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.
Summer Fruit Masks (Part One)
Fresh strawberries….juicy peaches and sweet mangos. Sounds like the makings of a tasty fruit salad, right? But these can also be the ingredients of a homemade face mask. This is the time of the year when fresh summer fruits are at their delicious best. Not only are they great for trimming your waistline but they are also a wonderful addition to your skin care routine. This summer, forgo expensive masks and skin treatments at your local day spa. Instead, reach inside your refrigerator to create your own skin care products.
Strawberry Face Masks-Got Oily Skin?
Strawberry face masks are excellent for oily skin. Strawberries naturally contain salicylic acid, which helps to break down oil and fight breakouts. Begin by cutting the stems from the berries and washing the berries thoroughly. Puree them in a blender, or mash them well with a fork. Add in the following ingredients to meet your specific skincare needs:
▪ Honey is a great antibacterial agent, and it works well to hydrate skin.
▪ A few drops of lemon juice will act as an astringent to help tone and tighten pores.
▪ Oats can be ground into a fine powder to make a heavier mask that will exfoliate and nourish skin.
▪ Cream, milk or yogurt all contain lactic acid which will leave you feeling soft, supple and hydrated.
Peach Face Masks-Need an exfoliant or a moisturizer?
Peaches are full of antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamins A and C, which are essential for good skin care. Choose soft, ripe peaches, but if only hard peaches are available, cook them before using them for your beauty face masks. Peel the skin, remove the pit, and puree the peach in a blender or food processor. The peach will work as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Combine it with egg whites to tighten pores. Honey and oatmeal also enhance peach face masks to provide nourishment and protection. Add yogurt or milk to make a creamy mask that will hydrate dry, flaky skin.
Mango Face Masks-Got sunburn?
Mangos are exotic fruits that become more widely available during the summer season. They are rich in enzymes and minerals that are good for skin. The pulp has beta carotene, which the body uses to promote new cell growth. Mango face masks will cleanse, hydrate and protect your face. They will also soothe sunburned or irritated skin. Combine mango with honey to get an extra hydrating boost, or mix it with yogurt to exfoliate and moisturize.
You may choose to use all or only some of the ingredients. The beauty of making your own face masks is that you can adjust your recipe if it doesn’t work for you.
Stay turned for more ideas on great summer fruit masks!
Odds are, you have spent the last three or four months bundled up in scarves, sweaters and itchy, wool clothing. They may have kept you warm but your skin definitely needs a breather. The cold, dry air and itchy, thick clothing can leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Now that the weather is breaking, […]