These days, I find myself becoming increasingly dubious about utilizing certain products that could potentially compromise my health in any way, shape or form. Perhaps this is a valid concern when you reach your mid-20’s, but I believe it’s of the utmost importance that we all become more aware of what we are putting into/on our bodies. I recently opted to implement a systematic regime that includes taking a daily multivitamin and probiotic, exercising for at least 30-minutes three times a week, and switching over to products that employ natural ingredients vs. artificial ones.
When’s the last time you took the initiative to research what ingredients are inside of those skin and haircare products you use every day? Chances are, you’d be shocked if you knew how bad the majority of these components are for you. You may not realize it now, but these harsh chemicals are slowly disrupting your microbiome and killing the healthy bacteria from your skin.
Mother Dirt, a brand that focuses on health over beauty, is the first line of products that have been developed specifically to nurture the bacteria on your skin. If this sounds unhygienic to you, it’s actually the complete opposite. Bacteria are a natural part of the human ecosystem, and despite being “cleaner” than ever, healthy skin still eludes us. We’ve been taught to strive for sterility, but in reality, this is not natural.
I absolutely love the message behind Mother Dirt, so I decided to try out some of the skin and haircare products myself. In addition to helping maintain a balanced microbiome, the products definitely improved the look and feel of my skin. Oily skin has been an issue for me for as long as I can recall, but I found that the moisturizer aided in hydrating my skin without increasing the oil production, which is a fairly common problem that I’ve found with many products I’ve used in the past. The shampoo, made with ingredients derived from plants, gave my hair a silky, smooth look. It’s important to note that all of the Mother Dirt products have expiration dates — but that’s because none of them contain preservatives, which is splendid.
These products aren’t just for women, either. Since Mother Dirt is essentially a healthcare brand, you won’t find the fruity, feminine aromas that many beauty skincare lines employ. I forced my boyfriend to try the cleanser (albeit he was hesitant, thinking that he’d smell like a woman), and he later admitted that he loved the way it made his skin feel. Score!
The AO+ Mist, which requires refrigeration until use, also worked wonders on my skin. This convenient mini spray bottle is best utilized post shower, after a workout, and/or before bed. Ideally, you’d mist yourself anywhere that you typically sweat, in order to refresh and restore your skin. In fact, many users have found that by employing the AO+ Mist they are able to skip the deodorant altogether. While I’ve yet to be that trusting, I can definitely attest to the fact that it’s well worth the money.
In addition to discovering this amazing line of skin and haircare products, there are a few other steps that I have enacted in my daily routine:
Take a probiotic every day.
Each morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is down a probiotic capsule. I typically opt for a dose between 25 and 30 billion, and while this might sound alarming to those who have never taken them before, it’s a very reasonable amount. Depending on how your body handles it, you may experience a few unpleasant side effects the first few days, but after a week or so, you’ll start to reap the benefits. Probiotics have the ability to treat and prevent yeast infections, heal inflammatory conditions like IBS, boost your immune system, and improve your digestive function (which things like sugar and antibiotics can wreck havoc on).
Swap store-bought face masks for a homemade version.
Instead of buying face masks that are full of harmful chemicals, I’ve resorted to making my own versions. Next time you buy that bottle of wine, save a glass to turn into a wrinkle-smoothing wine facial. Hundreds of DIY recipes can be found on the Internet, another one of my favorites being an avocado and honey mixture. Nothing beats that peace of mind of knowing just exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
Freeze spoons to rid of bags under eyes.
I can’t be the only one who has perpetual bags under her eyes… right? After years of testing out one skincare product after another, I’ve found that the best method to combat this issue is the good ol’ fashioned frozen spoon. Simply freeze two spoons overnight and place over your eyes for about 30-45 seconds the following morning. Another viable option is to wash a cucumber, slice it up, and place two pieces over puffy eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Don’t forget your multi-vitamin.
Yes, I am 26 and still take a Flintstones vitamin every morning. No, I’m not ashamed. In my defense, I’m basically the size of a 16-year old anyway (short girl problems). Whether you opt to consume a gummy vitamin or a horse pill, multi-vitamins should be taken every day. I personally haven’t experienced any side effects from them, but if you find that you do, it might be a good idea to take them before bed, rather than in the morning.
Apple Cider Vinegar can cure almost everything.
Blemish on your face? Apple Cider Vinegar will fix it. Hives on your arm that won’t stop itching? Rub some Apple Cider Vinegar on them. Feel a cold coming on? Mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of water and chug, twice a day. I’ve also utilized ACV to heal cuts, rid of razor burn, and balance my pH levels. I’m not sure what initially drew me to this powerful, all-natural elixir, but I haven’t looked back since.
If you’re looking to make a positive change in your life and take on a more natural route of skin (and hair) maintenance, I hope that you’ll heed my advice. You can follow Mother Dirt on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for constant updates about new and existing products. Happy Friday!