• According to Cruelty Free International, half a million animals are sacrificed to cosmetics testing  annually. That’s half a million bunnies, rats, mice, and dogs (yes, we said dogs) sacrificed every year in the name of human beauty. If you’ve ever snuggled a bunny, you probably don’t need another reason to choose cruelty-free products. But in case you do, consider this: Animal testing isn’t only bad for animals. It’s bad for...

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  • No one wants to feel like a lizard that’s been left out in the sun. No one we know, anyway. But dry skin is a rough reality for a lot of women. Whether the cause is harsh winter weather, genetics, or simply the unfair side-effects of graceful aging, dry skin is uncomfortable and can rob you of your natural glow. Fortunately, if you know how to protect and preserve your...

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  • Here’s a hot tip from the original beauty icon, Cleopatra: Make olive oil a central part of your skincare routine. Well before the insights of modern science, the Queen of the Nile knew bathing with olive oil would give her softer, brighter skin. Now, centuries later, research backs up Cleopatra’s beauty philosophy and presents additional benefits not even Cleo saw coming. If you have any doubts about whether olive oil...

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  • We all seem to have a thing for plastic. Did you know Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles each year while plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate? This has a ripple effect. 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their...

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  • The beauty industry isn’t as pretty as you think. Behind glossy packaging and vibrant shades lay silent killers. Unregulated by the FDA since 1938, nearly 20% of personal-care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer. A 2004 study found parabens, a cancer-causing substance commonly found in beauty products, in 18 out of 20 samples of human breast tissue. Parabens are also in almost 100% of drugstore skincare products...

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