Friday, July 1, 2011

Oxybenzone-Why to avoid it

No, I'm not talking about OXY pads, or even OXI laundry or rug cleaner. I'm talking about a popular sunscreen ingredient. Believe me, I am as sad as you may be to learn of this harmful ingredient that we are soaking our skin in. It's in my favorite tinted moisturizer!! Ahhh!! Well, I'll have to find another one (and then blog about it). The benefits do not outweigh the risks in this case.

So, why shouldn't we be using sunscreen with this ingredient in it? And, what sunscreen should we use? I'll tell you!

Oxybenzone (aka. benzophenone-3) "has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers have been exposed during pregnancy. And it’s a “penetration enhancer.” It helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. "

I also learned that it ruins the sealife. The contamination has actually changed the sex of certain fish!

EWG is a fantastic website for research on cosmetics, skincare, etc. The health concerns of this ingredient are so high, that I am feeling disgusting having this tinted moisturizer on my face right now. If you remember in one of my previous posts, our skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs everything we put in it. Remember that the next time you hear how an ingredient can affect our bodies, and think twice about how you treat your skin.

Now, with that out of the way, what sunscreens should we use? Look for ones with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide only. Yes, they are out there. Then, peek at "other ingredients" and watch out for parabens and such. Here are some to get you started:

* Blue Lizard (anything without oxybenzone)
* California Baby
* Lavera

Quick tip: I know  A LOT of you use Aveeno products because they are "natural." You may want to to check them out on EWG. They are pretty toxic, according to this website!!

Stay sun safe AND skin safe this summer! Have a beautiful day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bobbie's Buzz-Summer Skin Perfecters

We have all experienced the melt down. You get all dolled up for a night on the town in the summer heat to only then be let down by melting makeup and runny mascara. This is why I love Bobbie's Buzz on The Today Show and Kathie Lee and Hoda. She gets right to point and shares fabulous tips and products. I really want to get my hands on this BB Cream: all in one face makeup. It sounds like a miracle product! And, I am dying to take a trip to the mall to feel the magical foundation by MAC. Ahhh!! 
P.S. Laura Mercier really is awesome. I love my Secret Brightening Powder, and her concealers rock!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happiness Is...Basketball

I just love the Happiness Is...Bloghop. Becky, at Rub Some Dirt on It,  really came up with a genius idea for this hop. It helps us all to remember what we are thankful for every day. For me, this week, it is basketball. This sport was such a huge part of my life growing up. I had the chance to play on a NBA court this past weekend, and it was awesome! I hope you all do something that makes you happy this weekend too!


Saturday was a great day. I got to do something I haven't done in years! Relieve stress? Check. Workout? Check. Shoot hoops? Check. Play pick-up? Check. Do this all on a squeaky clean and professional court? YES!! Our friends are season ticket holders to the Bobcats (Why? I dunno. To go to the only two important games of the year, I guess: The Celtics), and they invited Tom and I to an open court day at the Arena. It was AWESOME! 

The only thing missing was a freshly pressed uniform and warm up pants. The smell of the leather basketballs, the squeak of sneakers as they stop and go, my right hand follow through as the ball makes an oh-so-nostalgic "swish" in the net. Combine this with the bright lights, stadium seating, sweaty men (who our team beat, by the way), and my court swagger. It was euphoric. 

This is so hard to explain, but basketball was such a HUGE part of my life back in the day. Nowadays, I'm a wife and a mom. I wouldn't trade my life for anything. However, to just have a couple of hours to remember my carefree days of shooting hoops until the street lights came on, challenging the fellas at Coolidge field, playing and flirting  for hours in the practice court at Natick High, really meant a lot to me, to my psyche, and to my husband, I'm sure. I am refreshed, reassured, and rejuvenated. I don't think my friends truly understand just how much they did for me two days ago. Thanks Kim and Trevor!

P.S. This is how excited Connor was to open his basketball hoop. 

He has a legit jump shot and palms the toddler sized ball. That a boy! (no pressure or anything). ;)