Breakouts are the skin bane of teenagers and adults alike. It’s tempting to reach for the “quick fix” to clear skin. Usually that’s benzoyl peroxide, likely the most widely used ingredient in acne preparations both over the counter and prescription. The use of Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) in cosmetic and acne preparations has been banned throughout Europe. So why are we still using it?
Did you know that more than 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year? One in every 3 cancers diagnosed worldwide is a skin cancer. In 1944, Coppertone sunscreen became the first mass marketed sunscreen. Fast forward to today, about a billion dollars worth of sunscreen are sold each year in the United States.
These days, dermatologists and uninformed health fanatics give the sun a bad reputation. We see shows featuring doctors that lecture audiences on skin cancer and the necessity – real or imagined – of sun screen. We read magazine articles regarding the subject of the public’s growing concern with skin cancer. We watch commercials that promote sun screens to protect us from the UV rays that reached out to us for thousands of years.
You may not be familiar their names, what function they perform to keep you healthy, or what gland produces them, but hormones play a vital role in how you feel both physically and mentally. Hormone imbalances are relatively common, and often go unnoticed. Their symptoms are general, varying, and nondescript, but can easily alter the course of your day.
It’s a hot summer day, and you just got in from a refreshing run – listening to your favorite song, keeping a steady pace, sweat trickling down the side of your face. You could really use a nice, tall glass of water, so you head over to the kitchen sink and fill up a glass. As you eagerly gulp down every last drop, you probably do not stop to ask yourself what chemicals are used to treat the water. Perhaps, we can persuade you to give it a second thought.
Take Your Tresses Back In Time!
One of the most obvious and embarrassing aesthetics that come with the aging process is the thinning, loss, and greying of hair. The rich color, thick volume, and soft texture slowly turns brittle, dry, grey, as it changes like the autumn leaves. Many people, men and women alike, will turn to coloring systems, thickening formulas, or spend excessive amounts on styling products, shampoos, and conditioners in an attempt to bring back the rich life that once emanated from their hair in their days of youth. Unfortunately, many of these techniques can make the situation far worse, and even accelerate your hair’s aging process.
So, what do you do when you comb handfuls of strands out of your scalp everyday? How do you bring back the luminosity and vibrancy you once boasted? And what causes this breakdown of your carefully kept coif? While greying and thinning are a part of the general aging process, you may be surprised at how your own products and techniques play a key role in your loss of hair life. The good news is that, should your product selection be the main contributing factor in your hair’s aging, then you can potentially reverse and heal the damage. We put together a list of hair-dos and hair-don’ts to help you navigate which steps to take next in retaining your youthful coif the natural, nontoxic way.
Taking Toxicity Out of Tidiness
When you search for articles about the aging process and how to reverse it, you more than likely search for posts about skincare, diet options, and other new habits to incorporate into your lifestyle that will enhance your health and appearance. The numbers of such articles available are innumerable, as many bloggers have an opinion on what works best. However, household cleaning products are among the various subjects that often go completely forgotten in the anti-aging trend – even though they may hold more sway over your ageless health than you realize. You are more than likely exposed to these products on a regular basis as you work to keep your house clean. But what are they doing to you and those in your house? Are they cutting your life short?
Synthetic vs. Natural Skincare: a Skintimate Look at Your Products
One of the main keys to healthy living lies in keeping yourself clean and maintaining your personal hygiene. This also extends to proper skincare and haircare, which requires a number of different steps and vast understanding about how the skin actually works. We cannot just go around slathering different products on ourselves, and hope for the best possible results. However, even those with extensive knowledge about how to maintain proper skin and hair health may opt for products that contain harmful ingredients that not only damage your hair do and complexion, but also factor into some frightening health problems as well.
Skincare Savvy Mother-To-Be
Some women plan for it for years, while to others, it comes as a pleasant surprise. It requires lots of preparation, thought, and research, from the doctor you select to the color of the nursery walls. Friends and family congratulate you as the excitement builds for the new arrival to finally get here. These are all fun, thrilling experiences for any expectant mother, yet a pregnancy can also come with many different bumps in the road. Lots of not-so-great memories might take hold of a woman during this crucial time. From acne and skin sensitivity that never occurred before, to morning sickness and aching backs. Just like every rose has its thorns, every mommy-to-be experiences some bumps along the way. Even though every pregnancy unfolds differently, there are a few things that every woman should know going in.
Take the Toxic Out of House Cleaning
Now that you know how to tackle your skincare routine and nutritional necessities while preparing for or during your pregnancy, you may be thinking more into how to eliminate other potentially dangerous chemicals and toxins from other parts of your lifestyle. Part of what makes a happy, healthy home lies in cleanliness and tidiness. Having good habits in hygiene is highly important to your health, especially if you are already a portion of the way into your pregnancy. Plus, you will want to bring your newborn baby into a clean home that is not riddled with toxic chemicals.
The Madness Inside Your Mattress
New kinds of mattresses have been circulating on the sleep market, with manufacturers promising a better, fuller night’s rest with fewer body aches. Many of these promises come into fruition once a customer makes a purchase. However, while these new, improved mattress may create an enhanced night of sleep, they may also put severe dents into the health of the sleeper. What goes into some of these mattresses? What can this concoction of synthetic materials cause on the health horizon? Should you be having second thoughts about that new mattress that makes you feel like you are sleeping on air?
Keeping House Cleaning Chemical-Free!
When we do our part to keep our house clean, neat, and tidy, we expect to ensure a healthier living space for ourselves and our family. Chores such as mopping, sweeping, dusting, or doing the laundry offer a venue to keep all of our materials clean and germ-free. The smell of a nice, clean house is also a nice aftertouch. However, while we work hard to have a place for everything and everything in its place, the chemicals included in many of the most popular cleaning products could be cutting our lives shorter.
Making a Maternity Wardrobe
If you are already familiar with our blog post ‘Green Living Pesticide Free,’ then you are well-informed about the corruption that is eating away the conventional cotton industry. From jeopardizing the health and lives of farm and factory workers, to destroying the environment and wildlife inhabiting it, conventional cotton wreaks havoc on ourselves and planet in a number of different ways. However, the destruction does not only reach so far as the workers and the surrounding land. It could also reach into your own home, and touch your very family. From color dyes to insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides, chemicals used in fabric can make or break an organic lifestyle.
The Truth about Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Have you checked out the ingredients in your “natural” shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, or body wash? You may be surprised to find out that a popular surfactant in most of these skin care and hair care products is actually toxic. If you have suffered from burning or itching skin, […]