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Parabens, a type of preservative that was introduced to the beauty industry in the 1950's, allows products to last longer while also preventing the growth of mold and/or bacteria. Most products contained paraben until being more mindful of them was a thing. One of the issues is the absorption and the lingering of it in our bodies.
The issue with absorption is the parabens affecting or disrupting hormone function. Parabens are thought to have an impact in breast cancer and reproductive issues. The hormone disruption caused by parabens mirror what oestrogen. This is when too much can increase breast cell division and tumor growth. A British study from 2004 found that 19 out of 20 women had traces of five different parabens in their breast tissue. Parabens weren't proved to cause cancer but it is was/is evident that they penetrate the skin, they're absorbed and remain in the tissue.
When looking for a new beauty product, the most used parabens to look for and avoid are butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. With new formulas and preservatives, parabens are being used less and less. There are better risk-free options to choose from. With that being said, some believe that more natural, paraben-free (synthetic free) products don't work as well. This is opinion based but some people, regardless of how the product works, won't use it because they don't want to absorb the parabens.
It's not all about paraben-free or a product just being paraben-free. The reason we don't like parabens is because they can irritate and put stress on our skin. If the companies aren't using parabens but are still using synthetic preservatives that do the exact same thing as parabens, then we're not really making ground on our beauty products or skin care routines. Companies will piggyback on the term 'paraben-free' so be smart and check to see if the other preservatives they're using could be harmful. Be careful with how much you trust beauty marketing and advertising.
Stay updated and educated with websites that include product information and standards in natural and organic cosmetics. Ecocert has an approved preservative listing (and so much more) you can find here.
One thing I've loved about using Tan Icon Solutions is the fact that they are vegan and paraben-free. Our products are made with little DHA (as little as possible to still make a flawless, bronzed, uv-free sunless tan) and water based so it feels less sticky and dries faster. Without parabens, harmful synthetic preservatives and a high amount of DHA, it was a no brainer to try Tan Icon Solutions for my clients. I have loved it so far and so have my clients. For more information on the products I use for Tan My Tribe visit here
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Tan My Tribe -X
Things will never be the same and I’m grateful. Thank you, next.
2018, as well as 2013, 2014 and 2017 were such trying years for me. I'm not afraid of challenges, as they have always been something that taught me growth when I needed it most. But this past year. . .It challenged me, it changed me, it taught me, it burnt me, it rewarded me, it reminded me, but most of all, it helped me grow.
I grew up on a farm in southeast Indiana as a little girl so the midwest is home for me. Tennessee also has a really special place in my heart- it’s my second home because I also have family there. After high school, I stayed in Indiana and went to college at Ball State University where I studied Psychology and Fashion Design.
Shortly before I started my last year at Ball State in 2013, I lost a friend who was, to me, always someone I looked at as more than just a friend. I loved and cared for him dearly. Some days we were friends and some days we were inseparable. I, and so many others lost him that fall to a drunk driving accident. 2013 and 2014 were full of challenges and learning how to cope. I graduated from college that following Spring in 2014 and three days after walking for my diploma in Indiana, I moved to Tennessee to be closer to my mom, start a business with her and explore the area with new friends. I knew I would miss my home, other friends and Indiana so much but at this time in my life, I needed change.
When I got to Tennessee, Mom and I started a small business that we pursued for a little over a year. After that, I was into a lot of different things. I did wedding coordinating, special events, marketing help and fittings for a bridal company, I did modeling, print marketing campaigns, bridal runways/shows, etc. I loved having connections with such creative individuals because it really gave me great opportunities along the way and gave me an outlet for my creativity as well. At this time, I also worked at Hooters and another small breakfast restaurant on the river where I would serve to make extra money.
In 2016, I moved from my home in Tennessee to Colorado for work, opportunities and adventure. At this time (winter 2016), I got involved with someone who was very special to me. I had lived in Tennessee for a little over two years but always wanted to move out West.
Toward the end of winter 2016 we wanted to be closer to each other and I was moving out of my place in a month or two anyways. We had friends here, he was established here, I wanted a chance to live out West and relationship and money wise, it made sense to us. We ended up going through a hard break up in June 2017. (Though we got back together and broke up again, we continued to be similar to when we were in our relationship on and off-ish up until the late summer of 2018).
When I moved out of the house and went home for a short visit that summer (Tennessee, 2017) to be with family and friends, find housing and a good job back in Colorado to go back to, I was hit by a truck in my (beloved) Honda, and just like that, I had a totaled car-
so basically, no car. But I was okay and that's what mattered.
Six weeks later when I got back on my feet, (mid July 2017) I ended up moving to L.A. instead of back to Colorado like I had originally planned. I had a friend (who I went to college with and had lived with briefly before) that was on her way out to L.A. within those next few weeks. She had been saving up and planning so it kind of felt right- the timing was great. I was always interested in L.A. or being farther out West. Being from the Midwest it was something I wanted to do since being a little girl.
Instead of only looking for jobs and living situations back in Colorado, I now put L.A. in the queue. I ended up getting three phone interviews and a call for a final one out there in person. While making plans for my trip out for the final interview, they ended up offering the job to me without the in-person interview. So the decision was made. I was going to L.A. for this new (career type) job, a new adventure and more growth/work/business opportunities. I had a great opportunity, full time work plus my own office overlooking Ventura Blvd. My friend who was moving out also had friends who offered me a place to stay until I was sure I wanted to live there, find my own place and start with a lease. That would solidify staying out there long term IF i did want to but at least either way, like this, I had the chance to really experience it without rushing it.
I was sold. I had a chance to work full time, experience something new, somewhere new with low 'living cost’ and a small group of new friends. Before finding the place where my cat and I ended up staying for the rest of my duration there- which ended great, I stayed at many airbnbs. I remember when I arrived in L.A. it was around 3am on a Sunday and I started work that Monday morning. I remember trying to find the airbnb I had rented and I had no clue where to park or where to go even once I found that. The road was dark and I didn't know anybody. I was hurt, tired, excited and in a brand new place. I really did love the hustle of L.A. though. Unless you’re a local or was born there, you are most likely there because something is driving you to be. I lived and worked there full time until I moved back to Colorado almost 4 (short but long) months later for myself, my wants/needs and said boy who I mentioned above.
That was a tough year.
Then there was this year.
This year I moved four times. Each move more trying than the last. 1,000+ miles from family and most friends (that were actually good to me at the time) lifting and moving alone with the help of very few here and there. I battled extreme exhaustion, minor depression and my body physically and my head, mentally were beat.
Moving furniture in and out of living situations, my car and my (multiple) storage units. This doesn't include the long days and nights I spent (sometimes frantically) searching for my next home out here. One that could provide me a safe place, to get back on my feet so I could have more options and opportunities again. Talk about a 110 lb girl moving a 140lb mattress to and from the top of my car to the next place, each time, (nearly) alone. That's just one example, - times (x) that by 4 + everything else (applications, deposits, keeping a job plus still trying to be there for your friends, family yourself and (at this time) my new business now.
This was a pattern I started to get used too though a lot of it (at the time) was out of my control- (unless I just wanted to quickly 'run' back home) especially when it came to my immediate living situations. I wasn't OK with being used to this. I had control over my decisions (and obviously made plenty of the wrong ones) but with moving, it's not an overnight process. Unless of course you wake up to papers stating you have to move out from a man suffering from PTSD who thought the best way of communication was threatening people, power trips and unfair requests. He had been in my face, my roommates face, he locked me out of the house at the end when he put our things on the curb so I (and my roommate) couldn't get the remaining things we had left (fridge/freezer items, groceries and bathroom things). The first time something happened with him, we woke up to that and no internet access. Intentionally making it difficult for us to even search for a new home or place to live. We were in a month to month situation, didn't feel that safe or welcome now and knew we would be getting out of there. We had paid before moving in, moved out early and got no money back. This happened after only 18 days.
We got into this situation because in April 2017, I moved out of the house that was home to me since first moving to Colorado Springs. It was a house with my boyfriend at the time plus roommates. Though we're all still friends, things (at that time) were changing a lot. We all ended up moving out of there and went our own ways with our living situations. Living in that house with the people we lived with taught me a lot. We saw a lot of good and bad but the differences of people and personalities were (sometimes) toxic to each of ours immediate surroundings, goals, aspirations, relationships, work, friendships, etc. When I started to move, I was able to find a month to month situation with a friend of a friend who was also going through a lot of the same things I was.
The next three moves were just as insightful to me.
The next one we we moved into was a ‘work co-op’ houseing situation (May 2018). Twenty-eight days later we found out the person who allowed us to move in was actually trying to fight the owner for the house and had already been evicted and did nothing but use us for leverage and labor. This too had a threatening and hopeless ending. By this time, he pretty much fled the house and I never saw him again. My roommate moved back to where she was before to work on her relationship and I made one last move (alone) before I got to where I (HAPPILY) am now.
For this move, I remember getting out of the work co-op house (very alone), having to put my stuff straight into storage in Colorado Springs and then hurry home (to Indiana, 16+ hours there and back) for one of my very close friends wedding. Before I left for the wedding, while I was moving out and getting things into storage, I didn't know where I was going to live once I got back to Colorado after a short few days home. (June 2018).
That exact day, just before leaving town, I got a call from an elderly woman whose caregiver had left and the girl who filled in here and there was going back to college within that week. She had a hard time find another caregiver and really needed someone she could trust again, who could live with her in their own mini apartment area downstairs. It was a nice home, safe- comfortable, spacious, private, pet-friendly and had opportunities as well as freedom.
At first, it was just the owner (who I took care of) and I. She suffered from fibromialgia, excruciating pain and a long list of daily pain meds that basically made her bed ridden. After (a very short) 1-2 weeks of living there, the owner of this house had the pleasure of meeting the (other) elderly woman who lived across from us. She had bi-polar, short term memory loss and schizophrenia. She would come over and talk to the owner where I was living about the three guys she lived with and how she was basically verbally and mentally abused by them (maybe even a bit sexually) as well as exploited. The owner of the house (and me by this time), wasn't sure what was true and what wasn't but we did believe her and she didn't have many options so we came together to try and help her.
She came in after me and was only supposed to be there temporarily. While I lived there, I basically took care of the owner (+ the other elderly woman on occasion or every time we would grocery shop). The downstairs was worth $1,050 so I worked off most of my rent each month and what was left was paid in cash. I had a furnished, two bedroom/1 bath with very spacious general living areas + alllllllll of my things to come home to.
For me, at the time, this was such a great opportunity for me to be able to have stability in Colorado after the situations that had previously failed. Two months after I moved in, my (current) roommate moved from Indiana lived in the second bedroom downstairs. It wasn't much longer after that (1 month-ish), that we came back from a trip back home in Indiana (for another best friends wedding and seeing some family members) and realized things and living there weren’t going to be the same (now August 2018). When we got back home here in Colorado, there was a pile of all of our things that we’d use in the kitchen and living room carelessly thrown in a pile in front of the door to our area. There were accusations, threats, feelings of not being safe and mistrust from them to us when asking things like where there money or debit card was, like it was us that took it or possibly stole it. They would always end up finding these things. Not one thing we were accused of was accurate or fair to us. Neither one of those things are qualities that would describe me or (one of my best friends) my roommate. It was somewhat clear at this point why the other caretaker may have left.
This was the outcome of delusional, forgetful, bitter and highly medicated elderly women plus so many other details that are too lengthy to mention in hopes I don't lose your attention- which I probably already have. I can only imagine reading it would be as daunting as going through it was. This situation too, ended horribly. Never, up until that point, had I been called such terrible names or had been threatened by an elderly woman/women. My roommate and I were terrified at the time to even be downstairs without a lock.
So the search began again.
Grateful that by this time, (late August 2018) I had a great friend by my side, who like me, wasn't going to tolerate defeat. Especially after just moving out here.
Through it all, I grew plus I gained a roommate (and sister) that I'm so grateful for. We've both had our share of issues and we've moved on with so many of them as friends by each other's sides. We have seen the pretty, the ugly, the happy and the sad in these few short months living together and look, we haven't killed each other yet! All joking aside, that's my girl-I want to empower her, watch her succeed, grow and support her. (LOVE YOU SISSY).
The stability and safety I have and feel in my new home, where WE- just her and I live, is one of the best things that have come from 2018 and the failed situations of the past year and a half. No one can take the roof over my head, the bed from under my body or the floor from under my feet. So so thankful for this part of last year.
With that being said, in 2018 I let go some of some shitty (sorry not sorry) people. With that comes the loss of 'friends'. My *sigh* to that then is my breath of relief now. There is a line and when it's crossed, you don't have to pretend it wasn't.
Don't let people in your life if they don't respect you, serve you, your goals or dreams. Find friends and lovers that appreciate the bad ass you are.
Shout out to my heart break that I've barely mentioned. The only room I want to make in 2019 is room to love better. Myself and others. Bringing things in and out of your life based on convenience or your own confidence booster will never = stability, security, trust, loyalty, relationship confidence or a safe place.
Instability, heartbreak, defeat, loneliness, betrayal, confusion, hurt, lost, feeling inadequate and so. much. more.
Let me just say this-
YOU are not alone. There are so many people who have gone through, who are going through and will continue (unfortunately) to go through these intense heartbreaks, family issues, trials, days months and years that feel like defeat and ARE going to challenge you.
Go for a run, read a book, cuddle with your pet, talk to a friend, get your hair done, go to the pet store, go to the gym, work hard, start a new workout. Remember your goals, who you are the things that make you happy- or did. Stay busy, become your own boss, start a blog, write in a journal, binge watch a show on netflix, pick up a new hobby, just DO.
Keep waking up and putting one foot in front of the other and one day you will wake up on the other side of your heartache (or whatever you're feeling) where you remember what it's like to have your power back.
At the beginning of 2018 I started my business. This has been an outlet for my creativity and passion for making others feel beautiful with the rewards of gaining control of my future, finances and my freedom. The negative things going on in my life that should or could have affected and defeated me more- didn't. Some days aren't as great as others (we know this) but without my friends, family, my business, my job (where I've been introduced to so many great people and new friendships) and my God, I couldn't have seen the light at the end of the tunnel- which is what I see now.
With bad comes good. So many things unmentioned and so much more to come. For 2019 my hopes and challenges for myself are to keep growing my business and clientele as well as continuing growth for myself- always. Saying no to resolutions and focusing on lifestyle changes cause that's where it's really at.
Be loved and feel loved but do not fear love.
Ready for you 2019, thank you guys for reading!
This article points out that spray tanning in no way means you have any protection from the UV rays when exposed to the sun. It is important to remember that even though you will look naturally sun-kissed from your spray tan, you're still in your skin. Protect it!
Sunless tanning pills are on the rise but the risk may not be worth it. Canthaxanthin, an unsafe color additive (being ingested) especially in large amounts and it's risks could causes liver damage, impaired vision, skin discoloration and/or hives.
As far as spray tanning and airbrushing goes- dihydroxyacetone also known as DHA (the active ingredient in spray tan solutions that temporarily darkens our skin through the spray tanning process) has been approved for external application but also suggests that DHA should not be inhaled, ingested or applied to certain mucous membrane areas. For areas like our lips, noses and around our eyes, we need to be cautious because findings and research over the ingestion of DHA is still in early stages. This is why we provide goggles, nose plugs and lip balm. Always pick a spray artist willing to do these things for you. These are great ways to help keep DHA where we know it is safe(r).
Thank you for reading tan fam! Xo
For tips on applying sunless tanning lotion and more on this article, click here
The FDA's take on outdoor and indoor tanning vs spray tanning. In some cases, all are used together. The information about being used together and being ingested or used around sensitive areas is still unknown. However, UV free tanning is much safer than other options when looking for that sun-kissed glow. Read more here...