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Green and Gorgeous: My Top 5 Beauty + Health Recommendations

Posted on 21 December 2015

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I believe that the best way to apply makeup is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any. I agree with One Direction: you’re all lovely and luscious enough already. You're turning heads when you walk through the door Don't need make up To cover up Being the way that you are is enough - One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful I’m a Berkeley girl, and the natural look is big here in the Bay Area. But along with keeping your style natural, I think it’s even more important to also seek out natural products. Plain and simple, your skin will absorb what you put on it, whether it’s toxic endocrine disruptors, harmful chemicals, or artificial estrogens. These types of cosmetics don’t just mess with your hormones; they can actually take a toll on your skin, damaging the collagen and coloring, forcing you to use more of the harmful cover-ups that caused the problem in the first place! Luckily, there are lots of face-friendly options for ladies who want to enhance their natural beauty without exposing themselves to harmful toxins. The next time you smear on some lotion or swipe on some eyeshadow, I want it to be as hormone-friendly as it is mirror-friendly.

The Precautionary Principle

In my book The Hormone Cure, I discuss the “Precautionary Principle” – namely, to look for natural alternatives to products that contain harmful chemicals. It will take a little homework on your part, but nature-nerd that I am, I’ve already done some of the legwork for you. If you’re considering a purchase, always look at the ingredients listed on the label (you do the same thing with food products, right?). Red flags are:
  • sodium lauryl sulfates (one of the most irritating skin cleansers on the market)
  • parabens (often-unnecessary preservatives that act as serious endocrine disruptors)
  • formaldehyde (another preservative that is a skin irritant and, even scarier, a carcinogen)
  • fragrance (the synthetic chemical compounds that add fragrance can affect everything from skin, to immune systems, to fertility)
  • hydroquinone (this skin-lightening agent prevents melanin production, increasing exposure to UVA and UVB rays)

A great place to start researching safe cosmetic alternatives on the Environmental Working Group database called Skin Deep: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/, this site is full of suggestions for safe cosmetics. Everywhere I go Everywhere that I've been The only thing I see is Is beautiful people - Chris Brown & Benny Benassi, Beautiful People

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Healthy & Hot

The following are some of my favorite resources and products when it comes to natural beauty. These are my top 5 favorite products for the skin and hair: 1. Annmarie Gianni is my favorite cleanser and facial oil. Now I'm in love with their essential oils. As Kris Carr famously said, when you spray their Neroli toner on your face, it's as if angels are kissing you. 2. My favorite skin product is In Fiore, and the owner is a homeopath! Talk about safe and sexy! 3. 100% Pure keeps my hair smooth and soft, without loading it up with sulfates and artificial fragrances. 4. Some all-natural beauty products are a little lacking, performance-wise. That is assuredly not the case with the line from Dr. Alkitis. Quality, performance, and total purity. 5. We all need a little help some days. Whether it’s a special occasion or a daily touch-up, Tarte cosmetics are lovely, clean and serious powerhouses in the makeup department. I’ve used in all those photos shoots (but Scout’s honor: I take all that crap off the second I’m done!). Do you have any favorite natural cosmetic products? Share with me in the comments below! I love your recommendations!   Sources: European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2001, pages 416–419; American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, March 2001, pages 28–32 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Christian G. Daughton and Thomas A. Ternes, "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?" Environmental Health Perspectives • Vol 107, Supplement 6 • December 1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22988620

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  • tania: January 23, 2016

    oh, and another line that seems very clean, Earth tu FACE…
    sara, i too will mention to portia at 3 stone hearth for the young coco ferment water or coco kefir, being non-dairy myself, i would love to have this healthy pro-biotic.

  • tania: January 23, 2016

    sara and friends,
    i love your suggestions above. new to berkely, i am getting used to the immense local natural beauty scene here. its inspiring. i have used dr. hauschka and jurlique. i’ve used kama ayurveda. i love 100% pure products accross the board. a few lines i’m experiementing and playing with these days are OWAY, bliss oils, osmia, a seaweed organic line that i can’t remember the name of and anne marie 2 trial packs that i am falling in love with. oh, and there is a line in alameda named sumbody, the verdict is out on this line, more soon.

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