Our Promise: Skin Care the Way Nature Intended

Our Promise

Skin care the way nature intended: Our products are packed full of rich plant based ingredients that contain well known healing properties. Paired with healthy oils and butters like hemp, shea, and jojoba for deep moisturizing conditioning. Your skin will drink up these products like a tall glass of mint iced tea on a hot summer day.

 

 

But, hang on a moment. What isn’t in our products is just as important as what is! You will not find chemical preservatives of any kind in our ingredient lists! Our products are proud to be:

Paraben-Free
Petroleum-Free
Alcohol-Free
Synthetic-Free
Formaldehyde-Free
Artificial Fragrance-Free
Sodium Benzoate-Free
Cruelty-Free

Our Promise means everything to us because we know it means a lot to you. Great skin care isn’t just for humans anymore. Our animal friends deserve all natural first aid products that promote healing without risky chemicals. Check them out.

Pet CBD Calming Spray

Working with the animal’s ECS, Cannabidiol will help your pet relieve anxiety, naturally.

We’ve seen CBD do a lot more than just help to calm your pet but suggest that you do your own research and talk to your pet’s veterinarian about how CBD could benefit your furry, feathered or scaley friend.

For use, simply spray 1 to 2 times into the mouth. Alternatively, you can also spray on food or treats and achieve effective dosing.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, stimulates the animal’s EndoCannabinoid System, causing relief from numerous symptoms and conditions including:

Anxiety     Inflammation  Anxiety    Inflammation    Arthritis   Joint & Mobility  Seizures Issues  Allergies    Digestive Issues  Cancer    Muscle Spasms  Nausea    Skin Conditions  Pain    And more!

Cannabidiol is safe to use alongside any medications, supplements, or with any special diets.

Non-psychoactive
Legal without a prescription
Veterinarian recommended

Note: Although Federal Regulation hinder research on this topic, many individuals have used CBD on their animals to achieve these results.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a physician or veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Fun in the Garden

Fun in the Garden at Every Age

Gardening is an excellent pastime for people of any age. It brings color and life to yards, delivers wholesome nutrition to dinner plates, and even improves wellbeing. But many people are intimidated by gardening. Perhaps they believe they don’t have a green thumb, or a dead houseplant has discouraged their horticultural dreams. But gardening is a hobby that’s accessible to anyone, no matter your experience or age. Here’s how kids, adults, and seniors can help in the garden and reap the many benefits it offers.

Kids in the Garden

Getting kids involved in the garden can require a little creativity. Kids may view gardening as just another chore, or an unwelcome distraction from video games and time with friends. But parents who don’t invite their children into the vegetable patch are doing them a disservice, because gardening brings big benefits to kids’ health.

 

While tasks must be tailored to skill level, kids of any age can lend a hand in the garden.

 

  1. Toddlers and preschoolers can help parents dig holes for seeds and seedlings, water plants, and harvest hardy plants like carrots and radishes. Plucking and tasting veggies fresh out of the garden instills an early love of healthy foods, while handling small plants and seeds hones fine motor skills.
  2. Elementary schoolers are ready to start learning about the science behind making plants grow. Get them involved in starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and watering on a regular schedule. Turn it into a science project by measuring rainfall and plant growth, identifying weeds and pests, and introducing beneficial insects to feast on nuisance bugs.
  3. Middle schoolers can take on a garden project of their own. Being in charge of plants all season long is a valuable lesson in responsibility, even if little survives. At this age, kids become more self-directed as they start gravitating toward the aspects of gardening that interest them most.
  4. High school students can be challenging to engage, but interested teens can accomplish a lot in the garden. Encourage high schoolers to spearhead a big garden project based on their interests. That may be constructing raised beds, experimenting with plant breeding, or raising a flock of chickens for eggs or meat.

Adults in the Garden

It can be difficult to maintain a hobby into adulthood. As responsibilities pile on, free time decreases and favorite activities get pushed aside. But gardening and its meditative nature offer an important counterbalance to everyday life. Here’s how adults of all ages can get busy in the garden:

 

  1. Young adults can make the most of gardening’s popularity, and coax friends into the garden. Time spent weeding can be exchanged for shared wine and vibrant veggies, combining socialization and gardening for a big mental health benefit. During the time when people are at the most risk for developing unhealthy habits such as addiction or other destructive behaviors, gardening can offer a positive focus.
  2. Middle-aged adults are some of the most enthusiastic gardeners. As they become homeowners, adults in this age group can truly start investing in their garden. This can mean adding irrigation, permanent structures like raised beds and gazebos, and perennial plants and trees. Only a few hours on weekends and evenings are necessary to create a gorgeous garden and enjoy its stress-busting health perks.
  3. Seniors may derive the greatest gardening benefits of any age group. Gardening helps seniors strengthen balance and functional mobility, which lets them live an independent lifestyle for longer. Gardening is easily adapted to the needs of seniors. Seniors who use a wheelchair or have other mobility challenges can use accessible raised beds, while others can work in short bursts and use gardening chairs and knee pads to maximize comfort. As they get older, perennial plants let seniors enjoy seasonal bounties without the work of planting an annual vegetable garden.

 

Gardening is a hobby that transcends age. From toddlers tasting garden-fresh produce for the first time to elderly adults calming their minds with time in the garden, everyone can find a reason to dig in outdoors.

 

Author: Maria Cannon

Image via Pixabay

New Look, Same Great Products

Hey There Skin Care Fans!

We’ve got some exciting news to share. We’ve updated the look of some of our product packaging. You’ll notice a few changes have already been made and probably a few more to come while we roll out this new look. But don’t worry, the contents of the packages will be the same high quality all natural skin care.


 

 


You’ll notice the original floral girl logo on all of our products will show you the way to great skin care. As always, we will keep Our Promise to use only all natural food grade ingredients in our products.

 

CVS Pulls Beauty and Personal Care Products After Study Finds Chemicals Dangerous

We are thrilled when we see others join The Chemical-Free Revolution. But it’s not everyday that a retail giant like CVS takes this huge leap to acknowledge the impact these toxic substances have on our lives. Here at Willow Creek Springs, that makes our heart go pitter-pat to see the number of lives that will be improved and possibly saved by this change, and we applaud CVS. They’ve even pulled their own store brand products off the shelves to ensure their customer’s safety.

Talk about spring cleaning.

CVS announced plans Thursday to remove controversial chemicalsparabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde donors (preservative ingredients that can release formaldehyde over time) — from store-brand products, including nearly 600 beauty and personal care items from CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines.

 The October 2016 peer-reviewed study findings state that these chemicals, known best as Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are causing wide-spread health problems and is costing hundreds of billions in health care. The exposure in the USA contributes to disease and dysfunction, with annual costs taking up more than 2% of the GDP.

While all personal products on CVS shelves currently meet FDA standards — as would those of all major drugstore chains — Schade says that a growing body of scientific evidence has linked exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products to an epidemic of the above-mentioned diseases on the rise. “A recent peer-reviewed study found that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as flame retardants, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA) cost the United States more than $340 billion in health costs a year,” says Schade.

What is Dimethicone? It is also a EDC, endocrine-disrupting chemical.

The purpose of these chemicals is to preserve the ingredients for longer shelf life but the longer they sit, the more toxic they become. Natural ingredients provide tried and true benefits to skin with no drawbacks. Chemical and artificial ingredients don’t nourish skin.

That’s why we are passionate about what we do here at Willow Creek Springs. Body organs aren’t all internal like the brain or the heart. There’s one we wear on the outside. Skin is our largest organ—adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. Yet so many don’t realize that commercial skin care products contain these endocrine disrupting chemicals and are using them on a regular basis. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, antiperspirant and deodorant, skin care, topical medications, cosmetics, beauty creams and bath products could all contain these chemical ingredients.

It is not just cheap brands either. Some of the top products on the market still contain these dangerous contaminants. The exposure that we subject ourselves to on a daily basis is much more than we realize and it’s impact is on our health. If you haven’t made the switch yet or know someone who hasn’t, share this information.

Originally published by Yahoo in Beauty (Photo: CVS)

What is Dimethicone?

You can hardly pick up a skin care, makeup, or hair care product these days without reading “dimethicone” on the ingredient list. Why are so many products suddenly using it, and should you be concerned?

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone (also known as polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) is technically called a silicone-based polymer. More simply, it’s a silicone oil with certain properties that make it extremely popular in today’s personal care properties.

What companies really like about this ingredient is that it provides a smooth application. For skin care products, it fills in uneven texture and fine lines, which helps create a smooth and flawless look in products like primers, foundations, and lotions. It also provides a protective cover on skin, which is supposed to help keep moisture in, leaving skin hydrated for longer.

In hair care products, dimethicone is used to provide smoothness, particularly in conditioners and detanglers, where the ingredient helps smooth hair and provide better comb-through. Because dimethicone leaves a sort of covering on the hair strands, it can also make hair appear shinier.

Is it Safe?

The FDA approved dimethicone for personal care products, and it is generally considered to be safe to use. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) also evaluated the scientific data and concluded that it was safe for use in cosmetics. The Skin Deep Database also marks this ingredient with a low hazard rating. The only possible side effects listed are dryness, slight irritation, and allergic reactions.

This tells us little, however, about what this ingredient may do to the skin. Scientifically, it may not cause cancer or other obvious harm, but should you be applying this ingredient every day to your skin? I’m hoping you don’t!

What are the Concerns?

The first concern with this ingredient is that it covers the skin. Manufacturers may think that’s a benefit, but we don’t. Imagine having a thin, rubber-like cover over your face all day. Does it sound healthy? It’s not.

Not only are you missing out on truly moisturizing ingredients like natural oils, extracts, and shea butter, but you’re interfering with the skin’s natural processes, like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, and the like. Prolonged exposure can increase skin irritation and create a dependency on the product. Just like petroleum jelly, dimethicone can actually end up drying your skin the more you use it, as it interferes with the natural hydrating processes, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Here’s something even worse: Have you noticed, since using these new products with dimethicone, that your skin is breaking out more? No surprise, as the covering and trapping property of dimethicone means that it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities. That means those prone to acne or with oily skin are more likely to see increased blackheads and breakouts when using products containing this ingredient.

There is also some concern that dimethicone is hurting the environment. It is non-biodegradable, which means that it can pollute our environment during both the manufacturing process and after it’s used, in the disposable process.

What Should I Do?

Your skin doesn’t need chemicals to look healthy and smooth. The way to truly beautiful skin is to nourish it, both inside and out with natural ingredients. Avoiding this product is simple and complicated at the same time. Simple, because you can find it (and related cousins listed below) by simply reading the ingredient list. Complicated, because you’ll find this ingredient in thousands of products out there.

The answer? Purchase your skin care products from conscientious manufacturers who care about using truly nourishing ingredients. As for hair care products? The ingredient is less likely to cause any personal adverse effects when used on the hair, as long as you don’t soak in it (as in a bath) afterwards.

  • Methicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Dimethicone copolyol

Read up on other chemicals found in commercial products.

No Artificial Fragrances

How do I know if essential oils are used for fragrance versus artificial/synthetic fragrance or perfume?

Read the ingredients listing on your products. If you see the word ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ or ‘parfum’, you will know that synthetic/artificial fragrance has been added. Keep in mind that products that also use essential oils and/or tout themselves as being “natural” can still use artificial fragrances or perfumes. This allows them the opportunity to market the use of essential oils, however it does not limit their ability to supplement with artificial fragrance. Be aware of what you are feeding to your skin. 

Willow Creek Springs uses only food grade ingredients including high quality essential oils in our All Natural Hemp Skin Care products so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals.

Food For Your Skin

FOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Your skin is your bodies largest organ and absorbs at least 60% of whatever you put on it. We don’t think about our skin much, but what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your mouth. Just as we’ve learned to read our food labels, we should learn to read our skincare labels as thoroughly.  Like most of us, we get past the 5th ingredients and can’t even pronounce what’s on the label. Here is a handy infographic on what ingredients to avoid.

Food for your skin is maybe a new way of thinking, but trust me, your skin will know the difference and will thank you. Petroleum products leave a near impenetrable layer on your skin, trapping things out and in. Maybe you are asking yourself, “so what?” Our skin actually needs to breath, we excrete sweat and toxins through our skin. You are also trapping all those chemical preservatives IN your skin – ick! If you’re product contains alcohol, that is actually drying and harsh on the skin. See reference: https://www.mdguidelines.com/toxic-effects-isopropyl-alcohol

So what are we actually doing to our skin? Stressing out our cells and weakening our immune system’s first line of defense. Check out the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/ (Note the reference to cosmotologists in this article as being at risk!)

Willow Creek Springs All Natural Hemp Healing Skincare line is produced farm fresh from the garden. Organically grown herbs and botanicals combined with a proprietary blend of food grade hemp seed & olive oils and other natural ingredients like organic aloe, comfrey, and rosemary.  Free of nasty toxins, preservatives, chemicals, parabens, phthalates, petroleum products and genetically modified organisms. Our products are handmade in small batches to ensure freshness. Do you know how long your other products sat on a shelf and in distribution before it got to you? That’s why it needs all those chemicals and preservatives.
Your skin may even need to “readjust” to your new all natural products. If you have used synthetic, chemically-laden products for years, the current layer of epidermis will be working through it’s cycle of renewal to exfoliate out the dead skin cells that have been “sluggish”, like a tarnished coat of armor. Your newer, fresher, healthy skin will drink in it’s new found, richly nourishing food and restore your skin to it’s natural glowing, strong protective partner in health it should be.

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Top 8 Natural Oils to Improve Skin Health

Botanical oils for hair and skin care are receiving a lot of attention lately but they’ve actually been used for thousands of years. Natural oils have been used throughout time as countless civilizations have explored the power of botanical oils as used in medicine, aromatherapy and cosmetics, dating back as far as 3500 BC. It’s no secret that all natural foods fuel our bodies but what about our skin? By far the largest and most exposed organ in our body is our skin and it needs direct nutrition in order to stay healthy.

Here’s a list of the top eight natural oils that feed your skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a unique oil with many benefits. Its hydrating properties make it an exceptional moisturizer for smooth skin. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, with the power to quench free radicals, shrink wrinkles and delay the aging process. Other benefits include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, so it can be used to help heal bug bites, rashes, and even eczema.

Olive Oil

Naturally, olive oil is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it superb for hair, skin, and nails. One of the most profound benefits of olive oil for skin care is how quickly and easily it softens dry skin.

Grapeseed Oil

You may think that you shouldn’t add oil to already oily skin, but in this case, grapeseed oil is a fantastic contradiction. Grapeseed oil can help close pores and tighten skin, thus helping to stop acne yet moisturize at the same time. It also has skin brightening properties making it a good treatment for dark under eye circles, and its antioxidant properties will help fight the fine lines and wrinkles of aging skin.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is full of vitamins A, B and E, so it bathes your skin with vitamins that can nourish as well as delay and reduce wrinkles. It has the ability to get deep down into your skin, which helps improve and maintain moisture and softness. The anti-inflammatory properties of almond oil also make it good for irritated skin, with the ability to calm skin allergies, chapped skin and minor wounds.

Jojoba Oil

One of the most common uses for jojoba oil is to treat acne. Many acne products on the shelf actually contain animal fat which can clog pores even more. Jojoba oil is a natural alternative that is non-greasy and therefore helps dissolve oil production. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help it to reduce swelling and redness in acne as well as sunburns, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis.

Hempseed Oil

Oil pressed from seeds of the hemp genus cannabis sativa is rich in essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 as well as gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. Hemp oil can prevent moisture loss in the skin and help prevent premature aging, and is effective in maintaining moisture balance. It can also be useful in alleviating certain skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil has anti-oxidant properties. As an anti-aging treatment it can repair the damage caused by free radicals and also stop further damage. The result is moisturized, tightened and rejuvenated skin that looks and feels younger. It also has various anti-septic, anti-viral and disinfectant properties that cure infections and soothe skin conditions like rashes, sores and psoriasis.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is used to fight the impacts of damaged skin such as wounds, cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and insect bites. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce blotchiness and redness (evening out skin tone) and its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties can speed healing and reduce scarring. As an added bonus, it also has aromatherapy effects that help calm and relax you.

This list shows that there is a botanical oil for every skin type and every skin condition. While many commercial products on the shelf will promise the same results, most contain harsh and dangerous chemicals. Plant-based oils provide safe and effective treatment and maintenance.