In Me, On Me: 3 ways to elevate your health + a recipe
I have always been a make-up girl! When I was a teenager, I used it to hide behind… to provide a mask to my insecurities. I experimented with many types…. drugstore varieties and the more expensive department store brands. I had typical breakouts, and was highly allergic to acne medication, so I constantly wore layers of make-up and concealer to cover up the redness and the blemishes. It was a vicious and sometimes ugly cycle. After college, I worked for Clinique as an account rep for a couple of years before Terry and I were married. I would travel to the Lazarus stores in the Columbus area, and train counter girls and customers on skincare and make-up application. I LOVED helping other women feel prettier and more confident, and at that time, Clinique had a pure reputation amongst it's competitors, so I loved knowing they were actually caring for their skin too. After I left Clinique, and we moved to Iowa, I continued to use it myself. I believed in the products, and resonated with their cosmetic philosophy. As I got older and we had our own girls, I used makeup to provide much needed personal time as I prepared myself for our very full days together, but had started to become a label-interpreter and began to realize the impurity of those ingredients. I used fewer products than I had previously, but still felt put-together and ready to face the world even if that world was piles of laundry and homeschool work done in our basement. :) And now in an effort to love my “mature” skin, and continue to simplify my life, I use it as a protectant against the elements and to polish my appearance. Just 4 products: foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara. Less is definitely more at this point in my life.
I selected the best of what I had to choose from, even though I knew in my heart that it was not for my highest benefit, and multiplied my efforts doing all the good things that we knew to do… feeding my skin from the inside out… focusing on the healing powers of the food that God created! Like this delightful drink to counteract the environmental toxicities that we endure each day:
Cleopatra’s Elixir: I call it this, because legend has it that the magnificent Cleopatra used Fresh Aloe on her skin daily to increase her beauty and radiance, and ate it to prevent aging! This is what is in my body:
4 stalks of organic celery
2 cups of organic cilantro
2 organic oranges peeled
2” piece of fresh aloe vera, peeled
2” piece of organic fresh ginger root, peeled, and sliced
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender, or Vitamix, with 1 cup of pure water until smooth. Drink within 30 minutes of preparing it.
Benefits include, smoother skin, high energy, reduced inflammation (under eye issues) and stress, immune-boosting, weight loss, liver and gallbladder detoxification, elimination of joint pain, balanced blood sugar, elevated brain function, high in electrolytes, and increased cellular hydration (think plumper skin cells!) Plus it’s delicious!
As we became more knowledgable about our health, and the toxic environment that we live in, the trickier it was to find clean skin care products and cosmetics that performed in a way that I was accustomed to. Good coverage, long lasting, non-oily, natural colors. I always felt like I was compromising… UNTIL LAST MONTH, when Lily happened upon a brand-new cosmetic company that was everything we had been waiting for!
Finally some congruency in my cosmetics. This is what is on my body:
Foundation 03: Water, Caprylic Triglyceride, Aloe Leaf Juice* [cleopatra's anti-aging magic], Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone [skin protectant], Silica, Stearic Acid, Mica, Shea Butter*, Beeswax*, Rice Powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol [Vitamin E • Non-GMO], Rose hip Oil* [most bioidentical, bioavailable source of vitamin C], Vitamin C [anti-inflammtory], Oregano Leaf Extract* [natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal agent], Thyme Extract* [anti-viral], Olive Leaf Extract* [anti-inflammatory and anti-aging], Rosemary Leaf Extract* [anti-bacterial], Lavender Flower Extract* [disinfectant and soothing}, Goldenseal Root Extract* [powerful astringent}, Vanilla Fruit Extract [sweet smelling aphrodisiac]
A recipe that I could practically make in my kitchen! They feel fantastic, last all day, and are gloriously “clean” and toxin-free!!
As we continue to live our lives to the best of our ability according to God’s Divine Plan, knowing that we are making choices that are pleasing to Him, caring for these bodies that are on loan to us, and helping others live their best lives, we have found a purposeful path! There's plenty of room for those seeking the same!
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