Copaifera and Andiroba – Beauty Skin Care Secrets of the Amazon

All over the Internet, there are sites that tout the beauty secrets of Brazil. Indeed when you see pictures and film of Brazilian natives lounging on the beaches or strolling down busy streets, you cannot help but notice how beautiful, tanned, and young the women look. It is natural to want to look as good, but first one must unlock the secrets to native beauty. As it happens, Brazilian women depend upon natural resources for skin care, byproducts of the rainforest known as copaifera and andiroba.

What are Copaifera and Carapa?

Copaifera is a genus of trees indigenous to the Amazon rainforest which yield an oil extract of the same name as well as copaiba, a golden, viscous liquid tapped from the tree for various medicinal and beauty purposes. The Carapa tree is also found in the forest, growing as high as 100 feet. From its seeds are extracted the very valuable andiroba oil, known to have healing properties.

What’s so great about Copaifera and Andiroba?

Used topically, copaifera and andiroba oils offer many benefits to the skin. In addition to their healing properties – from soothing irritations and sores to relieving bug bites and cuts – these oils are used in cosmetics produced in Brazil. The skin is rejuvenated and made to look younger. When skin is hydrated, it is healthy and more elastic. Brazilian women depend upon such products to keep them looking beautiful in the hot, constant sun.

Are there side effects to using Copaifera and Carapa?

Recent research indicates no known side effects to using either oil. Copaifera and Andiroba oils are gentle on the skin and suitable for all skin types. However, if you are easily prone to skin allergies it would be best to consult with a doctor before using anything with these oils.

Copaifera and Carapa sound great. Where can I get them?

Enter Copaifera and Carapa into Internet search and you are bound to find several online shops selling the oils in various forms, together and separately. They are in very high demand, but when you shop for them make sure you are getting the purest extracts of Copaifera and Carapa available, directly from the Amazon Rainforest. Many sites claim to have the Brazilian secret to beauty, but only the oils in their purest form, used in skin care products, will do the trick.

Taking Care of Your Hair the Organic Way

Beautiful hair complements your wardrobe, makeup and all the hours spent at the gym. Greasy, lifeless and dull hair can make you look less attractive and it is vital that you take good care of your hair. Lately a lot of information and articles have been released that contains warnings to consumers about the potential dangers lurking in cosmetic, skin care and hair care products. Organic hair care products are starting to look like a more attractive option and it is worth a look.

Our skin and scalp absorbs up to 60% of the products that we treat them with. This fact alone should motivate you to take a closer look at the products that you use and to make sure that they are really safe to use and good for your health. Companies are not always 100% truthful when they promote their products and will always focus on the perceived benefits to consumers.

Always read the label of the product that you want to buy carefully. If the product label contains ingredients such as parabens, triclosan, sodium lauryl, ammonium lauryl or names that are difficult to pronounce you should be concerned. A lot of products contain chemicals and synthetically derived ingredients that may cause irritations, allergies and even cancer.

On the other hand organic products contain ingredients derived from herbs, fruit extracts and plant extracts. We have to start buying products based on the impact that they have on the environment and our health in general. Organic products are good for your health and using them cuts down on your exposure to chemicals and synthetic products.

The Benefits of Organic Hair Care Products:
• In general organic products are not expensive to buy.
• Organic hair care products are available in most stores that sell cosmetics and also online at selective web stores.
• Products are eco friendly and biodegradable therefore adding no additional chemicals or synthetics to the environment.
• Natural ingredients derived from plant and fruit extracts are used making it allergy friendly.
• Organic products work as well, if not better, than traditional hair care products.

Tips for Taking Better Care of Your Hair:
• Switch to organic hair products.
• Ensure that your hair is thoroughly wet before applying shampoo.
• Rinse your hair with cold water.
• Minimize exposure to heat by towel-drying your hair prior to using a hair dryer.
• Improve the condition of your hair by eating healthy food.
• Do not smoke.

Our health and the health of our loved ones should be a priority. When we decide on the products to use for our food, medicine, cosmetics, skin care and hair care, informed decisions should be made. The impact that the products we use have on the environment should also be a deciding factor. Using organic hair care products is a viable option and in general these products actually improve the condition of your hair. Organic hair care and organic skincare products are a viable alternative and you should consider giving it a try.

Skin Care 2000-Present

The New Millennium, 2000-The Present

The last decade has seen advancements in skin care that were previously unimagined. While the internet has changed the way we think, learn and communicate, it has also increased the availability of skin care products and information. Today, healthy skin is seen as the combined result of good nutrition, sun protection, overall fitness and a proper cleansing regime.

Daily Skin Care in the New Millennium

The multi-step skin care regime that was first developed in the 1960’s has carried its popularity into the 21st century. Most women stick to a set system that involves cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. While many companies manufacture lines of products to be used together, many women mix and match according to their personal preference. In fact, personalization has been one of the main trends throughout the decade. Skin types are classified into categories: dry or oily, sensitive or combination, light or dark. Products are formulated to match. An increasing number of products made for men have also been introduced. While they feature “sporty” scents, they contain similar ingredients to women’s soaps and lotions.

The internet has created a new sales outlet for many skin care companies, and an increasing number of people have begun to order their cosmetics online. Many do this for convenience, or because they can find their favorite big name brands at discounted prices, but the internet has also given customers global access to many small companies. Uniqueness has become a virtue and the status symbol of using trendy, mass-produced products has been replaced by the status symbol of using high-quality products, artistically manufactured in small batches.

The Organic Appeal

As an increasing number of chemicals are linked to cancer, many people have begun to question the contents of their cosmetics. After all, these lotions, pastes and powders are rubbed into the feet and hands, painted onto the lips and left to sit all day on the face. Many companies have responded with a steady stream of products made out of natural ingredients. Anti-acne soaps now often include tea tree oil. Modern drug store shelves are stocked with an array of organic shampoos, soaps and lotions that were previously available only at health food stores and farmer’s markets. Foundation made from naturally occurring minerals such as mica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide became popular half way through the decade, and every major cosmetic company produced their own line of mineral make-up.

The idea that skin is best nourished with natural ingredients has also found its way into nutrition-based skin care. Dermatologists recommend foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Throughout the first part of the decade, TV nutritionists touted an ever-changing list of “superfoods”, including goji and acai berries, cranberries and rooibos tea. These foods were not only said to promote weight loss, youthful energy and longevity, but radiant, glowing skin as well.

The Fountain of Eternal Youth

While youthful health has long been idealized, cosmetic scientists have found an increasing number of ways to preserve the appearance of youth. Lasers, which first came into prominence in the late 1990’s, are now being used in an ever growing list of cosmetic applications. In addition to hair removal procedures and scar tissue treatments, lasers are now being used to decrease the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, spider veins and acne (read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1281735/Wrinkles-cellulite-stretch-marks–theres-laser-treatment-thatll-combat-just-work-does-hurt.html ).

Similar to laser therapy is Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, therapy. While not as invasive or intense as a laser, IPL is used to treat blemishes, age spots and wrinkles, with varying degrees of success. Chemical peels, abrasive chemical face masks that slough off layers of dead skin, are also used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging (read more about IPL and chemical peels here: http://www.ourhealthvirginia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55:skincare-for-the-new-millennium-its-not-your-mothers-skincare&catid=22:women-beauty-and-wellness&Itemid=114 ).

All of these new treatments have led to the emergence of the med spa. These half-clinic, half-spa retreats are supervised by licensed doctors who offer their patients numerous cosmetic procedures. These may include invasive cosmetic surgeries such as face lifts, liposuction or breast augmentation, as well as less extreme skin treatments such as lasers, IPL and chemical peels. Some med spas even offer tradition spa treatments such as mud baths and cucumber facials. While these treatments may make skin appear more youthful, however, scientists have yet to find a treatment that can truly turn back the hands of time. Yet as our understanding of skin care grows, it is impossible to say what advancements the next decade will bring.