We're honored to have Haseena Samtani join the Bergamot Beauty Team as a regular contributor to our blog! She'll be sharing tips, recipes, reviews, and all things beauty and wellness. We couldn't think of a more fitting first post than this!
MY GREEN JOURNEY by HASEENA SAMTANI
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Haseena, I was a social worker and make up artist (unusual combo I know!), and now I'm a full time mom. I adore makeup, trying it on, the pretty packaging, keeping it with me for touch ups, I love EVERYTHING about it. For that matter, I love beauty products in general. Bottles of lotions and potions that promise soft, glowing skin, um yes please! Around three years ago I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. Almost instantly everything that I put in my body became about her. I felt an overwhelming responsibility to make better eating and drinking choices, however, the idea of what I put on my skin as being harmful didn't really occur to me, at least not right away.
I started breaking out, pretty bad. One night as I was slathering some chemical ridden salycilic acid cream all over my face, I decided to do a quick google search asking if salycilic acid was ok to use in pregnancy. Little did I know that this search would open up the flood gates and make me research the heck out of ALL the products I was using! My nesting instinct kicked in and I spent about half a day clearing out the boxes of products under my sink. I just sort of stopped using everything except a bar of olive oil soap on my face and body. I decided to just deal with the breaking out, which for me was huge, but it's funny how you will immediately do absolutely anything to ensure the well being of your child. I thought I would push aside the products I was using until after she was born and then go back to them. But I had planned to breastfeed so I figure the same rules apply as when pregnant. A friend of mine introduced me to the book "No More Dirty Looks" and that sort of sealed the deal for me. I slowly cleaned up my routine including my makeup. The mascara was last to go, and I'll admit it wasn't easy saying bye to my pretty tube of Dior show! Getting rid of a train case or two of beautifully packaged lovely colored eye shadows and lipsticks was a bit heart reaching as well, but I never looked back! I've found just about every product I used before to be replaceable and in most cases the green counterpart to be more effective!
I absolutely love all the green beauty products that are now in my daily routine. It did take some trial and error, my skin can be quite reactive and I'm very picky about seeing results. Honestly, I was very skeptical of green beauty products actually working for me and there were plenty moments where I found myself thinking what's the harm in throwing a little Proactive back into the mix. But I powered through and my skin is so happy now!
I'm not saying it's easy to go completely green with your product choices, but for me, it makes me feel better about what I'm absorbing into my body. I use the same products on my children and for my husband. I'm also in no way saying that I live a perfectly green lifestyle. We do try to eat whole foods and organic as much as possible, But you will still find the occasional bag of Doritos in our house! And when we order pizza I have to have an ice cold Coke, I just do. It's funny tho how being aware of the products you choose makes you live a healthier lifestyle and make wiser choices. I still have a long way to go and I'm not sure I'll ever be completely green, but I figure if using a non toxic lipstick decreases my chances of getting cancer, then why not?!?
I would say for the person who is trying out the green scene, start slow, maybe try skincare first. It's amazing to me how far I've come by just adjusting a few products I use. Do what makes you happy and you will feel beautiful!