Author Archives: Julie Berquist

About Julie Berquist

As a breast cancer survivor, I am passionate about educating others on chemicals in skin care. I created a website to offer chemical free skin care products for a healthier lifestyle.

Antioxidants For Skin

Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are all antioxidants for skin that can prevent or repair damage.  Antioxidants can counteract the effects of oxidant radicals or free radicals.  Antioxidants bind to the free radicals and deactivates them before they can cause harm. … Continue reading

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Jojoba Oil Benefits

Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax produced in the seeds of the jojoba (a woody shrub).  Native Americans extracted the oil to treat wounds and skin conditions centuries ago.  Jojoba oil benefits consist of: Soothes and softens the skin … Continue reading

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Rosacea Symptoms

It is estimated that 14 million Americans have rosacea.  What is this skin disorder and what are some rosacea symptoms? Rosacea is the inflammation of the small blood vessels in the capillaries of the face.  Symptoms can include: Small solid … Continue reading

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Dibutyl Phthalate

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a chemical used to help make plastics soft and flexible.  Some of the products that are made with DBP are shower curtains, car interiors, vinyl fabrics, plastic wrap and rain coats.  This chemical is also used … Continue reading

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What Causes Wrinkles?

  There is not much we can do about stopping the aging process.  Over time, our skin cells just get tired and don’t turn over as fast as they used to.  There are many factors that lead to aging skin.  … Continue reading

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Shea Butter Uses

Shea butter is natural fat extracted from the fruit of the shea or karite tree. This tree grows naturally in the wild in West Africa.  This hydrating oil has been used for centuries to heal dry, cracked skin.  Shea butter … Continue reading

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Ingredients in Soap

Why get all lathered up about ingredients in soap?  Because, not all soap is created equal.  All soap is made with some form of fat.  Many soaps use tallow which is a rendered form of animal fat, mainly beef fat.  … Continue reading

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Scaly Skin

Scaly skin is a common condition.  It is usually more noticeable in the winter months when the humidity and temperatures are low.  Plus, we are inside with the heat on and that can further add to our skin drying out.  … Continue reading

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Green Tea For Skin

The key to fighting free radicals (pollution, sun, etc. that cause damage to cells and tissues) are antioxidants.  They bind to and deactivate free radicals before they cause harm. There may be some benefits of green tea for skin, reports  … Continue reading

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Homemade Lip Balm

  Cooler weather is setting in and with that comes chapped lips.  Homemade lip balm is fairly easy to make if you have the time.  There are many different combinations of oils to use when making lip balm.  Here are … Continue reading

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