We receive many messages by email, chat, what’s app and on social media every day. Some with questions about our products, and many with general beauty questions. We thought it might be helpful to share some of the most frequently asked beauty questions.

If you pull out a gray hair, more will grow back.

FALSE! This is not actually true, it’s more of an optical illusion. Remember, each hair stems from a single hair follicle. So if you pull out a gray hair or it falls out, it can only be replaced by a hair that comes from the same follicle, not from others around it.

Shampoos that produce more foam cleanse better.

No, no, and NO!

The amount of foam depends on the amount of surfactant used in the formula. Manufacturers sometimes look to foam to create a sensory experience for the customer, but that doesn't mean higher quality or better cleansing.

Certain creams can help fade stretch marks.

FALSE! The only product that has proven effective on stretch marks is retinoic acid, since it is capable of generating new collagen, which is what stretch marks need to improve. In fact, they say that stretch mark creams currently on the market have not been proven to provide a greater benefit than regular moisturizer, but they do maintain and even increase the elasticity of your skin, reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

 

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Washing your hair everyday damages it.

FALSE! Not necessarily, although it is recommended to use a daily use shampoo with less detergent, when your hair needs it, so as not to dry it out. What does damage your hair is using a blow dryer or other hot tools on a daily basis.

Split ends can be repaired.

FALSE! Once they have split, they can’t be fixed. They're broken, they can't be repaired or closed because the hair cuticle is already damaged. The best treatment? Get regular trims to keep your hair healthy.

You have to switch your shampoo because your hair gets used to it.

FALSE! Hair is made up of keratin, it doesn't regenerate like skin, so it can't get used to anything. If you notice that your shampoo or conditioner doesn't work anymore, it could be because your hair has changed and may be drier, for example, due to external agents, coloring, the time of year, etc.

 Depending on the ingredients in the shampoo you use, you may notice this. Most shampoos and treatments have mineral silicones. Over months of use, hair loses its shine and volume. Try a shampoo that does not contain mineral silicones – ideally pick one with plant silicone and plant and essential oils.

Your hair will never "get used to it" and will always be shiny.

Using our shampoos you will notice the difference immediately after the first wash – your hair will be much shinier and flexible. That effect is not lost if you use them on a daily basis.

 

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Does my leg hair grow back thicker after shaving?

NO! Let's put this question to rest once and for all. Hair is always thicker at the root than at the ends. When you use a razor, you cut the hair almost at the base, where it is thicker. So when the hair grows, it grows back from the base and feels thicker.

Try removing your hair with tweezers or wax; you’ll see how it grows back just the same, so shaving doesn't change anything.

TIP: For those who always use a razor, assume that your hair will always grow back thick. Also, with this type of hair removal, your hair grows much faster than when it's pulled out at the root. There are some options, such as hair removal creams (for legs, bikini area, armpits, etc.), which dissolve the base of the hair. Your hair does not grow back as fast as it does when you use a razor, or as slow as traditional waxing/honey.

If you don't like waxing, you don’t feel like making an appointment to have your hair removed, etc., there are a lot of electric hair removal devices that are very practical, fast, and do not leave traces of wax on your skin. Plus there is always the option of laser hair removal, which removes hair forever, in a few sessions.

Does waxing leave your hair more fragile?

YEAP! It’s a fact that pulling out your hairs from the roots for years makes them more fragile every day, and therefore thinner and weaker. But it's not only that; with age, due to a hormonal issue, your hairs become weaker and thinner over time. Your hair may even stop growing back in certain areas.

TIP: This process affects the whole body! Be careful not to pluck your eyebrows too much, and don't overdo it by looking for the perfect shape. Too much tweezing can cause them to stop being thick in the long term.

 

Cuticles: The more you remove them, the more they grow?

YES... The more you remove your cuticles, the more they grow back, and it will be more noticeable, that's why you have the impression that there's always too much cuticle and it grows very fast. It's true that the less we remove it, the less it grows. The cuticle is a type of protection for your nails. If your body notices that this protection is missing, it quickly replaces it. If it is intact, the body does not need to produce as much skin. Cuticles grow to a point and then stop. It is important to moisturize and care for your cuticles. Obviously, some grow more than others, depending on the person, just like hair.

TIP: If you don't have time to do your nails, or between manicures, spend some time moisturizing your cuticles. You can use either specific nail and cuticle products or any hand moisturizer. If you’re more into natural products like we are, apply a few drops of plant oil, such as argan or macadamia, mainly in winter.

Moisturized cuticles always give a neater appearance.

 

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Cacao: Great for your skin and delicious as well

Chocolate isn't just delicious, it's also very good for your skin.

Theobroma cacao (or “food of the gods” – we couldn’t agree more!) is a plant native to the Amazon, which has been in existence for thousands of years.

We admit it, we’re addicted! Chocolate melts beautifully both in the mouth and on the skin.

 

 

Omega-3 and Photo-aging

There are ever more studies that point to the benefits of chocolate, including one published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics which indicates that topical omega-3s can reduce UV sensitivity (signs of photoaging) in skin cells (1). Research suggests that there’s a possibility that skin care products rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids may actually improve the skin’s appearance (2).

Cacao is the ingredient per excellence in all chocolate products, and a very complex foodstuff nutritionally rich in minerals, antioxidants and vasoactive compounds.

Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who’s considered the father of medicine, said:

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

The idea that chocolate can serve quite literally as “medicine” has already been taken up in scientific literature (3).

Cocoa butter, the natural oil derived from cacao beans, contains omega-3 fatty acids which provide the skin with a healthy dose of soothing rejuvenation, as well as antioxidant effects (2). And there’s a great deal of evidence pointing to the health benefits of regularly eating dark chocolate.

 

Acne and Chocolate

 It’s nothing more than a myth that chocolate causes acne. However, while it doesn’t cause acne, chocolate is still full of high-calorie, high-fat ingredients. These days, there’s more attention being paid to the link between diet and developing acne.

Acne is a complex skin problem and breakouts can come and go for no real reason. But there’s strong evidence which connects acne with a Western diet, rich in calories, fats, and refined carbohydrates. Fast food – like hamburgers, fried chicken, hot dogs, french fries, and soft drinks – can increase the risk of acne. The high sugar and fat content can boost sebum production, a determining factor in the development of acne.

So, if “blaming chocolate” is more or less a fabrication, where did it come from?

Food is far from the most likely culprit when it comes to acne. The real causes of acne are the accumulation of dead skin cells inside your pores and the skin’s overproduction of oil (sebum), combined with excess bacteria.

Hormones also play an important role in acne breakouts. That's why acne is so common during puberty and at that time of the month for people who menstruate, meaning your chocolate consumption ends up coinciding with your breakout! Predisposition to acne is also hereditary. So, if your parents had acne, you'll probably have it too.

At Per Purr we have Fresh Soap, a refreshing soap ideal for all skin types, made with plenty of cocoa butter mixed with chopped mint leaves and three essential oils: peppermint, lemongrass and basil.

The bottom line? Cheer up and eat your chocolate bars…in moderation!

 

 

Studies:

¨1¨ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15979259/

¨2¨ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/

¨3¨. Franco OH. Bonneux L. de Laet C. Peeters A. Steyerberg EW. Mackenbach JP. The Polymeal: a more natural, safer, and probably tastier (than the Polypill) strategy to reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 75% BMJ. 2004;329:1447–1450. [PMC free article] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

 

Today we want to talk about something you’re probably familiar with – but we love to remind you.

Your hands get dry (or rather, they suffer) from the harsh cold. This yearly seasonal problem is even worse this year since everyone is washing our hands more often and using antibacterial gel, which further damages the skin.

If, in addition to dryness, your skin is red or shows more serious and bothersome signs, the skin on your hands will need more than hydration. The nutrition offered by natural body oils is a better option. We strongly emphasize that body oils be natural because they are what really help to repair the skin’s lipid barrier. They repair the damages caused to the skin and reduce oxidative stress.

We know that oil is not absorbed as quickly as cream, but it is what our skin needs in these kinds of circumstances. Chamomile, lavender, almond and calendula essential oils are especially beneficial. They are known for their soothing, relaxing, repairing and anti-inflammatory effects and are the basis of our Relax body oil.

 

 

There is no specific restriction on the use of moisturizer. Hydration should be continuous, but we must also let our skin breathe.

As for its use, we don’t want to generalize, since that depends on the type of skin and the needs of each person. For your hands, feel free to use a small amount of moisturizer after washing, since it counters the effects of continual use of soap and antibacterial gel. Shea Butter, present in our Natural Moisturizing Cream, makes your hands softer.

 

 

If you don't have any moisturizer at home, and you need to hydrate your hands, like when they are red, natural body oil is a good substitute for cream. If you don't have body oil either, you can look for alternatives in some of the products we almost always have in our kitchen, such as virgin coconut oil or olive oil. A mask of full-fat natural yogurt for 30 minutes can also help.

 

To further optimize the hydration, you can massage and moisturize your hands before going to sleep.

By gently massaging the palms of our hands using the opposite thumb and stretching our fingers, we relieve any tension generated throughout the day, as well as promoting proper circulation. We must remember that our hands are one of the parts of our bodies that we use the most throughout the day, yet sometimes we forget the importance of caring for them.

 

 

Hydrating our hands before going to sleep is very important because, as we do with our nightly face routine, we are making sure that while we sleep, our skin isn’t exposed to other external agents present during the day, such as pollution, heating or air conditioning, and the hydration is more effective. Don't forget to massage your cuticles as well, because hydrated cuticles prevent the entry of fungus and bacteria.

 

Household chores often destroy our hands, so here’s some advice.

It goes without saying that it is best to avoid direct exposure of our skin and hands to more aggressive products such as industrial cleaning detergents or similar products.

 

 

Don’t forget about exfoliation – an extra step for caring for your hands. Even though our Per Purr Salts Selection Exfoliant contains sweet almond and exotic verbena oils, exfoliation should always be gentle. Avoid exfoliating any areas of your skin that appear to be inflamed.

We would like to emphasize the benefit of salt baths for our hands. Just as massages are good for our hands, soaking them in warm water with salts and essential oils is very good for relaxing the hand muscles. If you like floral smells, I definitely recommend our Floral-Cure salts.

 

 

 

On one summer day, a friend took an industrial brand deodorant spray out of her bag and used it. As I hadn't used this type of deodorant for years, the smell disgusted me. I couldn't ignore it, it was so unpleasant. She then opened a bottle of hair mask and ran it through the ends of her hair. Another strange, sweet, artificial smell invaded the room.
 
I asked her to let me read the label on the mask and was surprised by the amount of harmful ingredients in the product. How was it possible that this friend, who takes such good care of her diet, health and body, could use this type of product?
 
No, it's not nonsense, nor am I being radical. I am a demanding person when it comes to what I use on my skin and in my hair.
I explained that the mask had dyes, silicones and petroleum by-products. She was shocked: "What? That's disgusting! What do I do now? I want to start using natural products.”
 
A new world opened up for her. I sent her articles explaining the damage that many ingredients in everyday products can cause. I explained to her that the exfoliant she so enthusiastically and proudly showed me contained plastic microbeads that can contaminate the oceans and be ingested by fish. I recommended that she use exfoliants made of sugar or salts, such as the Per Purr exfoliant or even exfoliant recipes using coffee.
 

 
I explained to her that it was a gradual change for me, especially because it takes time to find an ideal natural shampoo for your hair, a facial cream that suits your taste and, most importantly, your wallet.
 

How to start?

 
My advice is to start by changing 3 everyday products: soap, deodorant and toothpaste. These products are easy to find in their natural versions, and making those adjustments is already a significant change. After adapting to these products, I recommend trying plant-based oils and/or clays.
 
I'm a big fan of coconut oil, for example, which can be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, aftershave, and can even be used in a natural deodorant recipe. Clay can be used as a face mask or exfoliant. At Per Purr, we have developed a clay shampoo that is incredible!
 
It’s important not to make a radical change, and instead switch to buying natural products gradually. Try out different products and options. One suggestion is to try the mini samples that many brands offer: at Per Purr, you can buy a sample pack with all the Per Purr products so you can try out each one.
 

 
When we start using natural cosmetics, I think we understand our bodies better. Much of our skin is just a reflection of what we eat and use. When you swap your shampoos, conditioners and masks for natural ones, you’ll discover what your hair really looks like.
 

Patience pays off

 
Keep in mind that when cosmetics are replaced by natural alternatives, the effects may not be immediately clear. Each person’s skin/hair/body reacts differently, and there’s no way to predict this when we don’t know the characteristics of that person. So, be patient!

 

Why are natural cosmetics more expensive?

 
High-quality raw materials and natural active ingredients are more expensive than synthetic ones.
In fact, you end up saving. For me, I tend to see long-lasting results with natural cosmetics, and I see this as an advantage. For example, I wash my hair less often if the shampoo is natural and of superior quality. When I use Per Purr's shower gel, I don't have to use a body moisturizer every day.
 

 

The versatility of natural cosmetics

 
I'm sure many of you don't know this, but the composition of natural cosmetics makes them versatile.
 Per Purr's natural soaps can be used on both the body and face. Our conditioners can also be used as a hair treatment mask or a leave-in conditioner. Per Purr's orange and ginger facial oil has an anti-wrinkle, anti-acne and toning effect. In other words, over time you’ll discover how to enjoy the versatility of each product.
 

It's not a trend, it's a matter of urgency

 
Once we realize how getting back to the natural world positively affects different aspects of our lives – our health, our wallets and the environment – we can see that it’s not a trend, it’s a matter of urgency. When we see the boost we get from this process of transition, we can’t put a price on that.
 

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