Whenever I hear people talking about The Next Big Thing in health and wellness, I'll usually eavesdrop. Exotic words and concepts like kombucha, colonics, infrared saunas, juice fasts and salt rooms float in one ear, briefly dance on my frontal lobe and then gradually exit via the other ear. I rarely participate because these fads usually turn out to be just that: short-lived, ineffective phenomena. I'm a big believer in the tried-and-true basics.
So just about everyone in my life was shocked (and a bit skeptical) when I recently embarked upon a 28-day cleanse meant to rejuvenate the metabolism and rid the body of toxins. I'm currently half-way through!
OK, so it wasn't my idea. My fiancé, Daniel, started seeing a new doctor who recommended that he do the regimen (which consists of two packets of supplements a day) to cleanse his system and start treating his issues from cleaner slate. Since the program includes pretty stringent dietary changes--omitting caffeine, dairy, sugar, alcohol and generally anything processed or artificial--Daniel asked if I'd participate, too. Misery loves company, right?
The makers of the cleanse also recommend that you rid your environment of as many toxins as possible, including in your grooming regimen. Organic products free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals are preferred. Sounds kinda tricky, right?
Well I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a variety of these products at my local pharmacy, supermarket and--duh--Whole Foods. And I also discovered that not all so-called natural/healthy bath and beauty products are made equal.
These are our favorite cleanse-friendly products:
- Kiss My Face Triple Action Toothpaste: "Free from fluoride and SLS, paraben free, no artificial fragrances," this slightly minty gel foams up just enough to assure me it's something, and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
- Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant Stick in Calendula: "Aluminum-free, 100% natural fragrance." Goes on clear, has a nice herbal scent, and provides pretty decent protection against stinking throughout an average work day.
- Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Wash in Unscented:
"Fair-trade, plant-based, SLS-free, gluten-free and made without animal testing," it foams ever so slightly and leaves skin soft and, more importantly, clean.
- Simple Soothing Facial Toner: "No dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants." It doesn't sting like most toners, but it takes off a good deal of remaining dirt and makeup after using a cleanser; has a light, pleasant scent
- güd Body Lotion in Red Ruby Groovy: "No parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals," and a little goes a long way. It's lightweight, and has a strong but yummy scent.
Only two more weeks to go until I'm fully cleansed! If--no, when--we make it to day 28, I'll be sure to report back on my final results, both inside and out. But I'll probably stick to a lot of these "cleaner" products even when it's over.
What are your favorite toxin-free beauty products? Do you think they're worth the extra money? Let me know, especially since I still need to find a decent shampoo and conditioner!