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Super Skincare: The Magic of Rosehip Oil

Credits to Basma Faramawy | BBeautyArabia

Rosehips are a bit of a legend in the beauty world. Much to the surprise of many, this raggedy fruit of the rose plant is a veritable skincare powerhouse. 

For centuries, across Europe, Asia and North Africa, rosehips have been made in to teas, syrups and jellies and prized for their medicinal properties. When fresh, they can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange, they contain the plant-based provitamin A, which the body converts to vitamin A (the basis of all retinol products; hello anti-ageing!) as well as being rich in vitamin E and omegas 3, 6 and 9. This paramount blend of antioxidants makes the humble rosehip a skin-restoring super ingredient that’s worth its weight in gold. Not only does it stop lines, wrinkles and dark spots in their tracks, it can also help to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, making it a must-have for all mums-to-be.

the-treehugger-company-organic-rosehip-oilSome rosehip oils I’ve come across have felt heavy and clogged up my skin; however The Finest Organic Rosehip Oil from The Treehugger Company is decidedly different. It’s light, easily absorbed and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin; not to mention it’s 100% pure, cold-pressed organic oil. Think of it as a multivitamin for the face; or like a light cashmere sweater that you put on before you go out to face the elements- which in the UAE means the arctic AC in the malls. Massage in to clean skin to boost radiance, or repair chapped lips, stressed skin and parched knees and elbows after a day at the beach. A few drops can balance, soothe and hydrate, and give any skin type a beautiful glow when used under a moisturiser or when mixed with a foundation or BB cream.

FYI: If you’ve been struggling to find organic, cruelty-free and vegan beauty and wellness products in the Middle East, The Treehugger Company is a must-visit. Shop online or visit the store in Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Blog Source From : Basma Faramawy on BBeautyArabia

BE FREE from ACNE!

BE FREE from ACNE!

Time to revamp your daily skin care regimen



Acne is a skin condition which can be experienced by any age group and any gender. Statistics reveal that acne after puberty affects more than 50% of adults between the ages of 20-70. Where teenage acne is normally along the T-zone of the forehead, nose and chin, adult acne tends to affect the cheeks, jawline and neck. Acne can be physically painful and uncomfortable and could hinder self confidence by affecting the appearance of a person.


Acne affects the sebaceous glands, particularly when they are inflamed, infected or at their busiest. These overactive glands produce excessive amounts of sebum (oil), which together with dead skin cells, block the hair follicles and pores. Acne bacteria feed on this sebum, creating the perfect environment for the development of spots, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and acne. Excessive sebum production can be caused by various factors including hormone imbalances, which can be stimulated by stress, and in women levels also fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. Sebum production is also affected by the seasons, changes in temperature and relative humidity. Spot formation is linked not only to sebum production but also to blocked pores. These blockages consist of plugs made from sebum, skin debris and keratin.


The appearance of persistent spots and blemishes can be greatly reduced by removing impurities and the excess sebum which cause them to develop. One should never be tempted to try harsh scrubs and surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), petrochemicals or alcohol as these can severely dry out skin and cause sebum levels to go into overdrive. Excessive oil production can prevent 
the skin from breathing whilst fuelling unwanted bacterial growth.


Rules of thumb for a flawless skin

  • Avoid pore-clogging waterproof products and harsh conventional topical treatments. People often try to treat acne by ‘de-oiling’ the skin with harsh products; this approach often results in intense drying of the skin and provides only short-term benefits. Drying out blemishes will initially make skin appear better for a few weeks, but over-drying causes oil glands to overcompensate by working harder, resulting in clogged pores and even more breakouts three to four weeks later. Breakouts can be aggravated by many factors - stress, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, sluggish digestion and improper liver function are just some of them. To get the most out of your new acne treatment, avoid ingredients that can cause skin irritation and also address internal issues.

What to avoid in your skin care

  • Petrochemicals including silicones, mineral oils, paraffin wax, petrolatum and paraffin which prevent the skin from breathing and trap dirt, it is much like wrapping your skin in cling film

  • Alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol) removes the skin’s natural protective oils and initially dries the skin. Your skin will react by producing even more sebum

  • Excessive scrubbing and harsh foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which strips the skin of its natural protective oils and causes irritation

  • Soap with high pH which cause skin irritation

  • Harsh chemical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide which can cause skin irritation

  • Pore-clogging hair styling products and keep your hair off your face

  • NEVER squeeze spots, this can cause long-term damage to your skin such as scarring, discoloration and simple white heads developing to full-on cystic acne


  • Change your diet more enriched with less acne triggering food.

If your digestion is sluggish, it will have a knock-on effect on your skin. In this case seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist who can take you through a full nutritional programme. Because of the diverse nature of skin disorders and all the different underlying causes, it is impossible to give blanket dietary guidelines which apply to everyone.


What to avoid in your diet

  • Sugar - such as soft drinks, sweets, jams, many cereals, biscuits, cakes and desserts

  • Refined carbohydrates - such as white bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries and pasta. A good way to improve the health of your skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady. Control the amount you eat and choose foods with a low glycemic index (GI) such as nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables without starch which cause smaller increases in your blood sugar

  • Dairy - milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne. Remember to replace the calcium that you would normally get from dairy by eating other foods such as calcium-rich leafy greens (like kale), broccoli and sardines

  • Fatty acids - different fatty acids in the foods we eat can support inflammation or dampen it. Too much inflammation inside your body can show up on your skin. We tend to get too much omega-6 fatty acid in our diet. Choose organic beef from grass-feed cows, eat fish rich in omega-3s, such as salmon and mackerel or if you are vegetarian supplement with high quality omega oils

  • Processed foods - chemical additives, preservatives and synthetic colours in preserved foods may contain toxins that can trigger acne breakouts. Eating this food excessively can stress the liver and add to the aggravation of the acne

  • Gluten - people can be sensitive to gluten even if they don’t have coeliac disease

Green People

The ultimate, long lasting, organic solution for ACNE


Tired of trying out too many products with no lasting results??? Now stay spot-free naturally with the Green People’s range of Organic skin care products that use a powerful blend of natural plant actives to help cleanse the skin 
of impurities, unclog pores and re-set the skin’s sebum production. The gentle, natural products significantly reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes, giving the skin the tools it needs to get back to a healthy balance and fend off acne bacteria and therefore spots.

Green People has created a range of anti-blemish products using natural ingredients, shown to be particularly effective at fighting acne in four key ways:

  • Control bacterial growth

  • Support healthy skin flora

  • Normalise sebum production

  • Prevent the buildup of dead skin cells


Our key acne and blemish fighting actives include:


  1. Prebiotics - get the balance right and help your skin stay clean! Prebiotics encourage and support the good bacteria that live on your skin and naturally fight the bad bacteria that cause spots.

  2. Black Willow Bark - rich source of naturally occurring salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has long been used to enhance skin cell turnover, to smooth the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to have a balancing action on the production of the skin’s natural lubricant sebum.

  3. Pineapple enzymes - break down the protein bonds holding dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, allowing them to be shed. Pores are unblocked and the complexion refined.

  4. Tea Tree extract - a concentrated extract with powerful action against acne bacteria. It is also boasts potent antimicrobial properties to fight yeasts and moulds that may be responsible for secondary infections in acne-prone skin.

  5. Bentonite Clay - greatly effective as a deep cleaning agent, this natural clay draws out and traps dead skin cells, toxins and pollutants, thereby removing them from the skin surface.

  6. Zinc oxide - offers great skin healing properties whilst also reducing skin tenderness. Prevents excess oils from forming on the skin surface, reducing inflammation and the number and severity of acne breakouts.

  7. Aloe Vera - with its antibacterial, anti-fungal, skin regenerating and soothing properties, Aloe Vera is the ideal base for any anti-blemish product and is used as the main base in our products.

  8. Green Tea extract - has many benefits for acne-prone skin, a potent antioxidant shown to reduce inflammatory reaction to acne-causing bacteria. It has been shown to significantly reduce sebum production.

Green People’s highly effective skin care essentials target blemishes and breakouts to effectively clear, refine and balance acne-prone skin without irritating or drying.

Green People’s Blemish Control Kit

If you are new to Green People, try our great value Blemish Control Kit and discover three effective skin care essentials to help clear, refine and balance acne-prone skin naturally. The kit includes:


  1. Cleanse: Foaming Face Wash: Keep skin clean without stripping its natural oils with daily use of Foaming Face Wash, a pH - balanced and light lathering soap-free cleanser that rinses away residue and excess oil. Witch Hazel is gentle and non-drying to the skin and its antioxidant and astringent properties make it effective against acne. Green Tea is a powerful topical antioxidant and calms sensitive and reactive skin. Rose Geranium not only gives a beautiful aroma but helps clear congested skin and balances the secretion of oil (sebum).

  2. Correct: Day Solution: Suitable for all skin types (even the most sensitive) this alcohol-free, certified organic daily moisturiser helps to balance and nurture the skin, keeping it soft and beautifully clear with a unique blend of anti-blemish ingredients, including Willow Bark extract and Prebiotics. Alongside this, Pineapple extract gently removes dead skin cells and unblocks pores, leaving the skin silky smooth and delicately scented with fairly traded Rose Geranium.

  3. Zap: Zap & Clear Serum: For effective and immediate spot-zapping action use Zap & Clear Serum which uses Black Willow Bark for a smoother, more refined skin tone. The blend of Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium and Tea Tree offers excellent cleansing, skin healing and antibacterial properties. It also helps to reduce redness and inflammation and minimise fine lines.

  4. Banish: Blemish Banish Concealer: Conceal and mend with Blemish Banish, an antibacterial concealer which not only covers blemishes, but banishes them too. A unique blend of natural goodness with Green Tea, Tea Tree, Zinc oxide, and Vitamin E that fights spots, normalises sebum production and also reduces redness and irritation. Pineapple enzymes and Bentonite unblock pores and draw out impurities.

BE FREE from ACNE!

Time to revamp your daily skin care regimen



Acne is a skin condition which can be experienced by any age group and any gender. Statistics reveal that acne after puberty affects more than 50% of adults between the ages of 20-70. Where teenage acne is normally along the T-zone of the forehead, nose and chin, adult acne tends to affect the cheeks, jawline and neck. Acne can be physically painful and uncomfortable and could hinder self confidence by affecting the appearance of a person.


Acne affects the sebaceous glands, particularly when they are inflamed, infected or at their busiest. These overactive glands produce excessive amounts of sebum (oil), which together with dead skin cells, block the hair follicles and pores. Acne bacteria feed on this sebum, creating the perfect environment for the development of spots, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and acne. Excessive sebum production can be caused by various factors including hormone imbalances, which can be stimulated by stress, and in women levels also fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. Sebum production is also affected by the seasons, changes in temperature and relative humidity. Spot formation is linked not only to sebum production but also to blocked pores. These blockages consist of plugs made from sebum, skin debris and keratin.


The appearance of persistent spots and blemishes can be greatly reduced by removing impurities and the excess sebum which cause them to develop. One should never be tempted to try harsh scrubs and surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), petrochemicals or alcohol as these can severely dry out skin and cause sebum levels to go into overdrive. Excessive oil production can prevent 
the skin from breathing whilst fuelling unwanted bacterial growth.


Rules of thumb for a flawless skin

  • Avoid pore-clogging waterproof products and harsh conventional topical treatments. People often try to treat acne by ‘de-oiling’ the skin with harsh products; this approach often results in intense drying of the skin and provides only short-term benefits. Drying out blemishes will initially make skin appear better for a few weeks, but over-drying causes oil glands to overcompensate by working harder, resulting in clogged pores and even more breakouts three to four weeks later. Breakouts can be aggravated by many factors - stress, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, sluggish digestion and improper liver function are just some of them. To get the most out of your new acne treatment, avoid ingredients that can cause skin irritation and also address internal issues.

What to avoid in your skin care

  • Petrochemicals including silicones, mineral oils, paraffin wax, petrolatum and paraffin which prevent the skin from breathing and trap dirt, it is much like wrapping your skin in cling film

  • Alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol) removes the skin’s natural protective oils and initially dries the skin. Your skin will react by producing even more sebum

  • Excessive scrubbing and harsh foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which strips the skin of its natural protective oils and causes irritation

  • Soap with high pH which cause skin irritation

  • Harsh chemical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide which can cause skin irritation

  • Pore-clogging hair styling products and keep your hair off your face

  • NEVER squeeze spots, this can cause long-term damage to your skin such as scarring, discoloration and simple white heads developing to full-on cystic acne


  • Change your diet more enriched with less acne triggering food.

If your digestion is sluggish, it will have a knock-on effect on your skin. In this case seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist who can take you through a full nutritional programme. Because of the diverse nature of skin disorders and all the different underlying causes, it is impossible to give blanket dietary guidelines which apply to everyone.


What to avoid in your diet

  • Sugar - such as soft drinks, sweets, jams, many cereals, biscuits, cakes and desserts

  • Refined carbohydrates - such as white bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries and pasta. A good way to improve the health of your skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady. Control the amount you eat and choose foods with a low glycemic index (GI) such as nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables without starch which cause smaller increases in your blood sugar

  • Dairy - milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne. Remember to replace the calcium that you would normally get from dairy by eating other foods such as calcium-rich leafy greens (like kale), broccoli and sardines

  • Fatty acids - different fatty acids in the foods we eat can support inflammation or dampen it. Too much inflammation inside your body can show up on your skin. We tend to get too much omega-6 fatty acid in our diet. Choose organic beef from grass-feed cows, eat fish rich in omega-3s, such as salmon and mackerel or if you are vegetarian supplement with high quality omega oils

  • Processed foods - chemical additives, preservatives and synthetic colours in preserved foods may contain toxins that can trigger acne breakouts. Eating this food excessively can stress the liver and add to the aggravation of the acne

  • Gluten - people can be sensitive to gluten even if they don’t have coeliac disease

Green People

The ultimate, long lasting, organic solution for ACNE


Tired of trying out too many products with no lasting results??? Now stay spot-free naturally with the Green People’s range of Organic skin care products that use a powerful blend of natural plant actives to help cleanse the skin 
of impurities, unclog pores and re-set the skin’s sebum production. The gentle, natural products significantly reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes, giving the skin the tools it needs to get back to a healthy balance and fend off acne bacteria and therefore spots.

Green People has created a range of anti-blemish products using natural ingredients, shown to be particularly effective at fighting acne in four key ways:

  • Control bacterial growth

  • Support healthy skin flora

  • Normalise sebum production

  • Prevent the buildup of dead skin cells


Our key acne and blemish fighting actives include:


  1. Prebiotics - get the balance right and help your skin stay clean! Prebiotics encourage and support the good bacteria that live on your skin and naturally fight the bad bacteria that cause spots.

  2. Black Willow Bark - rich source of naturally occurring salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has long been used to enhance skin cell turnover, to smooth the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to have a balancing action on the production of the skin’s natural lubricant sebum.

  3. Pineapple enzymes - break down the protein bonds holding dead skin cells to the surface of the skin, allowing them to be shed. Pores are unblocked and the complexion refined.

  4. Tea Tree extract - a concentrated extract with powerful action against acne bacteria. It is also boasts potent antimicrobial properties to fight yeasts and moulds that may be responsible for secondary infections in acne-prone skin.

  5. Bentonite Clay - greatly effective as a deep cleaning agent, this natural clay draws out and traps dead skin cells, toxins and pollutants, thereby removing them from the skin surface.

  6. Zinc oxide - offers great skin healing properties whilst also reducing skin tenderness. Prevents excess oils from forming on the skin surface, reducing inflammation and the number and severity of acne breakouts.

  7. Aloe Vera - with its antibacterial, anti-fungal, skin regenerating and soothing properties, Aloe Vera is the ideal base for any anti-blemish product and is used as the main base in our products.

  8. Green Tea extract - has many benefits for acne-prone skin, a potent antioxidant shown to reduce inflammatory reaction to acne-causing bacteria. It has been shown to significantly reduce sebum production.

Green People’s highly effective skin care essentials target blemishes and breakouts to effectively clear, refine and balance acne-prone skin without irritating or drying.

Green People’s Blemish Control Kit

If you are new to Green People, try our great value Blemish Control Kit and discover three effective skin care essentials to help clear, refine and balance acne-prone skin naturally. The kit includes:


  1. Cleanse: Foaming Face Wash: Keep skin clean without stripping its natural oils with daily use of Foaming Face Wash, a pH - balanced and light lathering soap-free cleanser that rinses away residue and excess oil. Witch Hazel is gentle and non-drying to the skin and its antioxidant and astringent properties make it effective against acne. Green Tea is a powerful topical antioxidant and calms sensitive and reactive skin. Rose Geranium not only gives a beautiful aroma but helps clear congested skin and balances the secretion of oil (sebum).

  2. Correct: Day Solution: Suitable for all skin types (even the most sensitive) this alcohol-free, certified organic daily moisturiser helps to balance and nurture the skin, keeping it soft and beautifully clear with a unique blend of anti-blemish ingredients, including Willow Bark extract and Prebiotics. Alongside this, Pineapple extract gently removes dead skin cells and unblocks pores, leaving the skin silky smooth and delicately scented with fairly traded Rose Geranium.

  3. Zap: Zap & Clear Serum: For effective and immediate spot-zapping action use Zap & Clear Serum which uses Black Willow Bark for a smoother, more refined skin tone. The blend of Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium and Tea Tree offers excellent cleansing, skin healing and antibacterial properties. It also helps to reduce redness and inflammation and minimise fine lines.

  4. Banish: Blemish Banish Concealer: Conceal and mend with Blemish Banish, an antibacterial concealer which not only covers blemishes, but banishes them too. A unique blend of natural goodness with Green Tea, Tea Tree, Zinc oxide, and Vitamin E that fights spots, normalises sebum production and also reduces redness and irritation. Pineapple enzymes and Bentonite unblock pores and draw out impurities.

The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

As you have browsed The Treehugger Company’s products online, you have probably noticed that many of them containing tea tree oil. Perhaps you have wondered what tea tree oil is and why it is found in so many of the products. Hopefully, this will answer some of your questions about via tree oil.

Tea tree oil is a natural product of Australia. It is derived from the tea trees there and has been used by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years for its healing properties. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral compound and has many uses and applications.

Tea tree oil is effective in treating a variety of skin conditions. It is often found in face washes and blemish sticks because it gently deep cleans the pores and prevents the growth of bacteria that cause breakouts. Tea tree oil is also a very effective ingredient in deodorant because it prevents growth of odor-causing bacteria, but it doesn’t prevent perspiration which is an essential function in cooling the body. Tea tree oil can also be found in or a few drops added to Shampoo or hair conditioner to help prevent and control dandruff.

Tea tree oil is also very effective in handy washing because of its antimicrobial properties. Purchase a hand wash with tea tree oil, or add some of the oil to your favorite hand wash to help kill germs in both the bathroom and the kitchen.

No first aid bit should be without tea tree oil. It is a great antiseptic for cleaning out minor wounds and scrapes. It is just as effective as hydrogen peroxide. In addition to being an effective would cleaner, tea tree oil can also be used to reduce the itching of insect bites or skin rashes.

Tea tree oil should also be a staple of your medicine cabinet. Because of its antifungal and antiviral properties, the oil can be used to treat ringworm, athlete’s foot, warts, and corns. There is also evidence that tea tree oil can be used to effectively reduce fever and pain and treat head lice, vaginal infections, and sinus infections.

Tea tree oil has many uses and benefits for its users. If you would like to experience some of the benefits of this oil, be sure to check out our hand washes, face washes, soaps, deodorants, and blemish sticks that contain tea tree oil, or order a bottle of pure tea tree oil  to enhance your favorite products or to keep in your first aid kit or medicine cabinet.

Harmful Dioxins Found in Feminine Hygiene Products

If you are a woman, you use feminine hygiene products. However, did you know that traditional sanitary pads contain chemicals that could be very dangerous? One of these chemicals is dioxin.

How Dioxin Is Formed

Dioxin is a chemical by product of the bleaching process. The makers of traditional feminine hygiene products use chlorine in the manufacturing process to bleach the products so they are a brilliant white. They feel that this helps sell more products because it give the impression of cleanliness and purity.

Chlorine is commonly used to bleach paper, paper products, and tissue products. However, the chlorine used in the bleaching process chemically bonds with the carbon compounds in the papers and tissues to create dioxin.

The Problem with Dioxin

Dioxin is a powerful carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, even in small doses. In addition to causing cancer, it can result in other ailments such as achiness, headaches, liver damage, weight loss, insomnia, irritability, acne, immune system disorders, and reproductive problems in both men and women.

Dioxin when released into the environment can cause problems as it enters the food chain. It is stored in fatty tissues and becomes more and more concentrated as it passes from one organism to another, thus posing health risks for both animals and humans.

Avoiding Dioxin

You can reduce your exposure to dioxin by avoiding pads that have been bleached with chlorine. Not only will you not directly expose yourself to the dioxin, but if enough people start avoiding these products, it will send a message to manufacturers that we want and deserve better.

As a woman, you can avoid the dioxin in feminine hygiene products by using sanitary pads that are totally chorine free, or TCF.

At the Treehugger Company, we carry the Maxim brand of feminine hygiene products. Maxim feminine hygiene products are different. They are totally chlorine free. Instead of using chlorine in the bleaching process, they use hydrogen peroxide which doesn’t create any dangerous by-products.

In addition, Maxim pads are made with 100% natural cotton. There are no synthetic ingredients or wood pulp used in their production. They are Hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and biodegradable. Making them both healthy for you and the environment.

Try Maxim Feminine hygiene products to keep you and your family safe and healthy from the harmful effects of dioxin.

Skincare for Pregnant Women

As a pregnant woman you are probably aware that what goes in your body has a direct impact on your baby. You try to eat the best foods so that when your baby is born, she will be healthy. But did you know that what goes on your body is just as important? The chemicals from the lotions, creams, and makeups that you put on your body are absorbed through the skin and enter your bloodstream and can have an effect on your baby.

There are two main compounds that you want to avoid putting on your skin while you are pregnant because they have been shown to be harmful or cause birth defects. The first of these chemicals is Retinoids. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and are in many anti-aging products because they reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Retinoids have several different names in products, including Differin, Retin-A, Renova, Retinoic Acid, Retinol, Retinyl Linoleate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tazorac, and Avage.

Another chemical that should be avoided during pregnancy is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne because it is able to deep clean pores. Other names for Salicylic Acid include Betahydroxy Acid and BHA.

There are several other compounds commonly found in skin care products that are questionable for use during pregnancy. To avoid potential negative effects of these chemicals, it is best to choose natural skincare productsmakeup, and other cosmetics.

In addition to choosing natural, organic products, to keep your skin healthy during your pregnancy, you want to make sure you are taking a good prenatal vitamin like Noor Prenatal Vitamins. This supplement is a blend of all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy inside and out.

You want to give your baby the very best and healthiest start possible. You can do this by paying just as much attention to what you put on your body as what you put in your body. Use skin care products that are natural and organic and don’t contain chemicals that could harm your baby. Also take a good prenatal vitamin to keep you healthy on the inside and outside.
 

What's your Skin Eating?

The average woman wears nearly 515 chemicals a day! What's your skin eating?


Read the original article here.

Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals

Check out this beautiful infographic on how dangerous hidden chemicals are slowly making their way into our bodies through our cosmetics:

What girl doesn’t love makeup? Who doesn’t love having a flawless complexion, rosy cheeks, perfectly pink lips and mile long lashes? Not to mention how much love we have for products. We love to smell good, feel soft and silky and be primped to perfection. Although these products make you look great, american cosmetic companies are allowing harmful chemicals into our beloved products.

Read the original article here.

Bar Soap vs. Liquid Soap

Have you ever considered how eco-friendly your soap is? 
Turns out that bar soap is both eco-friendly and pocket-friendly.. read on! 

Liquid soap sending dollars down the drain

If liquid soap is a bad bet for the environment, why are so many embracing it? Market research points to convenience and successful marketing (such as the Old Spice ads that went viral) as two primary factors.
Successful marketing indeed; so successful in fact that it has induced consumers to spend more money on something we don't need. Consider the following:
During a recent price check at my local grocery store, I found that a typical 177-milliliter plastic (!!) bottle of liquid soap went for $2.69, while a 12-ounce three-bar pack of solid soap was $3.99. Those numbers translate into about 1.2 cents per gram of bar soap and 1.5 cents per gram of liquid soap. In other words, bar soap is the better bargain.
But it's a lot worse than that because we use significantly more soap when it's in liquid form as opposed to solid (see above). I estimate that washing up with bar soap will cost you 0.4 cents -- less than half a penny -- per wash while scrubbing with liquid soap will set you back 10 times as much or about 3.5 cents per wash.
The bottom line: not only is liquid soap a bad environmental bet, it's a bad bet for your family budget.
Grime and germs and all that

Now, I don't mean to get into a lather about this, but consider the possibility that we've been sold a bill of soapy goods by the soap marketing mavens.
On the issue of convenience: Okay, bar soap can be a drag because it can get gross and slimy when it sits in a puddle of water. But that's what soap dishes with appropriate drainage are for.
And then there's the whole hygiene thing: Some, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommend liquid soap because bacteria from one person can accumulate on a bar of soap and spread to someone else. But these recommendations are for sterile conditions in dental clinics. Should they apply to our homes?
Consider: We wash with soap to remove the bacteria on our hands; shouldn't that very same washing do just as well with any bacteria that might be on the soap? There are scientific studies that suggest that it does. For example, this 1998 study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection and conducted by Dial (a purveyor of both bar and liquid soap) concluded that "little hazard exists in routine handwashing with previously used soap bars." In this study 16 subjects washed their hands with bars of soap that had been laced with bacteria. After washing, the investigators were unable to find detectable levels of bacteria on the subjects' skin.
At a time of peril for our environment and economic hardship for so many, perhaps we should all consider washing our hands of washing with liquid soap.

See the original article here at the Huffington Post.