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Dealing with sensitive skin can really put a wrench in your beauty routine. It’s always complicated testing new, trendy products; you never know what’s going to irritate your skin or cause another pesky flare-up.
Not only that, I’ve always felt like a scientist Googling different ingredients on product labels like Methylisothiazolinone—excuse me, what? Navigating labels can confusing, so here’s a list of the common culprits to be on the lookout for when you’re shopping in the skincare section:
The ingredient that makes your favorite shampoo foam and lather, sulfates have a bad reputation of leaving skin a little too dry. Ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate can strip your hair of its natural oils, as well as your skin. It can also be too harsh on sensitive skin, which leads to rashes or irritated skin. So, skip the lather and stick with a sulfate-free shampoo.
When you’ve got sensitive skin (like myself), the first thing dermatologists tell you to cut out is fragrance. Since companies aren’t required to disclose what exactly goes into their fragrance “recipe,” understanding the actual cause of a reaction can be virtually impossible. The good news? There are now tons of products marked as “fragrance-free” or “unscented” in the beauty aisle, which are likely the better option.
With sensitive skin, getting your hair dyed can be a challenging process. Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient commonly found in hair dyes, can cause an allergic reaction at the hairline, neck, and even around your ears. Whether you plan to dye your hair in-salon or use an at-home kit, there are options without PPD, such as Madison Reed or Wella Koleston Perfect Innosense.
A preservative used to help products that contain water stay fresh and stable, parabens can cause an allergic reaction. While not considered particularly harmful to your health, parabens are more likely to irritate people who already have skin issues such as eczema, contact dermatitis, or psoriasis. When picking your products for skincare, body care, and makeup, look for paraben-free options.
Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.
This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.
Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.
If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help page—where they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.
Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.
This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.
To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.
* National Cancer Institute