how can i modify my beauty routine?
The alarm goes off. It’s 6:00 am on a Monday morning. You roll out of bed and zombie walk (growling and all) to the bathroom. You slowly reach down to turn on the shower. After adjusting the H2O to your personal “wake me up” temperature, you jump in, automatically feeling a little more alive. During your daily 10(or 25 in my case) shower, you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, freshened up with your favorite body wash, and used the “Morning Burst” face cleanser that allows your skin to be prepared for the day. After drying off you quickly exfoliate your skin in front of the mirror, followed by a toner, and anti-aging moisturizer. Now it’s time to slather on that heavenly smelling body lotion, to make sure your skin is baby smooth. Before you begin to dry your hair, adding your favorite frizz control product is a must. The next step is the flat iron. Coat each section, as you go, with a heat protection mist. Now, your hair is perfect…to make sure it stays that way you spritz on a little hair spray. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth. Finally, it’s make-up time. Concealer, foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, highlighter, and lipstick(did I forget anything?) are all applied. You get dressed, and you’re now ready for the day. Hold on…..one more thing…….soak yourself in perfume(you have to smell fresh).
Does this sound familiar? How many products did I mention? I think 20? How many do you use…..a little less OR more? “According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), women use an average of twelve personal care products daily; men six. When just using 12 personal care products, women are exposed to a daily average of 168 chemical ingredients; men 85 (Axe, 2016, p.125). These chemical have been linked to problems from asthma to cancer.
M.S. Calbom, M.A. Calmon, and Mahaffey, authors of, The Complete Cancer Cleanse, suggested some beauty products that you should most avoid, due to their high levels of the following chemicals(p.220-221).
The products mentioned in the table also have several other dangerous chemicals, as well. The information given is a suggestion of which items to replace, due to the high concentration of the chemical shown. Now that you have heard all of this information, are you ready to being modifying your beauty routine?
Step 1: Research, research, research
Beginning a natural health transition is like starting a new life. Everything you once believed, crumbles before you. After researching more about the items and products in your home, your eyes begin to open to the hidden truths of the American lifestyle. When I first was introduced to natural health, I didn’t know if people were delusional or if their natural health stories were real. During my time of skepticism, however, I became very ill, drowning in medical bills, and looking for answers, which no one had (My Story). Several people were whispering in my ear, motivating me to start a natural way of living, but I just wouldn’t budge. I wish I would have listened. This takes us to the first step in modifying your beauty routine: Research, Research, Research.
Why do you need to research? Research is not on top of anyone’s “favorite things to do” list. There are so many natural health testimonials buzzing around. You want to be one of the success stories, but are you ready to commit? As I reflect on my experiences with my health, I realize the truth was told to me a thousand times. People wrote out shopping lists, supplies, and every other tip to help me, but I didn’t listen. Why do you ask?
YOU WILL NEVER TRULY UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH UNTIL YOU LEARN AND DISCOVER IT FOR YOURSELF.
You can be given facts, a thousand times. The majority of the time it’s ignored. Some may even attempt to try what is suggested, but give up after a week. I understand………I have been there. However, I honestly do not want you, or someone you love, to be in the health crisis like the one I went through a short time ago. In most cases, health issues can be supported and maintained with the use of oils and the natural way of living. So it’s imperative to seek and discover the truth for yourself! Here are the best ways to conduct your research.
TAKE AN INVENTORY OF CURRENT PRODUCTS
Before you begin, I strongly suggest taking an inventory of all of your current beauty/self-care products. Start a list with the most used, first, and continue in order, down to the ones you use the least. Make sure to include the exact name of the product. For instance, write “Crest Pro-health Advanced-Extra Gum Protection™” instead of “Crest Pro Health.” Specific details matter when researching products. The words, “Extra Gum Protection” could add SEVERAL health hazards!
Also, when listing the items, leave space in between each one. This allows room for you to jot down notes, for future reference. After I had completed my research, my notes motivated me to more forward in my beauty make-over. I looked back at what I had written and words like “cancer” and “damage to DNA” MADE me find the time and energy to change. By taking inventory, you are prepared to find the information, in one sitting, which will save time and energy in the long run.
FIND TRUSTWORTHY AND INFORMATIVE SOURCES
Knowing the FACTS is important. It’s always best to look for websites or books that cite credible sources or show they have done research on what they are reporting. You can choose to look at the individual ingredients or research the safety of the products by name. A great resource that I have found is Environmental Working Group’s website: specifically http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
This site ranks commonly used cosmetic products, giving them a score of 1 to 10 (depending on the toxicity). If a product receives a “1”, it is considered relatively safe. As the number gets higher, the product associated with the score is shown to be more toxic to our health, with a rating of a “10” being the most poisonous or dangerous. You can choose to search a particular brand, by typing the name in the search bar, OR you can scroll across the menu bar and choose what category (makeup, sun, skin care, etc.) you would like to learn more.
EWG.Org is my “go to” website when I want to find more information on an individual product. When you search an item, you are given a list of chemicals and ingredients included in the product, as well as specifics on how those chemicals are dangerous to our body. EWG.Org A quick and TRUSTWORTHY website to choose to get the facts you’re looking to find.
It’s also important to research what items you want to replace your current products. I have included some all natural alternatives for DIY beauty products in my Natural Beauty Toolkit. All that are included in the toolkit are natural and safe! Essential oils are my main ingredient to almost all my products. Not all essential oils are alike! Young Living is the brand I will personally ALWAYS choose. To see why Young Living essential oils are considered the purest and best quality, check out A Scientific Look at Seed to Seal and the Scientific Advisory Council.
Once you know more about your current beauty products you can move on to Step 2: Deciding which product to replace.
STEP 2: DECIDE WHICH PRODUCTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO REPLACE
REMEMBER: TAKE YOUR NATURAL HEALTH TRANSITION SLOWLY SO THAT YOU DON’T BECOME OVERWHELMED.
The 2nd step is to decide which specific items you would like to replace in your home. I suggest tossing only one or two things at a time, instead of throwing everything out at once. If you’re like me, you jump in full force. I begin my new ventures by taking things to the extreme (such as throwing everything away). After a short period, I then start having panic attacks due to my being brain overloaded with information and responsibility. Taking it slow will be less complicated, and in turn, will make you more willing to continue with natural alternatives.
My first product to add to my collection was an “anti-aging” skin cream. It is perfect for you face, as well as your body! It’s a VERY simple recipe and is an excellent non-toxic replacement that is safe, as well as effective. It includes:
Shea butter– Many healing properties and has been known to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis, as well as burns and even stretch marks.
Coconut Oil-Penetrates skin deeply, boosts hormones, promotes circulation, and aids in healing.
Vitamin E oil -Word to block free radicals, which causes aging, anti-inflammatory, fights the signs of aging.
Frankincense Oil– A sacred oil that elevates spiritual experiences, helps to maintain radiant skin with an ability to smooth and support healthy skin. Most Popular Uses: Immune Support, Skin Health, Spiritual Grounding.
Lavender Oil – Universally regarded as one of the most powerful and versatile oils. Use to moisturize and enhance skin radiance. Can help to enhance a calming routine. Most popular uses: Skin Irritations, Balancing, Relaxing.
I use this daily, and it’s a great example of something you can make at home to replace your current skin care products! Get the recipe here.
You’ve made the decision on what to replace; now it’s time for Step 3: Invest in supplies.
STEP 3: INVEST IN SUPPLIES AND MAKE THE CHANGE
Out with the old and in the with new!!! Toss those poisonous products in the trash and begin your new and improved life! Now that you’ve completed Step 2, you can invest in the items you will need to make the change. During my transition I made a “must have” list of articles I always keep on hand, for my beauty needs. Each is inexpensive and trust me, “A little goes a long way.” I call this collection my “Natural Beauty Toolkit.”
The items included are MUST HAVES for a natural beauty routine! You will see, once you get started, that building your toolkit will SAVE not only money but also your HEALTH. It is so satisfying to know that these simple items are so effective!
Now Begin! You will see and feel the difference!
You are now equipped with the 3 Steps to a natural beauty routine!
Step 1: Research, Research, Research
Step 2: Decide what products you would like to replace
Step 3: Invest in supplies and make the change
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
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Axes, Josh. Eat Dirt. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. 2016. Print
M.S. Calbom, M.A. Calmon, and Mahaffey. The Complete Cancer Cleanse. 2006