Jean Franklin has worked extensively for many years in the cosmetic industry but eventually realised there was a need for chemical free products after hearing continuous complaints relating to skin allergies and skin sensitivity which are on the increase!
That was six years ago when she got to work with an experienced research and development team and developed HerbAfrique, a scientifically formulated herbal product skin care and treatment range which is totally home grown. She calls it ‘Nature’s 911’ in health and herbs!!
Jean hopes that people will eventually start to change their buying habits and think twice before using synthetic cosmetics.
‘Our skin absorbs 60% of the product applied to our bodies. Our skin is more than just an outer covering – it is actually a vital organ that has the tough job of blocking out all the bad elements – bacteria, viruses, pollution and chemicals. It also has to protect and nourish our body. It is not that easy to try and limit the amount of chemicals we put into or onto our body – we eat healthily, choose organic foods, but our skin is still exposed to many other chemicals every day!’ she says.
There are certainly many man-made products that have become invaluable to society, but some of these innovations are simply harmful. Nowhere is it more apparent than when we use harsh synthetic ingredients on our skin.
Natural products far better tolerated by skin
The human system is far more tolerant of plant extracts than synthetically produced chemicals:
- Plants contain minerals, vitamins and trace elements which are readily absorbed by the skin, therefore, having a far more beneficial effect in softening wrinkles, moisturising, reducing oiliness and skin disorders such as eczema, acne and blotchiness
- Skin allergies and skin sensitivities is on the increase because of artificial fragrances, parabens (preservatives) and too high sunscreens
- Herbs have a balancing affect (homeostasis) which will eventually normalise the functioning of the skin.
- HerbAfrique has a range of 100% natural creams which contain no mineral oil, aqueous, petrochemicals, parabens, artificial fragrance or colourants. These feather light moisturising/nourishing creams are made from Olive oil and beeswax which are preserved and stabilised with Vitamin E, citrus extracts and Rosemary oil.
Even in the manufacturing process, the oils are never heated. These creams contain strong anti-oxidizing properties, which are perfect for the most sensitive and hypo-allergenic of skins. Appropriate herbs have been added for their respective actions. For example, the clear skin range is great for treating skin complaints such as acne, and removing harmful bacteria from the skin. The kit contains skin resque gel, a 3-way facial wash and longevity capsule. By following the daily programme you will be on your way to clearer skin without absorbing harmful chemicals.
There is also a selection of herbal remedies that can be used for a variety of ailments. The ‘herbs and spices’ bath crystals and muscle resque gel are great to use when you suffer from colds and ‘flu; Colon resque capsules are used to treat conditions such as I.B.S problems; the 4-1 SPF25 Sun Resque for sun protection, sun burn and an insect repellent. If you suffer from circulatory problems, poor concentration, or acne why not try the Longevity capsules or perhaps try the Joint Resque capsules for arthritis?
Why not treat your skin to the relaxing chamomile and lavender range, which both contain sea crystals and handmade soap bars, or perhaps even an African mud mask which enhances cell renewal, slowing the ageing process and softening the face.