Everyone is so into wellness these days. And I don't even laugh at them. In fact, I'm a total CHAMPION of this movement. Why wouldn't you want your mind and body to be at peak performance? 30 is the new 20, and 40 is the new 30. I know some serious BABES that are 40+, and how did they get to be that way? Well, good genes, but also the motivation to put health first.
More and more companies are dedicating themselves to wellness and health. I even launched my own feminine wellness company (Love Wellness) last year after struggling with chronic infections and irritations for years, and the pharmacy goo just didn't cut the mustard. It was only when I turned to high-quality ingredients and natural products that my problems went away and because of that I chose to share what my doctors and I worked on together with all of you.
In general that has been my experience - turn to organic ingredients that come from the earth instead of a lab, and poof, yo problems dissipate into thin air. Not all of these on this list of $25 and under wellness grabs are for problems that need fixin', but they do each hold a special place in my heart for what they ARE for. My picks span across different verticals - beauty to tummy troubles. Lets explore these affordable finds!
So everyone has been drinking this brand of collagen drinks lately (the bottle is striped, dirty lemon I think it's called) in an effort to plump their skin. Turns out you can just buy powdered collagen and skip the fancy drink scheme. Doin' it yourself is way more cost-effective, plus you can add collagen to just about anything - smoothies, yogurt, water, a vodka martini, etc.
Collagen is super great for filling out fine lines and wrinkles over time and improving skin elasticity. It's high-time to add it to your list of supplements.
Full disclosure, these feminine wipes come from my own line, Love Wellness, but they've made the top of so many "wipes" lists that I thought they were fair to include. My friends ask me for freebies of these so often I keep like 20 packages in my backpack all the time. I formulated these to be all natural, infused with coconut oil so they soothe sensitive skin down there, and the wipe itself is made from 100% cotton. The smell is really light and the packaging is petite and chic. These vag wipes really do it all - I even use them to get make-up off sometimes or clean something gooey off my hands. These wipes are sold in packs of 3 for $24.
If you need to get goo out of your face, forget the crazy peeling masks you've been seeing all over Instagram. The true holy grail is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It's just a bottle of calcium bentonite clay powder, one that you mix up yourself into a mask. Just combine a bit of water with the powder and you have an almost endless supply of green clay to clear your skin out with.
This stuff seriously WORKS to get rid of blackheads and other nasty stuff lying beneath the surface. Don't use it everyday though - it's simply too powerful and can dry out the skin.
Upset tummy? Instead of Tums, go the natural route and try an activated charcoal pill instead. Charcoal is found everywhere these days - from facial cleansers to tooth whiteners and now, stomach soothers. Keep a few in your purse on a date to avoid anything uncomfortable that may happen afterwards. I won't say anything else about these, just use your imagination, and know they have 5 stars on Amazon.
A little PMS-y? Feck, girl, me too. Pretty much always. Or at least for like 10 days out of the month. How unfair is that?
The good thing is that once you bring maca powder into the rotation, expect your symptoms to subside a bit. I've been mixing maca into my smoothies for a month or so now and I noticed that this most recent cycle was quite as painfully emotional. Maca is a renowned Peruvian root that's been used for hundreds of years to balance hormones.
God, I love turmeric. Just last week I wrote a post about Golden Turmeric Milk and the health benefits of this powerful herb. This is just straight up tea (a little quicker to throw together) and just as tasty as the milk. This is more peppery and the ginger also adds a digestive aid and benefit to the drink. Turmeric is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and I can't say enough great things about it. My doctor recommended I add turmeric into my supplement regime and since I have all my old aches and pains have definitely calmed down.
Everyone knows that fish oil is pretty much disgusting, but, so nutritious that we should be consuming it anyway. Thank goodness for this brand CoroMega. They make high quality Omega 3 supplements that come in this squeezable flavor packets you can add to water, smoothies, or just straight into your mouth. This is a big squeeze packet instead of the smaller, individual ones they have for sale (it was under $25) so you simply squeeze and close it back up when you're done.
Omega 3s lower your risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. They also make your hair, skin, and nails lovely. This brand has managed to make a product that doesn't taste that weird or fake, so I give them a thumbs up for what they've done.
Tell me, pals - what are you favorite wellness goodies I should add to my list? If they're not under $25 that's okay - I gotta know anyway.