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  • EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 23, 2017

    sunblockThis is the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 11th annual guide to sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    Since starting the guide in 2007, there has been good progress. Read more

  • Health Benefits of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

    by Paula Gallagher | February 13, 2017

    lavender-fieldThe health benefits of essential oils are many, including aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils from plants to promote a feeling of well-being. Although scent is a key component in the use of essential oils, some of them can also be applied directly to the skin for use in healing or in a massage, or used for other direct health benefits.

    Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing – for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Read more

  • 10 Toxins in Beauty Products to Avoid

    by Paula Gallagher | February 6, 2017

    beauty-products_aUnfortunately, conventional personal care products can be loaded with ugly ingredients – including cancer-causing chemicals – and they’re very likely lurking in your bathroom cabinet or cosmetics pouch right now. Examples of questionable toxins in beauty products are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, allergens/irritants, and environmental pollutants.

    In Dr. Joseph Pizzorno's new book, The Toxin Solution, he notes that according to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the average woman uses about twelve health and beauty products per day, and men use about six. Read more

  • Winter Skin Care for Active People

    by Paula Gallagher | January 4, 2017

    sleddingIf you love skating, skiing and sledding, then you probably love snow! And although the cold weather is great for all those activities, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Chapped lips, dry skin, and even frostbite are all potential problems for snow-loving folks. So, here are some tips for winter skin care to help you sport soft, glowing skin while enjoying your favorite cold weather activities.

    1. Sun protection: Sunscreen isn’t just for hot summer days. Thanks to factors such as sweating and UV-reflecting snow, those who enjoy the slopes may need to be especially sun smart. In fact, our skin may be more susceptible to sunburns on the mountain than on the beach. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Quesadillas with Strawberries and Spinach

    by Paula Gallagher | July 6, 2016

    strawberry-spinachI can't get enough of our local strawberries and I am taking full advantage of the fact they won't be around much longer. Although nothing tastes better than a warm strawberry plucked from its stem, the following recipe is close. It combines ingredients you typically would find in a salad, but they also work beautifully in a tortilla as a quesadilla.

    This is an excellent alternative to a sandwich for lunch. High in protein and good fats, this quesadilla will power you through the day. And if you've never tried the combination of strawberries and spinach together, this is a wonderful introduction. Read more

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