Breast cancer awareness month is the perfect time to take a closer look at what you’re putting on your body. We all know how important a healthy diet, exercise and screening is for cancer prevention. But what about your hair care and skin care, they can be causing you more harm than good. Absorption rate on the face and scalp is 5-10 times higher than the rest of the body. In today’s world there are so many healthy clean alternatives to traditional hair and beauty products. It may seem like a daunting task to change all your products at once but it doesn’t have to be. Start one at a time and ease into a healthier beauty regimen. Below are some ingredients to be aware of and stay away from.

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PEGs and glycols: Including polyethylene glycol (PEG), butylene glycol, propylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or anything ending with “eth” or “oxynol”

Lauryl and laureth sulfates: Includes sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate

Petrochemicals: Including mineral oil, petrolatum, light liquid paraffin, petroleum distillate, mineral jelly and petroleum jelly

Synthetic chemicals and dyes: A cocktail of potentially hundreds of chemicals

Triethanolamine: Often listed as TEA

Triclosan: A popular antimicrobial agent used in sanitizers and hand soaps

Phthalates: A plasticizer used in lipsticks, nail polishes, fragrances and hair sprays.

1,4 dioxane: A contaminant formed as a byproduct during manufacturing of detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers and solvents. The FDA does not require it be listed as an ingredient, but it can be found in ingredients listed as PEGs and glycols.

Silicones: Methicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimenthiconol copolyol

Now that you know what not to use, what are the alternatives? We have so many favorites to share!

Skincare can be tricky in the hydration department. We want our skin to be hydrated and feel hyrdated. This is usually achieved with the ingredient dimethicone. While dimethicone has been labeled safe by the FDA and remains on the ‘low risk’ list with the Skin Deep Database, there is still reason for concern.  Dimethicone is a silicone  that gives haircare and skincare products that luxurious slip. The issue is that silicone coats whatever it is applied to. This can cause allergic reactions and dry skin. Because your skin is coated it cannot properly breathe and accept natural oils and humidity. Think of dimethicone products as a barrier over the skin, none of the good ingredients are able to be absorbed. So what to do? Look for skincare products that are free of silicones. Good ingredients to look for that will deliver hydrating results are Vitamin E, avocado oil, coconut oil, or naturally derived hyaluronic acid. Our Wake Up Call is the perfect example!
Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 11.06.03 AMFor haircare our goto is Rahua which is organic, free of parabens, silicones and sulfates! A rare Amazonian nut produces an oil that give Rahua its magic. “The key to Rahua’s outstanding performance is its molecular structure. Unlike other botanical oils that simply coat strands, the extraordinarily small Rahua oil molecule deeply penetrates the hair’s cortex – bonding and repairing it – while simultaneously smoothing the hair’s cuticle.” Not to mention it smells delicious!

When trying to live a healthy, clean, cancer-free life every little bit helps. Join us in spreading the word to other women about getting screened, eating organic, exercising, not smoking and getting educated on what goes on your body can be as important as what goes in it!



Dermatologists, estheticians and plastic surgeons all have a surprising array of tools and techniques to beat back the signs of time. For some of us, that sounds really scary! We enlisted Dr. Goldfaden to tell us about five ways in which we can look younger longer, without any invasive in-office procedures and altering much in our daily lives.

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What are your top tips for keeping skin young? Exfoliation is key – You would be surprised how much smoother and brighter just one exfoliating treatment can do for your skin. Regular exfoliation also allows topical products, particularly super potent treatment serums, applied onto the skin afterwards to penetrate deeper, increasing the overall treatment. Never leave home without applying a sun screen – it is essential to keeping ourselves protected from free radical damage and skin cancer. ”  Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

When should we begin focusing on an anti-aging skincare routine? “Protecting your skin from UVA and UVB damage through the daily use of a sunscreen and starting a proper and preventative skincare regimen – exfoliation, cleanse, anti-oxidant rich serum, moisturize and eye cream – in your mid-20’s is a vital step towards keeping fine lines, pigmentation and sagging at bay. The skin is at it’s healthiest state during your 20’s and it is also when most of your habits begin and stick when it comes to proper caring of the skin. It makes all the difference in the world for obtaining proper skin health and appearance. By the time 30 rolls around, you will be thankful that you started proper skin early.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What are some effective ingredients to look for? “Some of the ingredients that I often lean on to incorporate into our formulas, due to their potent benefits on the skin, include skin plumping hyaluronic acid, anti-inflammatory vitamin K and Arnica, skin brightening alpha arbutin and gooseberry berry extract, skin exfoliating ruby crystals, collagen boosting retinoids, antioxidant rich tea extracts. Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD”

What about supplements and our diet in general? How can those help? “Clear and glowing skin starts from the inside. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the most beneficial is Salmon, can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Daily consumption of vitamins specifically my favorite vitamin – Vitamin D and an overall multi-vitamin greatly impacts your overall health.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

Can you share some of your favorite anti-aging products? Loaded with vital nutrients, vitamins and a higher concentration of topical skin treatment ingredients, serums – either oil or water based – penetrate deep into the dermis levels of the skin for the ultimate topical nourishing skin treatments. Serums offer a potent jolt to the skin that typically target specific problems to offer the highest levels of treatment in a topical product.” Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD