How & why I’m detoxifying my beauty and cleaning routines
Please note: What you will read below is what has personally worked for me. I realize that even making drastic lifestyle changes may not help everyone who suffers from an autoimmune disease, and as always, you should consult with your doctor to determine what will work best for you.
For about half of my life, I have known that I have an autoimmune disease called lupus. I’ve learned to manage very well with it over the years (mostly without prescription medication) thanks to my very healthy lifestyle. As I wrote in the disclaimer above, the severity of every case is obviously different, but for me, avoiding toxins in food, makeup, skin care, and household cleaners really made a huge impact on my life. I never get too crazy or strict when it comes to what I eat or the products I use because I do believe in a little something called fun, but over the past 6 months or so, I have gotten a bit too sucked into pretty packaging- and haven’t been reading labels as much as I should.
Whether or not my weakness as a product junkie has been the cause or not, I have been experiencing some lupus related flare-ups again for the past few months and was also recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Don’t worry though- I am under the care of a rheumatologist, and I have been working hard to eliminate toxins from my products (and therefore, my body). My diet has always remained pretty clean, but I’m even making changes there by ensuring that I choose organic, non-processed foods as much as possible.
Even if you aren’t dealing with an autoimmune disorder, being aware of what you put in and on your body is still greatly important. I’ve said time and time again that everything we put on our bodies gets absorbed into our bloodstream, and when you stop to really think about all of the chemicals and ingredients that are in most products, that is a pretty scary fact.
Within the next few weeks and months, you can expect to see a lot of posts about non-toxic beauty, skin care, cleaning, and foods. I hope that you’ll take this as an opportunity to re-evaluate how you’re doing as far as avoiding toxins and follow along with me!
Here are my main focus areas…
Makeup and Skin Care
I’ve been scouring Vitacost for natural makeup and face products like a crazy woman for the past few days. I started using a drugstore foundation that isn’t the best for my skin, so I am mostly on the hunt for a great non-toxic foundation. I’m already pretty pleased with my moisturizer and toner, but I’d also like to find a new serum, face wash, and eye cream. (Recommendations are welcome!) I also have some new hair products on my wish list.
The majority of my household cleaners are already non-toxic, but I’m going to dig through my cleaning bucket and discard anything that is potentially harmful. I even intend on making my own cleansers, so you’ll definitely see a post on that soon!
Toothpaste, mouth wash deodorant, body wash, body creams… They’ll all be thoroughly examined (although I am pretty sure that most of those will check out just fine). I am also going to get back into oil pulling. Since it is recommended to take breaks in between several weeks of oil pulling, I took a hiatus back in the spring. Once I had Addison and Michael started to turn into more of a wild man, my morning routine got a bit more chaotic, and I didn’t get back into it until two days ago.
I’m going to turn this whole thing into an opportunity to explore some new brands and discover great products, and I cannot wait to share everything with you. I’ll also been drinking more green smoothies and trying some different healthy foods and supplements, and I am also really looking forward to it.
Let me know your favorite non-toxic brands in the comments. As you know, I am already quite familiar with many of them, but it is always nice to hear a ringing endorsement. 🙂