Today I've invited my friend Christina to talk about some products she's been having success with lately. She's generously giving away a package of products with a $60 value to one of my lucky readers. Read more for details on how you can win! Contest ends October 6.
|Christina Roth www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/croth|
When I was officially diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in January of 2013, I had no idea the kind of journey I was about to embark upon. I had always been fairly conscious of the fact that something was “wrong” with my health – I just needed someone to give me a complete diagnosis, guide me in the appropriate direction, and help me correct the symptoms. I needed someone to “fix” me. I realized after my first round of a complete nutritional overhaul and numerous food protocols, that the fixing would be much longer than I had anticipated. Sadly, this was disappointing since those who are closest to me would confirm that I am not a very patient person.
The more I learned about my autoimmune condition, the more I realized the true complexity of the human body and the significant importance of my nutrition and lifestyle choices. In the midst of the food protocols, the revised fitness regimen, and my attempt at maintaining a minimally stressful schedule – I realized I was neglecting to address the largest organ in my body. My skin.
At some point during the food reintroduction phase I developed a rash on my underarms. I had long given up on natural deodorants because none of them would hold up to teaching all day long and a rigorous CrossFit workout in the evening. Then a friend told me about Ava Anderson Non Toxic, a non-toxic line of home and personal care products. I figured, what’s one more deodorant, so I gave it a try.
It’s not often I get excited about personal care products, let alone something as potentially simple as deodorant. However, the past two years have taught me a great deal about becoming more passionate when it comes to health and wellness – including my deodorant, lotion, mascara and multiple other items in my daily beauty routine. The more I began to listen to my body, the more I realized I needed to consider what I was putting on my body as much as what I was putting in my body.
The deodorant from Ava Anderson is completely non-toxic, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and made with 100% organic ingredients. It is composed of a cocoa butter and coconut oil base, including tea tree and peppermint essential oils. The coconut oil and cocoa butter serve to help moisturize and protect the skin, allowing the essential oils to soothe and reduce any existing inflammation. Not only does it feel and smell wonderful, but also it truly works! One application in the morning and I am comfortable and odor-free the entire day.
When I considered the other products that I wanted to replace after I realized they were irritating my autoimmune symptoms, the one that caused me the most heartache was my beloved mascara. I couldn’t use conventional mascara because it would give me a headache and typically cause my eyes to itch within a matter of minutes. After having success with the Ava Anderson deodorant, I switched to the mascara as well – and can honestly say I was ecstatic with the result. The mascara has an aloe vera base, with coconut oil and natural minerals for color. So the texture is silky and it feels wonderful with every application. No itchy eyes, no more headaches, and it lasts all day without drying or flaking.
Most recently I began using the Ava Anderson Diaper Cream to help with some rosacea that had formed on my nose. This is my typical reaction when I’ve been exposed to dairy - and I knew that the cream had calendula and chamomile essential oils. The soothing properties of these organic oils, along with the moisturizing component of the shea butter and olive oil, helped to relieve the irritation on my nose in less than 24 hours. I was amazed at the results from just one application.
The Ava Anderson Non Toxic company is more than just products; they’re a message about living a toxic-free lifestyle. Ava Anderson was only 14 when she began to research and develop these products. She is now a junior in college and advocates for eliminating harsh chemicals all around the country, including our nation’s capitol. I am thankful that, as a teenager, she had the ability to see beyond herself and reach out to spread the word about chemical toxicity. I am also very grateful for the fact that I was able to find products that work for me and help me continue on my journey to wellness. So thankful, that I recently became a consultant for Ava Anderson Non Toxic and hope to share the message about becoming an ingredient detective.
As a gift to the Primal Balance followers I am offering a giveaway package of all three items listed above, to one lucky reader! If you’re interested in learning more about Ava Anderson Non Toxic I encourage you to check out my consultant page at www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/croth and find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QueenCityAva.