PMS: How to avoid shark week

If you’re a female, then you know you’ve been there. Life’s going great, you’re feeling awesome. Then Aunt Flow comes for a visit. If you’re anything like me, your mood changes and the cramps begin immediately. While I usually just muster through them, most people around me feel the effects. I turn into a shark,…

PMS: How to avoid shark week was originally published on Self Evolve

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If you’re a female, then you know you’ve been there. Life’s going great, you’re feeling awesome. Then Aunt Flow comes for a visit. If you’re anything like me, your mood changes and the cramps begin immediately. While I usually just muster through them, most people around me feel the effects. I turn into a shark, sometimes snapping at those I love the most. After the week of hell is over, I usually feel bad and have a lot of grovelling to do. In order to avoid all of this, I found a PMS survival kit that has helped save my social life.

My PMS Kits

Made for women by women, these kits come customized to your needs. Every woman is different. I know for me, I crave sweets and chocolate during my period. I also get killer cramps that could leave me curled up in a ball for hours if I let them overtake me. All the products are organic and natural, which is helpful especially since most female hygiene products have bleach and fragrances which can be harmful and irritating to the uterus. There’s more than just products in the kits though.

What you get

Beauty products, essential oils, heating pads, chocolates, candy, tea, and of course the necessary tampons, pads or diva cup. You may also get some extra stuff you wouldn’t expect from a PMS kit. All in all, very handy stuff to make the week go by smoother.

How do you get through shark week?

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PMS: How to avoid shark week was originally published on Self Evolve

Embracing nature

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials…

Embracing nature was originally published on Self Evolve

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials while working out, especially while working out outside (i.e. running or attending my weekly strength and conditioning class).

For natural deodorant, what does that look like? Ideally, at the very least, deodorant without aluminum. Why not aluminum? While aluminum is used for things like cans of soda, it is not ideal on our skin. First of all, you may have an allergy to aluminum. A good amount of people break out in a rash when using antiperspirants. Also, aluminum may cause other issues outside of just a rash, i.e. it can interfere with your hormones. Aluminum isn’t the only thing to avoid, triclosan could be a stronger endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it as well.

The tricky part about going natural is finding a deodorant that stands up to sweat sessions, i.e. that super humid run or when you’re doing planks at the gym. The deodorant that I use and find effective is Arrow Protect Natural Deodorant by Birchbox. It smells good and stands up to my tough workouts. Which one do you use?

As for sunscreen, it’s important to read the ingredients on the bottle as well. Many sunscreens claim to be natural, but are they? Ingredients to avoid for SPF include chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate  and homosalate. There are other chemicals to watch out for. Ideally, you want to reach for the organic option that uses mineral filters rather than chemical filters.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. There is good evidence that little if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. Thus, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens. What sunscreen do you use? Do you read the ingredients before buying sunscreen or just grab the most convenient sunscreen at the store? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Embracing nature was originally published on Self Evolve