Here’s something we all need to be doing more of – reading labels on the skincare (and makeup) products we put on our faces and bodies every day. Most of the popular makeup brands we use have harsh and dangerous chemicals that we barely think twice about – or that we are completely unaware of in the first place.
I started making more conscious decisions about certain products I use daily very recently. Still, I wasn’t too worried about it and didn’t think much about these small changes other than that I wanted to try the products out – the fact that they were natural was just a bonus!
But after reading this post from The Fox & She, buying this book and starting to read about some of the potential side effects of these chemicals, I realized the significance of needing to make more of these changes.
Most of these chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates, mess with the hormone / endocrine system and have been linked to breast cancer tumors. And there are many other harmful ingredients found in products that claim to be natural but have still undergone chemical processing.
If you’re interested in learning more about this, I highly recommend buying WomanCode. It goes through the importance of eliminating harsh chemicals and foods from our bodies to help live a balanced, healthy and happy life – which is my end goal.
I have a long way to go before I completely transform my skincare and makeup products to exclude these harsh chemicals, but I do want to start somewhere. I’m hoping that moving forward, I can be more intentional when purchasing new products and start replacing products wherever I can.
So today I’m sharing three natural products I’ve been using over the past few weeks that I’ve loved so far and that I think make a great start towards shifting your skincare collection.
I’ve been testing this one out for months and I think it’s worked pretty well. It took some time to get used to this because it is a roll-on instead of a stick so it does apply wet. With using the regular stick deodorants in the past, I was very used to being able to smell the deodorant on me which was my assurance that I smelled fine throughout the day. The Real Purity deodorant doesn’t have a strong smell so it was weird to adjust – knowing that I don’t smell bad just because I can’t smell the deodorant. The essential oils give a nice fragrance but it isn’t over powering. I will admit that the deodorant is pricey but lasts long – I’ve been using mine since March!
This deodorant has worked well for me which is why I enjoy using it. I do want to mention that one of my friends (who does tend to sweat more than I do) also tested this out and she didn’t have the same results.
If you’ve read any of my past beauty posts talking about makeup or skincare favorites, you already know that I have super dry skin. One thing I’ve done to help with this issue is using face oil under my moisturizers. Lately, I’ve been testing out this face and hair oil by The Ordinary brand. Using the oil has kept my dry skin at bay and leaves a dewy look. I also think it’s awesome that this doubles has a hair oil! I’ll put a few drops at the ends of my hair whenever I feel like it needs some moisture!
I keep a bar of this soap next to my bathroom sink and mostly use it to wash my hands. I use it to wash my face, too, after using a makeup wipe. The soap bars are very large in size so they definitely last. They also smell amazing. I currently have the Pink Himalayan Salt Soap bar and the Activated Charcoal + Tea Tree Oil Soap bar.
Have you made any recent changes to more natural products? I’d love to learn more about what products you’re using so feel free to share below!