My neighbors must think I’m crazy

Posted by | February 16, 2019 | LENS, Lifestyle, Pregnancy Lifestyle | No Comments

Growing up with very curly hair, I learned at a young age how to prevent frizz with chemicals products.  I’ve since come to cherish the extra volume that comes with textured hair and use almost no product – except for the occasional spritz of hairspray on humid days.  Hairspray contains many different chemicals and it is not safe to inhale constantly.  My solution? I wear a mask, only use non-aerosol products, and I do not use it in my house.  Yes, I stand in my front yard with a dentist-like mask on and spray my hair.  I firmly believe that there has to be balance between doing everything said to be “right/healthy/perfect” and doing what makes you feel good and look good.  Other ways to cut down on chemicals in your beauty routine:

  • Try using grape seed oil instead of lotion to prevent stretch marks. It’s all- natural, inexpensive, odorless, and can be found at the grocery store.  I used it during both of my pregnancies and loved it.  I keep it in a spray bottle in my shower and apply liberally before I get out.
  • Buff your nails for natural shine or use phthalate free nail polish.  I’ve bought phthalate free nail polish at health foods stores in the beauty aisle.
  • Olive oil is a great alternative to eye makeup remover solutions.  Just smear a dime-size amount on each eye and wipe off with a tissue.
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BabyQ’s official blogger and the reason babyQ was created. When Emily announced to her father, Dr. Gostine, that she was expecting her first child, they thought about ways they could provide women with information on how to have healthier pregnancies. A series of text messages soon formed into what is now the babyQ mobile app. Fast forward a few years later, Emily and her husband are about to welcome their third child. A lover of spell-check, the snooze button, and her grandmother’s enchiladas, Emily shares her personal experiences, tips, and lose-your-mind moments that every expectant mother raising young kids can appreciate.