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THE MIRACLE OF MASSAGE

A good massage is one of life’s great pleasures and, for some, an absolute necessity. Nothing combats tight, sore muscles like a deep tissue rubdown. Traveling can be hard on your muscles and skin; after being on a plane for hours, I always stay deeply hydrated by drinking lots of water and using my Nabila K creams, lotions, and serums. Not being able to stretch and too much sitting can wear on your body; this is why movement is crucial. There’s nothing more regenerative or soothing than a full-body massage. Tight muscles are the root cause of myriad issues, and regular massages can help to prevent, treat, and manage pain.

Keep calm and book a massage.”

Ancient Rituals of Holistic Healing

What are your favorite methods of massage? There are many different types that can help promote physical and psychological well-being.

Traditional shirodhara massage is native to Southeast Asia, is based on ancient principles of Ayurveda, and has been used for thousands of years.

There’s a Scandinavian ethos of taking a sauna and then a cold plunge for wellness (you can see Helena Christensen doing this on Instagram). Also, if you’re feeling really decadent and adventurous, try getting a Platza at your local spa. This is a traditional wellness massage found in Russian bathhouses that involves being gently whipped by a fragrant bundle of oak leaves.

Beauty Treatments; Facials

You are one facial away from a good mood.

When it comes to beauty and wellness, we’ve come a long way but sometimes simple and straightforward is best. That’s why the Nabila K brand is all natural, clean, and organic. It’s classic, and it works.

•  Staying true to your habits can be a good thing. For one, I’ve always loved creams, lotions, and serums, and massaging them into my skin is a wonderful, relaxing ritual I perform in the morning and, most especially, at night before bed. With each stroke of Nabila K’s elixirs and oils, I feel like I’m massaging away all my stress and fatigue. A hard day literally melts away with each product I apply; doing so with care is a great routine and beauty secret!

  • Try Nabila K’s Argan Oil, Hibiscus and Rose Face Elixir as the best-kept beauty secret in a bottle. Just a few drops strategically massaged into your most sensitive skin will leave you glowing. Because the elixir locks in natural moisture while supplying additional antioxidants, your skin will look and feel restored. The Damask rose was a closely guarded secret of the East for so long, and now that the secret’s out, it’s no wonder it’s the national flower of Iran.

 

  • Finally, a facial oil that still allows the skin to breathe! Manuka Honey Renewal Deep Hydration Face Oil is Nabila K’s deeply hydrating serum that attracts moisture and helps your skin retain it without greasy residue. Manuka Honey face oil combined with coconut oil and the perfect properties of safflower oil balances pH levels, clears complexions, firms, and hydrates.

Massaging your face (with or without oil or serum) with a gua sha is incredibly effective for smoothing out lines and potential (and even existing) wrinkles. The cool stone of your facial roller helps naturally treat and prevent inflammation. Any sort of facial massage is beneficial for health and beauty wellness because it promotes healthy circulation and blood flow. Ice facial massagers (kept in the freezer) have become increasingly popular but are really just sophisticated patents on an age-old secret. Ice cubes have always been used to tighten and de-puff the skin; it’s basically an instant facelift!

Shampoo

Fran Lebowitz wasn’t wrong when she said the best form of safe sex is having your hair shampooed at a salon. Nothing quite compares to this quiet form of luxury and self-care. A scalp massage is incredibly effective when it comes to relieving stress and tension. Try turning ordinary hygiene into something enjoyable and transformative with my line of Nabila K shampoos. All infused with biotin and collagen, your hair will look and feel beautiful and healthy. Just lather fully and really massage your scalp; this not only feels great but is also the key to really clean hair. If you wash your hair more thoroughly, you’ll see that you don’t have to wash it as frequently (and this is great because it allows more time for oil to gradually build up and naturally keep your scalp from over-drying).

Pretty Pedis

Don’t forget to pamper your feet, especially this winter. Reflexology (when pressure is applied to parts of the body, specifically feet) has been known to work wonders for all sorts of ailments. One thing we can all agree on is that, after a long day (especially in heels), sore feet are a big problem and can severely limit mobility. Taking care of one’s feet (including their appearance) instantly makes you feel better. Have your own spa day in the privacy of your bathroom with Nabila K’s Peppermint Mani/Pedi Oil.

Body Beautiful

Nabila K Body Oils are some of the most sumptuous, sensual gifts you can give any time of year! Massaging oil into your skin is something you can do for

 yourself or your partner. Trust me, they’ll love it! Talk about a treat! Sometimes, something as simple as touch is what we’ve all been craving.

Available in fragrances such as Nicotiana, Jasmine, Manuka Honey, Peony, Polynesian Monoi, and Royal Wood, Nabila K offers just about every scent imaginable.

For more information on all the Nabila K products mentioned above, check out the links below and visit the website.

(Vintage photographs above depict Carmen Dell’Orefice, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, and Christy Turlington.)

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/hair/shampoos/

https://nabilak.com/product/argan-oil-hibuscus-rose-face-elixir/

https://nabilak.com/product/manuka-honey-renewal-deep-hydration-face-oil/

https://nabilak.com/product/peppermint-mani-pedi-oil/

https://nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/body-oils/

For more information on the practice of ancient massage techniques mentioned above, click the following links:

https://www.avatawellness.com/content/ancient-secrets-to-reducing-stress-through-shirodhara-massage

https://www.health.com/swedish-massage-7963962

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BLUSHING BEAUTY: New makeup from NABILA K

“On the secretly blushing cheek is reflected the glow of the heart.” –Kierkegaard

Glamour from the ’70s and ’80s is making a comeback in a big way (social media is absolutely filled with pages dedicated to beauty, glamour, and fashion of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s). People are nostalgic for the pre-internet days of Studio 54 nightlife, glitzy outfits, disco, and statement makeup. Think back to the uber fun, candy-colored photographs that made up all the glossy fashion magazines in the ’70s: from bright pink cheeks on all Guy Bourdin’s models to Lisa Taylor captured by Chris von Wangenheim, “maquillage de poupée” (doll makeup) is having a resurgence.

Rosy cheeks, however, never went out of style. Women have always when out of proper blush, pinched their cheeks, scrimped and saved for a pot of rouge, or even—quite a long time ago—used crushed berries to achieve a flirty, seductive look. Well, look no further for the perfect, clean blusher you can feel good about using. Nabila K has got you covered (literally) for all your high-fashion makeup needs and desires.

At First Blush

With shades ranging from dusty rose and golden sand to hot pink, Nabila K’s new line of blush covers every hue imaginable for every skin tone and mood. Deliciously light and shimmery or matte, Nabila K’s blush goes on effortlessly and, when applied to the apples of the cheeks or cheekbones, will turn any makeup look up a notch.

  • For a party where you want to look extra done and glitzy, try Nabila K’s “Pumped Up” to accentuate your cheekbones, channel Melanie Griffith in “Body Double,” or even a Peter Sato painting. When you have nostalgia for the mall and maybe even some ’80s pop music, this product will bring back memories. You’ll instantly feel like Debbie Harry. For a harlequin or doll look, apply a circle of blush to the center of your cheeks.
  • All you need to complete your look for date night is Nabila K’s “Bottoms Up” blush (that and a cocktail!).
  • “Hot and Spicy” is the perfect sandy, nearly terracotta bronze for a touch of highlight, shine, and a healthy, sun-kissed glow. An essential product for any seductress.
  • “Ruffles” is the go-to cosmetic for all our girly girls out there! For that à la mode look where you use a bit of blush on your nose (as if Jack Frost has been nipping at it), this is perfect. It’s subtle enough to use liberally and has just enough pop to really stand out.
  • “Ladybug” is the cute, lightweight blush every woman needs to feel her best and most feminine.
  • “Playful” is the ideal cosmetic for those fun-loving, flirtatious girlies out there looking to have a good time, and if you blush, it’s no big deal—no one will notice.
  • To achieve an effortlessly sexy look, try Nabila K’s triple-milled fine powder blush in “Sultry.” With pigments that last all evening, your sensuality will, too.
  • “Excessive” can be used as a bronzer and blush that will brighten your features and add a special glow to your overall appearance. Perfect for women with olive, tawny complexions!
  • “Echo” is the blush you’ll want for every day, at the office, or simply running around town. With a matte finish, you’ll feel glamorous all day long.
  • Feeling lucky? “Lucky 13,” with its frosted shine, is the deepest hue of all blushes and will make you feel as if kissed by a rose.

(Nabila K Blushes pictured above include: “Excessive,” “Pumped Up,” “Ruffles,” and “Lucky 13.”)

For more information on all the products mentioned in this blog, check out Nabila K’s website and the links listed below:

https://nabilak.com/product/ladybug/

https://nabilak.com/product/playful/

https://nabilak.com/product/pumped-up/

https://nabilak.com/product/sultry/

https://nabilak.com/product/excessive/

https://nabilak.com/product/bottoms-up/

https://nabilak.com/product/hot-and-spicy/

https://nabilak.com/product/lucky-13/

https://nabilak.com/product/echo/

https://nabilak.com/product/ruffles/

 

For more beauty tips and inspiration, read the blog.

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Safely Spice Up Your Look Using Healthier Methods

“At the dressing table, every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said, ‘completes what nature left unfinished.’” –Sophia Loren

 

We all need a little appearance pick-me-up now and then; it’s simply a part of life and good grooming, but we also want to avoid a lot of fuss, cost, and harmful chemicals. Here are some ideas for livening your lovely locks, treating your nails and toes so they look sensational in sandals—and bare on the beach and poolside—this summer, along with some makeup and skincare tips to try any time you need a little self-care.

Hair 

  • If you’re thinking about dying your hair, try to visit a salon that uses natural and organic products or purchase your own healthy hair color from your local drug store beauty aisle. There are lots of dyes to choose from that are loaded with silky conditioners and other supplements to actually help improve your hair, such as biotin, etc. 
  • Use a natural hair mask after shampooing to restore natural shine and body.

If you’re starting to turn grey and want to go au naturel, there are lots of ways to enhance a silver mane so that it looks chic and stylish. Try a special shampoo to really make your natural highlights pop. 

  • If you’re worried about touch-ups and want to keep your tresses colored, there are all sorts of hair powders you can use that don’t permanently dye your hair but are effective at covering that inch or two near the roots in between salon visits. 
  • Henna is a plant-based dye that is very popular. If you’re in the mood for a sexy red rinse, give it a try. Henna is also wonderful for decorating the skin with beautiful patterns; try it this summer if you’re looking for a bit of fun embellishment. 
  • To style your hair without using heat, try curlers or simply pin your mane overnight for soft, natural-looking waves.

Nails

If you’re looking for a good manicure or longer fingernails, you have several options, but the best for your nail health is to:

  1. Use dietary supplements, such as Biotin, to naturally promote nail growth. 
  2. Try press-on nails rather than acrylic. These just pop on and off with glue so there’s no harsh grinding away of the natural fingernail. Do not force nails off; soak them thoroughly in Acetone until the false nail easily detaches on its own.
  3. Nail hardeners (applied exactly like a clear varnish) really work wonders if used regularly. Also, remember not to leave false fingernails on for longer than a week; moisture always inevitably gets underneath and can trap bacteria.  
  4. Try new non-toxic nail polishes that lack harmful chemicals. 

Eyelashes 

We all want long, lustrous eyelashes; that’s why mascara is a must-have beauty product! If you want to make sure your lashes are extra long and glamorous, try using your own strip of fake ones (or you can apply them individually). This is a much better choice than opting for long-lasting eyelash extensions, as these can sometimes be irritating and leave you with puffy, red eyelids. If you must have extensions, make sure you visit a trusted salon with a skilled technician who will make sure they’re applied properly (also, if you have very sensitive eyes and skin, this is probably not for you).

Makeup/Skincare 

What do most women do when they want a little cosmetic treat? They usually go buy a new tube of lipstick. A new color can create a whole new look and attitude. The best way to go about trying on and purchasing any makeup is to make sure it’s free of harmful chemicals, parabens, and phthalates. This is what we call “clean” beauty. Try Nabila K’s new line of all natural beauty products! There’s everything you need for fresh, beautiful, and daring makeup transformations (including eye shadows, eyelashes, eyeliner, lipstick, lip gloss, and lip liner).

And the same goes for skincare! Nabila K has everything you need for clean, healthy, radiant skin. Whether you need a good beauty mask for a glowing new you, a gentle cleanser to wash away impurities, or a luxurious cream to restore soft, supple skin, Nabila K’s got you covered.

For more information, visit Nabilak.com

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Sensational Summertime

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here, While these visions did appear, And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding, but a dream.” –Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There’s nothing quite like summertime. The long, lazy days filled with everything we can think of to beat the heat are almost as magical as the nights. A summer night—after the sun has gone to bed and the heat has settled a bit—can make up some of the best moments of our lives. If you’re not already making the most of your summer, start immediately!

Summer days spent at the beach, on a lake, or at the pool are ideal for soaking up some Vitamin D and enjoying quality time with friends and family. Of course, there’s plenty of opportunities to practice your backstroke and diving, too. The ocean has many advantages that, for instance, another natural body of water or swimming pool cannot offer.

On the Beach

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”

 –Jeanne Moreau

  • Make the most of the beach and build sandcastles, write your name in the sand, collect seashells, and stack stones one on top of another to create a Zen sculpture. If you can go out on a boat to sail or deep sea fish, do so! There’s nothing better than catching your own supper and cooling off with a salty maritime breeze. 
  • Run through the dunes, watch the boats in the distance and the seagulls overhead, and don’t forget to catch the best of nature’s theatre: a beach sunset.
  • Embrace solitude. Even if you’re with friends and family, take some time to yourself to go for a walk and be silent. Stroll in the surf and listen to the waves. Observe the tides as they roll in and then out again: this is extremely calming and meditative. 

Poolside 

Make the most of your time at the pool and relax under a colorful umbrella with a good book in a chaise lounge. Use a fun, novelty pool float and always have a good pair of dark sunglasses handy. Don’t forget your sunscreen! 

Lakes and Rivers 

Lakes and rivers are usually associated with camping, bonfires, quaint cabins, rowboats, and fireflies. Don’t hesitate to go downstream in a raft, soar above the water on a tire swing, jump off the dock or pier, and go skinny dipping! 

The Hostess with the Mostest 

Summer parties, barbeques, and potlucks with your favorite foods (you know what I mean: barbeque, fresh vegetables—especially corn on the cob and heirloom tomatoes—macaroni and potato salad), are essential for the season. Host your own party if you can and, if not, be a good guest! 

For decoration:  don’t forget bouquets of seasonal wildflowers, Japanese lanterns, hand-held fans as party favors, and wind chimes (for those delicious summer breezes).

It wouldn’t be summer without lots of cool things to eat, like ice cream, shaved ice, and gelato. Fruity cocktails are an absolute must! Create your own drink and give it a name! Flowers really add something special and exotic to non-alcoholic beverages: use rosehip, lavender, prickly pear, elderberry, and juniper berry syrups to give any drink extra flair and flavor. Oh, and don’t forget plenty of freshly picked mint!

Make the Most of Summer Fashion

“I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes.” –The Rolling Stones

Make this summer (and the whole year) one of body positivity! Life is too short. Don a cute summer dress, halter top, or something sleeveless and show off your freckles, tan lines, and everything else. Summer is a wonderful time for accessorizing and making the most of fun, funky fashions. Incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe, wear a flirty bathing suit that accentuates and hugs your curves, and don’t forget a flowy sarong to complete the look!

Sandals and strappy heels with spangles and sparkles are always lots of fun; the same goes for an enormous sun hat (the bigger, the better; this is functional fashion). Don’t shy away from chunky jewelry (anklets are a must), henna tattoos, a fresh pedicure, and flowers in your hair. 

Dancing barefoot (preferably to live music), going braless, and sporting tousled hair—air-dried after swimming—are all effortless ways to feel unencumbered and beautiful this summer. You can always don a cute swim cap if you’re not into the beachy waves hairdo! For dewy beauty, try Nabila K’s shimmer makeup trick for that golden goddess glow.

  • Simply mix the second and fifth colors in Nabila K’s Moroccan Sand eyeshadow palette and combine the shimmer with the Here I Am daytime face cream. This will give your moisturizing routine that extra oomph (and sparkle) you’ve been craving. 
  • Or mix your favorite Nabila K eye shadow with the Aloe Surge facial mist! Make sure to use enough shimmery powder to achieve the desired effect, and then spritz away! 

For more information on the Nabila K cosmetics mentioned in this blog, check out the links below:

https://nabilak.com/product/moroccan-sand/

https://nabilak.com/product/here-i-am-day-cream-with-aloe-sage-rose/

https://nabilak.com/product/aloe-surge-facial-mist/

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Marvelous Makeup: Styling Tips and Inspiring

The only reason a woman should ever look down is to show off her eyeshadow.

What’s Your Makeup Personality? 

(Try the Party Girl eyeshadow palette with Plum Berry lipstick to achieve a ‘70s disco look.)

Nabila K’s brand-new eyeshadows are something to behold (and it’s not just in the eye of the beholder). So, what palette is right for you? Are you into clean, minimalist beauty, a look that can take you from day to night, an easy, no-frills face, or something exotic? You may want to correspond shadows with your eye color, but there really are no rules. That’s the wonderful thing about makeup! Also, Nabila K only creates clean beauty products; that means no chemicals and no parabens ever. It’s actually good for your skin, can be worn all day, will not irritate even the most sensitive eyes and skin and can be applied to dry or damp eyelids! With luscious, pigmented colors that last, these shadows will wear all day, and, if you feel like mixing it up, go ahead: apply as much as you like. It’s makeup you can feel good about using! And, trust us: you’ll feel absolutely beautiful.  

Below are our new eyeshadow palettes: are you a party girl, someone who always sees the silver lining, or the head-strong type? 

  • Cult Fave: With frosted pearl, sheer copper, and smoky berry shades of shadow, you can take your look from demure to sexy…all in one painter’s palette! Treat your face like a masterpiece.
  • Effortless: Be simply sexy with these three eyeshadow pads that include an array of warm neutrals and pearlescent shades. They’ll take you from light to dark so you can create a smoky eye using burnt umber, as opposed to the classic charcoal. Be uniquely effortless! Pair a dark eye with our “Plateaux” lipstick for a show-stopping look!
  • Head Strong: With taupe, plum, and peach, you can hold your head high!
  • Marzipan is sticky sweet and too good to resist! Ivory, umber, and eggplant have you covered to be the belle of the ball. 
  • Moroccan Sand: not three but five palettes! This dreamy combination of white and dark shades, complete with metallics and umbers, can create a million looks with just one eyeshadow kit.

 

(Be the life of the party with Party-Girl eyeshadows and Vixen lipstick.)

  • Party Girl: Pale pink, violet, and burgundy all combine to make you feel like dancing all night.
  • Silver Linings: For the ultimate shimmery or smoky eye! Try the white, silver, and charcoal and go from mod to punk and back again! 

Shadow and Gloss

(Cocoa Puff lip gloss can be paired with the Moroccan Sand eyeshadow palette to achieve a golden glow.)

 

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” –Mindy Kaling

Mix and match! There are so many choices; you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store! Go ahead and go wild; try a glossy lip with your eyeshadow.

  • Try the gold and copper tones of eyeshadow from the “Moroccan Sand” and “Effortless” palettes with “Cocoa Puff” or “Go Bare” glosses for a golden goddess look (inspiration courtesy of Veruschka). 

Nabila K’s new lip gloss line includes several shades that can be layered or worn on their own for a sexy shine: 

 

  • Fringe
  • Go Bare
  • Madrid
  • Nearly Naked
  • Pinky
  • Sanskrit
  • Swinger
  • Vespa 

Luscious Lips and Exquisite Eyes 

 

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 

–Yves Saint Laurent

(Play up your eyes with silver eye shadow and 

keep a muted lip with Go Bare lip gloss.)

(Photography by Guy Bourdin and Bert Stern)
  • Try the Brazilian lipstick (golden nude) with a silver or white shadow for something clean and fresh.
  • Red lips are classic and go with every eye makeup trend. 
  • Try Bella (pink) with Party-Girl eyes for an all-out fun ’80s look. 
  • Vixen, Plateaux, Plum Berry, or Ohh-La-La lipsticks with dark eyeshadow are great for an intense, mysterious, and fully glam look. 
  • Shrimp, Velvet Crush, or French Kiss lipsticks are ideal for a lighter, fleshier tone that will pop but are appropriate for daytime. Mix and match with either a dark shadow or be day-ready with a warm, neutral eye. If you want to do a warm, subtle eye all day but spice things up in the evening, change your lipstick to something more vibrant and red (Vixen) or something a bit darker (Plateaux). 
  • Dark, smoky eyes are always a showstopper with a pale lip. This is a good idea if you want to focus on one area. You can really play up your eyes or lips or…you can do both! 

Play around and find out what you like. Mix colors (Marilyn Monroe used about three different shades of lipstick to achieve the perfect color). (Try Nabila K’s Swinger lip gloss with Ohh-La-La lipstick for a spin on a classic red lip.)

For information on all products by Nabila K Cosmetics mentioned in this blog, visit the website and product description pages below: 

www.nabilak.com/product-category-/makeup/lipsticks/ 

www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/lip-glosses/

www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/eyeshadow/

 

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Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare

12 Cosmetic Ingredients You Should Avoid  

If you’re like most cosmetics and skincare consumers, you appreciate products crafted using naturally derived ingredients. In addition, you search for products created by companies with no animal testing policies and an overall eco-friendly narrative. However, it is sometimes tough to wade through the hype concerning what’s healthy and what isn’t. So we’ve compiled a reference list that we’re calling The Dirty Dozen. This list includes the 12 ingredients used in cosmetics most likely to produce toxic reactions. At Nabila K, we only use products that don’t contain any of these ingredients.

Top Toxic Ingredients in Skincare Products

1. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

Primarily used as preservatives in cosmetics such as lipsticks and moisturizing creams and lotions as well as certain types of food, BHA and BHT are both known to cause contact dermatitis. BHA has been listed as a possible carcinogen, and studies performed on lab mice and rats show that high doses cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and thyroid. 

2. Coal Tar Dyes (p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CI” followed by a five-digit number)

Coal tar dyes provide artificial coloring for a variety of cosmetic products. Lab tests performed by the U.S. National Cancer Institute indicate that coal tar dyes may cause tumors. They also may be contaminated with heavy metals and aluminum compounds.

Top Toxic Ingredients in Bath and Body Products

3. DEA-Related Ingredients

DEA is used in cosmetics such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, and conditions to create structure and texture, such as making products sudsy or creamy. Along with causing skin and eye irritation, DEA and its compounds have been shown to cause precancerous conditions in the skin as well as cause liver cancer.

4. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Primarily used in nail color products as a solvent in dyes, DBP is also used in many fragrance products. However, consumers won’t see it listed as an ingredient on the labels of these products because fragrance ingredients are considered trade secrets, and as such, they don’t require disclosure. DBP is absorbed through the skin and has been shown to interfere with hormone function and lead to developmental defects. The European Union classifies DBPs as toxic to aquatic organisms.

5. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Utilized in a wide range of cosmetic products, formaldehyde-releasing agents cause off-gassing that is then inhaled, to the possible detriment of the health of those in the vicinity. Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Top Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics

6. Parabens

As the most widely used preservative in cosmetics, it’s been estimated that as much as 90% of grooming products contain parabens. Although most products only contain very low levels, parabens are also used in fragrances, and like DBPs, they aren’t listed on labels because fragrance ingredients are considered trade secrets. It is very easy for parabens to penetrate the skin, and evidence indicates that they may interfere with hormonal functioning.

7. Parfum (aka fragrance)

Fragrance or perfume is used in nearly all cosmetics and involves thousands of different chemicals. Many of the commonly found ingredients are known to cause allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis, sneezing, itchy eyes, and an itchy and/or runny nose. In some people, various fragrance ingredients can trigger migraines. In some cases, even products that are supposed to be fragrance-free may contain some scent-masking ingredients.

8. PEG Compounds

Commonly used in cosmetics as texturizers, solvents, thickeners, and softeners, PEG compounds have been found to cause irritation, especially when applied directly to broken or damaged skin. These compounds also increase the general permeability of the skin’s upper layers, making it easier for tissues to absorb harmful ingredients.

Top Toxic Ingredients in Hair Care

9. Petrolatum

Otherwise known as petroleum jelly, petrolatum is typically added to products such as moisturizers and hair conditioners. Petroleum can become contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which have been known to cause cancer. Petroleum is classifieds as a carcinogen by the European Union.

10. Siloxanes

Silicone-based compounds have a range of cosmetic uses. For instance, they’re used in hair care products to smooth and soften, in moisturizers to help the skin tissues retain water, and in deodorants to help the product glide onto the skin easily. However, Canadian research reveals that these compounds may be toxic to aquatic life and that they have the potential to interfere with the functioning of human hormones.

Toxic Ingredients in Bathing Products

11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Used to create foaming and bubbling in soaps, body washes, shampoos, and facial cleansers, these compounds contain known the human carcinogen ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide has the potential to harm the nervous system and irritate the eyes and skin.

12. Triclosan

Used primarily in hand sanitizers, deodorants, and skin cleansers as an antibacterial agent and preservative, triclosan has been associated with hormonal dysfunction in humans and has been found to be very toxic to marine life. There is also evidence that the extensive use of triclosan in cosmetics contributes to the increase in antibiotic-resistant organisms.

So, what can you do if you want a non-toxic product? Simply do some research, read the labels, and then curate companies whose products you trust. We have always made it our goal to only produce products we’d be happy recommending to our own family and friends. You deserve the same treatment, and it is time we all demanded it from our manufacturers.

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Find Go-To Skincare Products

Five Products I Always Repurchase

Skin is amazing. It is the only organ on the outside of the body. Every day it is exposed to everything the world can throw at it. Some of the things my skin has had to endure over the years have included weather, chemicals, dirt, and internal issues like illnesses. It’s no wonder my skin hasn’t always looked its best. I have had to rely on skincare products to help me keep it healthy, but that is sometimes easier said than done.

Finding and maintaining a good skincare regimen is something we all struggle with. I certainly have. That’s why I always repurchase the products that consistently work for me once I find them. My go-to staples of skincare help me lay a foundation for skin health all year long, no matter what situations I subject my skin to. Here are five products I always repurchase because I know they’ll help me keep my skin clean, bright, and healthy.

 

Glycerin Soaps

Everyone buys soap, but the specific type of soap I buy makes all the difference for my skin. Most regular soaps only serve to dry my skin, especially during cooler months. Even in the summer, my skin can use all the added moisture and soothing action it can get. For that, I always turn to glycerin soap. Glycerin soap has many benefits, such as:

  • Soothing Inflamed Skin
  • Healing Cracks and Rough Areas
  • Healing Wounds, Such as Those Caused by Acne
  • Providing Antibacterial Protection

I always recommend glycerin soap due to the versatility it offers as well. It can treat many different skin types from dry to oily. When my skin condition changes with the seasons, my favorite glycerin soaps still keep nourishing and protecting it. Even with sensitive skin, I am never disappointed by a glycerin-based soap.

 

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are not the only products I like. I actually rely on them. A good moisturizer is the foundation of any successful skincare routine. The tough part was finding moisturizers that work for me. Most experts agree that a moisturizer is only as good as the skin type to which it is applied. For example, experts at the Mayo Clinic say dry skin responds best to an oil-based moisturizer. Water-based moisturizer is better at moisturizing normal skin. 

 

Another feature of moisturizer that caused me to experiment with it a lot is it is everywhere. It is built into so many different beauty products that choosing one is impossible. For example, I love using day cream with moisturizing properties, but I also regularly purchase moisturizing night cream. I finally realized using multiple moisturizing products consistently was the key. In fact, I now pack my skincare routine with them.

 

Facial Cleansers

I absolutely must have a facial cleanser in my skincare arsenal at all times. Like day and night creams, facial cleanser is a moisturizing product, but a well-formulated cleanser also

provides many other benefits. The best cleansers help maintain my skin by:

  • Removing Pollutants and Dirt
  • Hydrating My Skin
  • Removing Dead Skin Cells
  • Giving My Skin a Revitalized Glow

The trick is not every facial cleanser is the same. I always look for all-natural facial cleansers. They must contain the ingredients I need, such as collagen to restore my skin cells. My top facial cleansers also contain healing and protective vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and vitamin A. I also gravitate toward facial cleansers with soothing, light scents that can relax me on stressful days.

 

Facial Masks 

I am constantly purchasing facial masks because applying them is soothing and relaxing at the time, and their long-term benefits are excellent. A regular face mask regimen can treat anything from fine lines to acne, according to the Cleveland Clinic and other experts. However, I discovered that choosing the right types of masks was essential for my skincare success. I learned to avoid masks that contain any of the following:

  • Parabens.
  • Excessive Dyes.
  • Harsh Chemicals.
  • Allergens.

All-natural masks are always the most soothing, and they offer the best long-term results. Activated charcoal masks are great for skin detoxification. I have also found organic matcha masks work wonders for my skin. They even reduce eye puffiness and under-eye circles.

 

Lip Balms

I have discovered one of the biggest secrets to skincare success is remembering to care for all of my skin. It is fine to use hand lotion or face masks consistently, but neglecting other areas can lead to irreversible damage. One of the areas that tend to get neglected the most is the mouth. There is nothing more mismatched than a glowing complexion paired with dry, cracked, damaged lips. That is why I never go anywhere without lip balm in my purse. 

Organic herbal lip balm is one of my go-to choices. Lip balm with a beeswax base is smooth, soothing, and locks in moisture. I always look for organic lip balms that contain other ingredients known for their healing properties as well, such as Shea butter. 

 

Fortifying My Favorite Skincare Products

Purchasing the products above and using them all the time has helped me obtain and maintain healthy skin. However, I also go out of my way to set my favorite products up for success by protecting my skin from the sun. In fact, I seek out products like lip balm that has sunscreen in them. That way I can never forget to apply sunscreen, even on the busiest day. And, of course, the best way to boost your beauty product bottom line is to live a healthy lifestyle. 

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