Disconcerting information about uterine cancer – a rare type of cancer, has resurfaced in the news recently. A study from the National Institutes of Health revealed that women who use hair straightening products at least 4 times a year are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer.
And, Black Women are at a higher risk. Below are some key points listed in the article. Use the source links in this post to get a detailed description of the study.
Uterine cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women around the world.
A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who do not.
The information is both important and disturbing. After reading the articles, you may want to consult your care providers for more information and recommendations specific to your personal circumstances. One question, which comes to mind is does the study indicate that other types of cancer may also be attributed to hair straighteners?
I am struck so much by the unfortunate display of sadness about the alopecia conversation. I started the HairBlues.me blog 10 years ago, and still, after all this time, women, and I might add, men, and children continue to be troubled by this condition. That’s why the Alopecia industry is such a big industry: wigs, solutions, and potions that promise delivery of new locks. When you find a moment, listen to my brief podcast about this challenge.
We can get to the moon, but we have not solved this problem yet – unless we accept that “beauty” comes in all forms. The sooner we get in touch with that the sooner we will not find ourselves witnessing painful incidents of what is pre-determined as “beauty” by how one’s hair grows and looks.
Those of us who suffer from hair loss remain hopeful that new remedies for this problem will continue to come forward and become more available. After all, we can go to Jupiter right? The hair loss issue is ongoing, complex and continues to grow. Even Instagram Star Kayla Itsines thought it was important enough to share her hair loss. I think it’s comforting for young women who are feeling ‘singled-out’ and scared to know they are not alone, and it’s not just a ‘senior citizen’ problem 🙂
Having said that, I am encouraged by a recent article in the New York Times about a Danish company, Harklinikken. This company is opening clinics in the US. Yes! Read a summary of what I learned. As always you can view the entire article on your own by clicking the source link. Continue reading Hair Loss & New Remedies→
For some of us, dark circles under our eyes is a beauty issue we would rather not have. As a matter of fact, when I speak with others about this issue, they often don’t know why dark circles appear under their eyes. I am sure you have heard that rubbing your eyes constantly is a cause of dark circles. I was eager to search the www to find out what was available for us to learn. It turns out that the Mayo Clinic had a very simple list of reasons why this occurs. Continue reading Eye Care for Dark Circles – Reasons & Solutions→
As the Seasons change, so does our skin. How we treat these changes can determine how our skin will look. In this Post I want to share with you some suggestions for taking care of your skin in this Fall season. See what some of the experts say about what we should do, and what products can help us. After you read the summary, click on the link to read the full details. Continue reading What’s Your Fall Beauty Regimen?→
How do you imagine that African-American women ever thought that their skin was different from everyone else? How many of us remember the concern for ‘ashy’ skin. As young girls African-American girls learn to ‘lotion-up’ their skin . How many of us remember ‘Jergens’, and that wonderful smell in the morning before you put your clothes on? Well it turns out that training we received from our parents, cousins, grandmothers, has proved to give many of us beautiful skin late into our older years 🙂
The truth is African-American skin is no different from other skin-types, except that we have more melanin. And, having more melanin means that you will have darker skin. Darker skinned ladies will have better defenses against the sun, but they still have to protect their skin from the sun. This is very important to remember. We all burn in the sun.
Below are some tips I found for you to help you take care of your skin. When you find the time, read the full article, and learn about the many care steps you can take to stay beautiful !
What You Must Know
Always use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser (avoid bar soaps; they are too drying, can clog pores and cause skin to look ashy and feel dry).
Always choose products that are right for your skin type (i.e. gels and serums for oily or combination skin; creams and lotions for dry skin).
Always use a well formulated sunscreen during the day (the most typical cause of uneven skin tone for women of color is sun damage).
Always use products loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients including antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.
Add humidity to your home. Portable humidifiers or those that work with your heating system put moisture in the air that will be absorbed by your skin and hair.
Use an oil-based moisturizer. Ointments or heavy creams seal water in the skin and preserve moisture better when the humidity is low.
Slather on sunscreen. Before heading outdoors, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed areas. Sunscreen protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Clean up the right way. Frequent bathing or hot showers or baths can strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol. Instead, use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash. Limit your showers or baths to no more than 10 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize while your skin is still damp.
For too many generations, beautiful black women worried whether their beauty was something to celebrate. As a matter of fact, for too long their hair was thought by some to be a source of embarrassment! Oh my goodness, get caught in the rain and get it wet! What a disaster!Flash forward. And how wonderful it is to see today’s young, old, beautiful black women of many hues celebrate their hair, as well as their beautiful diversity. With that said, as we celebrate African-American beauty, we will bring you tips for taking ‘beautiful’ care of yourself, including your hair.
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