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The Hair Color Issue

By on June 6th, 2013 Tags: , ,

Everybody is greatly relieved when their hair grows back after chemotherapy. But its color and texture may be different than what you remember. Soft curls may require new products to manage them. Women who dyed their hair for years are often surprised by the amount of gray. It’s usually because the hair is just growing back in its natural, undyed state — which they may …

Want to Buy Products That Line Up With Your Values? There Are Sites and Apps for That!

By on February 6th, 2013 Tags: , ,

I’m strongly committed to buying products that are free of toxic chemicals and made by socially responsible companies that care about the environment. But sticking to this plan isn’t easy. It takes time and attention to detail to do research on the companies and their products. And sometimes, even though I know what I want to buy, the product isn’t in my local store. So …

Should You Worry About Your Tampons and Pads?

By on September 6th, 2012 Tags: ,

Have you recently checked out the feminine hygiene aisle in the drugstore? It’s as varied as a bookstore! What a huge change in feminine products. Pads that were once bulky and held in by pins and straps are now thin and self-stick. Old fashioned powder-pink-and-blue packaging is now hot pink and lime green. Some manufacturers have abandoned classic ads featuring happy-go-lucky women dancing in tight …

Summery Skin Without the Sun

By on July 11th, 2012 Tags: ,

The message is really clear: sun tanning is bad. Everyone says so, from our mothers to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tanning in the sun increases the risk of wrinkles and the risk of skin cancer, including the most dangerous kind, melanoma.

So, does this mean we have to cover up with head-to-toe clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and only …

Shiny, Colorful Nails — Safely

By on June 27th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Getting a manicure or pedicure is one of the only times that I get to sit still and enjoy a little time to myself. Plus, that nice pampered feeling that comes with freshly shaped and polished nails is ahhh so nice.

But I do have concerns about the possible dangers of the fumes that hit you as soon as you walk into a salon. As …

Feminine Hygiene: Cleaning Up “Down There”

By on January 25th, 2012 Tags: ,

Caution: “Below the Belt” content!

With me, no health topic can be off-limits. Especially when it comes to maintaining personal hygiene, feeling well, and being confident about our bodies during and after breast cancer. I’m tackling these delicate issues within Think Pink, Live Green, because the personal care products we use can be absorbed into our bodies and potentially affect how breast cells grow, function, …

Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar? Part 2

By on January 17th, 2012 Tags: ,

The products we use can be helpful, harmless, or harmful. In “Hope or Harm in Jar? Part 1,” I wrote about potentially harmful ingredients in many moisturizers. Now I want to talk about how certain ingredients may have some link to cancer risk.

Parabens. Parabens go by many names — methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben — but no matter the type, they’re …

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