Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sucky Sunscreen

The sun is coming out, clothes are coming off and we want to spray on a little sunblock to prevent a burn. Wait! Before you get intimate with your sunscreen, take your products to dinner and ask those tough questions before you allow them to be rubbed all over you!

1. Spray Sunscreen
Not only are they not effective at proper coverage but you also might inhale the destructive, cancer causing properties in the sunblock. Plus the spray is awful on your lungs.  Didn't Mama teach you not to put gross stuff in your mouth!

*On a side note, wouldn't you rather toss the spray and man handle these two hotties with some old school sun lotion. That's the fun part about going to the beach! Get your rub on!
2. Oxybenzone
Usually when we have a tough time pronouncing an ingredient it's the first indication it's bad.  Once absorbed into your skin it then gets into your bloodstream and acts like estrogen in your body. No one wants extra estrogen...especially not guys!  Oh and my men out there...oxybenzone alters your sperm count. Just sayin'.  And you know how your skin was itching and you thought you might have caught something weird...   well it's nothing weird just a side effect of this bitch oxybenzone causing allergic skin reactions.

3. Retinyl Palmitate
It's a form of Vitamin A that when exposed to the sun may cause skin tumors and lesions. Yeah not sexy in a swimsuit.

4. Fragrance
Any personal care items that list a synthetic fragrance are hazardous to your health.  I'm sure you don't stink that bad you'd jeopardize your safety. Fragrance refers to a bunch of chemicals inlcuding Parabens, Phthalates and synthetic musks. These interfere with hormone production, carcinogenics linked to reproductive problems  and liver/kidney damage. Not worth it! In the end fragrance could kill you while a bit of B-O just stings the nostrils. You're fine.

*Ok here's what to look for! :) 
Mineral based sunscreen including Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. This 2some protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. The Environmental Working Group has a great list of SAFE Sunblocks. Click Here.  

Or try one of these...

What's your favorite safe Sunblock and who do you like to put it on? Tweet me @JillAneneberg 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Suck it up, Be Happy!

You've heard the phrase, "If everywhere you go someone is an @sshole...YOU are the @sshole."  I definitely can be that asshole sometimes so here's my Top 5 favorite ways to stay happy and nice.

1. Hang with happy, positive people who want the best for youScrew the others. You don't literally have to tell 'em to go f#ck themselves...just sift them out of your life. Your mouth will move into a smile instead of a place shit talking comes out. What you think and believe will change the chemistry of your body.

2. Enjoy the right now. Believe me when I say I miss my college days or can't stop thinking of fun upcoming events in my life. But in doing that, I'm not fully present in what I'm currently doing. Live in the moment and be content with the here and now. Put down the phone, well not until you're finished reading this blog and tweeting it to your friends ;) and live.

3. Be a Kid. I love being immature! Keep moving and stay active. Have meaning in your life. What I find particularly helpful is to not think of yourself as an age. Who gives a shit! Play "make believe"...even if it's just in the bedroom ;) Don’t let the child in you die, it will make life more interesting, humorous and keep you young.

4. Rest. Put your feet up...without someone under or behind you. It's necessary to have some alone time to restore our energy so we don't turn into that above mentioned prick. We get stressed and exhausted way faster than we notice.

5. Ok now get off your ass.  Move your sexy body. A runner's high will last longer that a druggy high and is better for you. Elevate your mood and release endorphins naturally. You'll be nicer to everyone else and most importantly to yourself. Choose healthier foods which in turn will nourish you from the inside.

*And one more...just fake it. Yep like you do in bed sometimes. Lol So the person in line behind you has 4 kids that are totally misbehaved and all you want to do is put them in a timeout with a hungry lion.  Just smile, take a breath and be thankful you're only dealing with that for 5 minutes and leaving the store with just groceries that don't talk. Faking your way into peace is a lot easier than a Mom fight at Trader Joe's!

I'd love to hear any tips from you! Tweet me: @JillAneneberg