Is your cosmetic safe?

The number of chemicals that you put on your skin and that are on their way into your body is amazing! What you put on in the shower can affect things beyond how your arms smell.

Did you know that your skin is your biggest organ? Most of the things that you put on your skin get absorbed and go into your body. Some of them stay near the surface, while others get absorbed into your blood stream and travel throughout your whole system.

When we talk about safe cosmetics, we aren’t just talking about make-up. The national campaigns for safe cosmetics talk about every personal product that you put on your body: deodorant, make-up, shampoo and conditioner, hair gel, nail polish, toothpaste, sunscreen, aftershave, cologne, the list goes on and on. Any personal care product or beauty product that girls or boys use is referred to as a cosmetic.

How can your shampoo or body wash not be safe when it’s supposed to help you stay clean? Right. The whole point of cosmetics – from toothpaste to sunscreen to chapstick – is to help you clean and protect your body. Unfortunately, in the past few decades, there have been large rises in chronic (long-lasting) diseases and changes in the way our bodies work.

Many scientists think that changes in our health – such as the increase in long-lasting diseases like cancer, puberty starting earlier, or reproductive problems in adult women – may be partly caused by all of the chemicals that we are exposed to every day.

How can this happen? Part of the reason is that there’s not enough government regulation in the cosmetic industry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the same types of laws for things that we put on our body as it does for the things that we put in our body.

Without the government telling companies what they can and can’t put in their products, many companies pick chemicals that make their products smell better or look glossier without thinking about the health impacts of all those chemicals.

Safe Cosmetics are made from ingredients that have not been linked to cancer or birth defects. Doctors and environmental experts recommend that you avoid putting the chemicals listed below in your body.

Check around your house and see if any of your favorite cosmetics contain chemicals on this list.

  1. Butyl Acetate: prevents nail polish from chipping
  2. Butylate Hydroxytoluene: prevents colors from fading and changing too quickly
  3. Coal Tar: dissolves dead skin cells and controls itching in shampoo and hair dye
  4. Cocamide/Lauramide DEA: causes foaming in shampoo and bath products
  5. Formaldehyde: disinfectant and preservative in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, shaving cream
  6. Diazolidinyl Urea: helps the disinfectants (like formaldehyde) work
  7. Ethyl Acetate: liquid in nail polish, mascara, tooth whitening, perfume
  8. Parabens: group of chemicals that are preservatives and don’t allow bacteria to grow in your cosmetics
  9. Petrolateum (Petroleum): makes lipsticks shine, creams smooth, and softens skin
  10. Treithanolamine: keeps lotions, shaving cream, soaps, shampoos, and bath powders from clumping
  11. Triclosan: prevents bacteria on your hands from growing in your cosmetics, like on bars of soaps or deodorant
  12. Toluene: liquid part of nail polish and hair dye that makes it stick to your hair and nails and look glossy
  13. Talc: absorbs moisture and prevents powders like eye shadow, blush, deodorant from clumping in the containers
  14. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: helps the cosmetics stick to your skin
  15. Propylene glycol: keeps products from melting when it is too hot or freezing when it is too cold
  16. Phthalates: keeps color and scents dissolved in the nail polish, perfume, hair spray, and others

Safe cosmetics do not contain these chemicals (and many others). Check the label on the back of your cosmetics containers to see if your product is safe!

Here is my top 5 safe cosmetic list, that I regularly use:

1. Tarte Cosmetics Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara 0.24 oz.

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An Amazonian clay smart mascara that instinctively treats your unique lash concerns- working overtime to keep lashes hydrated, intact, healthier, and stronger, while delivering the appearance of voluminous lashes.

Formulated without : parabens, mineral oil,   phthalates,  sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten.

My favorite mascara!!!!! I have very sensitive eyes, and with this mascara I’ve never gotten any problems!!!!

2. Organic Lavender Remover

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This ORGANIC nail polish remover is soybean oil based and derived from American farm crops. It is packaged in biodegradable and recyclable materials and is NON TOXIC and NON CARCINOGENIC.

It is on sale in Whole Foods now, so you can get it for 50% off.

They also have great non-toxic nail polishes, that I am planning to try.

3. Mineral Fusion Natural Nail Polish, Citrus Cove, 0.33 Ounce

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Mineral Fusion is dedicated to making nail care healthy and effective while contributing to the wellbeing of our community.

Free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and butyl phthalate.

This nail polish on last at Whole Foods now too.

4. Desert Essence Soft Curls Hair Cream Coconut — 6.4 fl oz

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Made without:Animal Derived Ingredients or Animal Testing, Parabens, Artificial Dyes, Petroleum Compounds including Mineral Oil,Petrolatum and Paraffin,SLS,PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA,Glycols,Phthalates,EDTA.

Add a soft, weightless bounce to curls with this feather-light natural leave-in conditioner. Just a small amount of this silicone-free cream softens and moisturizes curly hair, making it silky smooth to the touch. Infused with 5 desert derived botanicals and coconut oil to strengthen hair and repair damage from environmental stressors and styling.

5. Elma and Sana 100 % Pure Organic Argan Oil Cold Pressed Virgin, Golden, 2 Ounce
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Elma and Sana golden argan oil 1 oz blue glass bottle with dropper 100% natural raw cosmetic argan oil is the perfect oil for the face, body, hair, and nails. Ideal for all skin and hair types, argan oil improves skin hydration. This non-greasy formula is fragrance-free and organically cold-pressed. Made from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree, It is high in vitamin E and essential fatty ideal for all skin and hair types. Improve skin’s hydration. Non-greasy 100% raw organic cold pressed. 100% natural fragrance free. Benefits, Non-greasy, fast absorbing and moisturizes softens and nourishes eliminates frizz and adds shine to hair strengthen soft and brittle nails imported directly from ecocert certified women’s cooperatives from morocco.

The best skin moisturizer!!!!!

The Best Health and Fitness Applications for Your Phone.

I guess almost everyone has smartphones nowadays, and sometimes we can’t imagine our life without it.

This gadget is part of you, and it helps you in many cases.

I love to use my iphone for different aplications about health, fitness, exercising, healthy recipes etc.

Today, I would love to share with you some that I personally use and find them cool and useful.

Fooducate.

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My favorite app.

Reading food labels is important, but it’s also time intensive. Fooducate helps speed things up. Use it to scan an item’s bar, and not only will it offer a quick nutritional rundown, but it will also give the food a grade and highlight important details, such as serving size, GMOs etc.

This app is available for iPhone and Android.

Nike Training Club.

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This is the best app for exercising anywhere: home, gym, travelling.

Choose individual workouts, or select a targeted, structured four-week or 30 day program to help you get lean, toned or strong in 30 days. Add running to boost your results. Customize workouts with the drills you prefer. See the results, and celebrate your progress with your friends.

Featuring more than 100 workouts by Nike Master Trainers and world-class athletes like Maria Sharapova, with all the instruction and motivation you need to blast through your fitness goals. Take control of your training with Nike+ Training Club.

My fitness Pal

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Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iPhone. With the largest food database of any iPhone calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better diet app – period.

PepperPlate.

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Channel your inner foodie with this all-in-one kitchen tool kit: import recipes from websites, food blogs or Word documents, then put them in a weekly or monthly menu planner. Tap ‘add to shopping list’ and the ingredients appear on your grocery menu.

Locavore

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LOCAVORE is the easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets & farms that sell the products you love. Discover seasonal recipes.

 

MyHealthyHabbit.

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Whether you’re trying to eat more fruits and veggies or drink more water, this app can help you reachyour goal. Choose a habit and the program monitors your progress in 21-day increment, sending out reminders, motivational messages and tips to help you stay the course.

These are my favorite health and fitness apps.

Share what are your favorite health and fitness apps.

 

Green Tips for Safer Use of Plastics with Food.

I am trying to avoid plastic in my kitchen at all, but if you still use it, follow these tips:

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 Don’t mix hot foods and plastic.

Putting hot foods or drinks in plastic containers is never a good idea. The chemicals and additives in plastics are not especially stable. They are released when the plastic is heated and then leach into the food or drink. That’s not good for anyone. Fatty foods and plastics are the worst combination of all because the chemicals in plastics are more soluble in fat, so they leach greater amounts of those chemicals into fatty foods.

Microwaving. Putting plastics in the microvave is a no-no unless you wish to season your food or drink with chemicals. Plastics labeled ‘microwave safe’ are supposed to be safer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any leaching going on. Glass and ceramic containers are the best for use in the microwave.

Serving. Serving hot foods and drinks in plastic is a prescription for chemical ingestion. Harder plastics are safer, but all plastics leach. Glass, ceramic, and stainless steel serving dishes are the most functional, food-friendly choices. They look nice, too.

Storing. When storing leftovers in plastic containers, wait for the food to cool to room temperature before putting it in the container. That way, you’ll avoid heating up the plastic and minimize the leaching.

Dodge the dishwasher.

Hand wash plastic items instead. It’s simple-don’t put plastics in the dishwasher, wash them by hand. Hot water and the detergents used in automatic dishwashers break down plastics and increase chemicals leaching. Wash plastic items by hand, using a sponge that won’t scratch them.

Rethink plastic water bottles.

Plastic water bottles are the bane of eco-green living, and they are pretty impossible to avoid. The reality is that we require fluids to live, and we need something to carry them in. Plastic bottles are the ubiquitous standard, but glass and stainless steel water bottles are great green options that let you avoid ingesting the chemicals that migrate from plastic and contributing to the piles of waste created by thirsty people everywhere. Glass bottles are an ideal substitute that can be used many times before recycling, but of course they are also breakable. Stainless steel is not only impervious to breaking, it;s long lasting and safe to tote around everywhere.

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I personally use these bottles for my family:

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
If you do use plastic water bottles, avoid letting it heat up in inderect sunlight, especially in the car.

Use less plastic Cling Wrap.

Plastic wrap is a mainstay in kitchens everywhere, though its clingy convenience comes at quite a cost.  Most plastic wraps are made with the worst kind of plastics, which are laden with softening chemicals like phthalates and plasticizers that are belied to readily migrate into foods.Reusable glass containers with lids and unbleached waxed paper are great, greener alternative for storing food. Aluminum foil can also be used and then recycled, though it should not come in direct contact with hot foods because it is a soft metal that can leach into the food and cross the blood-brain barrier.

Vitacost

I am so happy to find this site one day, because it really saves my money and time. Yes, they have EVERYTHING!!!! From the toothpaste to the gluten free crackers. Shopping at the healthy grocery store sometimes is expensive, and this is when you need VITACOST.

They send you the coupon codes, discounts every week, and their prices are lower already, but you also save using the additional discount.

For example, the oat flour that I usually use costs 5.98$ in the grocery store, and I purchased it last week at Vitacost for 3.22$.


Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 

Or my favorite nut butter costs 19.00$ at Whole Foods, and I paid 14.00$ for it at Vitacost.


Nuttzo Organic Omega-3 Seven Nut and Seed Butter.

There are so many other examples of saving money with Vitacost, but their service is just amazing, the prices are unbiddable, the delivery is super fast and the quality of the products is amazing. Their customer service works great too.

So if you want to try their service you can use the link:

https://www.vitacostrewards.com/dYhTYqV

to get 10$ of your first purchase.

Stevia

Stevia is an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant in the sunflower family that is native to North and South America. The plant has been used for decades in some places such as Japan as an alternative to sugar or honey as a sweetener. However, until recently it was banned in the United States unless labeled as a “dietary supplement.”

In 2008, stevia was approved for use as an alternative sweetener in the United States, under the brand names Truvia and PureVia, but neither product contains whole stevia leaves. They are instead made up of a highly purified product derived from stevia. Whole stevia leaves remain banned in the United States, making any stevia product highly controversial.

Many people swear by the non-caloric sweeteners Truvia and PureVia, using them in everything from baking to sweetening their morning cup of coffee. On the other hand, some researchers have advised people to limit their use of stevia due to  potentially dangerous side effects. Before you decide to introduce Stevia into your diet, consider these pros and cons:

Stevia Benefits

  • Stevia is 250-300 times sweeter than regular cane sugar, meaning you can use much less to get the desired level of sweetness.
  • Truvia and PureVia are both low calorie sweeteners and do not affect blood glucose levels.
  • Stevia products can be used in place of white sugar in baking and cooking.
  • Some research suggests that taking a stevia supplement of 750-1500 mg per day can significantly reduce high blood pressure and can be particularly effective for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Stevia Concerns

  • After eating stevia, some people experience unpleasant side effects that include bloating, nausea, dizziness, muscle pain and numbness.
  • Since stevia is derived from a plant close to the ragweed, it may cause an allergic reaction in those sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies.
  • If you have low blood pressure, stevia could be potentially dangerous as it could lower your blood pressure more.
  • While some research suggests stevia could aid in managing diabetes, some research proves the opposite. It is best to consult a doctor if you have diabetes before using stevia.
I personally use pure stevia in my recipes, but it took me a while to pick the right one. I didn’t know before that Stevia can taste different( how can the sugar taste different), anyway my first try was Whole Foods brand and it tasted just terrible. In a few months I made the second try with Trader&Joe’s Brand and it still tasted horrible.
 Finally I found NuStevia, that was the right choice. It tastes just like sugar. I use it sometimes in my salad dressings or desserts.
What about you?
Do you use Stevia? If so what kind?