naturalize: to bring into conformity with nature
Your body may look impermeable to the naked eye; but, it is not. Products applied to the skin and nails make their way into your bloodstream. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America ‘after using cosmetics everyday for a year your body can absorb as much as five pounds of makeup chemicals, chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins.’ It is theorized that a number of health conditions (autoimmune conditions like Graves Disease included) are exacerbated by, if not induced by, toxic overwhelm due to poison exposure in one’s environment – food supply, beauty products, home cleaning products etc.
I’m very focused on supporting remission of my Graves Disease diagnosis right now; so, I’ve been zeroing in on and eliminating known toxins from my environment. Part of this process involved finding a nontoxic way to keep my mani/pedi situation under control . Previously I was a fan of the flawless albeit plastic look of acrylics. But the older I get the more granola I become. I lost interest in that look and feeling like I was choking on fumes for an hour. These days I try only to engage in beauty routines that I thoroughly enjoy without detriment to my overall health.
While I think dedicating large amounts of time to pursuing ever elusive beauty standards is a waste, I think it was a great use of your time to engage in rituals that make you feel luxurious. Because having someone else care for my nails makes me feel like I’ve made it, I didn’t want to give it up. I started hunting around for non-toxic alternatives to conventional nails salons and found Pretty Natural Nails. I loved getting the service and learning nail care tips that will serve me well in between visits. I was so impressed with the owner I requested an interview so I could share some of her handy (pun intended) organic and natural nail care tips with everyone.Read More