Reducing my Toxic Load. AKA I am a bit of a hippie.
But I am not one of those people that never washes me hair or showers. I mean I wash my hair at least twice a week ;). That is true. I try not to wash my hair very often, I have really bad eczcema on my scalp and washing it does not really help. If you have any tips, please share! I have tried ALOT of things, but it is certainly better than it used to be. My head use to drip blood down my forehead. For real. But I do shower, and wear deodorant, and makeup.
Think of all the things then that I put on my skin every day. I am 5 ft 9 - that is a lot of skin. Our skin is literally our biggest organ and is constantly absorbing and dealing with everything we slather it with and come into contact with.
And if you hadn't noticed as a population we are getting sicker and sicker. Yes some of this is diet, but some of it is also our toxic load. We are exposed to so many chemicals everyday, and just think a whole bunch of those chemicals we are purposefully rubbing all over out bodies!! This just seems ludicrous. We are covering our biggest organ in hormone disruptions, cancer causers, liver damgers, skin ruiners, fat promoters, estrogen mimickers, and fertility issue creators. What the actual fuck. Why does that sound like a good idea?
I first stumbled across the disaster that is the skin and home care industry 3 years ago, and I completely lost my shit. I stormed around my house and threw everything out but the baking soda and vinegar. Actually. I spent a pretty long time as a full fledged hippie. Screw shampoo and deodorant. Screw house cleaning products. No way was I doing that to myself. And even more so at this point we had just adopted the love of my life, Zoey, our dog, and she sniffed and licked EVERYTHING. So not only was I exposing myself to harsh chemicals she might lick them off the floor or of my skin. Hell no. I was not doing that. I mean look at that face. I could never knowingly put her in danger.
I slowly began to crawl back into the real world. I mean my house and my hair smelt like a fish and chip shop 24/7, I needed a better alternative.
I also like to wear makeup. I do not think its a necessity, but for the work week I like to have some mascara on and rosy cheeks.
I have since found a few companies I 100% support and that vet their products and ingredients so that I don't have to.
I tried about 10 natural makeup brands before I found Beautycounter, and I totally understand the hype. I mean most natural makeup ends up melted off your face by lunch time on a cold day and 10 am on a hot day. Not ideal. This stuff is the real deal. So much so that I have become a Beautycounter consultant. This company is a certified B corp, and they are trying to change legislation so that companies HAVE to tell us what they are putting into their products. On top of that their products work and feel amazing. They also look beautiful and preform like the real deal. You can check out my Beautycounter website here. And comment or message me on insta if you have any questions.
When it comes to cleaning my house I use products from a Canadian store called Terra 20. I have a friend who works there and has explained the vetting process to me, so I am pretty comfortable using their products on my floors and counters. I also like doTerra's oils - they have some pretty potent cleaning blends.
The absolute hardest natural product to find is deodorant. But putting something chemically laden and toxic in your armpit, so close to your breast tissue is just not something I am willing to do. I have tried a lot of brands of natural deodorant and have come to two personal favorites. The first is Primally Pure, and the Second is Undercarriage. They both preform. They both smell yummy. They both win in my books. Word of warning though, when you stop using toxin laden deodorants your body needs to detox a little, you don't instantly adapt. Or at least I didn't. I can tell you that for two weeks I did not smell good, like I was scared to move my arms any amount of distance from the side of my body. But I came through the other side, and now I can forget deodorant for a day and you couldn't tell. It was totally worth the two weeks of agony.
All in all we put our bodies through a lot of crap, I strongly believe we should so them a solid and reduce our toxic load in any of the ways we control. One of these ways is definitely what we put on our skin and what we use around the house. We can do better and we should do better. We deserve more from our skin care products than cancer, and hormone problems, and weight dis-regulation. We deserve more.