Hi there! It’s May and I am so thankful for this month. Where I live, this is the month when warm weather really starts showing up. Amen, hallelujah!
I’m a warm weather girl through and through, let’s be honest. The winter months, while snow is pretty, don’t do much for me. I crave the bright sunshine, colors of the Earth popping, and warm air to play in.
There’s another reason I love May so much. It’s National Skin Care Awareness Month! Did you know that?
When I was younger, as far as skin goes, the only thing I cared about was getting a nice summer tan, keeping pimples at bay, and spraying a fragrant body spray all over my skin to smell pretty. I never really thought about the wellness of my skin. Sadly, for many young people today, I fear that still might be the case. Heck, it’s the case for many adults too!
Having learned from the mistakes of my childhood, I now want to spread the message of how important it is to care for your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It does so much for us, but we rarely think about it.
Do You Know What You’re Putting on Your Skin?
Let me ask you, are the products you put on your skin healthy? By that I mean, are they chemical free? Are they EWG-approved? You might even be asking, what is EWG? It’s the Environmental Working Group, which investigates how safe or unsafe products are for our body. I encourage you to visit their Skin Deep database, type in some products that you routinely use (shampoo, lotions, toothpastes, deodorants, soaps, detergents, etc), and get a sense for what you’re absorbing into your body.
(Beware, you might be shocked to realize how dangerous some of the products you’re using actually are! I was!) There’s no better time to learn than now though, right?
Next, are you applying sunscreen on your skin when you go outside? And then, are you re-applying? I’m guilty of not being the best at re-applying, but I have gotten so much better over the years. If you have children, are you teaching them how to properly care for their bodies?
In my adult life, I have had several basal cell skin cancers removed and just last year, I had a scary phone call from my dermatologist stating that I had melanoma. My heart sank and tears immediately welled in my eyes.
“That’s the deadliest form of skin cancer,” I thought. Luckily, mine was caught in stage 0 and it hadn’t spread too far or too deep. While that was good news, it freaked me out big time!
Now, as a result of having the melanoma, I see my dermatologist every six months. Generally, the rule of thumb is to see a dermatologist every year for a full body skin check. If you haven’t done this recently or ever (gasp!), it’s time to make your appointment. Don’t neglect this, please.
Spread the Awareness
Let’s talk about some Skin Cancer Facts.
- Skin cancer affects everyone, regardless of skin color.
- 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer in the U.S.
- Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but when detected and treated early, it can have a 99% survival rate.
- Annual total-body skin checks can save lives.
So other than choosing a safe sunscreen (I use ThinkBaby) of at least 50+spf, I encourage you to choose skin and body-friendly products. What you put on your body ends up IN your body.
I am sorry, but I cannot mindfully elect to put cancer-causing chemicals into my body when I know there are products out there that are wayyyy safer for me. Don’t you agree?
I figured I’d share some of my favorite “safe” skin products with my readers in case you’re looking for places to start. I love trying new products and regularly share them in my Sensitive Soul newsletter, so if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to do that!
Sensitive Soul Approved Products to Try
Hair Conditioner: Attitude Quinoa and JoJoba Moisture Rich Conditioner
Laundry Detergent: Ecos liquid detergent (lemongrass scented)
Household Cleaner: Sals Suds
Cleaning Sprays: See my make-your-own recipes here. (There really is no need to buy conventional cleaners and waste the plastic too…MAKE YOUR OWN! It’s simple!)
Body Lotion: Everyone Mint + Cocounut lotion
Face Moisturizer: Acure Brightening Day Cream
Dish Detergent: Seventh Generation Free & Clear
So there you have it, my starter list of non-toxic products to try if you’re ready to shift to less-toxic products for your skin and body.
I hope you give extra thought and care to your skin this month and in the months to follow. Please schedule your total-body skin check for this year if you haven’t already. It literally could be life-saving.
As always, be well and be happy!
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