Interested in natural beauty products but not sure where to start? Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my natural beauty journey with you!
If you are regularly reader you’ll know by now that one of my passions is natural beauty products. I know it may seem quite out there and hippy-like for some, but for me, it was a change that made perfect sense to compliment the healthy lifestyle I want to lead. So why did I decide to go natural?
A few years ago, in my constant battle for better skin (acne sufferer right here), I decided to go on Roaccutane. I was so focused on making my skin better that I didn’t stop to consider what I was really doing by taking the drug. After a few months, I stopped taking it as not only was I putting a harmful drug into my body for unnecessary vanity reasons, but the drug also heightened some depression and anxiety that I was not enjoying.
Even though getting off Roaccutane was the right choice for me, I was still feeling down about the state of my skin. It was at that point Adam had a get real conversation with me. He asked me why I was prepared to go on a harmful drug but hadn’t even tried the basics – wearing less make-up, using natural products and refining my diet. I guess at that point it just wasn’t something I’d thought of (how embarrassing!), but I’m so glad he did. The next day I ordered a pack from Nude by Nature that included cleaners, scrubs and make up. After using the products for a day, I was hooked! It was also at this point that I took steps to improve my overall health and incorporate as many whole foods as possible. Whilst my skin at no point became “completely clear” (does this exist for people who’ve had ongoing acne?), I only suffered minor breakouts that healed quite quickly.
About a year later I started trying natural shampoo’s and conditioner’s because I didn’t like the way the hair products I was using at the time made my hair feel. I enjoyed the trial and error to find the perfect product for me, and the best part was, my hair colour was no longer being stripped as badly between hairdresser visits! I also started researching hairdressers that used natural and organic products, and have trialled a few of these as well.
Sooner or later I wanted to try everything, and this meant many hours spent looking through products in chemists and online. I’ve tried natural toothpastes, deodorants, hand creams, eye creams, foot creams, ok ok every cream! And it has really been quite the journey.
While the jury may still be out of all chemicals and their ongoing health effects, I believe that reducing the number of chemicals that I’m lathering on my skin will only ever have positive effects on my health and wellbeing. I have only had positive effects since making my changes – my hair is stronger and shinier, my skin is brighter, and I’ve even found that I don’t stink as much after a sweaty workout when I use natural deodorants!
Going natural isn’t really that much of an adjustment. You can readily pick up products that have no harmful chemicals in them in your local supermarket or chemist. So, to help you tick off your list of natural conversions, I’m happy to share what my discoveries with products have been and try to help guide you in not only what to look for in these products but also what to avoid. I’ll be covering a different topic each week, detailing my experiences (and not just the good!). I’ll also share some tips to finding products that are genuinely natural and what chemicals to look out for. Many brands who label their products as “natural” and “organic” can be anything but! I’ll show you how to weed out those with false claims.