Gluten-Free and Gorgeous

September 10, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
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We strongly believe that every woman, including those who live gluten-free, should be able to wear makeup safely. That's why all of our products are certified gluten-free. We want all women to be their most healthy, gorgeous selves every day.

Why would cosmetics contain gluten?  While gluten is a main ingredient in breads and other foods, it's also commonly used in cosmetics to bind cosmetic ingredients and as an emollient to hydrate and soften skin. In fact, wheat is the most common source for the ubiquitous cosmetic ingredient, Tocopherol, also known as Vitamin E.  You would never know that your Vitamin E fortified cosmetic contained gluten because there is no requirement in the U.S. to disclose the source of cosmetic ingredients directly on the ingredient label. At Afterglow, we use only natural and safe binders and emollients derived from non-wheat sources.

Why does makeup have to be gluten-free? There is a growing population in the U.S. that reacts to eating gluten and.....

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5 Skincare Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Radiant

August 20, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply

As your body’s largest organ, skin protects your body from the environment, helps to regulate body temperature, and acts as a filter. Your skin also makes you unique and beautiful. Proper skin care is essential for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Health and beauty experts agree that there are five main types of skin – normal, dry, oily, a combination, and sensitive. Each type of skin requires special care. These five skincare tips optimize the beauty and function of your skin.

  1. Always remove makeup before going to bed, period. Even if you don’t have a specific reaction to sleeping in your makeup. Recent studies1 show that sleeping in your makeup for as little as one month can age the appearance of your skin up to TEN YEARS!  This rule is especially important to follow religiously if you have sensitive skin, as makeup can also irritate your skin. Use organic olive oil or coconut oil dabbed onto a cotton ball to remove stubborn eye and lip color before .....

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Redefining Standards of Beauty

August 11, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 1 Reply

redefining beauty standardsImage Source: everMaya / Graham Cowan

What makes a woman beautiful? Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old aspiring model from Brisbane, Australia, thinks beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and she's aspiring to redefine the world's beauty standards.

Maddy has Down syndrome, and she's struggled with her weight for years. She has been getting healthy and dreamt of becoming a model, giving her the platform to challenge and change the way the world defines beauty. She's been swimming, dancing and cheerleading to lose 40 pounds, gain energy and build her confidence. Despite doctors telling her mom that she would never achieve anything, Maddy is showing the world that a person with Down syndrome can be sexy, beautiful and celebrated as she redefines the beauty standard. Fitness wear brands Manifesta and everMaya agree and just signed Madeline to modeling contracts.

Maddy wrote on her Facebook wall, “I hope that I can ... change the world’s views on beauty and.....

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3 Powerful Reasons to Switch to Natural Cosmetics

July 29, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
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You exercise to tone your body and strengthen your lungs. You eat right to protect your organs and immune system. What are you doing to take care of your largest organ, your skin? At Afterglow Cosmetics, we believe that how you care for, treat and adorn your skin has a profound influence on your health and happiness.

You absorb a tremendous amount of what you put on your body. Once absorbed through your skin, many commonly used cosmetic ingredients accumulate in your tissues and organs. This is one of the reasons why we formulate with only the highest quality, natural, certified organic ingredients, giving you the option to reduce your exposure to thousands of common toxic cosmetic ingredients found in traditional cosmetics.

Consider making the switch to natural cosmetics for three powerful reasons:

Protect Your Body

Highly porous skin absorbs everything we put onto it, including traditional chemical-laden makeup. Science has proven absorption as common cosmetic in.....

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The ‘Naked’ Truth about Organic Makeup

July 29, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
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The word “organic” is simultaneously the most buzzy and confusing cosmetic label of the last ten years for women. In the United States, as it relates to cosmetics, the word “organic” is defined in a few ways, taken advantage of by many and regulated by none. At its most high-level definition, Merriam-Webster defines the word “organic” as “related to, or obtained from living things” and “...containing carbon compounds”.

Technically, we can all call ourselves “organic” because, by this definition, we are all living and carbon-based, as is every cosmetic sold. Does that mean that all cosmetics are organic in the sense of using a certain quantity of certified organic ingredients and sustainable practices? No. However, many cosmetic companies jumping on the “organic” and “natural” bandwagon make natural, and even organic claims, with no basis in a certification standard.

Who regulates organic cosmetic claims? When most people look for organic i.....

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Top 3 Cosmetic Endocrine Disruptors

May 15, 2015 by Alexis Hawkins | 0 Reply
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Imitation is the most disruptive form of flattery. Many conventional cosmetics are formulated for performance at the risk and detriment of your long term health. Most conventional cosmetics contain one or more ingredients that are classed as ‘endocrine disruptors’, which means that when slathered on your skin, hair, nails, lips and is absorbed, these ingredients do a confusing little dance with your hormones.

How do cosmetic endocrine disruptors confuse my natural hormone balance?

The specific chemical composition of certain cosmetic ingredients looks and reacts within your body as if it were estrogen. Your body can’t tell the difference between the cosmetic chemical ingredients and your own naturally produced hormones. Your body simply sees more estrogen floating around, provoking your body to shift your hormones and body processes to accommodate for this new influx of estrogen.

According to the Environmental Working Group, “There is no end to the tricks that endocri.....

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Is There Beetle Juice in Your Cosmetics?

May 8, 2015 by Alexis Hawkins | 0 Reply

carmine color Carmine dyed yarn via the Houston Museum of Natural Science

It’s highly likely that some of your cosmetics have bugs in them, specifically the extract from one scaly little critter called a Cochineal beetle. The Cochineal beetle (Dactylopius confuses), native to Mexico and Central America, spends her happy life feasting on various cacti. Yes, you guessed it, only the female beetle is used for the dye. She is harvested and her exoskeleton is crushed to create a brilliant crimson red dye extract called Carmine. The Aztecs were the first to use Carmine as a red dye. Carmine is now not only found in cosmetics, but in many other consumables from your strawberry yogurt and colored drinks to perfume and vitamins.

Carmine is very frequently used to add color vibrancy, long-wear and shade intensity to cosmetics. It is also the ‘go-to’ natural dye when cosmetic chemists want to achieve specific cooler ranges of pinks, purples, and reds while avoiding the use of synthetic red, purple.....

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Makeup Guilt

May 7, 2014 by admin | 0 Reply | IN : Makeup Guilt
Written by: Kristin Adams, Founder & CEO

You know that moment when you open the refrigerator, reach for the milk and wonder how old it actually is? I’ll admit it, I usually have a flash of internal debate if I should even try the food in question to see if it “tastes bad” before acknowledging that there is no good that can come from me ingesting something past its prime and conceding to throw it away. I suppose it’s my own guilt for being wasteful that bubbles to the surface at times like those and competes with my own need to protect my health.

Most consumer products “go bad” eventually. It’s not just your food you need to look out for. Your cosmetics will also expire. You should throw away your cosmetics once they pass their expiration date, regardless of how much you spent on them. Your health is worth more than hanging onto a product that could actually do more harm to your skin and eyes than anything it was ever intended to do.

There are three main reas.....
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