Leave the Cosmetics for Barbie

Pic for Blog- Leave the Cosmetics for BarbieIt is really hard these days to actually find a “natural” person. Almost every girl applies some sort of cosmetic product to their face before leaving the house or at least leaves the smudges on from the night before when they are in a rush. Make-up has become more of a “need” for women than water, which is a problem. Lately, people probably think that I am just lazy and don’t like to do anything with my face before I go to class. Wrong; I having been figuring out how great my skin feels without having to cake on the concealer before I leave the house.  After going six days with a fresh, clean face (yes, then I applied a little eyeliner before I met up with a long-time friend) I started wondering if make-up had side effects that I didn’t know about. This is what I have come to find:

~ Dermatologist Dr. Ijaz from the University Hospital in Karachi found that “all makeup comprises of artificial substances and a large number of chemicals which can harm the skin. These chemicals can seep into your bloodstream via skin absorption”.

~ Make-up is the root cause of acne and skin problems for over 30% of females.

~ Eye shadows are known to contain lead, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system adversely, leading to high blood-pressure, allergies, behavioral abnormalities and even decreased rates of fertility!

~ It has been found to be a cause of headaches in women due to the amount of weight it can put on the face causing the head to ache. Avoid wearing make-up for long periods of time to avoid this!

~ Wrinkles and other signs of aging quicken the earlier and more often you apply cosmetics to your face.

~ Lipstick contains aluminum, which may cause long term anemia and even glucose intolerance.

~ Mascara can cause blindness as it contains pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a very harmful therapy bacteria.

Something important to know is that when a cosmetic product states “Herbal” or “Natural,” there is a good chance it might not be. Cosmetics do not have to be legally tested before placing these labels on the products. If you must wear make-up, making sure you know what products are better for your skin is important. A few ingredients to steer towards are Argon oil-based, plant-based, and fragrance free. Check this out to read about even more 25 Safer Alternatives.

There really is nothing better than being able to rub your eyes in class when you are getting groggy. Am I saying I will never wear make-up? No, but I won’t wear it unless it is a special occasion. If we all stop trying to look like something we are not, men will have to start loving the natural beauties that we actually are. One of my favorite quotes is “Be your own kind of beautiful” and I truly think you should. Don’t cake on the powder, thicken the liner, or plump up them lips without thinking twice. There is no better version of you than the natural one.

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”

~Kenzi Weidman

Sources: Harmful Effects of Cosmetics, The Cost of Beauty, Cosmetics, 25 Safer Alternatives.

Count Ingredients, Not Calories

Cound Ingredients, Not CaloriesHello fellow Warhawks. Something that I have grown pretty passionate about is eating clean. I started to get into it this past summer after watching a documentary on Netflix (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead).  Of course in Netflix fashion, one documentary lead to two, which lead to three, so on and so on, and now here I am.

Eating clean isn’t about washing your food before each meal, but more so knowing EXACTLY what you are eating. For example, foods such as fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads, and locally raised meats are the best choices you can make for yourself.  When it comes to ingredients of a single product – the less, the better. When you choose foods with long ingredient lists with names of things you don’t even know how to pronounce, you are choosing unhealthy fats, additives, refined carbohydrates, and other junk your body doesn’t need.  Eating clean allows the opportunity for you to control and know exactly what is going into your body!

The benefits to eating clean are amazing and universal for everyone. Here is a way to lose weight, feel ENERGIEZED (something every college student needs), and have better-looking skin, stronger immune system, better sleep, and increased mental awareness. Now eating clean may seem like more work than simply a frozen dinner, but with benefits like those I think the extra time is worth it!!

An easy way to get started is to pick a meal. Lets say that you decided on spaghetti. Head to the store, and buy ingredients to make the sauce (ie: tomatoes, spices, veggies, meat) then pick up some wheat noodles. A true clean eater would make the noodles from scratch, but beginners should take it one step at a time. Now you have a sauce that you can know exactly what goes into it verses the canned spaghetti sauce with an ingredient list of about 50 things. If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it. (Unless it is some foreign food, and that’s a different story!)

Taking this lifestyle of eating clean one very small step at a time will help you adjust and transition. You don’t have to make huge changes right off the bat; in fact, it is better to focus on building off of small changes. However, if you are a binge drinker who is worried about all of the ingredients that go into your spaghetti sauce, I think you should probably focus on diminishing that habit, first. Soon enough, you’ll be questioning how you ever settled for frozen dinners and overly processed foods!

There are a bunch of farmers that locally sell their produce, and you can also look for signs in the produce section on certain fruits and veggies that say “locally grown.” But remember, it is not necessarily about eating local…it is about being more conscious about what is in those ingredient lists and what you are putting into your body. Just think…you only have one body to live with for the rest of your life…treat it right!

Stay healthy, Stay Strong,
Mary Marren