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The Sahara desert – only the strongest can survive in such a harsh climate: extreme heat, cold, wind and almost no water. The few plants that can live there are true survival artists. The cactus Opuntia ficus-indica has adapted to survive in these most extreme climatic conditions, developing very beneficial adaptogenic properties to protect and regenerate the skin.

This cactus belongs to the adaptogenic plants, which helps the body’s adrenal system responds to physical, biological and chemical stressors.

The seeds of the Opuntia ficus-indica are cold pressed to extract the oil from its interior. To obtain 1 liter of the scarce and highly effective cactus oil, it is necessary to press the seeds of 1000 kilos of its fruits. Its extraordinary balance of Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is able to regenerate and revive all skin types, from dry to oily.

This golden elixir also contains the vitamins E and K that soften the skin, and contains moisturizing and nourishing fatty acids that prevent the formation of wrinkles, making prickly pear oil a powerful anti-ageing treatment. True organic cosmetics would be unimaginable without it.

It also contains betalains and phenolic compounds that have a great capacity to fight inflammations, which helps irritated skins. It also illuminates skin tone and reduces dark circles.

To combat the stress our skin is exposed to every day, we have selected the most powerful adaptogenic plants such as the cactus Opuntia ficus-indica as ingredients for our high-performance skincare products; among others the SMOOTH ADDICTION total hydration balm and the MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION restructuring oil serum.

 

Native to the Mediterranean region, the medicinal plant rosemary, originally called Rosmarinus officinalis, belongs to the mint family and has various health and beauty benefits.

Fresh or dried rosemary leaves are a good source of vitamin C and they are also contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Rosemary has numerous uses and benefits for your mind and body.

  • Boosts memory
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Detoxifies the body
  • It also has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Rosemary is not only a great addition to your diet, it’s also used as a beauty remedy due to its anti-aging and healing properties. This medicinal plant alleviates blemishes and helps to create a natural glow. Furthermore it also helps to treat stretch marks, cellulite and dandruff.

It’s for these reasons that we chose to use this powerful medicinal plant in our WAY TO RADIANCE Profound Nourishing Cream Concentrate.

The skin can absorb this cream immediately and it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.

It leaves the skin profoundly nourished, which over time creates a healthy glow.

More than half of the products in the supermarket contain palm oil and maybe even your investment fund.

It is very hard to avoid palm oil today, as it is included in food, cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products. Even a conscious consumer almost can’t avoid using it, since there is only an obligation to declare palm oil on food products. In cosmetics and cleaning products palm oil is used in a modified way and therefore gets a new name such as Stearate SE or Cetearyl Alcohol. All LE PURE products are palm oil free and we support campaigns such as Zero Palmöl and are listed in their product database.

Below you can find a list of ingredients that contain or are likely to contain palm oils:

–  Vegetable Oil

–  Vegetable Fat

–  Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^

–  Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^

–  Palm Kernel#

–  Palm Oil Kernel #

–  Palm Fruit Oil #

–  Palmate #

–  Palmitate #

–  Palmolein #

–  Glyceryl Stearate #

–  Stearic Acid #

–  Elaeis Guineensis #

–  Palmitic Acid #

–  Palm Stearine #

–  Palmitoyl oxostearamide #

–  Palmitoyl tetrapeptide3 #

–  Steareth 2 *

–  Steareth 20 *

–  Sodium Kernelate #

–  Sodium Palm Kernelate #

–  Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^

–  Hyrated Palm Glycerides #

–  Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^

–  Cetyl Palmitate #

–  Octyl Palmitate #

–  Cetyl Alcohol ^

–  Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

Are you investing in palm oil without knowing it?

A new report by the Friends of the Earth US (FoE) states that some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements.

FoE and As You Sow have developed a new database where members of the public can search for the name of their fund to see what palm oil holdings, and the value of the assets, are in the portfolio.

 

Preparing your skin for the summer should be done well in advance of long sunbathing sessions. The ideal preparation already starts months before. The skin has the ability to protect itself and this ability, just like a muscle, needs to be trained. Sunscreen, especially chemical filters, should be used in a very limited way, as there are better ways to protect your skin from the sun.

Our skin needs sunlight to synthesise vitamin D, which is very important for our skin, bones and immune system. Therefore gradual tanning is the best way to get the sunlight your body needs, without damaging your skin. Start with a few minutes and then increase day by day). Use physical protection (hat, long sleeves, etc.), if the sun is very strong or if you have been exposed already for a while.

Another way is to help the skin from the inside. Certain foods increase the activities of the melanocytes, which are synthesising the skin pigment melanin. Green and orange plants are the ideal allies to help your skin: pumpkin, carrots, spinach, mangold, parsley, mint, green tea and also berries activate the skin’s autoprotection. You should start eating a few weeks before sunbathing.