Monday, September 16, 2013

Beauty, Body and Wellness

Septembers blog hop topic is "Beauty, Body & Wellness". It's been awhile since I've participated in the blog hop and I've missed it tons!! This was a perfect topic to jump back in on because since I began pole a little over a year ago, I have really started paying close attention to what goes in, on or around my body.

I'm just past the midpoint of my second Whole 30 program. 30 days of whole foods. No grains, no dairy, no alcohol, no added sugar, no complaining. Being this careful about what I put in my body has also made me more careful about what I put on my body. The skin is our largest organ, it is a barrier to bad and passageway for good. In a perfect world. I have severely sensitive skin. I have suffered from Eczema since I was 20. I had to do away with scented laundry detergent, soaps, lotions, etc. through the years. Practicing pole has left me with less options for skin care, for awhile I wasn't sure I would be able to continue with the sport. I've got to go a day without putting lotion on my legs? Right, if you want an alligator on the pole. So I started to experiment. Here's what I found:

On mornings that I don't pole I will dry brush my skin before my shower. This improves circulation and removes any dead skin. I find it leaves my skin clearer and more vibrant. It also reduces the need for lotion (a little) and it just feels really good. I use Aveeno for sensitive skin in the shower, and use coconut oil as a moisturizer afterwards. In the winter when skin is extra dry I will follow that up with Eucerin Calming Cream.

On pole days I still moisturize. I love coconut oil but it is too greasy for pole days. Instead I use Aveeno moisturizer. I've found that I can use this about an hour before pole and still have a good grip (and no grease on the pole).

Some other natural beauty advice I have begun to follow since starting pole include:

Drinking a full glass of lemon water twice a day. There are so many reasons to drink lemon water including boosting the immune system. With cold and flu season coming up this is a biggie!

Coconut oil is magical. I use it for everything. Here is an incomplete list: hair treatment (I put it in my hair before bed and rinse it out in the morning), conditioner, leave in conditioner, lip gloss/moisturizer, skin moisturizer, eye makeup remover, eye cream, mouth wash (for oil pulling), toothpaste (mixed with baking soda and peppermint essential oil), cuticle cream, eczema cream, deodorant, sun block, small cuts and scrapes.... oh, and cooking!

Epsom salt baths are the key to happiness. They soothe sore muscles and the soul. I use two cups epsom salt, a cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Mix in a tub of warm water. Heaven.

Magnesium is balancing. I've begun taking magnesium supplements daily, whether through the skin in a bath or as a cream, as powder in a drink or in pill form. I would recommend True Calm powder. The sugar free lemon is magical.

These are just a few of the new natural tips and tricks I've been using. I must say I feel a whole lot better than I did when I was pumping my body full of chemicals. I would recommend the Whole 30 plan to everyone. It is a great way to reset your habits and start over with a clean slate. And it's only 30 days! You can do that! ;)

Here's to health and happiness!
~ B.