Since I have recently been avoiding the pollutant-laden products that I have been accustomed to since…I dunno, BIRTH…I have begun to notice some changes. I was hoping one of these changes would be some instantaneous weight-loss, but no such luck. Oh well, I will keep my fingers crossed on that one.
1. I have always had what I dubbed “sensitive skin” meaning a variety of things seemed to make my oily skin break out in “blemishes,” as my mother calls them. I saw Dr. Murad on some morning show once where he first clued me in to the break-out evils of “isopropyl miristate.” This extreme surfactant might as well be labeled “zit maker” for me.
So, that’s what first started me label reading. From time, to time, however, I would break out and chalk it up to stress or hormones or whatever. But now that I am washing with home-made soap and facial toner, and applying an all-natural moisturizer (Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer), it seems that my skin is having a reaction. And it’s not from extreme surfactants this time.
I am told, by other natural-product-using friends, that this is just my body re-balancing itself. All those accumulated toxins are making their way out of my skin, or my body is deciding to expel them. While this was always the ultimate goal and something I certainly want to happen, it’s not much fun to look at myself in the mirror in the morning and see Rudolf the red-nosed 37 year-old. I am not gonna let it bother me, though. I’m getting healthy, and if this is what happens on the way there, whatevs. Anyone who wants to judge can just…well…stuff it.
2. I have always had (what I thought was an extension of my oily skin) oily hair. Oily, fine hair that tangles very easily. Now, I will confess that I color my hair. This is a blog for another day, but regardless, my hair has always been something to deal with every morning. It has to be washed and conditioned at the least. I have been known to throw it in a bun or ponytail while it is wet and just go to work that way. If I don’t put it up, though, it has to have some sort of “holding” product like gel or styling cream, be blow-dried, and maybe touched up with a flat iron, and usually hair-sprayed into place for me to feel like it is “presentable” by normal southern standards.
So, I’ve been washing my hair with Nature’s Gate Awapuhi Volumizing Shampoo. It is spectacular! Smells great and contains none of the following: “artificial color, alcohol, animal-derived ingredients (with no animal testing ), parabens, or phthalates.” The formula I bought, which may be a newly improved version (check the ingredients if you want to purchase this shampoo), also contains no sodium laureth sulfate. My hair really used to feel like straw no matter what products I put in it. Now it is soft, manageable, and shiny. I’m sold. And did I say it smells great? It does.
One of the salvages from my product purge was also Nature’s Gate Sunflower and Pomegranate Conditioner. It’s similarly lacking in “bad” stuff and is recommended for colored hair. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and yet leaves it detangled and easy to comb through. When the bottle is empty, I might have to go get the Awapuhi conditioner just to try, but not until this one is all gone! No need to have 15 different types of conditioner again. Cross my heart.
I have been using Aubrey Organics B5 Design Gel for styling purposes. Now, let me tell you, I have medium length, very fine hair, and I am only interested in keeping it from flying around too much. Honestly, this product smells…well…“medicinal” at best, but I think most people would say it stinks. I only use about a dime-sized amount of it, and honestly (I promise), when I’m done blow-drying it, there is no smell of it in my hair. If you want your hair to be more “gelled,” or if you have courser hair, I’m not sure how it will work. However, it’s doing the job for me now, so I’ll use it until it’s gone. This will likely take a while considering I use so little. I have discovered that if you go to the Aubrey Organics website, you can buy smaller sizes than what is available at the stores…so you can buy a half size to try if you don’t want to commit to a full-size product.
3. The oddest thing though—is really odd. Especially considering all the “blemishes” that are happening on my face right now. Maybe my awesome hair is compensating for that. Or maybe, since I’m not covering up the way I smell with a bunch of harsh chemicals, my pheromones are working to…attract the opposite sex. Now, I’m not looking for anyone, because I have someone whom I love very dearly, but I have noticed complete strangers, like…smiling at me and holding the door open for me and talking to me out of nowhere. Of course, at first, I thought maybe I had spinach in my teeth or something. And honestly, maybe it is just Christmas and people are being more friendly than usual. Or maybe this whole detox is cleansing my aura in such a way that I am more approachable. I don’t know.
But I noticed. Maybe it’ll be a nice side-effect for you, too, if you try to cut some of the pollutants out of your life. You never know.