The Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food line is as well-named a product line as one can imagine. Dr. Saul Alkaitis makes products that are truly good enough to eat, composed of organically or biodynamically grown plant-based ingredients to feed the skin and promote health. Plant-based ingredients, including herbs and essential oils, are harvested sustainably, from farmers he works with closely and trusts. (Oh, and the products are never tested on animals, either).
While you might see seemingly good-for-you essential oils and plant-based ingredients on the labels of many skincare products available today, California-based Dr. Alkaitis points out that many beauty products are produced using chemical solvents and other toxic ingredients. That’s where he draws his line in the sand–or organic soil. Dr. Alkaitis has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and has made strides as a research scientist in identifying the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of plants.
In the same way a nutritionist will advise against the consumption of food made with artificial flavors and colors, Dr. Alkaitis fiercely objects to the use of chemicals in the creation of skincare products. You won’t find any synthetic or genetically modified ingredients in his creams, lotions and cleansers and he promises that the products that go from the farm to his laboratory to bottles and tubes are soothing, healing and nourishing. He is not kidding when he proudly claims that you can eat his products.
Dr. Alkaitis took time from his busy schedule to answer questions on his work and products for Green Beauty Team
What inspired you to make your line green? Was there an “a-ha” moment that fueled your interest in more natural products?
I didn’t set out to make a green or organic product. I set out to make a product that promotes health–a healthy skin. Promoting health in a living organ, which your skin is, underlies my whole approach to skin care. This automatically necessitates that the ingredients I use are the healthiest available, and that means they are either organic, biodynamic, or ethically wild-crafted.
My “a-ha” moment was actually a question that I posed to myself: “Would I be willing to put that on my skin?” Knowing about the two-way nature of skin, that what you put on your skin will get absorbed into your body, I paraphrased the question as this: “Would I be willing to eat that?” In answering these questions, my profession as a research scientist was invaluable in determining not only as to what should be done but also what should be avoided.
What’s the biggest reason you think it’s important for people to be conscious and careful about the beauty products they are using?
It’s the fact that whatever is put on one’s skin is absorbed and goes into one’s body. In essence, one is “eating” their beauty products. I know that there are claims that topical applications do not penetrate the skin, but the inevitable conclusion drawn from many studies over the years is that it’s not a question of whether substances are absorbed through the skin–but how fast they are absorbed. For those consumers that do read the ingredient labels on their beauty products? I suggest reading them with the knowledge that the listed ingredients will actually be ingested–this will add an important new element to their decision-making processes.
What would you say is the most satisfying part of your work? Has there been a work highlight or achievement you can share?
The most satisfying part has been the response of my audience, especially those with problematic skin. Their thank you notes for my products are truly heartwarming.
Do you have a favorite beauty tip or secret–or piece of advice you like to give our readers?
Make sure that what you put on your skin promotes health. A good rule of thumb to follow is: “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” A healthy skin is a beautiful and attractive skin.
Also one must keep in mind that the skin is not an isolated organ, but is an integral part of a complex, interacting living organism that constitutes our body. So just as the eyes mirror your soul, your skin mirrors the state of your digestive tract. To maintain a healthy and therefore beautiful skin requires a healthy digestive tract. Usually this will require a lifestyle change, a change in how and what one eats and a decision to choose whole foods and organic foods and avoid all genetically modified foods and food ingredients, etc. Those who persevere will discover how remarkable the results can be.
Visit http://www.alkaitis.com and watch these videos to hear how these products changed Trish Alkaitis’ life and get suggestions from Green Beauty Team Expert Caterina Marra on combating age and acne:
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