Written by Tera on September 18, 2012 – -
In Spring of 2012 I took the live BE Beauty program with Nadine Artemis and Tera Warner. Before I started the program, I suffered with an inflammatory auto-immune illness which brought with it severe immune reactions to airborne allergies. I could not wash my hands in a public restroom with the provided soap, even in natural stores like Whole Foods, without breaking out in a rash. I could get hives from someone sitting next to me putting on lotion or hand sanitizer. Although I am blessed with decent skin tone and evenness, I experienced hormonal breakouts, dry skin (including painfully dry cracked feet), dry hair and brittle nails, and I was always looking for the next best natural and organic exfoliators and moisturizers. But all of that changed after Be Beauty… The BE Beauty program taught me how to read labels accurately, and to trust my nose and pineal gland to tell me when products are pure, so that I could verify and avoid hidden ingredients not plainly labeled. I was shocked to learn, despite my good and extensive research on green beauty prior to the program, that the “green” organic (and EXPENSIVE) products I was using were in reality hiding ingredients that legally could be left off of the label that were not only not high quality, but were in fact synthetic and even toxic. Even the lovely mineral makeup that I had switched to several years ago, and its accompanying skincare line, was not truly “clean” or “green.”
I bought some of Nadine’s Living Libations products and used either those, high quality essential oils, or baking soda and pure organic coconut oil to cleanse my hair and skin, and used pure essential oils and baking soda as deodorant. I jettisoned everything else: laundry detergent, dish soap, and household cleansers. I found whole, natural, one ingredient items such as soap nuts, non-aluminum baking soda and vinegar, and perhaps Castile soap, and used them to clean our clothes and our home.(Note from the Editor: Our next Body Enlightenment program is a 30-day program to clean and green your home! We’ll be cleaning out the toxic cleansers and helping get healthy into every nook and cranny of your cozy home!) Within 48 hours of ceasing use of all conventional products, both in my home and on my body, I had radical results to match my radical behavior. My sleep improved dramatically, and the very first night I slept more than 4 consecutive hours. This was something I had not done in almost a year. I dropped 5 pounds of water weight overnight. My face and hands looked like someone had “popped” me. Even more incredible than the water loss, (which was permanent as long as I kept the changes I had made), I saw a significant decrease in pain from my autoimmune disease and my inflammation markers dropped measurably in tests. Dropping envirotoxins and the unwitting chemicals I was applying to my body began the journey of healing my Lupus, reminding me what it felt like to become rested and to restore energy I no longer was using to manage chronic pain! I began to see a new woman emerging, and this change, so incredible, launched my journey further into creating my own natural cosmetics recipes and finding truly natural products, and propelled my efforts into a high-raw, high greens diet, as the dietary component of the program educated and inspired me. Today, I wear no makeup base, ever, and I don’t need it. My skin is firm, dewey, and clear, and no one guesses me to be within a month of my 39th birthday. I still wear eye makeup since I am a professional performer, but only for job days, and I use things like berry juice stained with chlorella powder to brush on eyeliner, and frozen berries to tint my cheeks and lips. I get lovely compliments on my appearance, and asked what brand of makeup I use. But, more than any of the external benefits, I have found my road to health, through powerful nutrition and a truly clean beauty routine and lifestyle. I am on a journey to be 100% healed, and BE Beauty was the catalyst. I can’t thank Tera & Nadine enough!! To experience what flower power can do and get your health and gorgeous complexion on the road to a natural glow, check out our 30-Day Natural Beauty Makeover and find out when our next registration will be available. You can also check out our 10-Day Natural Beauty Mini-Makeover as a test drive to the full experience!
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