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Skin Allergies

When Your Skin Erupts—Allergic Reactions and Rashes

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), in 2010, skin allergies affected 13 percent of children aged 17 years and under. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says these allergies are on the rise, increasing from 7.4 percent in 1997 to 12.5 percent in 2011. Child or adult, allergic skin reactions can be really frustrating. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you apply a moisturizer and end up with redness and inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Coconut: The Oil of Wonder

Coconut oil is the hottest thing going on in green beauty these days. It can fight wrinkles and acne, heal wounds and dermatitis, remove makeup gently, soften skin and condition hair, help brain functioning and act as a natural sunscreen! Dr. Oz calls it a “miracle food” and his blog contributor Audrey Kunin, M.D. said, “Virgin coconut oil has an amazing ability to fight free-radical damage, presumably because it is rich in ferulic and p-coumaric acid. Consumed, this means these powerful antioxidants can fight free-radical damage and is now yet another tool in my wrinkle-busting arsenal. Applied topically, it has been shown to be useful in wound healing.”

Buying Shampoo

The Truth Behind The Common Cosmetics Ingredient, Dimethicone

You may have seen it on the ingredient list of your shampoo, conditioner, cream, lotion, foundation, or makeup primer—dimethicone. What is this ingredient, and should you avoid it? What is Dimethicone? Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.