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Arbutin: New Generation Skin Brightener

imageIn a recent study, researchers found that the number one skin concern that made women appear older is uneven skin tone- age spots and ruddy skin texture actually age you more than fine lines. Many products that promise to brighten, tone, and add luminosity can be too harsh or drying for those with sensitive skin. For a while, hydroquinone was the “miracle” skin-lightening ingredient—until it was declared a carcinogenic by the FDA. So the new lightener took its place, Arbutin, the secret skin brightener you’ve never heard of. Vitamin C, kojic acid, licorice are all great natural brighteners, but there are a few reasons why arbutin is so much better. While hydroquinone works by killing the cells that produce pigmentation and melanin, arbutin inhibits the enzymes that stimulate pigment-producing cells. Read More

5 Best Natural Mascaras

www.ilonashine.comWe all want longer, thicker and fuller lashes. I know I do and I want a great natural mascara to do the job! After countless days of research and testing of natural mascaras, I’ve collected a list of the best natural mascaras that I’ve experienced. I didn’t want to coat my lashes a thousand times to achieve big full lashes so I looked for the ones that give ton of volume, last all day without flaking and smudging. I’ve included top 5 natural mascaras that work fast and flawlessly. Now it’s just determining which one is right for you. Click on the image to see them all. 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