The More You Know

You know the quote that says something like…”I now know better, so I do better”? Well, I completely agree with it. In the past 3 years since my first son was born I have learned so much about parenting, about myself, about being healthy…just to name a few. I laugh at all of things I thought I was “definitely going to do” as a parent. And I pretty much do the opposite of all of those things.

One of things I have learned so much about and do so much better with is reducing the chemical, toxic load that impacts my family. And again, now that I know better, I do better. It started when I was pregnant with my first son Jack, I decided I wanted to clean things up in my house in preparation of having a little one (nesting maybe?). For whatever reason, I focused on the cleaning supplies I had been using, with the intention of not wanting the baby to sit, play, touch, eat, suck on, etc. anything that had been cleaned with harmful chemicals. So I got rid of all of the cleaners I had been using and replaced them with ones that I made myself. I also changed up what I had been using to clean the dishes, I wanted things to be as chemical free as possible.

At some point before Jack turned one, he developed eczema. He didn’t have any allergies and nothing seemed to help. I turned my focus to the laundry detergent we were using and started using the clear and free brand. I was also trying so many different lotions, creams, ointments, oatmeal baths, prescriptions on his skin and nothing seemed to work. Often times, he would cry while I would put them on his skin. I looked into everything he was eating and drinking and started to buy as much organic products as I could.

Fast forward a couple of years and we had just welcomed another baby boy into the family. Now I thought I had the “green” living down pat….house cleaners and baby wipes I made myself, organic food, dye free laundry detergent for sensitive skin. I made sure that the house and toys and anything else the baby would suck on was clean and as toxic free as possible.

What I never considered, was my own skin. The thing he was in contact with almost all of the time. And I never stopped to think about what I was putting on my skin (and thus in my body) until I found Beautycounter.

Beautycounter has a Never List of 1500 harmful ingredients that will never be used in any of their products. I started comparing that list to the ingredients of the products I was currently using and made the switch to safer products immediately. If the lotion I had been using should be kept out of the reach of children, I definitely did not want my baby sucking on my arm if I had that on. It seems obvious, but usually the most obvious we seem to miss.

I started using Beautycounter’s Kids Collection body wash for Jack and it has made such a difference in his skin. I think he may have outgrown his eczema but he still gets little dry patches once in a while. When he does, I squirt some of the body wash into the bath and his skin comes out moisturized and I don’t have to fight with him to put any cream on. I am also able to use Beautycounter’s Baby Oil on him and he doesn’t mind a bit! By the next morning the dry patches are completely gone.

If you are someone who is interested in living green or who eats clean and lives healthfully, I encourage to take a look at the products you are using…..especially the ones that stay on your skin longer (body lotion versus soap that you wash right off). Think about your sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, and body lotion. Protect your skin, your health and your loved ones…especially the little ones that like to suck on your shoulder 🙂

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