Just like mass-market food, most commercial hygiene products are loaded with junk.
Industrial chemicals do a fine job of cleaning your body, but they can also strip away natural oils and salts from your skin and hair; screw up your endocrine system and otherwise put a heavy toxin load in your blood.
Your body has its own devices to maintain itself.
Your skin keeps itself moisturized, your hair releases its own nourishing oils and the bacteria in your saliva cleans your mouth as you sleep. Your liver runs a 24-hr detox on your system.
The beauty industry, just like the nutritional supplement industry, runs on the big lie that you need a bunch of extra stuff to be beautiful and healthy.
Well, it’s a half-lie anyway… that stuff makes you look/feel better mostly because your natural state is rotten. You are merely countering the negative effects of the modern American lifestyle, which is rooted in constant stress and compulsive consumption.
Cutting-out the things that you expose yourself to is infinitely more effective than adding things to your body to improve health and beauty.
Near everything about the metropolitan environments we daily inhabit is anti-health and pro-stress. There is poison in the food and water. The streets are oozing with ugly consumerism and electromagnetic radiation.
Deep REM sleep, a clean/lean diet and a low-stress lifestyle will positively effect your health and beauty 100x greater than the slickest products on the shelf.
All that said: personal hygiene matters for health because we lead imperfect lifestyles and for our mind because a clean body warrants a clear head. Plus, it is a great pleasure to be well-washed.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that most products labeled ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are 95% hype around a 5% nugget of substantive value. Those two words have been bastardized to oblivion by corporate swindlers and carry virtually no meaning in the commercial sense.
So lets re-define them – FREE OF: perfumes and dyes; synthetic chemicals; artificial additives; heavy metals; questionable processing agents; anything derived from unwholesome sources.
It’s what we avoid that impacts our health and beauty the greatest.
Here are some hygiene things I like to use that work a lot better than the standard alternatives promoted commercially:
1. African Black Soap – These bars deliver unparalleled lather along with a subtle but intoxicating scent. I love the smell of this soap. And it works magic on your skin. Other chemical soaps will make you gag after showering with ABS for a week. If you prefer a liquid, Dr. Bronner’sis a solid alternative.
2. Plain Toothpaste– Flouride-free, SLS free with baking soda. I haven’t used commercial toothpaste for years because it leaves a pasty, metallic taste in my mouth. No matter how much I rinse… the paste remained. This stuff on the other hand is a much more pleasurable experience and the dentist has confirmed my oral health is very strong.
3. Baby Wipes – Not just for babies. Use these in lieu of toilet-paper and to refresh pits and crotch. Next best thing to having a bade. Essential for camping, road trips and travel.
4. Proraso Shaving Cream – It’s a bit more work to get this whipped up with a brush, out of the tube and into a mug, than having a push-can foam dispenser. But the lather is a lot thicker and smoother once you have it going. That makes for an easier shave and leaves the skin cool and soft – no need for lotion.
5. Aztec Secret Clay – I’ve got oily skin and making a facial-mask with this clay has really cleared up my complexion. This is a very powerful facial and will feel like cement when dried on your face. Leave it on for 20-30 min. and remove it in the shower with warm water.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar – You can add this stuff to your Aztec facial (along with some activated charcoal powder). It also makes a great shampoo when diluted with water or added to a more traditional hair product. Also, occasionally I’ll take a bath with magnesium-rich Epsom salts… to which I’ll add a cup of ACV. Lastly, it is great as a skin toner or to pat down acne breakouts.
7. Raw Shea Butter– I really don’t use lotion, but if I am going to the beach or will otherwise be exposed to a lot of sun, this stuff makes an undefeated lotion when prepared properly. You can put it on pre or post sun and prevent or soothe damage. Follow this video to do it right.
8. Peanut Trimmer – this little guy… if you occasionally grow out a beard or have a lot of hair.
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