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Talking ‘bout beauty cheats…

As with diet, beauty cheats are bound to happen. Like that holiday candy, those cupcakes at your child’s birthday party, your favorite dessert at your favorite restaurant? Yep, beauty items too will pop up that you simply have to have. A new delicious smelling body wash that your best friend gifted you or fabulously silky hair product your stylist used, toxic products are going to crop up in your life.

You will want to try them.

And, really, what is life without a little indulgence here and there? Yes, cheats are part of life. Best to accept it now and not beat yourself up for it.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind to keep cheats in check:

Make it worth it! If you are going to eat a naughty dessert it had better be good, right? Why waste calories and fat on a stale cookie when you can have the decadent tiramisu? So, if you opt for a synthetic-loaded beauty product it had better be doing something amazing for your skin or hair.

Another important tip to keep in mind is exposure. The amount of time a product spends on the skin determines how much of the product gets absorbed into your system. A cleanser or shampoo that is rinsed off right away will allow less time to soak into skin than a moisturizer, body lotion, or sunscreen. So if you must use a product made with nasty ingredients, one that does not spend a lot of time on the skin is a safer choice than one that does.

Most often the impulse to use a product that is less than safe is fleeting. The idea of letting toxic chemicals sit on my skin, scalp or hair isn’t ok with me. Like eating a nutritious diet, using safe products and good health wins out in the end.

Need help getting started with your organic beauty routine, or just looking for a revamp? Start with learning how to ID safe products. And remember, I’m here if you need me!


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Liz Thompson