What’s your skin eating?! Making the switch to clean/green beauty

I wanted to share my thoughts on green beauty, what I’ve learned, and how I’m making the change.

I’m the typical mom that is always inspecting the ingredients labeled on foods, but beauty product labels are a whole different story. For starters, the “don’t touch it if you can’t pronounce it” philosophy for your food, doesn’t always carry over to cosmetics. Sometimes, a hard to pronounce ingredient can actually be a beneficial vitamin or mineral, and other times, an ingredient that is a long term can turn out to be a toxic chemical (the one you certainly don’t want to put on your face or body). I see it this way, If I’m going to invest so much time and money in my personal care and appearance, it only makes sense to do it in an eco-friendly way that doesn’t harm myself, animals, or the environment.

Did you know that the average woman wears 515 chemicals a day… Imagine what’s absorbed over a lifetime!

Most people have no idea that ingredients in beauty products can be harmful to their health until something happens. We believe that the government regulates cosmetics the same way it does with food + drugs. But the truth is; the beauty industry produces some of the least regulated consumer products on the market today. And the scary part is that there are actually no laws to protect us. (Say it isn’t so..)

Companies do not have to list all ingredients on the label.

(Just think about this, what goes on…goes in.) I’ve been having a disconnection with my beauty products lately-Say what?!! Yes, you heard right, my attachment to all my makeup has made me want to break up with all of them.. One day as I woke up I felt a sudden urge to detox my beauty/skincare products as I’ve done with food, and home products. Easier said than done, but I was determined to do it! I’ve made the transition to cruelty-free and vegan of all my products which I found easier than I thought it would be.. (No I’m not vegan/nor am I a vegetarian in what I eat). So here I am, all of a sudden a “natural beauty lover,” Or at least a natural-leaning towards beauty lover.

So, where to start you may ask? I faced a similar learning dilemma at first and since starting my journey into clean beauty-we all do. I’m still in the process of learning. The switchover can be as simple or difficult as you please, but I’m telling you, you will be in a state of peacefulness and you’ll approach your routine with a stronger sense of delight when you make clean beauty a priority in your daily regimen. It will take time! Let me help you while helping myself on this journey together! While it can be difficult to let go of brands or products you’ve used for years, it’s important to choose green, non-toxin-free products. I’ve learned how important it is to stay away from certain ingredients because it has shown that these things have long-term effects on our health, and we need to make the change. For example, it’s similar to how we get ourselves used to eating healthier, switching to green beauty products has a concept like that, you change your outlook and play around with your taste buds. Get to know and have a better outlook on what to expect. Trust me, you won’t look back.

Choose products that are free of toxins, synthetic preservatives, artificial fragrance, colors, and mineral oils.

Ways to Transition to a Clean Beauty Routine: Start by replacing daily use products that you use that are large quantities. Products that you apply daily on your skin such as face wash, body wash, shampoo & conditioner (even if you just put it on then wash it off right away, it still gets absorbed), body lotion, sunscreen, foundation, and concealer have a greater absorption. You might break out at first, with any new product even clean, green products your skin will react differently. But I promise you your skin will get healthier. You might mistake your healthy glow to shininess or oily skin, but it’s your natural skin coming out!

What was easier for me was to throw away the body washes, face wash, bar soaps, body creams, shampoos and conditioner, etc., these bath body products along with skincare products and replacing them with cleaner alternatives. (This may not work for you but it did for me.) When it came down to beauty related products that were hard for me, I won’t lie.

But I’ll tell you how I made it a little easier for me- What I did was any makeup products that didn’t work for me and still was in good shape I gave away to friends and family. The makeup products that went bad or like lipsticks, mascaras, I would throw away. (I don’t give away used lipsticks or mascara as it’s not sanitizing and it’s just eww!) Another thing I did was selling my unused or barely touched eyeshadow palettes, powdered contour palettes, and blushes. Like things, I don’t reach for that still look new.

You will try a few or a lot of new products before finding the ones you need like with any conventional product you use to buy.

Replace the rest of your conventional care products with green ones as you run out. To make the transition to a clean beauty routine, go at a pace that feels comfortable and affordable to you. You don’t need to toss out every single product that you own and start new all at once. Unless you have a really strong will power!

Just like any beauty product, you’ll have your holy grails right alongside your oh-god-no products. Not every product is going to work for your skin, and that’s OK. Don’t change your mind with the first product you try, but do keep an open mind. This transition is a huge step in the right direction to a healthier lifestyle. Discover what works for you, play around and know that there are so many chemicals out there used for your beauty products. Do your homework and find brands you trust. Try DIY beauty/skincare which can be a fun way to explore clean beauty knowing you made something that was healthy for your skin. Clean beauty products can be a bit on the pricey side and maybe splurging on a body scrub or a bath soak is not on your budget while you’re replacing everyday basics with clean options. Make your own! Items like scrubs and masks can be created with fresh ingredients straight out of your kitchen, and they work! I realized clean skincare and makeup can be just as glamorous and far more effective as the conventional makeup and skincare. As I shop for clean options, it has been a no-brainer. It’s your body and your health at risk, what I’m trying to get at is to be aware and make conscious, informed decisions that feel right to you.

The most important thing is to have fun with clean beauty! It’s here to help you be healthy, and live a natural lifestyle.

Have you considered making the switch? What are your thoughts on living a cleaner life? What changes are you implanting for a non-toxic living? Love to hear from you beauties!

Until next time,

Xoxo

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