I intended on getting this post up much earlier in the week, but changes have been occurring in my life. I’m moving up and onto bigger and better things (all will be revealed in due course). This post is not about food but rather my skin care regime. What many people don’t think about is, while it is important to think about the food you’re consuming, it is also important to think about what you’re putting on your skin.
What inspired this post was a few weeks ago I was given a sample to some shampoo and conditioner. I won’t name and shame but this product was something similar to what I used before I started caring about health and wellness. I didn’t want to see this go to waste, but in hindsight I should have given it to one of my flatmates. The difference in my hair was unbelievable, it lost that soft and silky feel and I needed to wash it at least 3 times a week.
A few years ago when I was living in the UK, I went to the hairdressers. I had recently started using a new shampoo and conditioner and it wasn’t agreeing with my hair. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the hair dresser told me it was likely due to the silicon. I decided to research what else was in shampoo and conditioner. It shocked me to realise that what you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream. I read the back of my products; I could barely even pronounce half of those ingredients and I was putting it on my skin?! I can recommend this article to anyone else who is wondering.
Around the same time, I was taking a fashion marketing class and during my study I came across a protest by Lush against animal testing. At their flagship store in London, they tested products on a person as would be done to animals in a lab. If you’re brave enough watch here.
I decided enough was enough. All the products I would buy from this date, would be as natural as possible and not tested on animals. I didn’t throw anything away and now almost my whole beauty regime is filled with products that are much better for me, the environment and not tested on our furry friends. The only products I haven’t got around to changing are toothpaste and deodorant. However, as soon as my current tube of toothpaste runs out I will make the change, deodorant is something I will continue to work on!
On Monday, I begin Junk Free June. Junk Free June is a not-for-profit organisation that has been founded by the Cancer Society of NZ, you can check out my profile here. If you’re in NZ you should definitely sign up! I have pledged to give up all processed sugar and takeaways for a month (no more 80/20 for me). To keep myself motivated I have decided to blog through this month, with the additional challenge of attempting to eat mostly Paleo – wish me luck!