Living in the age of the quick fix can mean we are often robbed of any meaningful and significant change when it comes to combatting issues. An addiction to instant gratification has seen an almost illogical sacrifice of one’s health for things like money, entertainment, status and yes, even beauty!
Women are particularly guilty of lathering toxic lotions, serums, perfumes and dyes all over their bodies for the sake of a quick fix, making the female sex more susceptible to certain forms of cancer.
Stress, exposure to toxic environments and poor diets often cause signs of premature aging like loose, saggy skin, brittle hair, hair loss, loss of hair pigmentation, wrinkles, offensive body odours etc., problems we usually try to fix with cosmetic products. Truth be told, these products cause more harm than good and despite offering a temporary solution would actually be easier combatted if we addressed our health issues first. The process is longer but shows an unwavering need for us to care for and preserve our bodies lest we get caught up in the quick fix trap.
Adopting a green beauty regimen is a safe, healthy way to not only look your best but feel great too. Usually plant based, “green” cosmetics actually feed the cells of the body and two good gauges to adopt when choosing ingredients is to ask yourself: i) Would I eat this? ; and ii) Can I pronounce this? Lol. If you can’t do either, it is a good indicator that this product /ingredient is probably not the best.
When choosing cosmetics try as much as possible to seek plant based, natural, organic products such as:
- Olive oil and water make an excellent conditioner (any green beauty regimen should include LOTS of water, topically yes, but more so internally, so drink up!);
- Shea butter (derived from the African shea nut) makes a great moisturizer for the skin and hair;
- Black soap (made from the ashes of shea bark, plantains, cocoa pods and palm leaves) is a bit drying but makes an excellent cleanser;
- Honey is an excellent humectant (traps moisture) and can be mixed with shea butter to supercharge moisture retention;
- Oats is great for dry skin/calming eczema.
- Horsetail, nettle, and raspberry leaves because of their rich silica content can be consumed to combat hair loss and aid the growth process;
- Indigo and henna can be used as a natural dye and works double duty as a hair strengthening treatment;
- Aloes can be used to treat blemishes;
- Flax seed enhances the hair’s natural curl pattern;
- Slippery elm and marshmallow root make detangling the hair super easy.
We can go on like this for weeks and still not run out of green beauty remedies.
Your health is your wealth and while careful scrutiny of what we put into our bodies is critical, equally critical is what we put on it! 60% of everything we put on our skin enters the blood stream in as little as 26 secs! Now that’s food for thought!