How to deal with natural product blues

Oh, ladies. We want to wake up each morning and have a good hair day and consistently beautiful, smooth, blemish-free skin and slim, trim thighs and all that jazz. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work.

Every day – no every second – our bodies are adjusting to new conditions. Hormonal fluctuations, changes in the weather, stress levels, nutritional imbalances and so much more keep our bodies in a constant state of flux.

In short – yes, ladies, bad hair days are just a part of reality that we must learn to accept.

However, that doesn’t mean you are stuck when you aren’t getting the results you want from your products (natural or otherwise). There’s one simple solution:

Embrace the changing nature of your body and change up your products. {Tweet it!}

Here are four things you can try to get your out of your beauty routine rut:

{1} Listen to your body. Your body will tell you everything you need to know. Always. No exceptions. Start to pay attention and find out what’s actually bothering you. Your lackluster hair may actually be a symptom of a dry scalp. You notice the droopy, unattractive hair, for sure, but were you able to look past that and notice the sensations your scalp is experiencing?

{2} Run a systems check. What’s going on outside? How’s the weather and humidity? How’s your diet? Has your level of exposure to pollutants or allergens changed recently? Are you more stressed than usual? Where are you on your cycle? Knowing the answers to these simple questions can often give you the solution you are looking for.

{3} Try a little counter-intuition. I’ve often mentioned that drying out oily skin with toners is the worst thing you can do. Why? Because it causes the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil in order to make up for the oil that you are removing. While it may seem counter-intuitive, sometimes, balancing out oily skin can be accomplished by switching to an oil-based moisturizer. Conversely, dry skin may need less – not more – moisturizing. If you over-moisturize, you may be teaching your skin to become dependent upon moisturizers. Instead, let it sort itself out and learn to produce just the right amount of oil by pulling back a bit on your normal routines.

{4} Pick anything – and change. If you’re totally stumped on where to begin, just pick one thing and change it. Try a different shampoo. Switch deodorants. Replace your toothbrush and change up your brushing routine. Moisturize (or wash) less often. Take a colder shower. Brush your hair more (or less). Don’t overthink it – just do something.

The most important thing of all is to remember that we are human beings with these imperfect yet miraculous bodies. You will never be able to look, feel and smell exactly the same every day. Let yourself feel the blessing of that – change is dynamic and powerful. And rest in the certainty that even if you are having a bad hair day, despite your efforts to switch things up – you never look as bad as you think you do!

What tips do you have for keeping your beauty routine effective?