Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safe Sunscreens 2017-EWG

It's summertime and that means it's time to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But how do you know if your sunscreen is safe? There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! I always go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient.

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas, high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation and sunscreens containing oxybenzone which is a hormone disrupting chemical and retinyl palmitate which is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. A brand name will have different products with different scores. 

The EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens scoring 2s. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.

All Good 7 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a 1s. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored 1s. They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Babo Botanicals 3 of their sunscreens scored 1s. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 9 of their sunscreens scored a 1s. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored 1s and 1 scored a 2. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a 1s. Available on their online store.

Deter made the list this year! Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. It scored a 1. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Goddess Garden 12 of these organic sunscreens scored a 1. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 
Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores 1s. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!

Kiss my Face 2 of their sunscreens scored 1s and 2 scored 2s. They are easy to find in drug stores, super stores and health food stores. Also on their site.

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a 1. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Ocean Potion 1 of their products Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 35 scored a 2. Find it in drug and superstores including Target and Walgreens and on their site.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Can nail polish spread fungus?

polishing toe nail
Lately, I have had clients coming and telling me that their podiatrist says nail polish can't be shared due to the possibility of it being contaminated with toe nail fungus. And, their own nail polish must be thrown away if they themselves used it while they had a nail fungus.

I've been doing nails for more than 30 years. It has always been my understanding that nail polish does not provide a friendly environment for fungus to live or multiply. But, since a doctor is telling my clients to throw away polish and not share polish, I've decided to revisit my view. I've done a bit of research looking for the facts on the topic of can fungus live in nail polish and spread fungal infection. Just the facts, ma'am! Let's start by knowing the enemy and what it needs to survive and spread.

A Little Info About Fungus

Fungus, yeast and mold require food, water and oxygen to survive. They also like darkness and warmth.

Plants have chlorophyll and can make their own food from sunlight. Fungi cannot. They need food.

Food for toe nail fungus is the keratin that the skin and nails are made of.

Fungi reproduce by spores. The spores are a dormant form of the fungus that grow in favorable conditions.

Fungus can be on your skin even though you are not experiencing an infection.

Toe nail fungus enters through a tiny break in the skin and any separation between the nail bed and the nail. The break in the skin can be from a trauma to the toe nail such as stubbing your toe, dropping something on your toe, your foot sliding in your shoe while playing a sport or even from tight shoes.

Toe nail fungi are called Dermatophytes.

Fungi and fungi spores can live in spas, locker rooms, around pools, showers, warm puddles, on a towel, on your sheets, on your socks and in your shoes.

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can become a toe nail fungal infection.

A family member with athlete's foot can easily spread it to the rest of the family by dropping spores around the house. ewwww!!!

Is there food, water and oxygen for the fungus in nail polish?

No, there isn't. Traditional nail polish or nail lacquer is a hostile chemical environment for microorganisms. 

Here are ingredient lists for a few nail polish brands:

OPI: acetyl tributyl citrate, butyl acetate, ethly acetate, epoxy resin, nitrocellulose, isopropyl alcohol, silica, polyvinyl butyral, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, stearalkonium bentonite, and benzophenone-1.

Zoya: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectroite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styene/Acrylates Copolymer.

Orly: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Triphenyl Phosphate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Propyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mica, Tin Oxide, Alumina, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Benzophenone-1, Polyvinyl Butyral, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate.

It could be possible for fungus to grow in a water based nail polish, however.
What does the scientific community say about the matter?

Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologist who has an academic specialty in nail disorders and was assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Department of Dermatology told refinery29: “In general, sharing nail polish does not present a health or infection risk.” “This is because the solvents in nail polish are chemically toxic to microorganisms by degrading their cell walls within seconds of contact. In fact, there have been studies that show that microbes cannot survive in nail lacquer, whether they are in a salon or deliberately contaminated with microorganisms for laboratory studies.”

According to the Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, edited by Robert Baran, MD and Howard I. Maibach, MD, "Microbiological studies commissioned in 2009 by the NMC (Nail Manufacturers Council) show that traditional solvent-based nail polishes will quickly kill common pathogens without additional preservation and do not create the potential for transmitting pathogenic organisms." (page 253)

My favorite scientist Doug Schoon says in his book, Nail Structure and Product Chemistry, "Pathogens cannot grow in acrylic monomer liquids, UV gels, primers, nail polish, nail dehydrators, and other solvent based products, either. These products have several things in common. None of them contains significant amounts of water. Pathogens need water to live and grow. Pathogens also need food. None of these products can act as food for pathogens." (page 225)

After looking at the facts, it's safe to say that nail polish cannot spread fungus. You will not get a fungal infection from nail polish at the nail salon or from your own polish that you used while you had a toe nail fungus. You could possibly get a fungal infection from an unclean salon, though. Be sure to go to salon that follows proper sanitation procedures, uses disposable items such as files, orangewood sticks & foot bath liners and properly cleans their metal nail tools.

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Have no fear, use shared nail polish with confidence!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Nail Polish Collection Summer 2017

Have you seen the summer nail polish collection from Zoya? It's gorgeous! I wasn't sure about the greens. I'm not really a green nail polish person, but the 2 greens in this collection aren't so bad for me.  

There's a mix of 8 full coverage creams and 4 shimmers, warms and cools. Some apply better than others. All are bright happy colors for summer. I know my clients are going to love them. In fact, I unpacked the box and used Winnie on Donna right away!
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The Zoya Wanderlust Collection Summer 2017

zoya wanderlust cool
zoya wanderlust warm
Let's go through them one by one.
Zoya Byrdie
   Byrdie is a fushcia cream. It has opaque full coverage that goes on smooth and easy. This is one of my favorites!
zoya mandy
Mandy is a shimmering berry pink. It is slightly sheer on the first coat and goes on beautifully.

zoya winnie

Winnie is a soft watermelon pink cream. It has opaque full coverage. It's one of those challenging application polishes because the consistency is on the thick side and the first coat goes on a bit streaky. The second coat makes the coverage smooth and even.

zoya etsy
Etsy is rich bubble gum pink. It is an opaque full coverage cream. It has a thick consistency but goes on without streaking. Perfect name for me since I recently opened an Etsy Shop!!!

zoya lois
Lois is violet cream. It has opaque full coverage and goes on smooth and easy.

zoya river
River is a shimmering cobalt blue. The first coat goes on a bit sheer and uneven but smooths out nicely with the second coat.

zoya sonia
Sonia is a summery red cream. It has opaque full coverage. The first coat goes on slightly streaky but smooths out easily with the second coat.

zoya journey
Journey is a shimmering strawberry red. It goes on beautifully and has a nice glow to it. Another favorite for me.

zoya cora
Cora is a coral cream. It has full opaque coverage. The first coat goes on slightly streaky but smooths out with the second coat.

zoya sawyer
Sawyer is light orange cream. It has opaque full coverage. It's another one of those challenging application polishes because the consistency is on the thick side and the first coat goes on a quite streaky. The second coat makes the coverage smoother but not as perfect as I like it to be. A third coat would make it way to thick. This one is my least favorite due to the application struggle.

zoya scout
Scout is a shimmering mossy green. The first coat goes on sheer and smooth. The second coat adds more shimmering rich color. Not my favorite color but it's growing on me!

zoya arbor
Arbor is a rich olive green. It has opaque full coverage and goes on smooth and easy. The coverage is so nice with the first coat, you could probably get away with just one coat if you wanted to. I actually would wear this green, with the right outfit.

 Zoya polish is vegan and 10 free, which means it's free of the ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. It's our favorite nail polish brand at the salon because it wears so well on natural nails.

You can buy Zoya polishes for $10 each at salons and spas, on, and on Amazon.
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