This is my VERY first post on this blog and I’m so excited to welcome you here and share my ‘why’…the ‘why’ that was the catalyst for not only this website, but also my seemingly abrupt change in career paths and my new outlook on life. So, first of all, I want to thank you for coming along on this journey with me or checking in to see what I’m up to.
I think it might truly just a part of growing older, but in the last year, I have seen what feels like a lot of people pass away. Thankfully, none of these people were my close friends or family members, but they were friends’ close friends and family members. I saw a lot of people I know hurting and the worst part, I felt, was that all of this death was unexpected. They were suicides, aneurisms, freak accidents, and late-notice diseases. I don’t mean to negate any other kind of loss or death because let me be clear, NONE of it is fun or easy to deal with but the people I saw go were young, healthy, and alive one day, then none of those things the next.
It made me feel a strange sense of helplessness. “If these people were taken out of nowhere, is anyone safe?” For some people, this helplessness may have manifested into a reckless, ‘we’re all going down anyway, what’s the point’ kind of way, but for me it didn’t. Instead, for some reason, I felt like there were SO many factors out of my control that I wanted to find some, any controllable factors to focus my energy on.
Cue my digging into how to combat some, if not all, preventable diseases/health problems. I came up with the usuals- eat healthy, exercise, drink water get enough sleep, blah blah blah. We all already know all of those and I’d say I’m pretty good at those already.
BUT- I also stumbled upon something else, and it totally blew my mind: the products that we use on our bodies can have just as much of an effect on our health as what we put in them.
Here’s the thing y’all: I’ve never been a huge makeup/skincare/haircare person. I always opt for the cheapest, most effective potion to use on my body without thinking twice about what’s in it. I wasn’t interested in the beauty industry at all before this revelation.
What I found out, through research, was that there are LOADS of toxic ingredients in the beauty products we use everyday and this toxicity seeps into our skin, builds up and can wreak serious havoc on our bodies from the inside out.
AND…Did you know that there has not been a law passed in the personal care industry since 1938?? This means that the industry is virtually unregulated…AKA companies can put whatever ingredients they want into products, not tell consumers what those ingredients are, and then make any kind of claim about them (i.e. ‘natural’, ‘clean’, ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’, etc.) and we will never know the difference. I don’t know about you but that really fired me up.
To put this into perspective, imagine if food was handled this way…you think you’re eating something that’s organic, healthy, helpful for your body but it turns out it’s been pumped with toxic chemicals. And, not only, that but you’ve been lied to about its ingredients in order for some company to be able to sell it to you. ?!?!? People would go crazy, and for good reason.
So, here’s what I know: We can’t control everything in life. We don’t know if today will be our last. We can’t tell if we’ll get hit by a car or killed in our sleep or murdered by a serial killer (I watch far too much true crime), so why wouldn’t we, at the VERY least, control those little things we can: like the food we eat, how much sleep and exercise we get, and the beauty products we use?
Well frankly, with the beauty industry there is good reason not to: it requires work. In this unregulated industry, there is so much misinformation out there that it’s a time-consuming and difficult job to get to the actual truth.
SO, I’m doing the hard work for you. You just have to come here to consume the non-biased, already vetted info. I’m already on this journey for good, beautiful, safe , non-toxic skin, so why not share it with as many people as possible? Let’s do this thing. Together.