get outside blog post

The Benefits Of Getting Outside

We all intuitively know that when we spend time outside, we feel so much better. Our mental clutter subsides, our skin looks healthier, and our outlook on life opens up. There’s actually a science to what’s going on here. Read on!

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Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

a.k.a. One Step You Can Take Today To SimplifyYour Skincare Routine

For many years of my life, I practically lived at my dermatologist’s office. Even though the responsible thing to do is to get your skin checked every year for any early signs of skin cancer (especially if it runs in your family, you’re very fair, you’ve had bad burns, etc. but EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT), that was not the schedule I was keeping. I was showing up at my derm’s office every few months. My frequency had much to do with the fact that my problem skin was ruthless and was in turn being treated like a mad scientist lab experiment. I’d be prescribed one stroooong cream after another, told to wait a few weeks and see what happens. Talk about suspense. With each new trial-by-tube, I was warned to expect things to “get worse before they got better.” Show of hands if you’ve heard this foreboding phrase before (you have, you have, you have). Really, things only ever got worse.

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Hormonal Acne Decoded

If you’re like me, you’ve had regular recurrences of acne since you were a young teen. I thought by the time I turned 20 my breakouts would magically disappear. Lo and behold, my 20th birthday came and the acne hung around.

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endometriosis awareness

My Endo Story by Julie McArthur

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I was first diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 24. I always had awful PMS and went on the birth control pill at 15 years old, so I didn’t experience the heavy periods that a lot of women with endo talk about. I did, however, struggle with PMS. I remember going to an endocrinologist thinking he would be my savior and help me, but all he did was laugh (!) and say “wow you must have bad PMS.” He put me on a drug called Sarafem which is really just Prozac in a different color. (Take a moment to think about how messed up that is to give a woman a pill that is pink and purple and tell her it will help with her PMS when it’s just Prozac!)

Years and years later, I found out that endometriosis is caused by an excessive amount of estrogen. So back when I was 15 years old at that endocrinologist’s office—he probably could have helped me.

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UTIs and Yeast Infections Decoded

Magnificent as they are, our lady parts can sometimes give us trouble. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Yeast infections are two of the most common issues in our nether regions. We’ve all either heard of them or had them ourselves, but I find that many of us don’t actually know what the infections are, or how to best treat them. I’m here to clarify the details of the infections, and give you some healthy ways to treat them!

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MADE SAFE & Women’s Health

We’re proud to celebrate women’s health this month with S.W. Basics, Good Clean Love, Rejuva Minerals, and Sustain. Each of these companies is part of a revolutionary new movement to change the way products are made in this country, a movement that puts our health ahead of toxic ingredients and profits.

Right now, the status quo is that it’s perfectly legal to put known harmful chemicals in everyday products, and many companies do. Women are uniquely impacted by this uncontrolled toxic experiment on our health:

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Prepping Your Body for Pregnancy

By: Lizzy Ott, Skin and Wellness Expert and trained Doula

Preparing your body for pregnancy is a complex experience – it involves tremendous care, attention, and perhaps paradoxically, totally letting go. Creating a habitable atmosphere for budding life inside of your body, and preparing to be the sole conduit of nourishment for your baby is a downright miracle.

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#BABYMAKIN

Trying to get pregnant for the first time is a beautiful thing. It’s also a disorienting, emotional, and downright confusing process. You’re embracing learning-as-you-go, gleaning information from wherever you can, and generally hoping you’re doing the “right thing” – because, trust me, you’ll be bombarded with a lot of conflicting information. (Lift your legs up in the air after sex? Give up chocolate? Recite fertilization-affirming mantras post-coitus? Yep, I’ve heard it all…)

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On Mental Toxicity

Look on the bright side. Stay positive. Keep your head up. Think good thoughts: We’re all familiar with these mind-numbing clichés, right? And we’ve probably all responded to a “Look on the bright side!” with an angry retort. #eyeroll

Here at the S.W. office (as I’m sure has been happening in your office too lately) we’ve been noticing more and more just how much of our headspace is occupied by this sour election season, continuing national tragedies, and an increasingly cruel national discourse marked by bullying and judgment and prejudice.

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3 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer by Shaney jo Darden

Guest post by Shaney jo Darden, founder The Keep a Breast Foundation

The Keep A Breast Foundation was founded in response to the growing need for breast cancer awareness programs that focus on educating young people. My friends were being diagnosed in their 20s, and I had no prior comprehension of how early in life breast cancer could strike. It flipped a switch in my brain and I realized that it was my purpose to start this conversation with young people about breast cancer prevention. I wanted to do something that spoke to my peers. I use art and artistic expression to inform young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support.

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