I know that many reading this blog are happy that 2020 is behind us. We have great hope for 2021. Both in our personal and professional lives, things are bound to get better.
How many of you fell off your healthy routines during the past year? I have to say that I struggled with my strict regimen of no sugar, no flour, and no snacking. Having more hours at home at first seemed like an opportunity to get household projects completed. That was a disappointment. Also, being so isolated (with a man who loves his carbs) was rough on my willpower. I’m now paying the price and looking at 2021 as the time to get back to my healthy habits. I’m even attempting to add a new exercise routine to the mix.
And, along with my quest to make changes in the new year, comes the wish to get healthier overall …especially during a time when health is tied to immunity to a virus that is not yet under control. I’m sure many of you are nodding your heads. With the New Year comes a renewed vigor to transform our lifestyles.
Whether it is a new diet, workout goal, or the pledge to use healthier skincare products, a change in lifestyle can impact the appearance of your skin.
A major change – like increased sweating from a new workout, additional sun from an outdoor running routine, increased mask wearing, or simply new choices among the foods you eat – can modify the texture of your skin or even cause blemishes. In fact, your skin is often first to show the impact of your new changes, the good, the bad, or the ugly. So how exactly do you care for your skin when varying routines and habits? Very good question.
If you’re going healthy in 2021, we applaud and support you every step of the way. We absolutely recommend adopting a non-toxic skincare routine in conjunction with whatever your resolution is. However, it’s important to add new products gradually, even non-toxic products. Anything new, including plant-based ingredients, can be a shock to your system if introduced all at once. Especially when your body is busy adapting to other new variables.
When trying out any new skin care product, we always recommend that you do a patch test by placing a small amount of the product on the tender underside of your forearm to see how your skin reacts. This is especially important for people who have known plant-based allergies, as natural products are largely derived from plants.
As you progress on your journey toward better health, here are some tips to smooth your transition to healthier products:
Take Inventory. Make a list of all the personal care products you use and research their toxicity on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. You’ll notice that some of your products will rank higher than others, so those are the ones you’ll want to swap out first.
Swap out your products as you run out of them. When you’re out of moisturizer, replace it with a healthy option. This will give you time to get used to new products while implementing a gradual change in your daily routine.
Start with nighttime products. After all, they do call it “beauty sleep." While you’re fast asleep your skin is hard at work. Give it the opportunity to absorb good-for-you ingredients and rejuvenate. Our Antioxidant Boost is a great way to nourish your skin; plus you can mix it with your existing night cream, lotion, our Antioxidant Nighttime Serum or the new product Citrine Complete Botanical Treatment.
- Clean your brushes. Something often overlooked, but especially important, is to always remember to switch or clean your brushes when you switch to a new makeup. Bacteria and chemical residue from a previous product can accumulate in brushes and we don’t want anything interfering with your new, healthy products.
A healthier, more natural lifestyle is one of the best long-term investments you can make to your overall well-being and that of our planet. While the results of your non-toxic lifestyle might be gradual, you will start noticing that your skin looks healthier, you feel better, and you have more energy throughout the day. And - what’s best - these changes not only help you, but those around you, too. As you reduce your toxic footprint, the others who share your air are exposed to fewer toxins, too.
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