For the last few years, I have been trying to clean up the amount and types of chemicals I use in my home and put in my body. I am not perfect by any means when it comes to this, but I do try when I can (conventional honey crisp apples are one of my downfalls). Despite doing this it took awhile for it to occur to me that this should include those things I put on my body as well.
Your skin is one of your largest organs. I often don’t think of my skin in those terms, but anything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body or it can prevent your skin from doing its job of letting things out and keeping things from getting in (you can tell I was not a biology major by this explanation). There are theories that certain chemicals in products we use are carcinogenic, which disrupt our hormones causing reproductive and developmental problems, and irritate our immune system causing environmental problems. Because of this I have been trying to select soaps, skin care products and makeup that contain less chemicals and safer ingredients. Lately, there is a lot of marketing that goes into promoting products as natural or organic, some of which is just hype. A good website to check the safety of your skin care is EWG.org . The information on the website is sometimes limited, but I have noticed that it has become more complete and user friendly then it was a few months ago.
The one thing I do not like about a lot of so-called clean or natural skin care products is they make them unscented which in turn makes them have a funky smell. So I have found a few products that I like that are “cleaner” than some others that also do not have that funky smell.
For shower gel and body lotion I love the Everyone 3-in-1 Soap. I really like the Lemon Coconut scent (it smells like the beach) and the Citrus Mint. I usually buy mine at Whole Foods but you can also buy it on Amazon. The soap lathers well (I have never used it as a shampoo or bubble bath) and smells divine. The big bottle easily lasts us about a month.
Similarly, I also really love the Everyone Lotion. It comes in the same scents as the soap. It is not sticky but is still moisturizing.
For hand soap, I do love the Mrs. Meyers brand because they smell so good. Although I just looked them up on EWG.org and they did not score that well, partially because it looks like the data may be limited. I may be looking for a new hand soap so if anyone has one they love, I would love to hear it.
For skin care, I was recently introduced to Arbonne, which my husband’s cousin sells. I have been using their anti-aging line RE9 Advanced for about 6 months now and I love it. My skin feels moisturized and I have had no trouble with sensitivity to the products. I started using it last winter and I saw the effects right away. The products are botanically based ingredients and are formulated without talc, tallow, carbon black, animal products or by-products, parabens, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, phthalates, formaldehyde, alkylphenols, benzene, monoethanolamine, triclosan, synthetic dyes, hydroquinone, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, cholesterol, trans fats, and mineral oil. It also has no funky chemical smell.
The one downside with natural skin care products is they do tend to be more expensive then the lower quality drugstore brands. However, I have found the products do tend to last a lot longer because they are more potent so use a smaller amount. For example, I bought my Arbonne set in February and I am still using most of the products. I had to replace the cleanser recently because I ran out. Also, I find that I have no skin irritation with these products so I do not use part of it and then have to buy something else because I have discovered I am allergic to it.
I am still on my quest to clean up my skin care and beauty routine. I have heard wonderful things about the brand BeautyCounter, but have not yet tried it. In another post, I will talk about some of my favorite clean cosmetic brands as well. Tell me do you have any favorite clean skin care products or tricks? Have you tried any of the products that I mentioned or have any other good tips for me? Do you have a good hand lotion (I hate sticky ones and so I forego hand lotion)?–June