Welcome to the February 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Beautiful.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about skincare and other personal care products. You’ll find a variety of posts about choosing natural beauty products and even tutorials on how to make some of your own! Be sure to read all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to learn how to keep your beauty routine safe and natural.
Living a natural lifestyle has intersected all parts of my life, especially my beauty routine. My makeup and skincare line is natural and chemical free. I also recently stopped highlighting my hair! Making your beauty routine more natural takes time. I want to offer some simple tips to help you start greening your beauty routine.
Read Ingredient Lists
First you need to identify what is in the products you are using. Do you see long words with paraben in them? Parabens are synthetically produced chemicals that act like preservatives. The problem is that parabens are related to allergies as well as skin irritation and possibly linked to cancer. I encourage you to check out the EWG Skindeep Database to check out your current beauty products and find out about new ones. If you are curious about an ingredient, then look it up. Find out what you are putting on skin. Also, check for dyes and fragrances. These are man made, synthetic products.
If you find that some of the products you are using are not the best for your health, start weeding them out of your routine. Does this mean you have to throw everything out? No, not unless you really want to. Start small. Pick one product you want to replace and research brands to figure out what you will buy to replace these products when they run out.
Here are some of my favorite natural beauty companies:
Chemicals should not be apart of your daily beauty routine! Your skin is the largest organ. Whatever you put on it, will be absorbed into the body. There is not concrete evidence that every single ingredient found in beauty products will be detrimental to your health, I think it is better to be safe than sorry. I choose to use simple and natural products.
Do you have a beauty product you want to replace with a more natural alternative?
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed: