When you’re making the switch from conventional products to natural beauty, body, and skincare, one of the most important transitions is the one from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. (Sticking it out with natural shampoo is at the top of the list, too.) Changing these beauty habits — especially when your body has worked hard to “adapt” to all those chemicals — can be a challenging, sweaty, and even smelly process. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the work. And guess what? Fall is the best season to do it. Here’s why.
I’m having a big grateful moment today: for amazing friends, for my sweet (and hilarious) dogs, for my husband (married five years last weekend, what?!), for the work I do, and of course, for every single one of you who stops by to read Indigo+Canary. You are amazing!
I’m also grateful for the fantastic natural and organic blogs out there that continue to keep me inspired and informed. Here are three of my favorite recent posts from some of my favorite bloggers:
- I have a huge fan-girl crush on Crunchy Betty, and if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, absolutely do not miss this post about navigating your natural health. It’s such a smart take on going the natural route, even though it can feel overwhelming.
- One big pet peeve of mine: whining about growing older. (Here’s the thing: not everyone is lucky enough to grow old or even celebrate just one more birthday. Enjoy the life you have while you have it!) If you’re still not convinced, here’s a post for you, from Organic Authority: 1o Things to Love About Aging. Enjoy!
- The once-a-week detox seems like something I could definitely stick with. And if two of my favorite natural beauties—Jolene from Beauty is Wellness and CrazySexyCancer chick Kris Carr—say it could help get rid of cellulite? Sold.
What are you grateful for this week? —Aleigh
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If you’re looking to add a new detox technique to your daily beauty routine, one of the best options is dry brushing, which helps detox from the outside, in. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and also your body’s ultimate defense between you and the environment. It’s also often referred to as the body’s “third kidney” because of the important role it plays in helping your body eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:
- Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
- Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
- Reduces cellulite
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
- Tones muscles and tightens skin
Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it honestly just feels good. The first thing I noticed when I started dry brushing is that I feel much more invigorated post-shower. Read on to find out how to get started!
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The lotus, an ancient symbol of restoration and renewal.
This week I’m really excited about something on the horizon: I’ll be offering some natural beauty advice as part of The Reinvention Project: 30 Days to a Happier, Healthier, More Inspired You. I’m so excited to join a pretty spectacular roster of amazing women who will be offering advice on all kinds of things, from stress relief and changing your mindset to finances and living your dream lifestyle. The best part? It’s free.
Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying this week:
- Christy Coleman interviewed the lovely Spirit Demerson of SpirityBeautyLounge.com.
- Whole Living is launching a 21-day detox plan that starts Jan. 3, and I’m seriously considering giving it a try. The only problem? I can’t imagine giving up my absolute favorite part of my day: my morning coffee. (Maybe I can fudge on that one little thing?!) Anyone out there want to try it with me?
- The Green Beauty Guide shared a recipe for an active charcoal facial (doing it!) and a few DIY recipes for chapped lips.
- At The Organic Authority, this story about how herbicides that make their way into our water supply are another cause of changing hormones in women. And you know what? I’m pretty pissed about this whole thing. Not just about the herbicides, but about how many different versions of this story I’ve read. Hormones are a powerful regulator in the human body, and when there are so many chemicals surrounding us that can change or manipulate them—from our cosmetics to the food we eat to the water we drink—it’s no wonder they have such a large impact on our bodies.
What have you read+enjoyed this week? —Aleigh
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The transition to fall has begun (in related news: it was really hard to get up in the dark this morning!), and with it comes cooler weather, a change in schedules and darker evenings. It’s important to make small changes to your beauty routine this time of year, too, so I’ve pulled together some tips to help you ease your way into my favorite season of the year.
- Get enough shuteye. Sleep is especially important when you’re adjusting to a new school (or work) routine, and first-day jitters can keep you from getting enough (or good enough) sleep. Warm baths (with some bath oil to help you relax), pillows spritzed with lavender (like Amala’s Aroma Apothecary Relax Lavender Concentrate), and making sure it’s as dark as possible when it’s time to go to bed (use a sleep mask if you need one) are all good ways to make sure you’re maximizing those all-important hours of sleep.
- Realize your skin may change with the seasons. Weather and seasonal changes have a definite impact on your skin. If your skin, like mine, starts to get drier as temperatures drop, begin incorporating an extra moisturizing night cream into your nighttime routine (maybe once or twice a week to start) until you feel your skin needs the extra moisture every night. Likewise, some complexions get oilier when the seasons change–if your skin feels greasier or you have a breakout, try switching the products you use to reflect your changing complexion. (Stepping up on my soapbox for a moment to remind you that this is not the time to skimp on sun protection–it’s important year round.)