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Yesterday was my last day with the natural beauty routine. And I wanted to share my thought on how it was....
It was LONG !

Though it was only a week, it seemed like forever. My only guess for why it felt like so long is that I was conscious of everything I was using. Everything had to measured put in a cup and used knowing what it was and what its suppose to do. On a regular day, I usually don't think twice about the cleanser I use or the moisturizer that follows. Things went on like a drill but not on the natural week.

I Missed My Moisturizer

Had I planned well in advance I would have thought about getting pure Shea butter. But then I really don't like the smell of it. It wasn't the greatest thing to depend on my cleanser and masks to keep me moisturized. Yogurt was a life saver in terms of moisture and my Almond mask helped a lot too but this was all for the face. My body was dry and not loving the sudden overdose of chick pea flour. I ended up using an organic moisturizer on the body because it got dry to a point that I was itching all over.

Not pretty.

Rediscovered Ice Therapy

Ice, man....ice !

Who knew it was this good for the skin. I don't know what it does, but it relaxes me and my skin. The redness gets minimized and the skin just looks plump and happy. I also discovered the ice my freezer makes is just the right shape and size to fit my eye. So I took one cube or should I say oval with flat side ? Anyhow, I took one piece rolled it in a cotton cloth, slightly wet the cloth over the ice and gently rolled it all over my face and eyes. I did this every night for 5 days and intend to do it from now on forever.

Face Masks

I am creative in the kitchen so making my own face mask was fun ! I don't think I've twittered about anything as much. When I started out with the Natural Week, I did want to try lettuce toner and cucumber toner and all that jazz but washing my blender a million times got real boring. So I made this mask - made it well and used it every night just before my ice therapy. I plan on continuing this mostly because I see instant results !

(And it uses up the Ground Flax seeds I've had forever)

Became My Mom

I love my mom. So " I became my Mom" is fun for me.

But, I became my MOM !

Every time I cut a lemon to squeze it over my salad, I'd roll the left over rind on my face. I saved a couple of cucumber pieces and placed it on my eyes. I cut Potatoes, I'd roll one half of a potato all over my face and throw it off. Same with Tomatoes.

Each one, an instant mini facial ! And its all natural !

Changes

Frankly I think one week is too less of a time to see something major especially if you have normal good skin. My whole reason behind doing this, was to do it. To see if I could stay all natural with my beauty routine. I did and I also saw a few surprise changes.

The redness around my nose and cheeks has reduced . Because of this my face on the whole looks a lot more even and clearer.

The oils I used to moisturize were not liked by my skin. I got a couple of these real tiny white-ish spots that look like pimples but arn't painful and generally vanish without scarring in a couple of days.

I don't have plenty of blemishes but I do have a couple - no change on them.

Face feels a lot more tight. As in the pores feel smaller and my skin looks a bit more alive than it used to.

My lashes are shiny because I oiled them every night !

No Eating Out

It was hard but not very hard. Every meal was at home or home cooked. I did not eat out the whole week ! Which is why I am going out for dinner tonight. I shall binge.

I'll have everything on the menu please.

Any specials tonight ?

Yea I'll have a side of that too.

Overall

Overall it was fun ! If I save some of the enthusiasm I plan on going natural for a week every month. Next time I hit Whole Foods, I'll remember to buy some pure Shea butter, store it in the refrigerator and see how effective it is ! I also should do a little more research so I can replace the chick pea flour for body cleansing. It got boring after three days. And I stopped using turmeric after the first day because cleaning out the tub was becoming a huge task.

And I don't like huge tasks that involve my bath tub.

Did you go natural with me ? Congratulations on makin it !! I know it was hard....What changes did you see ? Was there a favorite part about all this for you ?



Love,
Indian Girl

7 comments

Doreen said... @ September 10, 2009 at 2:19 AM

Wow, congrats for making it! I really want to try out the masks you made--they seem like such gentle, pampering treats. About the shea butter: I have a tub of it from L'Occaitan, and it's mostly gone now. I used to use it religiously as a special dry-spot moisturizer (I have dry skin), and it worked wonders. I also dabbed it over my lashes, brows, and lips. I swear, it makes my lashes and brows grow thicker and fuller. Now, I use Egyptian Magic, but it's more of an all-over moisturizer for me. If you try the shea, just dab it over your eyes, or any other dry spots; don't use it over your entire face, because it's a little thick.

preeti said... @ September 10, 2009 at 2:23 AM

I used the chickpea flour for my bath routine and it got very tiresome to use it after about 2 days!!(not to forget, the icky feeling after using it) I used my regular body wash instead...but I am definitely sticking with the OCM for my face, my face has'nt broken out in a while since using this and it feels much better!!

priya said... @ September 10, 2009 at 3:58 AM

congrats!! well, i could never do all natural though i used to incorporate some masks n stuff which are natural. i think i finished the natural phase craze, yup! i had one too!:)
somehow my skin responds well to other stuff more than natural.
chick peas is quite drying if u use it frequently. anyway congrats on completing it successfully!

hi said... @ September 10, 2009 at 4:28 AM

Did you wear makeup during the week at all? Not to undermine anything, but maybe some of the changes in skin resulted from that?

hi said... @ September 10, 2009 at 4:28 AM

Did you wear makeup during the week at all? Not to undermine anything, but maybe some of the changes in skin resulted from that?

Hana said... @ September 10, 2009 at 7:21 AM

I suggest using jojoba oil for your face and coconut oil or olive oil for your body. Shea butter is nice, but it's awfully heavy.

*~mad munky~* said... @ September 11, 2009 at 1:23 AM

well done for making it through the week!!

i know what you mean about the turmeric...so much hassle to clean the tub :o\

i'd like to try more natural stuff but i'm such a lazy bum..the nearest i get is going to Lush.

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