Natural, Farm-Fresh Body Care
Andrea Fabry knows a thing or two about trying to live toxin-free. After a terrible bout with toxic mold in her (former) home, Andrea made it her mission to live as cleanly as possibly and help educate others to the risks of toxic mold by founding momsAWARE.org.
Not only did she and her family require a new house to call home, they also required a total reboot to their health, prompting Andrea to embrace a diet and lifestyle centered around real food. Out went the boxes of processed junk, in came the lacto-fermented, nutrient-rich food. Out went the take-out, in came a thoughtful, homemade meal plan for her family.
Taking an even deeper look at what she was ingesting, Andrea decided to further her intake of real food one more step and implement a pretty big change to her beauty and personal care regimen.
The average adult woman uses 12 products each day. This amounts to more than 500 chemicals in various forms applied each day. Is it possible to nourish our skin, face, and hair without adding to the toxic load?
Two years ago I challenged myself, "If I can’t eat it, I won't use it." What if I eliminated all of my beloved toxic products? My self-imposed plan has led to a rewarding lifestyle. I now have thicker, shinier hair, smoother skin, and healthier gums and teeth.
It makes sense. If you wouldn't consider eating petroleum, why would you consider rubbing it all over your skin?
Thankfully, Andrea suggests plenty of natural, food-based alternatives that provide your hair, skin and teeth with the needed nutrients we seek, despite their lacking claims of agelessness and youth. Foods such as avocado (a source of sterolin which helps prevent sun damage) and eggs (a protein-rich food great for skin and hair) are easily accesible ingredients that can be quickly integrated in to your beauty regimen.
Andrea also shares a great, simple recipe for an Avocado Face Mask:
1 ripe avocado
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. coconut or olive oil
1 tbsp. organic honey (warmed if needed)
Peel the avocado and cut it into pieces. Mash with the honey and the rest of the ingredients until you have a smooth and creamy paste.
Apply to face and neck, staying away from eye area. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm and then cold water. Wipe dry and feel the difference!
Thanks Andrea! This sounds good enough to eat… and isn't that the point?
Andrea Fabry is a former journalist, a radio host, and the mother of nine children. She is also the founder of momsAWARE, an organization designed to raise awareness about environmental issues. You can read more of her writing at her blog Our Health Journey.
Have you made the change over to food-based or homemade personal care products? What was the first thing you tried making?
Chris Regan and Ashley Mayne produce a wide array of delicious greens for the Hudson Valley.
With his new book, Forrest Pritchard tells the stories of 18 farms from all across America.
Forrest Pritchard and Smith Meadows are prime examples of sustainable family farming.
Jonathan Waxman shares his food philosophy with Slow Films.
A group of star chefs play with fire for a good cause.