Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Guest Post - Joanna Vargas on Organic skin care

I am absolutely honoured to have a guest post from a very special lady! Joanna Vargas is a highly acclaimed skin care guru to the stars, and you can read all about her work below.

Brighton C x

"When I was a youngster and on vacations with my parents we picked wild blackberries from wooded areas in Central Oregon and coastal region of Northwest Washington to make pies and preserves. Presently I take my son with me and shop at Wholefoods and farmer’s market and buy organic blackberries when they are in season for the amazing antioxidants they provide.  
This is the best example and a clear distinction between wild crafted and organic skincare products.  While wild crafted products are derived from botanicals found and gathered in the “wild” at their source, organic plants are deliberately cultivated and harvested for the manufacture of products including skin care.  Plants like coffee grow wild naturally in Ethiopia, as blackberries are found growing wild in abundance throughout the West.  They can grow with no maintenance or tampering by human hands and be harvested in their natural environment. The wild blackberries are for munching, but wild “Harrar” coffee of Ethiopia can actually be found in skincare products for its nurturing benefits.

Wild harvested plants are not exposed to pesticides or other harsh chemicals during their growing season.  By far, wild harvested plants are the optimal healthiest choice for skincare because they are not contaminated with chemicals or tainted by over-processing.  Of course, if you consider that labeling for products is not always accurate and sometimes flat-out false, then you are likely to be skeptical in shopping for your next skin care product.  Skincare labels are intended to convince the consumer that you are buying dreams of youth and wonderful health in a bottle, packaged well.  It is best to be vigilant by really looking into any skin care products you purchase that label themselves as wild crafted, organic or fair trade.
Organic skin care products from certified organic plants have been getting tons of attention over the last few years.  Organic plants are cultivated and harvested by farmers for consumption using no chemical pesticides or fertilizers throughout the growing process.  This is a healthier means of cultivation for the environment, the farmers and the consumers who are not exposed to harmful toxic chemicals.  In order to be labeled “organic” the product must meet the often questionable guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The end result, after meeting FDA approval, may be a product with a certain percentage of ingredients that are actually organic and some that are not.
Consumers, in their quest for beauty and better health, have become more conscience in choosing products with more natural organic ingredients, with few or no chemical ingredients that are detrimental to the overall health of skin and body.  There is also a relatively new consideration by consumers of how these products are grown and manufactured, with a newfound concern for their environmental impact and the toll taken on the producers or growers of those products.  I applaud this recognition of the importance of sustaining the environment while achieving overall good health—it is a commendable achievement by consumers.

Whether you choose wild crafted skin care products or organic, you are consciously treating yourself to a quality chemical-free skincare regimen that is the healthiest path to youthful vibrant skin for all parties involved.

Joanna Vargas is a graduate from the University of Chicago and is a celebrity facialist well known for her unique facials and skincare treatments. She has been written about in Vogue, Allure and many other magazines. She is also the inventor and retailer of a full body LED light therapy bed and her own skin care products will be available soon."

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