I have been thinking about self care a lot lately. It is something that I definitely don’t spend enough time on. In fact, earlier this week I had my annual gynecology appointment and my doctor begged me to make sure I take care of myself. She could see how stressed I was and how much sadness was happening around me. Luckily, I was already ready to prioritize my self care before that appointment. It actually started a few weeks prior when I started reading books about leading a healthy lifestyle.
The first book I picked up was Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it all Work by Kristin Cavallari. You may recognize that name from the shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. In all honesty, I wasn’t a huge fan of Laguna Beach and rarely watched it. What I did see of the show, I was not a huge fan of Kristin. But as the years have gone by and we learned that reality TV isn’t really reality and by following her journey elsewhere I actually really admire her. She has owned her mistakes and now has a beautiful shoe line and jewelry line. Plus she is an adorable mom and has a down to earth take on living the best life possible.
Currently I am reading The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba. I am loving it so far. It goes into more detail about what chemicals you should avoid in food and beauty products, which is a lot to take in. It has really inspired me to do more research. It is amazing how many chemicals we put in and on our bodies every day. Many of them have been banned in other countries, aren’t truly regulated and the long term effects aren’t known yet. It is actually pretty scary. I want to start paying attention to this stuff because some can affect your ability to get pregnant and/or affect your unborn baby or newborn. While I am not pregnant and am not trying to get pregnant at this point, I figure I should start now so when the time comes it is already second nature and just my way of life!
Here are some products I have recently picked up and am trying. A little warning, this is going to look like Burt’s Bee sponsored post but it isn’t. I was on a Target run and the only brand I recognized was Burt’s Bees. All the other ones were not on the Think Dirty app yet. And if you have not heard of Think Dirty, then you are missing out. It is an app that lets you scan products and learn about the ingredients. It gives you a rating based on the overall risk of a given product based on the potential health impacts of its published ingredients. Pretty cool! Really sheds some light on the products you use everyday!
- Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother ($9.59) – I absolutely love this lotion. It smells amazing and I have used it even when I haven’t been out in the sun. It is fast absorbing and feels light but nourishing as you put it on.
- Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser ($9.99) – I almost didn’t pick this one up because I have used the Acne Solutions set in the past and it really dried my face out. But this time I decided to just get the cleanser rather than the whole set which includes toner and lotion geared toward acne. I have to say that I am having no issues with dry skin with just the cleanser. It is gentle and seems to be working for me.
- Burt’s Bees Hand Salve ($8.99) – I love this hand salve, it feels so hydrating and smells great. However, I do have one complaint. The container is SO hard to open, but worth it once you get it open.
- Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Red Dahlia ($4.99) – I am not much of a lipstick girl. I tend to get it on my teeth and it never seems to be smooth since I have dry lips. So this is fantastic because it is lip balm with a subtle tint!
- Schmidt’s Lavender + Sage Deodorant Stick ($8.99) – So this is one thing I did not get at Target but rather ordered from their website. It is a natural deodorant. I was SUPER nervous to try because I have heard that natural deodorants just don’t work. I have been pleasantly surprised with this one. When I first opened it, I thought the smell was a bit strong. But when you are wearing it, it isn’t as strong as you think. I definitely don’t stink but I am still sweating a little. I have done some research and some say that your body goes through a detox period but the sweating should lessen once it is over. Plus, it is actually good to sweat as it dispels toxins. But of course I don’t pit stains! I would definitely recommend this one so far though!
- Burt’s Bees BB Cream with Noni Extract SPF 15, Light/Medium ($14.99) – I don’t wear make up on a daily basis so I though a tinted moisturizer would be my best bet. I put this on using my beauty blender. It has a weird smell but it goes on smooth and it gives me subtle coverage. It doesn’t look caked on. I do have oily skin so I do need a powder over this or else after a few hours I look a bit greasy not dewy. But I do like this so far.
- Burt’s Bees Body Wash, Citrus & Ginger ($7.99) – The smell of this body wash is so refreshing. The consistency is a bit light so I recommend using a body sponge not just your hands to wash your body.
- Bare Republic SPF 30 Mineral Lip Balm – Dewberry ($3.99) – This product is okay. The flavor is a bit strong for me or maybe I am just not a huge fan of Dewberry. It has a white-ish tint to it so you need to make sure you rub it in, but I attribute that to the sunscreen in it. It was the only natural sunscreen lip balm I could find at Target and while the taste was not my favorite, I would still purchase this again until I find something else.
- Alba Botanica Emollient Sunscreen Sport Lotion with SPF 45 ($8.99) – Mine and my boyfriend’s favorite part about the sunscreen was it was unscented! The lotion itself was very thick. A little thicker than I was used to, so I had to make sure that I really worked it in. It did work though. I would definitely buy this again.
- Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream ($17.99) – A very gentle eye cream. This is a product I am using every morning and night. I haven’t noticed any difference is my eye area but I love being able to moisturize it. Plus I have only been using it a week.
- Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo with Mango ($7.99) – This has a very thin consistency. I have to be careful that it doesn’t slide out of my hand before I get it to my hair. However, it smells great. I also have the conditioner. I do notice that my hair gets a little tangly but I am still able to brush it out while wet without too much of a problem. I don’t have to use oil or detangler, though it does help. This isn’t my favorite shampoo and conditioner, so I think that I will try a find a new one next time around.
- Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser ($9.99) – I have not used this one yet. I bought it in case the acne one dried my skin out too much. I think I am going to use it maybe two to three nights a week and give my face a little break. I am hoping the acne cleanser will still work well even if I don’t always use it twice a day everyday.
- Burt’s Bees Body Lotion, Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters ($9.99) – I like this lotion but I was hoping it would be thicker. I prefer body butters to lotions because they feel more luxurious.
I am not here to preach or to tell you that you have to use natural beauty products. I do want to share my findings and share the changes that I am making. I still use some of my old products because I don’t want to waste them. However, I plan on buying natural products moving forward. They do cost more, but if the cost difference isn’t that significant I think that it is worth it. I am still in the beginning stages of this so I would love any recommendations you may have.
What all natural beauty products do you recommend?