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What is Rosacea?

Jonathan Minns

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes facial flushing, redness and sensitivity across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It can also cause redness and irritation on the scalp, eyes, ear and neck. People with fair skin and that blush easily are most likely to experience Rosacea.

Our body has chemicals called histamines and when they are released into our bloodstream, they cause itching and flushing.

What triggers Rosacea?

  • Foods like bananas, dairy-based products, caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol.
  • Stress (staying up pasture bedtime . . .)
  • Extreme weather temperatures or sudden changes of temperature (like going from the cold air-conditioned office to outside in the heat of summer) or if it's very windy outside.
  • Skin care - skin often becomes hypersensitive when Rosacea flares up. Make sure your range is suitable for sensitive skin (we've herd MooGoo is good)
  • Some medications (particularly the use of antibiotics long-term)
  • There have been some studies that indicate Rosacea can also be caused by an imbalance in the gut flora, which is often treated by antibiotics or diet. We would certainly recommend you do your own research as well to narrow down what is triggering yours.
  • How can I help my skin?

Our Milk Wash is made using a combination of gentle, natural, low-irritant cleansers that will provide a very gentle and thorough cleanse, and is ideal for Rosacea as it had the same irritation score as water. 

We have always recommended our Soothing MSM Cream to help soothe Rosacea. It has yummy skin repair ingredients in it as well as MSM (organic Sulphur), which is renowned for its skin calming properties. 

A good moisturiser will help to restore the skin's barrier and guard against flare-ups from occurring due to your surrounding environment, and will also help to soothe your skin. 

Is MooGoo Organic?

Jonathan Minns

To Be Organic or Not To Be? That is often the question!

Some of the most common questions we get asked are...

"Is MooGoo certified organic?"
"Are MooGoo ingredients organic?" or
"Why aren't you certified organic?"

It seems virtually everything these days is 'Certified Organic' from apples to hairsprays, but this is a trend we've resisted. 

To gain the Australian Certified Organic label, skin care products must follow standards set by the respective certifying body which ensures that a certain percentage of ingredients have been grown without toxins or other chemical inputs. 

For consumers, such a label creates the notion that the products are higher quality and healthier. 

So why is the organic logo not of interest to MooGoo?

Organic certification can be very useful when it comes to unprocessed food to ensure it is free of pesticides and not genetically modified. However, when it comes to skincare, ingredients are usually refined in order to draw out the pure oils and other cosmetic grade ingredients. Impurities and unwanted components are filtered out which means they become free of pesticides. Cosmetic grade ingredients, whether natural, organic or synthetic, need to be delivered with purity standards. 

We have instead chosen to focus on natural, edible ingredients based on how much they help the skin rather than whether or not they get the tick of approval by organic certifying bodies. Natural is almost always best in our opinion. However, just because an ingredient is natural doesn't mean it is necessarily safe and effective. For those with eczema and other skin problems, some natural ingredients just aren't suitable in our opinion. 

Tea Tree, for example, is an essential oil with wonderful antibacterial properties but it can be extremely sensitising for some when applied to the skin! So it's not something suited to our products which are designed for those with sensitive skin. There may be some synthetic alternatives less irritating that perform the same function. Quite a few essential oils are not safe for pregnant women and of course, many natural ingredients are actually quite toxic if ingested, whether organic or not. At MooGoo, we choose ingredients that are effective, not irritating for most people and are safe when ingested. 

There are many excellent certified organic brands out there and we think it is great that there has been a shift towards the use of chemical-free cosmetics in Australia. For our particular brand which focuses on natural products for babies and adults with skin problems or very sensitive skin, organic certification would not offer any extra improvement over what we already do. For us, it is much more important to focus on the ingredients themselves rather than whether or not the supplier has contributed to an organic labelling scheme.

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Are your Candles killing you?

Amanda Christer

According to the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States (EPA), “Candles with lead wicks have the potential to generate indoor airborne lead concentrations of health concern. It is also possible for consumers to unknowingly purchase candles containing lead wick cores and repeatedly expose themselves to harmful amounts of lead through regular candle-burning.”

They also go on to say that regardless of the lack of lead, burning several paraffin wax candles exceeded the EPA’s standards and posed an increased risk for cancer because of the acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and acrolein levels. All those chemicals, along with many others are not healthy or good for our bodies and most especially our lungs.

Paraffin wax candles also produce soot – that black stuff caused from the flickering flame. “When soot is airborne, it is subject to inhalation. The particles can potentially penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs, the lower respiratory tract and alveoli (Krause, 1999).”

Not only are people with asthma more susceptible to the effects of burning paraffin wax candles, but also the elderly and children. Science has proven that a child’s tiny body is negatively affected by chronic low-level lead exposure. Burning paraffin wax candles that contain lead wicks is definitely in the category of low-level lead exposure.

Low-level exposure to lead mainly affects the central nervous system and can cause:

  • Neurobehavioral changes
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Increased Depression
  • Phobic Anxiety Symptoms
  • Mood and Personality changes
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Changes in Sleep patterns
  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning difficulties
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing

Are you looking at those candles sitting on the shelves of your home a little differently now?