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How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen

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How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen

The skin is the largest organ in the body and the substances we put on our skin make their way into our system. Think about how a nicotine patch works; it is simply a patch on the skin but it’s contents get absorbed into the bloodstream. In our modern environments, we are exposed to some toxins which we can’t do anything about; things like air pollution. Fortunately, there are some things we can control like what beauty products we use.

Natural Options for Cleaning & Cleansing
A flannel with warm water and a natural soap or coconut oil is a relaxing and gentle way to remove makeup and wash your face.

Natural Options for Moisturising & Fragrance
Natural Oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil mixed with a few drops of your favourite essential oil; I love grapefruit, lavender and vetiver. 

Natural/Low Additive Brands
Weleda
Lavera
Pacifica
Korres
Jason

Ingredients to avoid where possible:
Parabens
Phytates – Sometimes called dibutyl phthalate in nail products. Particularly to be avoided in pregnancy
Fragrance – A loose term with no bound legal description meaning it can be hard to know what has been used to create it in the product.
Heavy Metals – Mostly found in hair dyes. Opt for organic or natural hair dyes
Words ending with ‘-thiazolinone’ – a preservative which is an irritant to skin and potentially neurotoxic

 

Have you tried lowering your toxic load and detoxing your beauty regimen? Let me know in the comments!

Check out my other lifestyle posts:

How to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

Helpful Guides for Mental Health Support

How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen

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Easy Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

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This is a super easy chicken bone broth recipe, or as I call it: liquid gold.

The benefits of bone broth are vast. It is excellent for your skin, thanks to all that lovely collagen (yes, the very same stuff people pay hundreds to have pumped into their faces), fantastic for your gut health which in turn supports your immune system.  Continue Reading

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7 Tips for cooking with Chronic Illness

When you’re battling with a chronic health illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often the last thing you feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal. However, enjoying homemade food is so important, especially when your body could do with the helping hand that nutrient dense wholefoods have to offer.

Before I developed fibromyalgia, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I had been baking cookies and cakes since I was a teenager and had developed a love for cooking in my early 20s. I didn’t want to stop being able to cook, not only for the nutrients, but for the joy and relaxation that cooking brought me.

Unfortunately, my energy levels don’t always see eye to eye with my intentions!

Over time, I figured out ways to make my time in the kitchen easier and how to maximise a good day when I have extra energy to spend on cooking. Here are my tips for cooking with a chronic illness Continue Reading

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Refined Sugar Free Brownies

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These refined sugar free brownies are a real treat – super gooey in the middle and hard on top, just as a brownie should be!

Instead of caster sugar, I used unrefined coconut sugar to sweeten them. Still a treat but a great alternative to a more ‘mainstream brownie’ recipe.  Continue Reading

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Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe

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This gluten free pancakes recipe is also refined sugar-free, dairy free and flour-less.

Growing up across North America, there were a couple of breakfast staples I loved as a kid. High on the list are fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Unfortunately, most buttermilk pancake recipes have milk (hence the ‘milk’ in ‘buttermilk’) and loads of sugar – two things which are problematic in my kitchen!

After much experimenting, I have worked out the best gluten-free pancake recipe that still has that fluffiness I love and the texture of a ‘normal’ buttermilk pancake.  Continue Reading

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Helpful Guides for Mental Health Support

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In this article, I have listed some of what I find to be the most helpful guides for mental health support and contact information to charities that can help you and your loved ones.

As with physical health, learning more about mental health and where to start with improving your own mental health, or that of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The internet is absolutely full of blogs, guides and resources and this list of helpful guides for mental health support will (hopefully) serve as a starting point.
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Nightshades and Fibromyalgia: The Possible Link

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You may have read that certain foods can trigger or contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms and flares. I myself have certainly found this to be true with sugar, dairy and nightshades. This article will explain a little into why that might be, some research about nightshades and fibromyalgia and what to do if you think you might be nightshade sensitive.

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