I remember when my mother took me to the Clinique counter at Nordstrom’s when I started taking an interest in make up (because other girls were wearing it). The “all natural” look that Clinique exhibits is still a far cry from how I look at make up these days. My thoughts have evolved from wearing make up for looks to wearing it for protection (at least 30 SPF on the face) to wearing it to nourish my skin and my body, topically – remember, you absorb much of what you put on your skin, so why not buy products that you could, essentially, eat? My husband has expressed his slight disappointment in me when I wear too much makeup, telling me I don’t really look like myself, while also telling me how beautiful I am without it (no, I do not take this for granted). This expression and almost permission to not wear it, paired with research and more knowledge around how many toxins and chemicals we not only put in but on our bodies, and I have broken free from my 15 year old make up routine and have found the perfect solution for me. I thought I would share it here.
When I started looking for new, cleaner products, I went for unscented, no parabens or other chemicals that recent studies consider unsafe, and may interfere with metabolism and overall health (not to mention the chemicals that we don’t yet know are harmful). I started to use what I have learned about plastics and parabens, and links to hormone imbalance and cancers, when shopping for cosmetics. There is much to learn through ewg.org’s Skindeep site. And then there are the links that xenoestrogens have to metabolism and unhealthy weight gain.
Then I thought I would push it further. I started moisturizing with coconut oil (yep, the kind you cook with), washing my face with grainy raw honey and thought about making my own toothpaste (powder) - I have yet to get to that one. One aspect of looking for a better beauty and hygiene protocol is always the cost of trying different products. But low and behold, I was led to Sequioa Beauty through a networking meeting with a physical therapist. I got some samples, heard some enthusiastic testimonials and of course, it being local, I was sold on trying this stuff. And it is practically edible. My routine is as follows:
- Wash face twice a day with Sequioa Purify and Release Cleanser
- Dab problem areas and potential pimples with the Sequioa Anti-Inflammatory Serum
- Apply Juice Beauty SPF 30 tinted concealer. I don’t plan on purchasing this once what I have runs out. It’s a bit too heavy.
- Apply Juice Beauty powder if needed, for less shine.
- I use brown eye pencil, brown mascara and shimmery brown eye shadow for special occasions, or when I have more time. I like eye shadows that last a long time.
- Brush teeth with Sonicare electric toothbrush, Tea Tree Therapy toothpaste (but I wanna start making my own tooth powder)
- Moisturize body after shower with raw coconut oil or Awakening skincare products (right now I have Hands)
- For the lips, homemade chapstick from my friend Ilah Jarvis in Peppermint. I think it’s pretty easy to make!
Yes, Sequioa is a bit of an investment, but I use one pump of the cleanser and two to three drops of the serum everyday, so it lasts a long time. There is a slight scent, but it isn’t artificial and I rather enjoy it. Earthy but sweet.