Throughout my years as a Licensed Massage Therapist, I have worked with hundreds of different people. It was eye-opening to see that the overwhelming majority of my clients were experiencing similar skin problems: dry, flaky, “reactive” skin, adult acne, and premature aging, to name a few. Frustrated with not being able to find quality products to truly nourish and restore my clients’ skin (not to mention my own!), I took matters into my own hands — and created my own line.
My formulas highlight the very best of nature. Through completing hundreds of hours of research, and testing products on many different human volunteers & clients, I have found natural ingredients that profoundly benefit your skin! My line allows your skin to luxuriate in unmatched premium-quality herbal extracts, skin-friendly natural plant oils, and rich, restorative natural humectants. I am completely committed to keeping my formulas elegant – meaning every ingredient actually DOES SOMETHING USEFUL for your skin – and keeping them free of synthetic extenders, funky chemicals, and phthalate-laden fragrances.
If you do a little label-reading, you will see that even so-called “natural” products contain unpronounceable synthetics and “fragrance” (or sometimes listed as “parfum” or “scent” – they’re all industry code words for fake, lab-created, synthetic, irritation-producing and potentially harmful phthalate-laden fragrance). This unfortunate choice may pad my competitors’ bottom lines, but can present real problems for you, the client. Many of these synthetic ingredients are common culprits for dermatitis and acne, and some are suspected to cause long-lasting systemic harm (see these articles on phthalates and parabens for more information). I do my best to keep formulas natural, healthy, and effective, and openly list all ingredients right on the website so you can make an informed choice.
I sincerely believe that every product I offer is far better than its more commercially-available counterparts — not only because my products are remarkably effective, but also because they are more ecologically- and user-friendly. Perhaps best of all, my Shannon Tiffany line features 100% natural plant essential oils for truly delightful, natural, “make-you-glow-with-enjoyment” aromatherapy – a quality unmatched by other product lines.
Finally, every product I make must pass my own incredibly high standards to earn my label – it does, after all, bear my name! The end result is I truly love every product I make — and I know you will, too. Thank you for visiting!
Shannon Tiffany, Owner & Creator
A Note to Vegans:
I’m happy to share that my company is 100% committed to being cruelty-free -- we vow to NEVER test on animals! And while this is not an exclusively vegan company, I love vegans and want to make your shopping experience easier. Be on the lookout for Fluffer’s Smiling Kitty Face symbol, which indicates that the product is completely free of animal-derived ingredients like honey or milk proteins. And rest assured: even my Squalane is plant-based! Enjoy!
A Note to Celiacs:
Gluten is a protein that naturally occurs in a number of grain products. Evidence is growing that some individuals are gluten-intolerant, and their health needs are best met by avoiding gluten -- which can prove challenging in many ways. To make your shopping experience easier, I have gluten-free options in virtually every category of skin care. Just look for the Sunflower Gluten-Free symbol, and have fun shopping!
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In the News...
Excerpted from www.RealAge.com – the website by Dr. Mehmet Oz & Dr. Michael Roizen (authors of Oprah’s favorite health series, YOU: The Owners Manual, YOU: The Smart Patient, YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Staying Young, YOU: Being Beautiful).
Check it out, and compare their list of ingredients to the ingredients in Shannon Tiffany Natural Skincare Products – you’ll be delighted to see our commitment to quality!
Article: Eight Ingredients Your Skin Will Love and Nine It Might Hate, SOURCE: http://www.realage.com/you-being-beautiful/articles/vitamins-and-skin, June 2009
There are hundreds of skin care ingredients, including many with fancy names and expensive price tags. But there’s very little science to most of them, and no science to many of them. The list of ingredients that really can make a difference in the skin is small. These eight are examples of some that you can slather on with solid scientific backing:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B3 (niacin, or nicotinamide)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin E
- Alpha-hydroxy acids
- Ubiquinone (small-molecule antioxidant)
- Ferulic acid (small-molecule antioxidant)
One of the tricks to using skin products is to not only find the ingredients that will help you but also avoid the ones that may damage or irritate your skin. Some ingredients you should think about avoiding:
- Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea: They’re used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth (not fungi), but they’re also a relatively common cause of contact dermatitis.
- Fragrances: They may smell good, but these little molecules are responsible for allergic reactions in as much as 14% of the population. Most skin care products don’t really need added fragrances. But without the added fragrance, some -- like soap -- simply smell like the fats they are made from.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate: It’s commonly used in shampoos and cleaners to create suds and is relatively safe, but longer contact time can cause irritation and dryness because the detergent strips the skin of lipids.
- Mineral oil: Used as a base in some products, it may interfere with perspiration.
- Monoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA): They’re common pH stabilizers, but when they’re exposed to air, they form potentially irritating substances called nitrosamines. And they have a tendency to clog pores and create blackheads.
- Toluene: This chemical solvent, which the EPA designates as hazardous waste, is found in fingernail polish. Toluene can cause headaches, eye irritation, and memory loss. Those won’t kill you, but if you don’t feel good, it’s worth experimenting to see if beauty products could be the source of your general blahness.
- Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE): This common “instant facelift” ingredient in wrinkle creams actually does its work by causing cell damage and swelling. Sure, the wrinkles will go away temporarily (they also will if you’re slapped in the face), but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
SOURCE: http://www.realage.com/you-being-beautiful/articles/vitamins-and-skin, June 2009
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