How To Begin Your Clean Beauty Journey
Clean beauty products. We hear the term all of the time these days. Today I am going to take through some easy steps for your clean beauty journey. You can read my thoughts on the benefits of clean beauty first if you are new to the topic.
First of all, how many different beauty products do you use every day? Stop and think for a moment if you would. Kind of walk through your morning routine for now.
Between your morning shower and putting on your makeup it’s probably quite a few. Yes. Include your soap/body wash, shampoo, deodorant. The list goes on and on. Am I right? Well, do you know what is really in those products? Have you taken the time to read the labels? Can you even pronounce many of the ingredients?
Honestly, I have no idea what some of the stuff is and can’t pronounce it either. I’m sure that I’m not alone in that boat. If you follow me here or know me, then you know that I am very picky about what I put in my body. I live by the motto that you are what you eat. I fuel my body with the foods that make it happy so I can keep my energy levels high. In case you didn’t know I have lots of food intolerances. That being said, a light bulb went off a couple of years ago that what I put ON my body goes IN my body. Thus, my clean beauty journey began. The first switch that I made was my deodorant. You can read my post on why you should switch to natural deodorant here.
First, What is Clean Beauty?
This can be confusing because the beauty industry is not highly regulated and companies do not have to list all of the ingredients that are in their products. Kinda scary, right?
So here’s the definition of clean beauty products. Cosmetic products created without synthetic chemicals and ingredients that could harm your body or irritate your skin. The biggies that you want to make sure that are not in your beauty products are paraben, phthalates, oxybenzone, and synthetic fragrances. There are many more and this article on WedMd is great to read about some that could be lurking in your products.
Where to Start Your Journey
First of all, there is no right or wrong way to clean up your beauty routine. Just like your diet, you have to decide how clean you want and need to be. Honestly, my beauty routine is nowhere near as clean as my diet. It has taken me YEARS (over 10) to eat as clean as I do. That being said, don’t feel like you have to get rid of everything at once. This is a process. One step at a time. So let’s break it down.
We are all guilty of buying and trying new things. Sometimes they are good and sometimes not so good. Problem is that we don’t always throw them away. Go through you bathroom drawers, cabinets, linen closet and wherever else you might keep things and get rid of the things you don’t like and or use. While you are at it check the expiration dates. Yes, cosmetics do expire.
2. Start reading labels.
Yes, take the time to look at the labels of the things that you have left in your bathroom. There are many chemicals and toxins in beauty products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a great site to visit to help you learn more about what to avoid. Soon it becomes easier to identify things when you pick them up or look at them online. Many products are now certified clean or you can just shop by clean products on websites. Takes a big part of the guesswork out of it for us.
3. Figure out what you really need.
Now that you have purged and educated yourself a little it’s time to think about what you really use and need. Can some products be used morning and night? Just replace things as you use them up. I would suggest starting with the things like your body washes, body lotion, and deodorant. These are products that cover lots of important parts of our bodies. Remember what goes on, goes in.
A Few Things to Remember
This is a journey. Not something that happens overnight. Replace a product at a time. That way it is not overwhelming on you or your wallet. Some of the clean products may be more expensive, however, our health in the long run is worth it. Yes, your skin may detox and have some changes when you switch out some of your products. Just give it a little time to adjust. Remember not all products work the same on everyone whether they are clean or not.
Where to Shop for Clean Beauty
Not all clean beauty is super expensive. Recently more and more lines are being carried at the big box retailers. Take a look at these websites linked below and you will be amazed at how much you will find.
A Few of My Favorite Clean Beauty Products
I’m just going to put in a few things that I use on a regular basis that I love and think you might like too.
Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I really do appreciate each and every one of you that reads my posts. Please let me know if you have started your clean beauty journey and how it is going. What is your favorite switch so far?
Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!
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