The safe sunscreen conversation continues to be more complicated, which I learned in a recent New York Times article. It turns out that Oxbenzone and octinoxate have been found to affect ‘disrupt’ our hormones. Yes! Of course, it does makes sense that this could happen since it’s damaging the coral layer of the ocean.
In the article, it mentions that chemicals may affect : endocrine disruption, high rate of allergic reaction, cancer. We can agree that this is serious enough to be concerned, and that we should pay attention and focus on using products, which are FDA GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective).
For starters, listed below are some ingredients and products, which are GRASE:
◊ zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
◊ New products: REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen. ($36)
◊ Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34)
There’s a lot more to learn about these chemicals and how to transition to products, which are deemed safer for our planet and personal well-being.
Source: The New York Times, May 23. 2019
SunScreen and Its Possible Dangers, by Rachel Felder
Read more at:
Now that we know something about how Coral Reefs contribute to our planet’s well-being, and which sunscreens are best to use to protect our Coral Reefs, I want to let you know that you can Adopt A Coral Reef
♥ Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and Dr. Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City provide us with suggestions on how to apply sunscreen.
For example, do you know whether you should apply sunscreen before or after your moisturizer?
OK, but seriously, should you put on your SPF before or after moisturizer? Both Zeichner and Shah agree on a little trick to get the best of both worlds: Apply a light moisturizer first, let it soak in completely, and finally finish with your SPF. “My best recommendation is to double-dip and layer a moisturizer with sunscreen first” — let it fully absorb — “and then layer another straight sunscreen, be it a mineral or chemical blocker, on top,” says Zeichner.
(April 20, 2019)
makes us aware that we all are responsible for our planet’s well-being.
I often use this time of year to research the ‘best’ SPF products for our skin during the summer months.
- I have learned that SPF products are among those, which are harming the planet’s Coral Reefs. In July of 2018, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two common chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, which many researchers worldwide have deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life. https://www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/the-truth-about-reef-safe-sunscreen/
2. A coral reef is an underwater
ecosystem characterized by reef-building corals. Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, whose polyps cluster in groups.
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_reef
With that unexpected news, I took the precaution to find out which sunscreens may help you be a better Earthling when you buy SPF products to protect your skin and the skin of your family members.
Below are a few Cruelty and Coral Reef safe Sunscreens.
Click each link for more details.
In keeping with finding new ways to take care of ourselves (and not only with cruelty free makeup and makeup tools), I am delighted to share with you that I have a “win + win” idea to enhance your well-being. That’s right! And you can step right up and take advantage it of it.
♦ According to research, a foot massage can deliver these benefits: reduce stress; pain relief from the side effects of chemotherapy; multiple sclerosis; and, reduce high blood pressure.
Those of you who follow the HairBlues blog know that I am a certified aromatherapist/aromatherapy enthusiast. I continue to study Complementary and Alternative Methods (CAM), which can be used to aid us with our health/wellness issues. Aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils are on that list. As a Certified Aromatherapist, I continue to learn through the study of essential oils about the therapeutic benefits these plant-based products can offer.
Continue reading Foot Massage with Essential Oils (Yummy)
Those of you who have been interested in our on-going conversation about “Cruelty Free’ makeup may also have come across some cosmetics, which claim to be “Green” . In addition, you may have seen cosmetics advertised as ‘organic’ and “certified organic”. Below are some descriptions on what these terms mean. As always, click on the source links for detailed descriptions.
♣ Cosmetics that don’t have any chemical emulsifiers, binders, synthetics, fillers, or paraben preservatives and that use botanicals and minerals, says Jessa Blades, a professional green-makeup artist, based in New York City.
♣ “Green makeup does not have the chemical ingredients that make mascara waterproof or lipstick last all day, so you’ll have to reapply more often,” she says. “Long-wear products are a red flag.”
Green cosmetics, also known as bio cosmetics or eco-friendly makeup
, are cosmetics that are generally manufactured using all-natural, non-toxic ingredients. Many green cosmetics use naturally occurring mineral ingredients for coloring and sun protection purposes. Source: https://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-green-cosmetics.htm
The list is quite long for cosmetics that claim to be organic. Below is a link to a detailed description of certification which is 100 percent organic, versus just organic. Also included are logos indicating “organic” from various countries:
US, France, Germany, Canada to name a few.
Organic Certification of Cosmetics
Happy New Year to you all! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions that you think you can keep?
Since my last post, I have continued my research on “cruelty-free” products that relate to our beauty regimen and the choices we are making to render ourselves beautiful.
So with that in mind, I decided to check what our makeup brushes are made out of. How many of us have actually thought about where our makeup brushes come from? What is used to make them? This might make you feel a little uncomfortable, but it turns out that makeup brushes are often made from animal hair! That’s right. Squirrel hair, and badger hair. Badger hair is in fact used for some of the best and expensive shaving brushes! So guys, you also should be thinking about what you are using to shave that handsome face in the morning. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) shaving products can also have animal derived ingredients. Continue reading Cruelty Free: Makeup & Shaving Brushes
Since my post about Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act in California scheduled to go into effect January, 2020, I’ve been pleasantly introduced to a whole cosmetics world I was not in touch with. And, I must admit that I am so happy to continue my voyage towards being aware of what this could mean for many of us who are looking to support the environment, be kind to animals, and feel gratified that the products we are purchasing guide us toward a more healthful way of conducting our beauty regimen. Because I think this is important for us to be aware of, I will continue in the New Year (2019) to report on my findings and introduce you to many more options for making this choice in the future.
♥ Recently, CoverGirl announced that they will join the Cruelty-Free cosmetics industry. In order to do this, they had to choose not to sell their products in China. You may recall that American and European companies that sell their products in China are subject to compulsory animal testing. However, Cruelty Free International has launched a pilot for Leaping Bunny certified cosmetics to sell in China. This could have a huge impact on cosmetics companies around the world.
♥ Take a look at the CoverGirl collections just in time to makeup for the parties this holiday season and in the New Year ♥ Stay beautiful!
I am always excited to share with you holiday ideas for make-up and gift giving, especially when I think those ideas can be useful and fun. As you know, I have been having a conversation with you about cruelty-free products. I think it is a way for us to get in touch with a future that is coming for some of us very soon. Millennials are way ahead on this issue. Some consider themselves Vegan! I am sure you are wondering what is the difference. Well, I checked.
Vegan products do not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients (such as, honey, beeswax). Often vegan products are free from animal testing too. However, the ‘vegan’ term is not regulated. And, a vegan product is not guaranteed to be cruelty-free. Also, a cruelty-free product may not be ‘vegan’. Are you following me?
♥ One way to be somewhat more confident about what is vegan and what is cruelty-free is to buy your makeup from cruelty-free companies with vegan items. Those companies will often tell you what the ingredients are for your specific needs. source:
Below are companies I found that I think you will enjoy looking up and buying ‘transition‘ cosmetic gifts for yourself and for those on your gift list. Some of the items can be found at Target, for example. 🙂
♥ Charlotte Tilbury – Vegan company https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/pretty-glowing-skin-palette.html
♥ 100% Pure – I was mostly attracted to the presentation on this website. You will enjoy browsing and learning about how they create their cosmetics. They also have gift cards.
♦ Logical Harmony has a full list, which states the products are cruelty-free and vegan. Click the link below.
I have Good News, which I am absolutely delighted to share with you. Some of you may remember my last post about transitioning to using cruelty free cosmetics, and that California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, has put that goal on the agenda of California to be the first US State to make it a law, by penalizing corporations that sell products, which test on animals effective January 2020.Since the last post, I have worked toward doing my research to aid me in transitioning and to reach a goal of using cruelty free cosmetics.
I must say the search has turned out to be delightfully enlightening. That’s right! For starters, I suggest that you pickup a copy of Plant-Powered Beauty, by authors Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault. It is a thorough skincare guide and in a beautifully presented format you will enjoy. It has recipes you can use for your personal skincare routine. Amy and Christina remind us that the skin is our largest body organ. Therefore, what we put on it affects our entire ecosystem. Pick up a copy. I found mine on Amazon.com
Continue reading Transitioning to Cruelty Free Cosmetics
For those of us who have wondered what we are going to do about the question of using cosmetics, which are tested on animals, California is taking an affirmative action to tackle this question by voting to pass a Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which will go into effect by January 1, 2020. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the act. California will become the first state to penalize corporations, that sell products which are tested on animals.
- American and European cosmetics brands sold in China are required to have animal testing. If you are using a product that is sold in China, it is not cruelty free.
- Various products, such as, shampoo, deodorant, and perfume that we use in the US are also sold in China. For example, Maybelline; Este Lauder; Origins; and, Clinique,
Check whether your brand is on that list by clicking here:
♥ Animal tested cosmetics list
- Brands on the “leaping bunny” list are considered to be cruelty free. You can review this list by clicking here:
♥ Cruelty Free Kitty
- The FDA does not require animal testing for cosmetics.
You can read details at this link: Humane Society
- You can load a free app on your iPhone or Android Phone, which helps you find companies that tell you if the company tests on animals. Use this PETA link: https://www.peta.org/action/bunny-free-app/
♥ Amazon sells cruelty free cosmetics: https://www.amazon.com
♥ Use your Bunny Free app to check if the product is truly cruelty free by typing in the product name.