The medicine cabinet takes on a whole new personality in all of our homes. For some, it's exactly as its advertised, suspended above the bathroom sink. For others, a pile of makeup palates on your nightstand, or bottles of supplements in your kitchen cabinet, maybe even tinted moisturizers that have found a home in the console of your car.
The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
The Medicine Cabinet Series: Michele L.
Stay at home mom from Philadelphia, PA
BINTO: What does your wellness routine consist of?
Michele: A couple of years ago I started to really pay attention to beauty products and what I was putting in or on my body. I’ve shifted over to all-natural, organic, and cruelty-free products. My routine has come down to starting my morning by drinking a huge glass of ice water (I’m not a coffee person!) I’ve found that wakes me up more than anything and if I don’t I’m completely dehydrated.
My beauty routine is generally One Love Organics’ cleansing oil and their face balm called Skin Savior. As for makeup, I’m gradually making the shift to buy products less harmful for me and the environment.
BINTO: What product can’t you live without?
Michele:One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme facial oil- my face doesn’t feel clean without it!
BINTO: Best wellness product for babies?
Michele: When you’re breastfeeding you’re naturally low in vitamin D, so I give my baby vitamin D drops until they’re old enough to get it from being outside in the sun and whatnot.
BINTO: Any wellness mistakes you’ve had to learn from in the past?
Michele: During my second pregnancy I took this class that talked about sources like Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep page. It tell you all the toxic chemicals in everyday makeup and I was shocked to learn about the impact it can have on you and your baby. It’s even down to the receipts we get at the store- they’re lined with BPA. Those can have irreversible effects when you’re overexposed to them. You don’t have to go so crazy with it and throw out everything you own, but it’s good to have some control over it.
BINTO: What was the defining moment you decided to “Take Back Your Femininity?”
Michele: For me, it was really gradual. Right after my first daughter was born, I started BINTO. I was 30 at the time, and I had never had a regular cycle. I always thought that was “my normal”- I’m just not a woman who has a regular cycle. I didn’t have anything medically wrong- it just was the way it was. With BINTO, everything regulated. It was shocking- I never really thought it was something I could control. That was a big moment for me. The ups and downs of your hormones and of your periods occurring close together- it takes a toll on you.
When I was young, my mom showed me how to use tampons and pads but there really was no discussion-aside from that outdated video they show you in school- of what is actually taking place in your body. Most women that I’ve talked to don’t have a “textbook body.” Now there’s finally a conversation around it, along with tools to take control of it.
BINTO: Have you ever discussed supplements with a health professional or do you tend to Google things?
Michele: During my first pregnancy I had migraines possibly linked to my irregular cycles. My OB suggested magnesium and vitamin B2, because your levels deplete naturally during pregnancy. That was the first time anyone had told me taking specific supplements could really have an effect on your body.
It was the same thing with BINTO, I had this “aha!” moment where I realized taking supplements specific for me can actually be beneficial- not simply placebo effects.
BINTO: Favorite supplement in your BINTO pack- Go!
Michele: I’m still taking a prenatal because I’m breastfeeding, so I like the fact everything is built into one. I also never took a probiotic before BINTO. I liked that everything is packaged together because normally I’m looking at dozens of different probiotics in the store-I don’t know which one to pick- they all look the same.I’m just happy to have to have the convenience of everything being personalized for me.