Monday, 10 June 2013

The true price of beauty - A love/hate relationship

In my skincare post I mentioned the fact that I like to use "certified organic skincare products". The reason I purchase skincare with the soil association stamp of approval is because the ingredients in them are not harmful and have no hidden nasties.

You can find the soil association here

As the weather is heating up here in the United Kingdom, and we are exposing our feet in open toed shoes and sandals, we like to start grooming our feet. One thing we like to do is paint our toe nails which I have a love/hate relationship with. The reason it's a love/hate relationship is because it goes against everything I believe in when it comes to organic or natural beauty.

There isn't a completely natural nail polish out there as they still contain a host of chemicals that chemists believe to be harmful. Which is why it is recommend to only use nail polish occasionally and if at all avoid it completely. There are nail brands out there that offer 3 free (formaldehyde, DBP and toulene free) and some even offer 5 free  nail polish (same as 3 free but without camphor and formaldehyde resin) but it would appear that they are still bad for us. A quick search on Google and a whole host of beauty blogs come up with results about this.

So I have decided as of today I am now only allowing myself to look after my hands and feet naturally. No more applying nail polish and no more breathing in the harmful chemicals. I plan on using the money I would normally have used to purchase nail polish and related nail polish things towards products to keep my nails strong, cuticles soft and hands and feet nourished. This way I can have the smoothest feet regardless of season and I will never have to worry about chips or if I have enough remover in the house ever again.

The reason I thought I would dedicate this blog post to my love hate relationship is because I have tried this a couple of times before and I have failed. So I thought if I made it public here it would give me an incentive to carry on with my own beliefs. So I hereby sign this official document Brit Boutique x

The things I will need for my new natural hand and foot care routines are

Hand and Foot products
  • crystal nail file
  • nail buffer
  • cuticle nipper to cut back loose bits of skin down side of nail (not to cut cuticles)
  • hand wash
  • exfoliator
  • nail brush
  • nail clippers 
  • pumice stone
  • oil (either shea butter, almond oil, argan oil or coconut oil)
I am still trying to put together a routine and will upload this when I have figured one out with the products I will use. I am taking before and after pictures to see if my new routines are making a difference. Whether I will post them on here I don't know.

- Louise

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