As the year comes to an end, I look back on all I’ve struggled with and overcome: a receding hairline and hair loss; intense perioral dermatitis flare ups; annoying acne; and dry/dehydrated and irritated skin. While there were many lows, there were also a lot of highs. And many of those highs were due to finding efficacious, nontoxic, green products to help ease me back towards healthy skin. Therefore, as we wrap up this year, I decided to outline down below in seven categories – Dry/Dehydrated, Acne/Congested, Brightening, Dermatitis, Eye/Neck/Lip, Body, and Hair – my favorite products from 2017 that helped me get back to glowing skin! For…

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When my hairline started receding a year and a half ago, I thought it was one of two things: low iron (anemia) or my thyroid. That’s typically what comes to mind first. But it wasn’t either of those things. I had blood work done and my iron levels were surprisingly high, and my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone – more on this later) was assessed by my primary care physician as normal at 2.5; the range 0.5 – 4.0 is deemed “normal” by labs. I found out through more testing that at that time my hair loss was due to a…

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It’s kind of crazy to think over a year ago my hair was limp, thinning, my hairline severely receding and my scalp was constantly itchy, irritated and oily. I was desperate for a solution. And when I turned to the internet for answers I realized I’m not the only one battling hair thinning struggles.  Hair thinning is as common in women as it is in men, but is less talked about due to social stigma. Hair thinning and hair loss will affect one third of the female population in America this year; roughly 50 million women (Harvard Medical School). Stressful…

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Um when did salt sprays get so AMAZING?! While I know a thing or two about skincare and makeup, when it comes to hair I’ve only recently (this past year) realized investing in good haircare makes a huge difference. This is partially due to the fact that I was all consumed for so long with skincare and the fact that my hair was (emphasis on ‘was’ pretty low maintenance. For decades, my hair was relatively low maintenance: long, straight, air dried well and looked O.K. with an uncomplicated, cheap haircut. I paid little heed to it and cared for it…

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Dandruff is an on-again off-agin issue for me. I’ve written about it in the past and found temporary relief switching from Costco shampoo/conditioner (what was I thinking ?! shudders*) to better quality salon haircare – though at the expense of my skin; my hairline became irritated to the sodium laurel sulfates and synthetic preservatives in the salon products I started using resulting in small, red itchy bumps to appear. I switched again, but this time to green haircare products and I noticed serious improvements in my scalp and dandruff. I’ve been using consistently the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner (full…

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