Did you know that your makeup could harm your health? Most cosmetics are made with dangerous chemical ingredients that could potentially cause long-term damage to your body, including hormone disruption leading to cancer and autoimmune diseases. Breast cancer rates are rising all over the world. A recent World Health Organization report states that the disease has dramatically risen in the last 20 years, in some countries even doubling. A study by Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, the head of toxicology at the University of London’s School of Pharmacy, states:
“We will not be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer without addressing preventable causes, particularly exposure to chemicals.”
Along with regular exercise and eating healthy vegetables and fruits daily, we can also reduce exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals by changing our cosmetics. Here are some tips to help you start buying safer and healthier products:
I received my package from Red Apple Lipstick about a week ago. It came in a cute, burlap drawstring bag with the two products I purchased as well as a free sample of another. I ordered the Rallye Balm which is advertised as tough enough to tackle “Celiac Chapped” lips and a “simple formulation designed to help your lip skin be stronger and healthier, thereby better at retaining moisture.” It’s gluten free and made of all natural Vitamin E, suspended in a unique cold pressed castor seed oil. It feels yummy and softens the lips immediately. This will be my go to from now on. It’s perfect for dry, winter lips, as well as sun-exposed summer lips.
I also purchased the Mint 2 Be lip gloss in fuzzy navel. It has a yummy minty scent and goes on smoothly with the perfect wand. It’s a great clear gloss that gives just a hint of natural tone – perfect for everyday use.
The company boasts:
You cannot go wrong with Red Apple Lipstick. In exchange for your old, chemical laden makeup, they will send you safe, new products for a reduced price. And, when you join the VIP club for FREE, you will get 20% off your order.
You probably use baking soda in your refrigerator to kill odors and while baking, but have you ever thought about using it to exfoliate your face or clean your hair? Well, baking soda has been around for over 150 years, costs around one dollar and can be used for so much more than baking. Here’s a few ways that you can incorporate baking soda into your beauty regimen.
Smooth Your Skin:
Mix three parts baking soda to one part water and apply it to your dampened face. Rub in a circular motion for one minute and then rinse with water. It is a great exfoliator for dead cells, is an effective home remedy for acne and will improve the texture and appearance of your skin if performed weekly.
Cleanse Your Hair:
Sprinkle a quarter-size dose of baking soda into your shampoo, mix well and apply to your hair. Cleanse as usual. Try this a few times a month to refresh hair by thoroughly cleaning product build up from shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.
Brighten Your Smile:
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water to form a paste that resembles toothpaste. Brush your teeth with the mixture two to three times a month for a whiter smile. Or use as a refreshing mouthwash by adding 1 tablespoon of baking soda to half a glass of water. Mix, swish and rinse.
You can sprinkle 1 tablespoon under your arms as a deodorant substitute. It absorbs the odors instead of masking them.
Soak and Relax Yourself
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath for a relaxing soak. It will neutralize body odor, soften your skin and soothe rashes, sores or itchy, dry skin.