What do girls do when they’re less than perfect?

Post by Aubrey Griffin for the Kind Kindred series.


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What do girls do when they’re less than perfect?

My daughter approached me this year with a heart-wrenching request: “Can I start wearing makeup?” She has a pimple. As a mother and promoter of natural living, my heart sinks. Ten seems a little young to be hiding behind cosmetics.

But who can blame her? She’s a kid. She wants to be pretty, tall and skinny, have flawless skin and hair, manicured nails, to look like the girls on TV. She wants to be perfect.

But what happens when our girls are anything less than perfect? The course of action is almost always the same: mask it. Wear these outfits to hide your trouble spots. Straighten those curls and curl those tresses. Don’t forget the highlights and lowlights. Makeup. Perfume. Teeth whitening strips.

With flawless faces constantly looking down on us from their perches on billboards, magazine racks and TV stands it’s no wonder that our girls have issues with constantly. appearing. perfect.

So what’s the big deal, anyway?

In a word? Chemicals.

Links between hair products and early ages of puberty. Mercury in skin cream. Aluminum in deodorant. Straighteners that cause hair loss. Hair dyes that cause cancer.

According to the Environmental Working Group, “[W]e detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals ­ phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks­ in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.” (Source)

I wish I were exaggerating.

If I were poetic I could paint a picture with my words, showing the correlation between inner beauty and outer. About how these beautiful, precious girls are living in a dangerous, toxic world and how they need to be sheltered. Unfortunately, I struggle to find those words, so I choose to be upfront.

What’s the alternative?

Let’s step up and take these opportunities to teach our girls about the importance of taking care of ourselves naturally. Not just masking imperfections, but understanding our bodies and what we need to do to take care of ourselves properly.

Communication. Education.

Lets show them that taking care of their bodies is the key and their health is more important than a blemish.

Lets demonstrate and teach them the absolute necessity to make wise decisions when it comes to beauty products.

Start with just one item, if you need to. One nasty, chemical laden, item like traditioal face wash, and let’s replace it.

To help you start I’m including instructions for a hands on project that you can do at home:


Click here to download the Herb Infused Facial Toner Recipe
Printable PDF

At Homegrown & Healthy we love to share fresh, natural ways to rid your house of chemicals and we can help you find more great ideas (like this, this, or this). You can also email me or connect via social media and I’d be glad to offer my assistance.

Together lets work onto promoting the idea of simple, natural beauty and help these beautiful young girls today grow to be healthy beautiful women.

Aubrey is a proud wife and mother, a city girl turned country. She started her website to track her change in attitude and is now helping others to focus on natural, simple ways that we can help ourselves and our families reconnect with nature. You can visit her website Homegrown & Healthy to read about healthy, whole food recipes, how to grow your own food, health, fitness and DIY projects. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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