Hi everyone! Sorry for not keeping up with posting here on IFW. As you can probably tell from my lack of posts, i've also been lacking with leading a healthier lifestyle. I got very busy it seems with who knows what really, and as a result (at least I think so) I ended up getting sick last week. What can I say? Sometimes you fall off that healthy path, only to start freshly inspired again when all else fails. I definitely got thinking about some things though...
Last week I learned a colleague has taken up a position at Burt's Bees (congrats to her!) and it got me thinking about their products again. I'm a big fan of their lip balms, especially the one with peppermint. I also got into a conversation with another colleague about Arbonne cosmetics, which lead to a discussion about beauty products in general.
Yesterday I counted that I use about 30 beauty products on any given day. This includes things like cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye-cream, toothpaste, deodorant, pressed powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lip balm, lip gloss, perfume, lotion, hairspray, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, etc., etc., etc. It adds up quick (I encourage you to count your own). The thing is, except for my Burt's Bees lip balm, not one of these products are natural. Not one. They all have some form of chemical, petroleum, word-i-can't-even-begin-to-pronounce ingredient in them. All these products are said to be safe to use because the toxic ingredients in them are in small enough amounts to not harm an individual (according to the people who approve these products for us), but remember my count? I use a combination of around 30 of the these products every day, some twice, with a morning and night routine. I've been using these things my whole life. Of course, I wasn't using all the cosmetic-type products when I was younger, but those Lipsmackers I applied practically 30 times a day in elementary school aren't looking so great right now.
Is this at all concerning to anyone? Because if you pair this thought with all the processed food, non-organic, pesticide-laden produce we've been eating, plus the overall polluted state of the world right now, it seems a little concerning to me. It's sort of a really obvious, "that's why we have so many health issues" kind of moment.
I'm not about to ditch all my beauty products at once. That would be ridiculous, and frankly, i'm not about to head out into the world without my morning beauty routine. But, I am definitely going to start switching over. Little by little, and as each of my current products run out, i'm going to try and replace them with something as close to natural as I can possibly find. The world of finding actual real, natural, products is a little overwhelming and confusing at times though. I did a little research already, and some will be a lot harder to find than others, but when I do find a product I like i'm going to share it here. Burt's Bees is already looking promising with a lotion i'll post about soon.
So what do you think? Does this topic have you debating your favourite lip gloss? Or could you not care less, as long as the product works for you? I'm interested to see what others think...
Photos: Scans by myself, Whole Living Aug 2010 by Johnny Miller