Creating a better body butter
In the creation of our Body Butters, Nomads Essentials produces small batches of nutrient dense butters, to provide you with the freshest organic butters for the health of your skin.
Nomads Essentials Body butters are specially formulated to maximize skin hydration any time of the year or when the skin suffers from severe lack of moisture. The ingredients contained in our body butters offers the skin both hydration and protection. by creating a barrier over the skin to hold in moisture.
Skin Nourishing *Organic Ingredients:
Nomads Essentials Body Butters are rich in essential omega 3 fats (shea, cocoa, mango, etc.) which are highly effective moisturizers and they can help to calm inflammation. Our butters contain high levels of key antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and A.
Key Base Ingredients use in Our Body Butters
*Shea butter is known for its moisturizing and emollient properties and leaves a smooth satiny finish on the skin. It is said to have natural antioxidant properties; and the natural occurring cinnamic acid provides UV protection for the skin (contains a small amount of natural SPF). Shea butter is used as a base for medicinal ointments and has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties. This butter penetrates deeply into the epidermis; it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. It is rich in vitamins A and E, fatty acids as well as catechins, plant antioxidants also found in green tea.
*Cocoa butter has a high concentration of antioxidants and is a natural moisturizer and emollient, it is able to provide its moisturizing benefits without the addition of chemicals. It helps prevent drying of the skin and development of wrinkles. Cocoa butter reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores skin flexibility. With its A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, vitamins, it is excellent moisturizer for skin health. Cocoa butter also contains a large number of highly bioavailable minerals; calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron that are more effective in their natural plant form than from a vitamin. It also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is involved in the formation of serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, and also dopamine and phenylethylamine, that are all great components to helping you feel great. Many pregnant women apply cocoa butter to their growing bellies to help prevent stretch marks. It has been used to heal and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the elements.
Mango butter contains beta carotene plus Vitamins A& E, is rich in antioxidants and can be used to soften, smooth and moisturize rough dry skin. It has natural emollient properties and is reputed to be useful for treating burns, stretch marks and scar reduction, wound healing and skin regeneration. It has a protective effect against UV radiation and can be used to treat sunburns. It has a high content of stearic acid which makes it similar to cocoa butter in properties. Dermatologists often recommend mango butter for treatment of wrinkles, as most people who use it will notice decreased signs of aging and the disappearance of lines and wrinkles within 4 to 6 weeks of daily use. It is also known for relieving skin allergies and insect bites; it treats eczema and dermatitis and heals muscle fatigue, aches and tension.
*Safflower oil is a favorite in natural skin care because it is a botanical alternative to synthetic emollients. Extracted from the oil of safflower seeds, the oil is a potent hydrator and ideal for dry, sensitive complexions. This absorbable oil contains lubricant properties that prompt the skin to retain water and moisture. Safflower oil consists primarily of linoleic acid, an omega-6 that is packed with essential vitamins, which prevents dryness and roughness and removes dirt and oil. Its content makes safflower oil a key treatment for issues including eczema, psoriasis and acne. Its hydrating properties lend skin a healthy glow, promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The Dangers of Parabens in Skin Care?
Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers and shampoos. Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products. According to Mercola.com, the body can absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year. Parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system.
Colby College's Clean Makeup website reports that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body's hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.
The ability of parabens to mimic other hormones makes them endocrine disruptors, substances that adversely affect the endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and is involved in a number of functions related to reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Endocrine disruptors such as parabens can lead to early puberty in adolescent girls and boys, as reported by the New York Times. Endocrinologists have observed the average age of puberty decreasing in the past several decades and have seen girls as young as eight exhibit breast development and pubic hair growth. Endocrine disrupters can also lead to testicular enlargement and breast development in young boys.
Decreased Sperm Levels
Parabens can also adversely affect the male reproductive system. In a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, researchers administered parabens to three-week-old rats. After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received. The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.