How I Went from Toxicity to Healthy Glowing Skin + Clean Beauty Guide

A part of having a health and wellness plan is having a self-care plan. How do you take care of YOU? Are you short changing yourself and cheating your self-care routine? Bluntly put, are you being cheap with yourself? I can say this because I used to be cheap with me too. All from the clothes I would buy to the food I would eat and the hair, skin and makeup products I used. 

Little did I know, I was clogging my pores and fueling my bloodstream with toxic chemicals because what you put on your skin and fuel your body with, seeps right into the bloodstream. That’s when dis-ease makes its way in and health conditions begin to develop. 

It’s like the saying goes, “You are what you eat” because what you eat reflects on your body. Just like what you use on your hair and what you put on your skin and face does too. I think we can agree on that, right? 

The best decision I ever made was to become a certified holistic nutrition and natural health practitioner. That led me to the raw vegan lifestyle which completely transformed my life – mind, body and spirit.

From toxic lifestyle to healthy glow

The old me, short changed my self-care for meaningless spending like alcohol and partying. At the time, hanging out drinking and partying was more important. And self-care? I had no idea what that even was. Sadly, I never practiced it. Instead, I cut out the essentials of a healthy lifestyle so I could party. I would buy cheap products for my hair and skin and it showed. Yet, I continued to ignore the obvious. 

The new me now splurges on ME and my wellness care. Because let’s face it, no one else is going to do it!

You see, it’s not that we don’t have the money or can’t afford it, it’s that there are more important things for us to spend our money on than anything that pertains to our health and wellness. If you look at it as spending or wasting money, it can be scary. Especially when it stands up against your social life. So it’s not something we’re willing to give up. 

The results of drinking and partying have consequences. Some worse than others. 

My experience

For me, it led to an iron deficiency which made me anemic. I also had acne which got worse over the years and scarred my face. I had beautiful long brown locks of hair that I fried from dying and bleaching it myself using box tint or just making my own concoctions. 

As the years went by, it got worse. Until I started educating myself and learning more about wellness – mind, body and spirit. This led me to my practitioner certification in holistic and natural health which in turn, led me to a raw vegan lifestyle and what I like to call a healing journey of the mind, body and spirit. 

The beginning 

We all have to start somewhere but no matter where you start, the important thing is that you start. 

The first thing I did was change the makeup I was using. This was essential if I wanted to change the appearance of my skin. I not only had acne and scars, I also started developing brown spots on my face. Something I did not want. If it was something I could fix, I was ALL in!

I started with Bare Minerals and fell in love with the idea of powdered mineral foundation versus cakey cream that makes your skin feel unbreathable. I love Bare Minerals but wanted to try Adorn which I learned through The Earth Diet – the first dietary website I started following and the beginning of my nutritional journey. Adorn has great products but they are in Australia so shipping became an issue for me and they only accept Afterpay for local purchases only. 

I’ve been exploring all kinds of vegan and cruelty-free makeup and skin care products since. There are so many out there but not all of them are created equal. I suggest exploring and trying different ones out until you find the ones that work for you. The best way I found to do this is by trying out a clean beauty subscription box. 

Kinder Beauty and Petit Vour are two of my favorites boxes and make a perfect starting point. Something I wish I had when I first started making changes in my makeup routine. The beauty about these boxes is that they are founder and expert curated and only supply you with high quality products that allow you to try a variety of different brands to see which ones you like best. 

I’ve listed some of my own brand recommendations below based on what I’ve tried or would try and use myself. A lot of these brands as well as many more are included in the Kinder and Petit Vour subscription boxes.

Use code KINDER10 for 10% off.

OSEA Malibu is a family owned vegan and cruelty-free brand I came across last year that creates plant-based skincare products from the sea. When I learned their ingredients were derived from seaweed, I was ALL in! Right now, I’m currently using OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser, Atmosphere Protection Cream and their White Algae Mask. I couldn’t recommend them enough. Next up is getting their Undaria Algae Body OilI’m also currently using Vegamour Gro+ Advanced Hair Serum to help bring my hair back. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes!

My experience with sea-derived plant-based products started when I first tried Ahava – a dead sea mineral skin care line which you can easily find at Ulta or the SkinStore. I learned about Ahava through an old friend who travels the world as a flight attendant. She used to bring me Ahava products from Israel. I fell in love with them but when I learned that they were not 100% cruelty-free, I lost interest. 

Let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to help! Xo

Clean beauty recommendations 

Makeup

Bare Minerals
Too Faced (Better than Sex is the best mascara you’ll ever try!)
Juice Beauty 
100% Pure
e.l.f 

Skincare

Osea
Juice Beauty
100% Pure
Tatcha
Farmacy Beauty
Mad Hippie
Biossance
Pai 
Fleur and Bee
Pacifica 
Andalou 

Hair care

100% Pure
Vegamour
Giovanni
Hempz
Briogeo
Viori 

Perfume

Skylar
Pacifica
Clean Beauty Collective

Suncare

Pacifica 
Alba Botanica
Coola
Biossance  

There are so many other brands out there and others that are transitioning to being vegan and cruelty-free so I’ll be doing more research to give you more recommendations. Rest assured, there will be more guides to come!

I only listed higher quality brands with the exception of e.l.f which has some great makeup tools (I use their eyebrow kit and kabuki brush) and coming from someone who has had plenty of experience with trialing out several brands while spending a good amount of money experimenting over the years, I feel that you truly get what you pay for. 

For reference 

Vegan and Cruelty-Free Brands List 2021 

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