How much does YOUR beauty regime cost?

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Hello bloggy peeps. I am hella tired, so this probably won’t be a long post, but I thought I should check in, just to get into the habit of blogging again! So far, my week has been great, I’ve been running and strength training like a demon, and I hope to continue with this momentum.

One thing I am wondering about (to completely change the subject), is what your beauty regiment like? I’ve never really had one before, but I’d like to start, seeing as I’ll be 30 (EEK!) in August. One thing that I have become more passionate about as I have gotten older (besides health and fitness) has been environmental sustainability. I have a hard time walking the walk though, because it is just so expensive to switch everything over to natural and organic products. I’ve started reading this book called Ecoholic Body by Adria Vasil, and it is essentially a guide to green for Canadians. She gives great tips and reviews on natural products, but some of them are so bloody expensive! I mean, $15 for a bar of soap? There has to be a cheaper alternative, that doesn’t involve me making my own soap. I’m not comfortable with the idea of having lye in the house with the kitties around, so that’s out. So what’s a girl to do? Any tips of where to find relatively inexpensive organic soaps and such?

I have switched over my face cleansing routine, and this one is a real reversal from what I was doing before. I preface this by saying that after the awkward teenage years, I have had relatively normal skin; the breakouts do happen occasionally, but it’s never that serious. I’ve never been loyal to one brand of cleanser or moisturiser, usually going for what is on sale. Currently (or until last week), I was using a Bliss 2 in 1 facial cleanser from Sephora, and it was certainly NOT cheap ($25. That’s more than I paid for 4 yards of silk crepe at fabricmartfabrics.com. Just sayin’…). After reading my book and discovering the ‘Mean 15‘ ingredients in beauty products, I was disappointed to see that my cleanser had a lot of them. So what are my options? Scour the stores for a new product with none of the ‘Mean 15′, possibly spending even more money (and lots of time in the mall), or I could try the oil cleansing method. That’s right, cleaning my face with oil.

It makes sense when you think about it. Our skin produces oil, so when we use cleansers that strip it of said oil, out skin goes into hyper drive to produce more oil, causing further problems for people with sensitive or acne prone skin. By massaging the face with clean oil, it removes the dirty oil, while leaving your skin hydrated and feeling great. Well, that is the theory anyway, so I thought I’d give the oil method a shot. This is what I do: I mix a small amount of castor, argan, jojoba and (sometimes) sweet almond oil together and massage it onto my face for a few minutes. After this, I rinse it off with a clean facecloth soaked in hot water. I’ve only been doing it for about a week, but I must say, my skin has been feeling really good lately. I’m sure that you can use other oils as well (olive is supposed to be amazing for cleaning the skin), but as I understand it, the castor oil is pretty important. It may take a bit of trial and error to get the proportions just right (I’ve probably just been lucky so far), but I am going to stick with this for the next month, and I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

The next thing I want to change over is the ol’ pit stick. This one will be hard… I really stink when I work out if my deodorant is weak. That’s probably more than you wanted to know…

This ended up being way longer than I thought it would, so I am going to sign off, wash my face, and go to bed. Nite all!

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