My personal wellness journey caused me to re-examine not only the products I put into my body but also the products that go on to my skin. After all, what is the point of eating clean but continuing to put toxins and chemicals on my skin and hair. It didn't make sense.
I realized that two reasons were holding me back from switching to clean beauty products. Firstly, the brands I was using were known brands. Brands that had been advertised and marketed to the point where I was convinced they must be effective. But were they? Was I truly happy with how they worked? The answer was they were "ok". So then I had to ask myself, "Why would I use a product with known harmful toxins on my skin when the results were just "ok"?" I was selling myself short and exposing myself to unnecessary toxins and chemicals for just "ok". I should be demanding more from the products I used on a daily basis. After all, why couldn't I have beauty products that were clean and also effective.
Which leads us to the second reason that was holding me back. Could clean beauty products be just as effective as those big cosmetic brands? Could they help with uneven skin tone, blemishes or aging. And how would my skin react to the switch? I decided that I had nothing to lose but a lot to gain by giving them a try.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only were they more effective at repairing and nourishing my skin but my skin more easily absorbed their natural ingredients. For the first time in years, my dull skin was bright and soft and my complexion was becoming even. I am so happy with the results I want to shout it from the roof tops but I opted for the next best thing: this blog.
For those on the fence and not knowing were to start or those feeling overwhelmed by the unknown products on your screen, when you're ready we are here to help you make the switch to clean. But we also want to let you know that its ok to take your time. After all, you are investing in yourself and you want products that are right for you. That is why my advice would be to start with some staple pieces (products that you use every day) and swap them out one by one for clean, good-for-you alternatives.
WHICH PRODUCTS TO SWAP OUT FIRST?
This is usually one of the first products that people want to switch and that they feel comfortable swapping out. We recommend starting with a two-step process to help your pits adjust from conventional deodorants to natural. First, during the initial detox period use Om Organics Underarm Salt Detox to draw impurities out. Then apply one of Salt & Stone's unisex deodorants. These deodorants are formulated without aluminum, alcohol, baking soda, parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes. Plus they are formulated for long-lasting protection and glide on without leaving stains.
Lipsticks, lip gloss, lip balms- we put these products on without any after thought but as we speak, drink or eat these products with their harmful ingredients make their way from our lips into our bodies. Luckily there are some great alternatives that are not only clean but leave your lips feeling soft like butter.
Sun Care Products
One of the most important steps in your daily skincare routine should be to apply SPF protection. Sunscreen products are formulated to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays and protect you from skin cancer, hyperpigmentation and premature aging. Conventional sunscreens, however, contain ingredients that are not only harmful for you but also harmful for coral reefs and marine life. Salt & Stone sunscreen products are formulated with natural ingredients that are good for you and for our underwater friends and their fragile ecosystem.
Oral Care Products
Basically there is no way to avoid ingesting the ingredients in these products when you are using them. So why not use natural products that are free of harmful ingredients instead of conventional oral products that contain parabens and fluoride. Living Libations makes a wonderful toothpaste with natural ingredients and their Happy Gum drops not only keep your gums healthy but can be added to salt water to create a natural mouth wash. Plus add a bamboo toothbrush to make that eco-friendly too!
Moisturizers are a staple piece of any skincare routine. So why not start your swap out to clean beauty with the product that we put on our skin every day. The reality is that once we put it on our face in the morning, our moisturizer stays on our skin all day long. So why not make the switch and nourish your skin with moisturizers that are both clean and effective.
Still not sure where to start why not try our Clean Discovery Set that will help you discover some of our favourite clean beauty basics.
And remember if your still not sure you can always reach out to us with any questions you might have.