Ingredient Spotlight: French Green Clay

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French Green Clay is amazing! It has wonderful beneficial properties.

French Green Clay is:

  • Rich in minerals

  • Super absorbent

  • Detoxifying

And it helps:

  • Draw out oils and impurities

  • Stimulate circulation

  • Remove dead skin cells

  • Tone and strengthen the skin

French green clay is perfect for oily, acne, and normal skin. It is a very strong clay, therefore may not be best for dry, sensitive or mature skin types.

Find this ingredient in our Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask and Clarifying Green Tea Mask

Avapure products are crafted with only the highest quality ingredients that have been minimally processed. This retains their naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that healthy skin requires. We encourage you to make the switch to natural products created with nutritious plant based ingredients.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Part 2

This is part two in a two-part series on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). Read Part 1

What are EDCs

The name “EDC” encompasses broad range of chemicals that interact with the endocrine system of humans and animals and produce a range of adverse effects.

Much of our bodies’ long term health relies on hormones for normal function. These include mood, growth, metabolism, and sexual development and reproduction.

There is a class of chemical EDCs that mimic our own hormones and interfere with the function of those hormones by binding to the same sites and cells where our naturally-occurring hormones would normally bind. This creates havoc in our bodies.

EDC synthetic chemicals that sneak into our body through our nose, mouth, and skin trick our endocrine system into thinking they are real hormones.

This disruption has a range of downstream consequences: the intestines take in more calories, the pancreas secretes more insulin, the ovaries and testicles are sensitive to disruption… the imposters completely throw off our naturally-occurring hormones.

These chemicals have not had any careful testing for their potential effects on human health, including potential adverse effects on children. These chemicals are known to cause birth defects, infertility, learning disabilities, and even cancer.

EDCs are not required to be labeled (which is infuriating because they are proven mutants to our DNA).

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How To Avoid EDCs

After reading gobs of professional journals, blog posts, forums on EDCs and compiling all this information, my thought is this: stay aware and begin making small changes.

  • Transition to plastic-free products. Plastic is hard to avoid altogether, but start making small changes. Choose glass or stainless steel for cups and food storage, and when you must use plastic as a product container, choose BPA free and avoid containers with a 3 or a 6.

  • Clean up your personal care products – avoid anything with 'fragrance' on the label unless you know what components make up that fragrance (essential oil, etc.) and start re-thinking your cosmetics.

  • Wash your hands often, avoiding soaps that are antibacterial or fragranced (triclosan is an EDC).

  • Dust and vacuum often – this will help clean up the particles from the common household items with any flame retardants on them

  • Cook with cast iron and stainless steel (non-stick products often hide EDCs) and eat organic when possible (many pesticides contain EDCs)

  • Drink filtered water

  • Clean smarter with non-toxic products (including laundry detergent which is often full of EDCs)

  • Most of all, keep learning, speak out, share the information, and remember small changes ARE changes worth making. Every little bit helps!


Avapure products are crafted with only the highest quality ingredients that have been minimally processed. This retains their naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that healthy skin requires. We encourage you to make the switch to natural products created with nutritious plant based ingredients.

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Product Spotlight: Coconut Cream Sugar Scrub

Our Coconut Cream Sugar Scrub will keep you soft and smooth.

Add this gem to your weekly routine to exfoliate the whole body, and of course, your feet.

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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Part 1

Understanding this component of the human body will help you understand my explanation on WHY EDCs are so toxic to our systems and overall health.

Understanding this component of the human body will help you understand my explanation on WHY EDCs are so toxic to our systems and overall health.

This is part one of a two-part series on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs).

To fully understand how our bodies are impacted by EDCs, we need to first understand the Endocrine System.

The endocrine system uses chemical messengers (hormones) to send information to many different cells. The endocrine system helps to maintain longer cycles in the body like growth, reproduction and development – cycles which often last for years. Therefore, the endocrine cycles depend on the cooperation and action of many different cells in many different areas of the body.

The major endocrine glands include Pineal, Pituitary, Thyroid, Thymus, Adrenal, Pancreas, Ovary, and Testis. However, recent research has even discovered that in addition to these glands, most organs in the body secrete hormones as well.

  • The hypothalamus gland is the control center for the ENTIRE endocrine system, constantly monitoring hormone production and utilization from the other glands.

  • The pituitary gland is responsible for growth, skin pigmentation, absorption of water into the blood, and for stimulating and balancing the other glands; particularly important to thyroid balance.

  • The thyroid manages growth and development, protein synthesis, and is responsible for mood stabilization, and metabolic function such as body weight, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and the central nervous system.

  • The adrenal glands manage cortisol and epinephrine production (the stress hormones).

  • The ovaries produce estrogen, and balance testosterone and progesterone.

  • The parathyroid glands balance calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones.

  • The pineal gland produces melatonin, a sleep hormone.

  • The pancreas regulates blood sugar and insulin production.

How do EDCs affect these functions?

Our hormones attract to very specific cells operating in a delicate balance of hormone production, release, and removal. These hormones trigger signals for proper major organ function such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and nervous systems. The proper function of these organs is vital for life! EDCs block, distort, and destroy the production of the hormones that are essential for these signals to be appropriately sent and received throughout the body.

In part two, we’ll take a closer look at what EDCs are, how to identify them in products, and how to protect yourself – stay tuned!


Avapure products are crafted with only the highest quality ingredients that have been minimally processed. This retains their naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that healthy skin requires. We encourage you to make the switch to natural products created with nutritious plant based ingredients.

Join our closed group here for detailed ingredient and product info, as well as regular drawings and giveaways (and lots of reminders for self-care):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/avapurebb/

Tips & Tricks For At Home Facials

At-home facials are a quick and easy way to keep your skin radiant and glowing. When too much time lapses between pamper sessions, skin becomes dull and tired looking. It is amazing how much that little 10-20 minute session can do for perking up a mood and giving your face a radiant.

 What if I told you that you could make the at home facial even more amazing! Here are some tips and tricks to add to your routine. No need to do them all at once. Just rotate or mix and match as you wish.

 1.  Add facial serum to your mask when you mix it up! This will add the amazing benefits of the raw oils and extracts to your mask as well as soften it up a bit, rather than the typical dry pull of the clay masks.

2.   Add regular exfoliation to your routine. Exfoliate several times a week and right before your mask treatment as well.  Exfoliation is an amazing skincare ritual that has many benefits. We will focus specifically on Exfoliation in a future post.

3.     You can mix and match masks as needed. If you need something soothing for chapped winter skin but also detoxifying and clarifying for oily/ congested skin, try combining a soothing mask such as the Rose and Aloe or the Pumpkin Pulp Mask with the Deep Cleansing Charcoal or Clarifying Green Tea Mask. This makes your facial options endless. Avapure offers masks trios too that is perfect for trying out mask mixing.

4.     Although you can mix your mask with simple things you already have such as water, milk, or juice- mixing your mask with Avapure’s Mask Tonic will add fabulous nutrients to your at home facial. The mask tonics are heavily concentrated with floral waters and extracts making them perfect for targeted skincare.

5.     If time is your biggest excuse for not doing an at home facial, try this little tip. Mix and apply your mask as usual. Next, use the cool setting on your hair dryer to speed up the drying process of the mask. This will cut your 10-15 minutes wait time to about 5 minutes. 

6.     If you have specific blemishes that need targeted treatment you can mix a very small amount of mask with Avapure’s Blemish Zap and apply to the blemished areas as needed. Leave the mask on for several hours or overnight.

 I would love to hear from you. Let me know what tips and trick you have tried and love!

 

Simple Steps to a Spa Like Facial at Home

Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing how to easily and effectively give yourself an at-home facial. This series will include basic steps for an effective home facial, tips and tricks for getting the most out of your facial, and a self-care challenge to conclude our series, committing to regular at home facials.

 The at-home facial is wonderful for a variety of reasons. It is fabulous for maintaining your skin in between those recommended professional facials every few months. Additionally, at-home facials can deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin, while adding some skin loving nutrients your skin will drink up. Lastly, there is something so relaxing about an at-home facial. It is a mood lifter and a confidence booster too. So, everyone pull those clay masks out of your cabinet and follow these easy steps.

1.     Remove your make-up. Start with gently removing your eye make-up. I love to use Avapure’s Eye Make-up Remover and a Norwex face cloth (the face cloth alone is too rough around my delicate eye area). According to Sarah from Skincare by Sarah, the best way to wash your face is without water! Apply cleanser to dry skin. Massage into your skin for about 1 minute, or until the cleanser is nearly soaked in.  After the cleanser is absorbed well into the skin, add water and continue massaging for an additional minute. This allows the cleanser to go deeper into the pores, loosening up any make-up and environmental build up.

2.     Exfoliate! I love exfoliating. It is like a relaxing massage for your face. I love Avapure’s Honey and Herbs Scrub or the Ylang Ylang and Lime Facial Scrub. Both are gentle, non-toxic and have the added benefits of herbs and essential oils. In a pinch, some at home items will work well enough. Try making a paste out of baking soda. This is surprisingly effective, even on sensitive skin. Another option is organic rolled oats blended up into a fine grain. Whichever product you choose, apply it in circular motions avoiding the delicate skin around the yes.  Good exfoliation is the base to exposing new, healthy skin for your next few steps.

3.     The mask comes next! This is the most relaxing part of the facial. Mix up your favorite Avapure mask and apply the cool treatment to your skin, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Sit back and meditate in the calm. Take this 15 minutes to focus on your skin and de-stress. If you choose, apply Avapure’s Cooling Eye Gel around and under the eye area. This cucumber gel is the perfect compliment to your mini spa session.

4.     Toner is the most underrated part of the facial. After so much cleansing and exfoliating from the past four steps, your skin is raw and exposed. What goes on your skin next is crucial: this layer should be soothing and chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants to restore your skin back to its normal pH.  Avapure’s toners are all in a range for healthy skin (4.5-5.5)

5.     The rest is up to you!  Personally, I prefer going all out during my at home spa session. I will apply an oil facial serum such as Avapure’s Balancing Serum followed by the Priming Balm or Repair Collagen Serum. Both contain Hyaluronic acid, which penetrates deep inter the dermins, hydrating and boosting elasticity of the skin.

6.     Lastly, apply your traditional cream based moisturizer such as Avapure’s Power C Facial Cream, containing Camu Camu extract which is incredibly high in Vitamin C and promotes a bright, healthy glow.

 These simple steps will create a luxurious at-home facial that will trick your supple radiant skin into thinking you spent the entire day at the spa!