In today's society it's become a trend and almost a popular statement to
" live your best life " as you see brightly etched on the walls at Good Life gyms and to source out the most organic and natural products around. Community Foods, Farmer's Markets, Whole Foods and Planet Organic have maxed out their price tags and truly become the place to be " seen " when shopping. This leads me to ask the inevitable question: When to choose Organic and when to choose Chemical?
Since the age of the Ancient Egyptians, women and men have been using some form of cosmetics to darken and accentuate their features. The enchanting Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk to whiten and soften her skin and use kohl to line her cat like eyes.
African tribes used ground up clay while Greek women used poisonous lead carbonate (PbCO3) to achieve a pale complexion. So you see that chemicals have in fact been around since the dawn of time in some form as a way to enhance appearance or for tribal purposes.
Today the cosmetic industry is a multi billion dollar industry driven predominantly by the millennials lust for makeup. Women are constantly searching for the perfect cheek bone injection and highlighter to match which sums up North Americans spending roughly 9 billion a year combined.
Each product roughly contains anywhere from 5-20 ingredients which can add up to what we are putting on our bodies once we factor in our face wash, balancing toner, body lotion, eye cream, shaving creams, expensive serums, hair conditioner, lip conditioners and that is not getting into the 20 plus products used for that 5 minute fresh faced look. Wow! This adds up to at least a few hundred chemicals put on our skin a day!
Our skin after all is our largest organ and what goes on top of the skin is absorbed within which in turn is lurking through our bloodstream and under our epidermis. This is why quality over quantity is vital.
In regards to makeup I have experienced it all from countless companies sending me their best natural deodorants that they swear will " change my life and save me from harmful chemicals " to testing out the newest natural lip stains on the market that promise to leave my lips luscious when truthfully the majority turns into a chalky mush. The fact is most of these products do in fact require chemicals to prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.
It all comes down to what I like to call living a 70-30 lifestyle. Here are a few little tips that can help heal your body, show you where to spend your dollars and help you glow.
Example: Do make your own body scrubs and body butters which will be on your body the longest. You can in fact make a badass hydrating body scrub using coffee, brown sugar, himalayan pink salt, cinnamon ( helps prevent cellulite ) and even olive oil for hydration.
Example: Do spend your money on high end makeup such as Dior, Jan Marini, YSL and my personal favourite, Guerlain. These products end up going much further as you use less and the quality is that much higher. You do spend a little more on that 25$ lip gloss but it lasts you 5-9 hours as opposed to a 5.99$ which cakes off in 45 minutes.
Example: Do eat the cleanest and least processed foods you can buy. Spinach and kale over highly processed powder greens or beet juice which is a natural potent pre work out and the king of antioxidants over a highly sugar filled pre work out.
Example: Do eat in 70% of your meals and 30% restaurants. Over the years the health industry has made significant steps in the right direction but you truly do not know what you are getting unless you make it at home. Booster juice still uses sorbet as a filler while claiming to be healthy. Sorbet is basically water + sugar + fruit, while ice cream and gelato is milk/cream + sugar + fruit. Processed sugars cause diseases such as cancer, facial hair in women, low testosterone in men and premature aging. Yikes!
Follow the rabbit hole.
What this all boils down to is discovering what your healthiest 70% of life looks like and then accepting and adding in the 30% unhealthy chemicals that you are willing to absorb. As the world's population grows with scientists and founders constantly inventing and creating new products to consume, we more than ever have to ask the inevitable question: WHY?