08/30/2013 01:19 pm ET | Updated Oct 30, 2013
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By Rachelle Carson-Begley
Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a girly-girl. I love to look fresh, pulled-together, and effortlessly beautiful. And years ago, I went to any lengths to achieve a flawless look, regardless of the consequences. I slathered on baby oil and baked in the sun, I scrubbed my face with god know what, used petroleum jelly as lip gloss, applied makeup full of chemicals and parabans to achieve a flawless complexion.
As I became involved in the green movement and the concept of green living began to take hold in our culture, I started to slowly dip my toe in other areas of green. I thought that if I could take steps to make my home and living enviironement green, I could certainly do it for my body, too. After all, I had already given up coffee and alcohol. I was diligently doing my Pilates. And my curling iron was now on the “watch” list (thanks, Ed). I thought, I work hard not to put unnecessary toxins inside my body, so why should I put them on my body?