I am making a transition to natural skincare products. While it is tough avoiding the harsh and toxic chemicals, I have found some products that are working for me and my skin. (If you don’t follow my snapchat and twitter, you wouldn’t know that I have been into natural skincare and beauty products recently.)
I have been doing a lot of research and ever since I have become borderline obsessed with essential oils, the world of all-things-natural has come into play. By the way, I was inspired to do this type of blog post by this one.
Here are some reasons why I have decided to pursue beauty products that are natural:
Skin absorbs a lot of what you put on it- it is our largest organ after all. I don’t want chemicals being absorbed into my body.
Often, beauty products have dangerous chemicals that can alter hormones and cause illnesses.
Natural products are gentler on your skin.
I have heard that over 60% of the products put on our skin are directly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Many products contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances- aka chemicals.
Now while I’m not a doctor nor am I certified in backing this information up, these are the reasons I’ve come up with while I’ve been researching. They might not be totally valid, but in my mind, natural is better and I simply don’t want to put chemicals on my face anymore. Ever since I have started to use essential oils and eat healthier, I have realized that I can’t truly be 100% healthy without changing my beauty products and those chemicals that I use every morning and night. This is just one more step to a healthier me.
What does natural mean?
To me, natural means simple. It means having minimal ingredients and no harsh chemicals that have had controversy tagged along with them. I just try to
read decipher the ingredients while I’m researching the product. Natural to me means ingredients that are from nature and those ingredients that are minimally processed: argan oil, jojoba oil, essential oils, naturally derived clays, and products without sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates.
What are sulfates, parabens and phthalates?
I have always heard that these products aren’t so good for you, but why? Products in the drugstore always brag that they are paraben and sulfate free, but what the heck does that even mean?
Sulfates are the foaming agents in beauty products. When you get that nice foam in your cleanser, it might be from the sulfates- same with haircare products. Sulfates can cause allergic reactions and when combined with a nitrogen ingredient, it can become harmful. Sulfates also take away the naturally occurring oil and moisture from your skin and hair. This causes dry and itchy skin. Not fun.
Parabens are basically preservatives that are used to make the product last longer. The forms of parabens found in products have the suffix “-paraben”- pretty self explanatory. It is said that parabens can affect your hormone levels and they can even cause cancer in some. They are allowed in skincare products because it is closely linked chemically to estrogen. Because they are used in small amounts, parabens are allowed to be put into products. But, if you think about it, the more products you use with parabens, the more exposure you have.
Phthalates are similar to parabens in that they can affect hormones. These chemicals are used as the flexible and elastic component in products. These give products and creams the texture and feel. These are dangerous because they cause hormonal imbalances, especially in men. It has been said that phthalates are also linked to obesity in some way. I think it is pretty scary that this chemical has been found to show up in the bloodstream, too.
It is also smart to avoid added fragrance (synthetic that is- essential oils are fine for fragrance!), petroleum, and artificial colors.
What brands do I like?
So far, I have found a few brands that seem pretty good. It can be hard to find products that are affordable and natural. Most of the time, switching over to natural products comes with a cost, but it is an investment.
I like Juice Beauty, Acure Organics, Dr. Bronner, The Honest Company, and Schmidt’s. I have found that these are all pretty much vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates, parabens and harsh chemicals. I still have some products that I want to try out, too so I actually ordered shampoo and conditioner from Acure Organics- post coming soon on that!
What products have I tried?
First for my transition to natural skincare, I bought Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap. I have both the bar soap (I originally bought this for cleaning my makeup brushes) and the liquid soap. I use the liquid soap for washing my face and the bar soap for washing my body in the shower. The liquid is very concentrated, so I use only 2-3 drops on my wet hands and face. I am really liking this product so far! This soap also comes in different “scents” where essential oils are added.
Next, I bought this deodorant. It is vegan, cruelty-free and all natural. It comes in a jar form and a stick form, like the one I bought. They are scented naturally with essential oils, too. This is a great product, but the only strange part is that your body heat has to warm up the stick in order for it to glide on smoothly. Honestly, I’m not one to wear deodorant all the time (I’m one of those lucky people who doesn’t get body odor but twice a year), but I have been using this every day and I like it! This smell is very refreshing too.
Last but not least, I bought this face mask from Target for only $10 and really like it so far. I have only used it once, but my tip for next time is to use less than you think because you can rub it in. When you rub it in, it turns lighter in color and spreads more easily- I am so excited to try their face serum and hair products!
Also, I just found out that candles are also very toxic, so that will be a journey trying to find a substitute for that one (Bye bye “Volcano”).
Okay, y’all, this is all for today. I hope y’all enjoyed this post- keep your eye out for more posts like this in the future! Let me know if you have any brand or product recommendations for me! What are your thoughts?