I never gave an organic lifestyle any more thought than the average person until recently. Eating organic food was an aspiration more often than a reality (depending on cost!) but organic cosmetics were not a priority and organic clothes were quite honestly not even on my radar. So, what's changed?
Well, I've been lucky enough to have regained practically all of my natural pigment after nearly 50 years of living with widespread vitiligo. (This has been as a result of using natural nutritional supplements in combination with regular sun exposure) and so during this process my focus has understandably been on supplementation. It's only now that I have the mental space to focus on other vitiligo-related topics that I have started looking into the importance of avoiding exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Most people with vitiligo are probably aware that one feature, or trigger, of this skin condition is oxidative stress and that vitiligo patients therefore need to avoid contact with synthetic chemicals to minimise this (as well as loading up on antioxidants, hence the green superfoods that form part of my re-pigmentation protocol). But how many of us are leading an organic lifestyle - or at least as natural a one as possible - which of course is the logical way of minimising contact with toxic ingredients?
I'm not fully organic yet, it must be said, but I am gradually switching over to natural (and organic where possible) toiletries and cosmetics. I now use an aluminium-free deodorant, eco-certified organic makeup and am about to switch from one of the less harmful permanent hair dyes to a natural henna product. I recently read that the same chemicals in mainstream hair dyes are also present in many fabric dyes too. This fact, coupled with the knowledge that wearing tight clothing that causes friction to the skin can cause vitiligo to spread, makes me wonder if it might also be wise for vitiligo sufferers to opt for organic clothing too.
Moving toward an organic lifestyle may seem like an uphill struggle at times, given the amount of research - and often expense - involved. But, given the cumulative effects of chemical exposure, I take the view that every little helps!
My name is Caroline.