To reduce environmental toxins I recommend slowly changing your beauty routine. Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it. If you check the labels of everything in your bathroom you’ll be shocked at the amount of chemicals we put on our bodies every day. My rule is, if it isn’t good enough to eat, then it isn’t good enough to go on my skin.
So far I have swapped the following:
Swap moisturiser for a combination of half cacao butter and half coconut oil (for dry skin) or plain coconut oil for normal to oily skin. In winter my skin gets really dry so I melt cacao butter and coconut oil over low heat on the stove and then pour into a glass jar. Coconut oil and cacao butter set hard in winter so I keep my jar in the shower. While I shower, it warms up and melts down enough for me to use as a moisturiser. In summer I just use coconut oil because my skin isn’t as dry. Actually, there are a lot of oils that a good for moisturising – jojoba and rosehip oil are also great.
Swap cleanser for coconut oil (or any oil – I use coconut oil because it has antibacterial properties). I get in the shower and massage it over my face. Wipe it off with a wet washer (great for removing makeup). Then massage another lot of coconut oil over my face and place a hot washer over my face to open pores. Last, I rise off my face under water. Some people freak out (especially if they already have oily skin) when I tell them this. But instead of washing our faces squeaky clean and then having your face freak out and go into overdrive producing so much oil to get it back to its natural state why not keep it moisturised so that it doesn’t have to produce more oil. It’s a happy medium.
Swap toner for tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has many anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. When you’re toning you might want to dilute it with water or another oil, such as coconut oil.
Swap perfume for essential oils. Perfume can contain synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum. These ingredients do not have to be listed – to ensure secret fragrance combinations are protected. Scary stuff. My favourite essential oil is lavender.
Swap shampoo and conditioner for bi-carb soda and apple cider vinegar. First, wet your hair. Second, make a paste with 1 – 2 tablespoons of bi-carb and a few drops of water. Massage into the roots of your hair then rinse really well. This will clean oil and dirt. It is quite drying so try to use a small amount (only what you need). Then rinse with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 cup of water. Leave it in for a few minutes then rinse. Moisturise the ends with coconut oil once you are out of the shower.
Swap makeup for organic natural mineral makeup. It’s so much lighter whilst still providing coverage. Plus it doesn’t clog your pores with chemicals and other nasties.
Swap your deodorant for a good natural deodorant. This is tricky because you have to try a few to find out which one works for your body. However, I have realised that if my magnesium levels are good, my sweat doesn’t smell. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin. I buy magnesium bath flakes from the health food shop.
What swaps have you made to your natural beauty routine?