I teach my Flo Living ladies how to detox their cosmetics bags and bathroom cabinets and how to replace their chemical-laden products with chemical-free and effective cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and shampoos. So it makes sense that we continue to be aware of potential endocrine disruptors when we choose our beauty treatments.
I’m going to walk you through all my personal favorite beauty luxuries and how to make the best choices for your hormones in a way that will boost your fertility, sex drive, mood, and energy. I encourage you to take time out on the regular to indulge in relaxing treatments; it really is vital for your health and well-being.
So sit back, relax, and let’s talk health-conscious and health-boosting me-time.
Manicures and pedicures
I love a nice pedicure! Since becoming pregnant I have opted out of nailpolish all together, but when I do go back, here’s how I polish safely:
- Choose a salon that is well-ventilated with a door open to the street and/or plenty of windows. Ask to be sat as close as possible to the door. That way, even if others are opting for more toxic treatments (like gels and wraps), you won’t be getting the full onslaught in your breathing space.
- Most good salons give you the option of having your own personal nail kit kept on hand with nail clippers, nail files and so on, so you don’t have to share with anyone else. I personally bring my own utensils, lotions and polish. I love SpaRitual - they have a whole online shopping section for manicure/pedicure essentials including callous remover, cuticle oil, and nail files. All of their nail care essentials are formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin.
- Choose a salon that uses only organic product ranges, or bring your own. It’s not relaxing for me to have cheap, endocrine disruptive lotion rubbed into my feet and legs for 20 minutes, so I just bring my own favorites from home. Naturopathica makes amazing foot and leg cream!
- Most salons offer the formaldehyde-free OPI range of nail polishes, but you could also bring your own better choices like I do. I like the “5 free” nail polish range from Priti. These polishes are free from formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. Great colors too!
Hair cut and color
Before I got pregnant I was very picky about my hair salon, but now I am breastfeeding I’m even more choosy when it comes to where I go! I like to choose a place that has a separate room for those getting a hair color treatment, that way I don’t have to be exposed to the fumes of those products while I’m getting my cut. If that isn’t available, then I am sure to be seated close to the window to get some fresh air.
Here in New York City I like Salon 26 and Aveda because they offer chemical-free and organic hair products. Again you can bring your own products if you like. Personally, I use an aloe-based hair shampoo like Shikai Everyday Shampoo.
My top beauty tip: Are you worried about grey hair? I’m 38 and I just started going a little grey at the temples (even though it’s in my genes to be completely grey by now!). My secret to slowing down the greying process is living by the Flo Living protocol, but especially eating plenty of black sesame seeds - they will turn your hair back to black they’re so effective!
As someone who used to suffer with acne, I’m not very comfortable having someone “work” on my face. It’s not a very relaxing experience for me. I prefer to pick great products, spend my money on those, and treat myself to facials in the comfort of my own home. It’s a great ritual I do for myself every menstrual week!
I especially like the new online shopping experience of Credo - created by the founder of Sephora to meet the growing need for natural and chemical-free beauty products. They have my longtime favorite brands while also helping me to discover new must-haves.
Naturopathica has two face masks that I love for my at-home facials – the Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel and the Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel. They are so clean and fresh you could literally eat them!
I have worked with the same massage therapist for 15 years! Establishing a healthy long term relationship with an amazing massage therapist is a must!
The skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything and anything we put on it. A massage is a great way to detox, but not if you’re spending an hour soaking in endocrine disruptive chemicals. That’s why I bring coconut oil or jojoba oil for my massages.
If I can, I like to relax in a dry sauna before my massage and a steam room after. If I can’t do that then I’ll warm myself up by doing bends and stretches to bring heat into the body. When I get home I take my washcloth and do a hot scrub in my bathroom to further the detoxification process.
My mother got me started on the natural bath track. She believes in using simple nourishing items in the bath like Epsom salts and essential oils. Not only is this just as relaxing as bubble bath, but it’s actually a mixture that’s beneficial to your hormones, vaginal microbiome, skin, and overall health and well-being as it is rich in magnesium.
If you love beautiful products and gorgeous packaging, find a gorgeous apothecary style container from an antique shop in which to store the salts in your bathroom. It looks pretty and it makes the experience feel more luxurious. You don’t need to buy into spending a ton of money on pretty packaging that’s full of ingredients that mess with your hormones to have a special night in!
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this - the science of your body is on your side!
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