BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

SKIN: COCONUT OIL
 
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With skin being the largest organ in your body, it's important that you care for it on a daily basis. Your skin is in charge of protection and regulating body temperature. What you put on your body, easily gets absorbed through the skin, so it's crucial that your cautious with the products that you use. All my life I've used regular lotions and it wasn't until recently that I made the switch to coconut oil. Why did I make the change? Well, for starters, it was my boyfriend who recommended it to me. I didn't realize all the benefits coconut oil had until I did a little research:
 
  • Hydration for those who have dry, itchy skin
  • Helps improve skin elasticity and collagen production
  • Can be used as a moisturizer, replacement for shaving cream or used as eye makeup remover
  • Natural beauty product
  • Contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Beneficial for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema or athlete's foot
  • Helps reduce oil and greasiness of the skin
Since switching to coconut oil, I’ve noticed that my skin is smoother, shinier and my face always looks glowing! 
 

FACE & HAIR: SILK PILLOWCASE 

For years my mom would tell me that I should sleep with a silk pillowcase because it was good for my hair and face, but was she right? Well, as they say, mothers are always right! And to my surprise, something as simple as sleeping on a silk pillowcase can actually be beneficial. Your face is always in contact with your pillow so it’s important that you choose the right pillowcase. Some of the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase include:  

  • Helps to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles
  • Helps your skin stay hydrated by keeping moisture close to your skin.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Helps to reduce friction on your hair and skin
  • Prevents hair breakage which leads to smoother hair

Another benefit that I’ve personally noticed is that my blowouts last longer! It’s also important that you wash your pillowcases/ bed sheets at least once a week to get rid of bacteria, dust mites and dead skin cell buildup. Or if you suffer from bad acne, your pillowcase should be changed daily.

  

TEETH: FLUORIDE-FREE TOOTHPASTE 

We’re going to switch it up this time and start with a few negatives of using regular toothpastes. Did you know that some toothpastes contain harmful ingredients such as fluoride and triclosan? Lets dig a little deeper into each of these ingredients. 

  • Triclosan: Research has suggested that Triclosan has many adverse health effects such as: concerns for antibiotic resistance, disturbs bacteria in the gut and cancer development. Even though this ingredient has been banned from being used in toothpastes, some brands like Colgate still have it.
  • Fluoride: This is probably the ingredient that your more familiar with, but...be careful...because if swallowed..can be fatal. When toothpastes contain fluoride, the FDA mandates them to add the warning on the back of their label to contact the nearest poison control center if swallowed. So what does this show you? That it should not be used as a daily regimen when brushing your teeth. It may have benefits such as strengthening your tooth enamel, but personally, my health is more important. 

What can you do? Switch to fluoride free toothpaste or do what I did, make the switch to coconut toothpaste. The benefits of coconut toothpaste include:

  • Teeth whitener
  • Freshens breath
  • Contains no chemicals
  • Fights plaque and bacteria
  • Healthier gums

For those wondering, I use Now Foods, Solutions, XyliWhite, Toothpaste Gel, Coconut Oil, Mint Flavor (Pictured above). This is the only one I’ve tried and I love it! 

 

ARMPITS: ALUMINUM- FREE 



 Did you know that some antiperspirants contain aluminum as the main active ingredient? Why is this bad you may ask? Well, aluminum can possibly lead to breast cancer or even Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum works by temporarily blocking the sweat ducts under your arms, which prevents you from sweating. This is great and all, however, it prevents your body from releasing cancer causing toxins which is done through sweating. 

 Knowing the negative effects of aluminum, I was on the hunt for a healthier alternative. My cousin recommended type: A Deodorant, which is an aluminum free deodorant, and after one month of usage, I definitely noticed a difference. Warning, you will smell. I noticed that I needed to re-apply twice a day, especially before working out so I wouldn't smell as much. However, according to their website, this is a normal process. This “odor” period is your body “detoxing” from years of plugged ducts. So for now, I’m still in the “odor” phase. I also noticed that I have less yellow stains on my white shirts, which is another benefit of going aluminum free.

* UPDATE * After using type: A Deodorant for about 3 months, I couldn't stand being "stinky" anymore. I tried 2 different deodorants until I found my current favorite: Now Solutions, Long-Lasting Deodorant Stick (pictured below). This deodorant is defiantly long lasting (compared to the other 3 I have tried) and has a fresh scent to it.  

 

 

1 comment

Carla PaganRoman

Wow, this was such an informative piece! I’ve always heard coconut oil is good for many things but i never knew for my skin as just a moisturizer! Also what i found to be cool that you just taught me was about the Silk pillow cases, I’ve always used cotton for my bed sheets and pillows can’t wait to try the silk now !

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