Your mornings consists of oil pulling, hot lemon water and green juice (in that order), you meal plan like a pro making every effort to avoid simple carbohydrates, you make it to a barre class four to five days a week, but you haven’t quite looked at how your skincare regimen is affecting your health. It’s time to start.
Many of today’s skin ailments—acne, eczema, redness and irritation—are actually caused or exacerbated by the chemicals in the products we apply to treat those very problems.
After all, we all know by now that our skin is our largest organ (if ya don’t know, now ya know), and toxins are easily absorbed into our bodies through our skin. By using natural beauty products free from harmful chemicals, you’re protecting yourself from the potential dangers of these toxic ingredients.
Remember when we started to think about what was in our food? We were told to read labels and avoid the ingredients we couldn’t pronounce or weren’t familiar. Well, the same goes for beauty products—for the most part. By avoiding harmful ingredients found in regular skincare products, you’ll immediately decrease your chance of redness, irritation, breakouts and allergic reactions. Plus, by using environmentally-friendly products, you are also contributing to a cleaner environment.
Making the switch to natural beauty products shouldn't be scary. Many familiar plants and herbs—think peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender—are hugely beneficial to our skin featuring anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Other ingredients with massive beauty benefits include activated charcoal, coconut, coffee and chamomile.
Now, by no means do you have to give up your favorite lipstick or completely overhaul your bathroom stash. You should, however, start thinking about what’s in your every day items and make small steps to switch to a natural skincare routine. Try using a healing mix of oils to moisturize your hair and body. Choose a multi-purpose lip and cheek stain made entirely from flowers, fruits and plants. Indulge in an all-over body scrub made with coffee and essential oils to reveal glowing skin. I promise you won't miss your cleanser which likely contains things like formaldehyde and petroleum.
So in the spirit of spring cleaning, ditch the chemical-laden products with ingredients you can't pronounce, and start taking your skincare routine as serious as you take your overall health!