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A few months ago I made a big lifestyle change. I started eating better and exercising more. During this process I started looking for ways to be healthier both inside and out. I joined a gym, started healthier eating and lifestyle habits, and began making healthier choices in all aspects of my life, and especially that of my family’s. While I am making the effort to be sure the food that goes in my body is healthy and natural, it occurred to me that I need to also be aware of what products I am using on my body. Just like fast food and sodas can wreak havoc on my health, so can bath and beauty products that are made with harmful chemicals. Because my healthy home includes more than just the food in our pantry, I have become a label-reader for our personal care products, too. Detoxing our home has become a priority, and thanks to Walgreens Ology, I’ve been able to save my time and money while doing so.
Walgreens offers a line of Ology products for home, beauty, and baby, that gives consumers like me an affordable, healthy, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional personal care products. Their personal care products are free of harmful chemicals and their paper products, like bath tissue and facial tissue, are 100% tree-free. Ology is also a brand partner of one of my favorite organizations, Healthy Child Healthy World, which promotes solutions that include safer products for families (like the ones Ology offers) and social responsibility to protect the health of our children and the future of their environment.
Because I am a busy mom of two girls, I use my extra time to spend at the gym, so outside of that, I don’t have a lot of shopping around time. There is a Walgreens literally right in front of my gym and I’m able to get in, get what I need, and get out. I love the packaging and design of Ology and am so impressed with the wide variety of products that offer a safer, healthier solution for the needs of our personal care routines. Plus, they work for the needs of everyone in our home.
Ology products are easy to find intermingled with traditional products on the shelves at Walgreens. Their bright, clean packaging sets them apart! Walgreens regularly offers specials for Ology, and earlier this month Balance Rewards members were able to earn 1,000 Rewards Points with each qualifying #WalgreensOlogy product purchased – that equals $1 back in your Balance Rewards account! I recently purchased quite a collection of products for our family to use and received 6,000 Balance Rewards Points!
Detoxing has been on my mind a lot lately. There are many ways one can detox – their diet, their beauty products, their home cleaning products, etc. One of the amenities my gym offers is a sauna. Because enjoying the sauna promotes a whole body detox, I started making time to use the sauna three times a week. It has been an incredible experience to see the changes in my skin and overall health and I am very much a proponent of using the sauna for detoxing! For anyone considering beginning a sauna routine, I have a few tips and tricks – things I wish I would have known when I started:
- Bring a small towel, or two. I like to have a towel to sit on and one to wipe the sweat off my skin. As you spend time in the heat of the sauna, your pores will open up and your body will sweat out toxins. Most people in my gym go in the sauna fully clothed, but some don’t. Practice good hygiene and sit on a towel. Wiping the sweat off your skin periodically during your sauna encourages your body to sweat even more, thus promoting further detoxification.
- Because the sauna is a dry heat, your skin will feel tight and dry, which can be very apparent on your lips. Use a good lip balm, like Ology 100% Natural Lip Balm, to keep your lips soft and hydrated during your sauna so they don’t feel chapped and bothersome later.
- Bring a bottle of water into the sauna with you. Because the dry heat of the sauna will dehydrate your body by drawing out so much toxin and sweat, I suggest drinking water throughout your sauna. A glass bottle is best, if you can, because a the heat will make the BPA release in a plastic water bottle, and the whole point of enjoying the sauna is to remove those chemicals from your body, not put them in! Continue drinking plenty of water after your sauna to rehydrate and replenish your body of the fluid it lost.
- When you leave the sauna, splash your skin with cold water or take a quick cold shower. Using cold water will close up those freshly cleaned out pores!
- Take special thought in your after-sauna care! Be sure that you don’t use chemical-laden beauty products that put right back on your skin what you just spend time releasing. In the shower use Ology Honey & Oatmeal Bar Soap and, if you must shampoo, use a product like Ology White Pear & Cucumber Shampoo and Conditioner, which are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I like to bring a body lotion and face moisturizer with me to use after the sauna to help rehydrate my skin. If you’re headed out into the sun, be sure the facial moisturizer you use has a SPF. A great one to use is Ology Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. Not only will it do your dry skin good after a sauna, it will protect your freshly detoxified face from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun.
I’ve definitely seen results in making these small efforts to detox, both personally and with my family in the environment of our home. There are many ways to fit detoxing into your life, whether it’s in a sauna or by making small changes in the products you use at home. You can find out more about Ology at http://walgreens.com/ology and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products, promotions, and health and beauty news.