Hello lovely readers! I know this is my first post in a while but I promise I have a good reason! Today I want to talk about balance and the world of green beauty. Recently I’ve been feeling like there is something on my heart that I need to share with you all. After talking with a bunch of other Instagrammers and bloggers I realized that the problem I am facing is not uncommon. Here goes.
As a green beauty blogger I always felt the need to be switching out my products, even if those products did not work for me. When I first entered the green beauty world everything I read indicated that I should be using facial oils. So I did. I cut out my tried and true moisturizers and started using oils. I have used pretty much every oil you can put on your face. I have tried skin balms, oils, essential oils, you name it. As the weeks went on my skin became worse…and worse…and worse.
I had, of course, switched out my shampoos as well. My shampoos were now natural, full of oils and none of the nasties. I started to develop a really itchy scalp and I began to get deep cysts in my ear lobes and acne in my ears. What. Was. Happening?! I went to my physician to have my hormones tested, maybe I had an imbalance? Nope. Maybe I had a food allergy? Everyone keeps saying that dairy, soy, peanuts, etc. etc. cause acne. Well I’ll just cut all of that out. Yeah…nope. Guys, I was desperate. I would come home in tears because my skin HURT.
About two months ago I said enough was enough. My skin was in the worst shape it had ever been in. I was concerned and I was in pain. The only thing that I could connect with my acne were oils. I put all of my facial oils in a box. I threw out all of my natural shampoos and body washes. I stopped using any liquid foundation with an oil in it. I was on a “no oil” cleaning spree. I went to an esthetician because I needed professional help. They put me on a regimen that included salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide and you know what? I felt like I needed to hide it. How could I tell my followers that I was using these things? The green police would most surely break down my door and tell me I’m a sell out. So I kept quiet. I stopped mentioning anything related to skincare and focused my instagram and the blog on makeup.
After a few weeks I was chatting with a few different bloggers and I realized that I’m not alone. People are genuinely having issues with some of their products and they feel like they can’t talk about it. Why? Why do we have to be an all or nothing community? I don’t think we have to. I think we need to meet people with grace and realize that everyone has different needs and sensitivities. If you’re still with me I hope that you will be kind to me and to others who may not be able to switch all of their products. If I can’t use natural moisturizers because I develop infections on my legs, I’m going to use Eucerin. If I can’t use natural mascaras because they use essential oils as preservatives and my eyes can’t tolerate that, I’m going to find an alternative that works for me.
Are you experiencing any of these issues? If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment please feel free to email me. I’m here for you. I want you all to know how much a love and appreciate you. I love my readers and my followers. It is because I love you all that you deserve honesty. Life is about balance and finding what works for you.
DISCLAIMER: You need to use the products that work for you! If facial oils work for you then I am so happy. If you can use essential oils in your skincare or makeup by all means go ahead! We all need to find products that work for us!