Last Call for Alcohol!

In honor of the new year, let’s chat about alcohol. Not the kind that will have most of you tipsy come the stroke of midnight, but the kind that is found in our cosmetics. Any sensible esthetician or beauty professional would advise you to stay away from products that contain “bad alcohol”, but upon reading your product ingredients, you’ll see that many of them contain an alcohol of some kind. How do you know what to avoid? I made a chart (but we will get to that later).

Alcohols are part of a group of organic compounds. They can be at higher and lower molecular weights. Higher molecular weights mean they are heavier in texture and work to hydrate/protect the skin. In other words, we like high molecular weight alcohols! The lower molecular weight alcohols are the ones that are more watery in substance. They dry the skin out and can sometimes create chain reactions of damage in the skin.

Check the ingredients of your fav products to see if they contain any bad alcohols. Sometimes you may notice a small amount of low molecular alcohols in your retinol or vitamin C products. They are there to help disrupt the top layer of the skin to allow the vitamin A (retinol) and C to absorb into the skin more effectively. This means if the bad alcohol is (very) low on the ingredient list, it may not exactly be harmful to you. Just use the product sparingly!

Good Alcohols

(high molecular weight)

Bad Alcohols

(low molecular weight)

Caprylic

Cetearyl

Cetyl

Decyl

Isostearyl

Lauryl

Myristyl

Oleyl

Stearyl

Ethanol

Ethyl

Denatured alcohol

Methanol

Isopropyl

SDA

Benzyl

Happy New Year to you! Always remember to Glow Responsibly! 🙂

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What the pHuck?

Everyone from doctors, dietitians and beauty professionals are mentioning the importance of pH levels. Usually, people just smile and nod as if they know what the hell is going on. So what exactly does it all mean? Let’s say you had a garden and you wanted to create the best possible conditions for said garden to thrive. You would probably provide top of the line water, air and sunlight. Maybe even talk to it a little bit because you read an article once that plants liked that kind of stuff. My point is, you would facilitate a proper place for growth to take place. Your hair, skin and insides are similar to your (metaphorical) garden in the sense that they all require proper environments in order to thrive. Part of your wellness mission is to achieve and maintain the proper pH for your body to thrive.

Let’s get technical for a sec… pH stands for Potential Hydrogen and describes the alkalinity or acidity of a product/substance. The pH scale goes from 1-14. The higher the number, the more alkaline the substance. Just in case I’m losing you, here’s a chart!

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pH for hair: scalp should be 4.5-5.5 – to maintain this, your products should be a little on the acidic side (less than 7)

pH for skin: acid mantle should be 5-5.5 – to maintain this, your products should be a little on the acidic side (less than 7)

pH for body (internal): 7.5> – to maintain this, the foods in your diet should be as alkaline as possible (more than 7) *this includes a healthy vagina*

Usually, when shopping for any kind of beauty products, you can find the pH level listed on the website or can just research them online. pH level is especially important when it comes to shampoos and face cleansers because of the stripping of vital oils that may occur. When certain oils are removed, the pH of the skin is disrupted.

So stay balanced!

Water your gardens with the finest alkaline beverages

Keep your body clean

Stay away from bad products, bad foods and bad men! lol 

20 Under 20: Cute, Quick & Cheap Secret Santa Ideas!

Every year, millions of innocent people around the world are pressured into participating in gift giving with relatives, co-workers and various other human beings. It can be a chore trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list without breaking the bank. Luckily, you have my cheap ass to help you! Here is a list of some of the best beauty and wellness gifts for $20 and under (which are all products I have used or will be trying out in the near future! YAY!

  1. Anatomicals Cruisin’ For A Snoozin’ Silk Sleep Mask $10.50
  2. Biossance Body Brush $17
  3. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil $9.80
  4. jKo Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick $10.50 (currently on sale and there’s a color named after me!)
  5. Bevel Shave Cream $14.95
  6. Nasty Gal ‘Clearly Perfect’ Visor Shades $16.00 (on sale for 50% off w/ code GET50)
  7. AVEDA Shammy Cloth $9.50
  8. ZOYA Polish Quad Gift Set $15
  9. Squish-and-Bubble Mesh Mask for Body $10
  10. Soaptopia ‘Rozilla vs. DRYskinea’ Bar Soap $8.55
  11. MAC Lipglass Clear $17
  12. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser $18
  13. Frank Body Shimmer Coffee Scrub $20
  14. The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy Glowing Skin by Charlotte Cho $13.74
  15. Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Softening Body Wash $10
  16. The Chemistry Brand Retin-Oil $20
  17. Hylamide HA Blur  $19
  18. J. One Jelly Vita 2-Step Mask $6
  19. ARGOtea Owl Infuser $8.95
  20. Creative Professional Large Wet/Dry Detangling Brush $17.90

 

 

Coming Soon: Mask Mondays!

You know what pisses me off? Seeing tutorials and skin care vids of women with beat faces sparingly applying mask products to their face. As if they are completely unaware that the skin around their brows, mouth and eyes also needs to be tended to. After providing these women with one too many views, I have decided that I will begin a weekly Periscope broadcast featuring myself and some of my fav masks and other products. Those tuning in will be able to ask me health, beauty and wellness questions. So you’ve got a week to download the app and follow. Can’t wait to see you there!

Not into livestreams and such? No problem! I’ll bring the best questions, suggestions and ideas here for your consumption.