"Sunburn is harmful. But sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid it"
This sounds counter intuitive right? I Am one of those crazy paranoid people that avoid medicine, sunblock and certain other things that are supposed to help us. Although I am not saying YOU should avoid sunblock, I'm saying you should take a closer look into the ingredients of the sunblocks you are using.Many sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases can actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body.
In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer” In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.
Many sunscreens also contain Oxybenzone, a known hormone disruptor that is not recommended for use on children.
Think about this:
Vitamin D= necessary for correct hormone formation. Sunscreen ingredients like Oxybenzone= endocrine disruptors that inhibit correct hormone formation. Starting to see the reason some sunscreens may do more harm than good?
As a DIY queen, I do have my own sunscreens that I make however it is hard and expensive to get these batches tested for SPF contents which is why I haven't bottled it up for you guys to try but below I will link some trustworthy creams for you guys as well as a simple recipe for you to try yourself!
I try to take a few days out of the week for some self care, but once a week I have a full blown groom sesh. This includes the usuals like exfoliate, face mask, hair mask, eyebrows, and steaming my lady parts. Yes, you read that correctly ... I steam my lady bits. While this sounds crazy, it’s actually something that has been practiced for years and years.
Women in Africa, Asia, and Central America have been using this simple trick to keep themselves clean, healthy and regulated for CENTURIES.
The way I see it, if I’m deep conditioning my hair and skin, why wouldn’t I do the same down there? Wanna know why I do it? Keep on reading
Itchy Scalp, Itchy Scalp, it's not your fault! *Phoebe Buffay Voice*
I've literally received so many requests regarding itchy scalps and dandruff. We all get it .. no shame in this scalp. You know I'm all about pampering the skin, but we often forget about our scalp. Our scalp often wears its neglect on it's sleeve. Just like the skin on your face, your scalp contains sebaceous glands that produce oil (sebum). In the right amount, sebum helps make your hair soft and shiny. But an overproduction of sebum, or buildup of oil on the scalp, can feed the malassezia furfur yeast that leads to dandruff. Today, we're going to show you a super easy, all natural way to help treat your itchy scalp.
When I had the chickenpox, my mom lathered me in calamine lotion. This was obviously a million years ago, but somehow this calamine lotion stayed in our medicine cabinet. Who kept buying this stuff and why?! Up until now, I never really found a use for it until now. I was sleeping on this lotion for a very long time because it has many wonderful uses .. it can even treat an itchy vulva! (but you didn't hear that from me). We won't be applying this lotion on any crazy body parts today though, we are using this lotion, as a spot treatment!
Okay, it's no surprise that I am OBSESSED with potatoes. French fries, tater tots, mashed potatoes, waffle fries .. I mean honestly if it has a potato in it chances are I'm ordering it. I'm not sure if anyone else out there has the same passion for potatoes but if you have any leftover potatoes in your home get ready for an at home spa treatment. Seriously, this bad boy has many benefits and the good news is that these benefits DON'T include all of the carbs. *sad sigh* If you want to pamper yourself with something found at home keep on readin'!
Postpartum hair loss, stress, weather .. whatever the reason my studies show that WE'RE SHEDDING LIKE CRAZY! I know it's normal to shed hair after having a baby, but he's also constantly yanking my hair and honestly at this point I worry he might not have anything to yank on anymore. I'm shedding SO much. I looked into crazy intense ways to grow my hair but most of my research told me that I need to stimulate my roots to promote hair growth. In classic Take Care form, we decided to add a super easy, simple, no excuse root stimulator to bring our hair back!
Although summer time in Arizona is finally over, we (I say we but I really mean ME) still are incredibly dependent on deodorant. Although this is great and all, sometimes our underarms need a break from all the junk we're putting on them. Now I love all natural products but I have yet to find an all natural deodorant that doesn't irritate my skin OR that does nothing and leaves me a sweaty mess within a few hours. Anyways, I will be showing you how to make a simple underarm detox that will give your underarms a nice break from the harsh chemicals. Also, if you have a natural deodorant that works let me know in the comments!