Since the summer season of 2020 has started, let me share with you something that I truly enjoy at this time of year –
Hydrosols aka Hydrolats.
HairBlues followers know that I am an essential oils enthusiast, and that I use them as a Complementary Assisted Method (CAM) for wellness enrichment. What makes essential oils even more attractive to me is that every time I attend a webinar about them, people from all over the world are also attending, trying to figure out how, when, and why these “gifts” from plants can help us. To quote the News Correspondent, Rachel Maddow, “Why is that?”
In her book “Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy”, Suzanne Catty refers to aromatherapy as a branch of “phytotherapy” (plant therapy).
The study of aromatherapy continues to give me “Aha moments“. In my research I find that the story continues – that essential oils can provide therapeutic benefits, which make one feel and live better. Suzanne Catty defines hydrosols as the equivalent of a homeopathic version of essential oils. To quote her, “Hydrosols are the condensate water coproduced during the steam-or hydro-distillation of plant material for aromatherapeutic purposes.” Continue reading Hydrosols: Plant Therapy and Essential Oils
It’s a brand new year, and brand new times for cosmetics in California. That’s right!
Some of you may remember my post in September 2018, when I reported that a bill was introduced by Former Governor of California, Jerry Brown to BAN animal testing for cosmetics. https://hairblues.me/2018/09/30/animals-will-be-freed-from-testing-cosmetics/
It turns out that animal testing cosmetics is not a requirement to prove that cosmetics are safe. The new law has come into effect as of January 1, 2020. This new law bans the sale or import of animal tested cosmetics. In addition, the states of Nevada, and Illinois have joined in the push to BAN animal testing on cosmetics. This is the first such law in the United States. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/01/business/ap-us-animal-tested-cosmetics-bans.html
Continue reading Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Bill for 2020
Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker. In addition, whenever I sign-up for an aromatherapy webinar people from all over the world are in attendance, looking for solutions and remedies to support their mind, body and spirit well-being.
As a certified aromatherapist and trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.
The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)
As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils is that these oils are not synthetically produced.
So what is the difference? Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely. When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical‘ name along with the common name. For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
Continue reading Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?
As we transition from Summer to Fall it may be that you should consider tweaking your skincare routine. That’s what some of the dermatologist and other beauty consultants suggest. Here is a link to some guidelines for you.
And, when you’re done viewing the tips for how to moisturize, exfoliate, and lotion-up, take a look at the suggestions from Cruelty-Free Kitty. You will be glad you did.
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)
Continue reading Sunscreen That’s FDA Grase
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.
What remedies have you used lately for your “under eye” issues? This segment is the third post in the series about the best care and remedies for dark circles, puffiness and general “under eye” care.
Here’s what I found about Eye Gel Patches:
1. Eye Gel Patches contain collagen, which help skin look fresh, buoyant, and younger. They are usually made from natural, friendly ingredients and materials that often moisturize and hydrate the skin. Many times, wrinkles form from not drinking enough water. Source: How Eye Gel Patches Can Remove Under Eye Wrinkles | Eye Care Continue reading Are Eye Gel Patches Safe?
I don’t know about you but I have spent a ‘pretty penny’ trying to find the best skin care products to use. It’s an expensive dent in my budget. That’s why when I read this article in the March 2016 Real Simple Magazine, I could not wait to share it with you. Of course we all have our ‘favorites’ when it comes to skin care, and so do our faces :). However, one should experiment occasionally when adding a new product to our skin care regimen. Here are some of the highlights of what the dermatologists had to say.
♦ According to Heather Rodgers, M.D. washing your face twice a day is not required because your skin protects it. For example, once you’ve cleaned your face in the evening, the next morning you only need to rinse it with water. Dr. Rodgers recommends Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($6.00) – Eucerin Products
♦ Elizabeth Hale, M.D. advises that it’s very important to use Sunscreen every single day. Foundation, which has sunscreen does not protect your skin. She recommends L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition SPF 30 Day Lotion *$20.00) –L’Oreal Products
♦ Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23.00) shows beneficial change. –Roc Retinol Products
These are just a few of the suggestions in the magazine article. There is a wealth of information worth purchasing the magazine for.
In addition, you can go to the website for more information by clicking the link below.
♦ Best BB Creams for Every Skin Concern – BB creams quickly went from trend to staple after women learned that using them could slash a few steps from their daily beauty routine. Somewhere between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, BB creams provide light coverage to help hide imperfections, but are also laced with antioxidants and sunscreen. Source: Skincare | Real Simple
Everyone knows wearing sunscreen in the summer is important, but many forget that even in the winter our skin is exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you’re like me you think, “but I work in an office and am inside all day, why wear sunscreen?” Well, Dr. Marsha Gordon, St. Ives Consulting Dermatologist, has thankfully made me rethink this notion. Dr. Gordon says that although “the amount of ultraviolet radiation produced by ordinary fluorescent lighting is very small, in winter we are still exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. We are exposed during our commutes because UVA penetrates window glass, in our offices and homes if they are sunny and we are exposed even more if we enjoy snow sports because of the reflection added by the snow.” She emphasizes that this cumulative UV exposure is what causes photo aging (exactly what we don’t want!), so it’s important to protect our skin (face, neck, chest, anything exposed) everyday. via SPF in Winter Too, Your Skin Will Thank You! – Beauty News NYC – The First Online Beauty Magazine.
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HairBlues is always looking for newer and more innovative ways to aid you with finding methods to support your well-being. We want you beautiful on the inside, as well as on the outside. That’s why when it came to our attention that there is medical care, which you can tap into as a way to get answers to your questions about health issues online, we wanted to tell you about it right away. What a wonderful thing! You can have a support group, which knows what you are experiencing because they are trying to manage the same types of issues. And guess what? Just by logging online with your computer, or mobile device, you can become medical care savvy. Continue reading Crowdsource Your Medical Care