If you are seeking a way to shape your life for the better; try to begin with finding a daily routine. There is some kind of inexplicable magic behind the art of a ritual. My life was begging for me to slow down, take a deep breath, and become more mindful. So along with trying to become more mindful (this is a process and it takes time) I have taken small steps towards slipping into a routine. As I found myself becoming more present of what I was doing in my day, I became more aware of once seemingly small things, such as, what I put into or onto my body. One day, I finally tossed out all of my products that contained ingredients that were harmful to my health. I love myself too much to put chemicals on my body and you should truly consider ditching your toxic skincare, too. Here is where Ona Organics comes in.
Ona Organics is a skincare line I recently discovered, and I became enamored by their company and everything it stands for. They ethically source every ingredient, do not test on animals, and use organic ingredients. The founders of Ona have diligently worked with each supplier to know where each part of their skincare line comes from and how it’s been handled along the journey from raw material to their products.
We love a great woman-owned business here at Daily Millk, and especially one that promotes self care rituals, as Ona Organics does. Influenced by the wisdom and healing of ancient Ayurvedic and Eastern medicine, Ona has created products to nurture the physical body and uplift the spirit and the mind. Amanda Arapoglou and Elizabeth Dorow founded Ona, blending their passions of mindfulness and self healing.
You may not realize this, but the synthetic and toxic ingredients that conventional beauty products and skincare products are full of are actually known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. The skin can absorb 64% of the contaminates that we put on it, pulling those toxic ingredients directly into our blood and lymphatic system. Ona’s products are free of parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This is something that has become increasingly important to me, as I attempt to rid my life of toxins.
Another important component of Ona Organics is their influence from the Ayurveda traditions. Fundamentally, Ayurveda is about finding harmony with nature. It’s an ancient system of medicine designed to bring balance to the body using diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. This benefits the skin, allowing our inner radiance and vitality to show. These ideas have easily found their way into my daily routine, as the Ayurvedic tradition is full of self-nurturing practices. Taking care of our body and skin helps our internal self, which then manifests externally. The Ona line is inspired by the rituals that are designed to bring radiance to the skin. Ona believes “when our physical selves are nourished and supported we are our most beautiful physical selves.”
Their products are all centered around Moringa Oleifera, an ancient superfood plant native to India. This plant is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, making it a helpful ingredient for morning puffiness and dullness.
Taking a cue from the founders of Ona, Elizabeth and Amanda, I added the radiance facial oil to my morning routine. Oil and self massage is a huge component in Ayurvedic selfcare, so starting my day with self facial massage has been so therapeutic.
Recently, I have been incorporating all of their products into my skin care ritual every day. My skin has absolutely thanked me for it. Here are the products I’ve been using below.
Radiance Face Oil | This is my favorite from Ona. I have been using this every day now, and having acneic skin, this oil has not broken me and hydrates my skin without leaving me feeling greasy. I have never used a facial oil that is this good on my skin.
Enliven Mask | This mask works wonders. I feel like my skin is getting a deep cleanse when I use it, and it’s calming on my skin. Made with organic moringa oleifera leaves and pearl powder, your skin is left with a supple glow after a few uses.
Nourish Facial Exfoliant | My skin is really congested so I have been using this facial scrub that is packed with coarse yet gentle ingredients, like himalayan sea salt to help slough off old layers of skin. This exfoliant helped brighten my skin and makes it feel so nourished and clean.