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      Say goodbye to ingrown hairs with these 5 simple tips

      Have you ever wondered how to get rid of INGROWN HAIRS? How to prevent them? Or what to do if you get one? 

      Hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing or tweezing can cause ingrown hairs, and often produce itchy and icky painful red bumps. In some cases, ingrown hairs can be super uncomfortable and even become infected! Instead of squeezing or picking at them, here are some more efficient (and much less painful) ways to help stop them!

      1️. EXFOLIATE

      Ingrown hairs are commonly caused by dead skin cells. Exfoliate weekly to help remove these cells and reduce the chance of ingrown hairs.

      2️. STAY MOISTURIZED

      Keeping skin consistently hydrated and moisturized is an extremely important step in achieving hair that behaves well.

      3️. DON’T SHAVE WITH A DULL BLADE

      Be sure to use a sharp and clean razor to cut off the hair bluntly in one pass and to prevent the razor from catching or dragging hairs.

      4️. USE A SHAVING GEL, OIL OR CREAM

      There should always be a hydrating barrier between your skin and the blade when shaving to cushion the contact when the razor meets your skin.

      5️. SHAVE WITH THE GRAIN

      Shave gently with the grain (the direction in which your hair grows) to avoid ingrown hairs, as shaving in the opposite direction can cause the regrowth of the hair to curl back into the skin.

      Written by: Kaia Naturals 

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Chateau De Fashion, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

      Why We'll Never Use Black Plastic

      In a long list of things we’ll never use (or do) for sustainability reasons, human rights reasons, and just plan #donoharm reasons, black plastic is high on that list. In today’s blog, we’re sharing the truth about black plastic in the hopes that we as consumers and brands can start eliminating it from our lives #justsayno.

      IT CAN'T BE RECYCLED

      Here’s the problem with recycling black plastic: the conveyor belts in automated recycling facilities are black. When a black plastic item slides down the belt, the sensors can’t detect it. And it’s not just because it blends in: most black plastic is made from carbon black, a highly toxic ingredient that's not detectable by the infrared sensors at these sorting facilities.

      So where do all the black plastic mascara tubes, eyeliner containers, and takeout containers wind up? They get sorted as landfill waste or are incinerated (despite the well-intentioned person who sees the recyclable symbol on the bottom and recycles it).  

      BLACK PLASTIC ISN'T WORTH ENOUGH TO RECYCLING FACILITIES

      Recycling facilities make their living by selling off the various recyclable materials to buyers who will repurpose them into new products. Herein lies the problem with black plastic: it has such a low resale value that it’s not worth it for facilities to make the expensive changes to their machines to recycle it. So, it’s not recyclable now and it doesn’t look like it will be in the future.

      IT'S CREATED WITH TOXIC CHEMICALS

      Most black plastic are made from recycled electronic components. This 'e-waste' commonly contains toxins like lead, mercury, bromine and cadmium, and studies have shown they remain in the black plastic items they’re repurposed into.

      The problem: this material encases so many cosmetics that we put near our eyes and smooth across our skin. The formulas sit inside these toxin-filled compartments for months on end, potentially seeping into our mascara or skin cream.

      How could this happen? Cosmetics and skincare are full of solvents and oils that can work to break down the plastic over time, allowing toxins to leach into the formula. Of course, this goes without mentioning the toxic nature of plastic itself, even without any of the hazardous additives included in black plastic.

      OUR PACKAGING STANDARD: 100% RECYCLABLE PACKAGING MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS WHENEVER POSSIBLE 

      Our eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, and cheek palettes are made of 100% recyclable FSC certified paper, recyclable aluminum pans, and water-based soy inks. All components can be recycled in your standard recycling bin.

      P.S. we're super proud to share that our Supernova Crushed Diamond Highlighters just won Best Of Eco Beauty by Byrdie 2021! Cheers to beauty that's good for your skin and for the planet! 

      Our NEW Desert Moon Illuminating Oil is made from a recyclable glass bottle which can easily be recycled in your standard household bin.

      Our Radiant Ruby Lip Crème (sold out but coming back soon, we promise) is the first 100% recycled plastic liquid lip component that's also 100% recyclable. By using 100% PCR recycled plastic, we create 25% less carbon emissions than virgin plastic. The outer box is made from FSC certified paper and water-based soy inks that are completely recyclable.

      Our packaging materials are also chosen with sustainability in mind:

      • FSC Certified cardboard box - fully recyclable
      • Sugar-based sticker – biodegradable

      Written by: Aether Beauty

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Chateau De Fashion, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

      Harmful Chemicals And Cosmetics - What You Should Know

      Let us start with some good news: Prebiotic skin care is what Aleavia does best. In fact, providing folks looking for an organic, plant-based skin care brand is pretty much all we do!

      But the term “prebiotic skin care” is not a commonly known one yet. If you happen to have found our blog and website by researching the term “prebiotic skincare,” or something to that effect, then we tip our collective hats to you! Soon, however, the term will become as much of a 21st century household name as probiotics and “gut health” have become over the past few years.

      Why do we think so? The two ideas go together, really. Probiotics refer to adding good bacteria (to your gut, usually), whereas prebiotics, or prebiotic skin care, is about nourishing the beneficial bacteria that already exist — whether it be in your digestive tract or on your skin’s microbiome, the living ecosystem of trillions of microorganisms that affect your skin’s health.

      Feeding the good microbes offers the byproduct of starving the harmful microorganisms that exist. When you apply to your skin organic ingredients like Acadian Sea Kelp, aloe vera, Dead Sea Salt, citric acid, soy lecithin, and extra virgin coconut oil, the benefits are many:

      • Anti-aging
      • Detoxifying
      • Healing burns, sunspots, scars, wounds, and blemishes
      • Brightens skin.
      • Balances skin’s pH levels
      • Softens skin.
      • Moisturizes skins through the natural promotion of hyaluronic acid production.

      Again, this is a high-level description of what is happening on the cellular level when using Aleavia prebiotic skincare products. For a more thorough description of prebiotic skin care in particular, simply follow the resource linked above!

      Chemicals In Cosmetics

      As we have stated before, we are an organic skin care brand that has a passion for providing people with the most healthy, radiant skin they’ve ever had. Another passion of ours is to provide our customers, and readers at large, with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about what they put on their face and body. A cousin of the skin care industry, cosmetics get our attention in today’s post because we want folks to know that many popular products contain harmful chemicals that include hormone disruptors, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and beyond.

      In today’s post, we will take a look at a few of these chemicals and detail what you need to know about them along with the cosmetic products they are commonly found in.

      Coal Tar Dyes

      That is right, coal-tar derived colors are commonly used in cosmetics for no other reason than to make a product look more appealing. You can identify them by a five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number, but they are also at times labeled as “FD&C” or “D&C” preceding a specific color’s name and number.

      But should we really care? Yes, we absolutely should, as coal tar is an official human carcinogen. Coal tar colors, both synthetic and natural, are strongly linked with a potential to cause cancer. Moreover, these colors often include metal compounds that have been determined to be toxic to the brain. Many of these aluminum compounds and metals are banned as food additives but are found in cosmetic products like lipstick — certainly, something that can be ingested. And while we understand that there are rebuttals about the amount of these substances that need to be ingested for adverse possibilities to come to fruition, we would rather err on the side of caution.

      Lead

      You might be like us and would have figured that because people figured out that lead was bad enough to be removed from pencils back in the day, that major cosmetic brands would be decent enough to not put it into lipsticks, foundations, or toothpaste. Well, we all thought wrong.

      Almost a decade ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discovered that lead could be found in more than 50 percent of the 33 different brands of lipstick that they tested! And, no, we don’t think these cosmetic brands are evil incarnate by any means, as evidenced by the fact that lead enters these products through manufacturing contamination rather than them being intentionally infused with lead. Regardless, the fact that you can easily ingest lead is alarming; it’s a neurotoxin that’s connected with diminished fertility, hormone imbalance in females, and even miscarriage. Again, we’ll err on the side of safety and go with companies that produce controlled, small batch products rather than trusting the name brands.

      Parabens

      We have arrived at the chemical that most people are familiar with, parabens. We wouldn’t be surprised if a cursory understanding paraben lead you to research more, which in turn has led to this blog and learning more about organic, prebiotic skin care from a plant-based skin care company!

      We digress.

      We digress because there are serious issues that need to be addressed regarding parabens. Did you know that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has determined parabens to be a “Category 1” priority substance due to the body of evidence that shows they disrupt hormone function? The body easily confuses parabens with estrogen, and that is not the half of it. They can also cause disrupt the nervous system, the immune system, and the reproductive system — three systems we would like to be left to their own, natural devices, thank you very much!

      A final note about parabens: Do not be fooled by phenoxyethanol, a commonly used paraben replacement that actually delivers many of the same problematic effects as parabens. Japan has already banned the use of phenoxyethanol, while the U.S. FDA has stated that it can “depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea” in infants. Suffice it to say, do not use it in your skin care or cosmetic products!

      BHA & BHT

      The final two ingredients we would recommend being mindful of, and probably just avoiding in general, are BHA and BHT, or butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene, respectively. Both are synthetic antioxidants that are found in skin moisturizers, lipsticks, and many other cosmetic products. Used as preservatives, they can cause allergic reactions, have been determined to be a possible human carcinogen, and there is substantial evidence that BHA and BHT can interfere with regular hormone function. Not to harp on the negatives here, but there is more. Rodents that have been tested with long-term exposure to BHT have contracted liver, kidney, thyroid, lung, and blood problems. There is more, but we hope you get the idea. However, in the name of fairness, a United Nations Environment Program assessment noted that BHT was safe for human use. We are not sure about you, but when the jury is still out, again, we prefer the route of organic caution.

      Why It Matters

      These chemicals have no business being in or on our bodies. At the end of the day, many name brand companies are only concerned about what they can get away with insofar as it affects their bottom line. The good news, however, is that it leaves room for cosmetic and skin care companies that genuinely care what they put in their products. Here at Aleavia, we believe in the power of organic, plant-based purity. Our vegan skin care products work to rebalance your skin, helping it do what already wants to do.

      Instead of using antibacterial products or something similar, prebiotic skin care nourishes your skin in an incredible way. Say goodbye to polar extremes of oiliness and dryness, and shop Aleavia Plant-Based Skincare today!

      Written by: Aleavia

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Chateau De Fashion, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

       

      Your Winter-Approved Skincare Guide To Skin-Quenching Hydration

      Just like the seasons, your skin is ever changing. With each season comes new and different concerns the affect how your skin feels and looks. Adjusting your skincare routine throughout the seasons will help keep your skin in its best optimal shape year-round. Temperature drops in the winter contribute to extreme dehydration, drying, chapping and flaking in the skin. A targeted treatment winter-approved skincare routine is just what you need to ensure your skin doesn’t experience those harsh winter changes. It’s never too early to get a head start on your winter skincare routine and here’s how you can do it.

      Our new Calm Cleansing Milk formula functions like gatorade for your skin by replenishing critical electrolytes, minerals and skin rebuilding proteins. This lightweight, plant-based milky cleanser is specially formulated for skin that requires extra calming, nourishment and hydration. Skin-loving combination of Bamboo Electrolytes, Glycoproteins and Cucumber protect skin during the cleansing process while delivering beneficial minerals, peptides and protecting from water loss. The lightweight and refreshing vegan cleanser is free of essential oils  making it an incredible choice for all skin types especially reactive and sensitive complexions. 

      Pro Tip: Gently massage into damp or dry skin. Pair with the Makeup Cleansing Oil for a double cleanse routine. The Calm Cleansing Milk is gentle for all skin types and can be used to remove makeup. 

      An ultra-hydrating, game-changing essence experience made to help your skin thrive. Who said you couldn't treat your skin while you sleep? The Night Essence helps restore, renew and reset your skin all while you snooze. Loaded with Multi-size Hyaluronic, Kojic Acid, Bakuchiol and Niacinamide, this plant-active essence is the ultimate hydration weapon. This rejuvenating essence deeply penetrates the skin to enhance the skin's ability to create moisture and hydration while also feeding depleted areas within the skin by helping fluid circulation. 

      Pro Tip: Incorporating an essence into your skincare routine after cleansing will help the rest of your products penetrate skin deeper for more effective results. 

      More than just your average facial oil, this transformative vegan collagen oil helps improve and protect the skin's natural skin barrier.  This nourishing oil is skin-quenching hydration in a bottle and gives your skin lush, plumping hydration and synergistically works with your complexion to kick start collagen synthesis for visibly smooth, radiant and balanced results. 

      Pro Tip: Lock in moisture by applying the Cloud Ceramide Balm after. This facial oil is lightweight and can be used as a primer for makeup. 

      This ultra-rich moisturizer is complete rehabilitation for the most compromised skin barriers. Loaded with biocompatible ceramides and calming liposomes, the Cloud Ceramide Balm will give ultimate moisture for where your skin needs it most.  Ceramides, Cloudberry, and Chia create a perfect lipid ratio to maximize moisture, plus the added Calming Liposome soothes environmentally-aggravated, sensitive, and redness-prone skin.

      Pro Tip: Perfect for those looking for some extra TLC. 

      Written by: Fitglow Beauty

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Chateau de Fashion, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

      9 Foods For Stronger & Longer Nails

       

      Today, we are talking about self love, and not just what you put on your skin, but also what you put in your body. Naturally, we are all about nails, right, so our question, are you taking care of your nails to a "T", just to have them break while you are doing everyday tasks like washing the dishes? Your manicure routine might be perfect, but if your nails are still weak and chipping, the issue might be with your diet. Today we are sharing 9 foods your nails will absolutely love!

       1. Almonds

      Almonds are filled with Vitamin E (otherwise known as the beauty vitamin) which is an essential vitamin to help grow your nails long and strong. Almonds are also full of zinc, which is important for nail health as well.

       2. Eggs

      If you didn’t already know, your nails are made of a strong person called Keratin. Since eggs are loaded with protein, they are a great choice to add to your diet for healthier nails.

      3. Avocados 

      Avocados are packed with healthy fat, which is the ultimate beauty nutrient. Healthy fats help keep your nails moisturized and reduce inflammation in your nail beds.

       4. Water

      Just like every other part of your body, water is essential for your nails to be strong and beautiful. Making sure your body is hydrated will not only provide you with the energy you need to perform everyday tasks, but it will also provide your nails with the hydration they need to stay strong.

      5. Lentils

      Lentils are packed with 9 important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and biotin. Biotin is a form of vitamin B that aids in healthy nail and hair growth.

      6. Strawberries

      Strawberries are not only a delicious healthy snack, but they are also packed with vitamin C. In fact, just 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than a whole orange! Vitamin C is great for your nails because it produces collagen which helps protects your nails from breakage.

      7. Red bell pepper

      Speaking of vitamin C, eating red bell peppers is also a great way to get your daily dose of this vitamin. Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants as well, which help protect your nail from free radicals that can damage them. 

      8. Lean beef

      Lean beef is another great source of iron and zinc. Iron is essential for making sure nails stay strong and zinc is an antioxidant that aids in the growth of healthy nails. Of course, lean beef is also made up of protein, which is also important for your nail health.

      9. Salmon 

      Salmon is loaded with multiple nutrients that are great for your nails. Omega-3, zinc, and protein are among the amazing beneficial nutrients that are in salmon. As we know, these nutrients are essential in promoting longer, stronger, and healthier nails!

      Now you know how important your diet is for your nail health, you can get started on incorporating these 9 foods into your diet - trust us, your nails will thank you! For more tips on keeping your nails strong and healthy, check out this blog. (link 8 tips blog)

      xoxo,

      Written by: HUELLA

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Chateau de Fashion, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.