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  • InHome Improvement

    How to Make Your Family’s Home Healthier

    Your family home should be a safe haven, but there are hidden dangers that undermine the health and safety of your household. Here are some simple ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

    Clear the Air

    No one wants to breathe dusty air, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Household dust comprises dirt, pollen, insect waste, and other home pollutants, including pet fur and human skin. In a recent study reported by the Washington Post, researchers also found traces of toxic chemicals from furniture and cleaning products in the everyday dust. All these are of great concern to asthma and allergy sufferers.

    To improve your home’s air quality, vacuum regularly — at least twice per week. Ideally, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to be sure to trap all that pollen, pet dander, and dirt. Also, make sure you change your HVAC filters at least once a month, since these traps many of the most common air pollutants. You might also consider installing UV lamps, which help destroy viruses, bacteria, and spores.

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  • InBeauty

    How to Switch to Natural Beauty Products

    We, as a society, are becoming more health conscious every year. From the rise in green living to smoothies and juicing, we know we have to do more to live longer and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. One of the latest trends in health is switching to natural beauty products. We’re more aware than ever of the chemicals that are put in our products, and we don’t want them touching our skin anymore. Here are a few tips when you’re ready to make the transition to natural beauty products.

    Save Your Bank Balance

    Even though you’re aware that your current beauty products aren’t that good for you, hold on to them for a while. Going natural can be expensive and it’s not something you want to do all at once. As your products begin to run out, replace them when necessary and transition slowly. This doesn’t just save you from spending a ridiculous amount of money, it also gives you the time to do some research into the type of products you’re interested in and where you can get them from.

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    Use Less

    The whole point of going natural is to give your skin a chance to breathe. Before you make the switch to natural products, you may want to start using less on your skin. For instance, save eye shadow, eyeliners and lip liners for special occasions. As you start to cut down on some of the products you use, you may start to realize how much you were actually relying on. The bigger the variety of beauty products, the more chemicals your body has had to deal with.

    Get Samples

    Switching to natural beauty products is a whole new ball game. You may find that you purchase a foundation in your usual tone but it’s the wrong colour for your skin or it doesn’t give you the coverage you want. Natural beauty products are becoming more and more popular, which means you’ll have a bigger choice. Get some samples before you decide on buying anything. For example, sampling natural products for hair will give you a chance to find out if you get the results you’re looking for.

    Look at Ingredients

    Before you start diving into the world of natural beauty products, you need to know which ingredients are good and which are bad. Unfortunately, there will undoubtedly be companies that advertise their products as natural but they’ll still contain ingredients that could do you harm. Here are some natural ingredients you can rely upon for the health of your skin.


    As you start to use natural products instead of your usual ones, you may start to feel slightly unwell. You may experience headaches or you may have severe acne. This is because your body has been used to getting a daily dose of the ingredients in your unnatural products. As you progress with your natural beauty regime, you’ll notice these symptoms disappear. Your body will need to detox, just as it does when you quit smoking or cut out caffeine.

  • InMakeup

    5 Harmful Makeup Ingredients To Avoid

    We often don’t think twice when picking out makeup and skincare products off the shelves. We automatically assume that most products have passed safety regulations before they can be sold to the public. However, this is simply not true.  According to the FDA, there are no laws that require makeup companies to obtain FDA approval before selling their products. This puts the responsibility on the consumer to figure out what is in their makeup or skin care products. Here is a list of 5 harmful makeup ingredients that you should look out for:
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  • InHair

    Avoid these Bad Hair Products Ingredients

    Avoid these Bad Hair Products Ingredients

    Avoid these Bad Hair Products Ingredients

    Often times we come across product labels but they are not made easy to read and understand. We might not even trust the claims that brands/manufacturers place on these products. For all natural products there are no regulatory guidelines for what makes a product “natural”. If a product is made from organic ingredients then more than likely it contains a minimum of 70% certified-organic ingredients. To avoid any chemical harm one has to understand the different uses of ingredients listed and/or used to create the product. Below is a list of bad hair product ingredients that you should avoid:

    1. Chlorine is often used in our everyday life such as the use of tap water, swimming pool, laundry products etc., so it cannot be avoided. If not treated correctly chlorine will strip the natural oils from the hair that prevents damage and daily wear. Always coat hair with oil and silicone based product before going to the pool.
    2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Momoethnanolamine (MEA) and Triethanolamme (TEA) chemical can throw off hormone levels and form cancer. Foamy boosters, conditioning agents care products such as hair dyes, wave sets,shampoos and cleansing products are more likely to contain this ingredient .
    3. Isopropyl Alcohol also known as rubbing alcohol is drying and harsh to natural hair. This ingredient can be found in hair sprays, gels, fragrances and shaving lotions. Products that contain Isopropyl Alcohol tends to dry out the hair, make it frizzy, dull and cause breakage.
    4. Mineral Oil coats the hair and acts as a natural barrier to moisture getting in the hair. If used too often it can cause the hair to become dry and brittle. The more mineral oil consumed the more likely the hair dries out and become weak and thin.
    5. Polyethylene Glycol can be found in shampoo, hair conditioner and styling product. PEG strips the hair of it’s natural moisture and weakens the immune system.
    6. Propylene Glycol absorbs quickly into the hair and is used as an anti-freeze. PG is used to break down protein. It can be used in some skin care and cosmetic products like deodorants. Overexposure of PG can cause damage to organs such as the brain, lungs and liver.
    7. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) & Sodium Lauryle Sulfate (SLS) ingredients can be found in products that foam such as hair conditioner, soaps, shower gels, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Often times car wash soaps or floor cleaners contains this type of ingredient. Just by doing a Google search you can see claims about this ingredient causing hair loss.


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    Please note:

    The first ingredient listed on a product is the main ingredient use to create the product. Any product that contains water and list it as the first ingredient is perfect for moisturizing.

    Next time before you purchase or apply a product to your hair take these ingredients into consideration so that you can prevent damage to your hair and instead achieve a much healthier, thicker hair. Click here to read about building a hair regimen.

    Do you read product labels for ingredients before purchasing? Feel free to leave your comments below. 😉