Better Beauty: How I Broke Up with My Toxic Makeup for Good

Better Beauty: How I Broke Up with My Toxic Makeup for Good

My Better Beauty Makeup Routine is a Perfect follow up to my Safer Skincare Regimine.

You can read about my safer skincare transition here!

Once I realized that toxins in the environment can negatively impact anyone’s health and mess with my already compromised immune system (rheumatoid arthritis is quite enough to deal with, thank you very much) I made the commitment to swap out our products containing dangerous chemicals for ones that have tested safe on the EWG database. You can check your products here. 

 

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I started my better beauty quest with a set to get a jump on my makeup overhaul.

I am not a patient person once I have made a decision, so I cannot adequately explain how freeing it was to toss out countless half-used toxin-filled products from my overflowing makeup drawer all at once!

 

I said goodbye to lead, heavy metals, parabens, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, and more and Hello, to REAL beauty with the Beautycounter Flawless in Five set!

You should know that I am a senior consultant with Beautycounter. This means that if you click on one of the blue links below it will take you to my personal website and you will be shopping with me. This also means you can reach out at any time with questions or product recommendations! I am passionate about carrying out their mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone. And not just our products- all products! We lobby for change in Washington to improve the beauty industry safety guidelines and standards.

The Flawless in Five set is perfect for anyone looking to streamline their routine.

 

 

My Five-Minute Face!

 

I liked the streamlined selection and color match process and am thrilled with my new five-minute better beauty morning routine

My better beauty products Listed in the order I apply. 

That’s it! It really couldn’t be any easier to embrace Real Beauty.

Ready to get real? I’m here to help.

 

 

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If you are interested in detoxing other products, you can read my post here for five quick ways to detox your personal care routine. 

 

 

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Safer Skincare and Autoimmunity: Why I Swapped out My Toxic Products

Safer Skincare and Autoimmunity: Why I Swapped out My Toxic Products

Environmental toxins and safer skincare weren’t always on my radar, unfortunately. 

I’ve been really careful about what I put into my body by selecting and eating healthy foods ever since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and I am painfully aware of how the chemicals in processed foods impact my autoimmune disease activity, so it’s ridiculous I haven’t been more careful about what I put into my body through the skincare products I use. Had I known what was lurking in my favorite soaps, hair gels, and deliciously scented lotions and the harmful impacts they were having on my health, I would have.

Toxic Sunscreen led to Safer Skincare Choices for us.

A scary article about toxins in sunscreens and the reactions these toxins have with chlorine brought this issue into focus for me. I was horrified that the products I was using to prevent skin cancer were actually doing more harm than good! I had been hosing my daughter and myself down with sunscreen for years. I had so much guilt but thankfully I found a safe, effective line of sunscreens so I can breathe easily moving forward.  I use this and feel so much better about going out into the sun now. 

From this experience, I went on to read more and learned that the beauty industry is woefully under-regulated. I had no clue. Zero. I figured that buying products labeled as natural would ensure that I was actually buying quality products, but this just isn’t the case: even some of the most well-known and trusted brands. It’s shocking. The following image says it all.

Did you know 70% of the chemicals we put on our skin are absorbed into our bloodstream within 26 seconds?

YIKES!

Take a minute to look up the products you’re using on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database with their free app. Just use the camera ton your phone to scan barcodes and immediately check the safety of products! I can guarantee you’ll be surprised to learn what’s in items you use and how they can harm your health. The daily products most of us use are filled with endocrine hormone disrupters, heavy metals like lead, chemicals with scientific links to cancer, and more terrifying toxins. It’s a crime, really.Most breast cancers are environmentally linked rather than genetically connected and autoimmunity is on the rise. We all deserve better!

I want to better manage my symptoms and My biggest fear is that my daughter will someday be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease so I am a mission to lower the toxins in our home.

 

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Now I am making a conscious effort to switch to less toxic cleaning products as well as in all of our personal and skin care products to keep my family safe and better manage my autoimmune symptoms.

In a different post, I will share how I am tackling the switch to safer cleaning products since the focus here is skincare.

Why Beautycounter?

Beautycounter has been the best and easiest way for me to tackle the personal care product transition. I love their products, and I don’t have to do any research since they have done it already and are completely transparent with their results: I know all their products are safe. And it’s not crazy expensive when compared to other products in the safer skincare realm or department store brands. Also, my daughter, who is fussy about fragrances, loves the shampoo, body wash, and body lotion: win. She was sold, but. . .

I worried safer skincare would equal less effective Skincare, but thankfully that is not the case.

Fine lines, deep wrinkles, super dry, dull  skin,  redness, brown spots, these are just a few of my skin issues, so as much as I wanted to be rid of chemicals,  I was afraid truly all natural safer skincare just wouldn’t cut it but with these products, my skin has actually improved! It turns out the products I was using were making my redness worse. I haven’t found anything I don’t like and actually became a consultant to support Beautycounter in their efforts to change industry standards (and to earn a 25% discount on my safer skin care products so that I could hoard mt lotions, serums, and oils without guilt-Ha!) but just using the products for mine and my family’s benefit felt selfish. I need to share this information and these products with everyone I know!  We should all be using safe products, right?    

My Safer Skincare Routine: Here’s what I am using and loving now!

Click on the blue links to learn more about the featured products.

Below are the items I use on a daily basis for my safer skincare routine. Products are listed in the order I use them. I am obsessed with the ultra-moisturizing Countermatch line, as you will soon see. LOL!

Mornings

Evenings

I actually start with fractionated coconut oil and a little lavender oil to really rub my face down. This gets rid of my makeup quite nicely and sets the tone for sleep with it’s relaxing effect. I have a process I use that I documented in my FREE resource library. You can get the password here! I then follow up with this routine:

  • Charcoal face bar-I use this every night after my coconut oil. I can’t believe how much this has improved the texture of my skin. It’s great to help clear pores. It has also improved the redness I am typically plagued with.
  • Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream – this made a huge difference in my skin brightness!
  • Face Oil– This is a game changer for dry skin and dullness. I use #1 Brightening. This has also helped tone down my redness.
  • Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream– divine
  • Brightening Mask– I try to use this 2x a week. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to help with dullness and spots.

Body Care

This is my daily routine. I have a special dry skin treatment plan I am saving for an upcoming post! Stay Tuned.

 

 

 

Ready to start swapping out your toxic products for safer skincare?

This is the Never List: a list of the ingredients you will never find in a Beautycounter product!

If switching to safer skincare all at once seems daunting, start small.  Look-up your most toxic products on EWG’s Skin Deep Database, then prioritize swapping out as your products run out or based on what’s the worst rated and most toxic product you use. 

Start Here:

Click here to peruse the products (you will be shopping on my personal website) and get ready to fall in love.

Love Discounts and Free Products?

Be sure to check out the Band of Beauty membership, which gets you a free, full-sized product at signup, 15% product credit on every purchase, and free shipping on any order over $100 for an entire year! It’s a great deal. In fact, I created a 30-Day Skin Detox with a Band of Beauty gift option worth over $80.00. You can find that in my FREE Resource Library. Sign up here for immediate access!

 

Ready to Detox the rest of your Beauty routine?

Looking for more ways to swap out even more personal care products, like toothpaste? Read my post, Five Easy Ways to Detox your Beauty Routine, here.  

You can check out more of my recommendations for clean products here.

Need Help with product selection? I am ready to help!

Here’s to safer beauty and getting real!

 

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Pain Relief Slime: a Soothing Recipe for Hand Pain

Pain Relief Slime: a Soothing Recipe for Hand Pain

Do you ever get tired achy hands or do hand exercises for your arthritis or carpal tunnel? If so, you need to try my Pain Relief Slime. 

Have you ever played with a batch of slime? We have a young kiddo in our house, so slime is a regular craft project on the weekend agenda. We have several batches in tubs sitting around at any given time and I really enjoy playing with it.

It took me about two minutes of rolling the cool, smooth blob through my hands before I connected the slime with a soothing, potentially therapeutic experience, which is how I came up with the idea for Pain Relief Slime. You will find the printable recipe below.

If you know someone who loves making slime, have them make this for you, or make your own- it’s super easy and pain relief slime provides a great, calming hand exercise experience when you’re done.

 

You can create your own batch of pain relief slime with just a few ingredients:

I found this fun kit online, too. 

 

 

 

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Soothing Pain Relief Slime
You don’t have to leave the slime making fun to the kids. Learn how to make this simple, squishy soothing, pain relief slime with just a few ingredients. It’s a great, calming hand exercise experience. The possibilities are endless- just switch out colors and oils.
Servings
slime ball
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Clear Glue Non-Toxic Washable Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Food Coloring and Glitter optional and based on preference
  • 5-7 Drops Essential Oil for this recipe I used RMO Pain Relief
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Saline Solution Active ingredients should read sodium borate and boric acid. Add slowly. Use only enough to bring the slime together.
  • 1/2 squirt coconut oil just to coat hands for first knead
Servings
slime ball
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Clear Glue Non-Toxic Washable Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Food Coloring and Glitter optional and based on preference
  • 5-7 Drops Essential Oil for this recipe I used RMO Pain Relief
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Saline Solution Active ingredients should read sodium borate and boric acid. Add slowly. Use only enough to bring the slime together.
  • 1/2 squirt coconut oil just to coat hands for first knead
Instructions
  1. Add glue to mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda into mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Add essential oils. I use 5-7 drops.
  4. Add food coloring and glitter as desired
  5. Add saline solution very slowly a little bit at a time and stir quickly to form the slime! 
  6. Stir until the slime comes away from the bowl and sticks to itself.
  7. Add a little coconut oil to your hands for when you first pull it from the bowl. This will keep it from sticking.
  8. Now, work the slime through your hands for a pain relieving, soothing, aromatic experience.
Recipe Notes

Make sure to really stir your slime and do not add too much saline- it will make your slime tough! Once the slime pulls away from the sides and bottom of the bowl, it's ready to pick up and knead.

The essential oil is pretty strong at first, just so you know. Click here to get access to my FREE Resource Library and a list of additional slime recipes.

TIP: Add a few drops of oil to your hands (we use this gel form) before picking up the slime. This will help with the initial stickiness of the slime. As you knead it will become less and less sticky. As you slowly knead it and roll it through your hands you will experience the additional soothing benefits of the pain-relieving essential oils. You can store your slime in a reusable container!

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See how easy it is to make Pain Relief Slime? You can make it as plain or as fancy as you’d like.

You can store your pain relief slime in a sealable container, just be sure to wash your hands before each use. I add a couple drops of pain relief with each subsequent use for added effect.

It feels amazing if you refrigerate it a bit before wrapping it around your hands. AMAZING!

Let me know if you give this a try. I would love to see pictures, too! Be sure to share them on my Facebook Page!

 

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Gluten Free for Autoimmunity: Should You Be Following a Gluten-Free Diet, Too? 60 FREE RECIPES.

Gluten Free for Autoimmunity: Should You Be Following a Gluten-Free Diet, Too? 60 FREE RECIPES.

GLUTEN-FREE! It is hard to avoid the term if you are looking into making changes in your diet, especially if have autoimmunity, but should you jump on the gluten-free wagon?

It is in most of your favorite foods, and you hate to give them up, but you keep wondering if this is just a fad or if you should be eating a gluten-free diet, or maybe at least be limiting consumption or avoiding it.

Probably.

Gluten is protein found in many grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It’s responsible for developing the sticky consistency that develops when flour mixes with water. It’s commonly found in bread and other baked goods, pasta, cereals, beer and other products made from these grains. Gluten-containing flours are added to many processed foods as well.

Gluten is not an essential nutrient, so it is possible to eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet without it. Many doctors suggest that avoiding gluten would actually benefit everyone. So it is not just a passing fad.

Chances are that yes, you could benefit from going gluten-free, especially if you have an autoimmune condition.

Who should definitely be gluten-free?

Some people are dangerously sensitive to gluten. For example, if you have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease, you definitely should avoid all traces of it. About 1% of adults have been diagnosed with celiac disease. However, it’s estimated that up to 80% of people who have it don’t even know it!

After eating even a trace of gluten the immune system attacks it as a foreign invader. This results in severe damage to the gut lining. Some of the digestive symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Other symptoms of celiac disease include headaches, fatigue, and skin rashes.

Long-term effects of eating gluten, if you have celiac disease, are serious, including:

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Nerve damage and,
  • Seizures

It’s estimated that one percent of the population has Celiac disease and one in 30 people have a gluten sensitivity. Many with autoimmunity are sensitive to gluten.

There are many common signs of gluten sensitivity. The problem is that they’re not very specific. They don’t necessarily occur immediately after eating it, and they’re not always located in the gut. This makes it so difficult to pin down the symptoms as gluten related.

Symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity include:

  • Digestive issues (bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and stomach pain)
  • Skin issues (eczema and redness)
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Fatigue and chronic tiredness
  • Other symptoms like headaches and mood issues

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Many with autoimmunity, like me, are sensitive to gluten and find that their symptoms improve when following a gluten-free diet.

Why is this?

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Causes Inflammation

Eating gluten causes inflammation every time someone with a sensitivity eats it. An estimated 99 percent of people with gluten sensitivity are undiagnosed, so they are increasing their inflammation without even knowing

What does this mean for your health?

Dr. Amy Myers, the author of The Autoimmune Connection, explains it this way:

If you have an autoimmune disease, then that means that somewhere along the way, your immune system went rogue and began attacking your body’s own tissues. This change from healthy to autoimmune isn’t instantaneous, it happens over years. As I explain in my book, it’s a spectrum, and the factor that pushes you up the spectrum and towards autoimmunity is inflammation.

When your immune system is continuously creating inflammation in response to the gluten you’re eating, your leaky gut, and the microbes and toxins flooding your bloodstream, you develop chronic inflammation. Your immune system is now stressed and is less able to attack pathogens and invaders with precision. Instead, it begins indiscriminately sending wave after wave of attack in a desperate attempt to fight off the invaders. Eventually, your body’s own tissues end up on the receiving end of the attack, and you end up with an autoimmune disease.

The only way to give your immune system the break it needs to regain its precision so that it can stop mistakenly attacking you, is to remove gluten entirely.

“Remove entirely” is a tough phrase to read when considering transitioning to gluten-free.

I know. Oh, how I know. Some of my very favorite foods are gluten bombs: biscuits, pancakes, doughnuts, bread of all shapes and sizes,  GrapeNuts cereal. . . I could go on and on.

But I could also go on and on about the benefits I have experienced since going gluten-free and the changes I have seen in our daughter since removing the gluten from her diet as well. I noticed an immediate reduction in bloat and overall inflammation: my morning stiffness was greatly improved, and my skin cleared up.You can read more about my diet here.

My daughter stopped having chronic stomach issues, her energy level tripled,  her allergies improved, and the dark circles under her eyes disappeared. It has been an amazing experience.

A few points of consideration when going gluten-free:

It is easier than it used to be.

Being gluten-free is popular and as a result, there are many foods available now that are “gluten-free.” But, as with most “diets,” gluten-free is not guaranteed to be healthier (gluten-free cookies are still cookies!).

Some gluten-containing foods have the nutrition that you’re going to have to get elsewhere (not from those cookies, though):

  • Folate/folic acid (vitamin B9). Many breads and cereals are fortified with this vitamin. To get it naturally, make sure you’re eating plenty of leafy greens. And if you’re planning to get, or are pregnant, talk to your healthcare professional about this critical nutrient.
  • Dietary fiber. Whole wheat is a major source of this all-too-important and often forgotten nutrient. High-fiber gluten-free foods include brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds, beans/legumes, and fruits and veggies.

So if you’re going gluten-free, choose real food! Choose nutrient-dense whole foods (not gluten-free processed junk foods) to make sure you get all the nutrition you need.

Here’s my recipe for banana chocolate chip muffinswhich is actually quite healthy, but tastes like an indulgent treat.

I realize the idea of transitioning to gluten-free can be daunting. I was freaked out about it too, especially when I added my daughter into the mix. But trust me, if I can do it you can too. Going gluten-free has been a very positive experience for us and was the first step I took toward taking back my health post-diagnosis.

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Detox your Beauty Routine: 5 Easy Changes to Make Today

Detox your Beauty Routine: 5 Easy Changes to Make Today

The average woman puts anywhere from 200 to 500 synthetic ingredients on her body every day! I’ll show you how to detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals with 5 quick, simple changes.

I wasn’t really aware of just how toxic these chemicals are until recently. I have spent the past few years scrutinizing my food labels and made the switch to organic cleaning products, all the while slathering on dangerous chemicals from head to toe: chemicals that cause cancer and interfere with hormone production and immunity (like I need any more problems with immunity). If you detox your beauty routine you’ll be doing yourself and your immune system a tremendous service.

We are exposed to toxins all day long. They are in everything from our tap water to food, to our furniture and flooring. It’s impossible to escape them all.

So why bother with a beauty detox?

60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. If you detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals in your beauty products, you can significantly limit your daily exposure.

Like me, many people are very aware of the chemicals in foods and strive to improve their diets in an effort to limit chemical exposure (which is awesome!), but the majority are unaware of dangerous chemicals they use in their daily routines each day.

The FDA doesn’t require any pre-market testing or approval before products hit the shelves. Many of the ingredients in U.S. products have been banned in Europe and other countries.

The European Union has banned over 1,300 chemicals found in cosmetics. The FDA (in the U.S.) has only banned eight and restricted three. Isn’t that crazy?? It’s a free market and no safety testing is required until a problem is identified. By then the damage has been done, It seems they would rather pay for lawsuits than for testing trials. This is a $60 billion dollar industry, where these powerful corporations enjoy this freedom. We are basically human guinea pigs for these products containing ingredients that scientific studies indicate could be linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and neurotoxicity.

You can use the Skin Deep database to search ingredients you’re curious about and detox your beauty routine today

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You may worry that a beauty detox will be expensive, but it can actually save you money.

This is especially true if you are interested in making your own products, but even if you’re not you can make some significant changes without breaking the bank. As with any products, some are more expensive than others, of course!

Detox your Beauty Routine in Five Quick Steps 

1.  Replace your face wash with an oil.

Yes, an oil. This will also replace your makeup remover, as the oil easily dissolves cosmetics, even mascara.  My skin has never looked better since I made this change. Fractionated Coconut oil is the perfect choice for this. It is odorless, non-greasy, won’t stain, has a long shelf life, and remains liquid at room temperature.

It is extremely versatile as well. I also use it as my go-to carrier oil for diluting essential oils, for taming crazy flyaway curls, and in my DIY beauty recipes.

 

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2.  Replace your chemical laden toothpaste with a natural alternative.

There are so many natural pastes out there, but I really love tooth powders that incorporate clay. I have read that the clays can actually remineralize teeth, which seems like a stretch, but I figure it can’t hurt, anyway. If you are worried about the mouthfeel or taste bad at all. In fact, the one I am currently in love with contains peppermint essential oil, so it is minty and fresh like you would expect.

If you are worried about losing the whitening properties of your current toothpaste, I’ve got you covered! I am obsessed with my charcoal whitening powder! It works immediately and better than any whitening toothpaste or gel strips I have tried over the years. You have to be careful when using it because it can stain surfaces and clothing, and it is super gross looking mid brush, but the results are worth it. I use it three times per week. it’s a great way to avoid chemical whiteners and detox your beauty routine.

3. Swap an essential oil or an organic product for your current moisturizer. 

I have mature skin, so I am all about the anti-aging products! This made me worry that I would be missing out somehow if I switched from my chemical-laden favorites, but this proved to be an easy detox.

Thankfully I found that I didn’t have to give up the anti-aging properties of my past favorite products. Evening Primrose oil has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties, and is very affordable, and companies like BeautyCounter make some of my new favorite, all-natural products. I am currently obsessed with my brightening facial oil and eye cream.

 

4 . Use a chemical-free sunscreen.

If you haven’t seen recent articles, it turns out many of the most popular brands of commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that break down into toxic compounds when exposed to light and especially chlorine. Ironically, the chemicals cause skin cancer. Isn’t that we are trying to prevent? I use sunscreen every day (my meds make me extra sensitive) and am one of those moms who hoses my kid down with sunscreen before swimming or running around outdoors, so this information really freaks me out! Again, thankfully there are safe alternatives. I just wish I had sought them out sooner.

5. Upgrade your body Lotion.

I saved this one for last as it really is the most important if you consider how much surface area you cover with your moisturizer. I have super dry skin and am a moisturizer addict, so I shudder to think of the number of toxins I have absorbed over the years. Even the baby lotion I used on my daughter contains questionable ingredients. There are many natural options out there, but I am currently in love with Naked Bee Lotion. The lavender is my favorite!! I first discovered it at my sister in law’s house and was delighted when my husband found it at our local hardware store. I wanted to try the different scents, so I was happy to find it on Amazon as well.  They have an entire skin-care line, so I am sure I will be branching out to those products soon.

I am also loving my new citrus mimosa body butter! I have incredibly dry skin and this body butter is divine!

So as you can see, it’s pretty easy to detox your daily beauty routine by replacing the products you use most often with natural alternatives.

Read more about how I broke up with my toxic makeup here!

I hope you will find these tips helpful and easy to implement into your current routine.

What are your favorite natural products and companies? Be sure to reach out or share with me in the comment section below.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Autoimmune Fatigue: Five Natural Ways to Fall Asleep Faster Tonight

Autoimmune Fatigue: Five Natural Ways to Fall Asleep Faster Tonight

Are you plagued by autoimmune fatigue and in desperate need of more ZZZs? Fall asleep faster tonight with my top five natural methods.

One of the most frustrating symptoms of RA for me is the bone-crushing daytime autoimmune fatigue followed up by restless evenings. It’s a cruel combination. I often want to crawl under my desk at work for a little nap, but when bedtime rolls around I am wide-awake! The worst. This is a common issue with autoimmunity.

Thankfully, I have found a few tricks that help me combat this most nights and enable me to fall asleep faster.

Ease autoimmune fatigue by falling asleep faster with my top five tips:

1- Step away from technology! 

Power off your computer, phone, and iPad an hour before hitting the hay (I know- this is tough! I love checking out Pinterest and Facebook before I go to bed, too. It’s just one of the best ways to help yourself drift off more quickly. Or try these glasses to block the sleep-disrupting effects of blue light. They aren’t the sexiest fashion accessory but you really should try them if you tend to work, scroll, or pin up until bedtime, I bet you will notice a difference immediately.

2Relax with Magnesium.

Try magnesium oil. In addition to its relaxing properties, the oil also has pain-relieving benefits, so I rub some on the bottom of my feet and into my shoulders and lower back each night for extra relaxation. Magnesium oil also helps relieve my restless legs- BONUS! There are drinkable versions as well that also work well.

3- Have a five-minute spa experience every night!

Yes, seriously. I mean it.

All you need is a little coconut and lavender essential oil.

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4 – Set the tone for sleep with essential oils. 

Keep the spa experience going by diffusing oils in your bedroom. I diffuse lavender in our rooms each night for extra relaxation. Make sure your room is dark. I even face my alarm clock away from me. When I am experiencing hand and or foot pain I liberally apply Pain Ease Oil. 

5–  Cool Down.

60 to 68 degrees is the best sleeping temp for most. Air-conditioners and fans can help during warm weather, and you can also check out chilling pillows with cooling gel inserts like this one, and or sheet-cooling devices like these to make sleep more comfortable (especially if you are prone to hot flashes).  I have not tried the sheet cooling system, but I included it because the reviews are intriguing and I plan on trying it out eventually!

Give these 5 tips a try and make sleep a priority. Aim for 7-9 hours per night (even more if you are struggling with active disease activity).

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