So, Jessa Blades. She was awesome! She was our natural beauty expert and speaker at the Natural Beauty Night. I found her through Rubi Jones' blog. See below for some great tips she shared with everyone...
1. Be curious about what is in your make-up and skin care. The FDA does not regulate ingredients in personal care or its labeling. Read ingredient labels and learn about companies. Marketing claims on personal care products are not defined under the law, and can mean anything or nothing at all - including claims like organic, natural, animal and cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free.
2. Choose products that are fragrance-free. Fragrances can case allergic reactions and are often a coverup for phthalates, which can be linked to liver damage and birth defects. Avoid heavily scented products.
3. Wash your makeup brushes every 1-2 weeks.
4. Toss your mascara every 3-5 months. Do not share with friends.
5. Go easy with the soap. It removes dirt and grease from the surface of your skin, but also strips away your body's own natural skin oils. Choosing a milder soap may reduce skin dryness and your need for moisturizers to replace oils your skin can provide naturally.
6. Look for polish that is Three-Free, which means it does not contain the toxic chemicals toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate.
7. When looking for toothpaste... try to avoid preservatives and words that you cannot pronounce. My favorite brands are Weleda, Jason, and Dr. Ken's.
8. When choosing a sunscreen...look for physical sun blockers like Zinc and Titanium Oxide. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm with an SPF factor. My favorite brands are Badger, Keys Solar, California Baby, Lavera, Soleo Organics, and Vive Sana.
9. Use products that have multi-uses and can save you money...like coconut oil, baking soda, local raw honey, and apple cider vinegar. This way you can spend extra here and there if you need to on certain products, knowing that you've saved a ton in other ways.
10. If you're going to start with only a few things, start with the products that you use every day or even multiple times a day...like lipstick, lotion, mascara, toothpaste, body/hand soap.
11. Think baby steps (if needed). It may be difficult to switch all your products at once. Just do what you can. One idea is to replace products one by one as you run out of them.
See those gorgeous locks? Well, she did say that awesome hair is just a family thing. :) BUUT.....she does use:
1. A small handful of Baking Soda to wash her hair (she says to massage it in, then rinse out). For a deep clean from time to time, she will combine with...
2. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (this will cause a foaming reaction, FYI :) then...
3. Argan Oil rubbed into ends from time to time.
Sometimes she will alternate this routine and just do a Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
YES. So simple. So clean and free of harmful chemicals. I've been hearing about this routine from many people these days and I really want to try it. For starters, I need to just get these goods in the bathroom before I hop in the shower...and find a water proof container for the baking soda (maybe a Mason jar?) Sometimes those little logistics help me to make a change. And I think it's also fun and empowering to be resourceful and figure out a routine for using something so inexpensive and natural.
Also, Jessa said that you need to find out what works for your hair. Depending on the length and texture, you may find that one of these products works better than another.
Do you use any of these items on your hair? What's your natural hair routine? Do share!!
Jessa says that Local Raw Honey is a miracle ingredient.
1. Honey makes a wonderful hydrating face mask that provides gentle exfoliation. She loves the "honey pat" technique: Apply the honey to clean skin and begin to tap (like you are typing) all over your face. When the honey becomes too sticky to lift your fingers, rinse off.
2. It's great to use on your skin to heal a cut or skin irritation.
3. It makes a great lip balm (and tastes good, too!)
4. It also soothes coughs and sore throats internally.
OVERALL INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Jessa also provided this list of ingredients to avoid...I've going to carry this info. around in my phone (or take a picture of this) so that I have it handy when shopping. These names are gibberish to me so it has taken some time, but little by little I'm catching on to some of these terms and remembering what to look for.
SLOW DOWN & TAKE CARE
Jessa also made us this "Mountain Woman Tea" (one of her custom blends)...Because she says that even if we don't live in the mountains, we still have to exert so much energy and face high stress each day in the city. And we should do what we can to slow down and take care of ourselves. You can buy some of this herbal blend here.
How do you all feel about going natural with your products? Does it feel like it matters? (I used to say no.) Or does it feel overwhelming/too expensive? (I used to say yes.) Ha!
It really has been such a process for me to feel converted to removing harmful chemicals. For me, I started thinking twice about it when I realized how much even small amounts of certain foods were affecting my skin and my health. It woke me up to the fact that small amounts of harmful chemicals could most definitely still affect my body.
If you've been swaying towards (or already living) a more chemical free lifestyle...what inspired you to make the change?? It would be interesting to hear!
The Natural Beauty Night was sponsored by Vine.com.
Photography by Kylie Whiting.
Art Direction by Linsey Laidlaw.
Venue in Red Hook: Home/Made.
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