Healthy Lifestyle Secrets
If you’re thinking of starting a chemical-free life, but too scared to jump in, never fear! I’ve made a list of things I wish someone had told me when I first started my natural lifestyle. There were certainly times when I wondered why I was still pursuing a natural lifestyle.
People even tried to convince me to return to my tried-and-true products. But the ingredient lists of those products always had me running in the opposite direction. So if you ever find yourself in a rut, or if you don’t know what to expect, keep these things in mind when the going gets tough.
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There are Excellent Chemical Free Products Out There
Many people think that natural products look weird, or just don’t get the job done. My husband was one of those people. So having natural products in the house was a challenge at first. But to some degree, that’s true. Chemical-free products are lacking in preservatives and other harsh substances that make them last longer, or enhance its desired effect.
One example of this is looking for aloe vera gel at the store after a nasty sunburn. You can find a tube of aloe vera that you can keep in your medicine cabinet. But if you look at the ingredient list, you’ll notice there’s hardly any actual aloe at all! Instead, you see a list of unknown ingredients you can’t pronounce.
I go over this in more detail in my natural sunburn remedies post, but pure aloe vera gel would be much better. One of the first differences you’ll notice is that you have to store pure aloe in the fridge, because there’s no preservatives. But you’ll only get what your skin needs, and that’s soothing moisture!
But do you really want to compromise your health just to make your foundation last a little longer? Do some experimenting and find a product that meets you in the middle. I have found plenty of natural products that do just as good, if not better, than my previous chemical-laden products.
A perfect example of this is my list of chemical-free makeup products that I use for dance performances and for everyday looks. You don’t have to feel like a deprived outsider! I also use and love Just Nutritive Hair and Skincare. My in-depth Just Nutritive review explains just who they are here.
You can also make as many products as you like from scratch! And they only take one ingredient!
My handy-dandy list above will help you make some amazing beauty staples! But let’s be real here, no one has time to make everything. So decide on what products you want to buy instead of make. And I promise you, good options are out there!
Things Will Go Wrong
Repeat this in your head until it’s there to stay. Then accept it and know that everything will be okay if things do go wrong. Living a chemical-free life can be an experiment, and when we aren’t sure of the outcome, things might not turn out like we hoped.
Especially if you plan on making the majority of your products from scratch. Everyone is different, with different needs for their skin, hair, home, you name it. Therefore, not every D.I.Y recipe you find online will work for you. It’s all about exploring and discovering what works best.
One of the hardest adjustments in the initial stages of my natural journey was my hair. The first article I read about a chemical-free lifestyle had to do with ditching big-brand shampoo and conditioner products. I quickly learned that you could make your own shampoo out of baking soda and water, and diluted apple cider vinegar could act as a conditioner. However, I quickly learned that you shouldn’t wash your hair with baking soda.
The baking soda dried out my hair and just barely cleaned it for a day, and the apple cider vinegar did little to nothing. But I knew that my hair needed to adjust, and I was stubborn about it working. It took me until just recently to realize that my hair needed all natural shampoo bought at a store. Now my hair is softer and healthier than ever!
You Don’t Have to be a Complete Hippy to Be Chemical-Free
Sometimes a natural lifestyle makes one think of a young woman in a maxi skirt with long hair skipping through a field of flowers, coming to offer you all kinds of insights on essential oils and raising your vibration. I have zero hate for any of those things, but you get the picture.
You certainly don’t have to be a hippy to enjoy all that a chemical-free life has to offer! It can be as simple as changing out some products that you use every day with safer products that EWG recommends. You can find some of my personal favorite products below!
What I love about a natural lifestyle, or any lifestyle for that matter, is you can personalize it. Go as crazy as you like! Some people like to make absolutely everything, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You can choose to buy everything too. It’s all about looking at your personal lifestyle and deciding what’s best for you and your home.
A Chemical-Free Lifestyle Will Take Time
You know how I’ve mentioned that you will need to experiment? Can you make a guess as to what that will take? Time. Even if you decide to buy most of your natural products, there’s no guarantee that they will work for you.
And with the sudden decrease of chemicals in your system, your body’s needs will change over time. For me, my hair and skin have become just a little bit drier over the years. I used to be able to get away with washing my face only with water, and a little argan oil kept it from drying out.
Now, I have my own DIY non-greasy lotion for the cold winter months, and I’ve started to apply some DIY moisturizing hair oil for some extra health and hydration. So if things aren’t changing like you want them to, keep experimenting. I promise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Anything!
Other than your favorite products, that is. But you’ll find new favorites that work just as well! If you think that living a chemical free life involves going without makeup or anything else that makes you happy, you’re dead wrong. There are so many companies out there that sell products with your new lifestyle in mind!
There are companies devoted to hair, beauty, cleaning, you name it. My two personal favorite companies are Rocky Mountain Oils and Just Nutritive. If you’re a makeup junkie, trust me when I say that there is a whole other side of the beauty community just waiting to be discovered! I just barely scratch the surface with my Honeybee Gardens Review!
The only other thing you would need to sacrifice is a little time to get used to your new beauty and home products. But believe me when I say that it is so worth it in the long run! So if you think that living a natural lifestyle means giving up all the things you know and love, you don’t have to!
You certainly can if you’re looking to challenge yourself, but I want you to love a chemical-free life, not hate it. That’s why I’m here too. I want to help you along the way, so you can always send me an email if you have a question, or just need to vent.
What No One Will Tell You About Going Chemical-Free
Don’t let the idea of going chemical free intimidate you. Looking back on when I first started, I wish someone had told me that there are plenty of store-bought options out there. I thought nearly everything had to be homemade for it to be natural, but there are so many alternatives to common household products.
Things will go wrong as you learn to adapt to your new lifestyle, but if you keep experimenting, I promise you’ll find something you love. There will be a few bumps along the way that will make you want to quit, but you’ve got people like me to support you!
It will take time, but hey, patience is a virtue we could all use sometimes, right? Lastly, remember that you don’t have to sacrifice anything you don’t want to. Look at it as replacing the product with something better than before.
What do you wish you could have know when you decided to be healthier? Let me know in the comments below!
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