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Results Shows HotBath Helps Fighting Depression

Results Shows HotBath Helps Fighting Depression

By Editor. October 30, 2018. 12:30pm

There’s perhaps no better elixir than soaking in warm water after a long day. Many of us can attest to the relaxing benefits of unwinding with a hot bath, but did you know it can also help improve your health?

Most ancient cultures have long believed in the healing effects of water. Similar to mindfulness, the Japanese practice of engaging in public baths known as “sento” is used as a way of cleansing both the body and the mind. While we don’t have public baths in the States, we may be able to get the benefits in the privacy of our own homes. In fact, in a modern Japanese home, this is known as “furo.”

That’s right, your own bathtub may be key to literally washing your pain away. Hot water is healing with passive heating

The therapeutic ritual of bathing culture in Japan involves more than just cleansing yourself of physical dirt. From “onsens,” or natural hot springs, to sentos (public baths) and furos (private baths), soaking in these healing waters are a way of purifying from the day-to-day spiritual grime.

Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. He explains that submerging ourselves in hot water can be both therapeutic and reinvigorating because blood flow increases to the skin.

A warm bath can also improve breathing. The temperature of the water and pressure on your chest increases your lung capacity and oxygen intake. A growing body of research has shown that passive heating, like spending time in a sauna, can also reduce the risk of having a heart attack, improve blood sugar control, and even help lower your blood pressure.

In one eye opening study published earlier this year, researchers collected data from 14 participants and found that soaking in an hourlong hot bath burned as many calories (around 140) as a 30-minute walk. This is because the warm water makes your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy work out. They also found positive anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses which can protect against illness and infection.

An hourlong hot bath may help:

• reduce risk of a heart attack

• improve blood sugar control

• lower your blood pressure

• burn 140 calories

• protect you from illness and infection

Let’s not forget about the best benefit: pain reduction

Bathing in a sento is a unique cultural and communal experience in Japan. They claim that the hot water from their natural springs can improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system, and help relieve intense pain. While hot spring water isn’t readily available in the States, science shows that we can obtain similar benefits by soaking in a hot tub or visiting a sauna.

Stress causes the muscles of the body to contract,” says Dr. Mark Khorsandi, a migraine surgeon in Houston, Texas. “A hot bath can relieve those symptoms and keep the muscles loose.” Stretching and moving in the water also provides a low-impact workout for discomfort in muscles, joints, and bones.

This has been true for Alaina Leary, 24, who regularly takes hot baths to help manage chronic pain from living with Ehlers-Danlos, a disorder that affects the connective tissues. When she was first diagnosed at the age of 9 in 2002, she recalls feeling extremely breakable. “I was slower than other kids. I had trouble running [and] walking one foot at a time.”

After working with different physical and occupational therapists, she began using warm baths during pain flare-ups. In the evenings, she would set aside time to ease into the tub and let her muscles relax.

Many people who have chronic illnesses report feelings of depression and despair. Khorsandi says hot baths can provide physical comfort and contentment, and can ease the blues that are associated with chronic pain.

Improve mindfulness with an Epsom salt bath

She remembers feeling pins and needles in her hands when she initially found out about her illness back in 2012. “I went through a period of depression after getting diagnosed, not knowing if I was ever going to feel better.”

Through trial and error, she discovered that doing gentle yoga and soaking in weekly baths lessened the constant aches in her joints and muscles. After filling the tub with Epsom salt, she set her phone nearby and listened to guided meditations. Soaking in dissolved Epsom salt can help with muscle soreness and stress, allowing for even greater relaxation.

She now uses her time in the warm water for practicing mindfulness. “One of the things I learned from having an autoimmune disorder is that there is no cure. And not only is there no cure, you’re really kind of on your own in terms of what’s going to make your body feel better,” she says.

Paying closer attention to the sensations in her body has helped Sherman feel more present, in spite of her illness. Now, several years after being diagnosed, she’s noticed significant changes in both her physical and emotional well-being. Restorative bathing like onsen, sento, and furo involves transforming both the mind and soul to have deeper, more meaningful experiences.

“The meditations have taught me that using water is a way of washing off your day and releasing energy.”

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Checkout The Best Skin Care Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers

Checkout The Best Skin Care Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers

By Adetoun Adeyemo. October 23, 2018. 10:13am

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Whether you’re shopping for a skincare-obsessed friend or you’re tempted to try a new regimen for yourself, these gift sets offer the perfect solution. Each contains the essentials for a fully fleshed-out beauty routine—in one convenient package. Here are a selection of our favorites.

Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Starter Kit
LANCÔME $35.00

A starter kit for skincare lovers with commitment issues. Inside, you’ll get two Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Masks, Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, and Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream.

Hydration Heroes Set
KATE SOMERVILLE$73.00

For the person who’s always complaining about their dry winter complexion, Kate Somerville’s Hydration Heroes set is a no-brainer. It comes with a full-size cold cream cleaner + makeup remover, a full-size Wrinkle Warrior Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Visible Dark Circle Eraser, and Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask.

Secrets of Algae Kit
ALGENIST$115.00

This trio of the brand’s bestsellers—Genius Liquid Collagen, Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, and Complete Eye Renewal Balm—promises a visible transformation in 10 days. 

Celestial Transformations The Radiant Collection
LA MER$250.00

Whether you’re buying for yourself or a La Mer-addicted friend, this four-piece collection is the perfect way to splurge. You’ll get a 1 oz tub of Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, a tube of Cleansing Foam, Renewal Oil, The Treatment Lotion, a cute pouch to boot.

Daily Essentials Set
TATA HARPER SKINCARE $75.00

Fans of the all-natural skincare brand will want to get their hands on the daily essentials set ASAP. It includes Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer, Rejuvenating Serum, Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence,Resurfacing Mask, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, and a Restorative Eye Crème sample.

De-Aging Experts Smart™ Set
CLINIQUE sephora.com$55.00

A four-part system for those looking to up their anti-aging game. The set includes a Broad Spectrum SPF 15  Moisturizer, a Custom-Repair Moisturizer for night time, a Custom-Repair Serum, and a Custom-Repair Eye Treatment.

Repair + Renew For Firmer, Radiant-Looking Skin
ESTÉE LAUDER$72.00

A three-piece set from Estée Lauder’s cult-favored Advanced Night Repair line, including: Global Anti Aging Cell Power Crème, Synchronized Recovery Complex II, ANR Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery.

Drunk Elephant The Littles™
Drunk Elephant $90.00

Mini versions of your favorite Drunk Elephant products, including: No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, Shaba Complex Eye Serum, and a cute pink travel bag.

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The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

October 19, 2018 5:30 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

These stunning celebrity engagement rings prove that a diamond—if not a marriage—is forever. Engagement rings have not always been all about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home. In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Fast-forward to 1947 and De Beers’s famous slogan, “A diamond is forever.” The rest is history. Now we have everything from Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond from Richard Burton (though it was just a gift, not an engagement bauble) to Kim Kardashian West’s 15-carat diamond from Kanye and Olivia Wilde’s brilliant emerald from Jason Sudeikis—ring inspiration galore from some of the dazzling gems sported by stars.

1. Ariana Grande

The fiancé: Pete Davidson

The ring: A three-carat pear-shaped diamond from jeweler Greg Yuna

The price: Nearly $100,000

The proposal: June 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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2. Hailey Baldwin

The fiancé: Justin Bieber

The ring: A six to 10 carat oval diamond by Solow & Co.

The proposal: July 2018

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3. Cardi B

The fiancé: Offset

The ring: An eight-carat tear-shaped diamond

The price: $500,000

The marriage: September 2017

Photo: Shutterstock

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4. Charlotte Casiraghi

The fiancé: Dimitri Rassam

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5. Paris Hilton

The fiancé: Chris Zylka

The ring: A twenty carat tear-drop diamond by jeweler Michael Greene

The price: $2 million

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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6. Princess Eugenie of York

The fiancé: Jack Brooksbank

The ring: A padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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7. Emily Ratajkowski

The fiancé: Sebastian Bear-McClard

The ring: Two pear and square cut diamonds with a gold band, designed by Ratajkowski

The marriage: February 2018

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Ratajkowski / @emrata

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8. Meghan Markle

The fiancé: Prince Harry

The proposal: November 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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9. Pippa Middleton

The fiancé: James Matthews

The ring: A large asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated £200,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage May 2017

Photo: FameFlyNet

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10. Kim Kardashian West

The fiancé: Kanye West

The ring: A 15-carat D, flawless cushion-cut diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: October 2013

The marriage: May 2014

Photo Courtesy of Kim Kardashian / @kimkardashian

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11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The fiancé: Jason Statham

The ring: A classic large center stone flanked by micro-pavé-set diamonds

The price: An estimated $350,000

The proposal: January 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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12. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Evan Spiegel

The ring: A round brilliant cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes on a platinum band.

The price: An estimated $75,000 to $100,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage: May 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Miranda Kerr / @mirandakerr

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13. Eva Longoria

The fiancé: José Antonio Bastón

The ring: A ruby center stone surrounded by diamonds.

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: May 2016

Photo Courtesy of Eva Longoria / @evalongoria

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14. Lady Gaga

The fiancé: Taylor Kinney

The ring: A 6-carat heart-shaped diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: February 2015

Called off: July 2016

Photo Courtesy of Lady Gaga / @ladygaga

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15. Kate Middleton

The fiancé: Prince William

The ring: The 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds that Lady Diana Spencer wore when she was engaged to Prince Charles.

The price: An estimated £300,000

The proposal: October 2010

The marriage: April 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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16. Blake Lively

The fiancé: Ryan Reynolds

The ring: A 12-carat oval-cut diamond with micro-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: unknown

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: RexUSA

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17. Jessica Biel

The fiancé: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

The ring: A 6-carat diamond flanked by aquamarine stones set in blackened platinum that Timberlake codesigned.

The price: An estimated $130,000

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: October 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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18. Beyoncé

The fiancé: Jay Z

The ring: A reported 18-carat center diamond set on a split shank.

The price: An estimated $5 million

The marriage: April 2008

Photo: Getty Images

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19. Mariah Carey

The fiancé: James Packer

The ring: A 35-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum by designer Wilfredo Rosado.

The price: An estimated $10 million

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: Called off in October 2016

Photo: Splash

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20. Sofia Vergara

The fiancé: Joe Manganiello

The ring: A reported 7-carat cushion-cut diamond with a micro-pavé halo.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: December 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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21. Angelina Jolie

The fiancé: Brad Pitt

The ring: A total 16-carat ring that took Pitt, along with jeweler Robert Procop, a year to design.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: April 2012

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Splash News

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22. Amal Clooney

The fiancé: George Clooney

The ring: An ethically mined emerald-cut 7-carat diamond with two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $750,000

The proposal: April 2014

The marriage: September 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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23. Mary-Kate Olsen

The couple: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

The ring: An antique Cartier ring with a European-cut 4-carat diamond surrounded by 16 sapphires.

The price: An estimated $81,000

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Pacific Coast News

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24. Elizabeth Taylor

The fiancé: Michael Todd

The ring: An almost 30-carat emerald cut diamond.

Sale price at 2011 auction : $3.7 million

The marriage: February 1957

The divorce: March 1958

Photo: Getty Images

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25. Jennifer Aniston

The fiancé: Justin Theroux

The ring: A reported 8-carat radiant-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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26. Anne Hathaway

The fiancé: Adam Shulman

The ring: A reported 6-carat emerald-cut diamond from Kwiat.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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27. Heidi Klum

The fiancé: Seal

The ring: A 10-carat canary yellow center diamond set in a gold band of pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: May 2005

The divorce: October 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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28. Natalie Portman

The fiancé: Benjamin Millepied

The ring: A conflict-free diamond ring set in recycled platinum designed by jeweler Jamie Wolf.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The marriage: August 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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29. Kate Moss

The fiancé: Jamie Hince

The ring: A custom creation inspired by sketches of the ring F. Scott Fitzgerald gave to wife Zelda.

The price: An estimated £67,000

The proposal: January 2010

The marriage: July 2011

The divorce: 2016

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, September 2011

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30. Olivia Wilde

The fiancé: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

The ring: A brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds.

The proposal: January 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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31. Scarlett Johansson

The couple: Romain Dauriac

The ring: An Art Deco ring with three prominent diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds.

The marriage: October 2014

The divorce: 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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32. Leighton Meester

The fiancé: Adam Brody

The ring: A 4-carat cushion-cut diamond in a rose-gold band.

The proposal: November 2013

The marriage: February 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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33. Gabrielle Union

The fiancé: Dwyane Wade

The ring: An 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond from Jason of Beverly Hills.

The price: An estimated $1 million

The proposal: December 2013

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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34. Alexis Bledel

The fiancé: Vincent Kartheiser

The ring: A vintage-inspired octagonal diamond ring.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The proposal: March 2013

The marriage: June 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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35. Kate Bosworth

The fiancé: Michael Polish

The ring: A square-cut diamond

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bosworth / @katebosworth

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36. Camila Alves

The fiancé: Matthew McConaughey

The ring: A rose-cut diamond with smaller diamonds on either side.

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: June 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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37. Drew Barrymore

The fiancé: Will Kopelman

The ring: A nearly 4-carat radiant-cut diamond from Graff.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The marriage: June 2012

The divorce: August 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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38. Kate Hudson

The fiancé: Matt Bellamy

The ring: A classic emerald-cut diamond with tapered baguettes on either side.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The proposal: April 2011

Called off: 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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39. Elizabeth Hurley

The fiancé: Shane Warne

The ring: An approximately 9-carat center blue sapphire with diamonds on the side set in platinum.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: September 2011

Called off: December 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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40. Emily Blunt

The fiancé: John Krasinski

The ring: A 3-carat round-cut diamond set in platinum and flanked by baguettes.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: August 2009

The marriage: July 2010

Photo: Getty Images

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41. Gwyneth Paltrow

The fiancé: Chris Martin

The ring: An asscher-cut diamond on a double-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $90,000

The marriage: December 2003

The divorce: July 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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42. Mia Farrow

The fiancé: Frank Sinatra

The ring: A pear-shaped diamond with tapered baguettes.

The price: $85,000 in 1966

The marriage: July 1966

The divorce: August 1968

Photo: Getty Images

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43. Sarah Jessica Parker

The fiancé: Matthew Broderick

The ring: A 5-carat, emerald-cut diamond on a yellow gold band.

The marriage: May 1997

Photo: Getty Images

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44. Marilyn Monroe

The fiancé: Joe DiMaggio

The ring: A platinum eternity band with 35 baguette-cut diamonds.

The marriage: January 1954

The divorce: October 1955

Photo: Getty Images

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45. Allison Williams

The fiancé: Ricky Van Veen

The ring: A classic round-cut diamond flanked by baguettes on a platinum band.

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: September 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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46. Brooke Shields

The fiancé: Chris Henchy

The ring: A center diamond surrounded by a unique configuration of micro-pavé-set diamonds, designed by Neil Lane.

The proposal: July 2000

The marriage: April 2001

Photo: Getty Images

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47. Reese Witherspoon

The fiancé: Jim Toth

The ring: A unique 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $450,000

The proposal: December 2010

The marriage: March 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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48. Catherine Zeta-Jones

The fiancé: Michael Douglas

The ring: An antique ring from Fred Leighton featuring a 10-carat stone surrounded by 28 smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1 million.

The proposal: December 1999

The marriage: November 2000

Photo: Getty Images

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49. Kate Beckinsale

The fiancé: Len Wiseman

The ring: An emerald-cut diamond set horizontally on a band of micro-pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1.4 million

The marriage: May 2004

The divorce: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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50. Gisele Bündchen

The fiancé: Tom Brady

The ring: A large center diamond set in platinum and offset by two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $145,000

The proposal: January 2009

The marriage: February 2009

Photo: Getty Images

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51. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Orlando Bloom

The ring: A round center stone surrounded by a halo of nine diamonds.

The marriage: July 2010

The divorce: October 2013

Photo: Getty Images

 

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Branding Tips for Salon and Spa Owners

Branding Tips for Salon and Spa Owners

By Adetoun Adeyemo A

October 25th, 2018. 1.30pm

Company brands are just like people, each with their own unique personality. Just like with people, some brands tend to stand out from the rest. Generally, people who are fun, unique, intriguing and have the ability to make a connection with us are the people who often pop-up on our radars, and company brands should be the exact same way.

So, let’s get down to transforming your salon or spa’s brand into one that will steal the spotlight, shall we?

1. Develop your mission.

First ask yourself this: What is the purpose of my business? Chances are, your customers are asking the same thing. To build a more professional brand, you need to establish a mission statement.

Not to be confused with a slogan, some things your company’s mission statement should address to the market are:

• What pain point does my company alleviate for customers?

• What principles and/or beliefs guide the company and its culture? 

• What level of service is provided (i.e. luxury vs. bargain, quick-and-easy vs. timely but thorough, etc.) 

The mission statement is your starting point; it will act as the focal point for all your branding efforts.

2. Create a great logo

Let’s be real, we all love pretty things. Naturally, you want to make sure that your business’s brand has a clean, attractive and unique logo.

It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. Considering the top three most valuable brands in the world are currently Amazon, Apple and Google, keeping the actual icon simple is fine. Your business’s brand is the face of your company, and although the image itself doesn’t have to be the next Sistine Chapel, you definitely want to dedicate the time into making it visually appealing. Your brand’s logo will be put on everything, and I mean literally everything, that your company produces so make sure it looks professional.

3. Establish a voice

As we’ve discussed, a brand is the living, breathing force behind your business, and like most living things, your brand should have a voice. This voice should have both a distinguishable and consistent tone.

If your brand could speak, how do you think it would/should sound? Would your brand speak with elevated, refined language, or a more “chillaxed tone?” It’s all about what you think will resonate more with your target audience.

Lastly, once you’ve established your brand’s voice, just remember to keep it consistent across all your messaging. For example, if Adidas or Kate Spade switched “voices” for a day, I’m pretty sure their respective audiences would be rather confused.

4. Promote your brand all the time and everywhere

When it comes to forming a popular, professional brand for your small business, half the battle is going to be simply getting that brand in front of your audience. There are tons of avenues at your disposal. Definitely think about promoting your brand through:

• Social Media

• Newsletters

• Online Directories

• Editorial Coverage

• Email

Whichever outlet(s) you choose, always think about which choice lines up best with the first three steps we’ve already discussed. Additionally, always contemplate which channel resonates best with your target audience.

5. Establish your “primary customer”

This step is all encompassing and should be applied to all the tips we’ve already gone over. At the crux of every branding decision that you make, always consider what’s going to agree with your “primary customer.”

First, carve out this amorphous figure. Contemplate demographics and psychographics. For example, is your “primary customer” male or female or both? Are they more spontaneous and wild, or mannered and reserved? Use some segmentation tactics to nail down your “primary customer,” and then focus your branding on appealing to that audience.

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My 10 Favorite Places To Purchase Fabric

My 10 Favorite Places To Purchase Fabric

By Adetoun AA. October 24, 2018. 12:30pm

I get emails all the time about where to buy fabric, or which blends of fabric to buy, so today I’m tackling the first part, and the second part will come a bit later! Fabric shopping can be tricky and frustrating, so hopefully this helps those of you who have asked!

1. Michael Levine

▪ I took my first trip to the fabric district with my mom a few years ago and Michael Levine was the first place we went. The store is a good size with every kind of fabric you could want. I got my green sequin fabric there, along with my gold and black faux leather, plus a bunch of other fabric that is currently sitting in my stash waiting to be sewn. They also have a large home decor fabric store in the fabric district, as well as ML Loft (across the street on the second floor), which is where they toss all their scraps. You have to dig through the bins of fabric, but it’s weighed and sold by the pound, so you can find amazing fabric for super cheap. And even though it’s “scraps,” you can still find decent yardage. Plus, they also sell solid knits here as well, also sold by the pound. And the best news is that if you don’t live in California, Michael Levine is all online at lowpricefabric.com.

2. Fabric.com

▪ When I first started sewing more regularly, about 5 years ago, I purchased almost all of my fabric from Fabric.com. It’s hard to buy fabric online, but they have a really great selection and their site (which used to be super difficult to navigate), seems to be in prime working order now. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $35…and who even buys less than $35 worth of fabric ever??? I bought my navy and white polka dot fabric for this maxi skirt from here, as well as the cobalt fabric for this greek goddess maxi dress. Plus a bunch of other fabric that’s still in my stash.

3. Mood

▪ If you watch Project Runway, you know about Mood. It’s the go-to place for super high quality apparel fabric. Their prices are higher, but their selection of good quality and beautiful designer fabrics is unmatched. If you’re totally sick of solid colored knits or brightly colored quilting cotton that you find at pretty much every other fabric store, you will love Mood. If you make something out of fabric from here, it is pretty much guaranteed to not look homemade. My mod shift dress and my midi pencil skirt are both from here, both of which I picked up at their location in downtown LA. But they also have a great selection online at Moodfabrics.com.

4. Angel Textiles

▪ I hesitate to mention this one because it doesn’t have an online shop, but it’s really my very favorite place to buy fabric so I had to include it. If you go to the LA fabric district, this store is a must. They have a huge selection, and it’s almost exclusively apparel fabric; plus, it’s all around $2/yard (I think the most I’ve ever paid for yardage there is $5/yard), and they often give you a discount or will negotiate your total price if you pay with cash. This is where I picked up this blue and coral animal print fabric, this gold polka dot knit, and this lightweight coral striped knit.

5. Jo-Ann’s

▪ As far as apparel fabrics go, Jo-Ann has the very smallest selection, and they’re often much higher in price than these other shops for a lower quality fabric. But I still shop here often when I’m in a hurry and need something immediately. I also get all my notions here — just make sure you use their app so you can always have a coupon with you!

6. Local Shops

▪ Local shops often have a good selection that you couldn’t find elsewhere. My favorite is a shop called Jenny’s here in Huntington Beach (they also have a location in Anaheim for you locals!) They have a great selection of cotton prints, but also home decor fabrics and even a stack of great solid knits (for pretty cheap) in the back. I bought my windowpane fabric here, as well as both the fabrics for my floral contrast-back dress. I also know seamstresses that thrift their fabric (Liz and Kilee are champs at this), so if you don’t have a good local shop, check the thrift stores!

7. Girlcharlee.com

▪ I was just introduced to this shop a few months ago when I worked on a project with Pattern Anthology. The shop is small, but it has great fabrics, and great prices. I got the black and white striped fabric for my Parisian top here, and the green knit for my summer swing dress.

8. IKEA

▪ As if you didn’t have enough reasons to love IKEA, they also have fabric! Almost all of it is home decor fabric, so it’s thick and hefty, but in the right situation it totally works. I bought my thick black and white striped fabric for my box pleated skirt from here, and I think a gingham skirt with this fabric is next on my agenda. None of the fabric (as far as I know) is available on their website, but they usually have a huge selection in the store and it’s all self service so it’s easy to grab it and go.

9. Amazon

Yes your trustworthy source can also be a great place to buy fabric.  In fact, I buy burlap in bulk from them all of the time.  You can’t go wrong with Prime shipping and that Amazon name.

Shop around as each of these sources are top notch.  Find a fabric you love online and comparison shop on each of the sites to see if you can get a better price.  Once you have a fabric’s name, looking for it on various websites becomes super easy.  You can do this!  Now that you know where to buy fabric online, the only thing left is to do it.  You might just be surprised at the results.

10. Spoonflower

Speaking of sources for unique fabrics, Spoonflower is full of fabrics that have been designed by individuals just like you.  Support small business by purchasing from them on sites like these.  The other great thing about this site?  You can design your own fabric!  Yes that is right!  Custom fabric from your design.  Any design.  Imagine getting fabric from your child’s drawings for a Mother’s Day gift.  The possibilities are endless with this one.

Any good places that I’m totally missing out on? Please share!

Happy fabric shopping!

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Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

OCTOBER 21, 2018 10:40 PM

by Adetoun AA

Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York

Photo: David Engelhardt / Courtesy of Rizzoli

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Whether you’re an avid gardener or just love to stop and smell the roses, the gardens in Rizzoli International’s latest book will inevitably rouse inspiration for future travels. The Art of the Garden features enchanting greenery from North American Relais & Châteaux (an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs) properties, photographed by David Engelhardt. But it’s not all pretty pictures: the 240 pages of horticulture are accompanied by recipes from each of the properties showcased, and how-to sidebars on the design process.

Below, 8 flora-filled properties to start you planning your next stateside getaway.

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The Little Nell

Situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, The Little Nell celebrates the beauty of the state by infusing the property with native plants (yarrows, daisies, and blue columbine to name a few) at every turn. The Aspen inn offers al fresco dining at 11,212 feet (pictured above) or near the pool with views of a living wall of flowers, unarguably the retreat’s pièce de résistance. Garden designer Arabella Thoyts-Beavers used native grasses among the plantings, drawing inspiration from Piet Oudolf, the innovator behind New York City’s High Line. The ground’s gardens aren’t just for browsing: they produce ingredients for the restaurant as well as herbs for the spa.

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Glenmere Mansion

Just a little over an hour away from Manhattan, Glenmere Mansion hosts vibrant gardens that you will never want to leave. Reimagined and beautified by the legendary American landscape designer Beatrix Farrand in 1911, guests will see the mix of formal French and Italian panterres mixed with “more carefree” English plantings. The current owners, Dan DeSimone and Alan Stenberg, have painstakingly restored the estate, sticking to most of Farrand’s original plans (some of Farrand’s original trees and peonies have survived). Terracotta is frequently used throughout the space since it looks as elegant as stone, but can survive a Northeastern winter.

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Auberge du Soleil

Come for the wine and stay for the gardens at Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the olive groves, vineyards, and mountains during their time at the California-meets-South of France escape. The gardens also feature one hundred sculptural artworks (many made by California artists). The property is even taking their fitness program outside, offering more qigong and yoga in the fresh air.

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Lake Placid Lodge

In true Adirondack fashion, Lake Placid Lodge seamlessly mixes rugged and regal. The lakeside destination was originally a private summer residence and fishing camp, built in 1882 for the titans of New York (the Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, and Guggenheim families enjoyed their time away from the city here). The summers are green, lush, and full of flowers, which are displayed throughout the property in breathtaking arrangements. When the temperatures drop, guests can experience nature from the inside out via iconic live-bark wood beams, twig furnishings, and the constant, comforting smell of wood fires.

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The Charlotte Inn

The Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard is an Edwardian retreat blooming with vibrant flowers, perfectly displayed throughout the dense and dreamy gardens. Plant stands, stone finials, and fountains decorate green spaces that guests will want to get lost in. Gery and Paula Conover have owned the property for the last 47 years, and they pay homage to their love of England through their plantings. The Inn is situated just a half block from Main Street—close enough to the action, yet secluded enough for true R&R.

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Rancho Valencia

Located in one of San Diego’s loveliest suburbs, Rancho Valencia is worth a visit for anyone craving sunshine. Designed in the Spanish colonial style with lush and colorful gardens, the property is a tropical oasis that doesn’t require a passport to get to. Hibiscus flowers, Mexican sage, eucalyptus trees, honeybee hives, and palm trees are abundant on the premises (which includes a walking trail through the 45 acres). Guests can also enjoy an indoor-outdoor experience through private patios and outdoor fireplaces. “Even the walk-in closets have opening windows,” general manager Coni Thornburg says.

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Ocean House

The gardens of Ocean House were actually designed to optimize the seaside views. Built in 1868 and restored in 2010, the Rhode Island escape boasts a variety of outdoor spots to browse, both grassy and sandy. The upper garden (the inn’s most formal), filled with traditional New England flowers like roses and hydrangeas, is worth exploring on foot, while fresh herbs can be experienced in the restaurant, and rose petals in the award-winning spa.

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Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa operates bountiful gardens, including the kitchen garden, which is filled with over 300 varieties planted according to color. Flower lovers will find refuge in this Appalachian retreat, even when the snow begins to fall: the inn’s flower shop, where “local dahlia aficionados love to gather to discuss the latest varietals,” is open year-round. Before your dinner of freshly harvested fare, sip on “The Gin and Tonic,” made from local organic gin and juniper berries picked at the peak of freshness from, of course, the garden.

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Checkout how to fade those annoying acne scars…

Checkout how to fade those annoying acne scars…

It’s not as hard as you think.

By Adetoun Adeyemo October 21, 2018

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Dealing with spots can be bad enough, so the annoying aftermath can feel like metaphorically rubbing salt in your wounds, but unless your skin is damaged to the deep layers of the dermis, these reddy-pink or brown marks will eventually disappear.

While patience is key, there are some ways to speed up the fading of discolouration that remains after a spot. Try these tips for a brighter-faced future:

Always wear sunscreen

Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure as it will make the skin’s healing process slower, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily to prevent the marks from appearing more obvious. UV exposure stimulates pigment production, causing spot scars to darken, so sun protection really is key to fading discolouration.

Exfoliate with AHA and BHA

What-HA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids (think anti-ageing), while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, refers to salicylic acid (think anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory) and both AHA and BHA are exfoliants that will promote a more-even skin tone. A combo of the two will help to encourage the rejuvenation of the skin, without you having to scrub your skin red-raw and cause more damage. We recommend using the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (£34, murad.co.uk) daily which helps improve cell-turnover.

Pick vitamin C-loaded products

Another non-scary acid that works wonders on complexion clarity is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. This free radical-fighter aids inflammation and fades pigment patches. Two skin-brightening serums powered with vitamin C that are equally recommended include the Ren radiance Perfecting Serum (£35, liberty.co.uk) and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (£23.50, feelunique.com).

Repair your complexion

Rosehip oil can work wonders when it comes to calming, soothing and repairing damaged skin, so much so, it’s been used to increase healing time following the treatment of burns. Try MV Organics Rose Plus Booster (£72, Cultbeauty.co.uk) it’s full of high quality essential oils (including rosehip and jojoba), just add a couple of drops into your moisturiser to help fade stubborn spots.

Get professional resurfacing facials

Talk to a dermatologist about treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and microdermabrasion, which can be highly effective in reducing scars and wrinkles more than at-home exfoliation can. For an easy way in, try the Elemis BIOTEC Skin Resurfacer Facial, available at The House of Elemis and Elemis Spas nationwide.

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The 8 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Celebrations List.

The 8 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Celebrations List.

OCTOBER 17th, 2018 1:47 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo.

 

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As a newlywed, cooking for two becomes the new normal. Whether you’re used to preparing meals together or this is just the beginning, your wedding registry is a good opportunity to stock your kitchen with the right tools. Caroline Chambers, author of Just Married: A Cookbook for Newlyweds (Chronicle Books), says that couples need to be strategic. “When you’re registering for a wedding, the sky is the limit,” she tells Vogue, “But, you want to make sure you end up with the stuff you need versus the things you want.”

Chambers’s book contains 130 recipes for newly married couples to try, from breakfast on a busy workday morning to slow recipes for lazy Sundays. The idea arose when Chambers and her husband were trying to cook together and noticed the lack of desirable reading material for newlyweds. “They were way too feminine, with pink and frilly covers,” she says. “I wanted to write a newlywed cookbook that appealed to all types of marriages. In the time since Chronicle published their last marriage-y book, gay marriage has been federally legalized. Even that huge difference from a pink cover to a more androgynous cover that you would feel comfortable giving your two gay guy friends is a huge shift.”

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Before diving into the dishes, Chambers fashioned a section dedicated to the kitchen equipment engaged couples should ask for on a registry. The list is divided into three sections: vital, nice-to-have, and fun-to-have. Below, the items Chambers included on the “vital” list; the ones she recommends adding to every wedding registry.

1. Chef’s Knife

According to Chambers, a really sharp and well-maintained chef’s knife can do everything in the kitchen, but is, perhaps obviously, most important for recipes that require a lot of chopping (like a Rainbow Veggie Bowl, page 88). When deciding which variety to add to the registry, she recommends getting offline and testing knives in your local kitchen store. “You and your sous-chef-for-life need to physically try out an array of different knife brands and models to determine what works best for you.”

2. Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

As an avid cook, Chambers has a stack of skillets “a mile high,” but constantly reaches for her 10-inch Le Creuset enameled cast iron skillet. “The enamel makes for a nonstick surface, meaning that I can do everything from perfectly fry an egg to bake a beautiful cornbread, all in the same cookware.”

3. Coffee Maker

Mornings (especially busy mornings) as a newlywed can be tricky, says Chambers. Ease your marital growing pains by investing in a coffee maker that can help streamline getting out of the house. Chambers and her husband swear by their Technivorm Moccamaster. Have leftover joe? Save a cup for later and make 10-Minute Pot de Creme (page 258) together for dessert.

4. VitaMix Blender

Chambers knows this is an expensive ask (she returned 10 gifts to get enough credit to buy one), but promises that it is worth it. “I use mine several times a day to make everything from smoothies to salad dressings to chopped nuts. Mine has been going strong for all five years of my marriage, and no issues yet!”

5. Fish Spatula

Throw out your bulky spatula and ask for this nimble tool. “It is certainly not reserved for fish-flipping only,” Chambers explains. “Flipping pancakes, turning veggies halfway through a roast, making a grilled cheese, and frying eggs. The list goes on and on!” While you might be wary to register for something that costs less than $10, Chambers says this is a great add-on for guests looking to spend a certain dollar amount.

6. Stand Mixer

Chambers says that a stand mixer is essential for any baker, whether practicing or aspiring. “Yes, they are very expensive and take up a lot of shelf space,” she admits. “But if you want to bake cookies (like the Coronado Cookies on page 249), bake a cake, make a pie crust, or whip cream, you need to stock your kitchen with a stand mixer.” She recommends sticking with KitchenAid as “they do it the best.”

7. Cutting Board(s)

“It’s hard to get much done in the kitchen without a proper surface to work on,” Chambers explains. “Register for one or two wooden cutting boards that are pretty enough to leave out on your countertop all the time, and can double as a serving platter for taco toppings or chili fixings. Never put raw meat on your wooden cutting boards for sanitary reasons. Register for a couple cheap, plastic cutting boards and use them exclusively for raw meat.”

8. Dice & Slice Chopper

With a single swift motion, this kitchen gadget evenly chops onions and other vegetables. It’s perfect for salsa, vegetables, boiled eggs, nuts and fruit. It comes with 3 interchangeable blades so you can chop your desired size.

 

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Checkout the Fall’s Coolest and Most Versatile Haircut

Checkout the Fall’s Coolest and Most Versatile Haircut

OCTOBER 14th, 2018 10:56 AM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

Bye Summer!

When the temperatures start dropping, nothing says that autumn has arrived like getting a fresh chop. From bangs to bobs, and crops to long locks, the best fall hairstyles are all about making a statement as we step right into sweater season. Old-school trends are coming back with a vengeance, including airy feathered texture and smooth middle parts, while spanking-new ones are showing up strong too. (We’re looking at you, baby bangs.) Whether you want to make a dramatic chop or tweak your current cut, we’ve got the fall 2018 hairstyle inspiration you need to refresh those locks just in time for the season.

LAYERLESS LOB

Oh, the layerless lob, how we love thee. The long bob is inarguably the most flattering cut ever sheared, and the forever-cool style makes it very clear that layers aren’t required. Add dimension to super dark hair with warm fall colors, like this cinnamon brown á la colorist Mizz Choi.

 

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SUBTLE SIDE SWEEP

We’re aware that the early 2000s are over, but this side-swept bang situation is bringing back our love for the hairstyles of yesteryear, courtesy hairstylist Adetoun Adeyemo. The straight long length with a deep side part and curly is already simple and chic, but the subtle side layering brings some serious sass that we need to round out 2018.

 

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MAJOR FACE-FRAMING

When that autumn breeze hits, let these flattering face-framing layers do the rest. No matter your face shape, those cheekbones can always benefit from some fresh layering. It’s also the quickest way to looking like a modern-day Pocahontas when the fall leaves start blowing with “all the colors of the wind” and so forth. We’re imagining that’s what LA-based stylist Sal Salcedo was thinking, anyway.

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CURLY BANGS

Get on the baby bang train, like these gold-flecked ones on a modern shag cut. Let’s face it: The shag haircut is never not going to be in. But we’re making a case for curly bangs on every length and cut this season.

 

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BLUNT LONG LAYERS

This season, we’re seeing thick, healthy ends win out when it comes to medium to long length haircuts. These long layers, courtesy stylist Buddy Porter, give just enough flattering movement and style to fresh color and soft waves.

 

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GLASS HAIR

It’s shiny, sleek, and straight—it’s the current trend: glass hair. You’ll be seeing glass hair everywhere this fall, from magazine covers to the pumpkin spice latte line. Get yourself a short, razor-sharp, blunt, geometric cut like this, ASAP.

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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH. STEP TO PREVENT EXPOSURE.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH. STEP TO PREVENT EXPOSURE.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 BY ADETOUN ADEYEMO

Did you know that around 85% of breast cancers are not linked to family history? This means that there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to environmental factors linked to the disease. With this encouraging fact in mind, we’ve teamed up with two organizations spreading the word about prevention: Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) and Keep A Breast.

Partners in breast cancer prevention

Every October, we support the great work of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly known as Breast Cancer Fund), a respected non-profit dedicated to stopping breast cancer before it starts. BCPP’s main area of focus is reducing exposure to chemicals potentially linked to cancer, including those that may be found in beauty products. The organization takes a science-based approach to advocacy—publishing research papers, fighting for legislative reform, and teaching the public about breast cancer’s avoidable causes. We recently partnered with BCPP on a huge win to increase the transparency of ingredients used in professional salon products.

We’ve also joined forces with Keep A Breast, a foundation that promotes the importance of early detection and prevention among young people. With roots in the art world, Keep A Breast’s initiatives include Non-Toxic Revolution—an education platform focused on chemicals linked to breast cancer—and the Traveling Education Booth that promotes breast cancer prevention at places like music festivals and sporting events. We encourage everyone to download the Check Yourself app from Keep A Breast, a great reminder to conduct monthly breast exams.

For the month of October, BCPP and Keep A Breast have created a Beautycounter-specific fundraising page. Visit the link to donate, and feel free to share with friends and family.

In addition, many of our Consultants will be generously donating a portion of their October sales to our partners. Find a Consultant in your area here

Stay informed and educate others

The more you know, the more you can do to prevent exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. That’s why we asked BCPP to share some easy prevention tips to implement in your own life and to share with others.

Around the house:

1 Choose safer cleaning products

Conventional cleaning products take away dirt, but may leave behind harmful chemicals. Try cleaner brands like Seventh Generation (a fellow B Corp) and Molly’s Suds. Vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce sending chemicals into the air, and then your lungs.

2 If you don’t know what’s in something, don’t use it

Labeling loopholes allow companies to avoid disclosing ingredients on cleaning product labels. Only buy and use cleaning products which disclose all ingredients on the product label to avoid possible exposure to harmful chemicals.

3 Go DIY when you can

Use baking soda to neutralize odors and soak up dampness, and vinegar to clean and deodorize. Add a cup of vinegar to your laundry to brighten up whites, remove odors, and lift tougher grime off fabrics. Add a few drops of your favorite citrus juice (think lemons, oranges) or essential oils (try eucalyptus) to a vinegar-based cleaning spray to fill your home with a fresh scent.

In the Kitchen:

1 Kick the can

Many canned food companies continue to use BPA (or bisphenols), an estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer, to line their metal cans. Research shows that BPA migrates from the can lining into our food and then into our bodies. Choose fresh, frozen or dried, but keep that can opener away.

2 Skip the plastic

Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates into your food and beverages and then into you. Use glass and stainless steel food storage containers and water bottles. Never microwave plastic — even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food when heated.

3 Ditch Teflon pots and pans

Some toxic compounds are used in non-stick cookware. While they keep food and stains from sticking, they stick around in the body for a very long time and may be linked to cancer. Make the switch to cast iron, stainless steel or anodized aluminum cookware and glass bakeware as you can.

In the Bathroom:

1 Read ingredient labels

Companies may use potentially harmful ingredients in the cosmetics and personal care products we use every day. Check out BCPP’s Glossary of Exposures.

2 Be in the know

Don’t be fooled by short and incomplete ingredient lists, or natural and organic claims. Look for products that disclose all ingredients on the product label to avoid possible exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

3 Avoid fragrance

The word fragrance is a cocktail of ingredients, that can mask countless potential carcinogens and hormone disrupting chemicals, and can be found in nearly half of all personal care products. Avoid purchasing and using products with the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label. Be especially vigilant on children’s products.

4 Use online tools and look for official seals

Ditch your old daily routine and replace it with safer beauty products. Apps and websites like EWG’s Skin Deep will rate your personal care products for safety and toxicity and MADE SAFE® plus EWG Verified are helping to make it easier to find safer products by labeling them with a special seal. Visit often and stay up-to-date.

Now that you know, help us spread the word!