Hey all! I’m back with another installment of my “Healthful Beauty” blog series that so many of you encouraged in my last post (thank you!!). This edition is on the Whats, Hows, and Whys as far as my journey with healthful beauty goes. I plan to do this part of the series in stages, updating you as time goes on with my views and discoveries about my own personal skin, hair, and makeup care. Let’s dig in, shall we?
After being a devoted advocate of the renowned Proactiv acne treatment, I have reverted my ideas and switched entirely to organic, healthful products, and here’s how:
–WHAT I’M DOING
- In the morning: I wash my face in honey by taking about 1/2 tsp in-between my fingers, warming it up by rubbing my fingers together, then applying it all over my face and allowing it to sit for about 5-10 min. I then rinse it off, making for a cleansed, fresh, moisturized face.
- In the evening: I rotate between using the Rawhide Facial Serum and the Deep Sea Masque by Cowgirl Dirt (a cosmetics company dedicated to providing women with completely organic, healthful beauty products) each night to wash my face. I then tone with our homemade toner (anyone want a recipe?), and apply a honey & cinnamon mask, and let that sit on my face overnight and wash it off in the morning. With this new skin regime, I have broken out, though not in the usual, painful, oily yucky way. Instead, my zits are the same color as my skin, and I just have a bunch of bumps all over my forehead and nose. Not too big of a deal, though also not what I’m used to; so it is a little discouraging seeing my face so blemished when I am used to a much clearer, flawless complexion. I have read that with enacting the Oil Cleansing Method (what I am doing with the Rawhide Facial Serum, whose main ingredient is Jojoba oil) you do break out after a week or two of doing it, because your skin is cleansing itself of all the bacteria clogging your pores. I guess you’ll find out how it’s going in my next “The Whats, Hows, and Whys” post 🙂
- To get rid of zits: After devouring the Lauren Conrad Style book (seriously go pick that one up! It’s worth it!), I have picked up several tips on beauty, and style: one of which being the removal of those icky, unsightly whiteheads that pop up ever-so-often (yes, I know: Who would’ve thought that such a seemingly classy book would have something like that in it!). If you wet your face with hot water (don’t skimp on the heat here!) then gently rub a washcloth over the offending spot, it should come out! No harmful squeezing, and no painful, unsightly enduring. Now, if the zit isn’t affected to the desired amount, then it probably isn’t ready to come out yet. Just have patience 🙂
–HOW I’M DOING IT
- So what about research: Have I done any of that? Well, I have read a couple articles from other bloggers (see here, here, and here) who have been trying the same types of things I am doing, and have learned and been inspired greatly by them. I am also beginning to research more about the different popular/main ingredients of natural skin treatments (Jojoba oil has A Ton of uses, by the way… see this article). It’s a long and mind-blowing process, but worth it I believe. I used to think that I could just trust one resource and go into this whole process of Heathful Beauty rather blindly, but when I read this verse in Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps”, it really convicted me as far as researching and learning about what is going on and into my skin. I can’t just trust the words of one resource to determine whether a method or treatment is good or bad; I need to be prudent and knowledgeable about what I am getting into. I understand that many of the people who write the articles on what I am studying have done extensive research themselves, but it is always good to have a second, or even third opinion.
- I am willing to make mistakes and figure out what works best for me, as long as it means I am getting off the beaten track of harmful chemical-based treatments. We girls have had bad experiences before with natural, homemade skin treatments; so I know what can happen, and am trying to be willing to face (ha! no pun intended) any mistakes that might be made, and fix them. Staying close to home is a big thing for me, and knowing of Cowgirl Dirt before I began digging into healthful beauty, I just naturally went to them for skin care treatments as I knew they have a good reputation and could be trusted. Entrusting a company, or even your own knowledge and hands to make your face clearer and cleaner is a scary thing, and could effect you for life in some circumstances; so just taking the plunge and hopping full onto the band wagon of this treatment or that cleanser is a huge step. Just hold your breath and do it!
–WHY I’M DOING IT
- For the first reason, I am concerned for generations to come: I don’t want my children to have a shorter life span, or end up with cancer just because I wouldn’t take the extra step to make sure harmful chemicals didn’t enter my blood stream. This is a grave and scary subject, and I don’t want to take it lightly. Needless to say, the regime I am committing to isn’t perfect: I will slip up and succumb to conventional products here and there; but keeping the big picture in mind is always helpful in getting back on the right track.
- Secondly, I was noticing how imperfect and pragmatic harmful chemical-based products can be: You wash your face, stripping it of any oil (good & bad), completely drying it out; then you apply a moisturizer to re-moisturize your face and substitute the oils that you just stripped your face of: Your skin then goes into panic mode, producing way more oil than you need, bringing you full circle by having to cleanse, re-moisturize, cleans, re-moisturize, etc. Not only that, but I was also noticing how with the treatment that I was employing, it caused my face to be blotchy and uneven: Redness here, normal complexion there… Not fun. Now, with the Oil Cleansing Method (which I use the Rawhide Facial Serum for), you wash your face in oil, cleansing it of the bad oils, and moisturizing and replenishing your face with good oils, all in one go! No need for moisturizers, etc. And even if your face does feel a little tight or dry, you can apply a little bit of the good oil that you just cleansed your face with, to help your skin along the way. Tada! Ever since I began using the organic stuff that my face simply adored, my complexion has evened out, and the excessive amount of oil that my skin would normally produce is slowly going down in amount. Yay!
Up until this point I have been using Nature’s Gate natural shampoo and a Kirkland Professional Salon Formula Moisturizing Conditioner. What are my thoughts on these now? Find out below:
–WHAT I’M DOING
- Nothing as of yet. Being an entertainer has it’s set-backs: Experimenting with hair & facial treatments being one of them. Need I elaborate? I think not. Very soon, however, I plan to begin the “No ‘Poo” method of using a baking soda & water mixture to replace shampoo, and water & apple cider vinegar (ACV) to replace conditioner. So, I suppose that in my next “The Whats, Hows, and Whys” post you’ll find out how it’s going!
–HOW I’M DOING IT
- Not much research here: I am trusting reviews I have heard of from several bloggers & friends, and have been very convinced by this article that it’s definitely worth while.
–WHY I’M DOING IT
- The #1 reason: my back acne. Yes, you heard that right; those icky little red and white zits that litter my back so un-gracefully. So how does back acne and hair care relate? Well, think about it: When you shower, what is the #1 place that the shampoo and conditioner run down with the water? Your back of course! Now, if the shampoo or conditioner contains comedogenic (pore-clogging) chemicals, what’s going to result from all those pores on your back (and face, for that matter!) being doused in icky, clogging chemicals? Acne. Big time. I can thank this article and my sister Jessica’s wise input for this realization. I can’t know for certain if the shampoo I am currently using is really comedogenic; however I believe the main culprit for my back acne would be my conditioner. With the conventional, chemical laden type that I am currently massaging into my locks, well, let’s face it: it’s just another one of those formulas that shouldn’t be anywhere near my head.
- This second reason is that women up until the late 1930’s hadn’t even heard of shampoo! And it wasn’t until the 1970’s (my parents can attest!) that conditioner was invented. The way I see it, if women survived with healthy, gorgeous hair for thousands of years without shampoo & conditioner, why can’t I? In the article I linked to in my “How I’m Doing It” section, the author explains what I am talking about, so be sure to read through what she has to say: It’s truly fascinating!
At the moment I am stocked with a mixture of conventional, medium- to high-quality makeup products, with very few natural or organic cosmetics;
–WHAT I’M DOING
- Slowly easing into using completely organic & naturally healthful makeup products. As it is, I still have plenty of conventional products that still need using up. However, that hasn’t stopped me from experimenting with samples and replacing whatever I don’t have or might need with the organic stuff. This is the spot in which I have done the least so far, but plan to do much in later on when it is more practical and cost-efficient. At the moment I have 3 natural lip products (EOS lip balms and an ancient Burt’s Bees lip gloss), and 1 organic base product (powder foundation sample from Cowgirl Dirt).
–HOW I’M DOING IT
- Like I said above, I am slowly easing into it. I have been researching natural beauty companies, jotting them down in a Numbers checklist on a computer, and making mental lists of what I might need, want to try out, etc. For right now, it’s mostly window shopping 🙂 I mentioned in my last post about only using natural products for what is going to be in direct contact with my skin, i.e: Foundation, Concealer, Primers, and Lip products. Well, I think right now that that is a good place to start once I run out or am in need of a certain type of those products. Eventually I would like to get to a spot where I am using completely organic cosmetics, though I am not exactly sure if that will or will not happen.
–WHY I’M DOING IT
- For the same reasons as what I explained in the Skin section. Our skin is the largest and most sensitive organ in our body, and I want to do the best I can to keep it healthy & happy, both for my own sake, and for those children that the Lord might bless me with later on in life.
- Another big part is also mental: When I use an organic makeup product, I can look in the mirror and smile knowing that what is sitting on my skin right now is good for me. It can be just kinda uplifting, ya know?