One of my closest friends reached out to me the other day stressing about wrinkles and age preservation vs. continuing to use natural products. This brings the ultimate debate to the surface, one I’ve personally struggled with for years. I’ve always felt varying levels of conflict, wondering if using natural products really matters. I think that’s why I’ve always been sporadic keeping up with my blog. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s stressful to think about how much personal care products can negatively affect our bodies - especially coupled with our new knowledge and the latest research further proving risk, not to mention the ease of the @thinkdirty app.
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Personally, I’ve had a lot of allergic reactions and numerous breakouts caused by natural products, as have my siblings. However, the same can be said for their chemically-laden counterparts. This certainly adds to the debate. I know certain products make my rosacea worse and certain products have made me physically ill. I also know I have felt tenfold better since removing antiperspirant from my life, for example. Those are the reactions we can’t see, the non-topical chemical reactions that have the opportunity to physically harm us interanlly. This knowledge comes from trial and error. So, where do we draw the line? Is it ok to keep using generic feminine products? I've tried some organic tampons - they don’t work for me - and I’m not yet ready for a Diva Cup. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Truly, it’s about maintaining a healthy balance that reduces absolute stress. It’s about finding the regimen that works best for you, your skin, your body, and your wallet. (That’s a huge part of it, too!) Natural and organic cosmetics and skincare have come a long way since I started The Cheeky Peach in January 2009 - way before many of the natural bloggers out there and certainly before Instagram existed.
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