Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together. Love & Light!
~Beverly & Alyse
Let’s talk about our Facial of The Month
Our featured facial this month is the “JELLY BEAN” facial! This service begins with an aromatherapy journey. Followed by a cleanse and skin analysis. Then comes the most amazing fruit enzyme EVER…Grape! This enzyme contains grapes (obviously) and papain which provides exfoliation and protection from environmental damage while relieving the surface signs of aging. We then follow the enzyme peel with a diamond microdermabrasion treatment and a marble berry nourishing mask. Not only does it smell absolutely fab but the mask is an antioxidant-rich designed specifically for aging and parched skin, but works well on all skin types. This unique purple cream mask has built-in antioxidants and natural botanicals of olives and black rice bran which is sure to leave skin feeling and looking refreshed, balanced and healthy. Because this mask also possesses an ingredient that recycles vitamin C, it protects and oxygenating the skin, leaving it looking youthful and clear! Let’s just say this facial is SPECTACULAR!
This is our favorite part of the newsletter! We want to feature a questionable common ingredient that is found SO often in OTC skin care products. Our goal is for you to get a better understanding of what it is and why you should read your ingredient list 🙂
Let’s talk Sodium Hydroxide 101
What is Sodium Hydroxide?
Well, Sodium Hydroxide is a very strong alkali base chemical used to either increase the alkalinity of a product or to neutralize acids. It’s often used in industrial solvents as a chemical base for soaps, oven cleaners, detergents and drain cleaners because of its ability to dissolve grease, oils, fats and protein based deposits. FYI It’s also used in the manufacturing of pulp, paper and textiles. This is very concerning because Sodium Hydroxide is such a strong chemical…it has been used to digest tissues! A little fun fact for you, it’s is often used to decompose the remains of roadkill, yeah gross. It cheap, easily available and did we mention it’s commonly found in your OTC skin care.
Why is it in skincare?
In skincare, sodium hydroxide (sometimes listed as lye) is used to hold and establish the pH of a product. While this can be beneficial in very low doses, many lower quality (over the counter) products have too much sodium hydroxide in them to the point where it becomes a skin sensitizer. This means that instead of healing your skin, such products are actually damaging the natural acid mantle of the skin, which is necessary for complete skin wellness.
Is sodium hydroxide dangerous?
Sodium hydroxide has been FDA approved for use in produce and as a food additive (yikes!), however is considered as a moderate hazard by the Cosmetic Database, which notes concerns regarding cancer, and moderate concerns regarding neurotoxicty, organ system toxicity and irritation.
Since Sodium Hydroxide is a known irritant. Studies by the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health found that this ingredient causes “Irritation eyes, skin, mucous membrane, pneumonitis, eye, skin burns, temporary loss of hair” and recommends that consumers prevent skin and eye contact.
The CDC reports that “Skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations. Pain and irritation are evident within 3 minutes, but contact with dilute solutions may not cause symptoms for several hours. Contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.” Solutions as weak as .12% have shown to destruct healthy skin cells within one hour. Other studies acknowledge Sodium Hydroxide as a strong irritant that is corrosive to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, but that the severity of the effects are related directly to concentration and pH levels, as well as the length of exposure and skin type. However, it is still only recognized as a simple irritant by science!
**We hope you enjoyed learning about sodium hydroxide. We REALLY loved writing it for you and can’t wait to do our next ingredient.
~Beverly & Alyse
As most of you know our facility has tons of other cool stuff….from a cryo chamber, red light therapy and cold laser treatments. We also just welcomed Mindy Margolies of Vitality Vegas! Her office is next to us (so excited!) and Mindy is a nurse practitioner who specializes in the use of natural bio-identical hormones. For the past 10+ years she has been providing customized hormonal balance for men and women using the bio-identical hormones and nutrition to promote optimal health and well-being. Plus she’s doing B12 injections and HCG. So, next time you visit stop in and say Hi and give her a warm Enrichment welcome!
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