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Luscious Locks, Naturally

Eva is a designer-brand girl. She loves to read fashion magazines and look her best at all times. This includes looking after her skin and hair with the best quality products.

When Eva noticed her hair was starting to show the effects of years of colouring and heat-styling, she began using an exclusive shampoo she had seen advertised. It was said to accelerate hair growth and be full of vitamins and minerals. Because of this, Eva was happy to pay $89 for the shampoo and the same for its matching conditioner.
One day, while on holiday in Europe, Eva’s luggage went missing and she was forced to buy some new basic clothes and cosmetics to keep her going. She came across the Dalan d’Olive range and bought the Repairing Care Shampoo and Conditioner as they had similar claims to the products she had been using. They also suited her restricted budget.
After the first use, Eva realised she had made a good decision. After several uses, the difference was even more obvious. Eva found her hair felt stronger and healthier than it had in a long time.
Why top dollar doesn’t always mean ‘best’
What Eva didn’t know was that while many expensive hair-care products do contain pure and natural ingredients, some slip in a few innocent-looking nasties that get hidden in the ingredients lists. These include:
• Sulphates – especially Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) and, to a slightly lesser extent, Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). These are used to help products foam up, but they also strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to breakage.
• Parabens. These are used in many cosmetics as a preservative. They act to stabilise the ingredients and prevent them from breaking down and forming bacteria. Some studies have linked them to certain cancers but more research is needed before this can be definitively proven.
• Isopropyl Alcohol. This is sometimes used to treat oily hair but, like sulphates, it often does more harm than good and can make hair very dry, frizzy or brittle.
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Propylene Glycol. These act as a type of binding agent for other ingredients, helping to improve the consistency of the product. They also help other ingredients to be absorbed more efficiently. The catch is that they are also a well-known cause of skin and eye irritation and can aggravate other skin and scalp conditions such as psoriasis.
• Silicones. These are a range of substances that come under this umbrella term, including Methicone and Dimethicone. They are used in hair care products as a lubricant and to add shine. They are naturally derived from the mineral ‘silicon’ but the problem is that they form such a tight coating over the hair follicle that moisture cannot pass through it either way. This means that the hair shaft dries out and vital moisture and nutrients are unable to penetrate the barrier.
• Colours and Fragrances. Often, these are only listed as numbers so the average person may not realise they can be totally synthetic and may contain harmful or irritating ingredients too.
The Dalan difference
Dalan d’Olive Repairing Care Shampoo and Conditioner are made from 100% pure Aegean olive oil and natural wheat proteins.
Olive oil is a proven source of many beneficial vitamins and minerals both in our diet and when applied to our hair and skin. These include vitamins A and E which are both essential for healthy cell-renewal. They also help to protect against damaging external agents such as pollution and cigarette smoke. Olive oil gently cleans the hair and scalp without stripping them of natural oils, but it does not leave the hair feeling greasy. Instead, it moisturises each strand from root to tip.
Our hair is over 90% protein, but when the hair structure is damaged we need to repair it with similar, naturally-sourced proteins. Wheat protein contains antioxidants which are especially useful for colour or heat-damaged hair. It works well with olive oil to strengthen each strand so hair feels and looks thicker, smoother and glossier.
Eva’s next steps
Now that she has seen such an improvement in the condition of her hair, Eva won’t be changing products again anytime soon. She knows that Dalan d’Olive’s products are actually giving her all the benefits claimed by the exclusive brand she was using before, but without any of the harmful ingredients and at only a fraction of the price she had been paying. She now saves even more money by buying her favourite products in bulk, straight from the website.

How olive oil soap combats oily skin and greasy hair

olive-oil-soapIan was frustrated.  All his life he had suffered from oily skin and hair and he had never found an effective solution for it. He was often embarrassed by his appearance which affected his self-esteem.

What causes oily hair and skin?

Our bodies are covered in hair except for on our palms and the soles of our feet. In some areas, the hairs are small and fine but they all still function the same way. Hair is most densely formed on the scalp and face.

Each shaft of hair grows from individual follicles – which are tiny cavities in the skin that envelope the hair root. Nutrients from the blood supply are drawn into the bulb of the hair shaft while oil (sebum) is added through the sebaceous gland. The shafts contain moisture and are mostly made up of protein cells.

Most of the time, our bodies produce just the right amount of sebum to keep our skin and hair nourished, lubricated and protected. However, sometimes the sebum production goes into overdrive and builds up on the scalp, hair and face.

This build up can combine with the fine layer of dead cells we all have on the surface of the skin leading to blocked pores and acne.

Oily hair and skin can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Genetics
  • Unbalanced diet
  • Poor hair and skin hygiene
  • Medications or illness

If you have persistent excess oil, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor and check for any underlying health issues.

Olive oil for healthy hair

Pure olive oil is one of nature’s ‘superfoods’. Not only is it great for our diets, it is also packed full of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair. Vitamins A and E, in particular, are essential for cell renewal. They are also powerful antioxidants, protecting our skin and hair from the damaging effects of free radicals in our environment (caused by factors such as smoking and pollution).

Olive oil is also a natural, effective cleansing agent. When used on the hair and scalp it gently lifts away impurities, removes the build-up of sebum and seals in moisture – leaving the shafts smooth and protected.

While it may seem strange to use an oil to treat excess oil, there is logic to it. Washing our hair or face too often or using harsh products can remove too much natural oil – stripping it so much that our bodies pump out more to compensate. Applying a small amount of olive oil (which has a similar composition to our natural sebum) means the body doesn’t need to produce as much sebum and can go back to functioning normally. It works in harmony with the body resulting in healthier skin and hair.

The benefits of 100% Olive Oil Soap

Dalan d’Olive’s 100% Olive Oil Soap contains very few other ingredients and has been dermatologically tested for sensitive skin. It is a safe and effective natural cleanser for the whole body.

When Ian learned about this soap from a friend, he was a bit skeptical but decided to give it a go as there was nothing in it that could harm him. After washing his hair with it the first time, Ian noticed an improvement. His hair felt clean for the first time in a long time.

From his past experiences, he knew that the real test would be how the Olive Oil soap performed after consistent use. He tried it over several weeks and could not believe the difference. No longer drab and greasy, his hair was now soft and full of life. Above all, his self-esteem was restored and he even felt confident enough to consider dating again.

Tips for using Olive Oil Soap on the hair

It can be tempting to use the fingertips to firmly massage the scalp in an attempt to cleanse it thoroughly. However, this over-stimulates the sebaceous glands and leads to excess oil production. Instead, gently glide the bar of soap over the scalp then use the palms or flats of the fingers to gently work up a mild lather and get an even coverage.

Allow it to absorb into the hair shafts while you wash the rest of your body, then rinse the soap thoroughly from the hair. Follow with a conditioner from the Dalan d’Olive range to seal the hair cuticle, protecting it from damage such as split ends and colour fading.

Many people are unsure of how often to wash their hair. If your lifestyle includes physical activities such as swimming or jogging, then you may need to wash your hair up to twice a day. Other’s may only need to wash it two or three times a week. Experiment a little and find the routine that works best for you.

Soon, like Ian, you’ll be able to say goodbye to oily hair forever.

The natural Olive Oil product that eased the suffering of a man with skin cancer

Skin cancers are no fun.

Just ask 76-year-old Alex and his wife Eva. The constant discomfort caused by several cancerous growths on Alex’s neck kept him awake most nights which made him tired and irritable; affecting his relationship with Eva.

acsq-057042While some skin cancers have no uncomfortable symptoms, others can spread along the nerves and cause itching, tingling or numbness. Symptoms can include:

 

 

 

  • Shiny bumps or nodules that resemble moles
  • Scar-like patches of white or yellowish taut skin
  • Pink growths with a raised and rolled border
  • Reddish patches that may feel itchy, irritated or tender
  • Wounds that won’t heal, ooze or become crusty.

What are skin cancers?

Skin cancers occur when skin cells multiply abnormally to form growths. They can be categorised as malignant or benign. Malignant cancers are those that threaten the health of the individual while benign cancers may be uncomfortable but are not dangerous.

There most common forms of skin cancer are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Solar keratoses
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma

Nearly 50% of Caucasian Australians will develop this benign form of skin cancer before they turn 70. Once the first one has appeared, there is a good chance that others will develop within a few years. While they rarely spread to other parts of the body, they can cause local discomfort and nerve damage. Basal cell carcinomas can resemble other skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. They can also be much larger than they appear on the surface so it is important to seek medical advice early and have them correctly diagnosed.

Solar keratoses

These are pre-malignant skin lesions that are often found in Caucasian Australians over 45. Most do not progress further, but there is a 1% chance they can develop into squamous cell carcinomas.

Squamous cell carcinomas

Squamous cell carcinomas are often visible quite early as they grow rapidly on the surface and can cause more pain and discomfort than basal cell carcinomas. Although this makes them more dangerous, it also makes them easier to diagnose and treat early. They can spread through the lymph nodes and into the bloodstream, forming in other areas of the body and potentially becoming fatal. People with compromised immune systems, transplant patients and men in their 80’s or above are most at risk.

Melanoma

Melanomas are malignant, meaning they are potentially aggressive or life-threatening. They often first form on moles or birthmarks, on extremities or on more exposed areas of skin but can appear in other areas such as on the sole of the foot or even in the eye. If detected and treated early they can be cured; however, they can rapidly spread to other parts of the body including the lungs or brain. When this happens, they become very difficult to treat.

New research into olive oil as a cancer treatment

Surgical removal was for many years the only proven effective treatment for skin cancers and is still the most common. However, over the last few decades, non-surgical options, such as topical creams, have been increasingly used for benign cancers.

Scientists have long known that the Mediterranean diet is associated with the reduced risk of many types of cancer. They have also proven in laboratories that the oleocanthal compound found in extra virgin olive oil causes the death of cancer cells but until recently they did not know why.

A study by Paul Breslin, David Foster, and Onica LeGendre* showed that oleocanthal targets the waste areas of cancer cells, causing them to rupture. This triggers rapid cell death while leaving healthy cells unharmed. The discovery shows the exciting potential of olive oil as a future front-line cancer treatment.

An earlier study, not yet tested on humans, suggested that the application of extra virgin olive oil to the skin after sun exposure could reduce the risk of a melanoma forming and also reduce the size of any growth and damage to the skin structure if one did develop. The theory is that sun exposure triggers the production of free radicals which are neutralised by the antioxidants found in olive oil. However, avoiding lengthy sun exposure is still the best form of skin cancer prevention.

Olive oil as a complimentary therapy

Olive oil contains a rich mix of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and E – both powerful antioxidants. In many cases, olive oil products can be safely used prior to or during medical treatment for skin cancers. They can help to soothe irritations, ease dryness and aid healthy skin function and healing.

Dolive Body Butter 250g_compressedWhen Eva came across Dalan d’Olive’s Body Butter at her local pharmacy, she decided to bring some home for Alex to try. Eva was reassured by the knowledge that the organic body cream contained no harmful chemicals and had been dermatologically tested. She also knew that the other key ingredient, shea butter, was also effective for calming irritated skin.

Within a few days of regular application on Alex’s skin cancers, they were far less red and inflamed. Eva rang the company nearly in tears as she was so happy Alex was finally in much less pain and was able to sleep through the night – a huge relief for them both!

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*Source: LeGendre O, Breslin P, Foster D. Oleocanthal rapidly and selectively induces cancer cell death via lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP). Molecular & Cellular Oncology. 2015.

How our Intensive Hand & Body Cream changed the life of a 5-year-old girl

“Mum, my hands hurt!”

How would you feel if your child had to suffer the pain of eczema every single day and nothing you tried would make it go away?

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This is what happened in Susan’s family. Susan (not her real name) is a pharmacist and when her 5-year-old niece Michelle developed eczema as a young child Susan and her sister, Michelle’s mother, began the search to find something that would relieve Michelle’s pain.

What is eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a recurring skin condition that affects nearly a third of Australians at some point in their life. It is not infectious and is most common in people with a family history of other atopic disorders, such as asthma. It affects all ages but usually develops in very early childhood.

Many children grow out of the condition, but some are affected for life. Adult-onset eczema can be caused by other factors including medications. Eczema often has no known cause, it can flare for no obvious reason and there is no definitive cure; however, it can be well managed with the right products.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

In those with eczema, the skin barrier does not function properly and cannot retain water easily. As a result, it dries out very quickly and becomes cracked, inflamed and itchy. Scratching and friction from touching everyday surfaces can lead to chaffing, bleeding and gradual thickening of the skin.

Some products can actually make eczema symptoms worse, especially if they contain alcohol, perfumes or other irritants. When the skin is dry and inflamed it becomes more sensitive and vulnerable to the passage of allergens, leading to other health issues.

How does it affect people’s daily lives?

Eczema has an impact on many activities most people take for granted. It can restrict the function of the hands making things like cooking, typing and even holding a pen difficult. When it occurs on the feet it can make walking extremely painful and may lead to restricted mobility.

The effects flow on to the whole family too. Babies are constantly scratching and often struggle to sleep so their parents also become sleep-deprived. The frustration and guilt because they can’t make it better can also be extremely traumatising for parents.

Children and adults alike also suffer from the stigma of public scrutiny and even ridicule. Because eczema can be quite visible, it can affect self-esteem and lead to mental health issues in the long term.

Treatments

Some of the daily management tips that sufferers share include:

  • Keeping fingernails short to help prevent breaking the skin when scratching
  • Avoiding activities that cause extreme changes in body temperature such as hot baths or some forms of exercise.
  • Looking for patterns in flare-ups and learning what triggers them. (For example stress or particular foods.)
  • Using hypoallergenic products on the body and also around the house
  • Applying moisturiser immediately after showering to help protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier, and reapplying it throughout the day.

Michelle’s family had been doing all of these things but even with all the products available through the pharmacy, they struggled to find skin care products that were both gentle and effective on her.

That was until Susan came across a new range available at her pharmacy. The Dalan d’Olive Intensive Hand & Body Cream stood out as the one to try first, so she gave some to her sister to use on Michelle. They were all amazed to see her damaged skin improve noticeably within days. Soon Michelle’s hands were completely clear of eczema and she was pain-free.

While the family understand that Michelle’s eczema can reoccur at any time, they now have a supply of this life-changing cream at hand, ready to treat any flare-up before it takes hold again.

How does Dalan d’Olive Intensive Hand & Body Cream work?

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Dalan d’Olive is the only brand in Australia that has all products dermatologically tested by in Germany by DermaConsult – the world’s strictest INDEPENDENT testing authority. The products are all organically grown and contain no toxins or harsh chemicals.

Dalan d’Olive Hand & Body Cream is made from 100% pure Mediterranean Olive Oil and Glycerin. Olive Oil is high in vitamins E and A which are both crucial for skin cell regeneration. Glycerin is a derivative of sugar that occurs naturally in the skin. It attracts moisture deep into the skin and holds it there, preventing dehydration. These two ingredients combine well together to gently cleanse, nourish and moisturise the skin with lasting results.

Do you know someone that suffers from eczema?

Maybe it’s you? Maybe it’s your child or a friend? Take the small step today of ordering one tube via our website or find a stockist in your area. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can make a huge difference.

We know that this first tube won’t be your last so we have bulk-deals available too. See our website for more details.

Benefits of Olive Oil for the Skin

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Olive oil is wonderful for the body. Providing deep moisture for dry skin, olive oil can be applied to all areas of the body to lock in the skin’s hydration and relieve dryness. As a natural moisturiser, olive oil hydrates skin more thoroughly than other products and leaves your skin feeling smooth for longer.

Nourishes Deeply

Many skin products only moisturise the skin at the surface level. Olive oil is a thick, nourishing moisturiser for the skin, providing relief from even the most severe dryness. Combat the itchiness, flaking, and discomfort that comes with dry skin by replacing your skin’s lost moisture with the nourishing benefits of olive oil.

A natural solution

Because olive oil is a natural substance, your body will more readily welcome olive oil and products containing it. Synthetic oils such as mineral oil are not as easily processed by the body. The skin is your body’s largest organ and what you choose to put on your skin is almost as important as what you eat. By choosing a natural moisturiser such as olive oil and olive oil products, you will give your body a welcome respite from the deluge of chemicals found in almost every other skin care product.

Keeps Skin Looking Young

A major key in preventing wrinkles, stretch marks, and other skin problems is keeping up with moisturiser. Life takes a toll on the skin through pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss, sun damage, and stress. One of the biggest keys in keeping your skin looking young is replacing the moisture your skin loses in daily life. Olive oil locks in your skin’s moisture and leaves a long-lasting smoothness that can help prevent wrinkles and stretch marks all over your body. This natural oil can be safely used daily and in generous quantities, providing the hydration and care your skin craves.

benefitsYour skin takes care of you from day one. It gets stretched, pulled, burned, scratched, and generally ignored every day of our lives. As the body’s largest organ, not only does it deserve regular care, but it also deserves a good, natural moisturiser free of the harsh chemicals found in many other skin products. Olive oil is just what tired skin needs to keep looking young and keep working with you as you live your busy life. Choose to deeply nourish your skin with olive oil and enjoy its luxurious hydrating effects for a lifetime.

Choosing the Right Skin & Hair Product for You

confused-lady-lgThere are so many skin and hair care products on the market and it’s hard to know which is the best for you. With more and more people suffering from sensitive skin, dry skin and other various skin conditions, it’s so important that you use the skin and hair care products that are right for you.

Not only are there heaps of skin and hair care products on the market, most contain harmful chemicals that actually do more harm than good to your skin which can leave it in a condition worse than before you started using these products.

Olive Oil may be great for cooking, but did you know that it is also excellent for your skin as well.

In many cases, Olive Oil has helped people who have had various skin conditions that they had suffered from with no luck with even the medicated  products, for example, people with common skin conditions like eczema, itchy scalp, greasy hair and dry skin have reported quick and impressive improvements after using Olive Oil products on their skin.

It’s not only about what the products have in them. It’s also about what they don’t have. Dalan d’Olive doesn’t have harmful chemicals, which leave your skin in a poorer condition.

The Olive Oil in contains a number of vitamins and antioxidants that are perfect for reducing the signs of aging such as vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. It adds the moisture back into skin which is essential for a healthier and better looking skin.

 

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Unlike other skincare products, olive oil based Dalan d’Olive products do not clog your pores which will stop your skin breaking out.

The sun already damages our skin with its harmful rays so it’s even more important we treat it well.

That motivation behind introducing dalan d’Olive was to improve your skin’s condition so that existing skin conditions can be resolved and so that you won’t deal with skin problems later in life.