It’s no secret how skeptical I am about the products I use on the daily... which has got me thinking even more about the products I use on our largest organ, the gate between us and the outside world- our skin! It absorbs everything that goes on it, so why shouldn’t we be super careful about what we put on it? I re-evaluated the long list of unpronounceable ingredients that were in the products I was using. Not only have I noticed a huge difference in my skin but in my wallet too. I realized that not only could I MAKE some of my own skin care products, but that some of the best ones, I already had. They were residing right in our kitchen!
I used up the rest of those highly-advertised products and bid farewell to all the things in them that were *actually* making my skin worse. I began slowly. I started phasing out the old products and traded them with more local and/or natural ones. What I think is so important about lifestyle changes is to understand nothing happens overnight. Start by picking one product you want to replace with a better alternative. Figure out which brands work best for your skin and your price point. Keep doing this and eventually you’ll see a complete conversion! In your cabinets and your complexion.
These are a few of the products I have incorporated into my skincare routine...
I have found these two companies at the Farmer’s Markets in my area and cannot get enough of them. Not only are both of their packaging eco-friendly but their ingredients are unbeatable. The Charcoal from both have changed my skin and even cleared up the rosatia I have always had on my upper arms! I have nothing but good things to say about both companies. You can check out their products on their websites and try them for yourself!
Treefort Naturals Soap Co.
Basic Bars Soap
I currently use the Young Living cleanser and it is a dream! The orange in it brightens my complexion but also works great as a mood booster first thing in the morning. The one thing on this list I haven’t tried yet is Mad Hippie, although I definitely intend to! I have heard great things about their company. Cleansers can be so harsh on your face that is is so important to choose one (like these) that are gentle!
Orange Blossom Face Wash by Young Living
Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser
I mix the Witch Hazel into my cleansing make up wipes (as you could tell from my Fresh Face Foward post), although I know a few people who just put it on a cotton swab and go over their face with it between cleansing and moisturizing. My beautiful best friend just got me the Little Barn Apothecary mist and it has seriously wow’ed me! It’s cooling and smells so yummy, and my skin feels alive. I don’t know how else to describe it… tight, maybe? But not like dry-skin-tight, more like, what-are-wrinkles-and-fine-lines tight. Either way, I’m so glad this gold in a bottle has come into my life and my skin care routine. I used to use Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air, but one thing that makes me weary of Lush products is that they still have synthetics. They claim to be safe but who really knows. Also, I get nervous when I see the ingredient “fragrance” because that could literally mean anything. I hate to burst your bubble if your a Lush fan, but just proceed with caution.
Thayer’s Witch Hazel
Coconut + Mint Cooling Mineral Mist by Little Barn Apothecary
Breath of Fresh Air by Lush
All the scrubs you need are RIGHT in your kitchen! I have been a huge fan of coffee scrubs in the morning because they coffee increases blood flow which is exactly what you want for your skin. Sugar and salt are other fantastic components of scrubs. You can leave them as is or even add in some essential oils for their great benefits too. If you want something a little more complex, Lush has a fabulous scrub I used to use. Again, just be mindful of the “fragrance” and if you’re okay with using that.
Ocean Salt by Lush
YA GOTTA MOISTURIZE, SIS! One of the biggest skincare tips I have ever learned was to give your skin the drink it needs. Not all moisturizers are created equal, either. Some are definitely more greasy than others (typically the cheapo ones that are pumped with synthetics-no bueno). These are a few moisturizers that have worked really well for me, and have really helped eradicate breakouts. When you keep your skin hydrated your pores won’t try to overcompensate (for the dry skin) with more oil. By trying to pump out more oil, pores can get clogged with it and that’s where those Mount Fuji pimples come from. SO MOISTURIZE.
Vitamin E cream by NOW
Old Whaling Co. in Coastal Calm
Orange Blossom Moisturizer by Young Living
Celestial by Lush
This is a HUGE one. There has been a lot of controversy lately about our deodorant and how bad it could really be for us. “Us” being the 50% of the population with breast tissue. Some recent studies suggest that there may be a potential link between the aluminum in our deodorant and breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but I would rather make the switch now and perspire a little more (like our bodies are intended to anyway). Look for "Aluminum Free” deodorant the next time you are shopping.
Tom’s Of Maine Deodorant
The Green Beaver Company Natural Deodorant
I hope this was a helpful and handy little list to kick start your search for healthier brands and products! Let me know in the comments what products you may use that you really enjoy/work for you. I would love to test ‘em out myself and even feature them on a future post :)
Thanks for reading, and have a happy Friday!
All the best,