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The Clean Beauty Revolution

Thirteen thousand. That is the number of chemicals in personal care products that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate. Thirteen thousand. That is the number of chemicals that we unknowingly put on our bodies. Thirteen thousand. That is the number of chemicals that can penetrate our skin and enter our bloodstream. Thirteen thousand. Those are too many chemicals for the FDA to ignore. Before you cringe with disgust, all hope is not lost. The clean beauty movement is making strides. On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Senators Dianne Feinstein of California (D) and Susan Collins of Maine (R) reached across the aisle to put forth a bill called, Personal Care Products Safety Act, in the U.S. Senate. The...

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End-of-Summer Skincare

Are you feeling the end-of-summer blues? The kids are back in school. Evenings are cooler. The days are getting shorter. Backyard barbeques with friends and family have waned. Look on the bright side (no pun intended), there’s one summer benefit you can maintain – your sun-kissed summer glow. By implementing a fall skincare regimen, you can have moisturized, radiant, rose petal soft skin. Signs of Sun Damage Before you begin your fall skincare regimen, first do a summer skin check-up. If you enjoyed long summer days outdoors, by the end of the summer you may have noticed changes in your skin. Below are signs to look for, if your skin has suffered sun damage. If you have any of these...

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The Healing Art of Massage Therapy

“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.” ~Hippocrates  History of Massage Therapy Massage therapy has been around since the 30th century BC. Around 3000 BC, India with its practice of Ayurvedic medicine (whole-body holistic healing), is home to the first known recording of massage therapy traditions. Ayurvedic medicine believes that illness is due to living out of harmony with the environment. The belief is that health and wellness are interconnected to mind, body, and spirit. In 2700 BC, the first Chinese text, “The Yellow Emperors Classic Book of Internal Medicine,” was written. In China, massage therapy included the disciplines of traditional medicine, martial arts, Buddhism, and Taoism. The practice of touch...

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Body Butter vs. Body Lotion

Rough, dry, ashy, scaly skin is so not in. Your skin screams, “I’m coated in a thick layer of dead skin cells.” Yuck! This is a result of dehydrated skin that has allowed allergens and microbes to penetrate it. Your skin cannot shed its excess cells. I’m not a big fan of snakes, but I do admire their super-soft skin. They get that skin because they are efficient in shedding their skin. Let’s talk about what we humans can do to have super-soft skin. Is it using body butter or a body lotion? Let’s compare the details below. What is Body Butter?  Body butter is rich and fluffy and oh-so buttery goodness whipped light and airy to provide your body...

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Bathe Like a Queen

Washcloth? Check. Towel? Check. Bath pillow? Check. Eye mask? Check. Aromatherapy candles? Check. iPod? Check. Aromatic bath salts? Double-check. Let the relaxing salt bath begin. Salt baths are nothing new. In China, they’ve been around since 2700 B.C.   Later, Hippocrates “The Father of Western Medicine,” studied the benefits of seawater and aromatic baths for their healing properties. He shared his knowledge with other ancient scholars and they began prescribing seawater for the treatment of sore muscles and skin conditions, wounds, and bites. While ancient healers used sea salt baths for healing, Cleopatra found her own use for sea salt.   She soaked in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea salt has high levels of magnesium, potassium,...

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