Living paleo/clean/natural/etc. is about so much more than what you put in your body (although that is a biggie). It’s also about your wellness and holistic health. Less junk going into your body begets less junk happening in your life overall. Eating paleo should eventually simplify your life. You should find yourself obsessing less about food and focusing more on other aspects of your health.
One of my other new found passions is all natural skin care. As a typical American female, I find myself easily caught up with beauty. There’s a lot of pressure to be “beautiful.” To have the right hair, flawless skin, perfectly arched brows. This pressure leads us to seek out and spend money on products that are supposed to make us beautiful. There’s always a new mascara (seriously how many times can they reinvent mascara) that promises huge lashes, a new hairspray that guarantees voluminous hair, scented lotion that will magically make stretch marks disappear. How often do you actually use an entire container of product before buying a replacement? We’re constantly being drawn in with the premise of easy beauty.
As I’ve dug deeper into the world of paleo I’ve come to realize that what we put on our bodies can impact our health as much as what we put in. I’ve started paying attention. I purged my cupboards and fridge of every non-pronounceable chemical/additive/junk. I read every single food label before I purchase something. I’m speculative when ordering food at restaurants. But shampoo, lotion, soap? I can’t remember the last time I read the list of ingredients on the package. Doubtful that I could even pronounce half of them. What should I have double standards for myself. We all know that our skin is our largest organ. I’ve read that chemicals on the skin absorb into the bloodstream at a much faster rate than the chemicals we ingest. What the heck was I putting on my body!? It was time to make a change in my beauty routine. I’ve been testing several things and have since stopped using non-natural products in my routine.
I’ll definitely be sharing more about this in future posts, but today I wanted to share a quick and simple product that I think you’ll love. I’m sure the men have stopped reading by now, so ladies…you will love this. :) Replace your current body scrub (most likely full of chemicals) with this!
- 1/4 cup of ground coffee (I peeled open a couple of my used K-Cups!) We have the Keurig® Vue. Best thing ever.
- 1/2 tsp of Pure Jojoba oil or any other light oil you have on hand (olive oil or avocado oil would be great!)
- 1-3 drops of your fave essential oil (I used Lemongrass Essential Oil). This is totally not necessary, but helped cut the coffee smell a bit. I’m okay with the coffee smell so I may omit this with my next batch.
Mix it all together, take it into the shower with you and scrub away. I put a little in my hand and rubbed it on my wet skin. Rub it in really well! The oil will soak into your skin and the ground coffee will help slough off dead skin cells. Double whammy!
It was a bit messy, but it was fun! My skin felt really soft and moisturized afterwards. I didn’t use this on my face but you totally could. It also did not stain my skin or my shower.
I hope this encourages you to take a small step into the world of natural beauty products. You can improve your health by forgoing crazy chemicals in your beauty care routine. Check some of the labels of your products. You might even find gluten hiding in there!
If you’re interested in learning MUCH more about natural skin care, hair care, makeup, etc. I highly recommend downloading a copy of the e-book; Skintervention Guide by Liz Wolfe, NTP. This is such an awesome resource and I learned so much about how to care for my skin naturally. I’ve been inspired to make major changes in this area of my health and I give full credit to the Skintervention Guide. Liz provides all the information you need to get started with a natural routine along with some super easy paleo food recipes to help boost your skin from the inside out! Check it out y’all!
Let me know how you like the scrub! Do you have any favorite natural skin care creations? Share!