Coconotion Rejuvenating Face Cream Review

I love this cream! I recently received a jar of Coconotion Rejuvenating Face Cream and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to try this new product!

Coconotion provides the benefits of organic coconut oil in a light and luxurious cream that contains no scents or dyes, animal products, and is not tested on animals. The ingredients in Coconotion are listed as safe in the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database ensuring a high quality and healthy product.

The greatness does not stop there; this dreamy cream is packaged in recyclable food-grade BPA-free polypropylene and sustainable bamboo. To top it all off, a 3-ounce jar is $37 ($33 if you choose to subscribe).  This is a great price for a safe and beneficial cream that uses organic ingredients.

Thank goodness the folks at Coconotion brought us a terrific, safe, and affordable skin care product. I love supporting products like Coconotion Rejuvenating Face Cream. Buy this for yourself, your children, and anyone you love so that they all have the opportunity to use safe and effective skin care.

Learn more here.

Enjoy! Deborah :)

Nourishing Oils that are Not Available at the Grocery Store (Not Even Whole Foods) by Deborah Tosline

This article defies a retail/consumer belief system that processed oils available to consumers are beneficial products when in fact they are the least healthy, and often unhealthy, options.

The good news is that there are healing and nourishing oils that we can use to promote optimal health.

In my opinion, most foods available in the local grocery store offer poor nutrition and unhealthy options except for the healthiest whole food options that are located on the perimeter of the store. Although, I question the non-organics as I chose to buy 100% organic groceries for 25 years.

As expensive and extensive the inventory at Whole Foods and other health food stores, even these stores do not contain some excellent and natural products, for example, a variety of unrefined organic oils. They may have unrefined organic coconut and olive oils but what about avocado, castor, argan, walnut, grapeseed, hazelnut, jojoba and so many more. Why?

What happened to nourishing and beneficial raw organic oils? Why are bleaching and solvent extraction used in processing vegetable oils when unrefined organic oils provide optimum sustenance? Unrefined organic oils continue to be difficult to find and primarily must be purchased from internet stores. Why are we being sold highly processed oils and why are raw organic oils elusive?

I was first introduced to raw organic avocado oil for skin care on internet message boards. Use of this oil and other oils radicalized my face and body skin care and my kitchen.

Have you ever applied a product at night and woken up with visibly more vibrant skin? Apply unrefined organic avocado oil and wake up to noticeably rejuvenated skin.

Have you ever brought a salad to a mainstream potluck and have it be a roaring hit? Try using all organic ingredients and unrefined organic avocado oil as a dressing for an easy dish that will amaze folks and keep them feeling yummy hours after consuming :)

Experience the surprising benefits of a variety of types of unrefined, organic oils. Support yourself to function at your highest levels. Consume gourmet food (that’s how I refer to the highest quality products available, whole organic foods). Feed yourself and your family premium nutritional ingredients for ultimate health. Try it and share your experience :)

Learn more about refined and unrefined vegetable oils here.

Check out unrefined (raw) organic nutritious and delicious and incredibly nourishing oils here.

Side note: Aren’t premium foods expensive? Yes. I chose to vote with my money by buying the healthiest options that also support sustainable practices for environmental care and social well-being. I buy fewer material goods to offset the cost of buying expensive food. To further reduce expenses, use whole foods and as few processed foods as possible, which is the healthiest way to eat.

Another Side Note: With few exceptions, I only eat organic fats. Synthetic chemicals persist in fatty tissue and accumulate through the food chain. The body and brain utilize fats. I choose to consume the highest quality fats and ingredients that will maintain premium health for work, pleasure, and rest. The cost is offset by health cost savings now and in the future.

Read about persistent Organic Pollutant Toxicity here and Persistent Organic Pollutant here.

Take good care of yourself :)

eHealth Radio Interview - Skin Remodeling DIY - December 22, 2015

Listen to the interview here:

Skin Remodeling Do-It-Yourself Basic to Advanced Skin Care Routines

This eHealth Radio interview describes how to begin  a new, inexpensive, high quality, effective basic skin care routine, how to proceed to an advanced routine and recommendations for an integrative, holistic, healthy lifestyle for personal health, social well-being, and environmental care to provide the foundation for beautiful skin.

Antioxidants in Skin Care: Vitamin C Serum by Deborah Tosline

The mainstream Standard American Diet (SAD) has not served us well. What about mainstream skin care? We can do better. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skin care provides an excellent alternative to retail products. DIY methods produce premium skin care that is pure, easy, simple, and saves money.

Basic skin care includes cleansing, removing dead skin cells, and applying products suited to personal needs. Advanced skin care involves use of cosmeceuticals and methods to stimulate skin and muscles.

A cosmeceutical is considered to be a cosmetic that is combined with a pharmaceutical or active ingredient that promotes biologic function of the skin. Antioxidants are one category of a variety of cosmeceutical ingredients. 

Antioxidants reduce inflammation, prevent oxidative damage and neutralize free radicals. Free radicals contain unpaired electrons that result in molecular and cellular damage.

As we age, naturally occurring antioxidant concentrations in the skin decline. Antioxidant levels may be increased by consuming food and nutraceuticals and also with direct application to the skin. Using an antioxidant facial serum will help reduce free radicals, prevent and repair skin damage, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

A serum is a thick liquid that penetrates the skin deeper than a cream due to a high concentration of active ingredients, smaller molecules, and a watery base. Serums deposit nutrients in the skin and are tailored for specific concerns. They are applied after washing the face and before moisturizer.

Vitamin C is one of the most studied and proven antioxidants for skin care maintenance. It has been shown to increase skin thickness and to protect against sun damage. Vitamin C is essential for biochemical functions. It helps to maintain a strong immune response, supports vitamin E regeneration, reduces hyperpigmentation, helps to heal wounds, and promotes the production of collagen and the development of new blood vessels increasing nourishment to the epidermis. For men and women alike, using a vitamin C serum is a simple, cost effective way to improve skin quality.

A high concentration, high quality, stabilized vitamin C serum typically costs $80 to $120 per ounce retail. If this cost exceeds your monthly budget, it is easy to make a DIY premium vitamin C serum that is stable and effective.

Vitamin C serum is typically made using L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) which is water-soluble. There are a variety of ways to blend a vitamin C serum ranging from un-stabilized serums for immediate use to stabilized serums for long-term storage. Always test a new cosmeceutical for potential allergic reactions on arm skin for 24-hours before applying to the face.

The simplest and least expensive way to add a vitamin C serum to your skin care routine is to make it fresh daily for morning application. Add a pinch of 100 percent vitamin C powder to water in the palm of your hand, blend it and apply it to the face, neck, and chest. When LAA is blended with water and exposed to the atmosphere it begins to oxidize and degrade and must be used immediately.

Using a single antioxidant on the skin is beneficial. Using a blend of antioxidants produces a synergistic or combined effect that enhances each of the individual antioxidants used. For example, several antioxidants may be added to a vitamin C serum, including ferulic acid to stabilize the blend and vitamin E to preserve. The synergy of this combination produces an enhanced antioxidant serum that increases protection from sun damage.

This is a simple serum. The ingredients are relatively easy to purchase. Vitamin C powder and vitamin E oil are available from local stores; ferulic acid powder is available from Internet stores. The ingredients are measured, the vitamin C powder is dissolved in water and the ferulic acid is dissolved in vodka. The solutions are blended together and after adding a couple drops of vitamin E, the serum is finished. Easy. The blend is stored in a sterile bottle in the refrigerator. The process takes about a half an hour. The DIY serum costs just a few dollars per ounce. Use it every morning after washing the face and before applying other products. 

There are dozens of vitamin C serum recipes on the Internet. Many of them do not include use of ferulic acid or another stabilizer; in this case make only what you will use that day. Otherwise, get yourself some ferulic acid and make a premium, stabilized vitamin C serum for use in your healthy skin care routine. My book, Skin Remodeling DIY: An Introduction to the Underground World of Do-It-Yourself Skin Care, contains an enhanced vitamin C serum recipe as well as information about basic skin structure, use of cosmeceuticals, blending instructions and references to resources.

It takes an average of six weeks for new skin cells to move to the skin’s surface. To observe the results of using a vitamin C serum, take a photo of your skin in natural light before beginning the new routine. Six weeks after daily use of the serum, take another photo in the same light at the same time. Compare results. Take another photo six weeks later.

Adding vitamin C serum to your daily skin care could be your best new routine.