Every since I was in high school and took French for the first time , I fell deeply in love with the culture. I am so obsessed. I haven’t been able to travel there yet. To keep me from forgetting the language I am taking it upon myself to learn at home.
Traveling to France would be a dream come true. I have always felt drawn to the culture because of the simple fact , that my soul feels at home there ( I know it sounds almost impossible, if I have never been there before).If I got to spend at the very least a week there, I would visit the touristy places such as the Eiffel Tower , however, the places where I can appreciate the true beauty of France and get to know the locals.
I would go shopping ,but for something unique to me, that would mean more to me than the most expensive of outfits. Ideally when I retire in many many years that’s where I would go.
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It’s Jazmine again, today I want to blog about one of my favorite topics in the whole world. Ready?…Skincare…. I have been on a real eye opening journey towards healing my skin in a holistic way. I am not an expert, however this is my Personal journey and I want to give an overall picture of my journey.
I have sensitive, combination, and acne-genic skin, so I’m sure you can imagine the hell I went through to find products that worked for my skin. In the beginning, I didn’t know about the dangers behind ingredients and the toxic effects that occur when using these products. I spent tons of money on products, only to find that some of these ingredients irritated my already sensitive skin. I found that Retin- A Micro” worked for a while but it was pretty harmful for my skin, next I tried “Proactive” which yes ,worked on my skin for a good year, but soon realized I was allergic to “Benzoyl Peroxide” because I developed a rash so I immediately stopped.
My face improved shortly after that. When I stuck with a skin care regimen it helped tremendously. I tried “Murad “products , which we’re pretty good on my skin. Another issue is the price for quality skin care.
I learned that although a product might be cheaper, it contains a lot of harmful ingredients and little by little cause serious problems. I became more and more interested in what I used on my skin. What eventually reeled me in was that one night I was watching “Cat-woman” with Halle Berry 🙂 (love her). There was one scene in particular that opened my eyes on this journey .
The scene when Sharon Stone applied her moisturizer from her husbands line “Beau-line. There were dangerous side-effects which makes the skin disintegrate, and with continued use it makes skin hard like marble. I was floored because it struck a chord within me. Ever since that point I have been on this non-stop journey to the present.
I started reading books which fueled my obsession….one changed my life because I learned the importance of becoming an informed consumer, to know what goes into your body. ( The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances). I would recommend this for anyone who might be interested, but unsure where to start. I discovered that most, if not all conventional sites are what keeps us (consumer), misinformed and buying into the bull that’s fed to the public in general.
I began to mistrust a lot of conventional medicine and began to dig deeper to alternative methods of healing. I believe that in order to live healthier we should learn from Nature. Anything that’s processed isn’t healthy anyway . I like to rely on these two apps from the app-store “Skin-deep” and my newest “Think-Dirty”.
These apps make things a lot simpler to understand, when learning how to label read. Simply scan products with the bar code, and follow directions. The app follows certain guidelines which are certified by USDA Organic, ECO Cert, and NSF to name a few. There is a complete breakdown in the app.
I don’t always want to spend money on skin care, so I search Pinterest to find a DIY recipe. I enjoy that option with a variety to choose from. One of my go to ingredients is Coconut oil because it’s versatile and tastes great. I use the unrefined and unprocessed version.
I have made a body scrub, hair mask, used in food and face wash and moisturizer. This journey has taught me a lot about myself and how easily mislead I was as a consumer. I constantly research the Beauty Industry, in particular, the Organic/ Natural end. I look through several different websites, books, blogs, and I decide on what works for me, mostly through trial and error.
I sometimes buy products that contain toxic ingredients because I like the product. It is hard to give up the toxic chemicals completely. There is a huge ongoing list of ingredients to avoid so I listed at least four to help with some questions you may have:
http://greenbeautyteam.com/ and download “Toss The Toxin Toolkit” by Kristen Arnett.
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