Detox your Beauty Routine: 5 Easy Changes to Make Today
The average woman puts anywhere from 200 to 500 synthetic ingredients on her body every day! I’ll show you how to detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals with 5 quick, simple changes.
I wasn’t really aware of just how toxic these chemicals are until recently. I have spent the past few years scrutinizing my food labels and made the switch to organic cleaning products, all the while slathering on dangerous chemicals from head to toe: chemicals that cause cancer and interfere with hormone production and immunity (like I need any more problems with immunity). If you detox your beauty routine you’ll be doing yourself and your immune system a tremendous service.
We are exposed to toxins all day long. They are in everything from our tap water to food, to our furniture and flooring. It’s impossible to escape them all.
So why bother with a beauty detox?
60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. If you detox your beauty routine by ditching the chemicals in your beauty products, you can significantly limit your daily exposure.
Like me, many people are very aware of the chemicals in foods and strive to improve their diets in an effort to limit chemical exposure (which is awesome!), but the majority are unaware of dangerous chemicals they use in their daily routines each day.
The FDA doesn’t require any pre-market testing or approval before products hit the shelves. Many of the ingredients in U.S. products have been banned in Europe and other countries.
The European Union has banned over 1,300 chemicals found in cosmetics. The FDA (in the U.S.) has only banned eight and restricted three. Isn’t that crazy?? It’s a free market and no safety testing is required until a problem is identified. By then the damage has been done, It seems they would rather pay for lawsuits than for testing trials. This is a $60 billion dollar industry, where these powerful corporations enjoy this freedom. We are basically human guinea pigs for these products containing ingredients that scientific studies indicate could be linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and neurotoxicity.
You can use the Skin Deep database to search ingredients you’re curious about and detox your beauty routine today
You may worry that a beauty detox will be expensive, but it can actually save you money.
This is especially true if you are interested in making your own products, but even if you’re not you can make some significant changes without breaking the bank. As with any products, some are more expensive than others, of course!
Detox your Beauty Routine in Five Quick Steps
1. Replace your face wash with an oil.
Yes, an oil. This will also replace your makeup remover, as the oil easily dissolves cosmetics, even mascara. My skin has never looked better since I made this change. Fractionated Coconut oil is the perfect choice for this. It is odorless, non-greasy, won’t stain, has a long shelf life, and remains liquid at room temperature.
It is extremely versatile as well. I also use it as my go-to carrier oil for diluting essential oils, for taming crazy flyaway curls, and in my DIY beauty recipes.
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2. Replace your chemical laden toothpaste with a natural alternative.
There are so many natural pastes out there, but I really love tooth powders that incorporate clay. I have read that the clays can actually remineralize teeth, which seems like a stretch, but I figure it can’t hurt, anyway. If you are worried about the mouthfeel or taste bad at all. In fact, the one I am currently in love with contains peppermint essential oil, so it is minty and fresh like you would expect.
If you are worried about losing the whitening properties of your current toothpaste, I’ve got you covered! I am obsessed with my charcoal whitening powder! It works immediately and better than any whitening toothpaste or gel strips I have tried over the years. You have to be careful when using it because it can stain surfaces and clothing, and it is super gross looking mid brush, but the results are worth it. I use it three times per week. it’s a great way to avoid chemical whiteners and detox your beauty routine.
3. Swap an essential oil or an organic product for your current moisturizer.
I have mature skin, so I am all about the anti-aging products! This made me worry that I would be missing out somehow if I switched from my chemical-laden favorites, but this proved to be an easy detox.
Thankfully I found that I didn’t have to give up the anti-aging properties of my past favorite products. Evening Primrose oil has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-aging properties, and is very affordable, and companies like BeautyCounter make some of my new favorite, all-natural products. I am currently obsessed with my brightening facial oil and eye cream.
4 . Use a chemical-free sunscreen.
If you haven’t seen recent articles, it turns out many of the most popular brands of commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that break down into toxic compounds when exposed to light and especially chlorine. Ironically, the chemicals cause skin cancer. Isn’t that we are trying to prevent? I use sunscreen every day (my meds make me extra sensitive) and am one of those moms who hoses my kid down with sunscreen before swimming or running around outdoors, so this information really freaks me out! Again, thankfully there are safe alternatives. I just wish I had sought them out sooner.
5. Upgrade your body Lotion.
I saved this one for last as it really is the most important if you consider how much surface area you cover with your moisturizer. I have super dry skin and am a moisturizer addict, so I shudder to think of the number of toxins I have absorbed over the years. Even the baby lotion I used on my daughter contains questionable ingredients. There are many natural options out there, but I am currently in love with Naked Bee Lotion. The lavender is my favorite!! I first discovered it at my sister in law’s house and was delighted when my husband found it at our local hardware store. I wanted to try the different scents, so I was happy to find it on Amazon as well. They have an entire skin-care line, so I am sure I will be branching out to those products soon.
I am also loving my new citrus mimosa body butter! I have incredibly dry skin and this body butter is divine!
So as you can see, it’s pretty easy to detox your daily beauty routine by replacing the products you use most often with natural alternatives.
I hope you will find these tips helpful and easy to implement into your current routine.
What are your favorite natural products and companies? Be sure to reach out or share with me in the comment section below.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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