By Andrea Lee
As someone who’s relatively new to the wellness scene, wellness is definitely not about perfection or leading a perfectly healthy life. Life is crazy, stressful and messy and not everyone can afford to spend exorbitant amounts of money on high-end supplements, holistic nutritionists and sound healing baths monthly. Wellness is not about perfection, but about having a positive connection to your body, mind and spirit.
It can seriously feel like it’s a goop world and we’re all just living in it, where over-the-top extra is so normal now we all strive for this outlandish lifestyle that isn’t at all realistically attainable. I think it’s important to not get overwhelmed by what the media and influencers say we should be doing for the sake of wellness. It should be a personal journey, one in which you’re compassionate with yourself. Find what you enjoy doing most and that fits within your budget and lifestyle.
As an organic beauty blogger, one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways for me to focus on wellness is through using personal care products that don’t harm my health and nourish my skin from the outside in. There are thousands of chemicals lurking inside our everyday skincare and makeup products, many of which are linked to cancer, infertility and birth defects. The ingredients in clean and organic products, instead, are bursting with some of nature’s best nutrients, and every time I put on a face mask or drop bath salts in the bathtub, I feel so much happier knowing I’m not putting myself at risk by minimizing my exposure to toxic chemicals. As someone who wants to start her own family within the next few years, I also feel like I’m not only taking care of my health, but also the health of my future baby.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did two different studies in 2004 and 2008 and found that the umbilical cord blood from newborn babies had over 200 environmental toxins before they had even take their first breath or been exposed to anything. In the first EWG “Body Burden” study, researchers studied the umbilical cord blood (collected after it was cut) from 10 babies born in August and September 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Their findings: 287 industrial chemicals were found in their blood such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans, pesticides, chemicals from flame retardants, industrial lubricants, plastics, consumer product ingredients and wastes from burning coal, gasoline and garbage.
In 2008 the EWG’s second follow-up study involved five laboratories in the U.S., Canada and Europe that identified up to 232 industrial compounds and pollutants in minority infants’ umbilical cord blood. Lead, mercury, methylmercury, perfluorochemicals (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many more were present in ALL the babies.
All that scariness aside, organic beauty has become so vast and exciting in just the past few years. Using these products is a sensorial experience that can uplift one’s mood, reduce stress and anxiety and be a form of self-love and self-care. You’ve been warned- this world can be addicting once you get started. Now with the legalization of weed, organic CBD-infused skincare and bodycare has exploded onto the wellness scene, and with crystals going mainstream, skincare and makeup infused with gemstones like amethyst and rose quartz has become increasingly popular as well.
To help you get started on your own organic beauty journey I’m discussing 6 tips below:
Tips To Help You
Start Your Organic Beauty Journey
Prioritize Finding Organic Alternatives For The Products You Use Most
Face moisturizers and serums are products you apply everyday versus your liquid eyeliner which you might use on special nights out. Check the toxicity level of your products through the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep app or Think Dirty app.
Replace Each Item At The Speed You’re Comfortable With
You don’t need to immediately start buying a multitude of products. Make the switch as steadily or as quickly as you wish. The most important thing is to remain committed to making the switch to green beauty and sticking to your new routine.
Alternate Between Organic Days And Non-Organic Days
Sometimes the skin can flare up because it’s trying to purge itself of the toxins that it’s so used to receiving. I had some shocking reactions at first which discouraged me, but then I read this is a common detox reaction. If you find yourself breaking out, it isn’t because of the product, but because your skin is trying to detoxify and adjust. Take a break from using the product for a few days or more in between each usage and you’ll find your skin will gradually come to love the amazing nutrients it’s receiving.
One of the best parts about switching to organic beauty is discovering the wonderful brands that exist and learning about the benefits of all their carefully formulated products. Organic beauty is highly personal and what works amazingly for someone may not work for your skin. Research the ingredients, read through reviews, contact the brand and purchase samples. Many companies will include several extra samples with your order. You can check out my Favorites Guide to see an organized list of my favorite products.
Start Following Organic Beauty Bloggers on Instagram
Hashtag search organic beauty to discover brands and bloggers (including me @organicbeautylover). Browse through the online websites of organic beauty boutiques like The Detox Market and Credo Beauty where you’ll find brand information and complete ingredients lists all in one convenient place.
Be Prepared For Trial-and-Error.
Much like how you experimented with makeup as a teen and discovered what you liked and disliked, you’ll find that switching to organic makeup follows an identical process.
Look Out For Sales
Buying new products costs money and organic tends to (though not always) be priced higher due to high quality and carefully sourced ingredients. Follow brands on Instagram and watch out for sales. As I’m writing this I know at least a dozen brands having sales right now. They usually fall around special holidays and of course Black Friday.
Thank you for reading and for all things organic and clean beauty!