As previously mentioned in my first post, I have recently made the switch from commercial beauty products to those made from organic, natural ingredients. I was afraid to make the change at first because I have struggled with acne my entire life and I was terrified of stopping my prescription medications which included an oral antibiotic and a strong topical ointment. Nevertheless, I was more fed up with the fact that, despite my dermatologist aggressive approach, my skin was just not responding to treatment anymore.
In search of answers, I went to the bookstore and started looking through the “Beauty and Health” section. I discovered a book called The Green Beauty Guide and started flipping through it. Within the first few pages I knew I found the book I was looking for. I already knew that all commercial beauty products and cosmetics were laden with harsh, often toxic, chemicals that had no business going onto our skin and, in turn, into our bodies. For years, I’ve reacted rather violently to anything containing petroleum (mineral oil, paraffin, petroletum), which is in just about every lotion and cosmetic on the market. The Green Beauty Guide confirmed my suspicions that the very products I was putting on my skin to try to treat and heal it was actually doing it more harm and more than likely causing the problem to begin with. I bought the book and have read it cover to cover at least twice and continue to refer to it on a regular basis. It is a wealth of knowledge, easy to read, and gives wonderful examples of products to try and offers recipes to make your own products.
After the purchase of that book, I have been on a holy quest for more information. I have found numerous websites and blogs that focus on this very issue. Within days of finishing the book, I started to buy and try organic beauty products and I stopped using all of my prescription meds. I have to admit, the first few weeks of “going green” were really hard. My face broke out and I looked awful. But from the very beginning I could feel the difference on my skin. I know it sounds strange, but my skin actually felt better and I could tell that it was happy, albeit recovering from the sudden shock of change. Now, I am finally starting to actually see the difference. While I am still struggling with a few spots here and there, I am beginning to see my skin as it was meant to be, which means I am re-learning how to care for it.
For example, all my life I thought I had oily skin. Not the case. In fact, I have normal to dry skin that irritates easily. I have found a wonderful organic skin care line that so far I really love. It’s called Suki Pure Skin Care and it can be bought online or in Whole Foods and Central Market. It is made from completely pure, organic ingredients and it feels and smells lovely on the skin. It is a bit on the expensive side, but at this point I’d rather pay for quality organic skin care than outrageously expensive prescriptions that are full of toxins. Suki is just one of many organic skin care lines out there, but this is the one I would recommend for anyone wanting to start treating their skin better. I would also recommend The Green Beauty Guide to anyone and everyone! It is truly eye opening…