How to find cleaner, non-toxic Perfumes [Infographic]

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrance has 14 chemicals that are not featured on the label. Rather than listing out the specific chemicals, companies can simply include “fragrance” as an ingredient, thanks to an FDA loophole that makes it legal.

It’s tough to know exactly which chemicals are hidden in each formula, but any scented product likely includes phthalates. The petroleum-based chemical keeps all the elements in a perfume evenly distributed, but the troubling concern is that one in particular, diethyl phthalate, has been shown to disrupt certain hormones.

Other studies have linked phthalates to liver and breast cancer. It’s unclear how much is too much, but rubbing perfume onto skin daily allows these chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Other troubling chemicals include octoxynols and nonoxynols. These can also result in hormonal problems. In addition to perfumes, these chemicals can be found in facial cleansers, aftershave, astringents, hair color, and acne treatment.

The European Union plus several countries, including Canada and Japan, have banned phthalates, yet the chemical remains legal in the U.S.

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Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Masks + Recipes [Infographic]

Not only can face masks alleviate skin problems, but they can also double as a stress reliever during a long, hard week. While a trip to the spa is a nice treat, too many facial appointments can leave your wallet empty and your skin longing for more. For a quick, healthy, and cost-effective mask, go the DIY route by turning to ingredients you already have in your pantry and refrigerator.

The benefit of making your own mask is that you can control what goes in the mixing bowl and learn what works best for your skin. Masks are most beneficial when you use active ingredients that target specific skin needs.

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The effect of Foods on a Healthy Skin [Visual]

If you’re experiencing skin problems, your first instinct may be to shop the skincare aisle for problem-solving products. But the cause of your skin woes may be simpler than you think. Before spending on new products, check the common habits below to see if any of them could be the culprit.

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Turmeric Tea Benefits [Infographic]

Turmeric powder is an often underrated and underused ingredient. While often thought of as little more than a curry powder, it serves at as a brilliant detox agent. But specifically why should you start including it in your diet?

Turmeric is packed full of health benefits. From acting as an anti inflammatory, to boosting liver function, to even helping your skin’s complexion, it’s a powerful little powder.

The best way to enjoy it is as a tea. As unusual as that might sound, when mixed with honey, milk and pepper it’s delicious, and a great option to have regularly as part of any detox or diet.

Enjoy this infographic of why you need to make turmeric tea part of your diet today.

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