A few years back, I started dating a guy who was very conscious of the ingredients he put in his body. We’d only eat natural, organic foods. I didn’t mind the switch. I felt healthier. But one day, he attacked my drugstore makeup. I went to apply some lipstick when he made a gross face, “you’re not seriously going to wear that are you?” he asked. His mom had cancer, so I knew he came across harsh, but he had a point.
So I started looking into natural products, because I had no idea what all these parabens or phthalates actually did. They’re chemicals found in some skin care products, and while they can be considered harmful, it hasn’t actually been proven. Needless to say, I purged my skin care and makeup products and soon found myself reading ingredient lists. I was literally crushed by a mountain of new information trying to switch to a natural routine. I was inundated with so much information starting on my own that I figured it would be best to share my acquired knowledge! Here’s my best advice on transitioning to an organic skin care routine.
Start with a mini detox
While you may want to switch over slowly, a mini detox where you don’t use any products for a day or two will allow you to sweat and purge out toxins before switching to cleaner products. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just get started anywhere you can. Try switching with products you use the most first—foundation, deodorants, and soaps. Then you can integrate in mascara, eye cream, and sun screen.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve got to be excited about shopping for all new products! I love discovering all new brands—Eminence Organics, Caudalie, HUM Nutrition, and iLike Organic—especially ones that mesh with my own personal tastes. However, finding a new mascara or face masque that’s natural and lives up to the same expectations as your drug store brands can be challenging. You’ll need to learn that waterproof cosmetics probably won’t be a thing for you anymore (natural and waterproof rarely go hand-in-hand).
Do your homework
Learn to question branding. Just because a brand’s packaging is green does not mean they’re natural. Don’t be afraid to Google ingredients. You’ll start to learn which unpronounceable words are just the latin names of fruits and which ones might be chemicals. Just keep in mind that anything ending with “paraben” is something you’re going to want to avoid. You can always ask the estheticians at Skin1 if you’re unsure of something. We’re more than happy to look into an ingredient for you or explain what something is.
Buy the basics first
We recommend sticking to the basics first. A cleanser is so important, especially if you’re not transitioning all your makeup yet. Plus, most cleansers contain harsh surfactants that strip the skin of its natural lipids and protective barrier. Swap out those cleansers for Eminence Organics’ Rice Milk 3-in-1 Cleansing Water. This 3-in-1 cleanser, toner and makeup remover is great for all skin types and made of all-natural and organic ingredients.
Moisturizer is a must-have for any skin type, but most moisturizers contain preservatives, DEA compounds, and fragrances that are harmful to you and the environment. We suggest switching to Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream. It won Glamour Magazine’s 2016 Best Natural Beauty Products Award Winner for Best Moisturizer. Plus we sell it in several sizes, so it’s perfect if you just want to test out its ability to renew and protect your skin.
Foundation literally goes all over your face, which means you could be exposing yourself to harmful parabens that can interfere with your body’s hormone production. Try switching to jane iredale’s PurePressed foundation. Available in 22 shades, this foundation contains no oil, talc, dyes or parabens and is long-lasting.