Welcome to Dr. Krasser’s Care Products
Natural and Organic Skin Care
As almost everything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body, it is important to choose care products with healthy ingredients, as you will expose yourself to them every day.
I am a GP working in Yeppoon, Queensland, since 2003, with a special interest in nutritional and environmental medicine. I learned that a lot of the creams, lotions, deodorants and other care products we buy may contain ingredients that are carcinogens (can cause cancer), hormone disrupters (linked to breast cancer, malformation of male foetuses and other worrying health issues), cause allergies and a lot of other health problems. The legislation is not protecting consumers enough, and the promises of the producing companies are often misleading.
Since 2013 I am making this range of care products myself. My products are created with natural ingredients like oils and butters, and if possible I choose organic sources. They are free of parabens, sulphate, petrochemicals, do not contain known carcinogens or hormone disrupters and are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
I love to create care products that look good, have a pleasant smell (a very personal preference) and are of a consistency that feels good and especially feels good on the skin. Natural oils and butters do not only provide healthy moisturisers, but they are also full of vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals that protect, feed and possibly help repair the skin.
For fragrance I mostly use essential oils. Essential oils have a lot of benefits for the skin (moisturising, promoting healing, antiseptic effects etc.), the body and the mind, and of course they are a natural source of fragrance.
Most of the products are suitable for almost all skin types. Some products were created for special skin types, like oily skin, mature skin, very sensitive skin.
Low allergy products are especially created for very sensitive skin, babies, and pregnant women – to reduce the risk of any unwanted reaction even further. They only contain up to four different organic ingredients: olive oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter and Olivem (an olive oil derived emulsifier), plus 2 plant derived preservatives from basil and palm, no added colour or fragrance.
The Olive oil soap is made from organic Olive oil, KOH and water, to create a pure soap. The glycerine that is produced in the chemical reaction of soap making, is not removed and leaves a silky feeling to the skin after being washed off.
Because I am using mainly natural ingredients the shelf life time of the finished products is not as long as you can expect from products made from chemicals. Oils and butters will go rancid, vitamins and enzymes loose their properties over time. By storing my products in the fridge you can extend their “life span”.
As Sunprotection I am using zinc oxide in some of my products. Zinc oxide is a wonderful moisturiser, and has antiseptic properties. It is a fantastic sun block, protecting the skin from UVA (A for ageing and also causing skin cancers) and UVB (B for burning) without any harmful other effects to the body or the environment.
Ingredients widely used in sunscreens, like Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Tinosorb S and M, PABA and trolamine salicylate PABA have shown to be absorbed through the skin, are hormone disrupters, causing allergic reactions, have toxic break down products, and are damaging corals and fish. That is why an increasing number of states are banning certain ingredients in sunscreen.
Zinc oxide, Titanium, and also Mexoryl and Avobenzone are considered safe products.
Zinc oxide is also available as micronised zinc oxide (less obvious on the skin). The higher the percentage in the formula the higher the protection. Easily accessible tables are showing that each percent of added zinc oxide provides approximately an extra SPF of 1. For micronised zinc oxide the factor is even 1.5. Therefore 10% zinc oxide in a formula should have an SPF of about 10.
According to the Australian laws any product claiming an SPF of over 15 is regulated by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), has to be registered as a sunscreen and provide proof of its claims.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is only an indicator for protection from UVB, as it only indicates how much longer you can stay in the sun before the skin turns red. SPF 10 indicates you can stay 10 times longer in the sun than without the sun screen. If without protection it would take 10 minutes for the skin to turn red, with SPF 10 it will take 100 minutes. Unfortunately the SPF is no indication for protection from UVA.
My lip balms and lotions with zinc oxide have not been registered as sun screens, and I am not claiming that they provide an SPF of over 15. I also do not claim them to be water resistant (although you will struggle to wash zinc off your skin with water and soap. A cream cleanser makes it easy work).
If you use my products with zinc oxide please check careful if and how much protection from the sun you will get. First signs of too long exposure to the sun will be a reddening of the skin.
I welcome any feedback, criticism and suggestions. It is my wish to create a range of care products that will satisfy the need for healthy and pleasurable “lotions and potions.”
Warmest regards, and thank you for your support.
– Cornelia Krasser
For better results, have someone else apply these products.