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Five Clean Beauty Swaps To Make NOW

September 15, 2017Mikaela Ian

Talk around clean beauty has been going on for quite some time now. We’ve all heard which ingredients are toxic and what we should be buying instead. But how many of us have actually made that swap?

We eat clean, healthy foods everyday and even buy organic ingredients to cook with. But we aren’t as pressed when it comes to what we put on our face, body and in our hair. Now’s the time to actually commit to tossing those products with harmful ingredients and switching to clean beauty products that work just as well, if not better.

Here are five easy clean beauty swaps that you can make today.

  • Deodorant – When I was a child, my mom used to buy natural organic deodorants and then complain that they weren’t keeping the sweat away. I remember laughing and then I avoided natural deodorants as an adult as a result. But after being educated on the harmful toxins on popular brands, I had to make the switch. Deodorant, more specifically antiperspirant, contains endocrine disrupters, possibly carcinogens and tons of other toxins. Many times deodorants have “fragrance” listed in the ingredients, which could mean a host of other hidden toxins. But more importantly, deodorant goes on your underarms, which is an important detoxifying area, making it easy to absorb toxins. I’m currently using Schmidt and I have to say, it works and smells wonderful.
  • Sunscreen – We’ve all heard sunscreen is full of poisonous chemicals, but use it because we don’t want to get burned or get skin cancer. My mom has been on to me about sunscreen for a while now and I initially paid her no mind, but after researching, I must admit she was right. There are two ways sunscreen can protect the skin: a mineral barrier or a chemical barrier. Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Basically, we can’t pronounce these ingredients so how can they be good for us? There are quite a few chemical free options including Burt’s Bees Sunscreen Stick, JASON Mineral sunscreen and personal favs Raw Elements and The Honest Company sunscreen.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner – Many curly girls, especially black women, have stopped using shampoos and conditioners with sulfates and parabens. Not only are they horrible for you, they made our hair frizzy and difficult to manage. These toxins are scrubbed into our scalps and then end up all over our body if you wash your hair in the shower – an easy way to unintentionally be exposed to a large amount of toxins. Ten years ago, it was incredibly hard to find hair products for curly girls without all the crap in it. Now, these products are everywhere. There are sulfate free, paraben free, natural, organic and even vegan shampoos and conditioners. Some of them can be pricy but considering you really only need to wash your hair once a week, they can last for quite a while. Natural Swap: Surishae + Co. I personally use Surishae + Co Cleansing Shampoo and Silk Therapy Conditioner. They work well for all hair types, especially the curly girls, and the products are vegan.
  • Body lotion – You might think lotion is pretty harmless but have you ever read the ingredients? Most moisturizers are filled with toxins including fragrance, parfum, benzyl oil, PEG-100 stearate. These toxins can be carcinogenic ie cancer causing. So we really don’t want to put any of that on our skin. Check out the ingredient list and remember that companies are not legally required to disclose the inclusion of phthalates in fragrance. Even if the product is phthalate-free, the presence of an undisclosed fragrance means the ingredients probably contain a mixture of other unknown chemicals. And always remember, natural doesn’t mean the ingredient is natural or safe. Thankfully, it’s super easy to find clean moisturizers. I tend to go super natural with coconut oil in the summer months and a thicker shea butter in the winter months. I hate dry skin and love my skin to feel soft and moisturized all the time. A few good pics for non-toxin body lotions are The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion, Burt’s Bees Body Lotion and Shea Moisture Body Lotion.
  • Soap – Many soaps are made with parabens, fragrance and SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate, an additive which makes products foam. SLS can be harmful and irritating to the skin so it’s not really worthwhile. Not only are parabens and SLS toxic to us, they are also toxic for the environment. More reasons to ditch soaps with chemical s and stick to non-toxic options. Most natural cleansers use ingredients such as clay and plant extracts to effectively cleanse skin and wash away the dirt. There are also plenty natural bar soaps out there that smell great and do a great job and cleansing the skin. Dr. Bronner’s a probably the most well-known brand and can be found in most pharmacies and grocery stores. For natural bar soaps, I like to buy Salt Spray Soap in Bermuda, which is made with saltwater from the ocean.

In conclusion, we all known about the harmful toxins in beauty products. It’s time to stand up and actually make a change to living closer to a non-toxic lifestyle. Start today by swapping out these five beauty products. Which will be the first swap for you?


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