Alright, let’s try this again. After my site crashed Monday I lost my entire blog post as it hadn’t backed up to the server yet when the site went down, so I had to write it all over again. I’ll try to remember everything I wrote! We are in (almost to the end of) week 5 of the #JAKWellness12. This month we’ve focused on physical wellness, from exercise to hydration. I did pretty well with last week’s challenge to drink more water and take probiotics. I have to say I’ve noticed my energy levels are more steady throughout the day when I’m hydrated. And I’ll also take any excuse to drink my favorite AquaVitea Kombucha, seriously if you can find it near you, it’s so good! Next week we will kick off a new theme for the month of February, but make sure you comment with your progress from last week’s challenge to be automatically entered in our monthly and big year-end giveaways!
The Challenge: Clean Beauty + Food
For our last challenge of the month I wanted to turn the focus to skincare. One of my goals for 2018 is to incorporate more clean products into my beauty routine. As I mentioned on Instagram a few days ago I have been struggling with hormonal acne the last few months. I’m almost afraid to say it but I think I’ve got it under control. I’ll share a full and detailed post about what I’ve done, but a lot of that has to do with these week’s challenge, clean beauty and food. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and what we put on it is absorbed into the bloodstream. As the same time, what we feed our bodies is just as important as the products we’re using on our skin, so I also want to focus on eating clean. The challenge for the week is to try at least one clean beauty product and eat at least one clean meal a day. By eating clean I mean a meal that consists of whole foods (not pre-packaged, preservative filled, etc.).
-I’ve rounded up some of my favorite clean beauty products below, but if I had to choose just one I’d probably say Farmaesthetics Herbal Cleanser and Facial Mist. They’re both so gentle and smell incredible.
-If you’re not quite ready to purchase a new product, try a DIY treatment with things you have in your pantry. I pinned a bunch of good ones here.
-Shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store. The way most grocery stores are set up, all the good stuff is around the edges. Everything on the inside aisles (for the most part) is stuff you don’t need. Stock up on fruits, veggies, whole grains, organic protein sources, etc.
-I know I recommend it all the time but Good Clean Food is one of my favorite cookbooks for easy to follow healthy recipes (that taste good!). I’m going to share some smoothie bowl recipes next week most of which are adapted from this book.
-Try a natural deodorant. I swear by Native.
Favorite Clean Beauty Brands
-I discovered True Botanicals recently and actually have a call with one of their skin consultants today to talk about my skin issues. I’ve had a few people recommend their Clear line so I’m going to give it a try.
-I started using Rahua shampoo a few months ago and love how it leaves my hair feeling clean but doesn’t dry it out.
-I kind of forgot about this line but it is truly one of my favorite sea salt sprays, it smells incredible, gives great texture and lasts forever.
-I actually bought this body lotion at the grocery store (I have honey calendula but couldn’t find it online). It’s super affordable too.