I have slight (very slight) textural problems, only on one side of my face as of yesterday. Not sure if things are surfacing still and need to let it run the course.
Thinking about getting a tanning membership again.
So my monthly is coming soon. I have all the right symptoms: mild breakout, bloating, bad digestion, terrible mood, etc. That might explain my skin except that I've indulged the past couple days.
The first day I had a little something sweet, it's made it that much harder to say no the next day.
We're back to square one.
Another note: I'm doing the "baking soda/acv" rinse for my hair instead of shampoo. Initially it seemed to not work. I upped my baking soda and now it DRIED my hair to bits.
I'm hoping to get my diet back to 100% clean. Then my skin will come back, and if I can figure out a hair routine that requires minimal washing, I can reduce my showers to every other day instead of every day. I LOVE showering, but I'm always open to trying new things, and lately I've been curious about how my skin would feel when its water exposure is cut in half, considering the water I wash with has chlorine, metals and minerals that irritate the skin.
If I had the money, I'd buy a $1500 whole-house water purification system that purifies and remineralizes (with the right minerals) your tap water.
As it stands, my baking soda/acv rinse is doing ok, my cleanser is all-natural (has 6 or 7 ingredients), and my body wash is an all-natural soap bar. The skin is the largest organ in the body and can readily absorb what you put on it. I'm trying to remove the chemicals I put on it.
I don't want to blame my monthly for taking things off track, but it's most likely the biggest factor.
Once I gave in to a few days of sugar, the cravings HIT, and they hit HARD. And they haven't gone away.
Overall Diet Update
I've been eating very plain foods. For more on this, read Stephan Guyenet's blog. He's a researcher and I found his ideas interesting. So far they aren't helping me in the ways I wanted or the ways his research said they would. I'm wondering if the hormonal response to this eating method requires an adjustment period. I'm willing to ride that out.
My hair absolutely needs conditioner. No question. I have no idea how other girls are getting away without conditioner. My routine has become:
baking soda rinse (LESS baking soda than before!)
ACV rinse (for shine)
condition ends (which are damaged and need the pick-me-up)
I hate baking soda. I either don't use enough and it leaves my hair oily, or I use too much and it dries my hair to straw.
I'm beginning to think baking soda is too abrasive and inappropriate for my fine hair.
I saw the girl with the most beautiful hair today. I could slap her it was so shiny.
Not giving up on natural hair care.
Undecided. It looks "ok."
Looking better. Still needs more time.
Edited by Vanbelle, 23 November 2013 - 05:20 PM.