Connect with us

Personal Care

9 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Bath and Beauty Products – Blog – iHerb

Published

on

9 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Bath and Beauty Products - Blog - iHerb

By Sarah Baker, CHN

The growing practice of checking labels on what we eat and put on our body is not going away anytime soon. As we are becoming more aware of how everything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our system, we are also becoming more aware of the potential dangers of many popular chemicals that are used in beauty products.

To help you navigate the clean beauty world, here’s a list of ingredients to avoid in your products. Keep an eye out for these chemicals and substances, and look for products that are sulfate-, paraben-, fragrance- and phthalate-free.

Did you know that companies are not legally forced to share the ingredients that make up a fragrance? Due to being confidential information or a trade secret, fragrance ingredients are usually omitted. Ingredients used in fragrances have been linked to respiratory issues, dermatitis, reproductive system issues and allergies. When possible, look for fragrance-free beauty options.

These types of ingredients, which are found in a good majority of perfumes (thus why they are popular in skincare fragrance) may be extremely disruptive to various systems in the body. Phthalates are found not only in perfume but also nail polish, baby toys (these types of toys are banned in California), lotions, hair sprays and all sorts of skincare products. Look for ingredients listed as dibutyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate. Phthalates have been shown to harm the female reproductive system and may even cause birth defects if used in large quantities.

Mineral Oil

Found in baby oil, gels and body moisturizers, mineral oil is a common preservative in skincare products as it helps capture moisture and prevents products from spoiling. It is considered a carcinogen—meaning that it has cancer-causing properties—and is a by-product of petroleum, which is used to create gasoline. Examine the ingredient lists on preservative-free products to avoid this substance.

Another common preservative to prevent the growth of yeast or mold in products, parabens are found in makeup products like foundation, face and body wash, deodorant and lotions. Parabens can negatively impact hormone levels by disrupting estrogen levels, which could potentially lead to health complications in women. Look for ingredients labeled as isopropyl, isobutyl, or ingredients with the suffix -paraben and shop for products labeled paraben-free.

This type of preservative prevents the growth of bacteria and is also known as a carcinogen. Many people show an allergic reaction to it when used and it is found in a slew of beauty products like nail polish, shampoo and conditioner, eyeshadow and body wash.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This type of sulfate can cause eye damage, canker sores, hormonal acne and skin irritations, and is found in toothpaste, mouthwash, foundation, body and face wash and shampoo. It is an ingredient that creates the “foam” in many products and acts as a surfactant. Look for SLS-free options labeled on the packing of products.

This type of harmful ingredient is used in many various hyperpigmentation serums and creams. Hydroquinone is a brightening product that acts as an artificial skin lightener that reduces melanin in your skin. It’s also considered a carcinogen and neurotoxin and has also been associated with allergies.

So next time you hit up the skincare aisle while you’re shopping, be mindful of the types of ingredients that you’ll find on the label and always opt for products that tout being paraben, sulfate, and fragrance-free.

This article was written by Sarah Baker, a certified holistic nutrition and health coach, certified business consultant with a focus on brand strategy, and founder of BalancedBabe.com. In between working with clients and growing her wellness brand, she spends most of her time as a media and TV personality advocating an approachable and fun holistic lifestyle.

This content was originally published here.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Personal Care

Pelosi: ‘Americans Celebrate the Beauty, Bravery and Vibrancy of Our Cherished LGBTQ Communities’

Published

on

By

Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, June 28, 2015. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Tuesday—the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month—to express her commitment to serving the LGBTQ community in the United States.

“Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality,” Pelosi said.

“Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities,” said Pelosi.

“As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride,” she said.

“Pelosi Statement on LGBTQ Pride Month

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month:

“‘Every June, Americans celebrate the beauty, bravery and vibrancy of our cherished LGBTQ communities and commemorate the remarkable progress our nation has made toward full equality.  Just five decades ago, proud activists at the Stonewall Inn boldly rejected centuries of hatred and persecution in a moment that changed America and, indeed, the world.  During Pride Month, we carry on what began in the streets of New York City, proudly marching to demand an end to bigotry and to advance the cause of justice.

“‘Our nation has taken important strides toward full equality, thanks to generations of leaders and activists who rallied support for the gay community during the HIV/AIDS crisis, passed protections against discrimination and hate crimes, defeated the appalling ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, secured the right to marriage equality and more.  Tragically, hatred and bigotry still linger today: an alarming wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation is sweeping statehouses across the nation, while transgender women of color are suffering rising violence in our communities.  As these dark forces threaten to erode our hard-won progress, we cannot relent until our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors can live with safety, dignity and pride.

“‘That is why, in February, the Democratic House once again passed the landmark Equality Act, which must become law.  The House salutes President Biden and Vice President Harris for their leadership, ensuring that LGBTQ Americans are protected against discrimination under the Civil Rights Act, ending the shameful ban on transgender service members, working to protect transgender youth and stopping anti-LGBTQ discrimination in our health care system.  This Pride Month, let us recommit ourselves to finally realizing our nation’s founding creed: that all are equal.’”

This content was originally published here.

Continue Reading

Personal Care

Dolly Parton on New Fragrance, Going Into Beauty – WWD

Published

on

By

Two years after signing a licensing deal with IMG, multihyphenate entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton is making her first plays in beauty.

In her first bid for the beauty consumer, Parton — who has had a busy year, from funding coronavirus vaccine research to the opening of Dollywood, her theme park in Tennessee — is introducing Dolly — Scent From Above, her first fragrance line in partnership with Scent Beauty.

The fragrance line includes two eau de parfums, which will launch on HSN on July 28; a body cream; an eau de toilette, and a body mist in Walmart, Walgreens, Scent Beauty’s website and an Instagram store. Prices range from $40 to $65; industry sources think the range will surpass $40 million in sales during its first year at retail.

Fragrance made perfect sense for her first beauty product, Parton told WWD, given her own relationship with scent. “When I signed my branding deal with IMG, I thought, ‘I’m going to start with perfume.’ Everybody has always told me how good I smell,” Parton said. “I felt like a mad scientist trying to find the right combination, but we did and it took us about two years. I’m going to be doing wigs and accessories and makeup.”

Scent Beauty’s licensing deal with Parton was a coup for the company, which is optimistic about the line’s performance — and its tailored approach to distribution. “Dolly Parton is a cultural icon that’s resonating with Americans and people all over the world — she’s cross-generational,” said Steve Mormoris, chief executive officer of Scent Beauty. “Given this broad appeal and icon status, we decided to not pursue any one channel, but to have a broad-base distribution strategy from luxury channels to mass.”

HSN shared Mormoris’ enthusiasm. “As an admired musical icon and adored philanthropist with her endless contributions spanning over several decades, we are excited to add Dolly’s fragrance to our portfolio and share her inspirational story with our customers,” Bridget Love, general merchandising manager, vice president of beauty merchandising, QVC and HSN, said in an email.

Mormoris added that Scent is eyeing other categories, such as hair mists and home fragrances, for expansion, and will be sold internationally as well.

Parton has more products in mind, too. “I’m going to be doing wigs, and accessories and makeup,” she said. “I’m going to hopefully create a scent for the men in my life, too. Although Dolly — Scent from Above smells so good, I think the boys will want to wear it.”

Although Parton and Scent Beauty are casting a wide net with the distribution strategy, Parton is still making the process her own. “I actually wrote a song for it, called Sent From Above,” Parton said. “I don’t think that Liz Taylor ever wrote songs [for her perfume].”

“I think I’ll have a fun time promoting it and enjoy getting out there and talking about it,” Parton continued. “I really want to see how people respond to it.”

She has no plans to slow down, either in or out of beauty. “I’m working on a lot of new music and some fun, exciting things at the end of the year,” she said. “I’m working on different projects, but right now I’m occupied with hawking my goods.”

FOR MORE FROM WWD.COM, SEE:

This content was originally published here.

Continue Reading

Personal Care

Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Published

on

By

Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

Cloud Paintings by Ksenya Verse

Looking at one of Ksenya Verse‘s paintings is a good reminder to look at the sky more often. The Arizona-based artist captures the nebulous forms of clouds and their numerous colors in her exquisite oil paintings.

Originally from Russia, Verse moved to Arizona at the age of 19 to “broaden her visual and cultural perspectives.” There, she fell in love with the striking landscape of the American Southwest, finding particular fascination with the uninterrupted horizons, dramatic cloud formations, and shimmering bodies of water. “My work is all about the innate connection between the external sky and our internal emotions,” she explains on her website.

Verse creates her mutable clouds by layering different colors in soft, rounded shapes, and by emphasizes light and shadow. This connection to the sun and how it affects the appearance of the clouds is what brings the amorphous shapes to life. In addition, the artist uses composition to accentuate the size of her cloud formations by taking up most of the space with the sky and leaving the landscape as a thin strip at the bottom of the panel.

You can purchase original artwork via Verse’s website, and learn more about her painting process by following the artist on Instagram.

Arizona-based artist Ksenya Verse creates exquisite paintings of cloudy skies.

Cloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya VerseCloud Paintings by Ksenya Verse

Watch these videos for more insight into Verse’s creative process:

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ksenya Verse (@ksenyaverse)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ksenya Verse (@ksenyaverse)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ksenya Verse (@ksenyaverse)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ksenya Verse (@ksenyaverse)

Ksenya Verse: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ksenya Verse.

Pixelated Paintings Reveal Colorful Cityscapes When Viewed From Afar

Lively Paintings Capture the Dynamic Energy of Bustling Cities at Night [Interview]

Pocket-Sized Mint Tins Open to Reveal Miniature Oil Paintings of Bucolic Landscapes

READ: Exquisite Oil Paintings Capture the Beauty of Cloudy Skies

This content was originally published here.

Continue Reading

Trending

Chimed.com