Certain questions may arise when you’re thinking about switching to a non-toxic lifestyle — will it be less convenient? What will it do to my budget? Will I lose all sense of fun in my beauty routine? Will I have to resign to feeling less clean?
Keep an open mind
We know to exercise our bodies and eat right to improve our physical health, but paying attention to what we are putting on our skin and into our bloodstream is just as important a step in taking care of ourselves.
This isn’t a gimmicky phase, but a wellness choice.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” Theodore Roosevelt
Hopefully this process won’t be painful. But it can be confusing, frustrating, and it takes an effort of will. Any sort of change can feel inconvenient…for a time. But the end reaps joy, simplicity, and health. Don’t go into it with an attitude of reluctance or give up after the first error.
Determine Your Reasons
Having a reason in mind as to why you’re taking this big step will go a long way in building motivation.
- You have skin or other health issues such as allergies or headaches and wonder if toxins are playing a part.
- You or a family member has experienced a health scare and you want to practice wellness to its highest extent.
- You want to remove toxins from your life to protect your children, or maybe the child that is soon to be born.
- You are environmentally conscious and don’t want to contribute any more toxic waste to our planet.
Whatever the reason, pause, consider, and write down the top reasons why you’ve decided to switch to a non-toxic lifestyle before you move on. Display this in a frequently noticed area (bathroom mirror, desk, your screen saver) and refer to it when you feel discouraged.
Choose Your Focus
Makeup, cleansers, moisturizers, hair care, and dental hygiene are just a few beauty categories with thousands of products nestled under each. Where should you begin?
Gather up your products and identify what you use daily. From there, simply make common sense decisions; if you’re switching hair care: start with shampoo. If it’s body care: start with deodorant. Skin care: moisturizers. Makeup: foundation. Choose the products that sit directly on your skin and have the best chance to soak in the longest or that can be ingested, like lipstick.
Structure your mind to focus on one thing at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed.
Don’t Overhaul in One Night
Some people have the adrenaline (and budget) to completely overhaul their toiletries in one go. But not only is this a huge and expensive project, it’s also not good for your skin. Switching up too many products at one time can throw your system into freak-out mode, causing irritation, over-production of oil, and acne.
It’s okay to go slowly, start small, and use up the products you already have in your home. Replace only one to two things at a time and take your time to find products that truly are non-toxic and not just a marketing ploy — rushing into things raises the stakes for making errors.
Accept the Adjustment Period
There is an adjustment period when switching to products void of chemicals. For example, you may find yourself sweating more because the chemicals that have been keeping your body from performing this necessary function are finally leaving your system, or once your hair is clear of harsh, stripping chemicals, your locks may be a bit more oily than usual as your sebaceous glands adjust.
These adjustments can be a little shocking, but are totally normal and do balance out. Be patient, and take notice of your body’s responses at this time — it’s saying thank you for clearing its system of dangerous toxins.
Don’t Ignore Budgeting
While nothing will ever be as cheap as $6 drugstore foundation, I don’t believe you should be daunted by the price of non-toxic products. Compared to my spending habits five years ago, I’m actually saving money because I buy what I need and splurge carefully; the $50 I spend on beauty products every few months was once easily spent in one month when being lured by the cheap prices of low-quality, toxic products.
What is really going to cost you money is trial-ing multiple products to find your perfect match. Buying samples through sites like The Detox Market is perfect for finding what works for you, but even samples add up. Exploring new products is fun, but budgeting now is essential. If it helps, think of it as a medical expense and set aside money every week as you hunt for non-toxic brands that work for you.
Adopting a healthy mindset towards what switching over to a clean, green lifestyle entails is crucial. Before the next post, spend a couple of days shaping your focus, making a plan, and building enthusiasm for this new journey in self-care.
Haven’t read my previous non-toxic living posts? Catch up here!
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