Keeping Your Lips Kissable in Winter

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


Winter is here and if, like me, you love snow it is pretty much the best time of the year. You get to wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and dress like an eskimo when going out to make a snowman with family and friends. Despite all the fun parts, there is the unpleasant side to winter as well – icy roads, really low temperatures, and lips that get chapped and cracked.

Seeing everybody dressed up in warm clothes and with winter tires on cars, we can see how well humans can adapt to below freezing temperature. We are really good at protecting ourselves against the cold. Warm clothes, hats, heavy boots, scarfs and gloves all work together to keep us warm. Unfortunately there is one part of our body that doesn’t have the luxury of being protected by layers of clothing – our faces.

Our faces have to be revealed at all times because we have to see where we are going and for others to identify us. This means that the most unprotected body part in the winter also happens to be one of the most important body parts. We spend billions of dollars on face creams, rejuvenation lotions and make-up every year. In short, the face is very important and we are doing everything we can to protect it… but winter takes a bite out of that work.

Our lips tend to get the brunt of the abuse. Due to the act of breathing constantly pushing warm moist air past and sucking in cold dry air the lips sustain some serious abuse during cold winter days. The natural moisture is quickly sapped and lips chap. The standard product of petroleum based lip balm is counter productive and potentially harmful.

To truly protect your lips you need to apply moisturizers and antioxidants to the skin to replenish and rejuvenate the surface. Over the top you then should apply a waxy protectant made with natural products like bees wax to seal in the moisture and protect your lips from the varied environment.

At Go-Nayked.com we carry a number of natural and organic lip care products from scrubs, like Brittanies Thyme’s Organic Lip Scrub, and Burt’s Bees Lip care products. Enjoy winter again with soft supple lips that thrive in the cold air rather than crack and dry… keep your lips kissable!

There is Money in Them There… Soaps

In classic Americana television the wild west was dominated by gunslingers, gamblers, and gold prospectors. The dirty dusty open areas were home to wild gun fights, brothels and drinking… at least in the movies that is. In real life and real history the wild west was dictated and developed more for the ores available in the ground and not just the gold and silver. In fact Las Vegas, Death Valley and most of Eastern California was first prospected for the basic ingredient in soap!

Borax is scraped right off the ground and refined for use in a huge number of products including cosmetics and soaps. Now you will not find any products in the Go-Nayked marketplace that include Borax but the point is that there is a ton of money available for the producers of soaps.

The current “gold rush” in soaps is focused on liquid soaps, foamy soaps, and bath washes. These liquid forms of “soap” are marketed as better, more effective, and more hygienic. In reality liquid soaps tend to be a grab for your money and not an effective means for cleaning your body.

How Soap Works

Classic Soaps are designed for one purpose only… aiding water in the removal of dirt from your body. The chemical makeup of soaps and exfoliants (things that scrape skins cells off) are intended solely to interact with your skin, bond with the oils and remove the oils and dirt. The net result is a clean surface. The side-effect of this is the removal of your natural skin oils and cells leaving raw skin exposed to the elements.

Solid form soaps use a combination of ingredients to slough off dirt and leave your body clean. The details get more complicated depending on the product. For example, classic Borax is also used as an insecticide! Some of the tried and true standard off the shelf soaps utilize harsh chemicals to net their oil bonding results.

On the flip side the new generation of liquid soaps are in most cases a waste of money. To get the same cleaning results most standard pump style liquid soaps contain a wide variety of chemicals, alcohols and “lotions”. In addition the average squirt of liquid soap is about 2 to 3 times the volume necessary to clean… this means you are literally washing money down the drain!

Better Soaps

The best soaps for the money remain to be the bar soaps. We have a number of different options approved and available on the Go-Nayked Marketplace. There are a few liquid soaps that work but remember to limit the volume you use; pea size works fine in most cases.

There are two ways to remove dirt from the body: 1. hit it with harsh chemicals or 2. use the scrubbing action of washing to remove the dirt. By sticking to mostly bar soaps you get a more effective “clean” through the act of scrubbing and avoid the surfactants and chemicals found in the majority of liquid soaps.

Unlike the westerns of old you now know that the real money made in the west was from soap and to save your money and protect your health selecting a quality bar soap is the proper choice.

Aquarella – Natural Nail Polish

If you are heading for a manicure at your neighborhood Nail Spa, you should read this post. Even if you are not, read this anyway, for it concerns your health and wellness.


 

The Environment Working Group (EWG) has stated that it would review and update the science related to the chemical called, Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) which is commonly used in nail polishes and nail treatments. This chemical could contribute to obesity and disruption of the endocrine system. TPHP is used as a fire retardant in foam furniture and is used to make plastics. Is there an alternative? You don’t have to bite your nails in nervous anticipation, for there is Aquarella – the all-natural nail polish!

www.GO-NAYKED.com brings to you, Aquarella nail polish. It symbolizes all that is natural and pure.

What do egg whites, gelatin, beeswax and gum Arabic have in common? They were the natural ingredients nail polishes were made of in ancient China. The Egyptian upper class had their nails painted with natural henna to a brownish red. Ever the trend-setter, Cleopatra popularized the use of plant extracts to paint the nails red. The Aztecs used natural dyes to decorate their nails. So, when did the shift from natural ingredients to toxic chemicals take place? With commercialization, as always! Aquarella aims to create nail polishes that are rooted in nature. Their products will take you back to an era where everything was better with nothing!

Nail Polish Better with Nothing

A typical nail polish will have a plethora of chemicals in it. A film-forming polymer, petrochemical solvents, plasticizers, dyes and pigments, opalescent pigments such as mica and aluminum powder for the shimmer and shine, adhesive polymers that ensure that the film adheres to the surface of the nail, ultraviolet stabilizer like benzophenone-1, and a thickening agent. Overwhelming? We are just talking about the base coat here. There’s a top coat too! According to studies by the EWG, toxic TPHP can be absorbed by your body and cause hormonal disturbance, reproductive disorders and developmental problems. Is everything bad and nothing good about these chemicals-laden nail polishes? Often, truth can be hard as nails!

Aquarella comes to you in pristine condition. It uses water as the solvent. It is engineered with a safe co-polymer structure. Aquarella is free of odor, has excellent shine, dries fast, and does not need two coats. Most importantly, it has no harmful chemicals and hence, has no adverse impact on your nail and cuticle. Since it is virtually odorless, you can save yourself from the stench of petrochemicals! With water as its solvent, Aquarella contains no questionable ingredients. It is non-toxic and non-inflammable. What’s more, it doesn’t need a drying station! It dries within 5-10 minutes of application, and you are good to go!

Who can use Aquarella? Everyone! People who suffer from allergy and sensitivity to chemicals will benefit the most. There have been a mere ten documented cases of allergies in as many years! Pregnant women, patients suffering from asthma or cancer, the environmentally aware, teenagers and even children can use Aquarella.

All products of the brand are available for immediate purchase from our marketplace, www.GO-NAYKED.com. We try in earnest to bring the best and the most responsibly manufactured products to our community. Help us support this cause.

100% Pure Changing the Skincare Industry

Imagine developing a groundbreaking methodology for stabilizing natural ingredients from oxidizing in skincare products (ie you discover how to make quality ingredients last). A method that was so revolutionary that huge skin care brands sought you out in college to work with you and your technique. Upon graduation you have no shortage of job offers.


 

Fast forward a bit and imagine that you get hired to one of these firms that is licensing your invention. The role is in the product development lab developing new products and working with the chemicals that go into the company’s products. Some of these chemicals are hazardous in quantities larger than a pee and in one fateful instance a spill melts and warps your plastic work table!

While we can only imagine the above story the founder of 100% Pure lived it and as a result created a company that is helping to revolutionize the skin care industry.

If there is one founder of a company we support here at Go-Nayked.com that lives and breathes a motto similar to ours it is Susie Wang. She is quoted as saying “Our sole purpose is to make the absolute highest quality, very best products. Period. That’s our sole focus – now and in the future.” This is a company that was built without a sales and PR team! Ms. Wang lives the natural and organic lifestyle and believes in the same motto we preach… to make things better for the next generation.

Her passion for the idea came as a child when she noticed how pretty her skin was after being stained by a blackberry. She has since created 100% Pure as the only cosmetic company that uses fruit and vegetable pigments to color cosmetics. The benefit of fruit and vegetable pigments versus the other traditional ways of coloring cosmetics (synthetic dyes or minerals) is that fruit and vegetable pigments contain an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins. By using completely natural products she has ensured a renewable product line that has garnered rave reviews.

100% Pure has grown rapidly as word of mouth has spread their motto. The company is now annualizing over $20 million in sales and has only been in existence since 2005! GoNayked.com lists a broad range of the company’s products within our recommended product pages. The company offers natural solutions in makeup, skincare, body washes, hair care, baby products, and nail polish.

In addition 100% Pure offers their 100% Satisfaction guarantee that allows you to love it or send it back within 30 days… no questions asked. they also offer free shipping and fulfill most of their orders within a couple days from their location in California. For the woman in your life their fruit pigmented naked color palette is a great gift idea. The colors provide a natural look using the above mentioned natural ingredients. The colors are very pretty and natural, perfect for a “no-makeup” look, subtly enhancing.


 

100% Pure was founded by a person with a vision… a vision for a better world and better products for all of our bodies. She discovered first hand what the other companies were putting into their skincare products and decided then and there to change the world. To see which products Go Nayked approves see 100% Pure in our Marketplace.

Stop the Pain of Your Shaving Routine

Does the association of pain and sting with clean and better go back to our childhood days? Is it all related to that time, after falling from a bike, when “insert adult figure” would wipe the raw skin with an alcohol swab to “make it better”? What is the crazy association of that alcohol burn with clean mean? If Honey Bee Gardens has anything to say about it then it means we are all wrong!


 

A true needs based company founded by a caring wife looking to help her husband out. the firm was developed based upon this following story as told from their history page:

“My husband hated shaving. His face would become red and irritated with the first swipe of a razor. I used to buy him expensive aftershaves and shaving potions, but nothing seemed to work (some even aggravated the problem). I had been growing and studying herbs for years, and decided to test some of that knowledge in order to save my husband’s face. It took time. My husband, acting as guinea pig, sampled formulas on almost a daily basis. One was too gentle. One wasn’t as soothing. With each trial, the results were documented. More research ensued. Finally, one day, he proclaimed, “This is it!”, and our Herbal Aftershave was born.”

Mrs. Buckley’s husband was facing a problem many men face and that is a harsh reaction to the skin drying and astringent properties of over the counter aftershaves. The idea behind standard aftershaves is to tighten the pores and seal any nicks or scrapes from infection. In addition standard aftershaves usually contain heavy perfumes to give them a “manly” scent that women crave… are guys crazy enough to buy that pitch?

The act of shaving is very burdensome on our bodies. Using a metal razor to trim facial hairs naturally involves some irritation of the upper layers of skin. Even with the latest in shaving technology blades will pull and tug the hair follicle causing irritation. A good aftershave therefore should provide cooling lotions to nourish the irritated skin and reduce the “burn” associated with shaving.

Honeybee Gardens’ Herbal Aftershave uses a blend of fresh herbs brewed for weeks and strained into a serum combined with aloe and essential oils to produce an aftershave that is cool to the skin and refreshing to apply. Light on perfume the company offers several mild scents obtained by altering the mixture of essential oils to produce the desired fragrance. The product is Vegan and Gluten Free and comes in 4oz sizes including the following scents: Bay Rum, Florida, Key Lime, Sandalwood, Vermont, and Unfragranced.


 

The Herbal Aftershave can be found here on the GoNayked.com marketplace where you can read more about the product and leave your own review of your experience. If like us, you don’t think that sting and pain equals good and clean then this product may be the answer you have been looking for in aftershave creams. Note: the product does have a few ingredients found on our skin irritation list and those are noted in the product description.

Guys Need to Take Care of Their Skin Too

Hanging out with some buddies the other night we started conversing about the habits of our significant others. One of the guys mentioned how his wife puts all these creams and treatments on before bed while he just scrubs with soap and water… and look at how “great I look” he proclaimed. To their surprise I dropped a logic bomb on them when I said “I wear makeup to bed”… a risky statement to say the least but a truthful one nonetheless. You see, even “dudes” need skincare too and finding the right products can make a huge difference in the quality of your life.


 

The Marlboro Man embodied the rough and rugged manly-man mystique that typical guys aspire too. Unfortunately the concept is a fallacy that has misled many tough guys into aging harshly. Skincare is not about looking pretty instead it is about taking care of you, your appearance, and your pocketbook. Fortunately for us there is a company out there producing high-end night serums that are perfect for a man’s face.

Real Purity is a company that sources all of their ingredients from natural and renewable sources. The company started the tradition 4 generations ago and has carried the tradition into modern days. By building their products upon a base of quality ingredients they avoid any harsh chemicals, fillers, and byproducts that can harm you or the environment. In fact most of the innuendo regarding “guys with makeup” is derived from the false marketing presented by other companies pushing lesser products made with non-organic and non-renewable products… slick marketing but no substance.

The largest organ on the human body is the skin and it is also one of the most important indicators for a host of social and psychological interactions within our society. “Looking good” is important in our society… like it or not. At night our skin, like the rest of the body, rejuvenates and repairs damage from the waking day. Ever noticed that after a nights sleep that the club stamp on the back of your hand is almost gone? The skin is shedding dead cells, repairing injured ones, and cycling your appearance through to a new look… literally.

Night serums (creams, lotions, etc) are intended to aid the skin in this process by providing vitamins, minerals, and moisture to support the process. The same benefits desired by your significant other can also benefit you including reduced wrinkle appearance, tone skin, even color, and a more youthful healthy appearance. Real Purity Night Repair Serum is an oil free product that feeds your skin throughout the night.

 


Having dropped the “I wear makeup” comments on the guys they didn’t poke fun because they secretly wondered what I had done to look so much younger and healthier. Armed with the confirmation that they too could take steps to look healthier and younger without giving up their masculinity the guys decided to give Real Purity a chance. Now you too can take a step to improve your look and health. Real Purity Night Repair Serum is available right here at Go-Nayked.com and will keep you looking as young as you feel… because even guys need to take care of their skin too.

Drunk as an Elephant?

Can elephants get drunk? This philosophical question has tortured people since the beginning of time…or at least since the 70s when drunken elephants were first caught on film after indulging in fruit from the Marula tree. Since then videos of these drunken elephants have gone viral. As it turns out, the video footage that started the rumor was a scam; the person who filmed the elephants had soaked the fruit in alcohol. Although the truth has since been revealed, the rumor has persisted. I guess people just need something to believe in – and if you can’t believe in a drunken elephant, what can you believe in?


 

Unlike the elephants, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine. But drinking alcohol causes dehydration and robs the skin of essential nutrients, which can lead to premature aging. Contrary to popular belief, rather than mimicking the effects of alcohol, the Marula fruit counteracts them with anti-aging properties. The oil from the fruit prevents premature aging by neutralizing free radicals, promoting collagen generation, and providing antioxidant protection.

Fortunately, we don’t need to go all the way to Africa to find this oil, thanks to a company called Drunk Elephant. Named after the Marula myth, Drunk Elephant offers a line of products that contain Marula oil and non-toxic, effective ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. Here are three ways that this fantastic company is doing their part to help you Go Nayked:

 


1. Quality over quantity
Unlike most companies that encourage us to purchase as many of their products as possible, Drunk Elephant recommends “paring down your routine to a few clean, selective products”. Since their products are good for all skin types, they have created a simple line of products, making it easy to figure out which ones work best for you. You no longer need to figure out your skin type, because at Drunk Elephant, a cleanser is a cleanser –period.

2. If there’s any doubt, it’s out
Drunk Elephant has a black list of 27 different classes of toxins that they refuse to use in their products. If there is any indication that a toxin could have negative health effects then it’s added to the blacklist, regardless of whether it is natural or synthetic. They value efficacy as much as health – so in addition to removing all toxic products they only include those products that are proven to be effective.

3. Free from fragrance
I know that grapefruit scented facewash is tempting, it sure looks refreshing, but scented products contain essential oils that irritate the skin. I suffered from acne as a teenager and into my twenties; for me, the simple solution was using a non-fragrant face wash. So why not give fragrance free a try – does anyone really smell your face?

 

I don’t know about you, but this weekend I’m going to kick-back and enjoy a guilt free glass of wine, knowing that Drunk Elephant has my back. To see which products Go Nayked approves see Drunk Elephant in our Marketplace.

50 year old cosmetics don’t seem to work… that may be about to change

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


I’m not old enough to think about rejuvenating my skin yet, but I’m concerned about it -not because of my age, but because I see people in their 30’s and 40’s wearing heavy makeups to cover wrinkles. It almost makes me think that all this cosmetic stuff is not working for people and they have to somehow cover their years with face powder. The reason I panic at this heavy makeup is because I remember my mother using the same technique to cover her age 20 years ago. It seems that not much has changed.


“WHERE DOES INNOVATION COME FROM?”

The cosmetics industry is supposed to be innovative with cutting-edge science but in reality seems to be regurgitating the same products over and over again. I believe it is time to use modern technology to give our skin what it needs. (standard moisturizers use a base of water which is as useful as splashing water from the faucet… it doesn’t help!)

The biggest profits are still made with outdated cosmetics. At Go-Nayked.com we spent countless hours researching the new science behind cosmetics. In a time when people are regularly taking space flights, biotechnology is on the brink of creating artificial organs and the internet is changing society at a rapid pace one would hope that there would be something, anything at all, just a tiny bit of info about new technology that big cosmetics companies use to actually help modern women and men.

We discovered nothing. From the big cosmetics companies you get all the usual nonsense about moisture, honey, natural ingredients and so on. This is what my mother bought some 20 years ago and is still being sold today. Everything started to make sense. If the outdated cosmetics are creating biggest profits, why would big cosmetics companies ever stop producing these useless creams and lotions?

Being a science guy and still having hope in humanity I decided we should dig deeper. This led us to smaller cosmetic companies that don’t have 100 years of history and are not selling 50 year old cosmetics. These are the companies that have to live on the quality of their product to start rising in the cosmetics business. The best way to fight big established brands is innovation. It is here where we uncovered true innovation in the cosmetics industry and why it is so difficult to see these high quality products being used by ordinary people.

One of the companies that crossed our radar for innovation in cosmetics is Juice Beauty. They use -check this out- stem cells as a skin rejuvenation agent. This is exactly the ground breaking innovation we were looking for. Seeing how stem cells can become any cell in the body – they can for example develop into heart cells and heal massive heart injuries (efficiency on heart-breaks is disputed, otherwise Taylor Swift would be Juice Beauty’s number 1 costumer) – it is easy to understand how stem cells in a face cream can develop into new skin cells and rebuild your skin. You can discover more about the innovative company employing stem cell technology in organic cosmetics at Juice Beauty.

In the end it will be up to these small companies and consumers like us to change the landscape of cosmetics. The science an dtech is out there to absolutely change skin care for the better… demand it, pay for it, and support it… big cosmetics companies will have to listen. As long as we support big cosmetics companies with their outdated products, these companies will not change. 

To see which products Go Nayked approves see Juice Beauty in our Marketplace.

Oxybenzone – the dark side of Sunscreens

What’s your idea of a perfect, sunny day? Perhaps, you favor a relaxing time on the beach. After carefully slathering your skin with a favorite sunscreen lotion, you love the experience of being in tune with nature; basking in the sun, enjoying the rhythmic swish of the waves and the gentle brush of the wind. As you delight in the caress of the golden rays on your skin, you blissfully drift asleep…

Wake up! What’s seeping into the pores of your skin is more than just sunlight! Harmful chemicals and toxins are entering your system surreptitiously and causing irreversible damage. You can’t take this with a ‘laid-back’ attitude anymore (pun unintended)!


 

Liberal, daily application of sunscreen may reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as protect your skin from wrinkles, but certain chemicals in sunscreens are claimed to be carcinogenic too. Is this then, a choice between the devil and the deep sea? And how are you to find the toxin from the long list on the label?

Face the Nayked truth – a major culprit is Oxybenzone (there are many ‘minor’ culprits like Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate and Octocrylene, and rest assured, they’ll all be brought to book). Oxybenzone is a hazardous chemical found in almost all sunscreens, and in most cosmetics. It penetrates the skin to enter your bloodstream, and causes cell damage. It mimics estrogen and induces hormonal disruptions. The endocrine and reproductive systems are affected. If your skin is not tingling with trepidation already, here’s more – Oxybenzone can trigger allergies, eczema or worse still, breast cancer! Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to consult their physicians, if they use Sunscreens regularly.

Our body is capable of absorbing and storing this toxin readily, and this is the biggest worry in the medical community. Accumulation of this chemical can affect your health in unpredictable ways. How many of us pause to read the concentration of Oxybenzone in Sunscreen creams? As they are so readily available OTC, we simply assume they must be safe. They are, IF the concentration of Oxybenzone is up to 6%. Otherwise it is mandatory for such products to be labeled, ‘contains Oxybenzone’. Sweden and Japan have banned the use of this ingredient. So should we!

Is any Sunscreen safe at all? Here’s the rule of thumb: If your Sunscreen visibly whitens your skin, then you are using a physical Sunscreen that is relatively safe. It typically contains Zinc and Titanium dioxide that block or reflect UV radiations, but do not absorb them. These are called Mineral Sunscreens and are considered less toxic in the EWG database. Of course, you’ll have to put up with that chalky-white residue, not to mention the hours spent in scrubbing it off! Carcinogenic toxins in your bloodstream seem the only alternative. So, better scrub than sorry?

Not necessarily!

The sunny news is that we, at GoNayked.com have done all the research, scoured the net, scrutinized formulations, and have come up with handful of safe Sunscreens, sans the ‘shady’ ingredients. These products are available for purchase on our website.

Cosmetics Natural vs Industrial

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


There are two questions I ask every time I see the cosmetics labeled ‘natural’.

 – Does it mean it’s better because it’s natural?
 – Are they trying to mug me in a smart and legitimate way?
My concern easily goes to my skin, not how the products were made. However, years of my experience -with both natural and industrially-made cosmetics- has taught me the importance of how the things I put on my face are actually manufactured.


Let us illustrate this by comparing it to food… because everybody loves food.

Industrial cosmetics are like fast food…
  – the cutting edge of beauty science, with the labs equipped with petri dishes and test tubes
  – developed by the big cosmetics industry to be effective, easily produced, market targeted and scalable

compare the above description,
  – to a fast food restaurant
   (You don’t really want to know where the meat comes from, how many times the oil was reused, but all-in-all flavor enhancers will ensure that you love your burger!)

VS.

Natural cosmetics are mom’s home made from scratch dinners…
  – their origins are plants and minerals (not synthetic compounds – this makes all the difference in the world.)
  – generally developed by smaller companies building a reputation on quality.
(Natural cosmetic producers go the extra mile to ensure that the Fresh Natural ingredients
 are included in their products.)

VS.


Meanwhile, 
Industrially-made cosmetics sometimes utilize chemical synthesis and petrochemical products for production. This may not significantly affect the effectiveness of the product but speaks volumes about the undesired chemicals included that can damage your skin in long term use -Synthetic by-products can also lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions.)


 

Now there’s the second part to this story – How to know you’re not getting mugged. When you are ready to pay more for truly-natural-products how can you be sure you are not being duped with industrially-made crème?)

1. Know that ‘Natural’ is just a word.
In cosmetics it usually describes a product without synthetic compounds, petrochemical, genetically modified organisms and so on. However, producers are free to claim their cosmetics to be ‘natural’ without much evidence of being natural. This is a marketing tactic that requires caution on your part.

2. Look for BDIH and NPA certifications
Fortunately, someone had a sense to create BDIH and NPA Certifications to reward the companies that create truly natural products. Lavera for instance is one of the most prominent brands for natural cosmetics. They have a double certified natural seal from BDIH and NPA Certification guaranteeing that their techniques are in line with natural cosmetics production.

Natural cosmetics are desired by consumers… the trick is identifying the real ones. With the help of Go-Nayked.com our hope is that in the future there will be a solid framework for declaring something ‘Natural’. Companies like Lavera are already on a good path to a truly more natural and toxic-free future.