5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep
It’s that time of year again where we reflect on our past and look to the future. There’s something about a new calendar that inspires us to alliance want to do better as a go-forward. Here are some manageable health and beauty resolutions you can make for a more positive.
Give Each Day a Clean Start With Skin Care
We all know that proper cleansing is the first step in skincare, but some of the harsh products out there are downright dirty. Sodium lauryl sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other nasty petrochemicals feature prominently in most soaps, body washes and facial cleanser formulations. There’s no need to give yourself a chemical bath to remove dirt, oil, sweat, and other impurities. Mother Nature’s botanical ingredients are kinder, gentler, and more effective at doing the job, making these products a more skin- and earth-friendly wellness choice. It’s an easy switch to stock your shower and bathroom vanity with pure, natural, organic brands.
For the shower and sink-side, try affordable, multitasking Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, available in an array of luscious scents in both bar and liquid forms, or any of Leap Organics Foaming Hand Soaps or Body Washes. For the more delicate face, The Body Deli’s delicious super-food based cleansers will give each day a fresh start – try the blueberry or melon one, and you’ll never go back to drugstore brands again.
Tips to Get More Sleep
Easier said than done for many of us, hyper-busy, stressed-out, pulled-in-many-directions people. Intellectually we all know that we need a nightly 7-9 hours of beauty rest to repair, restore and revitalize for the coming day, but sometimes it’s hard to unwind after the circus-like juggling acts of the day. You hop into bed desperately hoping to switch off and catch some zzz’s, but with a racing mind and restless body, sleep is elusive.
Resist the temptation to reach for a medicinal sleep aid. Mother Nature has the solution in slumber-inducing herbs, flowers, and essential oils like lavender, neroli, and chamomile. Strategic aromatherapy not only triggers the deep relaxation necessary for some solid shut-eye, but it also smells lovely too. Try a spritz of Primavera’s Sleep Therapy Lavender Pillow Mist or Calming Honey Chamomile Organic Airspray to set a tranquil tone to your bedroom and help bring on the serenity of sleep.
Why Aluminum Free Deodorant
There has been a lot of buzz about the cumulative health risks of aluminum in underarm products like antiperspirants and deodorants. Aluminum-based compounds work by blocking sweat ducts to prevent the body’s natural perspiration which can breed bacteria that give off the offending odor. It’s pretty useful, but at what risk? These chemicals are absorbed into the skin and to the bloodstream, and various studies suggest a link to breast cancer, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, and more. While there’s no conclusive evidence to prove a causal link, there is enough anecdotal concern to raise more than a few red flags.
Why not make your years to hedge your bet and make the switch to natural aluminum-free underarm care? We carry a range of floral, citrus and herbal scented natural deodorants that help neutralize invading bacteria and keep you feeling – and smelling – fresh. Try Weleda’s Wild Rose Deodorant, Erbaviva’s Lemon Sage Deodorant or Dr.Hauschka’s talc-free Body Silk Powder. Some people go through a week or two’s adjustment period where their bodies wean off their natural-, synthetic products, but taking a natural, healthier approach to manage B.O. is a positive step in the long run, plus the alternative could be the pits.
Shampoo Without Sulfates
Here’s another easy substitution to make for the new year that will go to your head. Out with the questionable chemical concoctions that strip your strands of necessary oil with petroleum-based bubbles and in with natural sulfate-free products that cleanse your hair and scalp with beneficial botanical ingredients. You won’t believe how strong, shiny, and healthy; your curls will be after a few weeks off the hard stuff. The fact that this is also a better, greener choice for the planet is the icing on the cake. You can’t go wrong with Rahua Shampoo from Amazon Beauty, Yarok’s Feed Your Volume Shampoo or any of John Master’s masterful hair care products. He even has an unscented Bare line for those who are fragrance-adverse.
Best Indulge in More Massages
We probably don’t have to twist your arm to buy into this recommended resolution. Who doesn’t love a good massage? Not only does this pampering indulgence relieve muscle tension, soothe the soul make, and your body feels divine, but it also has a range of therapeutic benefits including improved circulation, lower blood pressure, fewer headaches, better sleep and reduced cortisol levels (i.e., stress). While not everyone has the time or budget to enjoy regular spa visits, couples can commit to mutual massage sessions at home (you never know where it might lead), and even those without a partner can treat themselves to a tenderfoot rub or deep shoulder knead. A good book or internet search can get you in touch with proper techniques, and supply of irresistible, nourishing, natural massage oils and balms will seal the deal on your commitment to this ritual. Treat yourself to Badger’s Vanilla Orchid Antioxidant Massage Oil, Dr. Hauschka’s Moor Lavender Body Oil or Suki’s Delicate Hydrating Oil and you won’t have trouble keeping this resolution throughout the year.