When most people associate fall with rich colors and romantic mood, I usually think about eventual problems with my hair. The change in temperature and humidity can really confuse your hair and cause numerous hair problems such as dryness, dandruff, fly-away hair and many others. Moreover, in fall I always face the results of sun […]
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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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 […]
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.
Have you ever considered the endless ways you can use baby wipes? You know, those little, moistened baby fresh towelettes that come in a box??? You would be surprised at how useful they can be around the house..not to mention for your beauty and skin care needs. Even if you don’t have a baby, here’s just a few creative ways you can use good old-fashioned baby wipes.
1. Make-Up Remover: This is an easy one. Baby wipes also work wonders on that hard to remove mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner. Soap and water are still the best at removing makeup. But on those nights when you are too pooped to wash your face properly, baby wipes are the next best thing. Keep a box on your nightstand.
2. Use it on your clothes too: Did you get makeup on your blouse or lipstick on your honey’s collar? Baby wipes can help to remove the incriminating evidence. 🙂
3. Brush and comb cleaner: Want to remove hair from your comb and brush. Baby wipes are great at removing hair from unwanted surfaces.
4. Cell phone cleaner: We all know that dirty cell phone screens are the perfect breeding ground for acne..caused by dirt, oil and bacteria. Every day, wipe down your screen with a wipe. They’re soft enough to be effective without scratching your screen.
5, Spray on too much perfume?: Wipe away the excess with a baby wipe.
6. Bad hair day?: Tame the flyaways with a fresh wipe.
7. Deodorant Remover: Don’t you hate it when you get that streak of white deodorant on your little black dress? Baby wipes are great at removing this pesky stain.
8. Quick and easy shoe polisher: Don’t have time to get your black leather pumps polished for work? Polish off those scuff marks with a moist wipe. It’s quick, easy and CHEAP!
9. Removes hair dye/henna stains: The next time you accidently stain your forehead or neck after an at-home dye job… clean it away with a baby wipe.
10. Stay fresh on the go-Long day at work? Or did your walk during lunch leave you feeling a little less than fresh? A ‘baby wipe bird bath’ can do the trick!
These are just a few suggestions I was able to come up with. Makes you want to go out and buy a box right now, doesn’t it? 🙂 Do you have some uses for baby wipes that I overlooked?? Feel free to share!
Olive Oil is nature’s wonder beauty secret. It’ chock full of Vitamins A, E, and essential fatty acids. It’s no secret then, that olive oil provides penetrating moisturizing benefits to dry skin. But its uses don’t stop there. Now that we are heading into the summer months, consider these great ways to use Olive Oil all over your body. Oh, for those of you who were wondering…. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is always the best. Yes, it can be pricey but it’s so worth it!
A Natural Shaving Cream
Before you put on those short shorts or slide into that skimpy bikini, make your legs silky smooth with olive oil. By using olive oil to shave you will receive a clean cut and extremely smooth skin. This will also eliminate your chances of cuts and razor burn. Clean your legs before shaving, and DON’T wash your legs after shaving. By leaving the olive oil on your legs, after shaving, your legs will absorb, dry, and maintain smoothness. This will also help dry skin bumps disappear.
Olive oil is a great supplement for the “non tanner.” I learned this secret one summer in the Caribbean. Olive oil will help draw in sunrays needed for a healthy glow. Apply an even layer of olive oil onto your body, along with a layer of sunscreen, and soak in the sun. You can apply the olive oil with a paper towel, washrag, or cotton balls. Each of these will guarantee an all-over-coverage. Make sure you apply to the olive oil to dry skin and with a dry rag or towel.
CAUTION: As always, take precaution when sunbathing for a long period of time. Staying too long in the sun could cause: sunburn, blemish breakouts, and/or sun related cancers. To avoid these hazards, take at least a thirty minute break from tanning and go somewhere away from the sun.
I am a big believer in olive oil for great hair. It adds luster, shine and strength. It’s also a great remedy for the frizzies on hot and humid summer days. The next time you have an hour of leisure time on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, treat yourself to a hydrating hot olive oil treatment.
Here is what you’ll need:
A clear conditioning cap (you buy a whole box of them at your local beauty supply store)
Wet your hair like you normally would before shampooing, but don’t shampoo it! Instead of putting shampoo and conditioner in your hair, put 1 cup of olive in your hair. Put on the conditioning cap and then wrap a hot bath towel around your head. Better yet, sit under a hooded hair dryer or heated cap if you have it. Allow the olive oil to sit for 60 minutes, or longer. Remove the bath towel and cap from your head, then shampoo and condition as normal. Now allow your hair to air dry. Repeat this process at least once a week for silky, smooth hair.
Who knew olive oil had so many great uses ?!?