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Best Sunscreens & Toxic Ones to Avoid

It's no secret that the sun (in moderate doses) provides all sorts of health benefits, including helping our bodies manufacture vital vitamin D. With warmer weather right around the corner, though, many people are looking for the best sunscreens to cut their risk of sun overexposure, sunburns and possibly skin cancer. Environmental Working Group's 17th annual…

DIY Foundation Makeup with Sunscreen

Foundation makeup has many benefits, specifically helping to smooth out the tone of the skin. But most store-bought foundation products are filled with a long list of ingredients that can damage your skin, cause cancer and affect your endocrine system. It also has a long history with its appeal for stage actors created by the famous…

Best Mineral Sunscreen to Use (Plus Benefits & Comparisons)

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to wearing sunscreens, including mineral sunscreen, is whether or not you can absorb their chemicals through your skin and if this is potentially dangerous. Something that most people don't realize is that in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration regulates sunscreen as if it's an over-the-counter…

More Concerning Sunscreen News: Potential Carcinogen Could Lurk in 2,000+ Products

In more bad news for the sunscreen industry (and consumers trying to find the best sunscreens), scientists are asking the Food and Drug Administration to pull more than 2,000 products off the market due to contamination threats from a possible human carcinogen. A petition filed with the FDA on Aug. 5 urged the agency to remove all…

Sunscreen Recall Targets 14 Popular Sunscreens Tainted with Known Carcinogen

Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary sunscreen recall after benzene, a known carcinogen, was detected in 14 different spray sunscreen products. The recall only involves aerosol products, a type of sunscreen that DrAxe.com and many public health advocates have been urging people to avoid for years for a host of different reasons. Sunscreen Recall Details…

8 EWG Sunscreen Picks When You’re in a Pinch

EWG sunscreen ratings serve as a lifeline for people who want to use sunscreen without all of the toxic ingredients. For more than a decade, EWG (the non-profit Environmental Working Group) takes on the annual task of sifting through sunscreen label claims, ingredient lists and scientific studies analyzing what's really in those sunblock bottles. I know I'm…

How to Get Rid of a Keloid

Keloids — scars that just keep on growing — are typically harmless. However, they can be unsightly and annoying. They affect as many as 1 in every 10 people and most often appear after injury to the skin. Trying to remove keloids surgically is often ineffective. However, both medical and natural treatment methods can help…

Essential Oils: 11 Main Benefits and 101 Uses

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Because of their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties, they continue to gain popularity as natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns. There's no wonder why considering the high cost of health…

12 Bentonite Clay Benefits — for the Skin, Gut and More

While bentonite clay has been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off diseases, those living in the U.S. and Europe have, for the most part, only recently become familiar with this product. What is bentonite clay used for? Bentonite clay (BC), also called calcium bentonite clay or Montmorillonite clay, is now taking…

Aloe Vera Benefits for Skin, Constipation & More

Did you know that the manufacturing of aloe vera extracts is one of the largest botanical industries in the world? In the U.S., it has found widespread use in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. If you walk down the health and beauty isles of your local grocery store, you'll likely see multiple products made with aloe vera.…