A greener version of me

In recent years, the topic of ecology has become really loud. Other cosmetic brands are trying to outdo each other in the production of ecological products. On the packaging you will find the words "eco, bio, healthy" and other similar slogans. Unfortunately, very often there is only a seemingly ecological product. Okay inside, it might be super eco, but nobody looks at the packaging that closely anymore. And it is often made of plastic that will break down over the next several dozen years.

Consequently, for several years I have been trying to make small changes to my life that allow me to live in harmony with nature. I started with seemingly simple changes. I stopped buying low-quality clothes that looked like 10 years after washing them. Currently, power cables do not exist for me, although I know that some of them try to introduce more ecological solutions. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go to eliminate Fast Fashion. However, I have the impression that the coronavirus epidemic has slightly changed our approach and perception of mass buying. Supposedly, shopping centers are empty and bags of clothes are no longer taken out of shops. I will not say that I am silently smiling to myself.

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An ecological revolution in the wardrobe and home

After the revolution in clothing, it is time for the next steps. And so, for over 5 years I have been using only ecological and vegan cosmetics for care. I have my favorite products and brands that I have not parted with for a long time. I also rarely test products (especially face care) and I know that you also appreciate it. However, there are still a lot of Influencers who are able to test brand X cream on Tuesday and brand Y cream on Friday. I avoid this type of person, because I know that only money speaks for them. I do not trust them and do not follow such profiles.

The next step in changing habits was to switch to ecological cleaning products. For years, only those that are not harmful to the environment have been added to my basket. I've even convinced a few family members to switch from chemical products to organic ones. I am very glad that many of you also pay attention to this. I am happy when you consciously choose cosmetics, home products and food products. Today, a few words about reusable cosmetic pads that I don't know why I started using it so late. Ps. This post is not sponsored by the Hello Body brand. I bought two packages of reusable cosmetic pads with my own money.

Why is it worth using reusable cosmetic pads?

I answered this question when the idea of ​​switching to reusable cosmetic pads was born in my head. As you know, I try to live in harmony with nature. For many years, my care has been 100% natural, I use ecological cleaning products, I also try not to waste food (which is really good for me!), and to look for other solutions to harm the Earth as little as possible (remember that we are its inhabitants and we must take care of it).

Reusable cosmetic pads are a great discovery for me. The first advantage that speaks to them is, of course, ecology and the fact that I do not generate so much waste (usually I used 2-3 cosmetic pads a day, because in the morning I wash my face with colloidal silver, I use pads for makeup removal, I also wash my face before going to sleep).

Another plus is savings. It is true that such disposable flakes are not expensive, but when we calculate the annual consumption in relation to reusable flakes (which we can put in the washing machine together with washing), the costs of their use are really much more favorable.

Which petals to choose?

Moje Followers on Instagram (who is not watching us yet, let him do it now!) eagerly shared with me their observations on reusable cosmetic pads, thanks to which I chose bamboo (they are said to be more durable than cotton pads). I decided to use Hello Bamboo reusable cotton pads from Hello Body. These petals are made of 80% bamboo and 20% cotton. In addition, they have a laundry bag made of 100% cotton (I do not recommend using it, however, which I will say more about in the next paragraph).

Hello Body pads are very gentle so they don't irritate my combination, blemish-prone skin. I was worried that these types of cotton pads could transmit germs, but nothing really happens.

How to wash reusable cotton pads?

I wash the cotton pads together with the white washing in the washing machine. I put them in a Tchibo zipped laundry bag. Thanks to this, they do not fall out, which happened to me when I washed them in the bag attached to the petals. I use an ecological liquid for washing (in 40 degrees) and rinsing fabrics.

I have a trick for you when it comes to drying. Before hanging the petals on the dryer, I shake them off vigorously, holding the hanging handle. Thanks to this, the cotton pads regain their original shape after washing (of course they do not look like new, but it definitely improves their appearance).

Conscious influence on our planet is something that I want to cultivate in myself and that I want to infect others with. Of course, to generate a jar of garbage in a month (I really respect people who can live like this) in my case it is still a long way, but today I can have a real impact. It is worth starting with minor changes that motivate you to continue acting and looking for new solutions. I would love to know if you use reusable cosmetic pads and how do they work for you?

How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

Many people wonder how not to gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. An epidemic, more precisely, being at home all the time has caused more and more people to cook at home. It's great because we discover new flavors and gain new skills. Even a few ebooks with coronavirus recipes were created (of course, using pasta or rice). If I thought about it for a long time, it's not such a stupid idea. I am already losing my inspiration for coming up with new recipes for quarantine dishes.

When I noticed that more and more people were joking about weight gain during quarantine, I found that I would write a few words about it on the blog, because I fell into continuous eating mode myself. A few said "enough" and changed my quarantine habits. I also encourage you to do this, if you are afraid that the time of isolation at home will cause +5 kg to appear on your weight. Remember that this nightmare will end and we will have to go back to normal life (honestly? I can't wait for it).

Physical activity - necessarily!

Lack of physical activity is a bane for our body and metabolism. I feel the negative effects of sitting at home myself, mainly because I miss flying around the city and getting different rights. I will not say ... I miss it a bit (especially now, when the sun comes out more often).

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I have never been a fan of exercising (I did everything I could to avoid PE lessons at school). I still don't belong to fit girls and I'm not rushing to the gym with a smile. Nevertheless, I found something that I enjoy - yoga. I don't practice as regularly as I would like, but I try to practice yoga whenever I can. It is a wonderful time for me, not only for my body, but also for relaxation for the mind. Contrary to appearances, yoga is not boring at all (and you will feel its effects the next day, when you cannot get out of bed, because you will have sore muscles that you had no idea about).

Another way to move your body when we can't leave the house is to dance. I'm not talking about professional dance lessons (although many dance schools now offer online classes), but ordinary dance to your favorite songs. All you need is 15 minutes to feel better and automatically improve your mood (seriously, I know what I'm saying - I practice it almost every day). Launch your favorite Spotify playlist and your legs will make you dance.

Sitting at home promotes a constant desire for food

It is proved that often when we are not hungry we just eat out of ... boredom. I also often snack when I work and I'm very focused (which is not necessarily associated with boredom). Then I usually reach for nuts that give you an energy kick. Of course, it is better to choose those without the addition of salt or spices. I like roasted peanuts (peanuts) without salt the most. Even now, when I'm writing this article, I like to eat it.

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During the isolation we are more eager to spend time on the sofa watching movies or series (we also, but we combine it with learning French). And if it's a movie, we'd love to eat something (salty snacks are my nightmare!). If watching you associate with food and you can not get rid of this habit - reach for healthier snacks, e.g. nuts, dried fruits, roasted chickpeas or kale chips (I do not like these, but if you like it, I highly recommend it).

How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

First of all, take care of regular eating of full-fledged meals. I'm not a fan of sweet breakfasts, but sometimes I want to start the day in this way - then I usually make vegan pancakes, which I serve with maple syrup (in summer also with fresh fruit). More often, however, I reach for salty porridge with black sesame and fried mushroom or crispy oyster mushrooms. Such porridge is not only tasty, nutritious, but also gluten-free (which is very important in my case - due to hypothyroidism, I try to avoid gluten whenever I can).

Especially now, when our activity is limited - reach less (and preferably at all, but I know it is difficult ... especially on these days) for unhealthy snacks or sweets. If you feel like something unhealthy, reach for healthier options - you can make a burger at home, and if you want something sweet - you can bake a carrot cake or bean brownie.

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Take care of healthy sleep in the right number of hours (for me it is 8 hours so that I do not feel like a zombie). And if you have a problem with a desire to eat before bedtime, take advantage of the advice of Parisian women - it is better to go to bed with an empty stomach than to be overfilled. I don't know about you, but if I eat a meal too late, I can't sleep. I have nightmares and in the morning I feel full. This not a nice feeling accompanied me several times in my life, so for years I have been following the principle of Parisians, which actually works.

I hope that the above article will help you find a way to not gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. The ground is to be reasonable in everything you do. Especially now, when an open mind is badly needed to endure difficult times.