Ah, non toxic skincare. It seems to be all the rage right now. And for good reason.
We are finally waking up to the fact that living a healthy life goes way beyond just the food that we eat. Take a moment and look at your lovely skin. It’s actually the largest organ of your body! It’s approximately 10 square feet in size, only 1/10 of an inch thick, and is highly permeable porous membrane that’s highly sensitive to toxic chemicals. Our skin is our largest organ, and many of the products (yes, even the ones that claim to be “natural”) contain endocrine-disruptors, which are any chemicals that can harm your hormones, your brain, and your reproductive system. These products seep into our skin and can cause loads of issues immediately (dry, itchy skin) or further down the line (infertility). Consider for a moment that what you put on your skin may be affecting your health as much (or more) than what you put in your mouth, because when you apply something on the skin, it gets directly absorbed rather than being processed by the liver. When you expose yourself to the toxic ingredients in commonly used personal care products such as body lotions, shampoos, conditioners, makeup, chemical sunscreens, and so forth on a daily basis, month after month, year after year, these ingredients penetrate without the buffer of digestion. Prolonged use of these products can really accelerate the aging process over time.
It’s a big overtaking to get rid of all your toxic stuff. I did it all in one fell swoop. I threw away all my toxic stuff and immediately replaced it with non toxic stuff. For you, it may work to do it step by step. Everyone is different!
It can be overwhelming to be 100% non toxic. For me, I like to think of it as the 80/20 rule. I try to stay non toxic 80% of the time but I realize that living in the modern world I need some wiggle room. This also will help keep me sane and from getting too obsessive!!
I truly and genuinely adore these products, and want you guys to benefit from them too. I use them every day.
Living Proof Shampoo: Goes on light, and smells amazing! I only wash my hair 1x a week, and this stuff is the bomb. I keep it in my hair for 3 minutes before washing out.
Dr. Bronners Hair Creme: This is a great all- in – one as well. I love using minimal products. This stuff was recommended to me by my friend Mel. Her hair is amazing and I was like… I WANT on that! I’ve been using it for a few weeks and love it. I keep it in my hair for 5 minutes before washing out.
Keihl’s:I don’t wash my face every day, but when I do, it’s with this stuff. It smells like patchouli, lavender, and all that’s good in the world. Plus I have used this through every ice skating performance. And if you know show make up- you know they lay it on THICK.
The Body Deli: This stuff is sooo creamy and good. I put it on every night before bed.
S.W. Basics Makeup Remover: Love this stuff! It works so well and gets all my makeup off. Be careful as sometimes if you get it in your eyes it will sting (at least on me). The ingredients are so safe and I feel great using this product.
NOTE: Depending on your eyes and the type of lashes your body creates, you might need to give a little extra care. When I was a professionally ice skating, I was applying and removing make up constantly, leaving my eyes with barely any natural lashes. So…. since I didn’t love people staring at me because I had no lashes, I wore fake ones, which definitely didn’t help. Since then and now.
Plant Apothecary Body Wash in Calm Down This stuff smells like a dream and works wonders! It gets super sudsy and feels great on my skin.
Normally switch between this and Dr. Bronners. The reason I switch is because castile soap can dry skin out, resulting with acne.
Primal Pit Paste Deodorant in Lavender I love this deodorant. Been using it for 3 years non stop. At first it’s kind of hard getting used to applying deodorant with your hand, but its super earth friendly and you get used to it quick! I always wash my hands after applying to get the residue off my hands. I apply once in the AM and it lasts me all day, unless I am super active then I’ll apply again at 2 or 3 or before going for dinner. I loveeee it. I didn’t find this one until I got to Toronto. Another great one is Takesumi Detox deodorant which is also made out of charcoal.
Le Labo Perfume Okay, this doesn’t need much explaining. Le Labo smells amazing and they use no harsh chemicals in their perfumes. I love mixing Noir + Santal 33. There is a store in Toronto on Queens.
Coconut Oil for moisturizer. No need to get fancy folks. Coconut oil is one of the best moisturizers around. I apply it on my skin 2-3x a day or week at night before bed.
Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer I love how sheer this is. When I apply it you can still see my freckles. If you don’t like sheer stuff then I don’t recommend this stuff. But I personally love it, plus it has SPF in it!
Ilia Illuminator in Sway SWAY! This stuff is good for special occasions when I want an extra ‘KA-BANG!’ on my face. I apply it to cheekbones, eyebrow bones and the flat of my nose.
Lily Lolo Mascara This stuff is good. I love it, it goes on clean, comes off clean, doesn’t smudge. Works as great as all the other toxic brands out there IMO!
Lily Lolo Eyeliner YES! Non toxic eyeliner. think about close your putting that ish to your eyes. So important to be natural for this one. I love the pencil. Very precise and goes on super clean.
Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach Just a little bit goes a long way with this stuff! I adore it, though.
MASCARA: Even though its not NON toxic, I think its important to note that no matter what, I don’t go natural with my make up just to go natural. Its because I find it works better with my skin. Since I told you about my lashes earlier on, one favourite mascara that actually helped my lashes and didn’t require multiple applications is by benefits which can easily be found at shoppers or Sephora.
Green Beaver Toothepaste I fell in the love with the packaging but upon taking it home and trying it myself, I fell in love with pretty much everything about it. The ingredients are clean and it leaves my teeth feeling fine and refreshed with no weird aftertaste.
I know it can seem so overwhelming to switch over to non toxic beauty products, but, I found it easiest to just to it all in one fell swoop. I threw out all the endocrine blocking products in my home and ordered new ones to be delivered ASAP.
What are your favourite natural beauty products?
As always, thanks for reading. love you lots and lots