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At Afterglow, we are focused on natural makeup and natural cosmetics but don’t forget that natural beauty starts on the inside. When you include healthy components in your diet, your body will respond with positive results. These three supplements are highly effective to support your most vibrant, natural beauty:
Almost everyone is chronically deficient in vitamin D, which is unfortunate since it has a vast array of health benefits, from preventing cancer to boosting your mood and brain function. Vitamin D is so critical to your health, you should be aware of your vitamin D levels on an annual basis. Ask your general doctor, naturopath or even your gynecologist during your annual visit to test your Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. While our bodies naturally produce vitamin D through via exposure to the sun, most of us don’t get enough sustained exposure to reach even base-line healthy levels. This is why is critical that you know your vitamin D levels and take the appropriate supplementation so that vitamin D can do its magic for your body.
There are five different types of vitamin D, but D2 and D3 are the most important. Besides supplements, you can also get vitamin D3 from these foods:
However, while you can get a certain amount of vitamin D through these foods, it’s likely not enough to make up for the average sub-par levels most people currently suffer from. Additionally, many people now avoid these foods as they are common allergens.
Aside from its plethora of other health benefits, vitamin D is also beneficial for the skin and hair. Vitamin D helps repair skin damage, and taking supplements can help prevent premature skin aging, as well as other conditions like eczema. This supplement is also an essential part of the hair growing process, and it can help prevent stress conditions that lead to hair loss. Make sure you get your D levels tested and talk to your doctor about what supplement’s right for your body.
Another great supplement to take for your skin health is astaxanthin. While this natural antioxidant has been around for a while, recent clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin can help with:
Increasing skin moisture and moisture retention
Promoting skin smoothness
Decreasing fine lines and wrinkles
Increasing blood flow and skin circulation
Protecting from sun damage
Besides the skin benefits, astaxanthin is also beneficial to other aspects of your health, such as increased energy and brain health. This antioxidant is what seems to give salmon their energy to swim upstream, and is the cause of their pink color.
With that in mind, though, eating salmon will only get you a minimal amount of astaxanthin. As such, you’ll want to pick up a supplement for this one and start adding it to your diet. Its presence in skin care products can help, but ingesting it will let the astaxanthin absorb into your body at a cellular level, which brings greater benefits.
Another supplement that will benefit both your skin and overall health is fish oil. Omega-3s are the key ingredient to this supplement that boosts brain function and lowers the chances of heart disease, in addition to skin benefits. Like astaxanthin, omega-3s also help improve circulation.
For those who don’t want to use fish oil, there are vegan-friendly alternatives. One of your best options is algal oil, which pulls omega-3s from the same place that fish get them from algae. With algal oil, the EPA and DHA omega-3 acids are also easier to absorb.
However, algal oils tend to be a bit more expensive. They do not contain omega-7s, which give fish oil its lowered cholesterol and reduced inflammation properties. Even so, many concentrated fish oil supplements also have small amounts of omega-7 to help increase the level of EPA and DHA.
When it comes to enhancing your natural beauty from the inside out, you can give yourself a great foundation by paying attention to your intake of vitamins and supplements. Vitamin D, astaxanthin, and fish or algal oil are all great options when it comes to promoting overall health, and that of your skin and hair. With these supplements in your system, you won’t just look good – you’ll feel good as well!
It’s been an eventful month in the world of cruelty-free cosmetics.
Following California Senator Cathleen Galgiani’s introduction, Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, passed the state Senate by a vote of 21-9. It’s now en route to the California state Assembly for a similar vote. If passed and signed by Governor Brown, the bill will ban manufacturers from selling any cosmetic products that use animals for testing.
New Fines for Violations
Violation will result in a fine of $5,000 plus an additional $1,000 for every day the manufacturer is noncompliant. This animal welfare advocacy campaign, which has been championed by actors such as Maggie Q and Harley Quinn Smith, lobbied for the bill in Sacramento.
Celebrity Support for Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
They join a number of high-profile campaigns to ban animal testing, including #BeCrueltyFree run by the Humane Society International. This social media campaign advocating for global cruelty-free cosmetics, organized in 2012, recently won a major victory in Canada. The success of these grassroots movements shows the force behind the growing cruelty-free cosmetics platform.
Canada Joins California
Canada joins California this month, as its Senate approves Bill S-214, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen introduced this bill in partnership with the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign. The bill is sponsored by an alliance of organizations, including the Humane Society International and Animal Alliance. Similar to the California bill, Canada’s Senate aims to ban manufacturers from selling cosmetic products tested on animals. Both bills provide a grace period for cosmetic companies to align with the new legislation.
Despite the victories within cruelty-free markets, however, legislation is uneven and incomplete. Within the EU, for example, Cruelty-Free International – the organization behind Leaping Bunny certification – argues that the ban is limited in scope. The European ban only applies in cases where testing is done in the EU or when cosmetics are sold in the EU. This means companies can slide under the radar by marketing their products on the international stage. Other loopholes include “ecotox testing” (tests for environmental pollutants), worker safety tests, and ingredients with uses outside of cosmetics.
It’s because of all these loopholes that Cruelty-Free International’s Leaping Bunny certification requires a real commitment to cruelty-free cosmetic testing. Weak enforcement and interpretation of a ban allows corporate exploitation to find a way around well-intentioned laws. This is most blatantly seen with cosmetic brands claiming to be cruelty-free in certain countries and then testing those same products on animals as required for sale in China. Until a consistent, global ban becomes a reality, these small victories stay small.
There’s a long way to go in cruelty-free legislation in Canada, California, and globally. Inconsistent regulations mean manufacturers get away with otherwise illegal practices. While these new pieces of legislation are victories in their own rights, global legislation has been limited in scope and uneven in implementation.
Until legislation is harmonized, alternative animal testing continues behind the scenes, often with the nominal label of “cruelty-free” despite continued reliance on animal testing behind closed doors.
Bright eyes indicate health and natural beauty. No matter the color, bright, vibrant eyes are striking on anyone. Many people strive to make their eyes stand out with every outfit that they pick, or specifically apply makeup to accentuate their eyes. Luckily, there are some easy tricks to make your eyes look brighter. Here are 7 ways to get brighter eyes for yourself.
Curl Your Eyelashes
One easy way to achieve more noticeable, brighter eyes every day is to curl your lashes consistently. It opens up your eyes and makes them look larger. Curling your upper lashes for a more wide-eyed appearance is a super simple two-step process. Make sure to curl your clean eyelashes before you apply any eye makeup, including mascara.
Slip your upper lashes between the soft bumpers of the eyelash curler so the bumpers of the curler rest at the lash line just slightly away from your eyelid. The goal here is to create a bend in the middle of your lashes so they curl upward. This upward curler of your lashes visually opens up your eye and gives a clearer view of your beautiful irises.
Once you have the curler in place, give the handle a few quick squeezes. Remember, your eyelashes are delicate. Don’t pull outward on the lashes while curling them! No death grips or severe pumps allowed, or you may lose lashes in the process! Be one with your lashes and observe how a few light pumps of your eyelash curler is generally sufficient to create a beautiful upward curl.
Once you’ve achieved that gorgeous curl it’s time to apply mascara. To make your eyes pop, even more, you can put mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Again, make sure to curl your lashes before you apply mascara. If you curl your lashes after you apply your mascara you risk the very uncomfortable possibility that you will yank out your eyelashes with the eyelash curler as mascara-coated lashes can easily stick to the curler bumpers.
It may sound odd that applying natural mascara could help you achieve brighter eyes. However, consider how color contrast frames and object and makes the object in the frame pop. Your lash line and lashes are the frame of your eyes and darkening them will create a more intense frame to draw attention to your eyes and eye color. Even if you wear very little makeup, adorning your lashes with a few coats of mascara can make a dramatic difference in your appearance.
Sweep three coats of our Pure Soul Mascara on your upper eyelashes in a zig-zag motion starting from the base of the lashes. Move from eye to eye between coats of mascara to give each coat a moment to dry. This prevents clumping. Very lightly hit your lower lash line once as well if you desire.
Define Your Eyebrows
Though not directly associated with your eyes, eyebrows definitely play a part in how your eyes look. Weak, thin eyebrows can take some of the impact away from your eyes. Define and fill out your eyebrows with a powder to give you brighter eyes that are the most striking part of your face through beautiful framing. Using a powder to fill in your brows generally looks more natural. Choose a matte eyeshadow or eyebrow powder that is the same shade as your eyebrows or very subtly darker. Use an angled liner cosmetic brush to gently fill in the thin spots in your brows.
Use Natural Under Eye Concealer
Unfortunately, many of us develop dark circles under our eyes, especially after long nights. Dark circles will make your eyes look tired. Achieve brighter eyes with the sweep on your finger. Use some creamy concealer to cover up the dark circles and your eyes will seem brighter and more vivid. Try a creamy, light-reflecting concealer for the most effective coverage. Choose a shade that is as close to your skin tone or slightly lighter. Experiment with both shades to see which works best for you. We suggest our Perfecting Under Eye Concealer to fake it ‘till ya make it!
Naturally and Thoroughly Remove Makeup
To have brighter eyes, you must maintain your eyelashes. Leaving heavy makeup on can do damage to your lashes, making them dry and brittle. Gently and thoroughly clean your eyelashes. Remove eye makeup before washing your face in the evening. Mascara is generally best dissolved with an oil based eye makeup remover. The easiest, cheapest and most natural way to remove makeup is with a natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil.
It’s simple. Just put a quarter size amount of natural oil in the palm of your hand, dip your fingers into the oil and massage your fingers into your closed eye area. This message will loosen up your eye makeup. Now, take a cotton ball, cosmetic pad or soft toilet paper and wipe away the oily makeup mess. Now wash your face. Washing your face should whisk away any remaining residue around your eyes. If you still notice some lingering eye makeup, simply dip a cotton swab into the oil and gently sweep it away.
While you are removing your makeup, always be gentle. It can be difficult to completely wash off eye makeup and people often get impatient and aggressively rub their eyes to remove the makeup. This can do serious damage to your lashes, the very delicate skin around your eyes and your eyes themselves. It is important to have a light touch whenever you are caring for areas around your eyes.
Apply a Natural Eye Mask
Apply an eye mask every week for brighter eyes. It deeply nourishes, rejuvenates, and protects the area around your eyes. You can purchase natural eye masks or create your own from natural ingredients. Many DIY eye mask recipes consist of simple ingredients you have around the house such as cucumber, which cools and calms the skin. These are often the healthiest, most natural options for eye masks.
For most masks, leave it on for only five to ten minutes before gently wiping it away with a damp cloth. Eye masks will prevent wrinkling and dry, red skin, making you look younger and your eyes look brighter. We love the fun DIY natural eye mask suggestions in this video (just use something to set them on other than tinfoil!).
Use Eye-Specific Makeup Strategies
Makeup can accentuate many different parts of the face. One of our favorite makeup strategies for brighter eyes is highlighting two specific eye areas. Using light pink or cream color eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes will make your eyes look larger, brighter and more awake. We recommend you experiment highlighting right under your brow with our Infused Eco Eye Shadow in the cream shade Vellum and the corners of your eyes in the same Vellum shade or the light pink shade Feather.
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2. Protecting Your Electric Body – Our bodies are electric and have their own magnetic resonance field. Technology’s exponential rise in microwave radiation disrupts our own body’s natural frequency with detrimental results. This TedTalk is a great introduction to EMF exposure and how it may be affecting your health. If you aren’t aware of this information, it’s critical that you inform yourself now. The exposure increases with intensity as our technology moves to 5G and wifi becomes more powerful and ubiquitous.
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