by Lisa Matsuda

I’d like to welcome my niece, Lisa Matsuda as a contributor to the HollywoodBeautySecrets team. Thank you Lisa.

What are parabens?

Parabens are widely used in the cosmetics industry as a preservative and as an anti-microbial agent that prevent mould and bacteria. There are three types of parabens in cosmetics products that are widely used: methylparaben (methyl paraben), propylparaben, and butylparaben. They can increase the shelf life of products by years, not just months!

Parabens are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste, and they are also used as an additive in processed foods.

Why they are dangerous:

Parabens enter the human body either through contact with the epidermis (skin) or via the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Paraben esters can be found in the blood stream in as little as one hour after application!  One study found that the higher the use of commercial lotions, deodorants, and other personal care products, the higher the level of parabens found in the bloodstream.

Recent studies have linked parabens to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They have also been found in human breast milk and are thought to cause damage to sperm DNA as well.

A 2012 study from the University of Reading in the UK discovered 99 percent of tissue samples collected from women contained anywhere from one to five different types of parabens.  These compounds mimic estrogen, and elevated levels of estrogen have been linked to the development, growth, and progression of breast cancer.

Not only bad for you, but also bad for our oceans:

Parabens have also been found in ocean mammals. Another study done by the US government which studied 8 different species of marine life from Florida to Alaska found parabens in each species tested, no matter their location. These parabens were found to be synthetically sourced and not naturally occurring. Methyl paraben and a metabolite of methyl paraben called 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HB) were the most commonly found paraben in the samples taken. As in humans, these chemicals act as estrogen in a mammal’s body.

While the exact affect these chemicals have on the oceans is still being studied, the fact that these mammals are being affected by, not only plastics and waste, but by our choice of personal products should inform our decisions when choosing our skin care.

Is it too late?

Fortunately, it is not too late to change! A study done by UC Berkley on the effects of chemicals in cosmetics showed a 45% reduction in parabens in the blood stream after just 3 days of switching to paraben-free products!

The less demand for these chemical laden products, the less they will be made. Hollywood Beauty Secrets is committed to providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE, paraben-free products for your beauty routine. Join the thousands of women that have made the switch!

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Detoxification of your Body will Improve Hormone Balance, Increase Metabolism and Help Lose Weight.

Detoxification is a process by which your body transforms toxins and medications into harmless molecules that can easily be eliminated from your body. In order to be healthy and achieve weight loss, your body has to have the ability to detoxify well. We’ve talked a lot about toxin exposure – BPA and pesticides in our food and phthalates and parabens in household and cosmetic products – and how to reduce exposure to these toxins. But how do you help your organs and body remove these toxins? That’s what we’ll discuss today.

It’s possible that toxic exposure is as big a contributor to obesity as poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. Understanding the best way to keep your detoxification organs healthy and to overcome problems associated with exposure to high levels of toxic environmental chemicals will help with weight loss. With simple lifestyle choices and utilizing some appropriate nutrients, you can keep your detoxification organs working well and increase your body’s ability to remove toxins. Common symptoms of toxin buildup in your body include headache, fatigue, muscle aches, asthma, allergies, skin disorders, and chronic infections.

Your body has four main detoxification organs: the kidney, the liver, the skin, and your gastrointestinal tract. Each of these has a different ability to break down the toxins and to detoxify medications. These abilities are based on your genetic makeup but are also modified through your diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures.

Detoxification is mainly accomplished in two phases in your liver. In phase I, enzymes change the toxic compounds or medications into intermediate metabolites, or compounds. This is the first line of defense, and if it’s not functioning well, you’ll have toxic buildup in your body. In phase II, other enzymes convert the intermediate metabolites created in phase I into molecules that dissolve in water and can easily be removed from your body. This is where the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract come into play. Your skin, the fourth detoxification organ, is the body’s largest absorptive organ. It lets water, minerals, medications, and toxins in and out of the body. Its main goal is to protect the body from invaders, let in water to maintain hydration, keep you cool by sweating and remove toxins.

There are many nutrients you can take in supplement form to aid detoxification. Some common nutrients like herbs, green tea, vitamin C and B vitamin complex can make a big difference in the health of your liver. Saunas and steam baths and colon hydrotherapy are also good ways to detoxify your body.


superfoods for summerSummer is a great time to put superfoods center stage in your diet.

Superfoods are designated as such because of their powerful antioxidant content and disease-fighting properties.They help boost immunity, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and contribute a host of health benefits to protect and strengthen your system.

Here are a few superfoods that are in season now or make especially good additions to your diet during the warmer months:


Blueberries are in season right now, and if you can find them, make a beeline for the tiny wild ones. These little blue powerhouses are packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, plus heaping doses of potassium and vitamin C. Wild blueberries are even more potent sources of antioxidants than their conventionally grown cousins, and are readily available in the freezer section of most health food stores and supermarkets. Toss some of these on your cereal or in your morning smoothie, Superfoodseat them out of hand, or combine them with other fresh berries for snacks and desserts. When possible, opt for organic to avoid pesticide residue or be sure to rinse very thoroughly before eating.


Humble, inexpensive beans are versatile nutritional superstars. Red, kidney, pinto and black beans are tops in total antioxidant capacity, so be sure to include plenty of these beans in salads, spreads, and side dishes all summer long. Dried are best, so soak a few bags of beans in cold water overnight and then cook up a batch to use all week. Dress them up with herbs and vinaigrettes for a cold side dish, sprinkle them on tacos and salads, or whiz them in the food processor with your favorite seasonings for a tasty alternative to chick pea hummus. (Hummus, by the way, is fine, too!).

Wild Salmon.

Gorgeous, deep pink or coral colored wild salmon can be found fresh in most supermarkets from June – August. Wild Salmon is superior in every way to farm raised in terms of taste and nutritional benefits. It’s an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep your heart healthy and your skin glowing. Wild salmon also delivers healthy amounts of vitamin D and selenium, a mineral that is increasingly linked to optimal brain function and also protects your skin from the negative effects of sun exposure.  Grill it, broil it, poach it – however you prefer to enjoy this delicious fish, be sure to consume lots of it!


Green or black, be sure to drink lots of freshly brewed iced tea to keep you cool and hydrated and amply supplied with antioxidants all summer long. Green tea has a slight advantage in terms of antioxidant content over black, but both pack an admirable free-radical busting punch. Be careful not to go overboard since both green and black teas contain caffeine, and make sure you choose small amounts of healthy, natural sweeteners or fruit juices if you prefer your tea on the sweet side. Adding spices such as ginger and herbs like mint give a nutritional and flavor boost to plain tea. Go ahead and experiment with your own concoction!

Sunflower Seeds.

Heading to the ballpark or an air conditioned movie theater to escape the summer heat?  Bring along a big bag of sunflower seeds (in the shell) for everyone to enjoy.  Sunflower seeds are fun to eat and can keep your mouth occupied for a long time without delivering as many calories as the shelled variety. These little seeds are loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, heart healthy Omega-3 fats, and bone building phosphorus and B vitamins.

Getting these foods into your diet each day isn’t hard and will help keep you in top form all summer. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who make our lives that much more special.

My beauty regimen contains many fruits, but here are “9 Fruits for Healthy Skin Care.”

Many of my beauty recipes include then use of fruits either by themselves or in tandem with other natural products. This is primarily because of the fantastic benefits derived from the vitamins and minerals that fruits possess.

The beauty recipes I use and recommend to my clients and some of the celebrities I work with are natural and cost only pennies on the dollar compared to expensive spa treatments. Many of the ingredients we have in our refrigerator or kitchen cupboards.

As always, please seek the advice of your physician, skin care specialist, or dermatologist should there be any adverse reactions to fruit or fruit masks.

Here are 9 Fruits you can’t go wrong with:


Lemons are one of many fruits containing Vitamin C. As such they have multiple antioxidant benefits which fight cancer, bacteria, and infections. But there are seven other benefits lemons can provide your skin including: exfoliating, brightening, eradicating environmental damage, toning the skin,

hydrating the skin, fighting wrinkles, and pore cleansing.

Check this 1 Minute Beauty Recipe Video:

How to give yourself a mini facelift with yogurt and lemons


Oranges and Vitamin C have gone hand-in-hand for years. Thus, the antioxidant benefits of Oranges are multiple. From fighting heart disease and diabetes to skin care and collagen build-up oranges provide an added boost to your skin. But for the skin, it’s the Vitamin C contained in the skin of the orange that helps your skin.

Check out this 1 Minute Beauty Recipe Video:

Use orange juice to soften feet


Banana is a favorite when it comes to your skin. It contains the three essential sugars but also has Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin F.  It is not a surprise that the vitamins and minerals contained in bananas mix well with other natural products to make great facial masks to improve the quality and health of the skin.

Check out this 1 Minute Beauty Recipe Video:

Banana and Honey Face Mask for All Skin Types


The skin of a papaya has many exfoliating benefits for the skin. Because it is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, the antioxidant properties it possesses helps to moisturize the skin as well as protect it from free radicals. The skin of the papaya and its enzymes are used extensively in facial masks and facial peels.

Check out this 1 Minute Beauty Recipe video:

Papaya Enzyme Peel


Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and can be used to decrease puffiness in and around the eyes as well as reducing water retention. They also contain silica and have an abundance of antioxidants which help rejuvenate the skin and leave it feeling soft. Here are some other applications of cucumbers and skin care: reduce dark circles under the eyes, treat puffy eyes, reduce freckles, improve complexion, treat sunburn, and tighten open pores.


Raw honey is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. Skin care product manufactures have used honey for years in their products because it helps keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated. But honey in concert with other fruits or natural products can provide great facial masks as well as applications for chapped lips and cracked lips.

Check out this 1 Minute Beauty Recipe video:

2-Step Homemade Remedy Heals Cracked Chapped Lips


Apples contain an alpha-hydroxy acid, which refines and rejuvenates the skin. It is best known for it’s moisturizing and anti-aging properties, making it perfect for dry or mature skin. It also has exceptional elastase inhibition activity, making it suitable for treatments aimed at maintaining the skin’s youthful elasticity. Applying the fruit to your face and neck will give you a healthy dose of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E as well as antioxidants protecting your skin from sun damage.


Pineapple is often an overlooked fruit when it comes to skin care. However, it is a great natural skin care tool for eliminating dirt, eradicating dead skin cells, and also producing soft and supple skin. Bromeliad is an ingredient of pineapple. Bromeliad is a digestive enzyme that provides anti-inflammatory properties.


Peaches are loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C and are also a source of alpha-hydroxy acids. As such, peaches are a fruit that can help with the following skin care problems: tighten the skin, unclog pores, reduce wrinkles and lighten age spots. Because Peaches contain Vitamin C, it also possess antioxidant properties which help fight infections and bacteria.



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