Until we evolve to naturally smell of roses, citrus fruit, or fresh air after a storm, most of us need a daily deodorant fix. Finding one that is both effective and not laden with dubious chemical additives can be a treacherous exercise. As we always prefer caution when it comes to applying any product on our skin (especially frequently), we’ve stocked our Echolife virtual shelves with only natural deodorants – aluminum-free with no added synthetic preservatives.
But that’s not the only option if you want to smell fresh – if you like pottering around your kitchen (whilst not actually cooking), you can make your own all natural deodorant too! We’ve even put together a few links to easy-peasy recipes below to get you started.
It’s Wednesday! Which can only mean one thing: another instalment of freshly-served and note-worthy links that have grabbed our attention. This week’s Wellbeing links talk about decaf, the wonderful idea that is putting fruit on your face, the importance of maintaining a healthy gut, and the misguided focus we place on our weight and/or body shape. Read on!
If you are one of the million + viewers of The Story of Cosmetics, you no doubt were a little disconcerted to find out so many synthetic and chemical additives make their way into common skin care products.
Some of the worst offenders are preservatives like parabens or formaldehyde derivatives – they prolong the shelf life of products but can accumulate in our bodies and reach potentially harmful levels. Other ingredients such as mineral oil, petrolatum and fillers don’t in fact hydrate the skin all that much – but act more like cling film that clogs pores and can lead to breakouts or irritation. Not to mention harsh surfactants disrupt skin’s pH and strip its protective acid mantle…
So what can we do to reduce the 100 or more different synthetic chemicals in our daily skin care routine?
It’s gone so quickly, and what an amazing two weeks it’s been! We haven’t gone a single day without washing our face with honey, and what an improvement… Skin washed with honey just glows – pores shrink to an itty bitty size, skin looks healthy, vibrant and fresh and smells delicious (good enough to eat!). And all this happens very quickly – at the end of week 1 we were already seeing a big difference.
Last Monday we solemnly swore to wash our face with honey every day for two weeks, no exceptions, no excuses. Not only have we kept our word, we’ve noticed that our skin really loves it – it’s looking more plump, glowing and clear. So much so that we’re thinking of keeping the honey challenge going indefinitely.
The beauty of a natural skin routine is how much skin likes it: moving to all natural products can show dramatic improvement and make skin glow quicker than a blink.
Whatever your current routine, gentle cleansing is a good place to start. Continue reading