New Calls for the FDA to Better Regulate the Cosmetics Industry

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I can’t help it. Every time I come across a story in the mainstream media about the need to better regulate the cosmetics industry in the United States, I get a little bit excited. At some point, this has got to mean change is on the way, right? The more people who care about what’s in the products they put on their skin, the more people start to actively avoid ingredients that are already banned in places like Japan, Canada, and Europe … the more likely we’ll all have even more great, safe, effective products to choose from. Right?

Well, I’ve basically been giddy for the past week or so.

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Want to Try (Natural) Korean Beauty Products? Start Here!

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It’s entirely possible you’ve gotten caught up in the Korean beauty products trend without even realizing it. BB cream, sheet masks, fermented essences, and even special ingredients like snail mucin (seriously!) are all Korean imports. But if you’ve skimmed ingredients lists on some of the most popular K beauty products and found some things you don’t love, I feel you. Plus, it’s not always easy to check out the ingredients lists of these products, many of which are still fairly new to the U.S. market. That’s a problem for a person like me who doesn’t just blindly trust that a brand that calls itself natural doesn’t also use some decidedly not-natural ingredients.

But don’t be disheartened! I’ve done the research. Here are 11 clean Korean beauty products you can try with exactly zero guilt.

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Product Review: 1000 Roses Color + Correct from Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct Indigo and CanaryIf there’s one Korean beauty product I love most, it’s got to be CC cream. This beautiful little number does everything a BB cream or beauty balm does, but adds complexion-enhancing color correction. It’s essentially a foundation plus moisturizer in one. So if, like me, your skin isn’t quite ready to face the world with just a bit of moisturizer, and you need a little help to get your skin tone balanced and even (and maybe even cover a few blemishes), then a CC cream is your new best friend.

That’s why I could barely contain myself when I spotted Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct on the shelf at Earth Fare, one of my favorite health food stores.

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Do You Know What’s In Your Sunscreen?

Is Your Sunscreen Doing More Harm Than Good?

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean you can stop thinking about protecting your skin from the sun. Sure, you might not have to lather it on before a day at the pool or the beach, but good skincare habits are just as important in January as they are in July!

I spoke with Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND at LuckyVitamin.com, and outlined the most important insights from the Environmental Working Group’s latest sunscreen report for a story about the hidden dangers of conventional sunscreen I wrote for the StyleSeat blog.

Stop by and take a peek, then come back here so we can chat about your favorite sunscreen! Have more questions about ingredients or skin protection tips? Leave them in the comments and I’ll ask Dr. Wolf to answer them for us!

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The Beauty Benefits of Apples

Beauty Benefits of Apples

Fruit juice can be a potent natural beauty ingredient—there’s even a (great!) line of natural cosmetics based on the sweet stuff. But there’s one specific fruit that takes center stage this time of year: the apple. Whether you eat them or use products with apple on your skin, there’s lots to love about this fall staple.

In honor of the start of apple-picking season (at least here in North Carolina), here are four reasons to add apples to your beauty routine. 

  1. It can help combat acne. Packed with Vitamin A (otherwise known as retinol), apples can help combat acne by increasing cell turnover.
  2. It has moisturizing and skin tone-perfecting qualities. Apples are full of Vitamin B, which is great for dry skin and fading age spots, and can help even skin tone.
  3. It can lessen undereye circles. If you battle dark undereye circles like mine that are mostly unaffected by a lack of sleep, an eye cream with Vitamin K, which is found in apple juice, can help shrink the capillaries under the thin skin beneath your eyes and decrease some of the discoloration.
  4. It has anti-aging benefits. Apples are packed with Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps your skin protect and repair itself, leaving you with a fresh-looking complexion.

Have you spotted apple on the ingredients list of any of your favorite skincare products? Share your favorites in the comments!

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