What does “Hypoallergenic” really mean?

imageFrom cats to candles, blankets to creams, it seems there’s a new, hypoallergenic alternative available everywhere you look these days.  These products may be appealing because they promise fewer health risks to allergy-sufferers and enable them to do things they might not be able to do otherwise. But why are some products said to be safer for people with allergies than others?  What makes something truly hypoallergenic? Read More

5 Dangerous Beauty Ingredients

www.ilonashine.comHere’s the scary truth: There are many ingredients in cosmetics that may be bad for you. The FDA only regulates certain types of products, like sunscreens and acne treatments, and the rest of the time it’s up to the manufacturer to decide whether a formulation is safe. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are more than 1,100 ingredients used in beauty products in the U.S. that are banned in other countries like Japan, Canada, and members of the European Union. In fact, the FDA only prohibits the use of 10 ingredients in cosmetics, and they include scary substances like mercury and chlorofluorocarbon.

The following 5 ingredients, which you’ll probably find in many of your favorite products, raise red flags. Read More