Why Choose Safer Skincare Products? To Protect the Ones you Love

If you’re sending a gift hamper to someone, don’t you want him or her to love the gifts inside? Not just throw the contents away or re-gift them? If the recipient is struggling with a horrible illness eg cancer, isn’t the idea of sending them a gift hamper, is to brighten their day and send something thoughtful?

If the recipient is ill, it is likely they are considering the products they use on their skin so as not to add unnecessary toxic ingredients.

This is why Love to Give Ltd stock skincare products that limit the use of harmful and toxic ingredients. Skincare gifts that are lovely to use and beautifully care for skin without nasty chemicals.

Some gift baskets are loaded with what looks like a bargain because there are so many products. But take just a couple of minutes to Google some of the products offered and you will find some skincare gifts are laden with toxic chemicals and cheap products to bulk up their baskets.

Women use an average of 12 products a day on their skin, men six. These contains an assortment of chemicals, including some that have been shown to disrupt hormones or increase risk of cancer.

We are literally bathing, lathering, brushing, spraying, powdering ourselves and our children with dozens of chemicals every day. Nearly all of these chemicals can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into your body, and some we ingest directly from our lips or hands. It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can limit the amount of toxins your body is exposed to.

Whether you’re buying personal products from your local pharmacy or supermarket for yourself, or gifts for others, below are just a few of the toxins (and what they do) to avoid where possible.

Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate - Sunscreen Chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Mineral suncreens are good - Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but beware that they are not just zinc oxide/titanum oxide added to a suncreen full of chemicals and then labelled as ‘mineral’ suncreen.

You have one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.

Thankfully there is an increasingly bigger range of skincare brands available that do not contain harmful chemicals.

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"My friend in hospital received her cancer gift parcel today and absolutely loved it.  The nurses loved it so much they took photos of it!  Thanks so much :)"

Linda Bellinger, Shannon Horowhenua District (May 2020)

"The hamper was a gift for my sister who was delighted to receive it – she said the wheat bag is the perfect size for taking to hospital and the balm will also be most appreciated there.  She had also though about getting a journal but hadn’t gotten around to it, so was delighted with the one in the hamper.

Thanks for much for helping me give her a little surprise during what is a really tough time."

Sue Downing, Branch Manager, BNZ Invercargill

"Hi Vicki
I can't thank you enough for prioritising my order to reach my dear friend before her treatment. It was delivered Monday afternoon and her treatment starts today Tuesday afternoon, such amazing service. My friend called me upon the delivery of her hamper, she was excited & overwhelmed on the presentation of the hamper but most of all how ideal the items are for her to use during her treatment sessions. It also gave me a beautiful feeling to know that I could make her feel special and bring on some light to her day. Thank you Vicki, I will definitely be using this site again and will recommend everyone to do so :) "
Cheers, Diane Mahomed, Auckland

"Today we received a beautiful gift that my sister Clare had organised with you.

We wanted to say how beautiful the gift was, the ribbons, box, card, all so thoughtful.

We will definitely use you for gifts in future, and I’m about to post you all over Facebook in the hope that others will.

Thank you again."

Adrian & Ruth Williams, Hibiscus Coast, Auckland

"Thank you so much for the lovely gift that you put together for our corporate client. Such a quick, smooth and easy process and the recipients loved the yummy treats which were included".

Carla Kruger, Smartscan 360, Auckland

"Thank you so much, excellent service, and my friend loved her gift :) "

Marion Gardner, NZ

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A percentage from all sales goes towards the 3 charities Love to Give supports every month.

Recently Love to Give purchased 7 bikes for kids to get to school, five school uniforms, and school stationery packs for 10 Cambodian school children, through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (Theresa Gattung, Denise Arnold, Nadia Lim). www.cctnz.org.nz

Your purchases also go towards sponsoring a child each month in Cambodia.

Proud to have supported KidsCan every month for over 5 years.

Your purchases go towards Hand of Hope Charity, providing feeding programmes in 30 countries, over 950 fresh water wells, and rescuing women and children in 13 countries from human trafficking. www.joycemeyer.org/handofhope

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