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What Goes on Your Body Goes In Your Body?

There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel good with a touch of  makeup, perfumes, lipsticks, eye liners and foundations, but still you need to be careful of what t branded cosmetic companies are trying to smear on your face.

If you look into this industry thoroughly, it runs on “innocent until proven guilty” access to its ingredients. If the chemicals used in beauty products are proven not to cause harm to human health, they are classified as “generally recognized as safe”. We are focusing throughout this article how we can identify the toxic ingredients commonly found in cosmetics and skincare. To do that, first take a thorough read of the ingredient lists carefully on products that you are purchasing. This list will help you to avoid chemicals that are unhealthy and considered toxic.

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Canada alone, has found over 650 cosmetic products contaminated with lead, including foundation, whitening toothpaste, nail polish, sunscreens and lipsticks to name a few. Studies indicate these toxins are linked in learning, cognitive abilities, behavioral and language problems as well as links with lethargy, anxiety, lowered fertility in men and women and interrupted puberty onset in girls.

  • Diethanolamine

DEA (diethanolamine) and its associated compounds are used to make cosmetics sudsy or creamy. It also can adjust the pH, canceling out the acidity of other ingredients, so that the cosmetic authority can show their creams are in the pH range that is suitable for your skin, at the same time causing an irreversible damage to your body. Pay close attention while choosing your moisturizers and sunscreens, and also remember that soaps, cleansers, and shampoos can contain other types of DEA called Cocamide and Lauramide DEA. DEA and its compounds can affect your skin and eye irritation both in mild and moderate amounts. The European Union has branded DEA as unhealthy on the basis of danger of severe damage to health from extended usage.

  • Butylated Substances

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are very jointly related synthetic antioxidants which are mainly used as preservatives in moisturizers and lipsticks. BHT and BHA can cause skin allergic reactions and what is worse about it is that it can cause human carcinogens or simply cancers and alter our body’s normal hormone functions, mostly the functions of estrogen and thus would result in adverse reproductive effects, according to the latest research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • Coal Tar Dyes

These are extensively used coloring agent in cosmetics, generally determined by a 5 digit Color Index (C.I.) number. If you are living in North America the color name may be listed as, “FD&C” or “D&C” followed by a color name plus number. If you ever have seen these letters in your hair dye pack, it’s time to throw it away. Although several coal tar dyes are banned Canada, USA and other European countries, dozens of coal tar-derived colors are still broadly used in many other countries.

  • Parabens

These are used as the most prevalently used preservative as well as a fragrance ingredient in cosmetics. Normally fragrance recipes become trade secrets; that in the hand of consumers, this seems like a risk, but manufacturers turn it to their boon that they need not to include fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. Although it is at very low levels, 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics circulate in beauty shops contain parabens.

Parabens can penetrate26 seconds your skin interfere with ease and alter the hormone function like Coal Tar dyes. These can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone causing adverse defects and additionally it can cause human breast cancers.

Bottom line, what we need to consider here is the awareness. Whenever you go shopping to choose your lips stick, your make up creams and powders just be concerned with what you buy; it’s not the shape of the bottle with a glittering flash of light that can decide that this product is good for your health, it’s just the ingredients and their quality. At Pretty in Pink we stand by our products. So if you are looking for make-up that doesn’t have any of these toxic ingredients …. Check out the products we carry from Canadian company Fitglow Beauty, where you will NEVER see any of these ingredients in any of their products.

Day 3 of Spa-Mas – Karin’s Favourite Picks

I can’t live without my Bliss Oil

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I would definitely recommend FITGLOW BEAUTY’S BLISS OIL to everyone! When you start using something and realize you can’t live without it, you know it’s a keeper! Wbliss-oilith the colder weather my skin feels dry, tight and lacklustre. This non-greasy oil gives you instant hydration. I like to mix a drop or two with my moisturizer, FITGLOW’S SUPER C CREAM, both morning and night, which leaves my skin feeling soft. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, this powerhouse duo has resulted in such a transformation that people have actually been stopping me to compliment my dewy glow. I have fallen deeply in love, this product is BLISS!

I am all about a quick and easy facial routine. I love FitGlow Vita Active Cleanser face wash because it cleanses and removes your make-up in one easy step (which others claim to do but often fall short)! It doesn’t dry out skin with that tightening feel and hasvita-cleanser Organic Botanical extracts with Vitamin C to provide nutrients. The bonus is a beautiful fresh scent that preps my skin before using the bliss oil and moisturizer. My teenaged daughter is hooked on the bliss oil and it makes me feel good knowing that young girls are becoming more aware of what they use on their face.


For ages, I’ve been on the hunt for a good mascara! The latest trend I keep hearing about are eyelash extensions.
While all of us girls dream of having naturally thick lashes, I was adamant about finding an mascaraalternative that wouldn’t cause breakage or exposure to unnecessary toxins. To achieve the drama of a black, fuller lash line, I love using FitGlow’s Good Lash Mascara. For some added TLC, this product is loaded with olive and Seabuckthorn oil, which conditions for maximum growth and is non irritating for my sensitive eyes. It looks just as great after a long work day as it did in the morning. I encourage you to try this product, you won’t be disappointed!




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Day 2 of Spa-Mas – Shauna’s Favourite Picks

I can’t live without my Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant!

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strawberry_rhubarb_dermafoliantI can’t live without my Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant! I start each day by adding a shake of the gentle daily-use scrub to an Éminence cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling luscious and prepped for maximum results from my morning skincare products, and especially smooth for an even all-day makeup application. 

I wouldn’t hesitate to add the Éminence Citrus Lip Balm to anyone’s stocking as a perfect pout primer in the morning and as a treatment at bedtime. I would also add in glo-minerals suede lip crayon in demure – the perfect winter neutral that is matte but also moisturizing! Then layer overtop the Glo-Minerals Cream Glaze lip crayon in Heirloom for subtle shine.

firmskinacaimasque_5in_hrIf the stocking still has room, I would definitely toss in my favourite moisturizer of all time – the Éminence Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer and Masque. This leaves my skin feeling so nourished all year. In the Summer, I emulsify with Éminence Stone Crop Mist for a soothing light finish. And in our harsh Canadian Winter, I add a drop of Éminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil for deeper hydration. 

As a Co-owner of a Chiropractic and Natural Health Clinic, I think very seriously about how I treat my body, what I put into my body, and as an extension of that, I also take very seriously what I put on it, too!  I love these products because their ‘pure’ values are so aligned with my health goals. It is simply the natural choice for radically healthy beauty. 

When I shop I like to invest in quality over quantity – so I really like that Sonia has selected products that are beautifully sourced, but also results driven. You don’t need a lot, when you find what’s right for you.

When I started using customized products from Pretty in Pink, I was so excited when my thoughtful beauty choices got noticed, and people were starting to comment on my new ‘glow’.


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