Don’t put this on your skin.

Plus: Should you keep crossing your legs?

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“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

― Albert Einstein

The Daily Tonic is a two to five minute read sharing science backed health news and tips, all while getting you to crack a smile or even lol on occasion.

Wednesday. It turns out no one told Elizabeth Holmes that buying a one-way ticket to Mexico while out on bail was a bad idea. Some might call that a bold move. Others might say it was “ill-advised.” Do you know what else is ill-advised? Not knowing what you are putting on your skin. Let’s dive in.

Protect Your Skin, Protect Your Health

Everyone wants youthful, glowing skin. Have you seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston or JLo lately? Whatever it is they are doing is clearly working. Both of them are well into their 50s and don’t look a day over 30.

So what’s the secret to shaving two whole decades off your appearance? (aside from plastic surgery and a ton of money)

For many people, the secret to looking younger is an expensive and extensive skincare routine full of anti-aging, wrinkle-erasing creams, scrubs, face washes, tonics, serums, and all sorts of other products that promise to turn back the dials of time.

The problem is that skin care products are largely unregulated, so it’s up to consumers to determine which chemicals and ingredients are safe to use. What we put in our bodies is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but what we put ON our bodies is not. This means your beloved skin care products may not be as “clean” or healthy as you might believe. In fact, studies show some ingredients may even cause skin irritation, cancer, fertility issues, hormone disruption, and cardiovascular disease.

This is why some experts suggest avoiding certain ingredients to ensure your skincare routine is stress-free and safe.

So, what ingredients should you avoid? According to experts, it's best to steer clear of polyethylene glycols (PEGs), methyl and propyl parabens, aluminum, formaldehyde, phthalates, and oxybenzone. These ingredients are commonly found in various products, from lotions and creams to makeup and sunscreen.

Of course, the amount of the ingredient plays a role in how it will affect your health. But reducing how often you use these ingredients –– and how many of your go-to products contain them –– can go a long way in minimizing your risk of negative side effects.

To ensure you're buying healthier, safer skincare items, consider these guidelines:

Wear mineral-based sunscreen. Not only is it safer for your skin, but it also benefits our coral reefs! Opt for products free of preservatives and fragrances if you have sensitive skin. Try alternatives with more natural ingredients, like tea tree oil, coconut oil, glycerin, or elderberry extract. And finally, look for "oil-free" and "noncomedogenic" labels to reduce clogged pores, which may cause acne.

The key takeaway? We sometimes don’t realize that what we apply to our skin can enter our bodies just like what we ingest. We pay attention to the foods we eat, but we should also pay attention to what we rub on our faces and skin.

By following some simple guidelines and doing your research on the products you use, you can help protect your skin and overall health. Remember, your skin is your body's largest organ, so treating it with care is important. And if you are concerned with turning back the dials of time, remember that diet, exercise, sleep, and hydration can do wonders for looking your best and keeping those pesky signs of aging at bay.

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To Cross Or Not To Cross?

Who knew? It turns out that sitting with your legs crossed can actually be harmful to your health. In fact, crossing your legs can significantly strain various parts of your body. Yikes.

Studies show that sitting cross-legged can cause short- and long-term side effects, including hip and pelvis misalignment, spine and neck misalignment, increased blood clot risk, a significant increase in blood pressure, and a higher risk of scoliosis.

It's not just about crossing your legs, either. How you cross them matters, whether at your knees or ankles.

If you want to reduce your risk of these side effects, limit how often you sit with your legs crossed. It may take some time to adjust, but you can try sitting with your feet flat on the floor or changing positions frequently. Maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding prolonged sitting can also help protect your health. So, the next time you sit down, forget societal norms and think twice before crossing your legs.

Tonic Shots

  • People often overlook the benefit on going on a walk and taking in some fresh air. Giving your body a chance to reset isn’t just refreshing, it’s vital to your health. In fact, recently some researchers from BJI and Harvard showed a link between air pollution and dementia risk. Read more.

  • On a similar note, the EPA proposed new measures to address health risks near us chemical plants. Read more about that here.

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