Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl: Beauty Trends Worth Paying Attention To

Beauty Trends Worth Paying Attention To

Thursday, August 28, 2014



New beauty trends pop up constantly bombarding us with unnecessary products, remedies, and ingredients. So how do we distinguish the good, helpful beauty trends from the bad?

Thankfully there are some key ingredients that have proven to be beneficial in aiding natural beauty, while there are also bad ingredients that have proven to harm skin, hair, and a woan’s overall health. Here are some tried and true natural beauty ingredients that you simply can’t live without and some bad beauty ingredients that you simply can’t live with.




Ingredients to Include in Your Beauty Regiment:

SPF Enhanced Products:
Instead of applying sunscreen every day, many women now look for all-day sun protection when buying their foundation and powder makeup. Certain SPF enhancers like Dow Coning FA 4002 Silicone Acrylate are film formers that are compatible with organic UV absorbers. Together these significantly increase the base SPF in consumer makeup, lotion, creams, and gels. SPF-rich beauty products have proven to diminish the likelihood of skin cancer, sunburn, and wrinkles. When buying makeup, make sure it contains some UV protection.

Shea Butter:
Shea Butter isn't like the normal generic lotion you can buy at Walmart. This lotion differs from other lotions because it moisturizes from the base layer of your skin up. Other lotions simply work as emollients, meaning they only soften the top layer of the skin. Unlike other lotions, Shea Butter can be used in many different ways. It can condition hair, minimize stretch marks, treat minor burns, reduce razor bumps, and soothe sore muscles, just to name a few uses. Shea Butter is rich with Vitamins A and E which help the skin exude a fresh glow. There are several resources that can show you the amazing benefits of Shea Butter like this article.

Blue Tansy:
Blue Tansy or Tanacetum Annuum is an essential oil and balm extracted from the leaves and petals of the North African tansy flower. The balm has a deep blue color and the oil has a slightly sweet aroma. Blue tansy balm helps remedy skin rashes and reduces itching or burning sensations making it perfect for individuals who suffer from eczema and psoriasis. You will love this if you have moderate to severe acne as the balm reduces redness, swelling, and chronic inflammation. It also diminishes sunburns and radiation burns. The aroma of the oil helps calm the mind and relieve insomnia, anxiety and depression. You should apply before getting to bed to give yourself both a serene night’s sleep and healed skin.

Argan Oil:
Argan oil is made from the nuts of Morocco’s argan tree. It has become one of the top ingredients in the natural cosmetic industry because of its rejuvenating, antioxidizing, and moisturizing qualities without the mess of grease. Because it doesn’t have grease, unlike coconut oil, argan oil is perfect for hair and has become a hot commodity for anti-aging hair products. This ingredient is included in scalp masks, styling creams, shampoos, and conditioners. Celebrities such as Demi Moore and Kate Upton love and stand by argan oil as their favorite hair product.

Ingredients to Avoid in Your Beauty Regiment:

Sulfates in Shampoo:
Sulfates in shampoo are known to strip your hair of its natural oils and completely dry it out. Sulfates make curly hair frizzy and drain the color out of dyed hair. Sulfates are also bad for those with eczema or a dry scalp. The more chemicals in a shampoo, the worse it is for your hair. Sulfate-free shampoos ensure that your hair keeps its natural oils. Watch out for these shampoos at your local beauty store and in some grocery stores.


Parabens in Cosmetics:
Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used in cosmetics from shampoos to moisturizers to makeup. These chemicals have been found in tumor samples of women with breast cancer. The parabens found in these tumors had initially been applied to the skin by body spray, moisturizer, or underarm deodorant. Studies have found that parabens can mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a significant role in the development of breast cancer. In order to avoid even the possibility of cancer, it would be best to make sure all your cosmetics and beauty products are paraben-free.

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