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Sustainability: More Than A Media Buzzword

Photo credit: Miriam Espacio Sustainability is the latest buzzword in the media. We hear about sustainable living, corporate sustainability, and sustainable farming. But what does it really mean? Is it using LED lights? Taking your shopping bags to the grocery store? Using less water when you shower? Riding your bike instead of driving? Yes. It’s all of the above plus more. Let’s start by defining sustainability. Simply put, sustainability is creating what we need in the present without causing deleterious effects on future generations meeting their needs. (source) There are three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental, and economic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “A sustainable approach is a systems-based approach that seeks to understand the interactions which exist...

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Are Your Haircare Products Hazardous To Your Health?

Photo credit: Dellon Thomas Did you know that hair products for Black women and children tested for 45 endocrine-disrupting or asthma-associated chemicals? The culprits include: relaxers (lye and no-lye), hot oil treatments, leave-in conditioners, anti-frizz/polish, root stimulator, and hair lotion. These products have endocrine-disrupting chemicals like phthalates, phenols, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and more. These chemicals, particularly in relaxers and hair oil, are associated with higher incidences of hormone-mediated diseases like fibroids and increased risk of breast cancer. They're also linked to a higher prevalence of asthma. Several of the chemicals found in these hair products are prohibited by the EU (European Union) and California Prop 65 due to their link to reproductive toxicity and cancer. To add insult to injury,...

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Essential Or Not Essential

Photo credit: Daria Shevtsova Yikes! I recently read a post that recommended adding a few drops of essential oil to your clay for an added boost to your clay facial mask. Yes, there are benefits to your skin with the proper use of appropriate essential oils. BUT, they must be diluted in carrier (fixed) oils, butters, or solubilizing agents (an ingredient that dissolves oil and water into one unified substance) to prevent adverse skin reactions and burns. When essential oils are added to clays, they disperse slightly. It's like putting essential oils directly on your skin. Therefore, you’re exposed to potential skin sensitivities. Essential oils are volatile compounds of plants. There are not many essential oils you can use ‘neat’...

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Spilling The Tea On Beautiful Skin

Photo credit: Nappy During the cold winter months, I like to get cozy with a hot cup of tea. There’s something comforting about wrapping my hands around the warmth of the teacup. The heat travels through my body and rests gently in my core. It evokes a feeling of relaxation that tames my winter chill. I’m also comforted knowing that my tea works wonders for my skin. I’m always looking to naturally improve my skin health. One place to start is on the inside. External applications of skincare products only enhance your outer glow. When you’re looking to get your glow on, look to the inside. It may sound trite and clichéd, but what’s going on inside your body manifests...

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