The Start Of It All
My obsessive search for natural skin care products started with two positive lines on a pregnancy test. It was a moment with a million thoughts going through my head – FAST. No doubt one of them was my skincare routine and my diet (including copious amounts of coffee and a nightly glass of wine). Having worked for a dermatologist, I was an eager, volunteering guinea pig for trying out new products – no doubt the list of ingredients that I had layered on my face and body was giving me the chills. Wasting no time, I started researching. It’s almost been a year and I feel like I have an encyclopedia in my head of what is good or dangerous for a body – pregnant or not.
I first went through my bathroom cabinet, drawers, make up box, nail polish, toothpaste…With all these products on my desk, I read through any ingredients that would be considered dangerous, no matter what the amount, and started separating them. Any products that didn’t have a full a list of ingredients got “inspected” at the http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Yes… a little (much) extreme, but that’s the only way I thought I could redeem my skin care routine, with respect for the life that was now growing within me.
Without pretty much anything left to use after my inspection, I had a clean slate. I bought organic virgin coconut oil with the intention to use it as my go-to cream. As we’ve all heard by now – whatever I put in my mouth, is good for my body. I loooved the smell – so Almond Joy, though it wasn’t joy for long. The smell started making me extremely nauseous just a few days later. So I had to scratch that goodness and look for other options, which didn’t take long. Having heard about the latest argan-oil-everything, I knew I would only go for the pure stuff. I purchased some Kahina organic argan oil from work. The smell is nutty but not overpowering; the texture – oily but not greasy. I was first worried about acne with the oil’s use but took my boss’s word that it can aid in fighting acne. So far – so very good: I’ve been using it on my face morning and night, and my then growing belly got a drop here and there, too. I don’t know which it was – pregnancy or the argan oil (or abstaining from nasty parabens, synthetic fragrances and who knows what else) that has improved my skin. Either way, I’m glad to have a moisturizer that’s pure and made for a good cause.
Here’s another easy read from the Wall Street Journal about this liquid gold :)