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Beauty
Published Friday Oct 25, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s What Skincare Ingredients I Avoid With Sensitive Skin

Skincare
Beauty

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: 

 

Sulfates 

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. 

 

Fragrance

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. 

 

Dyes 

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

 

Parabens 

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. 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
dairy-free cheese healthy recipes
Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 22, 2020 by Mckenzie Hathaway

Not Too Cheesy: Vegan "Cheese" Recipes That Taste Like The Real Thing

Recipes
Food
Nutrition

We all love cheese. And if you don’t love cheese, well, you just haven’t found the right kind for you. If you’re unlucky like me, however, cheese does not like you. Thankfully, we live in 2020, where plant-based cheese recipes are alive and well.

I have been dairy-free for a few years, and cheese is truly the food group I miss the most. As much as we try, we sometimes just can’t get vegan cheese to taste like the real thing. So, I recruited my dairy-loving, cow-consuming friends to be my taste-testers. Their brutal honesty helped me create some “fake” cheese that can actually compete with the real stuff.

Goat "Cheese" Ball

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

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Goat "Cheese" Ball

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

Nacho "Cheese" Sauce

I know what you’re thinking: is this real? Is it too good to be true? No nuts, no fat, and it tastes good? You’re in for a treat. No one can tell the difference between this recipe and their favorite gooey cheese sauce. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so be ready to share and shock your dairy-loving friends.

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Nacho "Cheese" Sauce

I know what you’re thinking: is this real? Is it too good to be true? No nuts, no fat, and it tastes good? You’re in for a treat. No one can tell the difference between this recipe and their favorite gooey cheese sauce. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so be ready to share and shock your dairy-loving friends.

Sweet Potato Mac N' "Cheese"

Feeling some cheesy FOMO? Get your macaroni and cheese fix with this deliciously dairy-free recipe inspired by Forks Over Knives. Enjoy all the creamy goodness with ingredients like cashews, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pasta. Yum! 

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Sweet Potato Mac N' "Cheese"

Feeling some cheesy FOMO? Get your macaroni and cheese fix with this deliciously dairy-free recipe inspired by Forks Over Knives. Enjoy all the creamy goodness with ingredients like cashews, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pasta. Yum! 

"Cheese" Potato Fries 

The perfect side dish to go with your Impossible burger, these “cheese” potato fries will definitely take you to flavor-town. Whip up the sauce with cannellini beans, yeast, apple cider vinegar, and just add some seasonings to the potatoes for a healthy alternative to a classic meal. 

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"Cheese" Potato Fries 

The perfect side dish to go with your Impossible burger, these “cheese” potato fries will definitely take you to flavor-town. Whip up the sauce with cannellini beans, yeast, apple cider vinegar, and just add some seasonings to the potatoes for a healthy alternative to a classic meal. 

Mckenzie Hathaway MINDBODY
Written by
Mckenzie Hathaway
Media & PR Specialist
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie is passionate about all things Public Relations. Outside of the office, you will find her trail running, swimming in the ocean, or creating plant-based recipes as she heals her body from autoimmune diseases.