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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 16

Take A Cold Shower

If you’ve never experienced a truly cold shower you’re missing out! I have been ending my showers with cold water off and on for awhile now. it started when I was trying to find out what was happening to my skin. Initially the shock of the cold water takes my breath away but the benefits are worth it! Here is the article we went over earlier today on Periscope. If you’re feeling brave you can keep working on this for the next 30 days or 2+ months since research says it actually takes us around 66 days to form a new habit.

One man’s experience with the 30 day cold shower challenge

30 ideas for 30 day challenges to rock the New Year

If you missed the challenge you can go back through the posts starting here or for a good laugh watch them on katch.me.

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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 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)!

Periscope

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 11

I wanted the challenge for today to be visiting a veteran but instead you’re going to get a choice. I know some Veterans personally so I can do it but I couldn’t find an easy way for everyone else to find a veteran to visit. Of course if you live in a major city with a VA hospital you can start there.

Let me tell you why I think you should visit a veteran. First reason is they are people and we all need compassion and companionship. The second reason is regardless of how you feel about war or anything else if you are an American you have veteran’s to thank for your way of life. Finally, you can learn a lot from a veteran they have very interesting stories to share. It can be quite a pleasurable experience for you and the veteran you decide to visit.

If you can’t physically visit a veteran I suggest you help a veteran in another way. I found this list on CNN Five Ways to Help A Veteran Today. You can use it as a guideline to do something else nice for a veteran. Hopefully, this will be an experience and concept that you carry with you into the New Year. Don’t wait for Christmas or Veteran’s Day etc. We should be nice compassionate individuals all year round! Why not visit monthly? Find time in your life and space in your heart to reach out to these often forgotten but very important pieces of society. Just like the rest of us they do a job for a living. Their job happens to be very risky and controversial but they do it anyway. The least we can do is give back a little of our time for all that they have given and sacrificed for us.

Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc! Your visit with a Veteran! Share their story if it’s ok with them and don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well!

Other options and ideas

Volunteer or Donate

Volunteering with Seniors

Ideas for kids to help with Seniors

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Clean Your Routine For A Sweet ’16 Challenge Day 2

Yay! We’re doing things and making changes! Day 1 was to simply act! I hope you tweeted out the message

Cleaning my routine for a Sweet ’16 #BAAMS16

If you haven’t already go ahead and commit now!!! What are you waiting for? The first challenge I gave myself was to decrease the amount of potential BPA contamination my family was exposed to. This is not an easy feat! I had already started by getting mason jars a few months ago for my husbands lunches. The more I read about the effects of BPA and how getting BPA free plastics didn’t really help since the substitutes aren’t much better the less comfortable I felt feeding my kids from plastic plates and forks etc.

The challenge for today is to learn about a harmful ingredient that your family is probably encountering that you can ban from your home. I chose BPA, you can use the same one or choose something entirely different. Let me know what you decide! Scope about it, post some Instagram pictures, a Snapchat, Tweet whatever you are comfortable with. Don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16. I will be looking for and interacting with your posts so try and keep them informative.

 

Want to learn more about BPA? http://www.ewg.org/research/tips-avoid-bpa-exposure

 

BISPHENOL A (BPA) A hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA. It’s used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow, and styling gel.