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Pet Lovers Beauty Products

It came to me recently that some of my Hairblues followers may have allergies to  the ‘popular’ beauty products advertised to fix all sorts issues – as well as – the promise of keeping us ‘wrinkle free’ forever and guaranteeing  that we can stay youthful looking long after the ages when one thinks of youth.

As a senior citizen, I’m here to tell you that eventually we change, if we are lucky enough to live a long and healthy life.  Perhaps more important than all that, do you know what  chemicals are in the products that you buy? And, how the companies decide which chemicals/products to use, or not to use, and why?

In addition, some of you might be concerned about the methods some of the beauty products on the market use to test their merchandise.  I don’t own a pet (yet), but I have friends who have adorable cats and dogs, which I have grown fond of. And, with that said, it is certainly worth a conversation to know/decide.

  • Have you ever thought of your cosmetics as having ‘dirty’ ingredients?   Credo Beauty  gives a list of ingredients which they never use in their beauty line and a definition of why.    For their list of ingredients you should ‘ditch’ check out this link: https://credobeauty.com/pages/dirtyingredients
  • When you visit the Credo.com site you will be pleasantly surprised to find many products and information. They also have a Clean Beauty Swap section, which gives replacement products for what you could be using now 🙂

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I continued to search the www  and found some sites I think are worth looking at to get an idea of what is available in the ‘Clean’ and ‘Cruelty Free’beauty products. You can get a cruelty free guide by joining the Cruelty Free Kitty list at this link:   Cruelty free brands

 Since cruelty-free certification is done on a voluntary basis, not all cruelty-free companies are certified.  If a company or brand has an official cruelty-free claim, and if they don’t test products nor ingredients on animals, don’t hire third parties to test on animals on their behalf, and don’t sell their products in China, I consider it a cruelty-free company, and I make sure to include it on this list, as well as include proof and correspondence.
Read more at http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com

 Leaping Bunny 
In response, eight national animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo. They work with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy. You can find out more at: Leaping Bunny Blog

Now that we’ve had the conversation, you may want to try some of the cruelty free products and explore whether you can replace some of your products little by little.  For example, lipsticks.  There is a great website I encourage you to explore.  It’s called LUSHUSA.COM.  I can assure you that you will find something worth trying.

 

 


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Black Makeup Trends, African Beauty History

canstockphoto4506025[1] To celebrate Black History Month I thought you would enjoy some of the various hairstyles and looks African American women have worn to showcase their beauty.  I think you will find it quite interesting. Click the source link.

How has Black beauty changed since 1910? Billie Holiday-esque bold lips and an updo decorated with flowers was the go-to look of the ’40s, while the ’70s called for big ‘fros and natural makeup. The ’90s gave us the realness of Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice braids, but our favorite look may just be today’s, in which women embrace their textured tresses in all their glory.

♥ Source: Black Makeup Trends, African Beauty History
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In addition, Illamasqua Blog (London, UK) reports the importance of the black beauty industry and provides us with a historical account of African American women who were pioneers in the industry. Click the Illamasqua blog link to learn more.

To celebrate Black History Month, we’re focusing on the colossal growth and social importance of the black beauty industry. Globally, black women invest over £4.8 billion on beauty products and services every year. According to the IPA, black British Women spend a massive six times more on hair products than their white counterparts.

♥ Source: BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE BEAUTY PIONEERSIllamasqua Blog – Illamasqua Blog

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Chapped Lips Causes & Remedies

chapped-lipsRecently I had a bad case of chapped lips, and tried several remedies. What I learned is that chapped lips can be caused in various ways:  Medications and supplements, dehydration, licking/biting your lips, and sun exposure.

One of the main ingredients you should look for when selecting a lip balm is: Petroleum.  Yes!  Vaseline works according to what I read at Livestrong.com

canstockphoto18815440 You may think of chapped lips as something that only happens in the winter. But the truth is, unless you take special care, your lips can get dry, sore, and scaly any time of year. If you do these things, you could be your own worst enemy when it comes to healthy lips. Source: Chapped Lips Remedies: Lip Balm Tips for Severely Dry Lips

What worked for me was Kiehl’s LIP BALM #1 .  Fantastic remedy in just a few applications.  Check out their website to see all the products they have for this issue.  They even have a lip balm for babies.

 


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Skin Beauty Tips

christmas_makeupHow many of us can use a little help when it comes to knowing what skin type we have?  As usual, when I search the www I find some useful tips.  Check out what CoverGirl has to say. Discover the skin type that best describes your complexion and receive tips on achieving a flawless look once you ID your complexion type.canstockphoto15964695[1]

  • NORMAL SKIN
    Normal skin usually looks and feels smooth but can also react to changes in the environment: oilier in the summer and drier in the winter.
  • DRY SKIN
    Dry skin occurs naturally as you age as the oil glands decrease their output. Dryness may also reflect your skin’s sensitivity to skincare products, cleansers, and even your diet or your emotions.
  •  Choose double-duty foundations that moisturize while helping to smooth the appearance of skin’s surface, like Advanced Radiance or CG Smoothers.e
  • Avoid alcohol-based products like harsh toners and astringents. • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturiz! If your skin is extra dry, try a tinted moisturizer as a base for your foundation. Source: Know Your Skin Type | COVERGIRL

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Olay just launched a tool that tells you the cold hard truth. Acting like a sister or a good friend, Skin Advisor analyzes a makeup-free selfie you submit and a short question set about your skin-care routine and preferences and tells you your “best” areas, “improvement” areas and exactly how old your skin actually looks—then includes product recommendations to help with the aforementioned areas. Source: Olay’s New Tool Tells You Exactly How Old Your Skin Looks—An – News – DailyBeauty – The Beauty Authority – NewBeauty

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5-Minute Holiday Makeup Looks to Try This Season

It’d be nice to have 30 minutes to spend on festive holiday makeup, but when you’re going straight from the office to a party, it’s usually more like five. These eight looks will have you bright, shiny, and sultry in almost no time. Source: 5-Minute Holiday Makeup Looks to Try This Season | Allure

Enjoy!


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Carrot Seed Oil for Mature Skin

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Essential Oils are all the rage among people who are looking for ‘natural’ remedies to aid with all sorts of  health and beauty needs.  As some of you are already aware, I am an Aromatherapy – Enthusiast, which has led me to explore learning more about these oils, that come from flowers, plants, seeds and roots.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), of which I am a recent member, suggest some safety guidelines before applying these oils to your skin. NAHA also states that Hydrosols are effective toners. Hydrosols are less concentrated forms of the essential oils.

Recently, I read that Carrot Seed Oil is good for ‘rejuvenating’ the skin, and it helps with wrinkles.  A ‘safer way’ to explore using essential oils for the first time is to try an already made hydrosol, or make a hydrosol spray of your own using distilled water, plus 20 drops of the essential oil. Shake and spray on your skin :). carrot-flowerTake a moment to read about this Carrot Seed Hydrosol, I found at Nature’s Gifts Website.

  • Carrot Seed Hydrosol is the hydrosol of choice for aging skin. Carrot Seed Essential Oil is recommended for treating wrinkles, scar tissue, etc., so it stands to reason that the hydrosol would be recommended for the same uses. Carrot Seed Hydrosol makes a wonderful toner or gentle cleanser for mature skin. It is a great base for a homemade face cream.Source: Nature’s Gift | Aromatherapy Products | Carrot Seed Hydrosol


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Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

running-573762_1280An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight?

Activity trackers are great for counting our steps.  I use Fitbit to help me track my 10,000 steps a day, which the American Heart Association recommends for those of us who are not exercise buffs, but want  to satisfy a minimal exercise commitment.

A recent article suggests that we are relying too much on our monitors, and less on our diets. So this is a reminder that it is also necessary for us to do more than just move to keep our weight in a range that is healthful. Here are some suggestions:

  • Work on maintaining a low-calorie diet designed to help you with weight loss.
  • Move more.  Try for at least 100 minutes of moderate activity each week.
  • Keep a daily food and exercise log.
  • Use a support system to help you stay on the course of weight wellness.
  • Check your progress in about six months.

Remember, using your activity tracker alone is not enough.

Source: Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts – The New York Times


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Beauty & Health Wise

canstockphoto16025243[1]Hairblues, as many of you have noticed, expanded the topics covered on this blog to more than just hair stuff. As I explore the www for beauty and health-wise topics, it becomes more of a challenge to get that information to you in a timely fashion.  After all, many of us find that we are swamped with email. Therefore, I have purposely kept my posts to once or twice a month to avoid being the clutter in your e-box. The end of September seems like a good time to bring you some topics I think are timely as we head into the fall and soon to be winter months in New York. I am hopeful you will also find these topics and links useful.
SPF creams are good for our skincare. sunscreenDermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day when you are outside, not just during the summer.
https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs

Your Winter Face fall coldLips – ‘Studies show that .6 percent of all cancers in the US are on the lips, and men are especially at risk. The lower lip, which receives greater sun exposure, is especially vulnerable to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. Protect your lips from sun damage as well as chapping and peeling with a lip balm, stick or gloss sunscreen. http://www.skincancer.org/news/holidays-seasons/your-winter-face

 

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One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great. Style-secrets Winter Hair Tips Winter Haircare

canstockphoto13252072[1]Different seasons require different care techniques to maintain healthy hair. While you might wear your tresses out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your mane routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape so that when spring rolls around, your tresses will be ready to face warm weather in good health. via: http://blackhair.about.com/od/basiccare/tp/winterhaircaretips.htm


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Hair Loss Nutrition

canstockphoto14539757If you are one of the women or men suffering from hair loss, you are probably ambivalent about whether there will ever be a cure, which does not require years of needles, medications, and whatever else you have heard about in the beauty market.  Some of us have actually experienced ‘snake-oil’ remedies, only to suffer the consequences of losing more hair and never to recover those locks again.

‘Two thirds of men suffer with hair loss by the age of 35, and 40% of hair loss sufferers are women’ – Source: American Hair Loss Association – Men’s Hair Loss / Mission. And to make matters worse,  a recent article reported that thousands of women ‘lose hair because of using a well-publicized product’, which was endorsed by a particular celebrity.  With all these unsuccessful instances, actually there is a conversation going on about whether the FDA can help not only with hair products, but beauty products in general. So, what are people with hair loss concerns to do?  Alopecia is a real, ongoing, epidemic-level condition. “What is to be done?”

canstockphoto14705801My answer for now is to remain positive, hopeful and continually reaching.  I continue to explore prudently.  In conversation with a hair specialist I learned that she had a client who saw an increase in hair growth by changing her diet.  She was actually able to reduce the amount of  false hair used/added that would be used cosmetically to enhance her look!

That’s good news!  We can explore with our diet: what a win-win remedy!  Even if we don’t see a substantial increase in hair growth, we will be feeding our bodies with good nutrition, and reaping the benefits of better health.  “Hair LaVie” is a vitamin company, which makes a series of products.  Consumers have testified about results, which come from the use of their products.  You can peruse their website at your convenience, if you want to learn more.

I was encouraged by a recent post on the “Hair La Vie” blog, which stated:  ‘If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious way to try and grow your hair, these nutrient-packed smoothies & juices are for you. Not only can these juices boost hair’s growth, but they can also provide you with shiny, smooth, and more manageable hair.’ Source: Hair La Vie 

smoothie-1427436_1920Smoothies were made with: Cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, apples, ginger juice, celery, lemons, berries, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla almond milk, banana, avocado, mango, walnut, flax seed, chard leaves, strawberries, Greek or regular yogurt.

Now that you have your shopping list, what are you waiting for?  Let’s experiment with some ‘natural’ remedies, and treat ourselves at the same time.  Click Hair La Vie for recipes.

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Sun Protection with SPF ?

heat-149937_1280Many of us know that we should use some type of protection from the sun on our skin.  But how many of us know what makes an SPF product right for our needs and to get the best results. I searched the www to find what the experts say. Make sure to click the source links for more details.

Here are some facts

  1. The term SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of UVB protection.
  2. UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays, leading to wrinkles and dark spots on the skin.
  3. By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays may still be getting through.
  4. …choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
  5. Look for the following on your product’s label: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. Source: PCA SKIN

Here are some products I think are worth checking out.

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Have fun & be careful out there 🙂


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Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that :). Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM