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Most people think of acne as a teenage problem, this is not so. Many adults suffer from acne well into their 50’s and some of them never even had it as a teenager! While it can be frustrating and hurt your self esteem there is plenty that can be done to get to the root of the issue! Keep reading to learn why acne happens, and what you can do about it.   Physiology of Acne The physiology of acne is quite similar in most people who experience the condition, what differs is what causes the skin to go haywire....

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  Did you know that Health Canada advises NOT to give cough and cold medications to children under 6? Cough and cold meds are also out for pregnant mommas. If you didn’t know this (or even if you did!) you are probably panicking and thinking “so now what I am going to do when my 2 year old is up coughing ALL night for the 3rd night in a row!” I have put together my favorite natural cough and cold remedies so you can be well armed for those long nights. Health Canada Recommendations     Here are my top Natural Cough and...

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Now that the 3 simple rules from part 1 and 2 are second nature to you, here are the final 4 skin care product offenders! 9) Petrolatum Also know as petroleum jelly or mineral oil jelly.  It has a barrier function and is used to lock moisture into the skin. A great natural alternative to petroleum jelly is shea butter, which also has a strong barrier function. Petrolatum is restricted in skin care products in the Europen Union. Petroleum products are frequently contaminated with PAHs- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PAHs are chemicals associated with petroleum products that are known to cause...

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Now that you know what to look for (remember the 3 simple rules!) let’s learn some more about what to avoid in your products and why 4) Phthalates One of the most common offenders in skin care products. It can be hidden under the label “fragrance”, as fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets and do not have to be disclosed. Phthalates can also be used in creams and lotions as emulsifying agents (emulsifying agents are substances that facilitate the mixing of oil and water). A natural emulsifiers to look for in your product is vegetable emulsifying wax. The phthalates most...

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