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Better Body Care & Cosmetics for Women

By Chris Jensen, May 17, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen
Do you find the sheer number of body care and cosmetics options available today overwhelming? Learn which ingredients are beneficial and how to make the best choices for your skin. Sarah Burns-Eggenberger is VP of Innovation and Product Development at MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

It’s important to know where the most common sources of skin problems stem from:
  • Our skin contends daily with a wide range of activity and is besieged by environmental stressors such as UV exposure, pollutants, smoke and lifestyle.
  • In addition to these outside influences, every single day an average woman applies a total of 7 skin care products. If each product contains about 20 ingredients, that equates to exposure to 140 ingredients per day.
  • Ingredients like synthetic fragrances and parabens can possibly cause skin irritation.
Reading labels like many of us do on food products is a great practice to adopt when shopping for body care and cosmetics:
  • Each skin type has a list of do and don’t ingredients pertaining to the specific skin concern, so you should always purchase products created specifically for your skin type.
  • There are certain ingredients however that should be part of everyone’s skin program:  sunscreen, L-ascorbic acid (a universally strong antioxidant, collagen builder, and natural protectant), chemical exfoliants (to remove dead skin cells to reveal a fresher complexion), and retinol (assists the skin in cell turnover to promote a healthy functioning skin).
Since “natural” is not a regulated term, Whole Foods Market has put both an organic standard and premium body care standard in place for all products sold in our Whole Body aisle:
  • Putting standards in place for body care creates a mutual accommodation between the intelligence of science and purity of nature.
  • It causes vendors to focus on transparency and shoppers to feel confident in their product purchases, while simultaneously placing emphasis on protecting our natural resources.
Sarah Burns-Eggenberger recommends the following to be assured product choices are safe:
  • A simple and easy way to guarantee your products are pure is to purchase from Whole Foods Market.
  • Each person should create their own standard to guide in making the right skin care decisions for their needs and interests. There are many online resources and books available for research.
  • Look for companies with credentials and core values that meet your level of standards for quality of ingredients, business philosophy and community involvement.
The industry is always evolving with exciting ingredients and innovations:
  • A little over a decade ago there were only a handful of skin care ingredients to formulate with and now there is an abundant supply from all corners of the world!
  • Plant stem cells positively influence and promote the regeneration of the skin and delay the appearance of aging.

 

10 Comments

Comments

Linda Landowski says ...
Just a compliment. I tried your Whole foods Lavender conditioner. Also bought some astragalus supplements.I am going through Cancer Care. I have many Brutal side eefects from 3 Brutal Chemos! Accompanied by my 32 years of chronic Migraines! Over 2+ years ago my husband lost his Job & our insurance! I only ran a Antique shop for 12 years. For Fun not for profit. And baby sat my grand babies for 6 years! Until Everyone Lost their jobs. From my Married Daughters and son in law too! Cancer at age 49 is Awful at any age. Anyway I came to Milwaukee for some of your conditioner to gamble! I lost my 3' foot long Angel/Barbie Trademark Hair. And every single hair on my Body. I look forward to trying the managing Shampoo as well. But I can't make it to your Milwaukee store who knows when? I haven't had my follow up post op/ mammogram after my surgeries due in Feb. 2011. Due to our hardships here! But the conditioner was so right on fragrant! I have a beyond keen sense of smell!! I wish you'd come into Central WI. and have a Whole Foods! Like the Waupaca or Stevens Point, Plover areas!! We have a need for your kind of store!! Thank you for reading!!
05/19/2011 10:47:42 AM CDT
Bobbi says ...
Is there any plans for a Whole Foods in NE Maryland? I live in Harford County.
05/21/2011 9:11:55 AM CDT
Katey says ...
Have the lavender whole foods brand lotion and LOVE it. I love lavender and I love this lotion!
05/21/2011 12:04:51 PM CDT
Mandi says ...
I loved the topic here! Sarah has some fantastic points about the amount of products we put on our skin and that being just as important as what we put in our bodies. MyChelle has a fantastic product line, I love them!
07/06/2011 3:01:29 PM CDT
Tiffany says ...
Wow! I can't believe we are exposed to 140 chemicals on our skin on average per day. It means I am more committed to clean skin product lines given this alarming fact. Kudos to Mychelle to making effective products that are clean, too!!
07/10/2011 3:10:46 PM CDT
Teri says ...
Much gratitude to Whole Foods and MyChelle Dermaceuticals for making this info accessible to consumers and providing so many choices for healthier people and planet!
07/11/2011 7:19:48 AM CDT
Morrie McQuade Shafer says ...
Great information on what a clean product line MyChelle is. Kudos to Whole Foods for appreciating quality, and for giving Sarah the chance to educate customers via this podcast!
07/11/2011 8:56:35 PM CDT
jill says ...
Loved the podcast about Mychelle. Thank you for making such a great product with cutting edge ingredients!!
07/17/2011 3:34:46 PM CDT
patricia says ...
Is Mychelle on sale? If not, when is the next sale?
01/08/2012 12:22:33 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Patricia Good question. Since each of out stores does things a little differently with regard to the products offered and the sales promoted, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the Mychelle product is to reach out to your store directly. The link below will help identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member from our Whole Body department will be happy to chat with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
01/09/2012 1:48:50 PM CST