Well currently anything that can be accomplished one handed! But for real, for me it comes down to simplicity over complexity, quality over quantity and true beauty shines from within! Over the past few years I’ve really learned how internally taking care of your skin is just as important as topically taking care of it. The best way to assist that glow is to eat a nourishing hydrating diet full of whole natural foods and to yes…. drink that stupid water ladies. This is something I have struggled with and still continue to struggle with. But man what a difference drinking your daily intake of water makes!!
Enough about internally what about topically?! After having my son it made me more aware of what I was putting on my skin. All those amazing little baby snuggles made me more aware of what I was applying to my skin. Not only for me but I also didn't want him breathing in all those fragrances and getting irritations from what I was using on my skin.
Did you know that the European Union bans about 1,300 ingredients from personal care products and the United States only bans 11? Nail polish was one of the most toxic things we put on our bodies. Did you also know that most nail polishes carry formaldehyde?! YUCK!!
So why is clean beauty important? The US has not passed a law regulating personal care products since 1938. Since then, more than 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into products on store shelves. Only 10% of these have been tested for human safety. The FDA allows chemicals known to cause cancer including parabens, phalates, formaldehyde, lead and more to be used in products we use on ourselves and our families each day. The very product that is intended to “clean” or “beautify” can make you toxic and actually harm your health.
If you are serious about wanting to swap to clean beauty, it is very important to realize it is a long-term goal. The best advice I was given and that I can offer now is to think of learning about beauty ingredients exactly like you think of food ingredients. If you’ve ever been on a special diet or tried to cut out processed food you know how important it is to read the labels and understand what you are reading. If you are trying to give up sugar, you have to know all the other ingredients that are still sugar but going by different names.
I’m still learning as I go but this is one of the main reasons why I have tried to put my focus into finding clean beauty products available for you locally. I want people to know you can still look & feel fabulous even with natural products. It seems silly to be so careful with what skincare & cosmetic products you use yet go grab a bag of Doritos…but its all about balance and hey I’m a work in progress. :) Just start with one product and work on making a change one by one, day by day.