Did you know that every 35 days, your skin replaces itself? Your body generates new cells based on nutrients that you may or may not be getting from your diet. However, it takes more than conscious eating habits and daily exercise to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. It also requires attention on the products we are choosing to use on our bodies. Have you ever been curious enough to check the list of ingredients in your favorite face cleanser or daily moisturizer? Most beauty products do not even list these toxic ingredients because the FDA doesn’t require them to. The United States has banned only 11 harmful cosmetic ingredients opposed to the 1,400 banned in Europe. It takes a whopping twenty-six seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream from personal care products such as lotions, shampoos, and makeup. Twenty-six seconds!!! We come in contact with so many harmful substances each and every day without even knowing it. Some of these are unavoidable while others can be replaced with some careful consideration.
It is essential that we continue to talk about the importance of Clean Beauty. Though this concept is a growing one, I am grateful to have access to clean beauty stores, like Credo, right here in Chicago! Credo is a new natural beauty supplier located in the heart of Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Credo’s mission is to get people to think about the ingredients and products they put on their bodies. Their brands go through a rigorous screening process to ensure that the product is safe and effective. All products must be clear from any harmful or toxic ingredients. They are also required to have a purpose and most importantly, nothing added! No secrets or unknowns.
I was lucky enough to score an invite to an exclusive event the other evening from a dear friend/yogini/badass/blogger, Lauren Massarella from the Sister Project. These amazingly talented sisters are doing their part by partnering up with local natural beauty suppliers, like Credo, to help spread the word! If you are in the area, check it out!
I will admit, Clean Beauty can be a little overwhelming especially if you are new to this. When beginning this process, it’s suggested starting your focus from the neck down. Meaning, start with reading the label of your body lotions, shower gels or anything topical you use on the daily. Slowly begin to introduce yourself to a more natural approach. Eventually, like anything else, this mindfulness will just be apart of your daily routine. Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive either! Certain products like coconut oil can serve many different purposes.
Though I do love my beauty products and taking care of my skin, the process for me must be easy, simple, and quick. It shouldn’t take a lot of money to complete an all natural safe look. Listed below are just a few of my favorite daily beauty products that are natural and safe to use!
Warning: DON’T BE FOOLED!!! Not all beauty brands who claim to be all natural or authentically green actually are. Also known as “Greenwashing”. While writing this blog, I too was shocked to find that Tarte was one of the “trusted” brands that fall into this category. Do your research!
Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanse by little barn Apothecary
little barn Apothecary’s main focus is to cultivate goods with organic and wild harvested ingredients that are completely natural and simple. I fell in love with this brand right away and have yet to be disappointed by any product I have purchased thus far. My favorite being the Charcoal+Aloe Face Cleanse. Activated charcoal has become a huge beauty trend in recent years. It’s known to pull out pollutants from the skin while helping to heal and prevent breakouts. Aloe naturally hydrates the skin making these two a match made in heaven. A few pumps of this black liquid gold and you are feeling fresh to death!
Thayer’s Alcohol-free Witch Hazel w/ Rose Petal
Thayer & Company has been described as the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in America at the time of the Civil War. A 100% vegan company, Thayer’s has been dominating the Clean Beauty business for decades. Witch hazel has been used for centuries to treat acne, redness/swelling, psoriasis etc. With many different fragrances to choose from, the Rose Petal is my favorite! Natural oils found in roses, like Vitamin C, help to retain moisture. I typically use this in the morning and at night to get off excess dirt, oil, and makeup.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
OK. This stuff is a game changer! Being just a few years shy of 30, I decided it was time to start thinking about an anti-aging. I will admit, sun protection has never really been my thing. As any true Chicagoan knows, the sun is absent for about 6 months out of the year and I am someone who loves soaking up vitamin D any chance I get! A vital element in the production of collagen, vitamin C can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration, while offering antioxidant protection from photodamage. A few drops applied to the face in the morning and at night and you will see an improvement almost immediately!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
I’m not going to spend too much time on this since it’s amazing benefits have been exposed by many in the last few years. But have you ever seen the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding? You know the Father’s solution to every problem in life was Windex? Well, ladies and gentlemen, coconut oil is equivalent to “Gus” Portokalos’s Windex solution. An amazing body lotion, hair conditioner, makeup remover and natural lubricant. The list goes on and on and on. This is probably the easiest and cheapest clean beauty product to start with!
Schmit’s Natural Deodorant
Store bought deodorants are very toxic and harmful to your body. Ingredients like aluminum and parabens are being placed directly onto our largest organ, our skin. Many argue that wearing these toxins are far worse than eating them because they are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream without any kind of filtering. After many of failed attempts with other natural deodorants, I have finally found the only thing that works, Schmit’s! This product has been tested in even the hottest/sweatiest yoga classes and still made the cut. With many unique fragrances to choose from, the Bergamot+Lime is my absolute favorite and leaves you smelling fresh all day long.
Gressa Eye Tint
This eyeshadow is like none I have used before! Gressa Eye Tint is an innovative 100% Vegan formula that transforms from cream to velvet, instantly enveloping the eyelid and providing fault-proof and smudge-free wear. What I love about this cream is that it’s super versatile and buildable. It can be worn as a shadow or eyeliner.