The other month, I wrote a blog post about what is in my cabinet; my kitchen cabinet...so in my head I figured I would share what is in my bathroom cabinet for you all! You can read that post here.
I do get asked a lot what non-toxic skin care products I use from face washes, scrubs, to lotions, make up, teeth cleaning products and anything else that you typically find on your bathroom shelf.
Full disclosure, I have genuinely found all of these helpful for my skin and teeth based on personal experiences and have been using the products for many years or have discovered them just recently! I tend to have sensitive skin and normally have to stay away from anything with fragrances and once I made the switch to plant based, vegan, non-toxic, and all natural skin care products I notice that my skin was:
X less irritated
X more even toned (less red around my nose or chin)
X brighter complexion
X the products were gentle on my skin
X reduced the # of breakouts, even during the time of month
X neither dry nor oily
I do, also eat a diet that is pretty much plant based, focusing on dark leafy greens, anti-inflammatory foods, minimal to no sugars, lots of water, healthy fats such as nuts or avocados and I try my best to stay away from refined carbs and packed foods. I have a regular exercise routine (yoga/HIIT type of workouts), I take many epsom salt baths to reduce inflammation and relieve stress daily, and I try my best to actually not wear any make day to day because I have found that, that helps my skin stay feeling fresh and looking "young," (Yes, my vice is coffee and occasional alcohol to keep it real)
I truly believe that what you put in your body, how you manage your stress, how you are feeling, will come out on the outside- your skin. I do feel that masks, scrubs, and using cleaner products have made my skin better, but it does start with a healthy diet and lifestyle!
I started to slowly make a switch about two years ago, slowly being the key word because it can 100% be overwhelming. I began to realize that not only what we put in our bodies with food is important but what we put on our skin is as well! Our skin is our largest organ after all and absorb everything and anything that we put on it...
Many products can contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and other dangerous heavy metals and this can disrupt our hormones, change your mood, cause us to break out, and affect our reproductive systems.
BUT, this isn't to freak you out; just make you more aware!! Just as I mentioned above, I slowly started to make the transition; first I started with face washes, lotions, cleansers, masks and then I made the transition to non-toxic make up within the last few months.
So here it goes....
This one, I was a bit nervous about because I thought my teeth wouldn't feel as clean nor be as clean when I switched over. I remember heading to the dentist and I thought for sure I was going to leave with cavities and issues- but- I left with perfect teeth!! The products I was and continue to use are working.
A few things to stay away from; in mouthwashes, toothpastes etc.
1. Oral Essentials: No alcohol! Tastes good!
1. Desert Essence
1. Kopari Oil Pulling: Naturally whitens teeth, fresh breath. Vegan, Non-GMO, Cruelty Free, Fluoride Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Phthalate Free. I have been trying this out for the last month, every morning before breakfast/coffee. I started off doing 5 minutes then worked my way up to 8 minutes.
For my face, I switch between two different brands! I love Franklin & Whitman and Cocokind.
On the Franklin & Whitman website you can choose the type of skin you are more prone to have and it will help you decide which products you should gravitate towards! Their products are vegan, cruelty free, plant based, all natural, and free of preservatives! I have a code "balancewithb" for 20%!
What I love:
1. Botanical Steams: Any of the scents. Opens up my pores, reduces redness, softens my skin, and hydrates my skin. Also is amazing if you are feeling sick to clear up any sinuses!
2. Face Masks: Personally I love the Oak Lane (Turmeric, Cacao, Activated Charcoal). If you have sensitive skin, go with the Oatmeal one.
3. Serums: Hydration!
1. Raspberry Vinegar Toner: Oily/Acne skin. I use this after I cleanse my face or after working out. I have found that this has cleared up any redness, irritated skin and blemishes within a few days!
2. Turmeric Stick: Spot treatment for blemishes! Be careful it will stain your clothes or sheets. Leave on for about 20 minutes or so then wash off or overnight just put something over your pillows! Pretty much works within a few days or day for me to reduce any blemishes!
3. Raspberry Jasmine Oil: I use after cleansing. Reduces redness and inflammation.
4. Organic Chlorophyll Mask: One of my favorite masks. Brightens my skin, purifies etc. I also add this into my baths at night for extra detoxification. (About 1 tbsp.)
5. Matcha Skin: I can't go anywhere without this. Use as chapstick and under my eyes for reduce "bags" or "sleepy eyes"
So, this might seem like a lot especially between the two different brands. If you are just starting out maybe stick with one or let's say you use a face wash every single day; chose one of their cleansers and start there. Or just with switching over to a mask first.
1. Franklin & Whitman Dry Shampoos: Smell amazing and they work really well. I tend to wash my hair every 3rd day and use this in between.
2. Aesop Shampoo.
1. Organic Skin Butter; Cocokind: Smells amazing and makes my skin super soft.
2. Herbivore Bath Salts: I love these! They have a "Calm" and a "Detox" one.
2a) I also buy a few brands at Whole Foods; they can help you out in choosing the best one! I usually ask them!
3. Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Soap; Herbivore. I love any of their products.
4. Hand Soap: Dr. Meyer's Clean Day. (I also use this brand for washing my dishes as well)
5. Coconut oil: Just regular coconut oil!
Many of the products that I have found above I have researched, found through different non-toxic/organic stores that are in my city such as Credo Beauty or have even asked Whole Foods. Then I have been able to order them at a cheaper price online.
I hardly wear make up and the only thing I truly wear is mascara, but the make up that I love and have recently discovered is Gressa. It is really light, delicate on my skin and feels as if I am wearing nothing.
I use their:
Unfortunately they do not make a non-toxic mascara, but Lily Lolo makes a good one!
My daily routine is much simpler than what this post actually entails.
I wash my face with warm water. Then use either the then the Raspberry Toner first and place the Raspberry Jasmine Oil on top of that. Or I will use the serum from Franklin & Whitman. If I have worked out that morning I will use one of their cleansers then continue with the serums and make sure I use the toner first.
Make up consists of eye liner from Gressa Skin & mascara. I try to not wear any make up and I have noticed that it makes a big difference in my skin; brighter, even complexion, less break outs, less red.
One tip: No make up when working out! I used to always forget to take my make up off and then I found out my pores were completely clogged. I would break out and my face would be uneven in tone. (Red, irritated, dry, inflamed). I also wash my face immediately after working out with water at the gym, even if it takes a few minutes to walk/drive home. I tend to stay away from any make up wipes.
A few times a week I will do use exfoliator (the amazing thing about the ones from the brands above; is that they are safe to do daily), a mask, then I will finish off with a serum. I also try and take an Epsom salt bath a few times a week (2-3x). The salt baths have helped soften my skin, reduced redness, brighten my complexion, and reduced inflammation in my body/skin. Any blemishes I will use the Turmeric stick from Cocokind and spray the Raspberry Toner on a cotton ball and use as spot treatment.
It is pretty minimal and I have found that less is more, but I thought it would be helpful to share the majority of the products that I have, even if I do not use them every single day. They are the ones that I love and found that work the best for my skin.
There is an app called "Think Dirty" that you can download on your phone. That will allow you to learn about potential toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. You can compare as you shop and you can even scan the barcodes of the products all while shopping for cleaner options.
Do you guys have any products that you love? I still haven't found any deodorants that I love! I would love to hear or hear what is keeping you from making the changes and switch over. Next, I am trying hard to switch my kitchen cleaning products. I have a few but making smaller changes in that department.