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What to Look for When Buying Cruelty Free and Ethical Beauty Products

It seems barbaric, but many health and beauty companies still use outdated forms of animal testing for beauty products. Despite the fact that scientists have developed more efficient and more reliable forms of humane testing that use artificial skin and eyes in order to mimic real human tissues more closely than any animals’, a lot of companies still choose to stick with cruel forms of testing that date back to the 1920s. To give you an idea of how awful some of the tests routinely conducted on animals are, here are the two most common forms of tests for beauty products: the Draize test and the Lethal Dose test. In the former, substances are placed in conscious rabbits’ eyes to test how irritating they are to this incredibly sensitive tissue. In the second test, a specific number of animal...

The Causes of Dark Circles Under the Eyes (and How to Get Rid of Them)

Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Do you worry they are making you look tired, old or even sad? Do you wonder where they come from and wonder even more about how to get rid of them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is what you need to know. Causes of dark circles ender the eyes Heredity – If your parents or grandparents have dark circles under their eyes, the chances are high you have them because you inherited them. What you really inherited is thin skin beneath the eyes. As you get older, the skin around your eyes may become even thinner. It really isn’t the skin itself that has the dark coloration. It is the blood vessels beneath the skin that are shining through. If the capillaries beneath the skin should ever break and bleed, the grayish/blue circles may tur...

Stop Living With Adult Acne: Common Causes and Solutions

One of the things that people who are prone to acne in their youth look forward to about becoming an adult is the thought of no longer having to deal with breakouts. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Adult acne is something many people face, even adults who did not have breakouts in their youth. Acne is not just a teenage issue and there are many reasons why you may be dealing with adult acne. What causes adult acne? Hair products may cause adult acne Believe it or not, one of the culprits for your adult acne may be your hair products. They can seep into your skin and cause blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and redness on the skin. It isn’t just the bang area that sees breakouts from hair products either. If you have long hair and you get ready and style your hair when you a...

What Are Spider Veins and What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Them?

Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from spider veins? Spider veins are those small, thin veins that are just beneath the skin’s surface. If you have them, you know it – and you probably spend much of your time trying to hide them. Or, you’ve endured painful injections to try to get rid of them. What causes spider veins? Spider veins are most common in the legs due to pressure and the force of gravity, but they can also appear most anywhere, even the face. There are three basic spatters in which spider veins develop. They may appear as thin separate lines, they may look like a spider with a definite central point and legs running from it, or they may resemble tiny tree branch-like shapes. They are generally red or blue. But no matter the shape or color, they are not pretty and...

The Causes of Female Hair Loss and How to Reverse the Process

If growing older didn’t take enough of a toll on women with the facial lines, wrinkles, and the gravitational pull of the body, discovering that your hair is thinning — or finding a bald spot — can truly make a woman feel… odd. Dealing with female hair loss can be tough. The best way to handle it is to discover what is causing it. It could be self-induced, from a condition or medication, or it might be in your genes. Knowing what is causing your hair loss can go far in helping you cope. The causes of hair loss in women Female hair loss caused by over-processing and styling As we grow older our hair becomes more fragile. Many women are not aware that over-processing the hair can cause hair loss. Females do a lot to their hair. We wash it, color it, perm it, dry it, iron it, style it, ...

How to Combat the Dry, Itchy Skin Caused by Winter Weather

If winter is so hard on your skin that you are contemplating a move to an area with warm temperatures year round, take heart. These tips can help you cope with the uncomfortable dryness that winter weather can bring. Combat winter dry skin with the right moisturizer Just because a moisturizer works for you in the warm months doesn’t mean it will work for you when the season changes. Look for a moisturizer that is more like an ointment and that is oil-based, versus a water-based type moisturizer that is very thin. The oil in an oil-based moisturizer will serve as a barrier between your skin and the weather. It will also help your skin retain more moisture. Look for oil based products that say ‘non-clogging’ so your pores do not become clogged. Almost all night-time moisturizers are oil base...