Friday, January 31, 2014

Is Beauty Killing Us?

I've been doing a lot of research lately regarding the ingredients in the beauty and personal care products I use every day. 

It started with my hair products, I'm on a healthy hair journey and for the past two years I've been weeding out all of my hair products containing mineral oil, sulfates, petroleum, and parabens. 

While reading the ingredients I realized how many words I could not pronounce and had no idea of what they were. So I wondered, "If this is what I was putting in my hair...WHAT THE HECK AM I PUTTING ON MY SKIN, especially my face?!" 

Before I get into my findings I have to to admit I'm a product junkie! I love going into Sephora, Ulta and MAC and finding new products, so I was extremely afraid to check the labels of my beloved beauty products and most likely see unfavorable ingredients.

Nonetheless, I check and was blown away by my findings. Not only do popular cosmetics contain the same parabens and sulfates I vowed to never again use on my hair, they contain lead and chemicals  that cause cancer and reproductive issues. 

I am not yet an expert on the subject, but I did want to share some chemicals to look for and AVOID:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Laureth
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Triclosan
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • FD&C Color Pigments
  • Fragrances
  • Dioxin
  • Parabens 
Don't just take my word for it look it up! & Please share anything you know on the subject with me. These chemicals not only threaten our health, but they threaten our beauty (some age skin and cause wrinkles), which is the very reason we use them. How ironic?!

Anyway, I'm in a researching frenzy right now. Next, I will be having a funeral for all my toxic products....I'll be sure to document any other findings and my journey to overall better health.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Red Wine | Antioxidants

It's been pretty cold out here in Atlanta. Especially today, A SNOW DAY! I find myself staying in during the winter months, a hibernation of sorts.

There's nothing like Netflix, some cozy pjs, a oversized hoodie and of course WINE.  Since, moving into my new place and getting fancy new wine glasses I've been trying out a lot of different wines.

So far my favorite is Red Moscato with Sweet Red Wine being a close second. I like to think not only is it delish, it's also healthy, you know the antioxidants! :-P

What are some of your favorites? I'm going to go out of my red comfort zone and try some other wines. I'd love suggestions.

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Stay cozy, until next time.