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Biodynamic Beauty Basics

March 2, 2015
By
Happy mother

We check skin care labels for parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances. But how often do we check the quality of the active ingredients themselves? If you choose products with biodynamically farmed botanicals you can rest assured they’re organic, grown in harmony with nature and of the highest potency. Why biodynamic ingredients are better...

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Meditation: Bringing Mindfulness to Your Life

February 17, 2015
By
Meditation

It’s been an essential part of religion and spiritualism for centuries, but only recently has meditation become mainstream (doctor recommended, even!). Celebrities, business executives and school children are now setting aside 20 minutes a day to simply practice stillness. Why? Fans of meditation swear it lets you focus your thoughts, make better decisions, improves your...

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Natural Eczema Relief

February 2, 2015
By
Playful

Science has yet to figure out the exact cause of eczema, a chronic skin condition, but those who experience it know there are variety of things that can set it off—causing red, inflamed, crusty or itchy patches. Children are especially prone; about 10-15 percent of babies will have symptoms. Heat and stress can trigger...

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Top 5 Ways To Recover After Exercise

January 15, 2015
By
Woman stretching

Congratulations! You’ve joined a gym or started a new fitness program. But did you know that what you do after your workout—especially in the first two hours—is almost as important as the exercise itself? Try these techniques to help your body recover more quickly and maximize the impact of your exercise. Rehydrate: Water is...

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Healing Waters: 5 Ideas for Restorative Baths

December 12, 2014
By
WaterLegs

Sometimes the simplest remedies—the ones that have worked for centuries—are the best. The ancient practice of “taking the waters,” what we now call hydrotherapy, works on two levels: The warm water provides a continuous heat source to our bodies, and gently massages as it circulates. And the addition of therapeutic salts, minerals and botanical...

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Wedding Beauty Countdown: 6 Months to Perfect Skin, Hair & Nails

December 1, 2014
By
WeddingCouple

’ve got the venue, photographer and dress all set, but don’t forget that glowing skin and shiny hair need advance planning, too. With wedding season just months away, here’s what to get started on now to get ready the big day. 6 months: Get your hair and nails in shape Now’s the time to...

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Fall Makeup Trends: From Neutral to Noticeable!

October 30, 2014
By
Woman with makeup brush

If your go-to makeup products are all in the neutral brown, taupe or beige family, fall is the right time to bring in a splash of on-trend color. Adding a shimmery metallic eyeliner, colorful eyeshadow or berry-toned lipstick can brighten sallow fall skin and move you out of the neutral zone. For everyday wearability,...

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Superfood vs. Powerhouse Food: Why They’re Not the Same Thing

September 11, 2014
By
Watercress

We’ve been hearing about superfoods and superfruits for awhile—by now we know to stock up on kale and goji berries. Though these “super” labels are used often, many of them can be gimmicky catchphrases that don’t have real scientific basis. Until now. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently developed a scientific classification scheme...

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Coffee: Is it Really Good For Us?

August 22, 2014
By
Young woman drinking tea at home

For coffee drinkers, nothing beats the aroma and taste of a freshly brewed cuppa. Considering so many of us start the day with a cup or two, here are a few things to know about whether to imbibe or abstain? It’s full of antioxidants and nutrients. Coffee is a pretty complex drink, as it’s...

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Natural Perfumes: A Chemical-Free Fragrance Guide

August 14, 2014
By
Cheeky

Perfumes often have such sweet, uplifting names…Happy, Heavenly, even Curious. That’s why it may come as a surprise that most mass-marketed fragrances are formulated with toxic chemicals—ingredients that give these fragrances staying power or mimic a natural scent. But these ingredients are also linked to a host of health troubles, from asthma to hormone...

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