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What’s happening in the world of healthy, sustainable beauty.

De-Parch Winter Skin with 3 Plant Based Moisturizers

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Dry, flaky, itchy and even cracked skin is a common side effect of the fall and winter chill. The low humidity in the air, both indoors and out, is one of the main causes for this annoying seasonal skin issue.

The moisturizer you choose can be the answer to your prayers or just making the problem worse.

Other factors that exacerbate scaly skin include taking hot showers (especially if using harsh soaps that strip the skin’s moisture) and lack of omega-3 oils in the diet. Dry skin can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, but the good news is, plant-based oils and butters can help soothe, nourish and heal your skin. Read more here (GreenBeautyTeam.com)

 

 


Risk skin cancer to avoid nano particles?

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Apparently, that’s what Australians are doing, a whopping 17 percent of respondents indicating they would rather risk skin cancer than wear a product containing nanoparticles.  According to the Council of the European Union, a nanoparticle is ‘an insoluble or biopersistant and intentionally manufactured material with one or more external dimensions, or an internal structure, on the scale from 1 to 100 nm’. In the world of cosmetics, this basically means a very small particle intended to allow ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin.  While it may sound like science fiction, it’s probably in your sunscreen too, among other things.  The EU has regulated them, requiring listing on product labels, a practice soon to be required in the US as  well come 2013. The health implications of nanoparticles in our beauty products are unclear, raising red flags for many and require further study. Until we have some definitive answers, we’d just assume steer clear.  Read the whole article on the Australian study here. (Ecouterre.com)

What is Healthy Beauty?

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Healthy beauty makes us look better and feel better. Healthy beauty makes us more comfortable in our own skin. Healthy beauty makes us radiant. Healthy beauty means shiny hair, smooth skin, clear eyes, moist lips, firm muscles. Healthy beauty is a palette of colors that brings out our best. Healthy beauty means deep breaths, a nourishing diet, ample sleep, and health that shows from the inside out. Healthy beauty means something a little different to everyone, but something we can all agree on is that Healthy Beauty does no harm.

Given the size of the beauty industry and the complexity of ingredients labels and often inflated performance claims, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaf. What works? What doesn’t? What are all those ingredients? Are they ok for me? Do I have to put up with a long list of questionable, even harmful ingredients to get something that works the way I’d like it to?

There’s a wealth of information out there, brought together by smart people who care.  Instead of reinventing the wheel, we’d like to thank and recognize the people working hard to pull together information and guidance on this topic. In this vein, we’ll regularly post great finds about healthy beauty, along with new information as it comes our way. We’re going to kick this off with this amazing video by Annie Leonard, called, The Story of Cosmetics, made for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a very compelling, straight forward, account of of “The Ugly Truth of Toxics In, Toxics Out”, as it pertains to the things we slather all over our bodies every day.