Earlier this year I opened a personal Pandora’s Box by reading an arsenal of books and websites that made me go “hmmm…” about my skin and body care products (and the beauty stuff, too). The Glamorganic Goddess, No More Dirty Looks and Crazy Sexy Life are a few of the resources that put me forward on the path to the goal of “clean-up”. Many of you provided great ideas about starting places in comments on my first “Clean-Up” post and made me further question some of the products I used. Phase One for Clean-Up has commenced – what I’ve started using, the price and have a few words on each product are available via Pinterest (link out here to find my “WELL: Clean-UP” board). The products that I’m swapping out for are more expensive – which may be a sticking point for some of you. Decide what’s most important to you as you begin changing products. I find myself using less quantity of the higher quality products, wearing less make-up overall and noticing the payoff in a big way.
As a wellness coach and a fledgling entrepreneur, looking great is a huge confidence booster as I tackle making my dreams and goals. My skin recently revolted after a series of stressors and periods of travel – “speed bumps” as my mom would say. Taking care of my stress level and skin needed became a priority. This quote is sticking with me: I found a holistic, organic esthetician to jump start the process and began to clear out my stash of products in addition to really, REALLY focusing on eating more healthy fats and omega-rich foods. Adding vitamins and supplements specific for skin and hair and a great multivitamin have also been instrumental in “cleaning up”.
The NEXT thing on my “Clean Up” list is eye products – I can’t justify throwing out things I’ve paid good money for – Smashbox, Mac and Lancome – and plan to continue taking a stepwise approach to cleaning up as my budget and stash levels permit. Please let me know if you have any questions or reviews of your own to add to this post. Products labeled with “green” and “organic” labels are not regulated or monitored, as an “FYI”. These are “buzzwords” – don’t be fooled or tricked into an impulse product purchase. Research and ask for help as needed by consulting the sites outlined above. Non-toxic skin, health and beauty gems DO exist.
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