Every day the average person is exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals. Many of which are known or suspected carcinogens, many are endocrine disruptors, and several have been linked to organ toxicity and reproductive harm. Maybe it’s time to detox your beauty and body routine and avoid those damaging ingredients.
That said, most folks aren’t willing to look and feel like cavewomen and cavemen just to avoid toxins. I get it, I’ve been there too. Not to worry, there are plenty of ways to avoid the toxins and still look beautiful, smell good, and rock your gorgeous self.
In this next part of the Dangerous Beauty Series, I’m giving you my top tips to get the toxins out of your beauty and body routine and still look stunning.
You can read part one, 5 Dangerous Chemicals in Your Beauty Products, here, part two, The Dangers of Nail Polish and Fake Nails, here, and part three, Guys Your Body Products Are Making You Less Manly, here.
Detox tip #1: Know what you are using
When I say know what you are using, I mean really know what’s in your products. Turn them over, look at the labels.
Do your products have any of the ingredients listed in this post, 5 Toxins Hiding in Your Beauty and Body Routine, or do they share any ingredients listed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics as harmful?
Does your deodorant have aluminum? Does your hand soap have triclosan? Does your body wash contain DEA or TEA? Do your lotions have parabens? I could go on but chances are your products are storing a whole host of potentially harmful ingredients.
Most people spend more time researching their next restaurant more than what they put on their skin. If you are ready to tackle detoxing your world then you need to start reading labels and recognizing dangers.
Remember, not having time or not being ready isn’t going to protect you. Those chemicals seeping into your skin don’t care if you are busy, or unaware, or will get to it next month, they are likely causing harm right now.
If you aren’t sure where to start, first check your products in the EWG Skin Deep Database to get some solid info about their rating of your products. You can also check your products ingredients against the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Chemicals of concern page. Chances are if you are buying mainstream brands (and even some “natural” brands) your products are hiding harmful chemicals.
Detox tip #2: Choose new safer products you can feel good about
You knew this was coming. Once you’ve identified all the stuff trying to kill you, you need to toss them in favor of products that are much safer. Products from reputable natural brands that are also double checked for safety.
Don’t rely on a company’s clever marketing. Read labels. Then read them again. Check your products against the EWG Skin Deep Database, I tend to stick with products that receive a 1 or 2 rating (a rating of 1 is considered safest where as a 10 is most concerning).
Even after checking your products against the database I still look at the individual ingredients because sometimes one ingredient will be questionable but the product will still be ranked favorably (something I’m not thrilled about). If there is another product with a safer set of ingredients I always choose the safer brand. Use your critical thinking skills people.
This stage can get time consuming but I’ve created something to make this super easy. Check out the Living Filtered Shop where I’ve listed dozens of beauty and body products from shampoo to body wash to lipstick, all checked against EWG for top scores.
I created the shop to make the switch much easier on you, because I want you to succeed, so take a gander at the shop at cut your research time in half.
Detox Tip#3: Use food grade products when you can
Not all the swaps have to be from fancy pants natural brands, some of my favorite products come from my kitchen. Whaaaa?! Crazy cakes right!
I use olive oil and avocado oil to moisturize my skin, coconut oil to remove my makeup and smooth my hair, honey and brown sugar for a facial, and so much more. You can read about my favorite oils for beauty here.
I have found that some of the very best solutions are the same food grade products you already have on hand. And often they work better than the fancy bottles of expensive goodness. No offense Gwyneth but a $100 bottle of serum isn’t in this mama’s budget.
Getting gorgeous doesn’t have to be expensive, I haven’t used a face cream in about four years and yet my skin is still wrinkle free and looking pretty darn good at almost 35. Ok know I’m not that old but I’ve seen plenty of women 10 years younger with substantial age spots and lines.
I’ve also seen women 10, 20, 30 years older looking sexy and vibrant thanks to a healthy diet and these natural oils, treatments, and remedies. You can read more about my beauty routine in this post, 5 Amazing Essential Oils for Radiant Beauty.Call me crazy but makeup shouldn't come with a risk of cancer! Check out these 5 tips for a safer beauty routine!Click To Tweet
Detox Tip #4: Use food to fuel your natural beauty
I can’t emphasize enough how critical a healthy diet is to ageing gracefully. There is no oil in the world that’s going to undo a terrible diet.
So if you want to look fresh, vibrant, and oh so gorgeous you need to start on the inside.
Few people know, I started getting fine lines in my early twenties (around 22) when I was still eating crap food, drinking soda, and thought a Lean Cuisine was “healthy”. When I changed my diet to an organic whole foods based diet my fine lines actually disappeared. They disappeared!
Today I’m 34 and still don’t have any fine lines or age spots, I know, I know, I’m not that old. But considering I had fine lines in my twenties and now I have no lines that’s not too shabby.
I attribute my healthy skin to my whole foods based diet, my supplement regimen, and my choice of natural oils for my beauty routine. I’ve seen plenty of women in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s with glowing bouncy skin who also swear by diet and natural beauty products.
If you haven’t yet tackled your diet you can read my popular post, The Beginner’s Guide to Clean Eating, for more details.
Detox tip #5: Hydrate smartly
Continuing on the knowledge that beauty starts on the inside, another important tip is to hydrate well and smartly. I haven’t touched a soda in about 10 years and I never drink bottled juices (even the organic ones).
What I do enjoy is a ton of filtered water with lemon juice. I go through two to three whole lemons per day!
I also love drinking fresh brewed tea. I start every morning with a cup of organic green tea and organic mint tea. I enjoy another cup after lunch, and I typically end the day with a detox blend and chamomile combo. It’s not unusual for me to go through six to eight tea bags a day!
There are so many benefits from herbal teas, they are often anticarcinogenic (prevent cancer), boost your liver and kidney function, aid digestion, and provide vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Seriously there is so much goodness in most teas, what’s not to love. Just make sure to buy high quality organic tea, my favorite brands are Rishi, Numi, and Traditional Medicinals.
Another sneaky way to boost your beautifying nutrition is by making fresh juices and smoothies. I love starting my day with a berry smoothies (pineapple + mixed berries is my current winner), having a cucumber mint slush in the afternoon (water, cucumbers, and mint), and I usually make a fresh juice about every other day (right now carrot, pear, and beet juice is my fav combo–so yummy!).
This is a great way to get extra nutrition and antioxidants. It will not only improve your skin but aid your whole body.
Detoxing your beauty and body routine can feel overwhelming but with the right plan and resources it’s totally doable. And don’t forget, beauty starts on the inside.
If you want to get gorgeous naturally then you need ditch the toxic products and bad food and choose safer products and a nutrient dense whole foods based diet.
And don’t forget some of the best and most effective beauty products are right in your kitchen! You don’t need expensive facials or treatments just open up your cupboards and get busy.
How about you? What tip would you offer a newbie just starting out? Or maybe you are the newbie, then share your progress and thoughts in the comments below. I always love hearing from readers.
Until next time awesome babes and handsome fellas!
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