Coffee and Cacao Face Scrub Recipe

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As we all know caffeine is an antioxidant that works in tightening the skin and reducing inflammation and redness, but I bet you didn’t know that Cacao is also an antioxidant that plays a vital role along side caffeine in getting rid of free radicals to keep your skin young & fresh. These two work hand in hand !

Seasonal Lip Scrub Pumpkin Pie Spice and Brown Sugar

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As Fall rolls around again, I decided to repost one of my favorite lip scrub recipes made with delicious pumpkin pie spice. Try this seasonal treat— an all natural lip scrub made from a few ingredients in your kitchen like brown sugar, honey, and of course pumpkin pie spice!

Benefits of the Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar: gently exfoliates skin naturally
Honey: nourishes and softens skin, filled with antioxidants that fight aging

Study || Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

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The use of peppermint oil for hair growth is not new at all to the natural hair community. Search the archives of hair care forums and blogs, and you will find at least one thread or article devoted to it. Nonetheless, there has not been a concrete study on peppermint oil for hair growth … until now.

UCLA Student Pushes City of Inglewood to Address Health Risks of Beauty Products for Blacks

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UCLA Ph.D. student Teni Adewumi (left) talks to a hair stylist. 
Teni Adewumi, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental health sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is spreading the word about the hidden dangers in hair and nail salons. The Nigerian-American student began shining light on the issue last summer when she started working for the L.A. nonprofit, Black Women for Wellness’ Healthy Hair Initiative project as part of a partnership between the Occupational Health Internship Program and the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program.

To gauge how much of a health risk certain beauty products pose, Adewumi questioned salon workers in the South Los Angeles area about the types of chemicals they’re exposed to and questioned them about any health challenges they faced as a result. Some stylists had worked with toxic chemicals for so long that their fingerprints had eroded. Others reported adverse reproductive outcomes, such as miscarriages and uterine fibroids.

Lake Colorants Exposed: How Dangerous Chemicals Are Lurking in Body Care Colors

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Lake colorants are synthetic dyes used in body care like mouthwash and cosmetics, especially lipsticks to create colors like red, yellow, blue, and green in solid products and liquid solutions. These colorants are far from safe and contain dangerous metals that can be absorbed through your skin and harm your body. Let’s take a look at the harmful effects of lake colorants and how you can avoid them.