I feel like I’ve been waiting 10 years to publish this post. Okay, it’s been more like a year but I’m still beyond excited to be sharing this new journey with you. Right before I got pregnant in 2021, I had discovered a CBD Plant Based Skincare Line, Code of Harmony. After looking at the ingredient list I was curious to see how a plant based skincare routine would differ from my conventional one. After all, shouldn't what you put on your skin be just as important as what you put in your body? This didn't really click with me until about recently.
This past year I noticed an increase in clients who had sensitivities to certain ingredients/products, inflamed skin from over exfoliating/misuse of products, and trauma to the skin from procedures/peels/medications. I've also seen my clients go through cancer and/or autoimmune diseases. All of these factors and our lifestyles affect our body and since our skin is the largest organ it usually displays a reaction. I know what you’re thinking, “oh she’s gone off the deep end” or “thank you for the hippie talk”. I get it, I’ve been there, and I’ve judged people for thinking that their moisturizer was going to kill them. While I don’t know that the correlation is that direct, I do know that if I ate McDonalds for the rest of my life, I’m pretty sure I would die of heart disease. So if I’m putting chemicals all over my body each and every day, there must be some health implications to that.
DECONSTRUCTING BEAUTY LABELS- WHAT'S IN YOUR MOISTURIZER?
Then behold, here comes the book Plant Powered Beauty A reminder of the many clients who ask me to decipher their skincare products from Sephora or some online retailer. Most of these products claiming to be "organic" or "natural". I was shocked to discover there was no actual oil in a client's argon oil and that a facewash’s first ingredient was Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a carcinogenic chemical found in most conventional beauty products.
I challenge you to take a second to read the labels on some of your beauty products. The first 3-4 ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Take note of where that first plant sounding name appears. Everything that follows that first recognized active ingredient is likely to be less than 1 percent of the product. If the first 3-5 ingredients of a product is water and alcohol, or mineral oil, chances are there is nothing active or therapeutic about it. If the first 5 ingredients listed are actually botanicals such as shea butter, rose hip oil, etc. than it's most likely authentic.
This is the reason I switched. If there was no way I was eating Blue #6, then why does it need to be in my beauty products?
YOUR SKIN IS THE LARGEST ORGAN IN YOUR BODY
When you think about it this way, it seems crazy to cover it with all of the chemicals found in conventional beauty and skin care products. Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. It’s not like food that passes through your liver and kidneys.
That being said, I recommend you start small. You don’t need to go replace everything in your bathroom but week by week start replacing your conventional skin care products with a more natural variety like Blissoma Botanical Beauty. Replacing it all at once might lead to your skin freaking out so try doing it one product at a time. And don’t give up if at first your skin isn’t so happy. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out what products do and don’t work for your skin. If you have questions I'm here to help!