Saturday, December 5, 2015

What we learn before we're born

I absolutely love watching TED talks and this one really resonated with me. If you are pregnant or plan to be at some point, I highly recommend watching this. Even if you are a mama who is done having babies-this is really interesting! Here is the link: 

If you don't have time to watch, the gist is that there is scientific evidence showing that what happens during pregnancy (what you eat, your experiences, things you are exposed to, etc.) truly affects who your baby will become. But the video is only 16 minutes, so just watch it. I promise you won't be disappointed. 

When I got pregnant, I was very particular about what I ate, drank, and put on my skin. Eating and drinking was pretty simple to me. Eat real, unprocessed foods, consume tons of fruits and vegetables, drink green smoothies daily, eat lots of healthy fats, avoid caffeine, etc. As for what I put on my skin, I started using shea butter and natural oils like coconut, argan, almond and jojoba for cleansing and moisturizing. I also started using Young Living Essential Oils for aromatherapy and natural remedies. For facial cleansing, moisturizing, and makeup, I turned to more natural brands like Tarte and Body Deli. Several months ago a friend told me about Beautycounter and I'm now totally hooked on many of their products. The mission of Beautycounter is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. All of their products are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding and the company has a "Never List" of over 1,500 chemicals they never use in any of their products. Did you know the United States only bans 11 chemicals in cosmetics? Europe bans 1,400 and Beautycounter 1,500. To learn more about the company, click here. To browse or shop Beautycounter products, click here.  Some of my favorite Beautycounter products are the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, bronzer, lip and cheek stick, navy eyeliner, lip sheers, and Lustro face oils. 

If you want to check the safety of the products you currently use, the Environmental Working Group has an amazing website where you can type in your products and they are given safety ratings: 1 being the worst and 10 the safest. Check out the website here:  EWG Consumer Guides.
What are your favorite brands/products to use that are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding?

A few of my favorite Beautycounter products: Lip Sheer (I like Petal, Rose, and Scarlet), Lustro Face Oil, Countertime Eye Cream, Bronzer, and Tinted Moisturizer. 

Me and my Beautycounter babes at our holiday party at Van de Vort in Del Mar, California spreading the word about healthy cosmetics. 

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