Last week I went to a lovely workshop all about the chemicals that are in our beauty products, how they are absorbed through our skin and bodies, and how you can transition to natural beauty products. The workshop was presented by Kimiko from Miiko Skin Co hosted by the yoga studio I practice hot yoga at, Bikram Westshore. We learned tons of great information, had some tasty treats and tried out Miiko Skin Co’s great products. The information was so great, and the products are so awesome that they are so worth sharing with you lovelies.
I’d love to jump right in and tell you how great Miiko Skin Co’s products are, but first I think it’s really important to go over some of the things we learned about how products are absorbed into our skin. First we learned about what different chemicals are and how they are absorbed by the body, and man you wouldn’t believe the stuff that is in the everyday products around us – eek! Our food, cleaning products, food containers, and of course beauty products all contain harmful chemicals that are absorbed by our bodies. These chemicals can:
- Imbalance our hormones leading to further problems
- Lead us to feel run down, tired, or cranky
- Negatively affect on our respiratory systems
- Cause cancer and other diseases
Here are some of the main things you want to look out for:
- Chemicals in our makeup – one example is the curious parfum
- Plastics – the softer the plastic, the more chemicals have been added to it, and the less stable it is
- Chemicals in cleaning supplies – there is no reason to be using all of these chemicals
It’s not all bad news though. Now that we are aware of what these chemicals are, and where to find them, we can work on slowly cutting them out of consumption. Don’t stress about it too much, yes they are practically everywhere, but if we work on cutting things out little by little it really does make a big difference. These same chemicals have a shelf life within our bodies. If we slowly cut down on using products that contain these chemicals we can get to a point where the chemicals are able to leave our bodies before more and more is being absorbed. I am personally being more conscious of the food I eat, and am slowly converting my beauty and cleaning products to natural products. I am also more aware of how I use different plastics with my food. You don’t have to make all these changes at once, but slowly over time they will make a big impact on your health.
With the gloomy stuff out of the way we can now focus on the good stuff we want to put in our bodies. One thing we want to be aware of is our acid mantle. Our acid mantle is essentially a thin layer over our skin that protects us from external bacteria, allergens, and other acne causing, non-healthy things. Unfortunately our acid mantle is disrupted by excessive sweating, hormonal imbalances (thanks Aunt Flo!), and washing our skin. To maintain our acid mantle we need to avoid harsh cleansers and try to restore our ph balance with things like my new favourite toner, Miiko Skin Co’s Saving Face Toner. This all natural toner has so many great benefits like restoring your acid mantle by balancing the ph of your skin, exfoliating dead tissue, reducing inflammation and brightening skin. When mixed with their other products, they’re a serious game changer for your face.
My other favourite product is their Glitter Girl Face Oil. This face oil is uh-mazing for acne prone skin like mine. I have combination skin with dry areas around my cheekbones under my eyes and on my upper forehead, I also have oily areas with break outs on my chin and around my mouth. In the 1 week I’ve been using these two products with my natural cleanser I have noticed a BIG difference with my skin. The dry areas are barely noticeable, my skin is less oily, and my breakouts are minimal (TMI I’m also coming up to that time of the month when things are usually worse!), I’m seriously surprised at how well this stuff works, and can’t wait to see the progress of my skin over the next month. If you’re like me and have tried countless products to improve your skin, then I highly recommend trying one more brand, Miiko Skin Co.
One of the things I absolutely loved about Kimiko’s presentation was that she really showed us all of the ingredients in her products. I’m someone who tries to picture the ingredients in the food I eat as their natural form. For example if I look at an ingredient list for bread and see eggs, flour, baking soda, etc. then I can picture all of those items as their more natural raw selves. Compare this to pop and I have no idea what over half of the ingredients are. With Miiko Skin Co’s products you can actually imagine the ingredients in their basic form. She even made some delicious vegan carrot cake and cinnamon coco dip for rice crackers using the ingredients she uses in her products. You couldn’t show off the ingredients better than feeding them to me in a yummy dessert form!
All in all I urge you to be more aware of what you are exposing yourself to by using everyday products. All of the links (most of which were provided by Kimiko) are great sources of information if you’d like to find out more. I also recently read a great post by Brooke at The Pink Lime about the chemicals that might be in your makeup. And if you’re thinking of making the switch to natural beauty products check on Miiko Skin Co and all of they’re lovely products and information about taking care of yourself through beauty products. If you have any natural beauty product faves I’d love to hear about them! Please comment below.
Until next time,