So this post is something near and dear to me. I am a lover of natural beauty products for many reasons. But there are definitive reasons as well that natural beauty products are an option, but that doesn't mean that everyone thinks the same. Make sure that you do your research before switching. I will cover 4 different reasons as well as my reasoning for switching. I will try and make a list of different products as well that I use.
Better For Your Health
Many conventional skin care products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens. These known carcinogens can wreak havoc on the immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. The more products you use, the higher toxic concentrations can enter and accumulate in your body causing problems down the line. Organic skin care is made with ingredients that meet the same standards as organic food. This means no harsh chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers. Many chemical ingredients used as a cheap fillers actually do more harm than good. Your skin might look brighter for a couple weeks, but in the long run synthetic ingredients can cause irritation, increased sensitivity, and clogged pores. When you choose organic skin care, you are using ingredients that work in harmony with your body, allowing your skin to better balance and mend itself.
Support Businesses who Have Our Health and the Environment in Mind
Different brands support different things. When making the switch try and find a brand that works for the environment as well. This way you are supporting something that you are interested in as well.
Skin Concerns and allergies are something all of us deal with. Acne for instance doesn't necessarily need to have salicylic acid you can also use tea tree oil to help with acne without using a traditional cleanser. Another example would be seasonal allergies, maybe you get hives instead of using anything bottled you can use a bath of oatmeal, baking soda and witch hazel. Afterwards using aloe vera is helpful.
If you are also choosing items that are vegan or cruelty free you are also helping save the animals. These products in my experience are a bit better for you as well.
So Why did I Switch?
For me the switch started after I switch to veganism. A main factor was that my skin was freaking out and by starting to use Tea Tree Oil Cleanser my skin started to clear. I also have eczema so using natural remedies like aloe vera have really helped me with it. The first product I switched was my face wash but it was closely followed by changing my deodorant to natural and then slowly all my other products have changed as well. I've been using a vegan makeup for a few years, but I haven't found a natural makeup I have liked so I hope to find one soon.
5 Simple Steps to Help You Switch to Natural Products Without the Overwhelm
It’s important to remember is that you don’t have make the switch all at once. Unless you have a pressing health issue that needs to be addressed immediately, you can work gradually through your home to make the process easier.
Choose one or two products at a time to swap out, research them thoroughly, and give them a try before moving on to the next product.
Don’t let the process become stressful. Instead, keep it simple. Try to enjoy the process, have fun with it, and feel good about the changes you’re making!
So let’s move on to talking about a step-by-step process for switching over the products in your home.
1. Make a List of What You Use
First, write down every product in your home — all of the products you use for cleaning, laundry, bathing, baby care, makeup, etc….
Cross of any that you already know are non-toxic. For example, maybe you’re already using a natural diaper cream on your baby or you use coconut oil to moisturize your skin.
You’ll be left with a list of items that need to be upgraded to safer options.
2. Choose a Product to Start With
How can you decide which product on your list to start with? Here are some ideas to help you narrow down your list:
Start with an ingredient. Choose an ingredient from the worst offender list I mentioned earlier and identify any products you own that contain it.
Start with whatever you run out of next. Look for a product you’re almost out of and start researching how you can replace it with a natural alternative.
Start with what you use most often. For a big impact, replace the products you use most first — maybe an all-purpose cleaner or lip balm you carry with you all day long.
Start with what’s accessible and affordable. Even if they don’t get a perfect EWG rating, choosing a product that fits your budget and is available at your local grocery store is a good way to get your feet wet with natural products.
Start with what you’re least picky about. For example, it’s a lot easier to choose a new hand soap than it is to find a mascara you’re crazy about. And trying a natural toothpaste is less intimidating than making the switch to natural deodorant.
3. Do Your Research
Now that you’ve chosen a product to replace, it’s time to do some research and find a suitable alternative.
First, I recommend looking up the product you already use to see how it’s rated and why. (You might even be surprised to find that it doesn’t have such a bad rating after all — not every conventional product contains horrible ingredients or causes harm.)
Then, once you have a this information as a starting point, you can continue to do your research for a safer alternative.
4. Pick a Product to Try or DIY
Once you know your options, go ahead and choose a product or recipe to try out.
Do your shopping (or use what you already have on hand if you’re going the homemade route) and then have fun trying your new product!
5. Review, Refine, and Repeat
Not every natural product you try will be a hit.
Learn from the products you love as well as the ones that don’t work so well for you and use it to make choices in the future. Have fun trying new things and seeing what works best for you.
Keep repeating this process as you switch more and more products over to natural alternatives. Pretty soon you’ll have a non-toxic home to enjoy!
*Since there isn't a ton of scientific evidence available about natural products, a lot of misinformation about them gets spread across the internet. Before you take anything you read online to heart, it's always good to consult your dermatologist.*
Some Of The Products I Use
- Body Wash
- Dry Shampoo
- Hand Soap
Nude By Nature Makeup
I am going to be trying to make my own deodorant but I haven't gotten to it yet.
Do you use natural products? Would you try natural products? Have an awesome day :)