Do you know what are you putting on your skin these days?
As women, nurturers, lovers, and dedicated mothers- we fight for un-adulterated nutrient dense delicacies to deck our tables come mealtime. We endlessly check and recheck nutrition labels. We try and make sure there are no more than five ingredients when we buy packaged foods, and that those ingredients are easy to pronounce. Yet to what standards do we hold our soaps, scrubs, lotions, creams, toners, cleansers and perfumes?
I conjure these words and thoughts from my own experience and from the standpoint of a totally happy and blissful new mama. In the past, I rarely checked the label to see what type of concoction I was putting on the largest filter my body has to offer; my skin. If I did scan the ingredient list, I took for granted that, “Well, no one knows what these things are… and I guess that is okay.”
NOT TRUE my sisters and mamas. Every day we are exposed to chemical after artificial chemical. We are bombarded by noxious noise that settles on to our skin. Our one Hail Mary for a happy glow supposedly comes from these questionable multi billion dollar skin care companies that infuse their products with synthetic this and fragrance that. Perhaps in the past, we gambled with these products, as our own health was our only consideration. But now you might have a little one teething on your fingers, sucking on your shoulders and nestling into your chest. Good, healthy decisions made in honor of our skins, are also made in honor of our babes.
So I bring you good news ladies. There is a solution to all of your sebum related woes. That is this; think organic, think botanical, think small batch and simple – just like with your meals. The simpler the plant based organic product, the better it is for you and your dermis. There are so many ways to enjoy and enhance your innate beauty by utilizing the gifts from this creation. The gifts that come to us baring petals, stems, roots and leaves, fruits and nuts. These are the ingredients that our bodies crave, inside and out. They are our first defense against the unnatural.
With the holidays coming let’s simplify by talking about one suggested stocking filler and its components. Body butter.
Body butter is a type of moisturizer made up of botanical butters, carrier oils and essential oils. (Body butter does not contain water or other ‘filler agents’ as lotions and creams do) The most common butter bases you will see are shea butter and cocoa butter. Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E & F, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E help to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin. Vitamin F contains essential fatty acids, which helps protect and repair damaged skin. Shea butter even offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6). Cocoa butter is naturally rich in Vitamin E, as well as a number of other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
But why stop there with all the buttery goodness that nature has to offer? Take this base and blend in a carrier oil such as rose hip seed, jojoba or coconut and witness your skins’ happiness levels leap through the proverbial roof. These carrier oils bring with them even more fatty acids and nutrients.
Last but not least, botanical products often incorporate essential oils like lavender, geranium, clary sage, ylang-ylang and rose. Each essential oil harboring its own intrinsic medicine geared towards balance, beauty and physical and emotional wellness.
Mama to mama – These are the types of ingredients you can use and pronounce when you choose to truly love the skin you are in and the little babe on your hip.
Image Credit: Maui Blessed Organics