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Toxic Beauty: How The Cosmetics Industry Is Harming African American Women's Health

Photo credit: Vonecia Carswell   Did you know women of color are disproportionately affected by beauty product-related environmental chemical exposure compared to white women? Women of color have greater reproductive health disparities than any other group. Female-related cancers—breast and cervical combined—are the number two killer of black and brown women. Black women are three times more likely than other races to have uterine fibroids. This is linked to our use of certain feminine hygiene products. Sistas, it’s time to clean up our cosmetics game. I’m talking about all of the toxic chemicals we freely apply to our skin on a daily basis through our beauty products. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, exposure to these toxic chemicals...

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It's Getting 'Hot In Herre': Time To Switch To Body Oil

Photo credit: Jacqueline Williams Hey Everybody!Just a friendly reminder that our body butters are a HEAT-SENSITIVE ITEM. They do not contain waxes, stabilizers or artificial ingredients to help maintain their whipped consistency. Therefore, between May 1, 2019 and October 1, 2019, when the temperature rises above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the body butters will take a sabbatical.If you can't live without your body butter, like my two guys, make sure you place your order before the end of April. If you already have your stash set for the summer, make sure to keep it in the refrigerator to help maintain its whipped consistency.Another option, which is my favorite, is to use body oil during the summer. Our 100% pure, wild-harvested Marula...

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4 Ingredients To Get Glowed Up For The Summer

Photo credit: Nicole Berro  Are you ready to get your summer glow on naturally? I'm going to teach you the traditional Somali huruud (turmeric) way. I've been using this for a while. Trust me, it's not complicated and you'll love the results. It's as simple as four ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. Start by mixing 1 tsp turmeric (antioxidant, good for acne), 1 tsp gram flour or finely ground oats (exfoliating), 2 tsp yogurt (anti-aging, need I say more?), and 1 tsp olive oil (restores smoothness, protects from UV rays).Apply all over your face, avoiding your eyes. Here's a tip: I apply it with the silicone spatula I use for mixing to prevent staining my fingers. Don't worry,...

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Happy Cosmetics Cleanout Day!

Photo credit: Jazmin Quaynor Today's the first day of Spring. Now's a good time to clean out your cosmetics. Toss old, out-dated cosmetics and refresh your supply. To help reduce your risk of getting infections from bacteria-laden makeup, here's a general guideline for the lifespan of your cosmetics. https://www.violetbody.net/blogs/news/lets-talk-dirty A good way to remember to refresh your cosmetics is to time it with the change of the seasons.

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