Instead of Jar Packaging, Try Literally Anything Other Than Jar Packaging

Another day, another installment of Instead of [BLANK], Try [BLANK]! If you gain one useful habit from my poorly neglected blog, it should be to pH test your products to maintain the health of your acid mantle. If you gain two habits, it should be the pH thing and that jar packaging is LITERALLY THE WORST.

Jar packaging is dumb and ineffective and tantamount to storing your products in a dirty mop bucket.   Continue reading

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Instead of juicing, try increasing your water intake!

I’d like to make it clear that I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NURSE, OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IN ANY CAPACITY (I cannot stress this point enough). But it doesn’t take a medical degree to know that water is good for you. The human body is composed of roughly 60% H2O, with the brain claiming a whopping 90% water composition. Water is necessary. Not necessary in a I can’t believe you’re not on Facebook how do you even survive way, but in the more immediate basic needs mandated by the United Nations without which you will literally die sense of the word.

And after reiterating that I am not a physician, surgeon, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or shaman, I’d like to offer my personal, non-medical opinion that juicing is total bunk. Many people (particularly those with health-related Pinterst boards) are attracted to the promises of rapid weight loss, vitamins, antioxidants, increased energy, curing cancer, ending global suffering, and the kitchen sink. The truth is that juicing is potentially hazardous to your skin health (among other things). Luckily, the benefits touted by members of the juicing clan can be gained by other, less risky means. Continue reading

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Instead of a baking soda facial treatment, try a baking soda nail whitener!

As previously discussed, baking soda (pH 8.3)  is far too alkaline for use on facial skin, as it will neutralize and strip away the protective acid mantle (pH 4.5-5.6). I’m amazed and disappointed that there are still people out there toting the benefits of baking soda as a facial mask or scrub. Pro tip: if a product can be used to scrub away hard water residue or stains on your toilet bowl, it’s probably not a good idea to slather it all over thin, delicate facial skin. Continue reading

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Instead of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, why not try St. Ives Exfoliating Pads? The second listed ingredient in the scrub is crushed walnut shell, which acts as a mechanical exfoliant by scrubbing away any dead skin cells or other debris resting on the face. The walnut shell particles have jagged edges which can cause microlacerations (tiny tears) in the surface of the skin, resulting in beaucoup irritation. Chemical exfoliants like lactic acid (the second listed ingredient in the pads) cause less wear and tear (and, therefore, needless irritation) on the skin while retaining the efficacy of related mechanical exfoliation products.

The scrub is popular; I know many people who own it. If you can’t bear to part, try it as a body, foot, or hand scrub. Using the apricot scrub prior to a manicure or pedicure feels wonderfully indulgent and removes dry flakes of dead skin.

I’m introducing “Instead of [BLANK], Try [BLANK]” as a regular category for posts. Stay tuned for more helpful substitutions to your beauty routine!