Thanks Sharon for allowing me a coveted spot as a guest blogger on your inspiring blog. I am honoured and humbled.
It’s been quite a year of discovery for me in so many aspects but one of the things I have taken on is trying to go ‘au naturelle’ when it comes to my beauty regime. I feel like an onion and over the last 12 months have shed so many layers of what I thought beauty was all about.
In my working ‘in an office’days, I wore make up every day, the hair was curled and perfect, the nails looked good, toenails painted – the works. I could not have dreamed to work in public in any other way. In fact, in the mornings when I saw myself without make up on I thought I looked ill.
And maybe I was.
When I think of the cocktail of chemicals I had put on my face, skin, nails and hair, I cringe. Have you ever noticed at the end of the day your foundation seems to disappear off your face? Well, it didn’t slide off, it absorbed and with it all the chemicals from the foundation as well – into your skin! Yuck. This is just one example but here is a list of what I used to do and what I am doing now to try to rid my own body of so many chemicals.
- Wore make up – Go without make up except on very rare occasions
- Wore lipstick – Switched to natural beeswax lip conditioner
- Spray on deodorant – Use a natural crystal salt deodorant
- Hair coloured at professional salon – Do it myself with organic herbal colouring
- Used regular toothpaste – Switched to SLS and Fluoride free toothpaste
- Wore nail polish – go without completely
- Wore perfume – rub natural amber resin on my skin instead
- Used shave gel for legs – use own homemade soap
- Used shower gel – use own homemade soap
- Used regular shampoo and conditioner – Use organic, SLS and parabens-free shampoo and conditioner
- Deep conditioning hair treatments – Coconut oil or any other oil that’s around
I know I do feel better for it. I also know the air inside my own home is better for it. It is cheaper and I’ve even re-gained a natural glow on my face.
If you would like to find out just what kinds of potentially harmful chemicals are in your own products, you can go to the cosmetics safety database here: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
Jennifer at HomeMattersMost
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