I'm hoping everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! As kids
make their way back into the classrooms, you can hear that
collective sigh from parents around the world. That sigh of
"after 3 months I have time to myself!"
If you're a teacher you're just getting back to work, how would you
like a free planner and folder samples? It's
one less thing you have to buy for the classroom. Just fill
in the form and pick the products you need (a school name is
required). Teachers can also get a free 24x36 "Huddle up with
a good book" poster. School name and address are required
on the form.
Now is a great time to get a free family portrait from Walmart.
I love the chilly air of Fall and Winter, but I hate what it does to my skin and hair. Now that weather is cooling down, I'm starting to notice some scaly, dry patches on my skin. Ugh!
As the seasons change, so should your beauty routine (put away the lightweight moisturizers). I went on a hunt for some of the new beauty products out there that would combat the dreadful winter weather in the coming months.
Some people unwind in the weirdest ways. I recently came across an article about a woman's experience with a milkweed facial. Milkweed is what caterpillars rest on before they turn into butterflies, and is supposed to have the same transformational effect on your skin. Apparently, it smells awful, however it's not uncommon for someone to endure such things for beauty.
There are lots of bizarre beauty treatments out there that people pay big bucks for. Read on about some of the other unusual ways people pamper themselves:
For those of you who haven't heard of Bottega Verde, it's a natural cosmetic company that started in a small Tuscan town, and claims to be a leading cosmetic company in Italy. I was given the opportunity to try out any product from the website. With such a wide range of products and lines to choose from, I went with the Pelle Pura Day Face Cream ('Pelle Pura' means 'Pure Skin' in Italian).
I hope all of you are avid users of sunscreen and at the very least use
it on your face daily. In a recent article taken from the SF Gate, it was reported that the FDA is changing the standards of how SPF is determined. Currently, SPF only refers to UVB rays (causes sunburn) and not UVA rays (causes skin cancer). Sound confusing? It is.
Most sunscreens in the U.S. market claim to protect against both types of damaging rays, but really don't. In fact, 20% of the products here can't be sold in Europe because their UVA standards are so strict and have been in place for many years. Why is the U.S. behind, considering our rates of melanoma have gone up 50% from 1994 to 2004?
I recently learned that The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients (except color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes), and that cosmetic manufacturers can pretty much put whatever they want into their products, except the few that have been prohibited. The next time you head to the drugstore to pick up your favorite lotion, face cream, or any other beauty product, you might want to take a look at the ingredients list. The list is usually quite long and most of the ingredients you probably can't pronounce.