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Body Care & Beauty

  • 5 Nutrients for Healthy and Glowing Skin

    by Paula Gallagher | June 26, 2017

    skin-careGlowing, dewy skin is what most of us aspire to, especially in the summer. But with the change of season, there is usually a change in your skin, too. Your skin is your largest living organ and it relies on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as proteins, glucose and fats, to build a strong barrier against outside toxins and fend off damage from environmental assaults.

    Using natural products and moisturizing regularly are helpful, but your skincare routine is only half the battle. While research on nutrition and skin health is in the early stages, scientists are learning that what you eat can help prevent, or at least reduce, age-related wrinkles and fine lines, sun-related skin damage and other skin problems. Read more

  • How to Choose a Natural Toothpaste

    by Paula Gallagher | June 12, 2017

    brushing-teethPicking a toothpaste can be very confusing. With promises of minty fresh breath, stronger enamel and whiter teeth, the toothpaste industry has become very competitive. Conventional toothpastes usually contain many chemicals, from fluoride and triclosan to sodium laureth sulphate and artificial sweeteners. One segment of this industry that is growing is natural toothpaste.

    Here are the most common chemicals to AVOID in toothpastes:

    1. Fluoride. The chemical most commonly found in toothpaste is sodium fluoride (also just labeled as fluoride). Read more

  • 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

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