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
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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
Spring always makes me feel like I want to begin something new. That’s why this Post is going to give you links to some places you may find interesting, and useful. Continue reading Spring Beauties
How many hours have you spent this year with your manicurist and/or hairstylist? And more to the point, how dependable have they been for you? Well, now is the time for you to let them know how much you appreciate their service by giving them a holiday tip. I searched the web to get some guidance on what the experts think. This is what I found out. (By the way, some of these articles were written in past years; however I believe you can still use this information to help you decide.)
Tis the season for holiday tipping, and etiquette expert Anna Post has a message for cash-strapped consumers; just because you’re broke, it doesn’t make it OK to cut back on tipping at the salon. Ms. Post recommends giving your manicurist a holiday tip that’s the same amount as the price of a manicure.
♦ The rule of thumb for salon tipping applies even in a shaky economy, says Ms. Post, an author and speaker from the Emily Post Institute. She recommends a 20% tip on all salon services, before tax, unless the person giving you the haircut or massage is the owner of the salon. “That’s a different kind of relationship,” says Ms. Post, who says you don’t have to tip if your stylist is the owner of the salon. “The idea is that tips are given to people who don’t make that much money.”
♦ When it comes to haircuts, she typically also tips the shampoo person $2 to $3 – she goes up to $5 if the person “goes the extra mile”, offering an extended scalp massage. If a different person blowdries your hair, she recommends tipping that person $2 to $3 as well. These tips would be in addition to the 20% of the price of your haircut that you’re giving your stylist, she says. via http://www.emilypost.com/out-and-about/tipping/89-general-tipping-guidelines
Click For More – http://ifyoucantaffordtotip.com/tipping-standards-u-s/
Some of you may remember our post last year, which gave us ideas for using natural products to enhance our beauty. As you may recall, those suggestions came from old beauty rituals used by Native Americans. Well, once again we have found some wonderful suggestions for taking care of yourself using ancient Native American Wisdom.
Native American Beauty Wisdom: Blueberry Honey? Honeysuckle Chamomile? Body Butters? These are just a few of the names used for the products made by the Native Wisdom company. Why don’t you check it out for yourself. I assure you, it will be a nice learning experience. ♦ Native Wisdom is a 100% Native American owned company. Products are made from the highest quality ingredients utilizing Native American Herbology passed down from family elders. The co-owners of the company are three sisters. The eldest sister, a former chemist for the FDA, did extensive research on herbal products. The middle sister has over 10 years experience in the skin care industry. The youngest sister, a dean’s list student pursuing her MBA, specializes in marketing research for the company. via: http://www.nativewisdombeauty.com/index.cfm/fa/pages.main/pageID/2
At Hairblues, we can never get enough information for helping us make our locks easier to manage. Check out what kind of remedies American Indians use for their hair.
American Indian Remedies for Hair
- Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.
- Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/way_5729694_american-indian-hair-grow-remedies.html#ixzz2lj32MFjJ