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ADOPT A CORAL REEF & Sunscreen Advice

Hello Everyone,

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?

The Verdict

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.
Source: https://www.allure.com/story/when-to-apply-sunscreen-before-or-after-moisturizer

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SPF Sunscreen for Coral Reefs & Earthling Beauties

Earth Day
(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.

  1. 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.

Sources:

Foot Massage with Essential Oils (Yummy)

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.

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What is Green Makeup?

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.”
Source: https://www.organicspamagazine.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-green-makeup/

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

Cruelty Free: Makeup & Shaving Brushes

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

Cruelty Free Cosmetics for Holiday Beauties!

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!
https://www.covergirl.com/en_us/collection-makeup/

Source documents: 
https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/news/is-covergirl-cruelty-free/
https://crueltyfreeinternational.org/

Transitioning to Cruelty Free Cosmetics

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

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Animals Will be Freed from Testing 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.

Some Facts:

  • 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.

 

Brown Skin Care for Summertime

Brown skin women often are surprised when they get burned by the sun.  Although brown skin does have a natural SPF of 13, allowing us to stay in the sun longer than women with white skin. However, we still need sunscreen to protect us from absorbing ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

  • Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for summer tans — and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to living tissue. 
  • UVA & UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer

Here’s what you need to know and do to protect that beautiful skin of yours. 

  • Use sunscreen!  Sunscreens blocks/ absorbs the UVA  &UVB rays before they affect/damage your skin.
  • The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on.
  •  SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out into the sun.  This will allow your skin to absorb the product and create a protective shield.
  • Apply sunscreen to your face, neck , hands, and scalp! Apply after swimming even if it’s “water-proof”.
  • Look for broad-spectrum products .
  • Check expiration dates.  Toss after one year.

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Pimples & Tea Tree Essential Oil Safety

Some of you may have already noticed that I am an Aromatherapy Enthusiast.  In fact,  I find essential oils fascinating.  So much so that I studied and acquired my Aromatherapist Level One certification, at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, which is an approved school by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ( NAHA ).

Essential Oils are all the rage recently and I expect the popularity of essential oils will continue to grow.  After all, many of us are looking for ‘natural‘ remedies to take care of fairly simple beauty issues.   However, along with their popularity, I am forced to clarify and point those who are using essential oils in a direction, which advises you to use them safely.

  • I came across an article recently which suggested that you could use Tea Tree oil (also known by its Latin name  Melaleuca alternifolia) for pimples. I do know of persons who have used Tea Tree essential oil as a remedy for pimples. However, I suggest that you use caution when applying essential oils on your skin.

As a matter of fact, if you are not knowledgeable/trained in the use of essential oils, I suggest that you research first.  Take a look at the link below for suggestions on how to use Tea Tree oil, and be safe first.

https://www.aromaweb.com/articles/dilutingessentialoils.asp