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May 17, 2018

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Top 10 Toxic Skin Care Ingredients (Avoid Putting On Your Skin At All Costs)

You've probably heard about all the hidden chemicals and health risks surrounding so many of the beauty and skin care products on the market, but what exactly are they and will you ever be able to put on your lotion or eye cream again in peace — without wondering if you're poisoning your body?

The answer is yes!

The key to healthy beauty care is to understand what’s really underneath the lid. While that may seem like a lot of work, you just have to know what to keep your eyes open for. And once you know what to look for, you can add yourself among the rapidly growing group of empowered consumers who are asking questions and being justifiably snobby about their product choices.

To help you in this mission to makeover your personal stock of cosmetics, we’ve put together a list of 10 ingredients you should avoid in anything you buy. By steering clear of these nasties, you can rest assured that whatever you’re putting on your skin isn’t harming it.

1. parabens

Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about any cream you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors! All signs point to skin care products being the cause.

Because of this, there is a growing concern that excessive use of parabens may give rise to breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men. Although there haven’t been any conclusive studies proving this, it should be enough to make you concerned. In fact, it’s why there are so many “paraben-free” items popping up in the supermarket and pharmacies around the country.

Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:

  • benzylparaben
  • butyiparaben
  • propylparaben
  • methylparaben
  • ethylparaben
  • isobutylparaben

2. phthalates

This hard to pronounce class of substances is found in just about everything, even you. A study done by the US Centers for Disease Control found a trace of it in every single person they analyzed. This is problematic because phthalates – which are used in cosmetics and also in many plastic objects – have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.

Here’s the tricky part: phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label of your favored products, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to determine their presence. Want a hint? They’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.

3. benzoyl peroxide

Over the last decade, the popularity of pimple-zapping products has skyrocketed. benzoyl peroxide is responsible for this, but you should be wary about using it. That’s because it’s been linked with the promotion of tumor growth. Horrifying, don’t you think?

Beyond that, it produces toxic effects in the body simply through inhalation, and is a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. As if that isn’t bad enough, it’s extremely toxic if you swallow it. Awful!

4. triclosan

Technically a pesticide – at least according to the Environmental Protection Agency – triclosan is a popular ingredient in just about any product claiming antibacterial properties. It works very well at killing bacteria, and that’s actually the problem: not all bacteria are bad for you, and furthermore, some experts speculate widespread of this chemical could give rise to “superbugs” – harmful bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s not all; triclosan has been shown to work as both a hormone and thyroid disruptor. On top of that, it’s terrible for the environment. So put your inner germaphobe at ease and know that water and natural hand soap will more than handle your daily hand-washing needs.

5. resorcinol

Why is it that resorcinol – a popular ingredient in bleaches – is restricted in federal government buildings, but is used freely in so many hair color products? That probably doesn’t sound right to you, and that’s because it isn’t. Not at all!

Resorcinol is a known skin irritant that has been shown in studies to disrupt healthy thyroid function in animals. It’s also a common cause of dye allergy that so many women find themselves bothered by. You don’t want this in your hair, or anywhere for that matter!

6. hydroquinone

As a skin lightener that reduces dark blemishes caused by everything from medical reactions to bruising, hydroquinone sounds too good to be true. You guessed it… that’s because it is.

Hydroquinone reduces the melanin in your skin to get rid of those unsightly marks, but in doing so, it hurts your skin in many ways. First of all, it’s permanently altering your pigment while also weakening the elastin and collagen in your problem area – the very things that are key to keeping your skin firm and youthful! Some people get unsightly blotches after using hydroquinone, and far more get contact dermatitis or have allergic reactions after regular use. Considering how easily it irritates your skin, it’s a wonder that it’s used at all. Finally, like so many ingredients on this list, there is some suspicion that it’s a carcinogen. The results aren’t worth the harm it causes.

7. petroleum

Here’s a sneaky one. Petroleum pops up in so many cosmetics products, it’s ridiculous. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s the very same substance from which your motor oil is made.

It hides behind many names that you should familiarize yourself with. They are:

  • Petrolatum
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • Mineral oil
  • Liquid paraffin

As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it. It’s because it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. Cancer from your moisturizer? No thank you.

8. methylisothiazolinone

Just the name alone is intimidating. Thankfully known as MIT for short, methylisothiazolinone is an increasingly common antibacterial preservative in everything from baby shampoo to moisturizer. Unfortunately, studies have shown that it contains neurotoxic properties that should be of great concern to all consumers.

In studies with rats, a mere 10 minutes of exposure to MIT was enough to cause brain cell damage. Further studies concluded that low concentrations of MIT during neural development increased the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. Furthermore, the Environmental Working Group has classified it as a skin sensitizer and irritant.

The argument often made by skin care companies is that MIT is used in very small concentrations, usually in products that are meant to be rinsed off, thus reducing your exposure to the chemical. Considering the seriousness of its side effects, it’s probably best that you limit your exposure to it completely, wouldn’t you agree?

9. oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen products on the shelves of your favorite store. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to skin irritation and allergies, hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.

What’s scary is that a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that oxybenzone is present in the urine of 97% of Americans. How much of it have we been exposed to, and how is it affecting us in ways that we don’t quite understand yet? With figures like these, chances are it’s already in your system, so you want to limit your future exposure to it as much as possible.

10. artificial dyes and synthetic colors

Whether you’re donning a shocking hot pink lipstick, a classic rouge to make those cheekbones pop, or rebellious black nail polish, if your favorite cosmetics are conventional, chances are they are just as dangerous as they are fabulous.

Many of the products you have are likely made with synthetic colors that are made from coal tar. Though pretty, these harsh artificial colors have been shown in studies to be carcinogenic and are likely to cause skin sensitivity and irritation due to the heavy metals they deposit on your skin when you use them. You don’t want that, so if you have any products that were made with synthetic colors, toss them in the bin don’t buy any more! Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to determine if that color in your favorite lipstick is real or not: just check the ingredients, and if you see anything listed beginning with FD&C or D&C, you know it isn’t what you really want.

So the next time one of those perfumed lab-coats at the mall pulls you aside to offer you a sample of Company X’s new Luxuriously Lovely Lip Enhancer, tell her thanks but no thanks, and proceed either online or to your nearest organic grocery for superior alternatives. You’ll be amazed at how much is out there!

Of course, you can always give us a try too… click here!

Written By Annmarie Skin Care

February 02, 2016

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Camel Milk Available in Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Region

The long anticipated wait is over! Desert Farms camel milk has finally reached the shelves of Whole Foods Market in Maryland, Pennsylvania, D.C. Virginia and Ohio! Whole Foods is known for their high quality nutritious and natural/organic products, and environmentally friendly image; two qualities that Desert Farms products fit perfectly into— it’s a match made in heaven!

 

 Whole Foods Midatlantic Stores

 

 

Desert Farms provides fresh Camel milk with high protein content, high calcium absorption rate, high GABA content, and much more. Furthermore, our sustainable packaging (recyclable BPA free packaging) and Desert Farms’ Amish camel farmers embody Desert Farms’ eco-friendly attitude. We provide the freshest Raw and Pasteurized camel milk in the U.S. We want to make camel milk’s amazing taste and nutritious benefits more available to you, so we will continue to be seen in more stores throughout the country!

 

 

May 13, 2014

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(Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) What You Need to Know

No Connection between US Camels and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

What you need to know:

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, MERS is a viral respiratory illness spread from infected patients to others in close contact.  The origin of MERS is not known, but antibodies to the disease have been found in some camels in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and ina bat in Saudi Arabia.

There are no cases of camels in the US with MERS and no evidence of the virus in US camels. Most US camels come from Australian stock and there has been no importation of camels from countries currently at risk of MERS. It is safe to have contact with camels in the US. 

The CDC says the general public is not at risk unless one has been in close contact or been living with someone who is being evaluated for MERS infection. The only known US cases so far are found in health workers who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and the CDC is tracking people who had contact with these travelers. The CDC doesn’t recommend changing travel plans because of MERS, but does remind travelers to use standard health and hygiene practices like washing hands and covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/MERS/faq.html

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, so far MERS has not been detected in milk samples taken in the Middle East, nor is there any evidence that milk can infect people.

As a precaution, some US camel dairies are temporarily restricting visitors who have recently visited the Middle East or Africa in order to protect their healthy herds.

Source: Camel Alliance USA

March 24, 2014

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Desert Farms - Camel Milk is now available in 9 stores in California

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phone

address

city

state

zip

VENTURA

805-644-6990

4071 East Main Street

Ventura

CA

93003

Oxnard

805-486-8266

3471 Saviers Road

Oxnard

CA

93033

Goleta

805-683-7696

5154 Hollister Ave

Santa Barbara

CA

93111

Bakersfield

661-324-6990

4308 California Ave

Bakersfield

CA

93309

Santa Maria

805-925-3432

1790 S. Broadway

Santa Maria

CA

93454

Thousand Oaks

805-495-2609

2857 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd

Thousand Oaks

CA

93454

Simi Valley

805-522-6990

2955 Cochran Street Suite A4

Simi Valley

CA

93065

Fresno

559-434-6990

9439 N Fort Washington RD

Fresno

CA

93730

Los Feliz

323-660-0052

2080 Hillhurst Ave

Los Angeles

CA

90027

Camel Milk! Coming to a store near you ...

Desert Farms, Inc. is proud to announce that we will be attending the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim convention center on March 7th 8th & 9th. This will be the first time camel milk will be sampled at the Expo West in the US and we are very excited to be given this opportunity.

Show us your support and bring your family too, stop by our booth and sample some of our delicious tasting camel milk! Your kids will love it!

Where to buy camel milk?

Camel milk ??? Good luck finding that in the states…"

I am sure you’ve asked around your family & friends “where can I buy camel milk” and experienced a similar response… Well, call them right now and rub it in their face. Just kidding, be nice! 

Our customers are always thrilled to find us. We’ve created a strong network of small family farmers that are producing the nation's great tasting camel milk! No matter where you are, our camel milk will always come from a family farm near you. Unless you’re in Canada … and yes we do ship to Canada!

So where can you buy camel milk in USA? Well right here of course. At Desert Farms, along with our hard working farmers we’ll milk your healthy camel at your service and when your camel is ready to drop some milk we'll try and catch the lost drop and deliver it you, bottled at farm and straight to your doorstep “Fresh” or “Frozen”. It’s delicious!

When you choose Desert Farms as your source of camel milk, you can feel great knowing you’re supporting local agriculture across the country, along with the proud heritage of American family farmers.  We celebrate our family farmers for taking on the incredible task and risk of putting the world’s healthiest dairy on America’s tables with common sense, hard work, and sheer heart.

If you care about health, Desert Farms is the natural choice. Let us help you get a fresh supply of camel milk all year round.

Choose Desert Farms and live your life well and naturally.

January 06, 2014

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Welcome to Desert Farms - Camel Milk ( A letter from our founder)

Walid Abdul-Wahab & Desert Farms - Camel Milk

Desert Farms, Inc. brings the healthy tradition of camel milk to the USA. Fresh, sweet-tasting milk from happy camels in our farmers’ green pastures. Nothing added or removed…as pure and wholesome as the amazing and protective mother camels who give it.

In addition to wanting to share the natural goodness of camel milk, Desert Farms, Inc. helps to open new markets and build sustainable sources of income for small family farmers. We believe in supporting US production, so we help the best farmers produce the best, most fresh American camel milk. Desert Farms, Inc. treats everyone well---especially farmers, because somebody’s gotta get those girls milked at 5 am!  With their help, we’ll eventually offer customers a variety of camel milk products for all tastes and needs, so stay tuned. 

As a dedicated believer in health and fitness, I found camel milk to be the perfect food for a healthy lifestyle. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica and we regularly visit the camel farmers to keep a good rapport and quality production flowing!

We are a healthy start-up, so please be patient with us, any comments or feedbacks is appreciated and highly recommended. 

Thank you for visiting our page and we look forward to being your quality source of Camel Milk!

Camel Kisses, 
Founder Walid Abdul-Wahab