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NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
We welcome founder of The ecoLogical blog site, Bryanna Martonis. Set on demystifying ethical living, Bryanna let's us into what she does to 'nourish the skin you're in'!
Tell us briefly about yourself.
My name is Bryanna and I run The ecoLogical, a blog focused on green living and ethical beauty. I first began my journey in 2012 when I discovered how little regulation there actually was on pharmaceuticals and personal care products. I began to investigate the effects of various ingredients on both the body and on the environment, and it all snowballed from there. Now I try to make informed and responsible decisions on a daily basis, from limiting my involvement with plastics to knowing what is in each of the products I use.
Part of my mission with The ecoLogical is to help educate and inform, which is why I cover everything from brand reviews and ethical subscription box reveals to the big issues and ingredient breakdowns. I want to help demystify this thing called 'ethical living' and make it understandable, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone.
You can find me over on the following platforms, and I would love if you joined me!
How important do you find self-nourishment is?
I think self nourishment is so important, and is multi-faceted. It's not just about pampering your body (although that part is lovely!), but feeding your mind and spirit as well. Eating balanced meals, exercising every day, thinking in complex and critical ways.. they all contribute to a well-rounded self. And it doesn't have to be anything too difficult either! Setting achievable goals like cutting down on processed foods, walking at least 20 minutes a day, or even having an involved discussion about a book or film you experienced recently all contribute to self-nourishment.
What works for you in terms of striking a work/life balance?
To be totally honest I am still working on this myself! I currently teach a few modules at university, am working full time on my PhD in literature and linguistics, and publish a minimum of two new posts every week on The ecoLogical. My partner and I try to finish all our work (including housework) by 5 or 6 PM every weekday so we can spend the rest of the evening together, and we always set Sunday aside so we can recharge. I have also recently taken up yoga again, and having that time to myself every morning has been fantastic.
What is your ideal regular beauty routine?
The short answer is cleanse, tone, moisture boost, hydrate. But I have two distinct routines: one for morning and one for night.
In the morning I first cleanse, either in the shower, with a compostable face wipe, or with a gel cleanser ans gentle muslin cloth depending on how much time I have. I then use a floral hydrosol as a toner, then apply a congested skin serum on my 'problem' areas to help with my hormonal spots. I finish with a light eye cream, moisturizer and lip balm.
The evening is similar, but I use a refining cleanser with my Foreo Luna 2, a facial tonic for toner, and a more intensive moisture boost in the form of a facial oil or night cream. Cells work hardest overnight, so I try to do what I can to aid healthy renewal and growth.
I combine these routines with a healthy diet and drinking 1.5 - 2 litres every day. I also do a skin detox once every week, usually a clay or mud mask, and exfoliate my whole body 1-2 times per week using a salt or sugar scrub. Our skin is our largest organ, so I try to treat it with as much care as possible!
How do you nourish your body and mind?
Yoga six days a week in my living room, reading for work and for pleasure, watching films and thought provoking television programs (like Chasing Coral and Rotten), walking every day, spending time in nature when I can, cooking from scratch every day, aromatherapy, and a weekly at home massage.
Why do you think there’s a growing demand for natural products?
I think consumers are more aware and more in tune with current issues facing the beauty industry. There are some who are concerned about animal cruelty, those who worry about the environment, about working conditions, or pollution, or who fear how synthetic chemicals are changing our inner workings. Whatever the reason, the questioning about practice is there. Consumers want to make a difference, and they are doing so by shopping with their ethics in mind.
What contributes the most to your happiness?
Those around me who provide love and support and kindness - my partner, my family, and my friends. It's hard picking up and moving your entire life nearly 4,000 miles from home, but they have all made it possible. They also help me keep my goals in mind and drive me towards positivity. For that I am incredibly thankful.
I also love teaching. I think that's why I love blogging so much as well. Sharing information, answering questions, assisting in personal growth, and having an open dialogue is just so rewarding.
What lifestyle and beauty tips would you pass on to others?
Always ask questions.
If you are not happy, seek change.
Set yourself goals for your journey with green living.
Drink more water - hydrate your skin from within!
Give your products time to show results. Establishing a consistent routine will really help.
There is an answer within nature to address every problem, it's just a matter of finding the right one 😊
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