5 Must Have Non-Toxic Beauty Buys
As technology and science continue to evolve, we are finding more and more beauty products filling the shelves. From winding back the aging clock to providing pouty lips, there is a product for everything! A few years ago I participated in a low-toxic living program and learnt more than I ever could have imagined. It doesn’t take a rocket science to know that many chemicals are not great for us, but when you discover just how harmful they can be (I’m talking hormone disruption, cancer etc), and just how many of these harmful chemicals we subject ourselves to daily, it’s only natural that you start to take action and look for better alternatives. I started that process by looking in my bathroom and noting what I put on my skin. From creams to makeup, soaps and perfumes – the list is long gorgeous!
For just a moment, think about how effective a small nicotine patch is that people use when they quit smoking – they are not ingested, they are simply placed on the skin! Our skin is our largest organ and much of what we put on it is absorbed by our bodies, entering our bloodstream. That is precisely why it pays to know what is in the products you are using! I have three tips to help you do this.
1. Use products you have in your kitchen!
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Coconut oil, honey and sugar all play a part in my beauty routine these days. From moisturizing to exfoliating your kitchen may have you covered! There are plenty of great ideas on Pinterest and google to help in the DIY non-toxic arena.
2. Shop via a store or website that takes all the guess work out for you.
Credit: Nourished Life
My personal favorite is Nourished Life – I order majority of my personal products from this site! They research each and every product before stocking it to ensure the ingredients are all non-toxic.
3. Use a handy app such as Chemical Maze.
This app allows you to enter the name of an ingredient and learn how it is derived, what it is typically used for and what the possible effects are from using it.
Now, to get you started, here are 5 of my favorite non-toxic beauty must haves!
This moisturizer for dry or rough skin is magic. I have a tube in my bathroom, in my desk drawer and a travel size in my handbag. Free from parabens, artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances, the same formula has been used since the 1920’s! This cream is perfect for hands, knees, elbows, or even dry skin on the face.
I have tried a number of non-toxic lipsticks, and Bite is definitely one of my favorite brands. Their lipsticks are handcrafted in Canada using food grade ingredients including a doxen edible oils. Available in over 30 colors, and paraben, sulfate and phthalates free, this is a great hydrating lippie! My favorite color at the moment is ‘gingersnap’.
This rouge (AKA blush) was one of the very first non-toxic products I ever tried, and one I still use now. It only comes in two colors but with soothing organic ingredients, hydrating oils and natural mineral pigments it certainly gives you a beautiful healthy glow!
100% Pure is my staple beauty brand. I use and love many their products, but their cleanser is a stand out for me. Not only are their products non-toxic and cruelty free, but their packaging is recycled, which I love. This cleanser uses a host of natural ingredients that safely lighten and brighten the skin, such as licorice, sake, kojic acid and sake. It removed makeup effortlessly and leaves your skin feeling fresh.
This beautiful mascara glides on nicely giving you bold eyelashes with no clumps! Of course, this botanical blend product is cruelty and paraben free, as well as coal, aluminum and petroleum free. It is the blackest of black mascaras and it stays put nicely, unlike a couple of other non-toxic brands I have tried that left me looking like a panda within an hour!
If you have a favorite non-toxic beauty buy we want to hear about it! Leave us a comment below. Happy shopping gorgeous!