~10 skin care ingredient No Nos~

As our body’s largest organ,  skin is the most important immune defense barrier as well as your largest organ for eliminating waste. Every day we use products that we think are safe but not all products are. Ever since 1938; when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used have not been tested for long-term toxic effects. In a typical day, you might be exposed to over 200 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of causing cancer or juggling hormones. EPA tests conclude that ingredients in shampoos, dyes, and other personal care products “may be playing havoc with hormones that control reproduction and development.”  Dr. Susan Stuart is a La Jolla, California board certified dermatologist and the  co- founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery and dermatology. She shares what skin care ingredients to steer clear of.

Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. 

Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as "unscented." Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. 

Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more venerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrance, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin. It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma. Fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine): hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. In the United States however, they are still used despite the fact that Americans may be exposed to them 10-20 times per day with products such as shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths. 

Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products such as baby oil which is 100% mineral oil!

Sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It's classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans -- these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are dissolved. SLS may also damage the skins immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. 

~Don't forget your sunscreen in the autumn and winter~

While cooler weather means more layers of clothing, shorter days & less time spent outdoors, harmful UVA rays are still present, even when it seems the sun is not! These damaging UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin (which can result in skin aging & wrinkling) – making year-round skin protection crucial for all beauty junkies from coast to coast.
Reach for dermatologist-recommended Heliocare® Daily Use Antioxidant Formula – an oral dietary supplement with antioxidant properties that helps maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.* Here are three major reasons why:
1.      With winter often comes snow and ice which bounce back up to 80% of the UVA and UVB rays from the sun. This bounce back causes the rays to hit the skin twice which can result in damaged skin during the coldest months.
2.      We often think that clouds are able to block harmful rays, leaving us able to forego sun protection on cloudy days, which is untrue. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 40% of the sun’s harmful, ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth’s surface even on days that are extremely cloudy.
3.      UVA rays are 30 – 50 times more prevalent then sunburn-causing UVB rays. To make matters worse, UVA rays can even penetrate glass, meaning simply sitting by a window can cause your skin harm.
Heliocare® supplements are available at Walgreens locations nationwide with an SRP of $29.99 (for a 60 day supply).

~~expert skincare tips to prevent ingrown hairs~~

Expert Skincare Tips to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

We all have them, those pesky ingrown hairs that come along with shaving and waxing.  Stop them before they start with these tips and tricks from Kimberly Sampson, National Training Director for emerginC.
1.       Exfoliate skin 1-2 days prior to shaving or waxing. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, oil and debris that may get trapped into hair follicles. 
2.       Shave in the direction of hair growth.
3.       Apply soothing aloe, botanical oils and/or tea extracts to skin after shaving, waxing to help prevent skin irritation and ingrowns. 
4.       Natural and organic antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as tea tree help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Apply products with tea tree oil 1-3 days after shaving/waxing to prevent ingrown hairs. 
She also recommends the following products from the emerginC line for preventing ingrown hairs:
·         emerginC scientific organics ginger-Lime sugar scrub ($45) -Use one day prior to waxing to help exfoliate.
·         emerginC scientific organics at-home facial peel + clarifying kit ($90) - Use the clarifying pads 2-3 days prior to waxing to help prevent ingrowns. Bonus: the clarifying pad contains tea tree which is EXCELLENT post-waxing to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
·         emerginC scientific organics coconut-argan body oil ($54 )- Nourishing botanical oils help calm irritation associated with post-waxing and the botanical oils help "remove" any wax residue.
·         emerginC d-red daytime emulsion ($69.50) - Can be used to calm irritation associated with waxing.
·         emerginC aromatic cream tea cleanser ($37)- White, green and red tea extracts makes the aromatic cream tea a great "mini" mask treatment for redness and irritation associated with shaving/waxing.
emerginC products are sold at spas nationwide and online via www.skinstore.com and www.emerginc.com.

Top 10 beauty obsessed cities

Research shows that the typical woman spends $15,000 on cosmetics in a lifetime. Have you ever lingered by a Sephora cosmetics counter and wondered if your city is filled with people as beauty obsessed as you? 

With the help of Coupons.com, a leading online and mobile resource for digital coupons and offers on everyday product, we have ranked the top 10 beauty obsessed cities (below) - did your city make the cut? 

Top 10 Beauty Obsessed Cities
1.       New York City
2.       Los Angeles
3.       San Francisco
4.       Chicago
5.       Atlanta
6.       Washington D.C.
7.       Philadelphia
8.       Dallas
9.       Boston
10.   Orlando

Tips to get the best sleep possible

Although we gain extra time with Daylight Savings Time,  this also means shorter, colder, winter days, which will make us all want to spend more time sleeping.  See below for a few tips on how you can make sure you're getting the best night's sleep possible.

It’s important to take time to unwind before bed to ease the mind because a consistent routine every day can help you fall asleep more quickly and reliably. Lighting an aromatic candle will help calm the nerves before bed.

Try Le Feu de L’eau Le Vert Candle, $62 http://lefeudeleau.com

While we sleep, the cells making up our skin are hard at work trying to repair all the damage that has been accumulated during the whole day overnight. This is the time to utilize nighttime skincare to help repair, nourish and regenerate. 

Try Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care Body Balm, $32 usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

People sleep for approximately one third of their lives and studies have shown the benefits of sleep have long-lasting effects on your health and well-being. Look for a mattress that has natural fibers such as hypoallergenic horsehair that acts as a mini ventilation system eliminating moisture and allowing fresh air in for a comfortable night’s rest.

Try Hästens BedsHastens.com

If all else fails, try a glass of milk. There's a reason why your grandma always told you to drink warm milk—
it contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps induce sleep.

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