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GREENER LIVING #GOALS
I made a goal for myself in 2018 to shift my lifestyle to be green-er, clean-er, and as wellness-oriented as possible. I did this for personal reasons related to my health (you can learn more about the backstory here) but the gist of it is to avoid inflammation at all possible costs. Inflammation turned out to be the underlying cause of an autoimmune illness that was interfering with my life in a big way, and it took working with a few amazing Naturopaths to re-vamp my lifestyle in a number of health-promoting ways that stuck. Dr. Lancer even confirmed for me that inflammation is the root of our skin woes, as well — and I'll be sharing that interview soon.
A huge part of the shift came down to diet and stress-reduction, but it turns out that there are so many ways to make clean swaps in your beauty regimen, as well. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it absorbs everything. This means that chemicals and toxins in your makeup get absorbed right into the bloodstream. If you're like me, this can trigger your immune system, overload your system with toxicity, disrupt your hormones, and throw off the delicate balance of health that your body maintains at optimal health.
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Plus, I wholeheartedly believe that beauty is part of our self-care — our wellness — and that wellness-promoting products are worth it. Even if you don't have a hyper-vigilant immune system like me, there are still known hormone-disruptors and toxins in loads of our OTC products that have been wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting public. While Gwyneth Paltrow and half of Hollywood are on board with going green, more and more of us — you know, commoners — are seeing the merit in adopting cleaner beauty and lifestyle choices, too. For those of you who are interested, I'll be here doing the same if you'd like to come along for the ride.
MAKING SMART BEAUTY CHOICES + STARTING SMALL
Why do we have to worry about these things? Well, the same reason that we can't safely buy cruelty-free cosmetics without doing prior research. It all comes down to insufficient regulations in the beauty world. The second things get political, or that business is involved, moral arguments tend to get cast aside because, unfortunately, money talks. Unless you're prepared to quit your day job and begin lobbying the government for cleaner beauty standards, which is an admirable pursuit I wouldn't criticize you for, you can still take matters into your own hands by making empowered shopping choices. Yes — I am still ranting about "conscientious consumerism."
But, my inner-therapist would like to share with you that when attempting a change, I always remind myself of is to start small. When I was told I had to give up dairy, gluten, and a number of other foods that were causing inflammation in my body, I had to break it down into baby-steps and adopt a compassionate and patient stance with myself before I saw meaningful results. So, in the name of sustainable change and self-compassion, try an easy beauty swap before jumping into a full-on regimen changeup.
a clean beauty SWAP FOR BEGINNERS
Today the focus will be on organic cotton rounds that you can buy straight from Amazon. I use them for a couple beauty steps, but mostly soaked in micellar water to remove eye makeup, and in toner to apply to my face.
Next time you stock up on the beauty staple, try swapping your regular, toxic, pesticide-containing, chemical-laden cotton rounds for Organyc 100% Organic Cotton Rounds ($2.59 for 70) or AnnaLisa Italian 100% Organic Cotton Rounds ($10.50 for 240) on Amazon.
They're chemical-free, totally organic, and don't contain mystery ingredients and chemicals that will secretly be disrupting your skin's biome — or harming your health. If you're ready for more, you can consider their clean Q-Tips Organyc Cotton Swabs ($6) or a non-toxic product like Natracare Organic Cotton Tampons ($5.53) when it's that time of the month.
Let yourself take baby steps at first — there's no rush. It's better to make small, meaningful changes that you can maintain over the long term than to jump into an overwhelming change that won't last.
I also have a fabulous clean beauty post coming up that will involve some of the *top* beauty products (cult-favorites) on the market, and the clean beauty swaps I found to replace them. I partnered with one of my favorite green beauty retailers — Credo Beauty — and the fabulous clean blogger, Jenna (AKA No Whey Lady), whose expert recommendations are spot-on. I've been trying out the products, experimenting with blends, and both reaping the benefits — and suffering the consequences — of beauty change-ups for months. It's been so much fun and I can't wait to tell you more!
In the meantime, we still have GP — Hollywood's resident green goddess.
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What are your favorite clean beauty products? Tell me in the comments below!
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