Let’s Talk Natural

Natural. Clean. Organic. Green. Let’s not forget cruelty-free and vegan. These beauty terms just seemed like one of those gimmicks that exploded around the time every celebrity declared they no longer ate gluten and juice bars started popping up on the main streets.

We laughed, rolled our eyes, and finished our cheesy garlic bread before reapplying that favorite drugstore lipstick.

Well, I’m here to tell you gluten sensitivity is a thing, and green beauty is the real deal.

Let’s focus on beauty for now. But trust me, we’ll get to gut health another time.

“It only takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb something into your bloodstream. Around 5 pounds of cosmetics are absorbed into our body every year.”

I don’t link this to a specific site because you’ll see this fact on just about every article concerning cosmetic toxicity. While the amount of cosmetics absorbed per year is disputed, there’s no doubt we are deliberately putting more toxins into our body than is good for us.

But we’re not putting it into our mouths and swallowing it, so it’s not as bad, right? Well, actually, it can be worse. Saliva works to break down whatever you swallow, making digestion easier. The skin has no such barrier; what is absorbed goes straight to the blood stream with no filtration and slams into your vital organs.

How does that make you feel? For me, the first thing I wanted to do was run to the bathroom and scrape off my makeup.

I had developed a bit of an obsession with skin care and makeup around the age of 16, when my acne first began getting bad. By the time I was 19, I had severe acne — cystic, whitehead, blackhead, pustule, papule;  you name it, I had it. Every hour of the day I had sensations like needles poking my face, and at night I couldn’t lay on my side because any pressure on my face had me in tears.

I felt ugly. I felt dirty. I was embarrassed to show my face anywhere, even to my parents. I was depressed.

I knew something had to be done.

This led me on my little journey of learning about “green beauty.” While there are subtle differences between each category I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m using green beauty to encompass it all.

Like a lot of people, I think, I thought of green beauty as replacing every beauty product with coconut oil, using baking soda as a facial scrub, and making sure my products didn’t contain parabens. But wow…that doesn’t even begin to touch it. I was sent down a long learning-curve in which I made many, many mistakes, with severe consequences for my skin.

But eventually, I made it. Not to perfection, but to contentment, confidence, and love for my skin. The more I researched, the more I fell in love with the green beauty lifestyle, carrying it over into other aspects of my day-to-day life.

I’ve learned so much about green beauty, the effect it has on physical and mental well-being, and how our human nature correlates physical beauty with confidence, love, and power.

I’ve been wanting to blog about these things for a long time now, so I’m really excited to detail some of my journey with natural health and hope it might inspire some of you to view this “fad” in a new light. Not only has it healed my skin, but it has also given me the assurance each day that I am taking care of my body in the way it deserves.

We each have one body… a body that will be with us for as long as we live, no matter what life brings. Why wouldn’t you want to treat the one thing that will never leave you with the best care possible?

 

(photo source: pexels.com)

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