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Body Talk Column: Eyebrows, Itching, Veggies, Dangerous Cosmetics And More

Heavy metal cosmetics

Cosmetics have become an integral part of life for many of us, but what’s lurking in some of their ingredients may be surprising. After testing 49 makeup products, foundation makeup cosmeticsadvocacy group Environmental Defence found that each contained heavy metals. One in particular contained arsenic and lead levels that exceed those deemed safe by Health Canada. The CanadianCosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrances Association is refuting the seriousness of this discovery, claiming that the metals are contaminants from the manufacturing process rather than actual ingredients, and that the reported levels pose no health risk to Canadians. Since some products contain lower levels of metals, however, it appears that it is possible to minimize their presence.

Sensitive about sensitivity

Do outbreaks of redness, itching, burning and peeling drive you mad? Sensitive skin is more common than you think, but there are ways to keep it under control. The most effective tip is to choose scent-free beauty and cleaning products, especially those that are hypoallergenic and formaldehyde-free. Certain chemicals in soaps and cleansers can leave your skin drier than ever and more susceptible to a nasty breakout, so look for products with laureth rather than lauryl sulfate. When it comes to makeup, stick to neutral eyeshadow shades as well as liquid bronzers, foundations, and blushes.

yoga pose silhouetteFitness with a twist

Workouts with a holistic twist, combining meditation with exercise, are becoming increasingly popular. One of the hottest new trends is Caponyasa 360, combining the breathing techniques of vinyasa yoga with the cardio intensity of Brazilian capoeira. The 360-degree movements, which include squats and lunges, help strengthen your core and shape your waist, as well as tone your glutes and thighs. The cardio keeps your heart pumping and healthy. Focusing on your breath throughout the class gives you mental as well as physical benefits. With no equipment required, Caponyasa 360 is a great way to stay in shape and find a little inner peace in the process.

Veggie alternatives

Stuck in a rut when it comes to vegetables? Try these delicious and nutritious alternatives:

-Sweet & nutty flavour
-Single cup contains seven grams of fibre, huge dose of vitamin C & folate, almost 40% of recommended daily intake of vitamin K
-Sweet as plums, without the runny juice
-Chock-full of potassium, fibre, calcium, manganese
-Crispy texture & mellow taste
-Bursting with antioxidants: one of foremost cancer-fighters among produce
-Flaky consistency & mild taste
-Boasts five grams of iron per serving & inulin, which lowers cholesterol & regulates glucose levels


DID YOU KNOW? Swiss chard is another super veggie, containing more antioxidants than spinach as well as large doses of vitamins A and K.

Perfect your eyebrows

Models sporting thick, healthy brows are dominating the runways. To keep your brows looking their best, here are some key dos and don’ts to follow. Tweezing is the easiest way to keep your brows neat and tidy, as waxing can damage hair follicles and threading doesn’t allow you as much control. If you pluck too much, however, you can develop gradual hair loss. Avoid trimming your brows with scissors, and use a brow pencil to add volume and structure where needed. It’s also important to keep your tweezers and brushes clean and your pencils sharp to get the best results. If a nasty pimple makes its way into your brow area, resist the urge to scratch and apply some tea tree oil instead.

DID YOU KNOW? Tea tree oil has antiseptic powers and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue on your skin.

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