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Why You Should Ditch the Toxic World of Beauty Products

Why You Should Ditch the Toxic World of Beauty Products

What’s really in this?

That’s a question the majority of the population don’t ask when shopping for cosmetics. They read the labels claiming “Natural”, “Sensitive”, “Anti-Aging” etc, and they buy it. And the horrifying thing is, these labels actually mean absolutely nothing—little did we know that companies can legally put just about anything they like on the label and there’s very little regulation on this. In fact, the FDA itself states that it does not screen cosmetic product labels and that there is no approval process—it is purely up to the manufacturer to put whatever it wants on its labels.

Even the words “For Sensitive Skin”, “Hypoallergenic” and “Fragrance-Free” mean nothing. They are completely unregulated marketing gimmicks! Pick it up and read the ingredients, research what the long words that you may otherwise skip over mean, and you’ll see for yourself that it still contains fragrance (often disguised as other names) along with all sorts of other harsh ingredients someone with sensitivities or with acne should NEVER put on their skin. But the ingredients in your cosmetics can cause things much more sinister than acne.

You can hear it straight from the horse’s mouth on FDA.gov, “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.”

You will also find a statement on that page proclaiming that the FDA does not approve cosmetics to be fit to sell before hitting the stores, nor do cosmetics need FDA approval…ever. Oh, and by the way, next time you’re shopping at a natural store and think you’re safe while in the beauty aisle there, think again. Even the word “Organic” on a cosmetic label requires only 10% of the ingredients to be organic, and the product likely still contains synthetic chemicals that can cause bodily harm.

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Many widely-used ingredients in mainstream cosmetics (both for women AND men) are much worse than “bad for your skin”.

They have been proven to cause cancer. And they cause reproductive harm, organ toxicity, and so many other things it would make your eyes glaze over to write them all out. So the number one concern you need to have with most of the cosmetics you see on the shelves, and almost all of those brands masquerading as “All Natural” too, is cancer. I could go through all of the ingredients you need to avoid and why, and you could try and remember all those long, tongue-tying words and spend hours at the stores reading all of the labels (which trust me I’ve done), only to have wasted your time. Alarmingly, all the toxic ingredients proven to cause cancer and poison your body are in almost everything in the cosmetics aisle—carcinogens, which are substances that can cause cancer, are on the labels of products you probably trusted up until now. So instead I’m going to introduce you to a discovery of mine, that may very well change your life.

So what to do?

If anyone has researched natural, organic beauty products the most, it’s me.

I have a plethora of sensitivities and allergies and have been researching natural alternatives for all of my adult life. I can’t even count how many “100% natural” and “uber sensitive” products still gave me reactions, and how many “green” products still had harsh, dangerous chemicals in them. I eventually gave up on the world of cosmetics and about 6 months ago had to ditch everything entirely. Though sometimes I would still get a burst of motivation to do a bit more research (in addition to the 1,000 hours I’d already done).

One day, I stumbled across a blog about the oil cleansing method (oil is your new best friend by the way), and from there stumbled onto a website called Primal Life Organics. I found out that the company was founded and owned by a nurse and Eco-mamma, and all of the products were homemade fresh to order, non-GMO, organic, wildcrafted, contained no preservatives or any additives of any sort, and were all vegan, Paleo and gluten-free. Everything was made purely from oils, food, and clay. Including the makeup, which was far from your typical “mineral makeup” (which by the way is actually toxic), instead, they’re made from clay and colors from food like beets. This company was as natural as you could possibly get without making it yourself from scratch. NO chemicals? I was amazed. I decided to try a bunch of products, and with low expectations just in case, because this was probably too good to be true. And then a miracle happened.

I didn’t have any allergic reactions, not any skin irritation in the least. What?! That was unheard of for me. And my skin drastically improved in appearance. I was shocked. I had finally found products that not only agreed with my skin but that I could trust to be natural, safe and healing. I needed to share this.

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Find a truly natural and organic product.

Primal Life Organics (PLO) makes everything you could possibly need, from face washes and serums to soap and shampoo to shaving cream and deodorant. And everything comes with a guarantee to being as natural as nature makes it. And how did I not know this, but PLO has even appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox on “Health and Wellness Today”. Who is behind this amazing company?! I found out her name was Trina, and she fascinated me so much I had to learn more about her.

I found out that the inspiration for her products came from a terribly traumatic event in her life. When she was pregnant with her first child, she was devastated by a miscarriage. Trina and her husband were so shocked because they were so healthy, or so they thought because they ate healthily and exercised regularly. So Trina started to look into everything about her lifestyle and environment to make sure this would never happen to her again. She and her husband tried to get pregnant again, and they got lucky.

Trina says, shortly after she found out, “I happened to glance down at my moisturizer, and I think this was the first time that I literally read the ingredients because it was from a natural organic company that I trusted. And what I read astounded me. I identified that there were chemicals and toxins in my moisturizer and I knew that these ingredients could cause harm not only to me but to my baby. These chemicals could cross the placenta and affect the development of my little girl, and I was devastated, so I literally completely unplugged from Big Cosmo.”

“I started researching, looking for products that were safe, and when I couldn’t find what I was looking for I decided that I would make my own. I was 39 and I had acne, very oily skin, and psoriasis on my legs. When I started putting my own skin care products on my face, my acne disappeared within about 2 to 3 months. My oiliness went away, and my skin condition completely cleared up. Then I started to send them to my friends just to see what they thought, and I got the same feedback. I started to think, ‘Gosh, this is really amazing.'”

Trina’s handmade products have become so widely loved she has a team of 15 people now making the products and she ships out over 4,000 packages a month.

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She’s also written an international best-selling book called “Beauty’s Dirty Secret”. And she’s committed to educating the world about the toxic dangers of mainstream products and hosts webinars and podcasts where you can learn anything from the dangers of mainstream toothpaste to healing skin conditions. But most importantly, why you need to stop using commercial skincare and what it is doing to you.

“When you absorb something through your skin, it doesn’t get metabolized the same way as when you ingest it. When you ingest something it starts to get broken down through your saliva, traveling to your stomach where your digestive juices continue to break it down, and then it’s sent to your liver so you can excrete it in your urine. However, through your skin, ingredients or toxins can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, and travel throughout your body before they even get to your liver, so there’s a possibility that these fat-loving toxins can migrate into your tissues before they get broken down if they ever reach your liver. These toxins can mutate your cells and can cause cancer. They can be neurotoxins. Endocrine disruptors. They can affect your entire being.”

What comes into contact with your skin is so earth-shatteringly important.

What you put on your skin should be as safe and natural as something you would eat (and don’t think processed foods, which just slowly make you sick on the inside. Diet plays an equally huge role in your health). Would you eat something, say broccoli for example, if it was 12 months old? If a beauty product is over 12 months old the only reason it’s not riddled with bacteria and mold is because it’s riddled with preservatives. And there’s an easy solution to this; if you use only fresh ingredients, and use the product while it’s still fresh, then you don’t need all of those toxic preservatives.

But human beings have evolved to desire convenience and let that desire outweigh their logic and regard for their own health (think fast food chains for example). So we speed faster and faster towards a completely convenience-driven and vanity-obsessed race where health is of little consequence in our continued search for “happiness”, ironically while focused on having no wrinkles and taking the perfect selfies, instead of awakening to higher consciousness and healing our bodies and our Earth. True healing will come from within, from remedying at the source, not smothering ourselves with temporary fix-alls. Informing yourself and taking a stand for your health and the ones you love are going to be the only ways to get there.

“It’s very easy to do the things that we routinely do, and through education and opening your eyes, increasing your awareness is really the only way to change a bad habit. And one of the worst habits that I have found is that people don’t read their labels.”

Trina speaks wise words—most people aren’t concerned enough about what’s in the products they use, and that’s mostly because we trust these companies to have our best interests in mind. But they don’t. Money is their main interest. And the sicker and more in need of these products we feel the more they are raking in. The government does not prohibit the use of dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and ingredient safety is not regulated and neither are cosmetic marketing claims. Federal law actually allows companies to leave some chemical ingredients off their product labels, many of which are hazardous chemicals (you can read the EWG’s cosmetic myth-busting article citing all of these facts here).

It’s up to you as an individual to take a stand for your health, because no one else will.

Going 100% natural, and I mean natural, which excludes most cosmetics you can buy on shelves, is going to make a huge impact on your health. And it’s going to change your life (and may very well save your life). The only way to stop the penetration of dangerous chemicals into your skin is by ditching the toxic world of mainstream beauty products and cosmetics completely (including mainstream household products). Buy only handmade products from a person or company you know and trust, which has a face, is a human being, and not a money-hungry corporation. Or, make it yourself from organic, wildcrafted ingredients. Never again will I put commercial lotion onto my skin or brush with commercial toothpaste, because I want to live a full life, free of cancer and illness. And I refuse to feed money to companies so greedy that they will shamelessly pull the wool over the eyes of the world to make as much profit as they can.

Together we can build awareness, snap out of our dreamlike state of consuming, and start making a difference in our lives, our health, and the world. The first step starts with you—in a decision to make a change.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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