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What Is The Best Body Powder To Use

Vegetable vs. Mineral, What's The Best Body Powder To Use?

What is the Best Body Powder To Use, Tres Spa Organic PowderThe whole purpose of any powder is to cover the skin with a light silky coating. The goal is to create a protective layer and to wick water away from the surface.  This is how powders work no matter what their chemical structure is.  But they don't all work exactly the same and some of them have some pretty big caution flags for personal care use.

Traditional Talc

This is a Talc MineTraditionally, powders were made with mined  minerals or clays. The most common mined mineral is Talc and you can find the use far and wide from industrial to pharmaceutical to cosmetic. Talc is  hydrated magnesium silicate, a very fine substance and rates only a 1 on the MOHS scale of hardness for minerals. That means it is so soft you can actually flake it with your finger nail. It can be found in veins  all over the globe and was formed hydrothermal alteration of magnesium-rich magmatic rocks. The mines are plentiful and it's fairly cheap raw material. It also has a shelf life of eternity. All those factors make it very appealing for manufacturing. Unfortunately, it is usually found near asbestos veins as well but not always so not all talc contains trace amounts of asbestos.  And recently there have been a few lawsuits citing Talc as a leading cause of cervical cancer. There are also some studies that link pulmonary disease with talc which has caused many pediatricians to recommend against using it for children.

I checked the American Cancer Society to see where they stood on the matter and they had stated that there was no conclusive evidence linking Talc to causing cancer as long as there was no asbestos present in the talc. remember we talked about the fact that it is common to find the veins run close together. Here is a link to their article for you: Talcum Powder and Cancer

Clay: The Other Mineral

Next are other minerals we will just lump into one major category called Clay. There are a several different groups of clay based on the chemical combination of the minerals. All clay is hydrous aluminium silicates, made up of ultra fine mineral particles and some minor impurities. They can become plastic like when wet.

Fun fact on clay. Did you know that water had to be present in order for it to form? That makes clay rare in the solar system.

Clay is used in many products from creating ceramics to paint filler to rubber, plastics and hi gloss paper manufacturing. But the ultra fine grade is used in cosmetics. Just about every dry powder formulation and even in some wet ones like scrubs and face masks can be made using clay in part or as a whole. Still used today by aboriginal tribes, it can also work as  a sunscreen. For skin care, the most common clay is the purified white kaolin, with and ultra fine texture that feels like silk to the touch when it is dry.

You can read more about my experiment and the observable differences here: I personally haven't seen anything against it other than the fact that any mineral may have impurities and it can be “plastic like” when mixed with water and it felt goopy sticky when I mixed it with oil. Again, clay is pretty bountiful and fairly cheap to come by which makes it an common filler used by some to keep manufacturing costs down.

Pure Natural Botanical

Pounding Roots Into Pulp For PowderMore recent in the skin care world and less common are powders made entirely from plant starches. Personally I think it's pretty fantastic how starch is made. Plant sources for starch powder can be anything from tuberous plants to seeded ones. The most common plants are corn, wheat, and rice as a seed version. Less common would be coconut, beans and peas. Arrowroot, potato, and tapioca  are all examples of starchy tuber plants. You can read more about how the starches we use in Très Spa formulations are created: From lush green plant to delicate soft white powder

Plant starches are used in many products including pharmaceutical and paper making but most common are food based products. There are so many  varieties of plant starches to choose from and each one has a slightly different texture and behavior. With such a variety there is a seemingly endless array of combinations when you add in other powdered food ingredients like honey, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut. Hmm that has me thinking of a future product…..  Plant starches are renewable and sustainable, they are digestible (your inside and your outside can deal with it), and they can qualify as certified organic. But they are way more expensive to formulate with and there is a variance in the texture and behavior based on the plant so that is probably why most manufacturers shy away from using pure botanical.

Hybrids, A Little Of This And That 

There are some formulators that combine two groups into a hybrid mash-up. For example one may use talc with corn starch or maybe kaolin with rice powder. I do not know why other than to cut cost by using a cheap filler with a higher priced plant ingredient.

So What's It Gonna' Be?

Given all the information, which powder is the right powder for you comes down to a personal choice. And in some cases, what you are willing to risk. Personally, I would only use talc as a bug deterrent (sprinkled on the floor or window sills, works great to keep ants out of the house). Clay seems okay for masks and scrubs but based on my observations, I'm not sure how good it would be as a body powder. Seems like you would have to have a plant starch with it. Then there are the possible impurities and the fact it could never be classed as organic. Which aren't to intimidating if it all stays on the surface but it doesn't just stay on the surface.If there is one thing the recent multi million dollar lawsuits should demonstrate it is that what goes on the body goes in eventually.

Personally I have other things in life to worry about, the last thing I want to worry about is my body powder. That is why I kept it simple when I created the Très Spa Organic Dusting Powder  I use only plant based ingredients so if what goes on the outside ever gets to the inside, I have nothing to worry about.

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Introducing Coal & Kelp Organic Face Cleanser

Introducing our newest Organic Face Cleanser

Coal & Kelp featuring Activated Charcoal and Sea Kelp.

At Très Spa we strive to create unique products that nourish you Mind, Body, and Spirit while maintaining our commitment to design products in harmony with nature. We have had several requests for a black soap also known as charcoal soap. We heard you.

Your Face Deserves The Best

We choose your face. Why? Because of all your body parts, this is the one that faces the highest level of environmental assaults. The instant you open your front door and step out into the world, you are exposed to pollutants. The farther you go, the more you pollution you are exposed to. Hop into your car or the bus or the train and now you have exhaust particles to add to the mix. We didn't even get to mention the products we pack on before we leave the house!

Needless to say, your face is constantly under assault and in need some extra T.L.C. . The other reason we choose to focus on your face is that in order for the charcoal to have any effect, it needs to stay on your skin longer than a shower would allow.

 

Natural, Gentle, & Effective

All this being said, it's important for you to have a natural cleanser that is in harmony with nature. Gentle yet effective enough to cleanse without irritation. Activated Charcoal to help detoxify and life supporting Sea Kelp with power house mineral nutrients.  You can read more about how Activated Charcoal works in our blog. Activated Charcoal

Fair warning, while we did use our very popular Lemon Ginger snap essential oil blend, the scent of Sea Kelp can be very pronounced, but we didn't make this to smell pretty, we made it to help you look pretty.  

 

Tres Spa Organic Face Cleanser Coal and KelpCoal & Kelp Organic Face Cleanser is now available on line and on Amazon

 

 

We are not your Doctor

The Très Spa website may contain articles on science, or medical topics; however, no warranty is made that any of the articles are accurate.There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on science or medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. The overwhelming majority of such articles are written, in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about science or medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

The information provided at Très Spa is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). None of the individual contributors, nor anyone else connected to Très Spa can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.

Nothing on Très Spa's site or included as part of any project or product of Très Spa, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.

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Natural Steps To Rid Yourself of Blackheads!

Are those pesky blackheads making you crazy?

Before you try to hide behind those Groucho glasses with the big fake nose, there is hope. You can eliminate blackheads naturally, without harsh treatments or toxic chemicals. You can have clear skin free of the congestion of trapped debris under the surface.

That is what a blackhead is, a congestion. Blackheads are simply trapped oxidized oil and dead skin cells resting inside a hair follicle. They can show up anywhere including your back and chest, but more commonly your face. The bridge of my nose was always my troubled area when I was younger.

How do Blackheads form?

While blackheads are a type of acne but they are a bit different in that they are not closed. The blackhead is trapped sebum that has oxidized and it has nothing to do with whether or not someone is clean. It can be a simple result of over production of sebum and rapid shedding of dead skin cells. They get trapped and the air hits it, the oxidation causes the black color and voila! A blackhead is born.

So what can you do to get rid of them?

Scrubbing harder when you clean is not the answer. In fact this could cause the blackheads to worsen. What you need to do is soften the skin and dissolve the trapped oxidized oil and let the pores flush it out naturally. You can also find lots of over the counter medicines formulated or this and the top two synthesized compounds are salicylic acid and retinoids.  Almost all of the acne fighting products will have one of these in it.

Salicylic acid is a chemical compound that was first isolated from the bark of a willow tree, similar to aspirin. It works by dissolving excess sebum and dead skin cells. Retinoids are a chemical creation that works buy forcing the skin cells to die off and regenerate at an unnatural pace. That's probably why you would need to be very careful of sun exposure after treatment. Both of these chemicals are common and may be the way to go for severe cases. But we are looking for natural, non synthesized solutions to help right?

Simple Natural Steps to Complete Clarity

There are natural planet friendly plant based solutions that can help resolve and mitigate the appearance of blackheads. Sometimes the simple things really do matter.

Wash your face regularly

The act of washing your face helps the soften the skin and loosen surface dirt. It also helps clear out the debris of dead skin cells. Gently exfoliating while you cleanse is a great way to add extra power to your wash and it stimulates regeneration. With all of the benefits, it's easy to see how adopting a simple face washing routine could be all you ever need to do. The best solution for cleansing is a super fatted soap since they wont dry your skin out. We have two options for you Très Spa Organic Face Cleanser. or one of our amazing Organic Bar Soaps. It's perfectly okay to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.

Toners can also be used to cleanse the skin. Just a spritz or two on a cotton wipe then swipe on your face. Très Spa makes a great natural purely botanical one or use whatever toner you see fit. Just stay away from alcohol – (but then you are natural so, me saying that is like preaching to the choir). Alcohols are drying and may cause irritation.

Treat yourself to a mineral rich mask

The ultimate in product flexibility are the Très Spa Mineral Face Masks. You can make a tiny bit for a spot treatment or make a lot for the full facial effect. You cannot go wrong with this one since it is always fresh and always the way you want it. One of my favorite things to add from nature are Avocado and a piece of my Aloe Vera plant (so much goodness I can't begin to tell you). You can read about it here.  In fact, if you don't have a Aloe Vera plant, run to the store and get one! Mash that into a thicker paste for a small area or, if you are covering a larger area make into a spreadable consistency to cover the skin are you want covered. Check out our Mineral Mask Mash Up for more ideas on how to personalize your mineral mask. You can find our step process on How to mix up your facial mask for an easy to follow process.

Steam it out

Steam can help open the pores and soften the skin, making it easier for debris to lift up and get rinsed away. Add a little essential oil to the steam and you have a real treat for your Mind, Body, & Spirit and not just your face. There is something so special yet so simple about a steam treatment.

After Care

You need to replenish and restore the skin so it doesn't dry out on you and get all clogged up again.  Contrary to what others may tell you, oil-less moisturizers are not natural and just because they have no oil, it doesn't make them better. It's a marketing angle. The ones I have seen are a blend of synthesized compounds seasoned with a couple of plant ingredients. I am not saying they are bad, they just don't fit  into the Très Spa philosophy of creating products In Harmony with Nature and I know there are loads of natural plant oils that will not build up and clog your pores. You can find some of those amazing oils in our face oils. We also have a cream for that, called Defiance! 

We are not your Doctor

The Très Spa website may contain articles on science, or medical topics; however, no warranty is made that any of the articles are accurate.There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article touching on science or medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. The overwhelming majority of such articles are written, in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals. Even if a statement made about science or medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms.

The information provided at Très Spa is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse, pharmacist/chemist, and so on). None of the individual contributors, nor anyone else connected to Très Spa can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information presented on this web site.

Nothing on Très Spa's site or included as part of any project or product of Très Spa, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of medicine.

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The Mighty Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for Skincare

Tres Spa Aloe Vera for Skincare

Aloe Vera is my favorite skincare ingredient I love Aloe Vera. The plant has always fascinated me since I was a child. It was the one succulent my mother could grow without killing. Unfortunately, she did not inherit my grandfathers natural gardener gene. As a child I remember this strange pointy plant that did not look like anything I had seem outside (I grew up in Michigan). It was always the same color and it looked like it hardly grew, yet despite my mom chopping off tips every time we had a scratch, it never seemed to shrink. Beyond the sticky goo that worked as a salve under my bandage, I had no idea what the power was in this wondrous green monster plant.

It wasn't until years later that I would really start to understand this miracle plant.

Grow Your Own

Aloe Vera is a plant that I believe everyone should grow for themselves! They are easy to care for and it can grow in a pot inside your home quite easily. Just a little bit of light and water and you are good to go.  I started with a tiny one in a frog that was a gift from one of my fabulous customers. From that tiny plant I now have three going. Since I live in California, I plan on transferring one to the outdoors to be grown for eating.

What Can You Do With Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera for Skincare Tres SpaLots! Inside and out, Aloe Vera is a highly nourishing wonderful plant. You can eat them and you can use it on your skin. It is wonderful!

Aloe Vera is rich in the following: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid. Now, I'm not going to go into details on this. But it is interesting to note that the simple green plant has about 100 different high value compounds that aid in internal and external healing.

For skincare – snip a bit off the leaf and either squeeze it out and apply the gooey juice or slit the leaf and apply it to your skin. Add some fresh squeezed aloe juice to one of our Face Masks for amazing healing therapy benefits.

For eating – if you have a big leaf, you can slice the green outer layer away and eat the inside. Try adding it to your smoothies and juices. Or, make a Raw Vegan version of Sushi (you do have to rinse it very well to do this). Personally I've never been able to grow my Aloe plants big enough.

Can I Find It In Très Spa, Products?

In the beginning of  Très Spa, I had added it to a couple of product formulations but I stopped. Why would I do this considering how much I love the plant and all of the clear benefits? Well it all has to do with preservation. Once the leaf has been “juiced” it must be preserved and I truly believe that this wondrous plant should be enjoyed unaltered and fresh. When it ages outside of the natural state, it starts to lose its wonderful nutrients. So it is at it's peak when you pick it fresh. And considering how agreeable it is to growing indoors, it's a plant that can be enjoyed globally no matter what your garden space is outside or your seasonal growing conditions.

Perhaps, if I could ever find Aloe without preservatives added I may consider adding it back in. For now, I encourage you to grow your own.

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Number One Skin Care Treatment for Younger Looking Skin Revealed!

The Most Important Skincare Treatment

We all want it, especially when it's gone, that youthful looking glowing skin. Soft and supple like an endless spring. But it's not so easy to hang on to. With time  and the environment assaulting it, you can feel like you are in an endless battle. As if environment and age weren't enough, what about all of those endless miracle potions we put on? From perfumes to the laboratory concoctions of creams, serums, ointments, lotions and a myriad of other products loaded with synthesized compounds from the lab. Oh and let us not forget the dreaded Sun Screen.

Gee wiz, you would think that nature could not survive without endless scientific intervention! Yes your skin is the largest organ and yes, you should treat it right since it will be with you an entire lifetime. We do believe that good topical skincare practices can really have a solid impact on your skins natural abilities. At Très Spa we believe, you should be using pure natural products formulated in harmony with nature, to achieve that goal.

But there is one skincare treatment that is the most important one if you want to nourish healthy skin and it is free to use.

Free To Use

Here's the truth. Your skin is a wonder to behold. It protects you from the outside and allows you to detoxify the inside (that is one of the benefits of sweating). Your skin is a natural defense with multiple layers that regenerate every 28 days or so. New cells continuously replacing dead ones. Your job is to help support the skin to do what the skin does naturally, and sure, maybe help it out a bit here and there.

So what is the most important skin care treatment ever? Water. That's it, the most important skin care treatment ever created; water.

Why Is It So Important & How Much Do I Need?

Drinking water, and enough water, everyday can have a profound impact on your skin. Drinking water keeps you hydrated from the inside and what is inside eventually pushes (or flushes) out. Now how much water should you drink? I have heard a great deal of differing recommendations. The most popular is the 8 x 8. Eight, eight ounce servings of pure water. I have also heard others say to drink a half gallon a day to really make sure you are flushing the body clean. Others say liquids count towards your water while others argue that only pure water counts. Best advice I received from someone was to drink plain water until your urine is fairly clear. Of course this was from my time as a Raw Vegan so the food choices also helped a great deal. At the time (the time I am writing this) I am not a practicing Raw Vegan, I'm more Whole Food Plant Based or Vegan with occasional slips. I pretty much have settled into having a half gallon glass jug of water handy every day. That's about all I can drink in a day and some days, I have a hard time getting all of that in. 

Personally, I think that it should be plain water . Why, because it has nothing fancy about it. It's simple, yet elegant, it is naturally designed to supply all living organisms the key ingredient to life.

It doesn't require any manipulations to get it to work. No synthesized compounds from a lab or factory. No human intervention required. It works fresh from the spring. It works no matter how young or old and you can start using it any time! It's never too late.

If you are having trouble getting enough water because you don't like the taste, here are some life hacks I used to get myself transitioned to plain water. I had a lifetime of drinking nothing but flavored drinks and a serious Diet Soda addiction. It worked for me and I hope it will help you.

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