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  1. Sun Smart with Jersey Shore Cosmetics Top Rated Sunscreens

    Makeup Maven, Michele Phan demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan, all natural sunscreen in her Graduation video. Makeup Maven, Michele Phan demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun® Anti-aging Sans Tan, all natural sunscreen in her Graduation video. 2013

    Jersey Shore Cosmetics sunscreens are top rated and recommended by, Skin Deep recommended list of safe sunscreens. Included in the top rated sunscreens at, are  Jersey Kids, All Natural Sunscreen, Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan Anti-aging sunscreen and Jersey Shore Cosmetics Anti-aging Mineral Sunscreen stick. Jersey Shore cosmetics sunscreens are the smart choice when choosing safe sunscreens for you and your family. All of Jersey Shore Cosmetics rated products have a top score of 0-1, reflecting zero toxins in all of our natural formulas. Until recently, the full dangers of unprotected sun exposure were not known. Now, we know how hazardous it can be spend too much time in the sun without the proper protection. One of the biggest dangers of too much sun exposure is skin cancer. The sun’s rays contain destructive UV light, which penetrate the top layers of skin, damaging cells in the under layers and creating the right environment for cancer to develop. All of Jersey Shore Cosmetics sunscreens have UVA/UVB tested, broad spectrum protection.

    Overtime, as more and more cells are damaged, not only does the skin begin to look wrinkled and aged, it also begins to break down. Nothing on earth can break down collagen and elastin in the skin like UV light.

    It was once believed that “getting some sun” was good for a person, and people would spend hours walking outdoors or at the beach, soaking up the rays. This led to a surge of skin cancer reports, especially among women who would suntan for cosmetic purposes.

    In order to combat this growing trend, companies began developing sunscreen, which could be applied topically to the skin to protect it from the sun. While this was an important step forward, it introduced another danger into our environment. Many sunscreens are formulated with harmful chemicals and hormone disruptors which can often be as dangerous to our bodies as the sun’s rays. Just as it is important to protect our bodies from the sun, it is vital that we shield ourselves from these unsafe chemicals and ingredients.

    The solution, however, is not to go without sunscreen. Instead, the solution is to find an all-natural sunscreen that contains only all natural and organic ingredients, that has been tested and approved by organizations like The Environmental Working Group, ( Healthy, ( PETA and, who are devoted to helping to bring only the safest, most effective products to the market. First and foremost, we recommend light, protective clothing and accessories.

    Of the few sunscreens that has been approved by The Environmental Working Group (, PETA, and, Jersey Kids All Natural, Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan Anti-aging and Jersey Shore cosmetics mineral sunscreens tops the lists. Jersey Kids sunscreen is organic, vegan, petrochemical-free, and even safe for babies under six months old. voted Jersey Kids, as the #1 All Purpose sunscreen, while at the same time, Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan was topping PETA’s 2013 “Summer Must Haves” list.

    Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan sunscreen is as effective as Jersey Kids, but with the added benefit for being an anti-aging sunscreen with added vitamin D. Formulated with only all natural, organic and non-GMO ingredients, our sunscreens are of the few sunscreens on the shelves that are marketed as all-natural and actually is all-natural, without petrochemicals, hormone disruptors, or toxins.

    All Jersey Shore Cosmetics sunscreens are formulated using only 100% natural, organic and Non-GMO ingredients and have UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection.

    Jersey Shore Cosmetics donates to various cancer organizations, cancer centers and cancer foundations.

    Sans Tan Travel Size and JSC sunscreen stick minis are great for travel, Golf course or the Tennis court!

    Happy, Safe Summer!

  2. YouTube star Michelle Phan's Ipsy Glam Bags hits 1M paid subscribers

    Jersey Shore Cosmetics congratulates Michelle Phan and Ipsy on reaching 1 M paid subscribers for their subscription glam bag!

    YouTube star Michelle Phan's Ipsy startup hits 1M paid members.

    The Internet makeup guru's service, which mails pouches of beauty samples to $10-a-month subscribers, will ship a milestone 1 million of the "glam bags" next month.

    Makeup Maven, Michele Phan demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan, all natural sunscreen in her Graduation video. Makeup Maven, Michele Phan demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan, all natural sunscreen in her Graduation video last Summer. Look for more JSC products in ipsy's "glam bags", in the coming months!

    Ipsy, the beauty-sample startup of YouTube star Michelle Phan, isn't itsy anymore.

    Next month, Ipsy will mail 1 million so-called glam bags, Phan said in an interview. The bags, which include large samples of beauty products tailored to a recipient's tastes, are the main draw for subscribers of the $10-a-month service.

    Jersey Shore Cosmetics is a proud brand partner with ipsy's subscription Glam bags. Look for our quality products in Ipsy's subscription Glam Bags this Summer!

    Phan is one of the best-known figures to spring from a class of YouTube celebrities: people who get their start posting self-made videos on Google's massive video site and who generate enough of a following to evolve into multifaceted brands. In Phan's case, her brand includes her mainstay online video beauty tutorials, a L'Oreal makeup line, a book of cosmetics tips, a spokesperson gig with Lancome and a music label, in addition to Ipsy.

    Read more here.. Credit: CNet



  3. Bad news: Punxsutawney Phil just predicted six more weeks of winter.

    See how your personal care products rate in EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

    Bad news: Punxsutawney Phil just predicted six more weeks of winter. If you’re anything like me, that means six more weeks of slathering on moisturizer, lip balm and lotion while wishing for warmer days – and less dry skin!

    The trouble is, chemicals with strong links to cancer and endocrine disruption – think parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde – are in many of the personal care products we use every day.


    That’s why there’s no better time to check out EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database!

    With more than 71,000 products, Skin Deep® is the world's largest safety guide to personal care products. So go ahead, look up your favorite moisturizers, shampoos, toothpastes and more to see how they score!

    Click here to check out Skin Deep® today! See how the products you use every day score.

    In 2014 alone, EWG’s research team added more than 1,100 new personal care products to our game-changing cosmetics database.

    And that’s a good thing, because the average American is exposed to 126 cosmetics ingredients every day – and none of them are required to be tested for safety before they’re sold in the marketplace.

    Big corporations don’t tell you this. And the government doesn’t demand it. EWG’s Skin Deep® is the only place where you can find out what’s really going on your skin and into your body.

    Skin Deep®’s easy-to-use rating system helps you make safer, healthier product choices. A low rating means lower hazard concern; higher-scoring products should be avoided.

    With EWG’s Skin Deep®, you can make safer, healthier choices about the products you use every day. 


    Renee Sharp
    Director of Research, Environmental Working Group

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  4. Winter Sun Protection

    Use Jersey Shore Cosmetics New Physical sunscreen stick during Winter months. Use Jersey Shore Cosmetics New, Anti-aging Mineral Sunscreen Stick during harsh Winter weather. Our sunscreen minis fit in your pocket!

    Winter Sun Protection We all know sun protection is important in the summer — but have you considered that sun exposure can do just as much damage in the winter months? It’s true. Not only is UV radiation still a threat in winter, but also, winter conditions like snow can make things worse. According to The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity, snow can reflect the sun’s UV rays by up to 80 percent. Add to this the greater risks that come from skiing at high altitudes, where UV radiation increases, and winter can bring about just as much damage as summer days at the beach! Considering how damaging the sun can be to skin even in the colder months, what can you do this Winter to protect yourself? To help answer that question, here’s a look at key tips to keep in mind this season:

    1. Use Sunscreen: According to research cited at The Skin Cancer Foundation, daily sunscreen can reduce skin aging in adults under the age of 55. What’s more, people who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who don’t. The only problem? A lot of mainstream sunscreens on the market today are filled with harmful chemicals and toxins that can end up being even more damaging than the sun’s rays. That’s why it’s best to use an all-natural product like Jersey Shore Cosmetics' Anti-Aging Mineral Sunscreen, which is a new, natural sunscreen stick with  The Environmental Working Group ( highest score of "0" zero toxins. Jersey Shore Cosmetics physical sunscreens are all natural, moisturizing and great for harsh Winter conditions. Carry these new  sunscreen miniatures on the slopes or when traveling for quick touch ups any time.

    All Jersey Shore Cosmetics physical sunscreens are 100% natural and petrochemical-free.

    "Physical blockers provide better broad spectrum coverage as compared to chemical-based sunscreen which are usually either UVB or UVA blockers, Physical sunscreens also work for a longer period of time giving longer coverage requiring less re-application. They are also less irritating than chemical blockers."

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    2. Protect Your Lips: Your lips are some of the most sensitive parts of your body, and yet they’re often one of the most missed, in terms of sun protection. When applying sunscreen, always include your lips. You can finish with a moisture rich lip conditioner like Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo lip conditioners for long lasting moisture. Mongongo oil contains nutrients and natural UV blockers, so it’s a great product to add to your sun care routine.

    3. Apply Protection Often: As Dana Oliver suggests at The Huffington Post, “beware of sunscreen’s archenemy: sweat.” The sunscreen and lip balm you apply this morning can easily be sweated off in a few hours. Plan to keep reapplying to any exposed areas throughout the day.

    4. Cover Up: Dressing with layers is important for more than body heat; covering your body with clothes also insulates it from sun damage. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends covering your head, wearing items like ski masks and always wearing sunglasses or goggles when skiing.

    5. Seek Out Shade: It’s common sense to look for shade when you’re feeling overheated by a summer pool, but actually, seeking out shade can be just as important in the high sun of winter afternoons. Seating areas that have umbrellas, pathways with overhead covers and parks with shade structures are all good options for getting some protection from the harshest rays.

    6. Pay Attention to the Time of Day: Just like in summer, the mid-day hours see the highest levels of UV radiation, so try to ski, snowboard, etc., earlier or later in the day. This lowers your level of exposure to the most powerful UV rays and still allows you to enjoy the season. Even when the temperatures are lower and you never go outside without a coat and gloves, you can still face potential skin damage from the sun. Use the tips above to know where to get started with protecting yourself throughout the winter — so you’ll be able to make the most of the season without worry. Be prepared for Winter sun protection, with Jersey Shore Cosmetics travel size all natural sunscreen minis.

    About the author: Jeff Caldwell is Brand Manager of Superior Shade ( in Carrollton, GA. Superior Shade’s shade structures provide protection from the sun and harmful UV rays. We provide custom products to find the best fit for your outdoor space.

  5. Get Glowing! .. Anti-aging Hyaluronic Face & Neck Cream and Serum

    Moisture Intense Hyaluronic Treatment. Jersey Shore Spa Moisture Intense Hyaluronic Treatment Products are Superior.

    Introducing Jersey Shore SPA Moisture Intense Hyaluronic Face & Neck Cream and Hydrating Serum. Our hyaluronic face & neck cream and serum is formulated using the highest concentration of Hyaluronic acid for the maximum benefits of firming and hydrating your skin for a healthy glow and youthful radiance.

    Jersey Shore SPA Hyaluronic serum is formulated using 80% hyaluronic acid, along with the powerful antioxidants in squalane for added moisture, CoQ-10 and vitamin C. There are no artificial colors, fragrance or alcohol in our treatment products unlike many in the marketplace. Jersey Shore SPA superior hyaluronic serum uses grapefruit seed extract as a natural preservative. There are no synthetic preservatives in our formulations.


    Our HA serum completely absorbs, leaving a delicate, firming veil which smooths fine lines and wrinkles and also traps moisture which leaves you with a youthful, radiant glow!

    Many other serums have water as the first ingredient and very little hyaluronic acid in the product. Some others contain artificial colors, fragrances and dyes. Read your labels and rest assured that you are getting what you pay for.


    Apply Moisture Intense Hyaluronic Face and Neck Cream and feel the glow!

    These two products, when used together, will leave your skin silky smooth, with a youthful radiance. Our Hyaluronic Face & Neck Cream is paraben-free, phthalate-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free. It is formulated with 30% hyaluronic acid with the added anti-aging benefits of seaweed extract, pomegranate, grape seed extract, marigold extract and vitamin C. There are no artificial colors, dyes, alcohol or fragrance in our treatment products like many in the marketplace, yet, our products are extremely effective.


    An abundance of hyaluronic acid and natural, anti-aging ingredients in Jersey Shore Spa treatment products, plays a crucial role in anti-aging skincare.

    Jersey Shore Spa hyaluronic treatment products nourishes, firms and hydrates, leaving skin with  youthful radiance, tone and elasticity. Enjoy beautiful, healthy skin with a youthful glow!

    Use these all natural, hyaluronic treatment products day and evening for best results.


    Enjoy 25% off of Jersey Shore Spa and Get Glowing! .. Use code: "Superior" at checkout.

    Coupon code includes free shipping!

    Happy Winter!


  6. Prepare Your Skin for Cooler Weather


    To some, cooler weather means dry, flaky skin and chapped lips cheeks and noses. It is best to manage dry skin and other skin conditions by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet along with proper hydration. By hydration, we mean drinking plenty of clean water [read your water bottle labels] as well hydrating your skin topically with good quality, non-toxic, natural products.

    Dampening your skin before applying moisturizing products helps to trap moisture and will keep your skin soft and hydrated longer. Try it on one hand and compare the difference.

    To remove dry, flaky, old skin cells, use Jersey Shore Spa Anti-aging All Natural Lip and Hand Polish  Jersey Shore SPA Lip and Hand polish exfoliates dead flaky skin, leaving new skin refined and hydrated. Dampen skin and massage the exfoliating, nutrient dense polish in a gentle circular motion, improving circulation and lifting off old, dead skin cells. Lips and hands feel silky, smooth, nourished and hydrated. May be used on other parts of the body as well. The best quality, all natural ingredients. Use before applying any of your favorite lip and hand products for noticeably smoother application and softer moisturized, younger looking skin. Anti-aging lip and hand polish is made with all natural flavors, anti-aging vitamin E and nutrient dense oils, butters and plant extracts. It tastes, smells and feels so good, because there are no toxic petrochemicals or artificial ingredients. Available in Natural Vanilla Bean and Strawberry.

    Follow your exfoliating lip and hand polish routine with our Nutrient Dense Anti-aging Hand Cream  Jersey Shore Spa hand cream contains the added benefits of anti-aging Sea Buckthorn Extract, which helps to combat wrinkles, dryness and premature aging. Raspberry seed oil which is a strong anti-oxidant packed with vitamins, offers a natural element of natural sun protection from UV-A and UV-B Rays and has anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, helps to slow down processes that damage cells. Enjoy the benefit of smoother, younger looking hands. All Natural. Vegan. Lightly scented with Vanilla Absolute which has a deep, rich, warm vanilla aroma and is known to have antioxidant and humectant properties. The essential oil of vanilla soothes the body as an aromatherapy as well as soothes all types of inflammation and protects the body from free radicals.  Jersey Shore Nutrient Dense Anti-aging hand cream; the benefits of anti- aging, moisturizing and lasting hydration.

    Don't forget to follow your Anti-aging lip polish, exfoliating treatment with Jersey Shore Cosmetics Nutrient Dense Balms in four, new delicious scents! Coming this Fall, these new balms are nourishing, hydrating and gentle enough to use on all parts of the face and body. Though recommended for lips, cheeks and even a chapped noses, our nutrient dense balms may be massaged onto rough dry skin such as heels and elbows. Dampening these areas first, traps the moisture allowing for longer hydration.

    For healthy, smooth, soft and hydrated skin, polish and moisturize with Jersey Shore Spa, all natural products. Anti-aging because they contain no petrochemicals and no toxic or questionable ingredients. Only good things. You can pronounce what is written on our labels.

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    Happy New Year! Happy Winter season!

  7. Dietary Supplements the Danger of Fakes

    Credit: The New York Times.


    The Food and Drug Administration frequently recalls dietary supplements that are found to contain banned substances. But a new study suggests that many of these products return to store shelves months later with the same dangerous ingredients.

    The findings suggest that health authorities may be fighting an uphill battle against a small number of supplement companies that repeatedly sell contaminated products. The new study, published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that out of more than two dozen supplements that were pulled from shelves after they were found to contain anabolic steroids or powerful prescription drugs, roughly two-thirds were back on the market a year later with the same illicit ingredients.

    Most of the supplements were marketed for weight loss, exercise and sexual enhancement, and they were sold across the country at convenience stores, in health food shops and over the Internet. They were found to contain steroids and prescription drugs like Viagra and Prozac, an antidepressant.

    The study also found that several of the weight-loss products contained Sibutramine, an amphetamine-like drug that was removed from the market in the United States, Asia and Europe after a clinical trial showed it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    Since 2004, about half of all F.D.A. drug recalls have involved dietary supplements found to be contaminated with banned pharmaceutical ingredients. Supplement industry trade groups say that these products are usually manufactured and sold by a few bad actors who represent the fringe of the roughly $33 billion a year supplement industry.
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    As we enter the Fall/Winter season, we are conscious of maintaining our ideal weight and are trying to stay healthy. The temptations of comfort foods, treats, numerous holiday parties and celebrations have us on our guard against over indulging. We tend to skip meals in lieu of holiday treats, or grab a handful of vitamins and a piece of toast, in order to stay on course with maintaining, or losing weight. "That's not how it's done.." :) A proper, balanced diet, exercise and plenty of clean water, is recommended for maintaining good health and desired weight. This could happen in a perfect world, however, many of us skip meals, overindulge at parties and don't always get proper nutrition. Although it is recommended that your nutrition is obtained from healthy foods, not all dietary supplements are bad. Good quality dietary supplements may be added to your daily routine with desired results. It is recommended, to choose dietary supplements which are all natural, high in antioxidants and  without chemical  additives, binders, fillers and strange ingredients. Pure vitamins, herbs and extracts without chemical additives, are the healthy choice for adding to a healthy, nutritional diet. As with any change in dietary routine, consult an expert in the field. A healthy diet, drinking plenty of clean water and exercising daily, will help you to stay fit. Remember, with all products, including dietary supplements, read your labels and know what's going into your body. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients in your products. Know their purpose, the effects they will have on you and whether or not they are necessary.

    Note: Read your water bottle labels, if you must drink from bottles. Many commercial waters contain sodium and additives, which the companies call, "Enhancers." Since when did nature's medicine (water) need enhancing? :) Sodium and metals (metals?!) in bottled water, make you even more thirsty, increasing the sales of their enhanced, bottled water. Read all labels.

    The best of health to you!

  8. Sunscreens; Nanoparticles and Non-nanoparticles


    Jersey Shore Cosmetics sunscreens, Jersey Shore Sun® , Sans Tan and Jersey Kids® Petrochemical-free sunscreens are made with safe, non- nanoparticle zinc oxide.

    Zinc oxide is EWG’s first choice for sun protection.

    Sunscreens made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide generally score well in EWG’s ratings because:

    * they provide strong sun protection with few health concerns;
    * they don’t break down in the sun;
    * zinc oxide offers good protection from UVA rays – titanium oxide less so, but better than most other active ingredients.

    Nanoparticles found in American sunscreens are either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Within the broad family of nanoparticles made from these two minerals the effectiveness of sun protection and the potential for health concerns varies. The properties of nanoparticles can vary greatly by size, shape and coating.
    Zinc oxide is EWG’s first choice for sun protection. It is stable in sunlight and can provide greater protection from UVA rays than titanium oxide or any other sunscreen chemical approved in the U.S. (Schlossman 2005). Years ago, zinc oxide sunscreens, often seen on lifeguards’ noses, were famously white and chalky. Today, sunscreen makers use zinc oxide nanoparticles to formulate lotions with less white tint.

    Could nanoparticles cause internal damage if they penetrated skin or were inhaled? Yes. Inhalation of nanoparticles particles is dangerous for many reasons. EWG strongly discourages the use of loose powder makeup or sunscreens using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide of any particle size.

    The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens has classified titanium dioxide as a “possible carcinogen” when inhaled in high doses (IARC 2006b). The lungs have difficulty clearing small particles, and the particles may pass from the lungs into the bloodstream. Insoluble nanoparticles that penetrate skin or lung tissue can cause extensive organ damage.
    Nanoparticles in lip sunscreens can be swallowed and might damage the gastrointestinal tract, although there are no studies to suggest this is happening. The risks are less if digestion alters the properties of the particles reaching the intestines. There are lots of uncertainties about the degree of risk. We know that titanium dioxide has for decades been used as a colorant in commonly eaten foods, including doughnuts and M&Ms, and a recent study found that these particles would be classified as nanoparticles (Weir 2012).

    Read the entire article here..

    Jersey Shore Cosmetics sunscreens, Jersey Shore Sun® , Sans Tan and Jersey Kids®  Petrochemical-free sunscreens are made with safe, non- nanoparticle zinc oxide.

    Zinc oxide is EWG’s first choice for sun protection.

  9. Chemicals to Avoid in Cosmetics and Personal Care.. Right Now


    Young beautiful woman with strict hairstyle with makeup Bad things may be hiding in your makeup and skin care.

    For many, a commitment to health sounds more like a commitment to a life of paranoia and deprivation. The most common argument I hear is that it isn’t “healthy” to spend a life in fear of every product that is out there. For those with a busy lifestyle, it sure may seem overwhelming to think of adding more things to watch out for on top of our existing concerns. While I understand this perspective, I am writing this article to make it simpler for you. Remove the words paranoia, deprivation and concern from your vocabulary, and replace them with “Being Informed”.

    Being informed will simply allow you to make more intelligent and conscious choices for yourself, your family, and the planet as a whole. You might lose a couple of seconds of your life while looking for detrimental chemicals on product labels, but is that any match for the healthier years you’ll add to your life, the illnesses you’ll avoid, and the example you will be in support of a more sustainable world?

    The truth is, many of the ingredients in personal care and beauty products aren’t so pretty. U.S. researchers have found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products are hazardous industrial chemicals. This means that 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts) and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). And these go on our skin and into the environment…

    Did you know that everyday chemical exposure is among the leading causes of the most common cases of chronic disease in America?


    1. Parabens

    Used in makeup, moisturizers, shampoos etc. May interfere with hormone function. Associated with breast cancer. Look out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name (methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben). Widely used even though they are known to be toxic.

    Why Used?: Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens.

    Why Harmful?: Parabens easily penetrate the skin and are suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. In one study, parabens were detected in human breast cancer tissues, raising questions about a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.

    Parabens occur naturally at low levels in certain foods, such as barley, strawberries, currents, vanilla, carrots and onions, although a synthetic preparation derived from petrochemicals is used in cosmetics. Parabens in foods are metabolized when eaten, making them less strongly estrogenic. In contrast, when applied to the skin and absorbed into the body, parabens in cosmetics bypass the metabolic process and enter the blood stream and body organs intact. It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from cosmetics. More research is needed concerning the resulting levels of parabens in people. Studies conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did find four different parabens in human urine samples, indicating exposure despite the very low levels in products.

    Regulatory Status: There are no restrictions on the use of parabens in cosmetics in Canada. International regulations are stronger. The European Union restricts the concentration of parabens in cosmetics.

    Related Ingredients:
    Methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens in cosmetics. Other chemicals in this class generally have “paraben” in their names (e.g., isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, etc.).

    2. DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA (Related chemicals: MEA and TEA)

    In creamy and foaming products such as moisturizer, shampoo. Can react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

    Why Used?: DEA (diethanolamine) and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients. DEA is mainly found in moisturizers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. Industrial applications of DEA include its use in oil refineries to “scrub” hydrogen sulphide from process gas emissions.

    Health and Environmental Hazards: DEA and its compounds cause mild to moderate skin and eye irritation. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of these chemicals has been shown to cause liver cancers and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid. The European Union classifies DEA as harmful on the basis of danger of serious damage to health from prolonged exposure. DEA compounds can also react with nitrites in cosmetics to form nitrosamines, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a possible human carcinogen. Nitrites are sometimes added to products as anti-corrosive agents or can be present as contaminants. The degradation of some chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics can release nitrites when the product is exposed to air.

    The Danish Environmental Protection Agency classifies cocamide DEA as hazardous to the environment because of its acute toxicity to aquatic organisms and potential for bioaccumulation.

    Regulatory Status: The use of DEA compounds in cosmetics is unrestricted in Canada, although Health Canada has categorized them as “moderate human health priorities.” They have been flagged for future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan. Nitrosamines are prohibited on Health Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. However, when these chemicals are present in a product as contaminants (i.e., unintentional ingredients), the Hotlist restriction does not apply.

    International regulations are stronger. The European Union Cosmetics Directive restricts the concentration and use of cocamide and lauramide DEA in cosmetics, and limits the maximum nitrosamine concentration in products containing these ingredients. vii

    Related Ingredients: MEA (monoethanolamide) and TEA (triethanolamine) are related chemicals. Like DEA, they can react with other chemicals in cosmetics to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.

    Credit: Collective Evolution

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  10. Michelle Phan Demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun Sans Tan Sunscreen in Graduation Video

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    Professional make-up Artist, Michelle Phan, AKA Story Teller, Dreamer and founder of Ipsy Glam Bag demonstrates Jersey Shore Sun®  Sans Tan All Natural Sunscreen in Graduation Beauty Tips video, which also includes Michelle's graduation speech. Michelle Phan has best wishes for 2014 graduates and gives them amazing make-up and skin care tips, which includes applying best selling all natural, Jersey Shore Sun, Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen in her recent make-up demonstration video for 2014 graduates.

    See video and hear Michelle Phan's graduation speech here.