You may be washing your hair with it. You could even be watching your body with it. Cocamide DEA. Does that look familiar to you? Take a look at the back label of your favorite shampoo or body wash. Odds are, this harmful cancer causing chemical may be listed as one of the ingredients.
Back in May, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reached the first-ever legal agreements with major companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Saks Inc., Walgreens and 23 others requiring the companies to end their use of the cancer-causing chemical cocamide DEA in shampoos and other personal care products. But more than 100 other companies have yet to resolve ongoing CEH litigation to end their use of the chemical. In addition, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics notes that there are more than 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products, many of which are also linked to adverse health effects. In their new report, Safer Suds: Eliminating a Cancer-Causing Chemical in Shampoos and Soaps, the two groups are urging Congress to adopt federal legislation for safer cosmetics.
Beautycounter is taking a stand against harmful chemicals, like this one, in your everyday skin care and beauty products. We’ve banned more than 1500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard in the industry. Our products and cosmetics not only look and feel good but they are also good for your body. You take the time to read the label on your foods, why not do the same with your products you put on your skin?
To read more Beautycounter’s mission and how you can play a part, go here: https://busybellas.beautycounter.com/our-story.
If you read my last post, “Do You Know the Skin You’re In’, you’ll remember that I challenged you to look up the ingredients listed on the back of your favorite beauty products. Chances are, you came across a list of long, hard to pronounce words. If you are like me, you want to know what those words mean and how they affect our bodies.
Our skin is our largest organ, covering about 18 square feet of the human body. It protects us, keeps us warm, cools us down and is our first defense in fighting off illness or disease. That is why we need to be extra vigilant in taking care of our skin.
In an effort to educating the public about the toxins and chemicals found in our everyday hair and skin products, Beautycounter has compiled a ‘Never List’. This is a list of ingredients that you will never find in Beautycounter products. I needed this list while I was pregnant. I was so extra careful to take care of my skin and the growing boy inside of my belly. Now that I am nursing, I will carry this list with me to make sure my beauty products meet this standard. Doing Better starts with Knowing Better…so here is a sample of Beautycounter’s ‘Never List’.
Animal fats, oils, and musks: tallow, rendered beef or mutton fat, oils or musks from animals like mink, emu and sharks that are procured after an animal has been killed. Found in: soap, salve, shaving products, lubricants, paints, and all types of cosmetics.
Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
Benzophenone and derivatives: a possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. Found in: nail polish, sunscreen.
Bisphenol A (BPA): a hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow and styling gel.
To see the full list, click here: http://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list/?ConsultantFirstName=Shani&ConsultantID=103404&ConsultantLastName=Blount
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Green. Organic. All Natural. We’ve seen these labels everywhere…from our food to our shampoos. They are used so often that I think we’ve just become numb to them. The focus on clean eating has caused millions of people to try juicing, buy the Nutri-Bullet, even to go vegan. While taking charge of our diets and […]
After a great workout with my personal trainer, Kuti, I feel great; but my skin feels sweaty and dirty. So I head straight to the shower. What about my scalp? Isn’t my scalp an extension of the same skin on my face? Yes! What does the salty sweat do to my scalp and hair? Before […]
Looking for a simple and inexpensive remedy for healthier and shinier hair? Honey is a natural alternative to those store bought conditioners in your bathroom. It’s chock full of vitamins and minerals and has a natural ability to attract and retain water. Honey can also be used to lighten your tresses. Here are some great ways to use honey as a natural conditioner and moisturizer for bouncing and behaving hair.
1. Combine a quarter-size drop of honey with a teaspoon of extra virgin oil in a small microwaveable bowl. Mix the two ingredients with a spoon and microwave for 15-30 seconds. Remove and let cool for 30 seconds. Take your hands and evenly disperse the mixture throughout your hair. Massage into your scalp and work down to your ends. Let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing out with cold water.
2. Combine a quarter-size drop of honey with an equal amount of your regular conditioner. Rub together and evenly disperse throughout your hair (preferably damp). Massage into your scalp and work down to your ends. Let it sit for 30 minutes (under a heated cap if available) before rinsing out with cold water.
3. Combine 1-2 tsp Virgin Coconut oil, 1 tsp honey, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice in a small dish. Mix the ingredients well until you get a smooth paste. Smooth over your damp and keep the mask on your hair for 20-30 minutes…longer if you have the time. Shampoo.
Coffee for Hair Growth
Why stop with your skin when your hair can benefit from caffeine as well? The way that caffeine increases your circulation can be applied to hair growth. When massaged directly into your scalp, caffeine can stimulate the hair follicles to speed up growth. Let brewed coffee chill, and pour it into a spray bottle for easy use. While in the shower, spray the coffee onto roots as an after-cleansing scalp treatment, and allow it to sit for as long as possible. Rinse your hair, and use products as usual. You will likely notice less shedding and increased hair growth with regular use.
Coffee for Hair Color
Women with naturally curly, dark hair have discovered coffee as a great hair color enhancer. It can darken and add shine and dimension to hair. Use very strongly brewed coffee as a hair soak or rinse. Pour it through the hair, and allow it to really sink in. Make sure you protect any light colored clothing or surfaces in your home (line your bathroom with old newspapers or towels), and do not let the coffee run down your face. A shower cap is a great way to keep hair up and protected while doing a treatment. For a thicker moisturizing mask, mix coffee grounds with your favorite oil or conditioner. Your hair will be left shiny with an even tone. These mixtures can be added to henna hair dyes to amplify the darkening effects. You can also add cocoa powder to make the mix even darker!
I use Henna pretty regularly for my curls….so this gives me a GREAT idea!
Courtesy of NaturallyCurly.com
Coffee Beauty for the Face
There’s nothing like waking up to a nice, hot fresh cup of coffee on a crisp, fall morning. I like the smell and the taste more than anything, since coffee does nothing for my energy levels. Even if you are not a coffee drinker, you can still take advantage of it’s beauty benefits for your skin and hair. Read below for some great ideas on how to use coffee for your beauty needs.
Coffee grounds can be used directly on your face and body as a natural scrub. The abrasive texture will scrub off any dull skin, leaving you with a glowing appearance. The caffeine will also act as an energizer for tired skin and puffy eyes, leaving you with a tightened and youthful look. For a stronger scrub, add sugar to your coffee grounds. You can also mix in some olive oil for a moisture boost.
Coffee for Anti-Aging
Not only does coffee awaken skin, the caffeine has also been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite. There are many expensive cellulite reducing products that contain caffeine, but you can easily create your own at home.
Mix two parts coffee grounds with one part water, and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Use a wash cloth or skin brush to massage the mixture onto skin in a circular motion. The tea tree oil will smell great and will add an additional boost to the circulatory system. While the effects may not be instantaneous, you will see smoother and tighter skin over time.