is retinol? Retinol is vitamin A, which is derived from dietary hydrolysis of beta carotene. When we eat foods rich in beta carotene (fruits and vegetables with red, orange, yellow, and dark green pigments), our body metabolically converts them to different forms of retinoids. Vitamin A is important to maintain healthy teeth, bones, mucous membranes, skin, and soft tissues. Know however, that taking vitamin A supplement is not advisable (unless your physician prescribes it) because it is harmful when taken in excess (that is, it may increase your cancer risk).  Retinoids that are specifically formulated for cosmetics, such as topical creams and moisturizers are in the form of retinyl acetate, retinyl propionate, or retinyl palmitate. A very important fact to remember is that topical retinoids can cause dryness, redness, burning, and irritation of the

Endocrine Disruptors in Skin Care and Food Products

 The concept of endocrine disruptors may be foreign to some of you, but there are many of you who struggle with endocrine disorders and are somewhat familiar with this topic. A beautiful customer I met this weekend (Lisa) inspired me to write about this topic rather than choosing an easier way of sending her links to read. As someone who has had so much graduate schooling and years in nursing, I know just where to find correct information and understand the medical lingo quite well. I am also a patient with a major endocrine disorder and with several family members suffering from thyroid disorders. So I can come in from both perspectives. The endocrine system is quite responsive/sensitive to man-made or natural chemicals that come in contact with it. Its function can easily be copied, changed, or halted depending on the chemical. The consequence may have an effect on your brain, immune system, reproductive system, and many other problems or symptoms that are sometimes hard to medicall

Gratitude for Nature’s Beauty

As an avid gardener, I cannot help but be in awe of how beautiful each plant can be when given the care they need to thrive. I have put forth much effort early this year to water, fertilize, and spend time with my plants. And they reciprocated my efforts with an array of beauty this September. My life got so interesting and so busy since I’ve embarked on a new adventure in the skin care business. When I needed to decompress and took the time to breathe, my plants were there to give me joy, reminding me to slow down and that.... life is beautiful just like they are. To this, I am grateful and more importantly, to the Creator of this beautiful earth and the things and people in it. As you think of your skin, think of how you care for your plants. Give it its best chance to thrive - by using nutrient-rich and natural ingredients along with your time and attention.  Be beautiful inside and out.  Dr. Em

Decisions Decisions: Lotion Bar, Watery Lotion, Cream, Body Butter?

I read a while back that the  more choices we have, the more complex our life can become. It does make sense, but I see it from a time management perspective. Imagine you are standing at the lotion isle of a supermarket. Would it be quicker if there were only 2 choices to choose from? If you knew what you wanted, it might just take you a second. But what if you went to the store thinking that you needed a better lotion? Well... you might as well plan to be there for a good several minutes. Not only are there hundreds of brands to choose from, you also need to decide if you want lotion, cream, butter, with this ingredient, with that ingredient, the pretty jar, the cute bottle, etc. etc. And if you read ingredients like me, you'll be there a little longer.  Your decision is basically based on several factors including the following: cost and value, preference and knowledge, and past experience. These factors play a huge part in how and what you choose. Your past experience with a par

Personal Experience with Autoimmune Skin Disease

We can take care of our skin the best we know how, but when an autoimmune skin disease afflicts us, we feel uncertain and sometimes helpless. In 2014, a rare form of autoimmune skin disease was no longer rare or strange to our family.  Many physicians had no name for the disease until a dermatology specialist ,who was humble enough to collaborate the diagnosis with me agreed that my husband had bullous pemphigoid and linear IgA dermatosis . Difficult to pronounce names and difficult to treat. From 2014 until his death this year, my husband battled the disease, which overwhelmingly preoccupied him on a daily basis. Although, he had many good days, he also had many bad days.  The disease's entry in our life began when large, round, and bright red "angry" looking lesions came out of nowhere and covered my husband's entire body. For days, these lesions would get redder and bigger, and when these pop, my husband's clothes would get stuck to the skin. As he removed his

Boiling a Frog Metaphor and Chemical Preservatives in Skin Care

Can you honestly say and identify all the ingredients used in your skin and hair care products? Do you know if these ingredients are good or bad or questionable? Do you feel that you are like in the "Boiling a Frog"  metaphor? Since the process is gradual, incremental, and non-discernible, we don't seem to put much thought into it. But maybe, the cumulative effect over time can have irreversible consequences?  Here is an example of a list of ingredients of a well-known brand (Moisturizer) :  Water\Aqua\Eau, Isostearyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul'S Wort) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Trehalose, Salicylic Acid, Creatine, Ethylhex