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October Breast Cancer Awareness: Are We Doing Enough?

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Although I am passionate about avoiding ingredients that have been linked to cancer (and hormone disruption, and premature aging, and dermatitis)… I have never been one to raise funds for breast cancer, or “go pink”, or even write a post about it… 

I have absolutely nothing against theamazing campaign per se, particularly because it has brought so much awareness to this horrible and unfortunately common disease.

What I have a little bit of a problem with is the fact that so many companies “go pink” and donate millions of dollars to raising funds for breast cancer awareness but STILL USE CHEMICALS IN THEIR PRODUCTS THAT HAVE BEEN LINKED TO CANCER.

You read that right….
This ad is what inspired me to write this post:

Now, I am constantly preaching about the products I use in my treatments (and on myself, and what I recommend my clients to use at home) because they are totally compatible with our skin and they are free of controversial chemicals that have been linked to cancer.

Did you know, that parebens were found in 19 out of 20 breast tumours that were analyzed?

That means 95% of breast tumours analyzed had parabens in them…

I want to take this oportunity to extend an invitation to you and your family: let’s start reading labels! Let’s start choosing wisely our cosmetics! And let’s choose paraben free!

The fight to end breast cancer starts with our choices. The greatest influence we can have in our society and in the future of women’s health is supporting companies that are manufacturing clean cosmetics and are avoiding harmful and controversial chemicals. 

Next time you want to support the cause, please look beyond “pink” and truly think pink and choose “pink” by choosing safe cosmetics and changing our industry.

As consumers, we have the last word. Let’s make it loud and clear!

Have a healthy weekend!
Maria

— 1 week ago
#october  #breastcancer  #awareness  #parabens  #paraben  #cancer  #healthyskin  #skincare 
Are Omega Oils Good For Skin?

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I’m back!
And today I want to talk a little bit about a subject that came up several times during my trip (which was lovely by the way!)

For some reason, Omega3’s have come up a lot lately. And it’s no surprise!

I have seen significant changes in people’s skin after they take O3’s.

Omega 3’s are simply amazing. Not just for the skin, but for our entire body.

Here’s a little infographic that will make it a lot more fun rather than reading my words ;)

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Omega 3’s are found in many foods

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You can also take supplements (which is what I prefer to do, since sometimes we don’t eat as beautifully as we should)
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My personal favourite? Ascenta Nutrasea. They even have a special one for the skin! It’s amazing.

Oh and they have a special Omega oil for pets. Chicha takes it and her issues with her skin are a thing of the past. She used to get the typical schnauzer scabs… yuck!
Now? They are 100% gone… image


Most importantly: they are a canadian company, which I love.

In conclusion:

Omega 3’s help with inflammation, inflammation is the root of all problems, if we get to the root of skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, acne) we SOLVE the issue. 

Simple as that! :)


I hope this post helped you learn about omega 3’s and how important they are to our skin and our health!


Now get that skin glowing from the inside out! 
What? What about the outside you said?? Well.. come see me for a treatment of course!
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Have a glowing weekend!
Maria

 

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#acne  #aczema  #omega3  #omega oils  #omega  #inflammation  #skin  #glowing  #skinwellness 
FDA Warns of a Possible Deadly Reaction To Acne Products

You read that right. The FDA issued a warning in June (thats right, JUNE) stating that two of the most used ingredients for acne are actually causing ”potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation”.


Here is the original post. 

Before I go any further though, I would like to point out that the FDA, a regulatory agency that seldomly forbids anything in the very self-regulated cosmetic industry, is actually issuing a warning agains an ingredient. 
Studies have been published showing how damaging certain cosmetic ingredients are and the FDA is still “waiting to see” on these ingredients. 

So, the fact that the FDA itself is issuing a warning raises all sorts of flags. This is bad, and this is big. 
I’m assuming very big lawsuits have happened in order for the FDA to (finally) pay attention to cosmetic ingredients. 

What surprises me the most (but not really, at the same time) is that even with the FDA issuing a warning, so many people still haven’t heard of this…

I want to know.. did you hear about it? How did you hear about it? 

Spread the word! Tell your friends. Let’s avoid any more damage.

The great news: there are still very effective anti-acne products out there… but please READ YOUR LABELS!

What Should You Use?
Great question! No worries… I have not used either of these controversial ingredients for a while, yet I have been able to get my acne under control. I love the Dr. Baumann Acne Kit. It has everything  you need to get your skin back to it’s glowing self. 

EVEN BETTER NEWS????


It’s on special for the month of September! 

Get them while quantities last. The Acne Kit is a best seller. 
Have a glowing weekend!
Maria

p.s: don’t forget I do shipping! Only $15. 

— 1 month ago
#acne fda  #breakouts  #salicylicacid  #benzoylperoxide 
Dairy-Acne Conection
As promised, I said I was going to give you a detailed explanation on my position regarding dairy
Let’s look at actual facts rather than “arguable” opinions (true or not) like
 ”we are the only species of mammals to have another mammal’s milk”. Facts. I like FACTS.

(Extremely rare and sweet picture of a dog, feeding tigers. Source)

Is Milk Even Compatible with Humans?
According to 
AAFP, “worldwide, humans lose 90 to 95 percent of birth lactase levels by early childhood, and there is a continuous decline in lactase during the course of a lifetime.” (sourceAs humans, we can’t even digest this food! 

How Often is Too Often?
Well, “a little” (namely weekly) consumption of dairy is enough to cause stress on our body. Imagine when we eat it daily. Most of us do! 
Do this exercise: think of how much you ACTUALLY consume dairy products.
Include cheese, yogurt, ice cream, kefir and coffee/tea. 
If you suffer from skin ailments, stop dairy completely for a week no exceptions. You can thank me later when your skin clears up (also when other conditions go away, but we’ll get into that later).

The Two Main Problems: The Hormones and The Processing

1. The Hormones.

When does a cow (or any other mammal for that matter) produce milk? When they have babies! So, in order to have a lactating cow for years in a row, farmers (or corporations) pump these cows with pregnancy hormones to make their bodies artificially produce milk ALL.THE.TIME. So this happens:
(normal vs growth hormone)

Source & Source 
Because the poor cow’s udder gets infected, from swelling (and often tearing and cracking) cows go on antibiotics so that the milk we drink doesn’t infect us with the bacteria from the infected udder.


Which brings me to the Second problem:
2. The Processing:
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When you have a product filled with animal byproduct (read: pus)  you must pasteurize it and process it in order for it to be safe for the consumer. Then, it is separated in a homogenization process that separates the fat and cream from the dairy. And let’s not even go into more specific milks like “lactose free” and “flavoured” ones. How do you think this is achieved? By the time you get your hands on this end product, you are drinking a completely processed food.


The Solution:
Believe me when I say I understand. Dairy is delicious. There. I said it. And it was EXTREMELY hard cutting it completely out of my diet. But you must trust me when I say this: it’s like an addiction. Once you go through the detox phase, you don’t even crave it anymore. TRUST ME! I used to have dairy 3 times a day (cheese with my omelette, yogurt for a snack, more cheese at night, or maybe tea with milk at night). You will stick with it when you see the health results. I am not just talking about skin conditions, I am talking about health issues overall. Things you never thought would be related: migraines, joint pains, digestive issues, even sinus and asthma. Yep. 
There are great substitutes like almond milk. Try them!

But What About Calcium?

 Dairy is NOT the only source of calcium. Calcium in milk has all been an UNREAL (and quite brilliant) marketing campaign. Please take a look at this eye-opening comparison.

Please check the entire infographic here. Courtesy of Kriss Carr (you are awesome!)
To read more on alternatives for an easy switch check Kriss Carr’s website here.

Are you curious to see what you feel like without dairy in your life? If you are, let me know! I’d love to hear about it.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Maria
— 3 months ago
#dairy  #acne  #milk  #food  #hormones  #calcium  #skin