I first became “aware” or concerned about the chemicals I was exposing myself to via ‘skin care’ when I was pregnant with my first baby. I didn’t act broadly I just changed some things. But it did set me in a direction that I am constantly expanding and have been for almost 4 years. I’m still not perfect but I am better and it’s a constant state of change as I make new discoveries.
So I am pregnant again and again it has prompted another clean out of the ‘skin care’ cupboard. I thought I would share what I am using in my every day. Some stuff is new; some I have already written about.
Firstly, the thing I noticed more than anything was that the less I used, the less I needed and the better everything became. Simple was so much better for me. Granted, I am lucky that I don’t have any major conditions. But the things, like dandruff and face breakouts, that I did suffer from, are no longer an issue and I am spending less on both hair and face than I used to. If you do have conditions or have any rashes or breakouts that don’t look right, always see your doctor.
I buy everything from Nourished Life. My wonderful partner and baby bought me a voucher for Mother’s Day so I am getting ready to do a big shop!!!
So from top to bottom, here it is.
Acure Brazilian Keratin Straightening Shampoo – not sure it’s doing much straightening but it has been a great shampoo – no dandruff which is the first time in like 20years. I was using the shampoo and conditioner but I switched the conditioner to 100% Pure Healthy Scalp Conditioner and I will probably try 100% Pure shampoo next. I find my hair is especially softer now after switching to the 100% Pure conditioner.
Acure Moroccon Argan Oil – so I was using this on my hair and face which was great. I managed to break the bottle when I was half way through and haven’t done a re-order yet – but I will. Apparently it can be used as a facial serum, body massage oil, hair serum, cuticle repair oil and treatment for dry elbows and heels.
Hair brush – I got sick of all the plastic so I changed my hair brush to the 100% Pure Wooden Gentle Bristle Brush.
I have not dyed my hair since I have been pregnant, so as you can imagine I am looking fabulous with my long grey roots! But I want to try the HairPrint Grey Hair Remover for Women as soon as I have had the baby. With my level of grey I will probably need 2 packets of this for the first time use. Mixed review but worth a shot. The description says – “This is a toxic free option to covering greys, but rather than dyeing your hair a different colour, it restores it to its natural shade..”
I don’t use cleanser, I just wash my face with hot water and cloth. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I no longer have the blackhead and break out issues I used to have when I did the cleanse, tone routine, so for now, I am happy.
I use very sporadically (i.e. once per month, if that) the Sukin Face Scrub that I have had for ages – bought on holidays last year. But I want to get the 100% Pure Brightening Scrub & Mask. Not sure if you are sensing a pattern here – 100% Pure is quickly becoming my go to for everything. They have great products and I have been really happy with the stuff I have bought.
Makeup - I have been using MAC – I love the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. But I want to try Andalou Age-Defying Beauty Balm Natural Tint with SPF 30 which is apparently amazing.
One of my new changes – I swapped from traditional supermarket toothpaste to Comvita Whitening Toothpaste. I wanted to see if it made a difference. The only change that I can see is that my gums have stopped bleeding. I don’t know why, or how. It just has.
I was doing the oil pulling for a while with the Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil, that I love, but I have been very slack this year with it. I should go back to it. Coconut Oil has so many uses – it is amazing. I have written about it before and will mention it again when I talk about body care.
Deodorant - I swapped to the Lavera Invisible 24 Hour Roll On Deodorant when my other natural deodorant stopped working for me. And it has been brilliant so far. I know people swear by the Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste as well – lots of great reviews, but the paste doesn’t appeal to me and I am very happy with the Lavera.
I’ve been using a combo of oils since for ages, and not a lot of difference since I’ve been pregnant. The only thing I added was the LaClinica Organic For Mum Stretch Mark Belly Rub Oil which I have loved. The smell (jasmine, I think) is amazing!!!
I also use the Coconut Revolution Organic Coconut Oil.
I have a lot of natural soaps that I have amassed at various markets and have been using one for washing in the shower. But I recently tried a sample of the Weleda Creamy Body Wash and want to use that. It’s amazing. I can’t decide between the Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash or Sea Buckthorn.
I don’t know if sanity comes under body but let’s just say it does. I have been using the Badger Sleep Balm as I have had some trouble with sleep. I love it – I think it’s amazing.
Hands & nails
This was a recent change that I made – and am I happy that I did. What a difference. I swapped my supermarket nail polish remover & nail polish. I am now using Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Remover & the 100% Pure 10-Free Nail Polish. They both are amazing – I no longer need a gas mask to take nail polish off and the 100% Pure nail polish stays on for almost 2 weeks like the old one.
Next on my list
On my radar for the big shop which will replace hand cream, foot cream and lip gloss, plus a little something something for the thighs… Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream; Hurraw Organic Lip Balm; Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil; 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream. All apparently amazing and top class, so I am excited about getting my hands on them.