Non-Toxic Beauty: What’s in My Bag Now

Late spring makes me happy. Seeing all the radiant flowers in bloom and bright colors of nature everywhere excites me for summer. It’s also a time that I revamp my beauty bag. I love buying new seasonal products. I’m outside more, so like skincare items with sun protection. Spring also reminds me to rid my everyday items and refresh with newer ones. I still use products that are largely organic, vegan and rate low in toxicity in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Here’s what’s in my bag for late spring.

Green Beauty Drugstore Cosmetics

Do you know how many products you use in a day, from toothpaste and shaving cream to fragrances and hair gels? I used to own a variety of cleansers and makeup and fooled myself thinking I used quality beauty items. I assumed since I often bought cosmetics and hair products from high-end salons that I didn’t have to worry about toxic chemicals.

I was wrong.

Like many, I believed if a product was for sale at a drugstore, supermarket or boutique cosmetics counter, it must be safe. And even worse, I didn’t understand that every product I put on my body soaked into my skin and was absorbed into my bloodstream within minutes. I’ve read that women use between 10-20 cosmetic items daily. This is equal to absorbing about five pounds of makeup per year that includes carcinogens, pesticides and hormone disrupters. 

All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

I’ve enjoyed playing with make-up and hair since I was a little girl. I still love beauty products, so made an event out of throwing out my old school cosmetics for new clean and green ones. Since I’ve changed my lifestyle to eliminate toxins, I’ve come to appreciate all the many organic and natural products with few ingredients. At first, I scrutinized ingredients myself, then looked to well-credentialed sources like the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. This is a fun adventure, but also can be time consuming and pricey. So, I set out to create some of my own. This short video demonstrates how to make a deep hair conditioner using only three ingredients.

All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

Have you ever created your own beauty products? If so, please share. If not, what is stopping you?

Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed oil pulling trending within health and wellness publications. Since I’m all about investigating healthy practices that promote a clean lifestyle, I figured I would look into it further. In this video, I discuss what oil pulling is and the presumed benefits of adding it to my natural beauty routine.

Natural Beauty Routine Oil Pulling
Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling Quick Notes

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic practice that involves swooshing oil in your mouth. Its antimicrobial properties are thought to promote mouth hygiene, as well as fight off bacteria, viruses and yeasts. While it’s been around for more than 3,000 years, there’s little medical research supporting this practice. Though some doctors and natural practitioners believe it’s a clean way to boost oral health with little harm.*

My Experience

I started out taking baby steps, using 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil to swoosh in my mouth for only a few minutes. It took a few days to get used to the chunky oil settling between my teeth. Though, after 30 seconds, it liquified making it easier to swoosh. Once used to the oil pulling technique, it became super easy to add to my morning beauty regimen. Since I’m swooshing for 15-20 minutes, I now wake up and shower first, or do something that doesn’t entail talking for a few minutes. I then brush my teeth afterward and my mouth feels as clean as a fresh dentist polish. I’ve noticed my teeth look a little whiter too. As for the immunity boosting properties, I’ll keep you posted to see whether I get a cold this winter.

What is a part of your morning “get-ready” routine?

Sources: WebMD.com and CNN.com

*Though most publications I read didn’t show any harmful side effects, I suggest talking to your medical or natural practitioner before starting any new wellness practice.

Salt Bath Health Benefits

When was the last time you took a bath? And this doesn’t include hopping into the tub to wash your child.

I love curling up in a small pool of water with effervescent bubbles. I know the warm and calm is relaxing, but didn’t realize adding Epsom Salt was a legitimate wellness aid. Using two cups of mineral Epsom Salt has been shown to reduce arthritic pain, decrease stiffness in joints as well as soothe bruises and sprains. It can also be used to draw out splinters, remove stings of insect bites and deep clean pores. A bath filled with a few cups of Epson Salt can also help improve absorption of nutrients, oxygen use and formation of brain tissue. Some doctors also recommend it to prevent migraine headaches.

Experts claim that a bathing detox routine should last 40 minutes, half the time to remove the toxins and the other half to let the minerals absorb in the body. I also enjoy bubbles, so add AuraCacia’s pure essential oils aromatherapy bubble bath. With no synthetic colors or fragrances, the lavender scent smells amazing. For more information on how to create your own little zen-pool, check out wellness guru Kris Carr’s detoxifying bath recipe or NaturalNews.com.

So, draw yourself a bath this weekend. Enjoy a little peace and quiet with or without wine and good music.

Do you ever bathe and if so, what is your ritual?

PrettyWellness.com The benefits of Salt Baths

 

Source: NaturalNews and Care2.com.

 

Starting a Non-Toxic Beauty Regimen, #BeautyCommunityUnite, Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 9

I can’t seem to remember my first makeup purchase. However, I have many vivid memories of embracing beauty trends ever since I was in elementary school. Many days were spent scouring the drug store for the right iridescent pink Wet & Wild lipstick. All the shops also sold Almay plum eyeliner, navy blue mascara and multi-colored Lee press-on nails, so my caboodle was filled with vibrant colored make-up. Though I spent a considerable amount of time getting dolled up with my girly friends, we only have a few Kodak Disk photos to show for it.

Today, us make-up lovers have many ways to share our experiences. Since changing my diet toward organic and non-toxic foods, I’ve also revamped my beauty routine. It took some researching and experimenting with various brands, but now, I’ve figured out how to easily shop clean for my skin-care regimen. I share with you how I started on this journey. Episode nine on Pretty Wellness TV showcases how to take small steps toward eliminating toxins in your beauty routine.