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Why You Should Say Goodbye to Antibacterial Hand Wash

If you haven’t already read the recent report from the FDA regarding the removal of antibacterials from hand soaps, or safer alternatives, then keep reading!

The FDA has made another move in the right direction with their recent declaration regarding the safety of antibacterials. “Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections,” said the FDA.

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Oil Uses and Benefits for Your Skin and Cooking

Oils have been used for thousands of years in multiple cultures for medicinal and health purposes. They can be applied to your skin, hair and in cooking. If you have a sun burn, oils can hep sooth and hydrate your skin. If you want an anti-aging formula to reduce fine lines, oils can add hydration and smooth out wrinkles. If you are looking for a healthier way to cook, oils can give you the anti-oxidant, heart health benefits and flavor that other cooking ingredients do not.

I use oils for everything: my hair, face, in food, as a perfume, a bronzer and so much more! Here are my favorite oils, their uses and benefits from Beautycounter, Conscious Coconut, Stacia, Egyptian Magic, Spectrum and Avohaus. It’s impressive how beneficial oils are for our health and skin!

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After Sun Care: Prolonging Your Tan While You Soothe and Hydrate Your Skin

As we get older, we get wiser about tanning and being under the sun. But for those of you who want a bit of that natural sun kissed glow, it’s important to make sure you soothe and hydrate your skin after you’ve been under the sun for several hours. Although post-sun skin products won’t reverse the sun’s damage, they will lock in moisture and restore the dead skin cells to help new ones grow.

I recommend Beautycounter’s Baby Oil, the Lustro Shimmer Oil, and the Hydrating Face Oil to restore hydration back into your skin, and soothe any sun burns that you may have. Plus, these oils—along with proper water rehydration and gentle exfoliation—will help prolong your tan for weeks!

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Why We Should Charcoal: Benefits and Uses

Activated charcoal has become a hot topic recently, and if you haven’t added charcoal to your health and beauty routine, then you’re missing out on more than just a black face mask.

Charcoal has been used for health benefits for thousands of years, especially by the Egyptians. Back then ; was used to help heal wounds. It wasn’t until the 1900s that charcoal’s absorbent powers were used on a wider scale. Now, you’ll see it being used for teeth whitening, digestive cleaning, poison extracting, water cleansing and toxin absorbing. As such, it’s been made into a variety of products such as face masks, pills, toothpaste, drinks, and even soap!

Activated charcoal has immense absorption powers. It can absorb thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances, which is why it’s so beneficial for your health.

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Finally, a Safe Sun Stick with SPF 30 Just for Your Body

As some of you may have heard, we have some BIG news here at Beautycounter! We just launched the Protect Body Sun Stick Sunscreen with SPF 30. It’s a new jumbo size that kids love, and so will you.

Why is this my new favorite you ask?—it’s like a spray (easy to apply), but in the form of a  stick for your body. I love it because I can use it on the kids (they enjoy applying it onto themselves). The sunscreen stick is great for camp, travel, beach, pool, and everywhere else you use sunscreen. So make sure to replace your aerosol sun spray with this fabulous new product! Spray sunscreens are dangerous, especially for kids because they are more likely than adults to breathe in the chemical toxins being sprayed out of the can, which can cause damage to their lungs. It is also easy to apply in the car. I know that sounds funny but its true. On the way to camp today, my 4 year old covered his whole body with sunscreen without getting messy cream all over the car and his hands. He was so proud, and mom was too!

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