Skin / Hair & Health

4 Life Changing Benefits That Lead Me to Using Non-Toxic DIY Deodorant And Leaving Antiperspirant Behind For Good!

Just like nearly any other young adult, I was once an antiperspirant consumer. Month after month, I’d buy a new tube of it, hoping the next brand or formula was better (and less expensive) than the last one.

Then, I became pregnant. What was once rare, minor irritation became my worst nightmare.

After giving birth, the problems only worsened.

Antiperspirant was already a product I did not want in my life, but like millions of others, I felt as if I had no choice. There are many concerns regarding aluminum in so many different consumer products, but I still continued to purchase antiperspirant in order to prevent odors.

I knew that homemade deodorants existed, and I knew that premade natural deodorants existed; did I trust them to protect me from natural odors? Absolutely not.

Truthfully, I should have done my research sooner.

I should have experimented with Lavender and baking soda deodorants earlier.

I really, really should have tried my hand at the DIY formulas when I learned about the concerns of antiperspirants, rather than sitting there skeptical.

Now, here we are today: I’m telling my story, and you’re reading in complete curiosity- perhaps you’ve already considered this alternative, and you’re just not sure of it yet..

If you gave it just one month (long enough for your body’s natural balance of bacteria to restore itself), you would be floored with the results of baking soda based deodorant.

#1: It’s Non-Toxic, Aluminum-Free, and Made Mostly of Edible Ingredients!

This wasn’t my primary reason for switching; but it was a close second, and is the first reason for many people.

With a toddler in the home, the fewer toxic items I have, the better. It also makes me feel much better that my deodorant is aluminum free. Sure, aluminum is responsible for preventing sweat; but as much work as I do outside, I’m sweating bullets from every other pore. Sweating isn’t an issue. However, sweating feeds bacteria; these microorganisms are the culprits behind odor. The more you sweat, the more you stink. The idea behind antiperspirant deodorant is to keep the area from sweating, while masking any other potential odor with aromatic deodorant. Plugging your pores with aluminum was never an appealing thought for me, so I’m glad that this ingredient no longer comes into contact with my body on a daily basis.

With the deodorant recipe I use, most of the ingredients are edible: arrowroot powder, baking soda, coconut oil…. The essential oil isn’t exactly something you want to leisurely sip on though (nor should you, please don’t drink essential oils); which is why I said “most.” My deodorant is a simple recipe of just 4 base ingredients- it’s easy, it’s clean, and it works. The baking soda prevents and eliminates odor, while certain essential oils actually keep them at bay. The arrowroot powder helps with moisture. You can see the deodorant that I make here:

#2: It’s So Incredibly Cheap!

I was absolutely giddy when I realized how cheap it was to make my own deodorant. I made my first batch months ago, and I am barely halfway through an 8 oz Mason Jar. With my initial costs (Like $13, excluding essential oils since they’re always on hand here and I use a very minuscule amount), I could probably make enough deodorant to last me for 5 years. That’s an insane savings from antiperspirant, which was likely running me over $60 per year.

Now, if you multiply that by an entire family? That’s a massively frugal switch!

#3 Irritation Has Been Significantly Reduced

Before, I just never knew when I would finally have a reaction to a new tube of antiperspirant. Some would work fine for months before turning against me; others would have me begging for mercy within 2 days. No matter what, eventually, they all would cause varying symptoms, potentially including: redness, irritation, burning or stinging, welts, rashes, and more.

I will say that I get irritations from this homemade deodorant as well, but I think 85% of that is user error and is preventable. Now, what do I mean by this? Well, you have to be careful when applying this stuff. You only need very little, but I tend to over apply some days by accident. When you over apply, the baking soda can irritate the skin because it is abrasive. I combat this by trying to apply it a tiny bit at a time (adding more as needed), and by alternating another wonderful baking soda-free deodorant when my skin is healing from irritation. I have a few other natural deodorants that I have for this purpose, and I enjoy using these deodorants on days that I don’t plan to do much work outside of the home. I’d much rather have irritation from abrasion than chemical irritation or chemical burns, which is what I was getting from antiperspirant.

#4 No Stinky Repercussion! None, Nada, Zip!

When I tell you this stuff works, I mean it.

There is absolutely no body odor, and I’ve put homemade deodorant through all kinds of tests this year. So far, I can tell you:

  • It holds up to a blistering, humid, can’t-breathe-to-save-my-life type of heat. I will be pouring sweat, and still won’t stink!
  • It survived extended water exposure at the beach, proving that the waves are no match (as if the constant sweating wasn’t enough of a test).
  • It made it through a day of coop building, right in the middle of this hot summer heat.

On the flip side, it has another wonderful trait: It does wash off well with soap and water. It used to drive me insane trying to get antiperspirant off of my body when I showered; it never seemed to want to come off! That’s not the case with homemade deodorant.

My Final Thoughts

In the end, I’m so happy that I made the switch. I feel less concerned, I feel protected, and I feel like I’ve made a step in the right direction as far as health, self sufficiency, and frugality are concerned. It is one of my favorite “small” victories this year. As the years go by, I will continue to replace more and more of these products in our household. Until then, I’m over the moon with this one switch!

At Three Wondrous Acres, Krystal and her family are focused on raising pure, natural food for the homestead table. The “simple life” has unfortunately been forgotten by many; they want to offer their children this fulfilling life, providing them with a rich, exciting childhood full of fresh vegetables, fun harvests from their own gardens, freshly laid eggs, baby animals, and construction projects galore. Along the way, all sorts of fun experiences, lessons learned, recipes, preservation tips, gardening hacks, livestock management ideas, and more are shared to the Three Wondrous Acres Homestead blog at: http://wondrousacreshomestead.website/

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The 17 Best Skin Tips For Busy Moms

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17 Best Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin

  • Your skin is your largest organ. It also is the first thing people usually see, including yourself when you look in the mirror. It is important to take care and love your skin! There are so many different tips to take care of your skin. I have compiled a list of my best personal favorite skin tips that have worked for me along the years. Also, I will list skin tips that have worked for other people as well!
  • Growing up I suffered from acne as a teen. I ate like crap and lived off sugar, and it definitely showed in my face. Then as I got older, the acne went away, but new skin conditions showed up. I would get the oh so lovely blackheads. I started getting eczema on my arms, and small bumps. You may have heard of it…Keratosis Pilaris. UGH. Also, I would occasionally have super patchy dry skin on my knuckles, elbows, and feet. During pregnancy I got suuuuper itchy stretch marks on my belly. But along the way of all of these little skin issues, I continue to learn and pay attention to my skin and what I am doing to cause these issues. Overall I have learned to love and care for my skin.

What Is Taking Care Of Your Skin?

  • Many people believe just showering and washing is enough to take care of your skin.
  • There is actually other important things that must be done to have healthy skin. For instance, it is not just about topical care. It starts first internally. Everything that appears on your skin is a reflection of your internal health. You may have heard of the whole face mapping thing. Where different areas on your face reflect certain organs. This is true. I learned this way back when during my Cosmetology schooling.

Why Do These Skin Issues Happen?

  • Think of it like this…our skin being the largest organ has to detox all of the crap we put in and on our bodies. The way our bodies try to get these toxins out is through excretion somehow. Sometimes it is hard to really pin point exactly what may be causing a certain skin condition. It also depends person to person and their immune system. BUT a majority of the time, it is food related. Some other things that can cause skin problems are,
    • hormones
    • medications
    • dehydration
    • allergic reactions
  • For me personally, when I eat any wheat/gluten my eczema really flares up on my arms, like it almost starts itching immediately. Also when that time of the month rolls around, I tend to have tiny breakouts around my chin area.
  • Trust me when I say having a certain skin condition, rash, pimple you name it appear on our body is super embarrassing. I feel like everyone who crosses paths with me will notice my skin rash right away. Guess what? They don’t. We are usually our own worst critic and it’s okay to not be perfect.

17 Best Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin

Tip 1: Eat Healthy

I know that’s probably not exactly what anyone wants to hear. But it’s true! Our diet totally has to do with the health of our skin. Wheat/Gluten affect SO many people that they may not even realize it. If you have chronic skin issues like eczema/psoriasis/keratosis pilaris/etc. then just try eliminating wheat to see the difference in your skin. Another big one is sugar, dairy, and processed foods. If you have severe acne, try eliminating all of the above! And of course those fried foods in that awful canola oil/peanut oil/vegetable oil…you get the hint. One of the hardest but most rewarding tips is to follow this one.

Tip 2: Drink Water

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaas. It is such a must! Water is sooo important for the skin. WHY?! Do you want to look youthful and young and wrinkle free?? Then drink up girlfriend! Pour it in your wine glass and just pretend it tastes like wine. MMMMM. Water not only helps with minimizing/preventing wrinkles, but also prevents dry skin. And it gives your skin that healthy glow. You can thank me later.

Tip 3: Juice

Homemade fresh pressed vegetable juices are AMAZING! There are so many different drinks you can make and use all those healthy vegetables that have such great vitamins and nutrients for you skin! Use lemon and lime for Vitamin C which helps fight wrinkles. Carrots contains Vitamin A another Vitamin to fight off aging! Tomatoes have Lycopene this helps protect the skin from sun damage. Spinach is a good source of omegas that helps fight wrinkles as well. There are so many other fruits and vegetables that help contribute to healthy skin!

Tip 4: Eat Healthy Fats & Omegas

This seriously can do wonders for your skin and hair. Healthy fats are Avocados, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Organic Butter/Ghee to name a few. Healthy Omega 3’s come from Salmon, Hemp, Flax, spinach, walnuts are a few examples. Having Healthy Omegas also help protect from sun damage, free radicals, wrinkles, and helps lock in moisture keeping it hydrated.

Tip 5: Gamma Linolenic Acid

AKA Omega 6. Add this to your diet for healthy skin! Evening Primrose, Borage, Spirulina, Black Currant Seed, Hemp all contain GLA, These all help with acne, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. They help your skin’s elasticity and are anti inflammatory oils and can help with puffiness, skin irritation and rashes you may have. It is even said that Evening Primrose can reduce dark spots and hyper pigmentation.

Tip 6: Limit Caffeine

I know this may be a challenge for many, I may not personally drink coffee but I do know that a majority of people live off of it. Caffeine isn’t just in coffee, but in certain teas, energy drinks, and soda. While Green Tea is very beneficial for you, this is the one caffeinated beverage you may want to switch to since it is said to help rejuvenate your skin. While the other caffeinated drinks have a negative effect on your skin. Caffeine is known to cause dehydration, and unless you are drinking more than enough water to equal this out, this can cause dry skin which contributes to aging skin. It also leaves your skin more vulnerable to skin damage. Let’s not also forget all the sugar that are in these beverages as well!

Tip 7: Avoid Alcohol & Smoking

Just like Coffee, Alcohol is suuuuuuuper dehydrating which leads to dry skin, and wrinkles. Oh and deff sun damage. BUT since I think it’s pretty known that alcohol does have a negative effect on the liver, when it tries to to detox, it is more than likely going to have some effects on the skin! Ever heard of liver spots Aka sun spots? Might try a liver detox. Now with smoking, this also has a super negative effect on your internal organs which is very much so going to show through your skin, causing discoloration, wrinkles, dry skin, susceptible to sun damage and also leading to other skin disorders.

Tip 8: Protect From The Sun

While we do benefit from getting sun daily, the Vitamin D absorption comes best from other exposed areas on your body and not necessarily your face. With our faces being the most prone to sunburns and are so sensitive since we are constantly washing/scrubbing etc it is a good idea to wear hats, and a SAFE non toxic sunscreen to protect it.

Tip 9: Healthy Skincare/Beauty Products

This is deff by far one of the most important tips. Women alone in one day use HUNDREDS of different chemicals between all of the different skincare/ hair care/ make up/ body sprays. I’m talking around 500 different chemicals. CRAZY. This all is going on their bodies and then being absorbed into the bloodstream. Fragrance/Parfum alone which is literally in every single product is a skin irritant! This contains probably 500 diff chemicals that aren’t mandated to be listed so they are all condensed into “Fragrance/Parfum”. Oh and Oxybenzone you know the ingredient in sunscreen to protect you from the sun so you don’t get skin cancer, weeeelll more and more studies are confirming it does cause cancer. Learning what is in your products is HUGE. There are amazing healthy and non toxic skin care products that help your skin repair itself as well as prevent future damage. You can read more about sunscreen here.

Tip 10: Exfoliate

Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is beneficial for brightening your face, scrubbing away dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and clean. It is important to find an exfoliant that isn’t too abrasive because that could actually damage your skin. Exfoliating also opens your pores to help drive in and absorb your other products. Not only can you exfoliate your face, but also your whole body which helps increase your blood flow and circulation and helps to minimize scarring such as stretch marks. just DON’T exfoliate over broken/unhealed skin.

Tip 11: Wash Daily

Washing your face daily is essential to get rid of all the dirt/ makeup /oil/ grime from the day. We are exposed to so many different things flying around in the air like pollutants, dirt and bacteria, even the dust that flies around in our home. Having clean skin daily helps to keep your skin healthy, prevent breakouts, cleans out the pores, and helps manage the oil production.

Tip 12: Weekly Face Masks

Make time at least once a week to use a mask! Whether its a mud detox mask to help rid of all the impurities, and to help dry out acne, and minimize pores. Or a mask filled with antioxidants and other amazing skin loving ingredients to help brighten, moisturize and keep it looking young. Plus it’s therapeutic to make some time to have an at home spa day. You deserve it!

Tip 13: Moisturize

Soooo many cleansers we use to wash our face tend to be super drying. To help keep your skin staying moist and not drying out especially with winter time, use a moisturizer. Lighter moisturizers during the day are helpful especially if you want something under your make up to help it apply more even and less dull. Lighter moisturizers tend to be less oily. Use a thicker moisturizer in the evening before bed to repair your skin, help fight fine lines and wrinkles by helping lock in the moisture.

Tip 14: Give Your Skin A Rest

If you love to doll up and always put your face (make up) on every single day, try giving your skin a break. Let your natural skin breeeeeaathe for a nice full day. A lot of times make up can be pretty clogging to our pores. You know how it’s recommended to let a wound air out and heal instead of constantly having a band aid over it…well…same concept.

Tip 15: Be Gentle With Your Skin

Well this leads into the next tip…sometimes with all of the layers of makeup you may feel like you really need to get in there and scrub and tug and rub it all off. And I promise you your face doesn’t like that. This way of cleaning can end up being more damaging towards your pretty little face. Try lightly washing and patting instead of rubbing. And just a little side note say no to waterproof (especially mascara).

Tip 16: Don’t Touch

Growing up how many times did you hear “don’t touch your face your hands are dirty”. Well it’s true. Think about it you are probably on your phone ALOT which is full of grossness, they say it’s just as dirty as a public bathroom! Not only are you touching your dirty phone and then touching your face but when you talk on that dirty little phone it’s touching your face! So if you tend to notice you break out in the same area you are putting your phone up to your face maybe use headphones? If you are prone to acne, popping your pimples with dirty fingers is by far one of the worst things you can do. It’s an open lesion and what ever bacteria and germs are on your fingers end up going into that open area. Last thing you want is an infection.

Tip 17: Silk Pillowcase

Silk Pillowcases do wonders for not only your skin but also your hair. With the smooth surface it helps promote soft skin and fights against wrinkles. It is less abrasive as well. So it is good for any skin type whether you have dry skin, oily, acne, aging whatever it is a silk pillowcase could deff benefit you!

Tip 18: Disinfect

By: Anna Hallai at Winedowncommunity Cleaning and disinfecting your phone as well as your makeup brushes.

Tip 19: Layering Products

By: Patricia N. at Primeskincaresolutions Know which of your skincare products can be layered or mixed and which ones can’t. You can end up with irritation, peeling, acne breakouts and redness. An example is that Retinol and Vitamin C should never be used together. Vitamin C and AHAs and BHAs should also not be used together.

The Last Thing You Need To Know About Taking Care Of Your Skin

There are so many different healthy ways you can take care of your skin instead of getting toxic injections to improve your skin, or chemical peels that are filled with who knows what. If you have damaged skin it will take time to repair it, but you can do it! It won’t happen over night so just be patient and keep trying different things. Most importantly eat healthy, drink water and take care of you and your health.

Submit your healthy skin tip below to be featured! I would love to hear all the different ways you take care of your skin health!

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