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Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

The phrase “revenge bedtime procrastination” initially brings about an image of a toddler standing up in their bed, bawling their eyes out as they fight to keep them open. And this performance, put on for your benefit, stems from them not wanting to go to sleep so that you won’t be catching any Z’s anytime soon either. 

However, that is not precisely what the phrase means. It is a psychological phenomenon that is becoming more common and it is affecting the sleep habits and lives of adults everywhere.

What Is Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?

The first official mention of revenge bedtime procrastination is in an article written by Dr. Floor Kroese, a behavioral scientist from the Netherlands, in 2014.  In her publication, Kroese says revenge bedtime procrastination occurs when someone goes “to bed later than intended while no external circumstances are accountable for doing so.”

To put that in terms we can all understand, it’s when we go to bed late for no reason at all other than we want to stay awake. And we do this even when we realize it is not in our best interests. The reason we do this, typically, is in an attempt to fit more leisure time into our overly-stuffed schedule.

Some studies say that this phenomenon is directly linked to a person’s lack of self-control. However, others say that people who fall prey to revenge bedtime procrastination are attempting to simply gain more control over their lives.

Where Does “Revenge” Come Into Play?

The “revenge” aspect of revenge bedtime procrastination comes from the act of defiance against one’s better judgment to do the right thing, in this case, going to bed in a timely fashion that will allow you to function optimally the next day.

Who Is Most Likely to Suffer from Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?

This psychological phenomenon often affects people who typically do not derive much pleasure from their daily activities. Therefore, in the evening hours, they tend to engage in as many activities that bring them joy as they possibly can.  The trade-off for adding some fun in their day means that they will often suffer from insufficient sleep or sleep deprivation.  

People who tend to suffer the most from revenge bedtime procrastination include:

  • People who experience high amounts of stress at their job.
  • People (mostly women, studies show) who experience high amounts of stress at their job and then go home and engage in many other non-paid high-stress activities (ex. homework, putting the kids to bed, etc.)
  • Those who naturally procrastinate.
  • People who work extensive hours regularly.

There is also evidence that the pandemic has caused a higher percentage of the population to experience revenge bedtime procrastination. This seems to be because so many people have completely changed or abandoned their regular sleep schedule altogether because of the odd, unusual working arrangements caused by the pandemic.

What are the Effects of Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?

The lack of a good night’s rest often impacts both your physical and mental wellbeing. We must get a sufficient amount of sleep every night to function properly the next day.  

Just a few things that can happen as a result of insufficient sleep include:

  • Uneven or unpleasant moods
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of work or academic productivity
  • Increased depression and anxiety
  • An increase in heart problems
  • An increased chance that vaccinations will not be effective

Revenge bedtime procrastination may allow you to feel as if you have more control over your life, but, in reality, it is taking away your freedom in other aspects of your life.

How Can I Avoid Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?

There are a variety of suggestions to help prevent revenge bedtime procrastination. A few include:

  • Keep to a regularly scheduled bedtime.
  • Stop screen time about an hour before your bedtime so that your brain can prepare for sleep.
  • Take a hot bath or shower to help your body relax in preparation for bedtime.
  • Journal so that you can mentally “dump” the day’s stress from your brain.
  • Allow for relaxing activities such as meditation or reading before bed.
  • Make sure that your sleep environment is relaxing and welcoming.

Final Thoughts on Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

As the world and society continue to change and evolve, we are sure to encounter new issues that some might have never imagined possible just a few short years ago. Revenge bedtime procrastination seems to be one of those issues that manifested because of our increasingly hectic lifestyles.

Participating in revenge bedtime procrastination might seem like a way to regain a sense of freedom and control in your life. However, remember, you are simply creating more problems for yourself in the long run, as lack of sleep hurts other aspects of your life.

 

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Ingredient Highlight- The Benefits of Jojoba Oil For Your Skin

Overview: What is Jojoba Oil? 

Jojoba oil is a richly beneficial ingredient found within many of today’s popular skin care products. What makes it so richly beneficial you may ask? Well first we must get into the origin of the jojoba plant. The jojoba plant originates in North America and is a sturdy plant that can flourish through intense desert climates. The nut of the jojoba plant produces a gentle, yellowish colored oil known for its many healing properties. Jojoba oil is commonly used as a carrier oil which can be mixed with other essential oils. Now, let’s dive into what makes jojoba oil such a fascinating and beneficial oil for the skin. 

What Are the Benefits of Jojoba Oil on the Skin?

Some of the most common benefits that jojoba oil is known for include it’s highly moisturizing, collagen boosting, and antioxidant properties. Jojoba oil is a natural humectant which means that it works to retain water at the top layer of the skin, helping to keep the skin hydrated. Jojoba oil contains Vitamin E, which is a natural antioxidant that fights against daily contact with toxins and pollutants at the skin’s surface. The antioxidant properties found within jojoba oil also help to increase the body’s collagen production and potentially decrease signs of aging. These are some of the incredible properties of jojoba oil, but let’s continue to dive deeper. 

Due to it’s hypoallergenic properties, jojoba oil can be used for all skin types. Jojoba oil is also a non-comedogenic agent. It’s oils are very similar to the natural sebum that our bodies produce, allowing it to balance and control oil sebum production. This means that it will not build up on the skin’s surface or clog the pores. 

Jojoba oil is also commonly used as a soothing & healing skin agent. With it’s anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, jojoba oil is able to assist in wound healing by encouraging the skin to bind together where the skin has separated due to a cut or wound. These anti-inflammatory properties can even assist in soothing eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin drying conditions. 

How to Use Jojoba Oil & Things to Consider? 

Jojoba oil is gentle enough that it does not need to be diluted as other essential oils do, but can be applied directly to the skin. Other ways that jojoba oil can be used include as a facial serum, as an added ingredient mixed in with your favorite facial mask, a lip balm for cracked lips, or even as makeup remover to name a few. 

Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, so it is rarely found to cause allergic reactions. To remain safe, it is always beneficial to try a test patch of any new product/ingredient on your skin to make sure that there are no allergic reactions. You may do this by placing a few drops of jojoba oil on your inner forearm, and then covering the area with a bandage for 24hrs. After removing the bandage, if the skin hasn’t experienced any allergic reactions, then you can safely continue the use of jojoba oil for your skincare needs. 

 

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4 Beginner Steps to Clean Eating

If you’re one to keep up on the latest trends in health and wellness, chances are you’ve heard the term “clean eating” a lot recently. Different from popular diets like keto and paleo, clean eating is less about a restrictive diet and more about a lifestyle. It’s about fueling your body with whole foods that are minimally processed, if at all, that provide you with the best nutritional benefits. So how does one start to eat clean? Aside from eating a diet rich with fruits and vegetables, there are other ways to eat clean without eliminating entire food groups. Keep reading for four easy steps that you can implement in your daily life as you start out on your new health journey. 

 

1.  Read Nutrition Labels

There’s no denying that the easiest way to eat clean is to avoid packaged goods entirely, but that’s just not realistic in this day and age. Instead, if you’re reaching for that box of crackers and maybe a dip to pair with them, take a look at the ingredients listed on the package. A rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, it’s not clean. The shorter the ingredient list the better! 

Don’t fall victim to “all natural” marketing claims either. Natural does not always mean minimally processed, so it’s always best to do some digging of your own to make sure there are no added sugars, unhealthy fats, or preservatives. 

2.  Set Yourself Up for Success 

Once you’ve made the decision for yourself to eat clean, make sure you’re not regularly putting yourself in tempting situations. Refrain from buying too many “cheat” snacks or foods that do not support your new lifestyle. It is easy to tell yourself at the store that these foods will only be for special occasions, but we all know how a late night sweet tooth can catch up with you. 

Instead, look for clean alternatives to your favorite foods. You’d be surprised how many brands have emerged that offer products with whole food ingredients that are better for you. Don’t worry, eating clean does not mean that you’ll have to say adios to those post-dinner cookies, they’ll just be healthier!

3.  Cook at Home 

The easiest way to get off track with your new lifestyle is eating out too much and not knowing what the food you’re eating is made with or how it’s prepared. The healthy-looking salmon on the menu could easily be smothered in butter or unhealthy oils which are hard to keep track of! When you’re starting off on your journey aim to scale back on eating out and when you do, select entrees that are more whole food based like a salad. If you really want to impress your friends and family with your new commitment, bring a side of dressing from home so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.

If you aren’t used to cooking on your own, try making an experience out of it. Spend some time each week looking up clean recipes online and invite friends over to try them out on the weekends. You won’t have to say goodbye to your social life and your friends will get some delicious, healthy food at the same time. Who knows, you may inspire them to join you on your journey! 

4. Implement an 80/20 Mindset

Everything in moderation, right? As people we are creatures of habit, and it isn’t always easy to make a major lifestyle change. For the best chances of making a change and sticking with it long term, drop the “all or nothing” mindset and instead opt for 80/20. 80% of the time you will follow your new lifestyle, while giving yourself flexibility the other 20%.That’s not to say you should do a complete 180 during your flex time, but showing yourself grace and treating yourself to a small treat here and there will keep you more motivated along your journey. Over time you may even surprise yourself and stop craving processed foods all together!

After all is said and done it’s safe to say clean eating isn’t just the latest fad diet, it is here to stay. Increasing your awareness of the foods you eat will not only help your physical health, but your mental health as well. The mind body connection is very powerful and eating clean is the first step to optimizing your overall health.

 

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Benefits of Night Time Moisturization & What to Look For

Have you ever woken up with dry, tired looking skin? If so, chances are you aren’t using a moisturizer at night. Moisturizing is not a new concept, but one that is often left out of skincare routines in fear that applying too many products will cause breakouts, or make the skin more oily. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many moisturizers out there that are formulated to work well with your skin type, what’s important is knowing the benefits and what ingredients to look for! 

Should you moisturize before bed? The answer is yes!

Moisturizing before bed has several benefits, from giving you a subtle, sought-after “glow” in the morning, to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Who doesn’t want that!? It also helps provide you with a more even skin texture over time and boosts collagen production, two things that will help prevent future blemishes and camouflage existing ones. 

If you’re wondering if you can use the same moisturizer during the day and at night, that is all up to your personal preference and budget. People commonly opt for two different moisturizers due to the weight of them or the ingredients’ affect on your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. During the day you may reach for a lighter option to combine with makeup that contains SPF, and a heavier option at night. Keep reading to see what ingredients to look for in a nighttime moisturizer that will have you waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day!

1. Aloe Vera

We all have memories of our parents lathering us up with aloe after a day at the beach, but aloe has many benefits, sunburn or not! It helps the production and release of collagen, and prevents scarring and dark spots. It is also rich in water which helps moisturize the skin and lock in water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, so you can count on aloe for its anti-aging benefits as well!

2. Vitamin C

You may incorporate a healthy amount of vitamin C in your diet, or rush for your supplements when you’re starting to feel sick, but vitamin C has many benefits when applied topically as well. In fact, researchers say when it comes to your skin, it is more effective to apply topically versus consuming it. So what exactly does this antioxidant do to your skin? This list is long but most notably it helps to brighten the skin, even out its texture, and prevents premature aging. It also protects you against skin damage from the sun and harmful free radicals. Need we say more?

3. Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is made from the seeds of a safflower plant, known for its bright yellow and orange flowers. It has many moisturizing effects that help smooth the skin and give it a softer appearance- a win win! It’s also said to fight acne due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. 

4. Grapeseed Oil 

You may be less familiar with grapeseed oil, but by no means does that indicate it has less benefits for your skin. Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that help to moisturize dull and dehydrated skin. By restoring the elasticity in your skin it also helps protect against environmental damage. The best part? Grapeseed oil has antimicrobial properties that help clear up acne breakouts. 

5. Jojoba Oil

We may have saved the best ingredient for last, jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has properties similar to the skin’s sebum that allow it to penetrate deeper than the top layer of skin for maximum benefits. It is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. Best part of all is that it can be used on all skin types from dry to acne-prone. Count us in!

With so many benefits to nighttime moisturization it’s clear that everyone should implement it as part of their end-of-day skincare routine. Over time, the benefits of hydrated skin with a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (among others!) will have you committed to never missing this final step. Make sure to pay attention to the ingredients listed in your moisturizer of choice to ensure you’re receiving the maximum benefit. We promise that the combination of a quality product and consistency will give you glowing skin in no time!

 

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WBL Podcast: 2021

Catch up on all the Well Beauty Lab Podcast episodes from 2021. We covered everything from what it means to have sustainable sleeping habits to moms getting the support they need and everything in between. 

The Well Beauty Lab Podcast is hosted by our founder LaKeisha Entsuah.

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Bedtime Routine for Better Rest

Sleep is essential, and the quality of your sleep has a significant impact on how you feel throughout the day. Good sleep can help reduce stress, improve mood, and even boost creativity. It’s also been linked to good health overall. 

As your day comes to an end, there are some things you can do to help your mind and body wind down for bed. The routines you follow to get your bedtime started can make a big difference in how well you sleep.

This article discusses some simple bedtime routines that will help ensure better sleep for you tonight!

Why Is Sleep Important?

Sleep is crucial because it’s what allows our body and mind to repair and recharge. You could be sleep-deprived without even knowing it. And if you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, it can affect your mood, mental well-being, and physical health. Why?

When you’re tired, even the slightest things become difficult to accomplish, whether it’s remembering your friend’s name or staying focused on a project at work. Plus, you could just feel awful!

Sleep has also been proven to boost creativity and problem-solving skills. Think about how often creative or innovative ideas come to mind when you’re in bed! It tends to be an ideal place to let your mind wander and process the day’s events.

How Sleep Affects Your Health

As if that wasn’t enough, poor sleep habits can affect your physical health as well. If you don’t get enough quality sleep, it can lead to conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and obesity.

Everyone is different when it comes to sleep needs. However, there are some recommendations for how much sleep people actually need each night.

Generally, these recommendations say that adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. It’s also suggested you go to bed at the same time every night to establish a rhythm that your body can get used to.

What’s The Best Night Routine?

Establishing a perfect bedtime routine can be difficult when your schedule is busy and varies from day to day. Even so, you can still create a general pattern that works for you by following some of these guidelines:

  1. Go to Bed and Wake Up Around the Same Time Each Day – This includes weekends too!
  2. Take Time to Relax – This might include taking a bath, reading, or listening to soft music.
  3. Avoid Using Electronics Before Bed – Don’t watch the news, scroll through your phone, or check email.
  4. Try Not to Nap Too Late in the Day – And if your naps are typically less than 30 minutes during the day, try not to nap at all.
  5. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment – This might include light shades or earplugs.
  6. Only Use Your Bed for Sleep – Avoid working, studying, or eating in bed.
  7. Don’t Drink Caffeine Too Late in the Day – Coffee, energy drinks and soda can all contain caffeine. Try to stop drinking caffeinated beverages around two hours before bedtime.
  8. Skip the Alcohol – Alcohol may seem like it helps you sleep, but it actually disrupts your sleep cycle. It’s best to avoid drinking before bed!
  9. Get Plenty of Exercise – You probably knew this one was coming! When you exercise during the day, your body craves good sleep to repair and recover.

How To Start a Night Routine?

When you’re tired, it can be challenging to create a routine that works for you. However, it’s crucial to find a pattern that helps you establish good sleep habits.

You may have trouble falling asleep at first if your body isn’t used to going to bed at the same time each night. It can take one to two weeks for your body to adjust, but you’ll feel better by the end!

While you’re figuring out this process, it might also help to work on eliminating any nighttime noises or distractions that keep you up. If the light is an issue, try using a soft sleep mask or black-out curtains.

Once your routine becomes a habit, you’ll start to notice the positive effects on your mood and productivity during the day. Try sticking with a bedtime routine for a few weeks and see how you feel. 

If you still need help sleeping after trying to establish a night routine, talk to your doctor. There may be underlying factors that can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep–like anxiety or insomnia. Once these issues are addressed and resolved, it will be easier for you to build a routine with rest at the center!

Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep. (2020, April 17). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379

CDC – Sleep Hygiene Tips – Sleep and Sleep Disorders. (2016, July 15). CDC.Gov. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html

A Good Night’s Sleep. (2020, November 3). National Institute on Aging. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/good-nights-sleep#good

 

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Ingredient Highlight: All About Rosehip

It is incredible to think that from a single flower you can have so many skin care benefits. Rosehip oil has long been hailed as a miracle oil, but really it’s just a nutrient dense plant oil that does wonders for the skin. However it’s benefits are not relegated to just the seed oil. An increasingly common ingredient, especially in plant based skincare; rose hip, in all of its forms, is as close to a beauty fix all as you could possibly get.

What is Rosehip?

Rosehip is an ancient shrub, mainly cultivated in the extreme south of the Andes mountain range, more precisely in the virgin forests found in the south of Chile. It is an ancient plant used in dermal-cosmetics due to the number of properties it has and the endless benefits that you can obtain from it. Its assets are responsible for remedying the most annoying conditions that we face in the skin, such as spots or signs of age.
These plants are from the Rosaceae family, with small, round, green leaves. Its flowers have five petals, and its color varies in the range of pink, from white to vibrant pink; the stamens of the flower are yellow. Their scent is mostly musky, and they bloom only once a season. Its fruit is called Rosehip, and it is shaped like a small tomato that can be red or orange.

The benefits of using Rose Hip in skincare

The oil extracted from the fruit of the Rosehip, quite common in South America, is full of benefits for the skin, as it guarantees extra hydration, skin regeneration, from the simplest to the most complicated, such as the dreaded stretch marks, old spots, scars, and even expression marks. All of this is because of its special components, among which are fatty acids, a variety of vitamins, and carotenoids.

Rosehip Helps Eliminate Scars

The powerful action of the Rosehip against scars is due to its content of fatty acids, responsible for maintaining healthy skin. They are highly efficient in the process of regenerating damaged skin, and rosehip oil is formed mostly by these compounds. Beyond the surface, rosehip oil is able to penetrate the outermost layer of our skin further aiding in the skins self healing process.

Helps Combats the Effects of Photo-Aging

The main cause of photo aging is sun exposure. Think sun spots and wrinkles. The antioxidants and essential fatty acids found in rosehip can help improve pigmentation, skin tone, and texture. When used daily, it slows down the aging of tissues. This leads to the skin appearing firmer and younger looking. In addition, the Vitamin C content counteracts the negative effects of sun exposure which can lead to a decrease in collagen production.

Is Rich In Vitamin A To Rehydrate Dry Skin

ater, which translates into a more hydrated skin. While beneficial at any age, these properties are particularly helpful to aging skin. This is because as we age the skin produces less collagen and elasticity is lost. A few drops of rosehip oil can help keep moisture loss at bay.
Curious to know which of our products contains rosehip? You can find it in our I’m Beet Clay Mask, ACE Nourishing Skin Oil and Fresh Lips Moisturizing Butter.  Try any one (or all three) of these products for a healthy dose of essential antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids.

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Squalane: What is it and why is it good for the skin?

Squalane, the trendy new ingredient that is taking the skincare world by storm. You can find it almost everywhere, from lipsticks, lotions, foundations, and sunscreens to a plethora of other products. The question is, why is this what is it exactly? Why is it so popular and most importantly what is it going to do for you skin? Before diving deeper into this topic, it’s vital to know the difference between squalane (spelled with an a) and squalene (spelled with an e).

What’s the Difference?

All-Natural Squalene

Our body is fully equipped to moisturize our skin through squalene, a lipid produced naturally by our cells. This compound forms a good 13% of human sebum.

The amount of squalene produced by our body declines with age, peaking during the teens and steadily slowing down in our 20s and 30s. This results in rough, dull and dry skin over the years. External moisturizers are used to make up for what’s missing. This is where squalane comes in.

Multitasking Squalane

Squalane is created by hydrogenating squalene to make it more stable. This process works towards making the oil more skin-friendly while also extending its shelf life.

Squalane is a highly versatile product. It has steadily climbed the ladder to international fame because of its incredible moisturizing and hydrating properties. It works well with every skin type and aids in acne prevention.

Squalane is also an adaptogen, which means it can give the skin what it needs at any given time. Talk about a multitasker.

Where Does Squalane Come From?

In addition to being found naturally in human skin and blood, this compound has been sourced from the livers of deep-sea sharks. Squalane can also be found in rice bran, olives, and wheat germ. If you’re an animal lover or a vegan, remember to check out the source before purchasing. (Side Note: We use only olive derived squalane in our products.)

7 Reasons Squalane Is So Good for the Skin

#1 Provides Moisturization and Hydration

Squalane has loads of benefits that work towards making our skin soft, plump, and healthy when applied topically. It is an incredible emollient.

Keeping our skin hydrated boosts the skin’s moisture level and makes it less susceptible to dryness and flare-ups. Squalane is similar to our natural body oil, so it tends to lock in the required moisture for the skin.

#2 Lessens Swelling and Redness

Acne-prone and sensitive skin-type people know the pain of finding products that would not trigger a breakout. The search is over: squalane has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness.
Unlike other moisturizers, squalane is clinically proven to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating, even for the most sensitive skin type. It has a soothing effect when applied to the skin. Not only that, but this compound also alleviates itchiness and discomfort.

#3 Avoids Clogging Pores

Squalane is non comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores. This super lightweight compound does not give the skin a greasy look when applied. It is quite similar to the skin’s natural oil, squalene, which makes it easier to absorb. Plus, it is known to improve the skin at the cellular level.

#4 Repairs Oxidative Damage

Like other antioxidants, squalane neutralizes skin damage due to free radicals, which in turn is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The antioxidant effect protects the skin’s oil from lipid peroxidation, a process that damages the skin’s pore-lining from where the oil originates. Squalane also helps repair the skin’s vital barrier for added protection from the environment.

#5 Slows The Signs of Aging

As our skin slows down the production of squalene in our early 20s, it is important to look for products that can help fight signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness. Squalane not only restores a healthy amount of moisture to the skin, but it also increases the skin’s elasticity and health, making it glow and appear younger-looking.

#6 Balances Natural Oils

Natural oils produced by our skin stops the skin from drying out. However, extreme seasonal changes, hormonal imbalances, and other environmental factors can lead to the skin producing too much sebum. This leads to extra greasy skin. Good thing squalane hydrates your skin without leading to an overproduction of skin oils.

#7 Helps Reduce Dark Spots

Do you have dark spots that refuse to fade? Try using squalane for a noticeable improvement in your overall skin tone. Aside from removing dark spots and blemishes, this product can help even out your complexion.

To sum it up, squalane (note the spelling) mimics the natural oils produced by our skin. It is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after ingredients in the world of skincare. That’s why when we decided to and add Le Shea (our new body balm) squalane was a must use ingredient. Our commitment to helping you achieve your most moisturized skin requires the most moisturizing ingredients. As with any product, remember to do a patch test for possible allergies. Better safe than sorry, right?