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When It’s Time to Replace Your Beauty Products – Beautycounter

Although most of us throw out milk when it’s past its prime and swap an out-of-season bag for a new style, when it comes to skin care and cosmetics, many of us hold onto products for far too long. To help you figure out when products have expired—potentially losing their efficacy or becoming contaminated—check out […]

Source: When It’s Time to Replace Your Beauty Products – Beautycounter

This was a great article for newbies and one of the most important things I learned was what that little open pot symbol with the number on it means…

DO check for expiration dates. Every one of our products notes the number of months that you can expect it to be safe for use. Look for a tiny period-after-opening (PAO) symbol of an open lid pot with a note like “12M,” which means the product’s lifespan is about 12 months from the time you open it if it’s been stored and used properly.

Don’t have time to sit and read the article yourself? I shared it this morning on Periscope so you can listen in here…

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 15

Read a book on an educational topic

One of the best ways to acquire new knowledge is through reading! I haven’t started to read a book a day like Tai Lopez but I do find reading to be very important. Some people love to read for entertainment, I have always preferred knowledge. If you don’t feel like you have time to sit down and read a book Audible is a great way to access the same knowledge! Stop by your local library or bookstore and grab a book for educational purposes! If you prefer download something to a Kindle, Nook, your phone, tablet, another reading device or through Audible.

Some of the benefits of reading include expanding your vocabulary which can help with aggression, a reduction in stress and mental stimulation which can help slow the progress of Alzheimers and Dementia.

Here are my top must reads…

Atlas Shrugged
The China Study
Mindset
Think and Grow Rich
The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage
Bold
Zero to One
Grain Brain

Have you read any of these? What did you think of the content?

On my list to read next

Blue Ocean Strategy
Transcend
Make It Stick
Who Moved My Cheese
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
On Immunity: An Inoculation
Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory
How to Lie With Statistics
The End of Faith
The 5 Love Languages
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Where do you find new books to read? Here are some great articles to start with…
6 Books Shark Tanks Daymond John Wants You to Read
7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read
10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can’t Miss
10 Books That Bill Gates Wants You to Read to Become as Successful as Him
10 Great Psychology Books To Change Your Life

I’m sure there are a ton of other great lists and recommendations out there but this is where I plan to start!

What will you be reading? Scope, Instagram, Tweet etc and let us know! Use #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well as included you in our contest!

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 14

Take  A New Route, Get A New Perspective, Switch Up Your Routine

This entire challenge has been about changing up your routine! Today I want you to find something of your own that will take you out of your comfort zone. Even something as simple as taking a new route home, walking down a different street, ordering something new for lunch or as drastic as dying your hair blue! Whatever it is please make sure you share it with #BAAMS16 on your favorite social media format! We’d love to support your healthy changes. Try to do something new everyday if you can. If you need some tips or would like more details on how stepping out of your comfort zone is good for your health check out this article I went over on Periscope this afternoon.

More Articles

Huffington Post article – 6 Reasons to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Lifehacker article – The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

 

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 13

Sleeping naked has a lot of potential health benefits from better health to happiness!

Check out this article from the Huffington Post on 5 reasons you should sleep naked.

To be creative and show that you participated today perhaps you can simply share this blog post with #BAAMS16 so your friends and family will also know the benefits of sleeping in the nude!

Periscope

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc! How you felt sleeping naked if it was your first time or just share this article with #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well as included you in our contest!

 

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 12

The challenge for today was to lower your sugar count to around 30 grams or less. If you would like to start the new year and road to a new you with less sugar in your diet check out this Instagram post for some steps you can take to slowly work towards that goal!

#nosugar

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc about the changes you had to make to lower your sugar!  Hashtag it #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you, as well as enter you in our contest (US only)!

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What You Don’t Know About Unpronounceable Beauty Ingredients – Beautycounter

You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the […]

Source: What You Don’t Know About Unpronounceable Beauty Ingredients – Beautycounter

A Safer World For Our Kids

If you have kids, know kids, shop for kids or were once a kid yourself , here are a few things you should know…..

As you’re getting ready to do some holiday giving please keep in mind while there are lots of cute gifts for kids that claim to be non-toxic, hypo allergenic etc most of the chemicals in those cute bubble baths, kiddie shaving cream and beauty sets have not been tested or regulated by our government. While the US has only banned 11 chemicals from our personal care items other countries have banned over 1,000. If you really want to share your love with a gift to the cute kids in your life please avoid these caustic products that may contain known carcinogens,

 

The must watch video for any parent or parent to be who is concerned about the health and development of their children.

Source: A Wake Up Story | Healthy Child Healthy World

 

If you are like most of us you have never thought about the safety of your childs car seat beyond how it can protect them in an accident. While that is a very important aspect we also need to be aware of how a car seat can harm it’s occupants during regular daily use…

The latest research on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats was released today by the nonprofit Ecology Center  at the consumer-friendly site, www.HealthyStuff.org.  Nearly three-quarters (73%) of seats tested contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and over half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous as well. The study finds that the flame retardant chemicals and alternatives used by companies are poorly regulated, putting consumers at risk, and questions the fire safety benefit of using these chemicals. Top rated companies in the study, Britax and Clek, have been proactively implementing policies to reduce hazards in their products while still meeting all safety standards. The poorest performing company was Graco.

 

http://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/reports/childrens-car-seat-study

 

The number of American children with learning and developmental disabilities has been climbing over the past decade, reaching nearly one in six by 2008. Read Safer Chemicals Healthy Families’ report to learn more, and see the top ten chemicals suspected of causing developmental neurotoxicity. 

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Leave The Receipts Behind

Except for business purposes I suppose I’ll start leaving the receipts behind. I’m notorious for having piles of them! Every time I read an article like this one from the New York Times I’m saddened, and angered. I’m reminded of the lives that have ended too soon and the ones that are still struggling to survive. I think of how different life could be if we only knew and changed these things sooner. I think of the family members and friends I’ve lost all too soon most likely do to a lack of knowledge and action. Seeing this information get out into the mainstream makes me happy! It gives me hope that my kids, kids may have less of a raw deal and a better quality of life. We must keep learning, we must keep acting for the betterment of society as a whole.

IN recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.

For now, experts say the best approach is for people to try to protect themselves. Especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and for young children, try to eat organic, reduce the use of plastics, touch cash register receipts as little as possible, try to avoid flame-retardant couches and consult the consumer guides at ewg.org.

For full details please read the rest of the article.

Image found at http://www.anh-usa.org/bpa-in-cash-register-receipts-still-poisoning-americans/

Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer | EWG

Low levels of chemical preservatives widely used in cosmetics, shampoos, skin lotions and other personal care products may be linked to breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Source: Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer | EWG

In the meantime, consumers should avoid long-chain parabens – butylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben and isobutylparaben – by reading product labels and using EWG’s Skin Deep® to find products with safer ingredients.

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Your Beauty Products May Not Be Safe and Congress is Finally Stepping In

Congress may finally start regulating the beauty industry. (Photo: Getty Images)

Your lipstick, your moisturizer, your shampoo — products you use every day— could be dangerous and lead to a variety of health problems. What’s even scarier is no one is regulating the chemicals that go into your products, as the government hasn’t made industry regulations since 1938. This week Congress moved closer to reining in the largely unregulated beauty industry with a congressional briefing of beauty experts including Gregg Renfrew, the founder and CEO of Beautycounter, a company whose brand ethos is about safety.

https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/your-beauty-products-may-not-be-safe-and-congress-193755925.html