It's easy to say that you want to mix up your exercise regimen or your diet. After all, no one would cavil with the concept that more exercise and less fatty foods and chemicals is better for you. But have you considered the myriad chemicals you smear onto your skin every day? I'm not talking about working in sanitation, but rather lotions, deodorants, and makeup.
I bought Julie Gabriel's The Green Beauty Guide for my mom on a whim -- it seemed like the sort of thing she and I would both be interested in -- and I borrowed it from her when she was done. Both she and I had the same reaction: about halfway through the book, we went to our bathrooms and threw out three quarters of our beauty products. I axed my shampoo, my lipstick, my lotion…so many things I didn't realize actually contained harmful or untested chemicals.
This sounds scary, but I cannot possible recommend Ms. Gabriel's book (and website) enough. She has a fantastic way of writing that shares your frustration at realizing your favorite products aren't good for you. And she has simple guidelines for making a gentle transition as well -- some things are worse than others, and if you just can't give up your favorite for a while; that's okay. (I still use chemical bleach for the blond in my hair, although I'm finally switching to henna for the red.) Man or woman, this book is definitely a must-read, especially if you have sensitive or aging skin that you need to take better care of.
A healthier you is not just what goes in you, it's what goes on you too, so mix it up, and check out The Green Beauty Guide today!
(As usual, I have no affiliation with Julie Gabriel or her publisher!)