Carmine: Crushed Bug Shells in Lipstick

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You may have seen an ingredient called carmine listed as a component of your lipstick or another one of your beauty products. This means you are ingesting crush bug shells. That’s right: bug shells.
Carmine is a pigment that is obtained from the shells and dried bodies of a cochineal (pronounced koch-uh-neel), a female insect indigenous to Mexico, Central America, and other warm regions. (Source) These small insects feed off of cactuses drinking the plants’ juices. And these same small insects are used to add the color red to both cosmetics and even food/drinks.

Omega-3 Deficiency and What it Means for Your Hair and Body

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Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that your body does not produce on its own and therefore needs to intake regularly in its diet. Two types of Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA which can be found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseeds. An Omega-3 deficiency can cause adverse effects on your overall health including your hair and body. Here are the tell-tale signs that you may be Omega-3 deficient.