Eco Cosmetics -- Natural Sunscreen For Dry Skin And The Body

 The Eco Cosmetics Sun Cream SPF 30 Toned is the the most affordable sunscreen so far that fits my very strict criteria -- mineral only, free from alcohol and nano-particles, doesn't leave behind a white mask. It's also certified organic (Ecocert), Vegan and not tested on animals.

I bought this little gem accidentally. I was going to get my usual Eco Cosmetics Sun Oil but was wooed by the much cheaper price of this one. Sunscreen often changes texture completely after being on the skin for a while, this one is an extreme example of that. When applied it looks like a pink-beige paste, but soon the tint starts fading and it becomes completely clear and shiny oily. It works really well on my body (which soaks up the oiliness very fast), as well as on dry skin. I have combination skin during the summer and when I apply this sunscreen on my face I use a mix of Hide-A-Pore and my current mineral foundation to mattify things. The end effect is beautifully smooth and dewy, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you like matte skin or have very oily skin, you should probably use this only on your body. Normally tinted sunscreen doesn't work for me because it's too pink or beige for my very warm skin tone, but this one blends right in.

This tinted sunscreen feels extremely light on the skin and is almost fragrance free -- the light smell has reminds me a bit of fragrance-free shampoo. The texture is extremely convenient to apply -- it's is the first sunscreen where I don't have to struggle to apply enough of it on my face or struggle to blend it in. It is water resistant, so it doesn't melt off when I bike. It is also very moisturising. The only minus point is that it does not contain zinc oxide so it doesn't give you complete protection from all UVA rays, only from UVA2.
This is the first time I have seen mica used as a sunscreen ingredient. It also explains why this product evens out the skin tone so beautifully.

I compared the Sun Cream SPF 30 Toned with the Sun Oil Spray SPF 30 and found that after 30 minutes they both looked very similar, the oil was a bit more yellow. At ca 12,00€ the Tinted Sun Cream is much more affordable.

One more thing -- don't confuse this product with the untinted version!

I'm really interested in what Eco Cometics are doing with their sunscreen products, they seem to be bringing out some new ones each year and I'm hoping they will surprise me with innovative new products in the future.

Have you tried any of the Eco Cosmetics sunscreen products? What is your favourite sunscreen for your body?

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So My Favourite Organic Self-Tanner Contains Formaldehyde + Safe Alternatives

Do you use self-tanners? Do you like the look of tanned skin? I find pale skin really beautiful, pale blondes have something etheric and light about it, pale brunettes look mysterious. Personally I do like to use self-tanners on my skin because a lightly tanned skin feels more "me" -- probably because I grew up in a more sunny place than I live in now and have seen myself without a tan for the first time a couple of years ago.

Since a couple of years I have been using the Lavera Sun Sensitiv self tanning cream, which has an impeccable ingredient list... or so I thought. The November 2015 issue of the Öko Test magazine examined several self-tanning products in a laboratory and found that most contained formaldehyde. This chemical not only is a human carcinogen but also causes a number of other health issues, and is been banned in cosmetics by the EU since 2016. However there are no laws against chemical ingredients that release formaldehyde over time.

The ingredient that is rescponsible for tanning the skin is DHA, which is harmless in itself and even used to enhance the colour of meat. However with time and with warmth DHA gasses of formaldehyde. Of all the self-tanners that Öko tested examine, almost all had too high levels of formaldehyde -- including the organic brands. Most conventional brands also had other problem substances such as allergy-causing perfume, pthalates, parabens, lilial and PEGs.

Luckily there were three self-tanning products that the Öko Test laboratories found that were almost free from formaldehyde -- the one from Douglas and the one from Lavozon (Müller) got the rating of "very good". The one from Yves Roche got an "satisfactory", with points taken away because of the irritating perfume Cumarin, PEGs and aluminium. Next in line came the La Roche-Posey self tanner with a rating of only "sufficient", because of silicones and PEGs.
To prevent the release of formaldehyde all self-tanners that rely on DHA should be stored in a cool place (the fridge) and used up much sooner than their use-by date. I also found a couple of interesting DIY self-tanner recipes, they all contain some kind of fats which should keep the mixture on the skin and off your clothes. let me know if you try them! Other alternative is carrot oil (mixed with other oils).

The full article and the list of the products that were tested can be seen here.

Photo credit:  Alexander Shustov

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Weekend Reads 20-05-2016

* Lilacs are blooming and if you want to pluck some, this is how you keep them fresh.

* I really loved you're not my child, don't call me mom.

* You might be old enough to rememer The Scatman song, but did you know that he struggled all his life with a debilitating stutter for which he was bullied in school, which made him depressed and addicted to alcohol, until he found scat music? My hat goes off.

* So apparently you can easily turn leather into suede at home. Who knew!

* Homesong. A beautiful blog about a beautiful simple home. I want to move in and steal all her stuff.

* I've always been fascinated by the Korean 10-step routines, but not a huge fan of all the products with dubious ingredients. Now one of my favourite bloggers presents a zero-waste, natural version of it -- based on actual traditional Korean DIY skincare.

* The Murmuring Cottage is a beautifully curated tumblr of the most calming images ever. What are your favourite blogs or tumblrs for aesthetic inspiration? I'm looking for new ones.

* How to quick-soak chickpeas.

* An in-depth article about heels, their psychology and their history.

* War and Peace is one of my favourite books ever and one of the the greatest stories ever told, so I was pretty stoked about BBC making a miniseries based on it. It's quite good (even if not Russian enough and not philosophical enough), with some amazing actors. And Prince Bolkonsky. And that ball scene.

What great posts or blogs have you read (or written) this week? Do share in the comment section.

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How Often To Exfoliate? + A Roundup Of Gentle Exfoliating Methods

Exfoliation not only makes the skin look fresher but also unclogs pores. The "traditional" western way of exfoliation is to use a strong gritty scrub once a week. Recently the once-a-week trend is slowly getting replaced by the daily exfoliating routine where you use a very gentle method of exfoliating most days.

Gentle mechanical exfoliators:

Daily exfoliation can be mechanical or chemical. The gentlest form of mechanical exfoliation is the Konjac sponge, which is suitable for even very sensitive skin. Sometimes before applying make-up in the winter I'll go over my face with a Konjac sponge to remove and dry skin flakes. The silicon pads are also very gentle. Then there are microfiber cloths and the slightly harsher muslin cloths, often used to remove make-up -- these can be used often providing you don't use a lot of force. Clay face masks make great daily exfoliators if you massage them in gently. My favourites are the Khadi sandalwood mask, Rhassoul clay and of course almond paste -- all three are very gentle. Then there are all the face brushes -- electric like the Clarisonic and manual ones. Here I'd advise most people to err on the side of caution and use the softest possible brushes. And not every day.

Exfoliants to avoid:

I am not a huge fan of grainy/gritty scrubs like salt or sugar for the face. They can tear the skin easily and thus make more spaces for dirt and bacteria. Also, research shows that they affect the skin barrier function.  The worst offender is be the St Ives apricot scrub.
Another scrub that nobody should ever use is the plastic microbeads which are a seriously bad for the environment (polythylene or polypropylene on the ingredient list).

Chemical exfoliation:

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids loosen the dead skin, I have explained it here. A lot of cosmetics contain smaller concentrations of acids, especially anti-acne, anti-ageing and masques). They are a godsend for skin with very delicate capillaries that can't stand mechanical exfoliation. Both AHAs and BHAs can be used daily if necessary, in lower concentrations (1-2% for BHAs, till 10% for AHAs). If you are a newbie to hydroxy acids, start with a small amount every third day and work up to every day. Dial back if your skin becomes dry and irritated.
If you are doing regular chemical exfoliation you should exfoliate mechanically 1-2 times a week to remove the loosened dead skin cells. This could be as simple as using a microfiber cloth during cleansing. If you don't chances are the skin flakes will block your pores.

The rule of thumb is -- the gentler the method, the more often it can be used. Observe your skin and see how it reacts. My skin doesn't like to be scrubbed too heavily and I had broken a lot of capillaries by using scrubs that are way too harsh (St Ives with the walnut shells). So I prefer regular but gentle exfoliation.
If you are Caucasian you must remember that your skin is statistically thinner that east Asian (or black) skin, so don't copy the aggressive cleaning techniques that you find on east Asian beauty blogs. 

Personally I like to rotate a couple of exfoliants because no two are the same. Clays draw out impurities from the skin, microfiber gathers dead skin flakes, Konjac root and the silicone pad make a nice massage, almond paste calms dry skin and hydroxy acids even out the skin tone and lighten light lines.I'd say that on the average I exfoliate every 2-3 days.

What does your exfoliation routine look like? What if your skin type and which exfoliator brings you best results?

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Martina Gebhart Cosmetics Review -- My Favourite Moisturising Products

I realised that I haven't done a post about my all-time favourite moisturisers! I have mentioned Martina Gebhardt products but haven't told you about how it's my go-to brand for basic creams and lotions.

Since over two years this brand is somewhat of a holy grail for my skin. I remember testing one of the lotions out for the first time -- waking up bleary eyed and staring with surprise at my reflection in the mirror, wondering why my skin looked so. Then I remembered that I had tried out the Martina Gebhardt Young and Active Lotion the previous evening. I rarely get that "wow, that worked" moment with skin care product, but it's there with Martina Gebhardt products. From what I gleaned from a German Facebook natural cosmetics group, I'm not the only fan of this brand. Especially women with acne had really good results.

  The ingredients are interesting and differ from the typical natural cosmetics. For one, many of the creams and lotions are alcohol-free (so many natural cosmetics contain a lot of alcohol, which my skin doesn't like). Apart from oils and herbs, there are Spagyric herbal extracts as well as gold, silver and sulphur. The products are formulated in a way that they don't need preservatives. They are also pH-neutral.
   My skin feels really moisturied and taut when I used the Martina Gebhardt products, and I don't get breakouts or flaky skin.
 Martina Gebhardt products are certified organic (Demeter quality), all are vegetarian and many of them are vegan (here is a list). They are free from Palm-oil and palm-oil derivatives.

Martina Gebhardt carries several series, each meant for a different kind of skin type or issue. I ordered a set of samples from their site (for 5€, which is then subtracted from your next order). Here is a handy guide to help you figure out what to get. If you speak German you can also write them an email or phone them, I have heard they are good at helping clients to find the right products for their specific skin issues.
I have a couple of favourites: the Young and Active series balances my dry-but-oily skin, so does the Melisse cream which additionally brightens up my face. The Salvia line is the bees knees for oily skin -- I woke up with a completely matte face after using it. After a few days I realised it was too strong  for my mixed skin though, but do try it out if you have are struggling with a truly oily skin. The mask from this series is amazing if you see a breakout coming.
If your skin is on the dry side, the Rose series will work well for you. The Shea Butter line is meant for extremely sensitive and allergic skin, it has just a couple of ingredients that are extremely gentle. Many people with Neurodermitis like it a lot. You can also use it on small babies (also the Calendula line).

Another product worth noticing is the Rose Bronzing Fluid. It is more neutral and less orangey than the bronzing fluid from Dr Hauschka. It's very light and doesn't moisturises though, it's meant to lightly even out the skin tone and add a little golden glow. If you like forest-y scents you will like the Wood Massage Oil. Another product I loved was the Herbs face and décolletée mask. The Martina Gebhardt hand cream is probably the richest one I have ever tested -- deal for very dry hands.
In the winter I prefer the cream versions of the products. They have a really wholesome quality about them, and they keep my face from getting flaky. In summer I usually go for lotions, unless my skin is feeling dry. Both lotions and creams are rather greasy so I use them in the evening. My skin drinks it all up and I wake up with almost no sebum (when I don't use them for a while, I wake up with an extremely oily T-zone). If I want something really light for the day, I use the Rose eye cream all over my face. Around my eyes I prefer richer products than this, like the Avocado eye cream.

  There are a couple of other Martina Gebhardt products that I haven't tested yet -- the summer series, the Neroli cream and the ampoules. I also have not tested the cleansers yet, but they look very interestingly they do not contain surfactants.

   The prices are not exactly rock-bottom, but they are affordable, especially because a little of the product goes a long way. Online and in some brick-and-mortar stores you can find the smaller versions of the products. In Germany they are available in many organic stores, in the US via BeWellStayWell.

   If you have tried Martina Gebhardt products I'd love to know what your experiences are. What have you used? Right now I have started using the Ginseng cream to revive my skin after the winter.

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These Medicaments Make Your Skin Mor Susceptible To Sun Damage + Foods That Help Protect Your Skin From UV Rays

There are a lot of medicaments that make the skin more sensitive to the UV rays of the sun, which puts you at a higher risk of sunburn, ageing and skin cancer. The full list of those medicaments can be found here, they include common ones like Ibuprofen / Advil, oral contraceptives . Here are a couple of lists: 1 and 2. Remember that medicaments can have different names in different countries and that a brand name drug often has generic versions.

So what do you do if you have to take those medicines? If your skin is already very sensitive to the sun or if you are at higher risk of skin cancer, you should check with your doctor if an alternative drug would work for you. Obviously this is not always possible, in this case you should take extra care to protect your skin from the sun.

I also noticed that some people have a habit of popping an Ibuprofen every time they have a headache instead of asking themselves what is the cause behind them. I had two period in my life where I had severe headaches; the first time it was because my blood pressure dropped really low due to dehydration, the second time was many years later and and Osteopathy treatment got rid of them completely.

Basics of sun protection:

* Women need around 1/6 of a teaspoon of sunscreen for just the face (the 1/4 teaspoon recommendation is for men with the biggest surface area). Doing 2-3 layers ensures you apply  it evenly.
* Sunscreen of a minimum of SPF 30!
* Hats, parasols, shade.
* If you want bronze skin, self-tanners are great.
* Zinc oxide is the most effective sunscreen agent, followed by titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreen breaks up within a few hours and needs to be reapplied several times a day.

Foods that help:

There are some foods that increase the skin's resistance against UV rays. The list includes foods rich in lycopene like tomatoes, watermelon, guavas, papaya (link to study); and foods rich in vitamins C and D, beta-carotene and Omega-3. Astaxanthin, a carotenoid that 
looks like a very promising UVB absorber, supplements exist which are made out of microalgea or Phaffia yeast.
  According to the studies, the effects of these foods start kicking in after 10 weeks of consumption. They are not as effective as sunscreen, but I think that every little helps. Besides all these things are really good for you, so you can't go wrong.
Photo credit: Jessica Rabbit

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G and GG cups – Do they Always Stand For "Get A Reduction"? (Guest Post by BFCidade)

Guest post by my bra-blogging pal from Bra Fitting Cidade and Soutienocracia
Reblog, because I think it needs to be seen.

Internet and Youtube are full of stupid videos made by people who are complete ignorants about bra-fitting.  Just like this one for example:
It’s totally idiotic, and if you start reading the comments there you’ll come to the conclusions that 95% of them are even more moronic (let’s not be afraid to use this word) than the film itself.  What videos like these do is only to reinforce harmful stereotypes that having bra sizes with cups over DD is something strange, abnormal  etc.(here you can put any other negative adjective). Generally these stereotypes force women to wear bras with D or DD cups (which are considered “normal”) and much too wide bands. Even if any of these women who wear bad sizes happens to enter a store with a real bra-fitting, she’s often shocked to hear that she should wear a 34FF or 34G instead of 38D that she always used to wear, what’s more she may get hysterical saying – I can’t/don’t have such big breasts. And refuse to wear a correct size because of that. This is what we call a “letterphobia” – this fear of wearing DD+ cups.
We  fight with these painful stereotypes. The Lobby organises numerous bra-fitting events and members try to promote the idea wherever and whenever possible. I’d like to present you the latest initiative by user butters77 -- G and GG busts. Dear ladies, look at this photograph.

Don’t believe the stereotypes – G cup is a size like any other

   The caption under the photo says: Don’t believe the stereotypes – G cup is a size like any other –   (click on photo to see it big – you can zoom it more than twice there). The point is – all the women shown on it wear G or GG cups with different bands. What’s more, almost all of them wear British G/GG cups, which means if they wanted a continental bra size they would have to go for J, K or L cups
   Are these huge, enormous breasts? No, as you can see they vary in size. There are some smaller breasts that sport 60G or 60GG and some bigger ones with 85G but none of them reaches the proportions that were show in this idiotic video from Youtube.
   And the bras themselves. Aren’t they beautiful? There’s a huge difference between lingerie that you can buy in so called “normal” shops that don’t carry all the sizes and the ones that do have them available (no matter if they are online or real ones). The bras that I an M were given  when we were doing the research here in Lisbon didn’t even resemble  the ones from the photo by butters77. Frankly speaking they were ugly (though it’s also a matter of taste, and as they say, you don’t discuss taste) . And much more expensive than these colourful, lacy bras that we normally buy.
   Ladies, take a look at your breasts. Look around yourselves too. Look at the breasts of your mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, girlfriends etc. How many of you have similar busts but yet choose to squeeze them into cups that are too small for them and bands that are much too wide and don’t provide support?

This post appeared originally on Bra Fitting Cidade

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Simple Skincare Hero -- The Multipurpose Balm

A simple balm is the best staple you can have. If you dig in your handbag you'll probably find one -- a small, simple tube of cream that you use for your hands or lips. I always carry one with me, it's both a tiny necessity and a luxury. The gentle scent calms me. It moisturises my hands, feet, cuticles, lips. If my face feels really dry I dab on a very light layer. Sometimes I use a tiny amount on top of my cheekbones as a kind of natural highlighter. I scrunch some into my hair ends to protect them.

If you haven't got a simple multi-purpose balm yet, you should -- you'll never look back. So what is the ideal balm like? Best is a small light jar or tube that fits into your smallest purse. My favourite kinds of balm are those that are oil or wax based, since I can use those on my lips and hair. The ideal balm is soothing and doesn't contain harmful chemicals, so I can use it everywhere, even on my kids. Ideally it should smell nice, since a pleasant scent can really pick you up during a long commute.
  My balm right now is a simple three ingredient beeswax balm that I got from a local bee-keeper. You can easily DIY something similar by melting together beeswax and any oil that tolerates a bit of heat. I do not recommend using coconut oil or monoi oil as these turn completely liquid in warmer temperatures and I've had them splash all over my clothes.

If you prefer to buy rather than DIY, most natural cosmetic brands carry some kind of balm, hand or cuticle creams often work too. Here are my favourites:
* Weleda Skin Food
* Hauschka rose cream Smells divine, and makes a great face cream.
* Any of the Martina Gebhart balms. The containers are heavy though.
* Lush Ultrabalm has really great ingredients, though I'm not a huge fan of the brand.
* Homeoplasmine Though I'm not a huge fan of petroleum, the homeopathic additives in this make it really soothing to the skin. The tiny nozzle is a bit irritating.

Do you use a multi-purpose lip balm? Which one is in your purse?

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How To Smell Good Without Using Perfume

Peonies are one of my favourite scents, along with lily of the valley and sandalwood.

   This post is dedicated to everyone who loves to smell nice but doesn't want to wear perfume. I'm sharing all the different ways to I use scents without necessarily using perfume.

   Pregnancy left me with an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Regular smells can get overwhelming, especially if I am tired. Perfumes can be worse. Don't get me wrong, I do love a hint of perfume on someone, a gentle note that blends seamlessly with their own scent. But anything more than that and I feel like it's hitting me. Regular fragrances often have a chemical note that makes them unpleasant, and a lot of natural perfumes are heavy and annoying.
   Personal preferences and sensitive notes aside, I believe that it is in good taste to wear nothing more than a touch of perfume. It should be detectable to those who lean in to you for a hug, like a secret surprise. And people don't want to smell like your perfume for the rest of the day after you hug them.

   If you love and use perfume, great! Just remember the perfume etiquette: that less is more. There are people actually getting sick from it. And remember that heat and physical exertion intensify perfumes, so wear less in the summer and none to the gym. Be aware that sweet and fruity perfumes are "loud", so you need to be especially careful with them. Clean and fresh scents and the mossy scents are much "quieter".

How to dilute perfume

   When I do use a perfume, I have developed a way to make it very subtle. First, I mix the essential-oil based ones with (alcohol 1:10) to lighten the scent. Then, I spray the perfume in front of me and walk into the mist. I found that I don't like having the perfume anywhere my face, so I spray the mist at chest level.
  Alternatively, apply perfume to the back of your knees. It will waft up every now and the.

How to smell good without perfume:

I found a couple of ways to do this.

Your hair and body products might be fragrant enough. A friend of mine told me several times that I smelled good, when the only thing I used that day was Alverde conditioner. I couldn't smell it any more but those around me could, so I didn't need anything more. I find that many certified natural products have nice, subtle scents. I love the rose products from Weleda and Dr Hauschka, they smell like actual roses and not cloyingly sweet. If they are certified natural, they do not contain synthetic fragrances which are really problematic as the ingredients are by large not regulated.

I often use oils as scents. My favourite is the plum seed oil which smells a bit like almonds. I'm also a huge fan of a Monoi oil I have which contains Tahitian Gardenia flower extract -- it smells like a dream. I use very little of each on the ends of my hair.

Have you ever tried using actual flowers and herbs? In Persepolis the girl's grandmother tucks jasmine flowers into her bra to smell nice. Putting scented herbs or dry flowers like lavender in your pockets will make your hands smell nice.

The scent of hydrolates is very subtle and very close to that of the real plant. Rose water, neroli, lavender are some of my favourites. A spritz on the skin and hair is refreshing and leaves behind a subtle scent.

Essential oils on their own can be pretty strong, so I dilute them. I add a drop or two of fragrant essential oils into my face and body oils. Sandalwood is my favourite, I generally find mossy and woody scents less annoying.
Scented smoke stays on the hair and skin for a very long time. I read about middle-eastern women wafting scented smoke through their hair, and I wanted to try something similar. It works really well with Palo Santo and sandal wood. I tried it with sage but there is too much burn/smoke smell to my liking.I also like to burn incense and resins it my home since I find that the scents of people's homes lingers on their skin and clothes.

Scenting your clothes instead of your skin always works. I add a few drops of natural laundry scent into my washing machine. Sometimes I mist my clean laundry with a home-made laundry spray -- a few drops of essential oils + alcohol + distilled water. I store my soaps nestled among my clothes. Finally, something amazing I have recently discovered is Papier D'Armenie. I keep strips in my wardrobe and from time to time burn a strip near my wardrobe. I swear the scent from these little strips lasts longer than anything else.

Finally, eating clean healthy diet and staying hydrated makes the natural body smell better. A strong body odour is always a sign that something isn't right with what you are putting into your body.

What is your approach to scents? Do you prefer perfume or do you use on of the methods I describe here? What are your favourite scents?

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Two Hair Care Secrets From Women With Amazing Hair

Bengali Actress Bipasha Basu's hair is magical. I swear she has enough locks for two regular humans, and it always looks amazing.

  Today I want to talk about was the fabulous hair of Bengali women. In my time in India I have seen just about everything from sparse and lanky to untameable frizzy curls. However the hair of the women from the Bengal province is a whole other story. Bengalis consistently have the most amazing hair. It ranges from brown to blue-black, from perfectly straight to curly, but is almost always strong and shiny. You could always spot Bengali girls in a crowd through their hair and beautiful cat eyes.
   There is two things that Bengalis do that I think makes their hair so healthy. Traditionally they shower "from the head down" every single day. This means they wash the hair with water each day. Bengali girls told me that they didn't use shampoo each time, only every couple of days. The hair is left to dry naturally, in India going out with wet hair is acceptable and is extremely pleasant.
   I think that water-only washing every day kept the hair clean and fresh, cutting down on the need to shampoo too often. This makes a difference especially if you are using a shampoo with sulphates.

If you haven't watched Konkana Sensharma in Mr and Mrs Iyer, you should do it right now. A beautifully wistful and non-cheesy love story.

Another think that Bengalis do differently from the rest of Indians is that they consume a lot of seafood. While the rest of India leans vegetarian, Bengali cuisine has always been centred around the sea and the river deltas and so fish is a big part of their food. Now, you probably know that Omega-3 fats are great for the hair, I have been raving about flax seed on this blog. However there are several kinds of Omega-3 fats: ALA, EPA and DHA. Seafood and seaweed are just about the only sources of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids. The deficiency of these two causes dandruff and hair thinning. Here is a very interesting post breaking down our daily need for the different types of Omega-3, it talks about how the body can convert the ALA into EPA and DHA. I have also read that seafood and seaweed being the secret of the healthy hair of east Asians.
I personally don't eat fish for environmental and ethical reasons; moreover I have read that the levels of mercury in fish are going through the roof but the "safe amounts" are kept high so as not to kill the fish trade. I do include seaweed in my diet, and have been thinking to occasionally supplement with spirulina. My favourite are the dried seaweed sheets (nori), they are crispy and fun to eat. I sometimes sprinkle them into salads.
Pollution in the sea can affect how healthy seaweed is, so it makes sense to check where your seaweed comes from.

Kajol made the unibrow sexy

Another thing that is not really specific to Bengalis but is a rather less known Indian hair care secret is protecting the hair from the sun. Indian women usually cover their head with a scarf or carry an umbrella as well as apply hair oil to prevent the sun from frying their hair.

Any Bengali readers here? If so, I'd love to know your perspective. Everyone else,  how does food rich in Omega-3 affect your skin and hair?

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