The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The holidays? So 10 days ago! Now it’s time to get yourself feeling the best you can, both mentally and physically. Yes, a recipe for healthy living takes a bit of work but the rewards really are priceless. By creating a lifestyle that centers on health from the inside out, it becomes an ingrained routine and much easier to stick with…so you’ll feel and look great!

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The first thing you can do to help you is drink a lot of water! It will help cleanse your system and get you turned around in the right direction. Remember—64 ounces a day or half your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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Second…and don’t groan…you need to exercise three to four days a week. Find something other than the boring treadmill that is different and that you like, such as kickboxing, TRX straps (invented by a former U.S. Navy Seal – here’s a primer) or hot yoga. Group classes make it easier and more fun to stick with a regimen because you end up not wanting to let your classmates down if you ditch a class. Plus, you get much needed support! Bonus! When you’re in shape, you will feel like you can leap off tall buildings! (Okay, sounds fun but don’t!)
Next, really take care your diet. Really. Dr. Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board member, advises to eat a balanced diet: hydrate yourself and eat nutrient-dense foods (with the greatest amount and variety of nutrients) and minimally processed foods. This will help you look good from the inside out, as if you’re glowing! Here’s a great article, “Add more nutrient-dense foods to your diet” from Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School that will get you on the right path. And we can all use some help there!

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In fact, eat like you’re on vacation. A dinner of broiled fish and fresh vegetables looks the same anywhere. Take time to enjoy what you eat. In fact, pretend you’re overlooking the sea and try eating the Mediterranean way, with heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like hummus, olive oil and feta. The Mediterranean diet has been proven to not only keep you slim but help lower your risk for heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get started on a healthier way of eating, here’s a great overview – 10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean.
Finally, if you really want to put the holidays behind you and get back on a healthier way of living, make sure you get good sleep, adds Dr. Agin, member of MONAT’s Scientific Board. This is something the body must have to recover, heal and function at its best! So healthy year here we come!

1 Mayo Clinic Staff, Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. Nutrition and Healthy Eating. Mayoclinic.org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

New Year? Get New Hair!

New Year? Get New Hair!

It’s a New Year, time for new resolutions and goals. If you let your hair take a back seat last year, then use the New Year to make some haircare resolutions that ensure your tresses reflect new shine! Making small changes to your regular haircare routine can have a major impact on your overall look.

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But first, take your nutritional supplements, emphasizes Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Board Member. These days, with soil depletion and water depletion, you can no longer rely on getting all of your nutrients from food. Dr. Agin recommends S3 Supplement Support System as a great supplement for general health that promotes healthy hair as well as skin and nails, an added bonus!

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Also, get on a new regimen of hair care. Make it a resolution to take better care of your hair to get bouncy, manageable hair that puts a smile on your face. Really, your routine can be quite simple.

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  • Wash with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks hydrated. Try Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-in Conditioner to provide brilliance, strength and vitality for droopy strands.
  • Using a hair treatment once a week/month, like Replenish Masque. Deep treatments are a great way to get hydration back into your hair.

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  • Have your hair trimmed regularly to keep it in shape and eliminate split ends. However, you also have an alternative to the scissors when it comes to split ends! It’s called REJUVABEADS™, the first independently tested hair care technology that selectively targets and heals split-ends and other damaged or stressed areas along the hair shaft.* This amazing product literally seals the hair’s cuticle, reversing damage and sealing its surface. All those dry wisps at the ends of your hair? Gone!
  • Choose one day a week to give your hair a break from heat styling tools and let it air dry naturally. Your strands will thank you!
Dedicate yourself to treating your hair as you’d want to be treated and you’ll get back luster, gloss and bounce, exactly what you want to travel through 2018 on a high note!

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

If you find yourself alone this New Year’s Eve, don’t sweat it. Not every New Year’s Eve needs to be wild dancing, blowing horns and partying until you’re sick, with all of New Year’s Day spent recovering. Consider this New Year’s Eve as one mellow holiday from the holidays and reflect on 2017 with an at-home spa night. Think about it: one whole night devoted to you! You’ll feel fantastic, sleep great and wake up to 2018 with a fresh outlook.

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Set the Mood
Light some scented candles and be sure to place some in the bathroom! Play your favorite mood music on your Bluetooth speaker. Make some fruit-infused water to sip (it’s easy – mix sliced lemons and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and chill. Then strain and drink!) Go the extra mile and prepare a fruit and cheese plate to nibble on during your relaxing night. Best treat of all? Have fresh, clean sheets waiting for you on your bed when it’s time to hit the hay.

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Start with a Facial Masque
Clean your face first with your favorite cleanser. Then, to prep your skin before the face masque, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and bend over it to let the steam open your pores. For a masque, you can use a store-bought product…or make one of your own. Here’s a link to Pinterest for a few ideas. Rub the masque mixture on with gentle circling motions, let your skin soak it up for 15-30 minutes and then wash away with warm water and a final splash of cold water to close your pores.
Finish by applying a hydrating oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive , a replenishing treatment with Abyssinian oil and a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients. This nourishing oil offers anti-inflammatory properties and improves texture and tone, leaving your skin silky soft.

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Next: A Body Scrub
Prepare your body by first gently dry brushing your skin. It’s a great way to help loosen dead skin cells, stimulate the skin and increase circulation. To learn more, check out this article, 5 Reasons Why You Should Dry Brush Your Skin.
For a body scrub, you can use a store-bought product or make your own by mixing one cup of sea salt with ½ cup of lavender oil so the mixture feels like wet sand. Spread the scrub on your body using small, circular motions. This will exfoliate dry dead skin, leaving you with a natural and healthy glow! Rinse off in the shower or sink into a warm bath filled with bubbles!

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Give Your Hair a Treat
Admit it. You hair takes a lot of abuse. Not detangling properly when it’s wet, hot styling tools, sharp-edged hair clips, brushing it rapidly when you’re in a hurry…all this contributes to damaged hair and split ends. Give your hair the maxed out beauty treatment on your spa night. After washing with a great shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which has no harsh chemicals or sulfates in it, put a super moisturizing masque on your hair. Try MONAT’s Only for You Super Moisture Mask to repair and hydrate your hair. Since you’re staying in, let it air dry naturally for some total hair R&R!
Indulge Your Fingers and Toes
If you feel up to it, you can also give yourself a manicure and a pedicure. Pick out fun colors to greet the New Year. Take it slow – there’s no rush. At the least, rub balm around your nailbeds and on the heels of your feet to soften them up.

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And Finally…
Throughout the night, don’t forget to sip your infused water or some tea and have some treats (even chocolate, if you prefer). After your spa, if you want to hit your pillow facedown early, do it! If you want to binge-watch a Netflix series, do that instead.
Remember, this night is all about you!
Happy New Year, beautiful.
How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

For many of us, the holidays are a special time of year when we connect with friends and family, attend gatherings, share food and drinks, and exchange gifts.
But all of this excitement can easily create a lot of stress and anxiety. I ate too much! Am I wearing the right dress? Is this the right present? It can be challenging to remember the true meaning of the holiday season—being present in the moment with peace and love.
“I think the biggest obstacles people face during the holidays are the pace and the many different influences that create changes to a ‘normal’ schedule,” says Brent Agin, M.D., MONAT Scientific Board Member. “I personally survive the holidays by keeping my focus. Although my schedule undoubtedly changes, I do not let it interfere with my key health habits that keep me feeling good. If I want to eat some delicious foods that are not in my normal diet I make sure I exercise to earn and burn!
“The holidays are always stressful with both good and bad stress,” Dr. Agin continues, “so dropping your health habits will just worsen your body’s response to these stresses. Staying as close to your regimen as possible is the best way to get through this time looking and feeling your best.”
Tips for Making It Through!
  • This is important! Don’t skip meals on the big party day. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep the fire of your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This cuts your appetite and will help you resist hors d’oeuvres and save your calories for the main meal. And let’s face it: a hungry girl is a hangry one.
  • Use a smaller plate to help you cut down on the total amount you eat. And don’t go back for seconds!
  • Watch your alcohol which makes you uninhibited around food. If you drink at parties, stay hydrated during the event. As we like to say, go one for one. Drinking plenty of agua at the bar will likely reduce the chance of waking up with a hangover. Trust us on this one.
  • Focus on family and friends, not food. Shift your attention to what really matters rather than making a dive for the buffet.
  • Keep up your regular physical activity schedule and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of a party or event. NO excuses! You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. As Dr. Agin says, “Sleep is tough during the holidays but try to keep on a good regimen when can.” Your body needs time to recuperate.

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When the Days Are Overwhelming
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays are all just too much. If that happens, just do you.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Perhaps read a great book, get a mani/pedi, take a yoga class or get a massage.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who lives too far away to travel to. You’ll both get a positive benefit from the connection!
  • Carve out at least five minutes a day to sit quietly, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Namaste!

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Remember that love and sharing are the best parts of the holidays. Focus your efforts toward maintaining a healthy mind and body so you can really appreciate the festivities.
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Winterproof Your Hair and Skin with These Easy Hacks!

While winter weather is a great time to get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate, you can’t forget that the dry and dreary weather can be brutal for your hair and skin. It’s harder to retain moisture in your hair so it can become brittle and prone to breaking. Frizz and static also occur with your winter clothes. And your skin also can become drier and itchy to the point of flaking.
Avoid steaming hot showers
While hot, steaming water may feel good when it’s brrrrr outside, it isn’t good for your hair or skin since it strips away natural oils. Shower in lukewarm water instead. Limit yourself to one five or 10-minute bath or shower daily.

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Alternate Dry Shampoo with Wet Shampoo
Winter temperatures can make your hair and scalp become dry and damaged. Instead of using wet shampoo every day, take a break every few days and use dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo which will get your hair clean and give it bounce. When you do wash your hair, don’t use very hot water since it will strip away your hair’s natural oils. Lukewarm water gets the job done by helping hair keep in its natural moisture. Also use a hydrating shampoo like Renew Shampoo that adds essential moisture back into the hair.

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Don’t Forget to Condition Hair
Protect your hair from the winter cold by applying a great conditioner after every shampoo. A leave-in conditioner like Restore Leave-In Conditioner will not only restore essential nutrients but it also tames frizz and flyaways that come from hoodies, sweaters, scarves and beanies! To give you hair the one-two nourishing punch, massage your hair and scalp with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive and leave it on for an hour to really soak in. Your hair will come out silky and shiny!
Dry Hair Carefully
While it’s best to let your hair dry naturally, not all of us have the time. Squeeze out the excess water to shorten your drying time. Rubbing vigorously can cause fragile wet hair break; it also can cause frizz. Gently blot moisture from your hair with an absorbent towel and try, if you can, not to dry it completely; stop while your hair is slightly damp and let it air dry the rest of the way. Your hair will thank you.

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Your Skin Needs Help Too
  • Choose oils since they are more hydrating. Moisturize with an oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive immediately after showering and again before bed to help relieve chapped skin.
  • Dermatologist Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, advises to avoid deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps and alcohol-based products. All have a drying effect, which you want to stay away from when you are already surrounded by dry winter heat.
  • Make sure you hydrate from the inside out, Dr. Ross also emphasizes. That means you should increase your intake of foods rich in omega oils and drink plenty of water!
  • Use a humidifier, Dr. Ross adds. Inside winter heat is very drying and a humidifier will help both your skin and your hair stay moist.
Remember, moisture is the name of the game!
How To Care For Bleached Hair!

How To Care For Bleached Hair!

Bleaching your hair is an investment. And the aftercare is just as important as having your hair done right in the first place. Bleaching hair leaves the cuticle layers open, which can sometimes compromise the hair and make it weak. There’s no need to change your mind about an awesome lighter color—it just means that bleached hair requires greater responsibility. If you want to keep your newly lightened locks in pristine condition, follow these tips so your hair can look healthier than ever.

Wash your hair less

This is particularly key in the first three weeks after your treatment since hair is more weak and susceptible to breakage during that period. Shampoo every three to four days, tops, with a great hydrating shampoo. Renew Shampoo is a great one to use! (Invest in a great dry shampoo like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo to extend your style as long as possible.)

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Condition a lot!
Make up for your infrequent shampooing with conditioners to rebuild strength and shine. Bleach leaves strands very dry so try a premium conditioner like Smoothing Deep Conditioner, which will nourish your hair and restore softness and shine. It also helps to use a leave-in conditioner after your shower to provide added protection against breakage. Go for Restore Leave-in Conditioner.
Dry gently.
Ditch your regular cotton towel for a softer, microfiber option. These soak up excess water without roughing up the cuticle (which leads to dreaded frizz) or causing breakage, a huge no-no for bleached hair.
Mask weekly!
Once a week, slather on a moisturizing mask like Replenish Masque, clip it up and watch a full episode of Game of Thrones to let it all soak in before rinsing. It will leave your hair super soft!
Take special care of your ends!
Split ends are common among bleached hair aficionados due to the porosity and dryness of a bleached hair. Treat your ends with special care by using REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and literally heals split ends and other damaged areas along the hair shaft. Your hair will become stronger, silky smooth and polished!

*Independent testing has demonstrated a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under within one minute.

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Tread carefully with heat tools!
Using a heat straightener or curling iron on just-bleached hair is sort of like sunbathing when you already have a bad sunburn—you’re exposing dry, vulnerable hair to even more damage. Air-drying is the best way to go but if you must use heat tools, use our Blow Out Cream with silicone-free heat protection called Dermofeel® Sensolv, a silicone alternative that is 100 percent natural in origin.
Finish off with a high quality oil.
Take a small amount of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive in your palms, rub them together and then run it through your hair, once your hair is completely dry.
Admittedly, all this is a bit of high maintenance but it will keep your hair from looking dried and brittle. As the saying goes, “Your hair is your crown. Treat it like royalty!”

National Optimism Month

Recently experienced a breakup? Did you close out last month without hitting your numbers? Does it always seem like life can’t get any worse? I have a message for you: it gets better.
 
Life is all about peaks and valleys. Sometimes you’re high, sometimes you’re low. You see, the universe has a funny way of reminding you you’re alive. It’ll shake your foundation like an earthquake, making you feel like you can’t stand up on your feet anymore, like your world has crumbled so you feel broken and unbalanced like the pavement under you. But you mustn’t let it get the best of you because life throws curveballs at you for purposes far beyond your understanding (right now).
 
We tend to underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully, happily and productively. So when we’re hit with failure or rejection, we become overwhelmed.
March is National Optimism Month. March not only means the start of spring – which by nature’s standards means rebirth and renewal – March is also a great month to take all the negative thoughts pestering you and stuff 'em in a sack! It means it’s time to put a smile on your face and start thinking positively.
Below, I’ve outlined some mindful practices you can use to work on becoming a happier, more positive person.
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Rid yourself of negativity

If you truly wish to be happy you must not surround yourself with negative people who are not encouraging. Surround yourself with people who see the greatness in you, even if you don’t see it yourself. Fostering friendships creates camaraderie, and having positive people in your life is a great way to hinder cynical thoughts.
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Stay Active

Proactive people are 15% more satisfied with their lives compared to more passive people. Happiness researcher Ed Diener explains, “Happy people set goals for themselves again and again.”
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Go Outside

Enjoying time outdoors is a great way to put some pep back in your step. Living near green spaces is associated with better mental health, and even just looking at images of nature scenes can stimulate the parts of your brain associated with happiness, positivity, and emotional stability. Plus, spending time in the great outdoors exposes us to sunlight, which can help our bodies produce vitamin D. Just remember to slather on your sunscreen!
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Believe happiness is a choice

Positive thoughts mean positive emotions. No one ever said being your own cheerleader would be easy, but honestly, happiness is a choice. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are responsible for how happy we are.

Remember, happiness is a state of mind. Be the strong, proud-standing flower you are made to be. Give yourself the benefit to bloom, beautifully. 

Feed Your Hair

Eating healthy not only contributes to weight loss, it also does wonders for your hair. A diet rich in nutrients will help you stay healthy, ageless, and all-around fabulous. So why not give yourself a beauty boost with enhancing nourishments? Below, we’ve outlined some positive nutrition practices to keep in mind for a healthier mane.

Load up on Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are filled with nutrients and a whole lot of water, which helps keep your hair hydrated. Without proper body hydration, your hair will begin to look dry, which can contribute to breakage. Leafy greens also condition and create healthy scalp oils, and they contain antioxidants that fight free radicals from pollution, helping to strengthen and thicken hair. Seriously, who knew?

For the greatest nutritional benefits, leafy greens, like broccoli, kale and spinach, should be consumed raw or lightly steamed.

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Include Healthy, Protein Rich Foods

Hair is made of protein, so ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making it strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may also result in hair loss, and nobody wants that! Add a few servings of protein to your daily diet for stronger, healthier hair.

Examples of protein include chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs, along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.

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Eat More Healthy Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids nourish follicles for stronger, shinier hair. Eat fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and albacore tuna. Incorporating avocados into your meals will also help fortify hair for stronger strands. So go ahead – order that extra serving of guacamole. Your hair will thank you.

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Supplement Support System, S3 by MONAT

How about stepping things up a notch with a powerful, healthy hair supplement? Take your hair growth to the next level with S3 by MONAT! Each of the clinically proven ingredients found in S3 work together to replenish the body of possible nutrient deficiencies that could be contributing to hair loss. The best part? S3 is gluten-free, GMO-free with absolutely no animal byproducts.

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Resolve to make these few nutritional changes to your diet, and see just how long and healthy your hair will grow. Always remember: you are what you eat. So don’t sabotage yourself! Drink plenty of water and feed your body and mind the healthy way.

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What Does Naturally-based Mean

What does “naturally-based” mean?

In terms of MONAT products “naturally-based” means we strive to use ingredients that are “close to the source”. This means that we use high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils and vitamins in pleasing and effective formulations. That means we blend natural ingredients with surfactants (for cleansing products), emulsifiers (for creams and lotions) and preservatives (for a product that is free of contaminants and safe to use).

Is MONAT “all natural”? No. And it would serve you best not to use this term.
Let’s talk for a moment about the difference between “all natural” and “naturally-based”.
To fall into the all-natural category would mean that we would be either using natural preservatives whose safety has not been substantiated or the complete lack of preservatives all together. The absence of preservatives would also mean that our products would have a very limited shelf-life and would need to be refrigerated. That alone, would make it difficult for MONAT to exist. Items would have to been expressed shipped cold-packed and that would make the products quite cost prohibitive.

Let’s review the terms introduced in the beginning: surfactant, emulsifiers and preservatives.

Surfactants
One of the functions of a surfactant is to cleanse. A surfactant is any ingredient which reduces the surface tension between water and another liquid or between a liquid and a solid. There are good surfactants and bad surfactants. SLS has caused quite a controversy in recent years as a bad surfactant and linked to possible disease. You will never see SLS in any of MONAT’s products.
To cleanse, a surfactant interposes itself between dirt and the object being cleansed, thus separating the two and allowing for easy rinsing. It’s what makes your cleansers, body washes and bubble baths foam and bubble. Some surfactants are also known as detergents (remember “detergent” is not a dirty word!) There are mild cleansers and harsh cleansers. At MONAT, we use the gentlest and safest surfactant blends possible to effectively cleanse the skin, yet keep it moisturized and comfortable. Without surfactants, our products wouldn’t bubble and face it, most of us associate “foam” with “clean”.

Emulsifiers
Simply put, an emulsifier is what makes a cream a cream. It’s what “marries” oil and water. An emulsion is created when fine droplets of a liquid are dispersed in a second liquid; both liquids do not mix on their own and must be held together using an emulsifier. A great example of an emulsion is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a mixture two liquids that normally can’t be combined. Oil and water is the classic example, but for mayo you are trying to “marry” lemon juice and oil. Emulsifying is done by slowly adding one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly. This disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through another. However, the two liquids would quickly separate again if an emulsifier were not added. Emulsifiers are liaisons between the two liquids and serve to stabilize the mixture. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk, which naturally contains lecithin, a fat emulsifier.

Preservatives
Preservatives are a good thing, you want them to be in your beauty care products.

Preservatives are added to skin, hair and body care products to protect the product and the consumer from the many types of mold, bacteria, yeast and fungus that can grow in a product. These unwelcomed “critters” can compromise the integrity of a product (make it separate, make is smell bad) and can in some cases can hurt you (from skin rashes all the way to blindness).

Most companies use a blend of preservatives to protect against a wide range of contaminants (this is because some preservatives only protect against bacteria, some only get mold and fungus. These blends of preservatives provide us with broad spectrum protection.

It is fairly safe to say that the total preservative blend used in our products is less than 1% of the total formulation, are a natural alternative to synthetic, and are non-toxic to the consumer.

Is naturally based better? Yes! Naturally-based means you get the best of both worlds: a product with ingredients that are as close to the source as possible blended in effective and safe formulations. We will continue to use only high quality botanicals, essential oils and vitamins in MONAT formulations so that you get the most benefit of what the earth has to offer.

 

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