Is Your Brand of Shampoo and Conditioner Damaging Your Hair and Skin?

Do you know what is in your shampoo and conditioner? It’s amazing how many chemicals go into a shampoo and conditioner. Did you know that those chemicals are absorbed into your body? Have you ever noticed any breakouts on your forehead or face? Those breakouts (any type of acne) could be caused by the shampoo and conditioner you are using.

Natural and organic products do exist. The key is knowing where to find them and which ones will work best for you. Start by researching the internet for natural and organic hair products. If you have a farmers market or a Whole Food Market in your area, ask for assistance.

Synthetics to Look For in Shampoo and Conditioner

  1. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben.
  2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA).
  3. Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea.
  4. Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate.
  5. Petrolatum.
  6. Propylene Glycol.
  7. PVP/VA Copolymer.
  8. Steralkonium Chloride.
  9. Synthetic Colors.
  10. Synthetic Fragrances.

These ingredients are prevalent in shampoos and conditioners. Methyl is used to extend the shelf life of products. DEA is used in cosmetics to produce the “foaming” action of a product. It can cause allergic reactions, eye irritations, or dry hair and skin. DEA can be toxic if it’s absorbed into the body over an extended period of time.

Another cheap detergent that is used as a “foaming agent” is sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate. This is derived from petroleum! Buyer beware because it’s usually disguised as “comes from coconuts” in so-called natural cosmetics.

To make cosmetics look pretty, “synthetic colors” are added to products. Look for FD&C and D&C which will be followed by a color. An example is: FD&C Red No. 6. While you’re at it, watch out for “synthetic hair dyes” because they’re bad for you as well.

Synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics, shampoos, and conditioners can have as many as 200 ingredients. They can cause headaches, a rash, vomiting, dizziness, skin irritation, and coughing. If you read the label on a shampoo bottle and it contains the word “fragrance,” you may want to put it back on the shelf.

Sadly, some companies who claim to be all natural and organic still use synthetics in their shampoos and conditioners. Read this review on Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo. You may also want to read this review of of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint/Equalizing Hair Conditioning Rinse.

The next time you purchase shampoo and conditioner for your hair, you may want to read the ingredients. You have no idea what you are using. Can you pronounce the words? It’s amazing how much money spent on plastic surgery in this country, yet people still use products that could do more harm than good. There goes all the money for the plastic surgery!

Top 5 Unconventional Beauty Tips Revealed

Personal care products is a multi-billion dollar industry. Women around the world are always on the prowl for the latest and greatest beauty secrets. Whether it’s a cream to combat cellulite or a pill to take off the extra pounds, women will try anything to improve their looks. Not that there is anything wrong with wanting to improve your appearance. When vanity and arrogance become part of you, then you may have a problem.

Before you run out and get the plastic surgery, you may want to peruse this list. Perhaps there are some techniques that will work for you.

Top 5 Not So Conventional Beauty Tips

  1. Put toothpaste on a pimple to make it disappear.
  2. Use super glue to fix a broken nail.
  3. Put nail polish in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
  4. Use mayonaisse on your hair to make it silky and shiny.
  5. Put cucumber slices on your eyes to decrease the puffiness.

For even more zany beauty tips, please read the article “Wacky Beauty Tips That Work.”

Links to Beauty

  1. Home and Family Network. Find out what’s hot in beauty tips!
  2. OK! Magazine. Reveals their top 10 beauty secrets.
  3. Women’s Health. Fantastic magazine that offers more than beauty tips. Check it out today!

Ladies, what are you waiting for? Try some of these tips today, tomorrow you will be even more beautiful. Just remember the saying “beauty is only skin deep.” Some women may be beautiful on the outside, but the inside is another story. When you feel beautiful on the inside it will transfer to the outside!

Consumer Alert! What’s in That Peanut Butter?

It is estimated that Americans eat 800 million pounds of peanut butter each year! That’s enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Peanuts are not actual nuts, they are part of a family of legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, and other beans. They provide major health benefits and are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are emphasized in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Peanuts are good sources of Vitamin E, folate, niacin, protein, and manganese.

Peanut butter comes in creamy, chunky, extra chunky, natural, or reduced fat; depending on the brand. For those people who eat JIF Reduced Fat Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter, pay close attention to the label. It’s not healthier than the original JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. Remember, looks can be deceiving. Just because food products say “fat free, low fat, or reduced fat” does not mean that they are better for you.

JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter has 15 grams of carbohydrates versus 7 grams found in the original JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. Carbohydrates absorbed in the body turn into sugar which then is converted into fat. The amount of sugar in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter is 4 grams versus 3 grams in JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. The sodium in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter is 250 milligrams versus 150 milligrams in JIF Creamy Peanut Butter. The added sugar, sodium, and carbs in JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter defeats the purpose of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Many natural and organic brands of peanut butter contain palm oil, which may be a healthier oil for humans but at what cost and to whom? The environment of the orangutans is being decimated in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia in order to harvest palm oil. People who love animals and are passionate about conservation and environmental causes may think twice about purchasing natural and organic foods. Once they find out where the foods came from and how, they may not purchase them in the future.

Finally, there are many ways to enjoy peanut butter such as the “old fashioned PB & J sandwich.” Spread it on whole grain toast and crackers or add a tablespoon to a smoothie. However you use peanut butter, just remember to read the label because not all brands of peanut butter are created equally!

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I’m in Shock! Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream Works!

All women have cellulite no matter their size or shape. Even models and “skinny girls” have cellulite. They may not have a lot of cellulite when compared to other women, but they still have it!

The Tyra Banks Show asked five women to take the Nivea Good-bye Cellulite, Hello Bikini Challenge and the results were amazing. Some women used the cream and others used the patches. Also, all of the women took Nivea Nutritional Supplements. Within four weeks all of the women had dramatic improvement in their “problem areas” such as buttocks and thighs.

Tips to Combat Cellulite

Stay active. Being sedentary will only increase cellulite because the fat will build up quicker over time.

Exercise and Dieting: Get a customized work out based on your body, metabolism and goals! Remember to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drink plenty of fluids such as water or Green Tea.

Incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet and fitness plan. For vitamins find Great Prices on Vitamin World’s Best Sellers! Click Here and get healthy today.

To conceal dimples, use a self tanner such as Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer or Jergens Natural Glow Express.

Dry brush your problem areas. Take a large, flat brush and in a circular motion rub it over your skin. This increases the circulation and improves the appearance of cellulite.

Have confidence and smile! Stand up tall and be proud of who you are because you are one of a kind!

Visit Nivea to learn more about Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream. Look for special packages of Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream that offer a free workout DVD from the New York Sports Club. It’s a fantastic half hour DVD that can be used in conjunction with the cream and or patches. Take it from me, the cream works and it’s only been a week and a half! The DVD was a nice surprise and bonus!

Stop! Are Your Personal Care Products Really Natural and Organic?

Natural and organic products are all the rage these days. Go down any aisle at the grocery store, and the shelves are filled with organic products such as cereal, sauces, chips, and many other items. Personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, facial cleaners, moisturizers, and makeup are touted as being natural and or organic. But are these products really natural or organic? Be careful because that natural soap on the shelf may not be as natural as one would think.

Before purchasing a product that claims to be “natural or organic,” read the label. Words that are red flags are “nature inspired, made with natural or organic ingredients, and natural origin.” Products can be “certified organic” without being 100% organic. Only 70% of a product’s ingredients must be organic, the other ingredients can be anything. To become educated about organic labeling, visit the USDA.

For those concerned that products are tested on animals, be wary of the wording “not tested on animals.” If products are not tested on animals, labels will have a symbol of a rabbit in a circle with a line through it; the prohibitory symbol. Visit Leaping Bunny, “The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics to view companies who make the “grade.” To learn more about product testing on animals, visit earth-conservation.org, an organization in Poland founded in 2003.

Links to Natural and Organic Products

    Shop at MotherNature.com for thousands of all-natural Health & Wellness products. They even have a “home and grocery” aisle.

    Tom’s of Maine. For all of your natural personal care products. Try the “Natural Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash in Spearmint.” It tastes great!

    Snack Healthy & Be Heart Healthy with Genisoy. Soy foods that taste great!

    Green Living Now. A women owned natural and organic products online store.

    Whole Foods Market. Was founded in in 1980 in Austin, Texas. Now the company is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods.

    As fresh as it gets! Premium gourmet coffees direct from the countries that grow them. Buy Café Britt online. “We work to preserve the environment and ensure the sustainable development of our communities and well as micro, small and medium-sized growers and suppliers.”

    Jason-Natural. “Since 1959, JASON Natural Products has been the leading purveyor of pure and natural products for skin, body, hair and oral health for the whole family, giving consumers effective, environmentally-friendly alternatives to mass-produced, synthetic chemical products.”

    Burts Bees. Is an “Earth Friendly, Natural Personal Care Company.” Burts Bees creates “natural, Earth-friendly personal care products formulated to help you maximize your well-being and that of the world around you.”

Warning! Natural and Organic Food is Not Necessarily Healthy!

Many people have jumped on the “natural and organic” band wagon. However, you must still read the ingredients. Just because food is labeled natural and organic does not mean healthy. Furthermore, if you love the rain forest and wildlife then you better read the ingredients in organic peanut butter. Palm Oil or “cruel oil” is an ingredient found in organic peanut butter which comes from Borneo, Malaysia and Indonesia. Unfortunately, the environment of the orangutans in these areas are being decimated for the harvest and planting of palm oil plantations. Before you dig into that peanut butter, you may want to make sure you will be able to “stomach” it.

If a package is labeled 100% organic, this means the product is completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. An “organic” label means that product is at least 95% organic. If the package is labeled “made with organic ingredients,” the food contains at least 70% organic ingredients. Visit the Mayo Clinic to learn more about organic food.

Links to Healthy Living

Eat Well & Be Happy with Genisoy. If you love soy products then you will love Genisoy. They offer a variety of products that really do taste great.

Find high quality vitamins and supplements at Vitamin World! For all of your vitamins and supplements to healthy living.

GNC is giving away $2000 each month through December. Visit GNC for all of your nutritional supplements, weight loss maintenance, and other health products.

Remember to read labels carefully. Just because something is labeled as natural does not mean it’s good for you. Arsenic is a natural substance but it’s poisonous! Here’s another tip. Those packages of 100 calorie snacks are not necessarily “healthy” alternatives. Please read the ingredients in the 100 calorie snacks. Some of the products contain ingredients that sound disgusting! What exactly is beef plasma? Yeah, that sounds healthy and tasty!