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Celebrating Black History Month with Cruelty-Free & Black Owned Business Self-Care Products

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The Lip Bar

Dirt Don’t Hurt

Stay beautiful 🙂

Aromatic Wellness Icon – Jade Shutes

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I have posted on this blog about Jade Shutes before. I follow her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/aromaticstudies/.

I am a graduate of the Aromatic Studies programs as a Certified Aromatherapist and Trainer.

Below is a link to Jade Shutes YouTube channel. There are free demonstrations of various remedies for health and well-being using her recipes and produced by her.

Help yourself to learning more at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/c/AromaticStudies/videos

Happy New Year!

All the best for your Well-being and Wellness regimens.

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https://hairblues.me/2022/05/08/living-with-the-book/

A Conversation about Cruelty-Free, Vegan Beauty Products and Climate Change.

These days the conversation about climate change is a constant concern. A recurring topic on HairBlues.me has been cruelty-free and Vegan products. This month we continue that conversation as we explore what the differences are between cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics, and why some companies use “green” packaging.

The November Wellness Connections podcast explains the difference among these products, and packaging.

Also available on Apple, Google and other podcast platforms

Do you know cruelty-free products are not more expensive?
Source: Are Cruelty Free Brands Actually More Expensive? (crueltyfreeonly.com)

Do you know that there is no confirmation testing on animals makes cosmetics safer for humans?
Source: http://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cosmetics-testing-faq

Do you know that Covergirl has a Vegan product called CleanFresh?

Source: Is CoverGirl Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2021 Update) – Cruelty Free Only

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What is “green packaging“?

Source: https://www.thecosmeticboxes.co.uk/


Find out more about cruelty-free and vegan products :
ethicalelephant.com/crueltyfree-vs-vegan/

Reasons to Use Vegan, Cruelty Free Products – Cocosoul (mycocosoul.com)

Natural Skin Care & Hair Care Blogs – Cocosoul (mycocosoul.com)

Happy Holidays!

Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that :). Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM

Organically Beautiful

canstockphoto1007021How many of you are thinking about using beauty products that are organically produced? Does it make a difference? How can you know if a beauty product is truly organic?  Below are a few things Julyne Derrick, Beauty Expert had to say:

  •  A bottle marked “organic” must contain 95 percent organic ingredients, but those marked “natural” or “made with organic ingredients” may still contain the bad stuff. 
  •  Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is all you need to find out what beauty products are safe, and which ones get a poor rating.
  • Extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil and really, any sort of oil, work great to hydrate skin both on your face and body.

Continue reading Organically Beautiful

Black Beauties Celebrate Black History Month

canstockphoto4506025[1]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! canstockphoto15964695[1] 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.

Click the picture below to see 12 Beauty Blogs for Natural Hair

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Remedies for Dry Skin Season

Happy New 2014 Year!  It’s January, which for many of us is dry skin season!  So what can we do?  I searched around for remedies that we can easily use.  As always, check on the link for details.

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  • Take short showers (no more than 10 minutes) and use warm water. “Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated and itchy,” says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY.
  • Use creamy cleansers.
  • Opt for mild face and body washes—the milkier looking, the better. Steer clear of harsh detergents such as triclosan and ammonium lauryl sulfate; instead, check the label for gentle surfactants like sodium laureth sulfate and cocoamidopropyl betaine.
  • Slather on a rich moisturizer.
  • Postshower, pat skin dry and apply an oil-based cream instead of a lighter lotion to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness.
  • To boost absorption, warm your jar of cream in a sink of hot water while you shower.

Moisturize again before bed

  • Hydrating skin at least twice a day is ideal—after a morning shower or bath and then right before turning in for the night. “There’s a slight elevation in body temperature while you’re sleeping, so products seep into skin better,” says Dr. Bank.
  • Slip into gloves and socks at night.
  • Dampen hands and feet, slather on cream, and wear cotton gloves and socks for a few hours or to bed—they’ll block evaporation and help the cream penetrate more effectively, says Dr. Day.

More from Prevention: Best Cold-Weather Skin Tips via Skin Care Beauty Tips for Cold Weather – Prevention.com.

I hope this is helpful! 🙂

Native American Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto9030450Some 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

Natural Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto14988903Do you think about whether your beauty is ‘Natural’?  How does one become a ‘natural beauty’ ? What about all the signs fashion and cosmetic experts tell us define beauty?  Does beauty get defined from within?

Well, it turns out that there are  ways to enhance your beauty, as well as other ways to define it.  According to an article I read,  natural beauty can be had without facials, makeup, hair extensions, or the latest fashion item.  Yes, you can have beauty just by doing some, or all,  of the following things:

  • Stop Smoking!
  • Cut down on sun exposure.
  • Stress and depression contribute to aging.
  • Overweight adds to making us look older.

canstockphoto0122697Did you know that people who smile, and laugh are perceived to be younger?  They usually have a more cheerful and younger outlook. Have you ever seen older people who look annoyed, and are, or seem to be, frowning? Chances are they appear older to you.  So keep that positive outlook, it will not only make you feel better, it will make you look better.

Other Suggestions

  • Pursue activities you enjoy.  Remember my post about Yoga and “downward facing dog”?
  • Exercise. Lift weights. Keep active.
  • Travel keeps you active and gives you a younger outlook when you learn and see new things.

Read more at: http://www.well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/a-youthful-glow-radiating-from-within/?_r=0

Remember you’re as young as you feel and if you feel young, you will look younger!

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Who knew SPF is the Fountain of Youth?

canstockphoto7925768 I am convinced aging is something we should welcome. The opportunity to share our mature years with our family and friends is certainly a blessing.  Nevertheless, not only do we want to be fit, we also want to look our best.  Feeling good about our appearance is important to many of us. So when a study comes out that helps us to do that, we are happy to learn about it.

In a recent study conducted at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with 903 adults below the age of 55 that regular use of sunscreen show no increase in skin aging.  In fact, the study showed that the adults who used sunscreen daily appeared 24 percent younger than those who did not use the sunscreen daily. Miracle? Maybe :), but I think many of us may consider using SPF protection going forward after hearing about these findings.  you can read more about the study by clicking this link. via Sunscreen – The New Fountain of Youth? | Advanced Dermatology Blog – Dermatologists in NY and NJ.

Below is the scoop on some of the best moisturizers with SPF.  Click on the link for details.spf_creams

  • Sunscreens are essential for skin care day in and day out, 365 days a year. If applied correctly (meaning liberally and reapplied as often as needed), they are the best anti-wrinkle product you can use. In order to make the Best Products list, a moisturizer with sunscreen must: Provide broad-spectrum sun protection and be rated SPF 15 or greater. Help skin fight sun damage. Increase healthy collagen production. Contain a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Protect skin from environmental damage. Improve skin texture. Contain the appropriate ingredients for your skin type. Not be packaged in a jar via Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen: Beautypedia Skin Care Reviews.
  • When I first got into my SPF obsession (back in my undergrad years of college), I didn’t really feel the need to shell out money for the most expensive brands. I was happy perusing the drugstore aisles for a decent moisturizer. I also wasn’t aware how important having an SPF of 30 was. The best one I found was Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer in SPF 15 ($16.99) (although a SPF 30 one does exist and I recommend getting that one). via Renee Jacques: I Tried Seven Popular Sunscreens And Found The Best One.

I hope this is helpful 🙂