• Say No to the Big 3

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    Not a long time ago, a customer asked about what formaldehdye, toluene and DBP are. What are these all about and why people would fuzz on things in the nail polish, something he never heard before. A good thing from this question is people is getting aware more about the product they use. Bad thing is, yes there are actually many bad chemicals found in our cosmetics we use every day. And just knowing it will surprise most of us.

    Cosmetics, especially nail polish and nail treatment products in this case are very rampant to chatters about chemicals in it that can pose potential health threaths. The most popular one recently is about Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP as nail products controversial ingredients.

    What are they

    We call these three chemicals as the big 3 because those are the most mentioned when we talk about 'safer nail polish'.

    DBP or 'dibutyl phthalate' is a plasticizer that makes nail polish flexible. Toluene is a colorless liquid used as a solvent. And Formaldehyde helps harden nails. It's also a cheap preservative used in shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and children's bubble bath.

    How toxic

    To know the toxicity level of these chemical, we visit Skin Deep, the most popular online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. Search results at Skin Deep database show that DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde have the same high hazard score of 10. The hazard score is on 0 - 10 scale, (10 corresponding to highest concern). Moreover, all these ingredients are linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity and allergies (visit this website for details). 

    What you can do

    Use nail polish and other beauty products that are free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP, such as Adoree nail polish and nail treatment. Be careful to check the ingredient list before you buy. Each Adoree nail product has its ingredient list stick on the bottom of the bottle. Also be aware, if a nail polish is free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP, it doesn't mean that a nail treatment from the same brand is also free from all of these toxic chemicals. In fact, there are many well-known nail treatments that still use one or two toxic ingredients. Luckily, all Adoree nail polish and nail treatment are free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP.

    Let your family and friends also know about this information. Make them aware about the safety of the products they are using.

    Be wise also on how often you get contact with products that has high hazard level. For example, if you often get your nails done at salon. Be cautious about what products they use and how good ventilation in the salon is.

    You may check any cosmetics you're using (plan to use) at Skin Deep. It has a comprehensive safety cosmetics database, which will show you the safety and hazard level of certain ingredient or product. You can also search by using the company name to see what products it has and their hazard levels.

    Note from the staff: Adoree products are not registered with Skin Deep. Although we really like to have it registered but it's solely the manufacturer's decision. We believe the manufacturer's claim for Adoree products being free from the Big 3 toxic chemicals is true from reading the ingredient's list of the products.



  • Base Coat Benefits

    Do you know that a long-lasting nail polish application start with a base coat? Many of us do not know the real benefit of using base coat or may know but lazy or always in a rush while doing their manicure. Therefore, we tend to skip applying the base coat.

  • 3 Steps to Healthy and Beautiful Feet

    The three easy steps to get healthy and beautiful feet with ingredients found around your house at the comfort of your home. Have some time, relax, and your feet will thank you.

  • Caring for your feet

    Have you heard the statement, "feet don't fail me now?" It makes me laugh every time I hear it. Our feet are one of the most important components of our bodies. Why? Because without them, how would we get around?

    If you're a person who jets around daily whether in the office, hair salon, taking care of the kids, working in a hospital, participating in sports, a teacher or anyone who stands on your feet daily, you understand how important it is to pamper your feet. But, sadly enough, our feet are one of the things that we neglect more than anything on our bodies. Here are 10 steps for taking better care of one of your most valuable assets, your feet:

    1. Choose shoes that will protect your feet, such as the correct size, heel and material.
    2. Treat yourself to a regular pedicure at least once a month.
    3. Soak your feet for at least 1/2 hour once a week.
    4. Have your Doctor check your feet for hidden things such as athletes feet, diabetes or poor circulation.
    5. Add foot liners to your shoes depending on the surface you work on daily, such as concrete, cold or hot floors.
    6. Massage your feet with a good foot cream (nightly).
    7. If you work in wet areas, make sure you wear rubber footwear.
    8. Avoid shoes that are too narrow or too wide.
    9. Avoid synthetic leather.
    10. Select comfortable shoes.

    Take these 10 steps into consideration and watch for results. Your feet won't fail you now!

    This article is provided by:
    Regina Baker
    Ind. Product Consultant
    Moea Body Butter

    For more info on how to pamper your feet, read 3 steps to healthy and beautiful feet.

  • Yellowing Nails

    I had a question today from a beauty-loving friend about yellowing nails. She has just really gotten in to all the groovy new nail colors, and had been polishing without basecoat - and guess what happened? Yep, she wound up with yellow nails. So, what is a girl to do if she finds herself yellowed? read more to find out.

  • Dry Hand and Nails Care

    After the busy holidays, I feel like I've been neglecting my hands. So far, I was dismayed looking at my dry and dull hands. Probably, are in their extreme dry of the year (I think). Got the urge to take care of them seriously, I'm looking for any treatment ideas I can do at home easily. My search bring me to these books "The Illustrated Guide to Massage and Aromatheraphy", editor Catherine Stuart and "Home Spa Recipes and Techniques to restore and refresh" by Manine Rosa Golden. Bought from Borders and a gift from a friend (Thanks Lien!). Let me share what I found and put my two cents in as well.

    Hand care

    For extra dry skin like this, I'd like to use oil to moisturize. You may use vegetables oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil. Patchouli oil is said as one of the best essential oil for skin moisturizer. It's also good for relaxing tight muscles and mood lifting. Try patchouli oil mixed in a vegetable carrier oils such as canola oil or sunflower oil. Or if using the oil is too greasy for you, you may use a carrier cream or lotion base. You may use unscented body lotion you can find in the dept stores.

    After the oils are well-mixed, warm the oils first before applying to hands and nails. Massage well into the skin and cuticles. Cover your hands with plastic wrap and pull on a pair of cotton gloves over the wrap. Keep it for an hour before rinsing off or you can go straight to sleep. If you don't have any essential oil, then using olive oil, sunflower oil or sweet almond oil would be better than nothing. For a boost, try giving the hands an exfoliating face mask before applying the oils. Also, the Apricot hand mask below would be wonderful to complement your hand care.

    I found that after one or two days, the hands will be dry easily because of this cold weather. So the more often you do this hand treatment the better they would be. Also, using a warm damp towel would be a great way to wrap your hands instead of the plastic wrap.

    Nail Treatment

    Lavender essential oil is particularly good for strengthening weak and damaged nails. Each evening apply a drop or two on the nails and rub the oil into the cuticles. After two or three months, you should see some improvements as the treated nail grows through. Jojoba oil is also very good for fragile and flaky nails. Just rub them with the oil.


    • warm water, lavender essential oil


    How: Soak your fingertips in warm water before gently cleaning the cuticle from the nails with your cuticle stick. Use a cotton bud to apply neat lavender oil to each cuticle to strengthen them.

    Apricot Hand Mask

    A healing mask for overworked hands, this recipe smells great. Apricots contain Vitamin A, which helps heal damaged cells in the top layer of skin. Yogurt and honey soften and moisturize. Store in a glass or plastic container in the frigde.


    • 1/4 cup dried apricots
    • 1/4 cop plain yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon honey.

    How: In blender or food processor, combine ingredients and blend until soomth. Spread mask onto hands and nails and leave on 20 minutes. You may want to wear dispobable gloves or plastic wrap while the mask sits. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

    Warning! Only two essential oils can be applied directly to the skin: tea tree oil and lavender. The rest must be dilluted with a carrier oil. As a guide use 15-20 drops of essential oil in 50 ml (2fl oz) of the base oil for mixtures to be applied to the skin other than face.

    Now, I'd like to hear your feedback on this treatment or if you have other tips you'd like to add as well. Feel free to contact us. May the moisturizer be with you! (TS-01/08)


    • An explanation on what a hot oil manicure is, from Overall Beauty Blog. Hot oil manicure is a good treatment for dry nails too.
    • www.nandaoils.com, an online store for essential oils and kits, by a small, family-run company
  • How to treat athlete's foot

    This is common infection of the feet is most often characterized by cracked, flaking, peeling skin between toes. In the majority of cases, it responds well to self care.

    -By Michelle Pratt

    Athlete's Foot Picture

    Athlete’s foot (known also by the medical term tinea pedis) is a common foot condition that responds well to treatment. According to Mellisa Conrad Stoppler, M.D., about 70% of the population will experience athlete’s foot at some point in their lives. Runners, swimmers, and dancers are more likely to suffer from athlete’s foot, as well as people who wear shoes that are too tight (causing the toes to squish together).

    The fungus that causes athlete’s foot exists on floors (think locker rooms) and it spreads easily through contact.

    Exposure to the fungus does not guarantee its growth; conditions must be right for the fungus to spread. The toes provide an ideal condition because they shelter moisture.

    Athlete’s foot is identified by dry, cracked skin, most often in the toe area. Clients may complain of burning and itching, and the skin can become so irritated that it breaks open and bleed. Often a foul odor is associated with the disease, and a thick, creamy substance can form under the nails. In advanced cases, the nails may flake, appear discolored, and become thick.

    The good news is that athlete’s foot is treatable. If a client comes in with what appears to be athlete’s foot, techs can recommend a number of treatments. First, instruct the client to wash her feet daily. After washing, it’s imperative to thoroughly dry the area between the toes, which is often overlooked in our haste to dry. A medicated, over-the-counter foot powder is recommended to keep the area dry. There are also over the counter topical creams that can be recommended.

    Suggest clients wear socks made of material that wicks the moisture from the skin. Shoes made of natural materials are preferred to materials that don’t allow the area to “ breathe.”

    If clients do not see a difference in the condition in two weeks, they should consult a doctor. The doctor will be able to prescribe an aggressive treatment, such as an antifungal cream or an antibiotic.


    Unlike athlete’s foot, eczema is a non-infectious, non-contagious, inflamed skin condition. Yet telling the difference between athlete’s foot and eczema can be difficult because both conditions can trigger identical symptoms. Both conditions can be acute (appearing suddenly), sub-acute, or chronic (persistent or ongoing). In the acute stages the skin is often blistered, cracked and red. The skin may ooze and the sufferers may complain of burning and itching. In the chronic forms, the skin may just remain thickened and scaly, with minimal redness and itching. Both can affect the nails. Though doctors must do a culture to make a definitive diagnosis of athlete’s foot, eczema, or another condition, the location of the symptoms provides a few clues. Eczema usually appears in other places on the body besides the feet. Affected skin between the toes, especially the fourth and fifth toes, usually indicates athlete’s foot. Cracked and red skin on top of the foot or on top of the toes points to eczema.

    Source: Nails Magazine February 2008, Volume 25, No.14.

  • Your Fingernails Windows to Your Health

    It's interesting to know what your fingernails tell about your health. Dr. Susan Evans, chief of dermatology at the Skin Care Physicians of Beverly Hills appeared on the Today Show to discuss what to watch out for regarding sudden changes in the color, texture and shape of our nails. For example, Clubbing -- Expansion in the tip of the finger could be a sign of pulmonary problems. Pitting -- Small, linear indentations in the nails might be a sign of autoimmune disease.

    For details, check out this video.

    Source: The Huffington Post.