Monday, February 27, 2012
It wasn't until I started eating healthier that I realized that my current skin care products were lacking. I flipped over the bottles of product I used and examined their ingredients. And that was the turning point. The ingredient list included words that were inches long and I didn't even want to begin to try and pronounce them. Why, I thought, would I be so careful about the things I put into my body and then turn around and slather these unnecessary and potentially harmful substances all over it?
Once I discovered that my skin care products were extremely lacking in pure and nourishing ingredients, I started researching natural skin care. The things I found amazed me. I could make my own skin care products with ingredients that nourished and pampered my skin instead of stripping it of its natural barriers. I could spend less than I ever spent on commercial lotions, washes, scrubs and make downright luxurious concoctions.
I have learned quickly that if I am kind to my skin...my skin will in turn be kind to me. By switching up my skin care routine for an all natural DIY route, I am no longer plagued by dry, irritated skin or breakouts. The skin on my face is no longer oily. My skin feels and looks at least ten times better and that, in turn, has made me more confident in every aspect of my life.
(I should also mention that around the time I was going through this revelation in the skin department, I was also changing my diet. I finally made the switch to an all vegetarian diet. A few months later, I was completely vegan. My skin had all ready looked better because I was making my own skin products, but eliminating meat and animal byproducts from my meals was the cherry on the (dairy-free) cake. Not only do I look healthier, I feel better than I have in years. Obviously, diet is something that is extremely personal and I am in no way trying to convert anyone to veganism or condemning them if they eat meat. I merely believe that in my case, this switch was a major contributor to my improved health. I have spent lots of time - I even took a nutrition class - researching how food affects the body and the way it looks - believe me, you really are what you eat.)
Skin is something one "wears" every day. That is why I have decided to include this post on my blog that has, up til now, been primarily a daily style blog. I have also gotten many emails and comments asking about my skin and hair care routines so I've finally decided to address them. This post will be the start of a series of skin care posts. I'll be posting recipes for making your own skin care products, tips for naturally healthy skin, and may even start a hair series. We'll see. Please feel free to leave me questions or suggestions for future skin care posts in the comments section - I'm really excited to see your reaction!