It’s easy to forget that your skin is your largest organ. It’s pores provide a natural way for the body to eliminate toxins. In fact, a skin breakout or rash can be an indicator that your body is fighting to remove something. So, why would you put chemicals on your face that you wouldn’t want to eat in your food? Everyday beauty products may be equally harmful to your body.
If you’re thinking of transitioning to natural personal care products, here are five steps:
1. Go One-by-One
There is no need to get rid of everything you have at once. Talk about stressful! Instead, replace items as they run out, which is also easier on the budget.
2. Begin with the Most Important Products
Take into account how close the product is to the surface of your skin. Start with what gets absorbed immediately into your skin: face moisturizers. Next, move to foundation, unless you don’t use it frequently. And, don’t forget to protect your skin from the Arizona sun with a good sunscreen.
3. Read Ingredient Labels
Look for the most commonly agreed upon offenders: parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. And look at what order the natural ingredients are on your skin because you want the natural ones closer to the first. For example, if the mentioned rosemary, and it’s the last ingredient, it may contain little and have a small effect on your skin.
4. Shop Smart
Unfortunately, high-quality natural products can be expensive, but finding them can be easier once you know where to look. Stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Food, and Target offer some really good products at affordable price points. And the best place to look for deals and brands is often online.
5. Allow Time to See Results
You may think that the product isn’t working initially. In fact, some people see breakouts during the first month of using natural products. Breakouts are not unusual, and maybe happening because your skin is eliminating accumulated toxins! It takes about 30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of the skin. So be patient and remember that consistency is the key.
Sometimes you just need to pamper yourself, and Sedona, Arizona is just the place where you can do this. Noted for some of the finest spas in the country, the town also offers beautiful weather and even more beautiful scenery. Here are 4 terrific spas in the area where you can unwind, relax and become once again new:
1. Mii Amo
525 Boynton Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Named the number 1 spa in the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine, this spa is located less than 10 miles from town and set within the picturesque Boynton Canyon. An all-inclusive resort with abundant mountain views, the spa provides breezy bungalow accommodations. Each room includes either a balcony or a private patio as well as a soaking tub. Some rooms also have whirlpools and fireplaces.
In addition to a full-service spa, there is a pool, fitness classes, hiking trails and a restaurant that serves produce sourced from the spa’s very own garden.
2. Luxury Spa at Sedona Rouge
2250 W State Rte 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
At this resort, which is set in a Mediterranean-style hotel not far from town, you will receive customized spa services from certified massage therapists and trained estheticians based on your individual needs. Among the many amenities you will find there include a swimming pool, a fitness center, hot tubs and steam rooms. Service at the spa includes not only a full day’s use of the spa’s facilities but also dinner at its fine restaurant.
3. The Spa at Poco Diablo
1752 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
This spa, which is both owned and operated by Native Americans, offers a convenient location and a full range of spa treatments that will pamper you from head to toe. This includes massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and a hair salon. Its boutique size further guarantees you personalized service, and they also only use natural and organic products that have all been locally sourced. What’s more, you can access the spa whether or not you are a guest of the resort.
4. Eforea Spa at Hilton Sedona Resort
90 Ridge Trail Dr
Sedona, AZ 86351
Located at 25,000 feet above sea level, this scenic resort offers a wide variety of spa services, which include treatments, physical therapy and nail treatments. They also offer a really terrific couples massage. Among the many amenities you find there — which are provided at no extra cost — include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, exercise classes and thermal elements. They further provide a friendly and well trained staff.