As a sorority sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a 3 year Jergans tanning lotion junkie, bashful bra stuffer, and $$$ spender of all things high heels, chiffon, and trendy, I have had a pretty crazy change of priorities.
No matter how many products you use or what your skin feels like right now, I hope you know how beautiful and incredible you truly are. We don’t give ourselves enough credit. May your opinion of yourself be the highest of all your opinions. Your truest, best version of yourself is always better than a sub-par replica of someone else.
You bring something unique that this planet needs. Embrace everyday to it’s fullest potential, and show the world what you’re made of. Perceptions from others will always change, but your perception of yourself won’t- and you will be living with yourself for a very long time.
You are not discount material, so treat yourself right, you expensive piece of heaven you!! Let your hair down ladies, let’s see you shine ❤
1. Shower Minimally
In trying to meet my vitamin D needs in the dead of winter, it is essential that I keep as many oils on my skin as possible. When I do shower- it’s always under 10 minutes and never too hot. Hot water really dries out my skin and strips my oils. It’s funny- I never shower, but I really don’t smell. Working out at the gym, sweaty people walk by and you either smell this intense urea / ammonia BO (caused from excess amino acids leaching out through the skin, causing intense body odor- sounds bogus but so true- study ammonia pathways and how it is excreted!) or you smell the strong deodorants, which have been shown in many studies and articles to contain that ammonium stuff that may be a very preventable cause of breast cancer. In staying hydrated and eating a mindful, delicious, high carbohydrate diet, my skin naturally seems softer and I find myself sweating out the grapefruits and oranges I ate for breakfast 😀 yumm.. citrus!
2. Toss The Deodorant
Haha, hippie freak much? Yes, and proud of it. Like I said, deodorant = disease. I am happy to admit I do use a natural deodorant that the compassionateclimber made. I just put it in an old BAN deodorant container and use it just the same. I’m not sure of the recipe he used, but this recipe from wellnessmama looks good:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda)
3. Mix well
4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. 5. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
6. If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!
This recipe from crunchybetty also looks good, and easier too.
3. Cut Back On The Hair Care
I used to have an itchy dry scalp. Washing my hair less (I wash my hair 2-3 times a week), keeping the natural oils, helps a lot. Of course I still workout and get sweaty- can’t tell. In fact, my bestie Caroline curled my hair on Friday, it’s Monday night, and I got compliments on my beautiful curly hair all day long! WTF hahaha. Gotta love minimal living. Caroline’s like you’re hair’s still curled?! My friend Elizabeth is like, “It looks so good!!” Yup. Not washing it. Not to mention the more I wash and straighten/ curl my hair the more dead and drab it becomes with more and more dead ends, which means more frequent trims, which means more $$$ flying out of my poor college student pocket! Kale no!
4. Makeup is Unnecessary
Sigh I’ll admit. I still like to wear make-up. It’s a practice I’m working on though. I only wear it a few days a week, like definitely on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s when I teach (because my classes are events and should be treated as such) Or when I need to look super professional. I have noticed it is kind of unnecessary though. Like I used to rely heavily on the foundation to cover up redness or bumpiness. My skin is really pretty smooth and uniform these days, seriously can’t complain. I recently bought some natural vegan mascara from Sunspot that I feel better about using occasionally, and am looking for more natural products to help ease my transition. I know Karyn’s Raw has an amazing line in Chicago that I would like to look further into.
5. Coconut Oil Is The Wonder Product
Face, hair, lips, and legs, I put this stuff everywhere! Chea on these frigid days I will definitely put a little on my face after I shower. Coconut oil is perfect on my ends when I straighten my hair too- or if you’re looking for an all over deep conditioning treatment! Lost your lip gloss- again?! Slather on some coconut oil! Leaves a beautiful non-sticky shine and moisturizes like heaven! Post-shaving, this stuff brings incredible smooth moisture and soft skin. Not to mention- coconut oil is the perfect massage oil and naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial yummy smelling lubricant. Have fun ladies! Keep that coconut oil close by!