It’s time to shed your winter skin, so to speak, and embrace the warmer days, brighter colours and fresh new looks this spring!
As our trusted nails are not just a bunch of dead cells, they are actually living at the nail bed, so it makes total sense to avoid toxic chemicals that are found in a lot of traditional polishes (see list of nasties below) and opt for more natural based polishes instead.
The good news is there’s no sacrifice when it comes to quality, times have changed!
What to avoid in your polish…
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP): A potentially hormone disrupting chemical, used to make polish less flammable and make the polish stick to the nail more strongly.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): Acts as a binder to improve the lasting quality of polish. It has been linked to reproductive issues.
Formaldehyde: This is a preservative, steriliser, and an embalming chemical. This makes your nail polish harden and keeps it fresh for a long time.
Toluene: Used in polish to give a smooth finish. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, liver, and kidney damage and decreased blood cell count.
Camphor: This comes in many forms and is used to make the polish flexible. It’s also a neurotoxin, which can cause seizures if ingested (beware nail biters). Small doses can caused slowed breathing and excess perspiration.
CLICK to research more on chemical ingredients
If you get your nails done at a salon, you could suggest that they try non toxic polishes.
It’s better for the therapists and customers (YOU)! Alternatively, you can always BYOP (bring your own polish).
It’s also important that you don’t allow the nail tech to remove what is commonly thought to be the cuticle line (it’s actually called the proximal fold). This prevents germs and bacteria from entering the nail matrix.
Applying a traditional polish after this has been performed is certainly not ideal for avoiding absorption of toxic chemicals!
If you haven’t already, get yourself a natural polish remover. It’s a much more gentle way to take off polish without drying out your cuticles – to find out more, CLICK HERE
What we’re loving!
Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish formula is a healthier alternative to mainstream polishes.
Made with love in Byron Bay Australia these pretty polishes may be toxin-free, but really work! For a beautiful, full coverage and long-wearing finish.
Other natural polishes to try are Zoya, Treet, Lily Lolo, Kester Black
No matter how much I try to stay hydrated, my lips always seem to get really dry and tight in the winter months.
I find the only way to keep the cracks at bay, is by exfoliating regularly and using rich, natural lip balms often throughout the day and before bed.
There are specific lip exfoliators you can use, or simply use the index finger of an exfoliating glove, to gently buff the surface of your lips while you’re in the shower (and I do mean gently, dry lips can be fragile things)
Try to avoid licking your lips, this only makes them dryer, and instead have your favourite lip balm on hand 24/7.
Keep one in your pocket, in the car, in your bag, in the kitchen, bathroom and by the bed, that way you’re always prepared!
Might seem a little OTT but it definitely helps having them readily available.
A natural remedy to try if your lips are really cracked and dry, is mashed up cucumber. Slather on your lips for approximately 5 minutes while lying down and this gently hydrates and soothes the area. Bit messy but it’s quite effective.
Stay clear of of any balms or glosses that contain petrolatum (just think petrol, no thanks) this actually blankets the lips and doesn’t allow any moisturising properties to penetrate.
Anything with artificial colours, synthetic fragrances and phenol/flavours, BHT and chemical sunscreens. To read more on why these ingredients should be avoided, CLICK HERE.
LIP BALMS WITH BANG
Click image for more – Black Chicken Balm of Ages $14.95
Multi purpose balm, full of amazingly nourishing ingredients.
Click image for more – Madara Plum Lip Perfection Balm $19
Deeply moisturising balm, can be used with lipstick for added moisture.
Click on image for more – Suvana Organic Vegan Paw Paw & Coconut Lip Balm $9.95
Click on image for more – Dr. Alkaitis ‘Love Your Lips’ Organic Lip Treatment $39.95
Perfect for dry chapped lips.
Naturally nourishing, these lip treatments will keep your lips kissable, all year round.
If the silly season has left you feeling a little…err, silly, we’ve got a few tricks to boost your energy, refresh your skin and help lose those sneaky kg’s.
For many, this time of year is a wonderful, joyous time, but for some, Christmas and all it’s festivities bring a great amount of stress, and don’t always embody the happiest of memories.
A fresh start can begin on any day of the month, it’s not just exclusive to the start of a new year. So, with this in mind, here are a few mini motivators to help ease you back into, YOU!
There are so many glorious products on the market, it can be quite overwhelming knowing which ones to choose from.
Here is a list of my top summer picks, which will hopefully save you some time when it comes to making your choice! And yes, they are all natural, free of nasties and full of goodness for your skin! Join up to receive the Beautiful Because newsletter, and receive 10% off your order.
Lately, the lines on my face have taken on a life of their own!
Three months after the birth of my second child, sleep deprived and lacking interest in my skin care routine i.e. feeling too lazy to take off my make up, forgetting to exfoliate and using coconut oil to cleanse, tone and moisturise, I was feeling like I’d aged a million years.