10 Apr 2015

Namascray Friday

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08 Apr 2015


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08 Apr 2015

Hidden Dangers in Personal Care Products

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Your skin is your largest organ, and anything you put on it should contain only the best and safest ingredients from nature. So before slathering lotion or body wash on your skin, take a look at this infographic on toxic chemicals found in personal care products. Discover these common yet deadly chemicals and how they can potentially sabotage your health and well-being.


Your skin is your body’s largest organ and first line of defense. This “covering” is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers, each having a role in your health. It serves as a buffer that helps protect you from extreme temperatures and toxic chemicals, while also producing antibacterial compounds that defend you against infection. Your skin also plays a role in the production of vitamin D.

Although your skin is capable of all of these functions, it needs protection, too. If not cared for properly, it can become dry and rough, produce wrinkles, and/or become susceptible to certain skin problems.

Skin Care 101: How to Promote Healthy Skin

There are a couple of ways to promote healthy skin. First, eating right means feeding your skin nutrients and antioxidants. I recommend consuming only organic whole foods and avoiding processed foods, which are high in harmful compounds that may damage your skin.

Second, you should be careful with what you apply on your skin. I strongly believe that, like in your diet, you should take extra caution in choosing what you apply to your skin topically. Your skin is highly permeable and can easily absorb whatever it touches.

Before you apply another personal care product on your skin, it important to be a conscious, savvy reader of labels. Are you sure the ingredients in the product are safe for your skin and not a chemical cocktail?

They Promise You Great Skin and Beauty – But These May Come at a ‘Toxic’ Price

You’ll be surprised to know how many chemicals enter your body through the use of skin care products like lotions, shampoos, and cosmetics.

Most personal care products on the market contain toxic chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and triclosan – chemicals linked to hormonal imbalance, toxicities, reproductive health problems, and even cancer. Instead of nourishing your skin, these chemicals will disrupt your skin and overall health.

You’ll probably be more shocked to know that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require companies to test their personal care products for safety. In fact, out of the thousands of ingredients used in skin care products, only 20 percent or less are reviewed.

Safety tests on the small percentage of ingredients are conducted by the Cosmetic Ingredients Review, which runs the cosmetics industry. Manufacturers add a wide range of chemicals and synthetic fragrances to their skin care products, and can leave them out of the product labels if they wish! This is true even for some products labeled “natural” or “organic.”

Take Control of Your Skin Health

Remember: just because the products are sold in supermarkets and pharmacies doesn’t make them safe for use. There are unlabeled dangers in soaps, lotions, body wash, shampoos, and cosmetics, and it is urgent that you find safe, natural skin care alternatives to save yourself – and your loved ones, from the negative health consequences.

Take time to read this infographic to:

Identify hidden dangers in personal care products – their composition, sources, and potential health links
Learn one practical tip to avoid them for good
Discover healthful skin care alternatives – they’re found in nature!





Information from Dr. Mercola @mercola.com

07 Apr 2015

The Magic of the Lemon Peel

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01 Apr 2015

Jessica is the ACV Cheerleader

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For years, my number one natural beauty product was coconut oil. In the last 4 months, I must confirm the new torch goes to Apple Cider Vinegar!

  • Internally, I love to make a “mocktail” consisting of 1 oz of ACV, 2 oz of aloe vera inner leaf juice, 2 oz of 100% cranberry juice, 2 fresh squeezed lemons. I get a nice glass filled with ice, pour about 2 oz of this mixture with some plain sparkling water. It’s delicious and so fun to drink throughout the day!
  • You can make your own hair treatment! I’ve tried this and it really does smooth out unruly hair, it balances the PH in your scalp and seals in color. I mix 20ml ACV with filtered water in a 10oz squirt bottle and spray in the shower and then rinse with cold water. It has even replaced my conditioner!
  • A simple and effective toner is using ACV and distilled water! It’s one part ACV to two parts water.

Don’t worry, if the smell of ACV seems too strong, you will soon grow to love it, and your body WILL THANK YOU.

15 Mar 2015

Life Is Too Short To Be In The THIRD ROW…

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13 Mar 2015

Herbs for Self Care

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06 Mar 2015

Curious About Yoga?

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02 Mar 2015

Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin

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24 Feb 2015

My Favorite Over The Counter Brand: ALAFFIA

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I will be honest, it took me a long long time to consider trying over the counter beauty products. I’ve been using strictly professional products since I was 16 and thought it was the only “trusted” quality route to go. I’ve been proven wrong.

So many professional skin care lines out there are just as gnarly as drug store lines. Chemicals, fillers, parabens, preservatives, artifical fragrance…the list goes on. I get that many people can’t afford professional beauty products, so I searched and found a brand that I absolutely love: ALAFFIA

ALAFFIA is a fair trade certified line and I have yet to  discover anything that I don’t like. No, I’m not being sponsored by them, just want to share some affordable beauty love!

Their coconut cleanser is gentle and effectively removes makeup, runs about $13 but can often be ON SALE at Whole Foods for $9.99 for 12oz! I’ve used their mature skin moisturizer when I’m in between feeling dehydrated and oily (yes, estheticians wage war with artificial heat/central air/hard water too!).

My latest find is this gem: Coconut Water Facial Toner

  • What’s the first ingredient? NEEM EXTRACT (helps soothe the skin)
  • Second ingredient? PAPAYA (natural exfoliant)
  • Third? COCONUT WATER (think a drink of water for your skin)
  • Price? $6.99 for 12oz. Happy Dance!

It smells great, feels great and will make your skin supple, protected and firm.