Cleaning it Up in 2019: Skincare

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Over the last several years, I’ve started switching over to non-toxic skincare, makeup, and cleaning products. As important as it is to reduce chemicals and toxins that come into our bodies through our food, it’s also important to reduce the toxins coming into our bodies every day from our common household items, whether it be shampoo or laundry detergent. I love skincare and have experimented with a LOT of products, so I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorites. And I always love trying new things, so if you have any non-toxic products that you love, please share! I’ll do a separate post on my favorite cleaning products soon!

Why is it important to switch to non-toxic skincare products?

The beauty industry in the United States is frighteningly unregulated (the last piece of legislation was passed in 1938!) The European Union has banned 1400 ingredients from their skincare products, while here in the US, only 30 ingredients are partially banned. You can read more about legislation related to personal care products, or lack thereof, in this recent New York Times article. In the US, personal care products often contain ingredients like formaldehyde, lead (in most lipsticks!), parabens, phthalates, asbestos, and synthetic fragrance. These ingredients have been linked to health conditions that range from allergies and skin irritation to hormone disruption and cancer. The good news is that there is currently a proposed bill that if passed into law, will give the FDA more power to regulate the beauty industry. The other good news is that there are a lot of safer products in the marketplace now that actually work! I like knowing that when my daughter gets into my makeup (pretty much daily), or uses my shampoo, she is not coming into contact with any chemicals or toxins that could be harmful to her. If you are curious about the products you are already using, you can check their safety rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database or app. Here are some of my favorites!

  1. Natural deodorant that actually works is hard to come by, and is probably different for everyone. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to detox from the aluminum found in most deodorants/anti-perspirants, so you have to be patient when making the switch. The two that have worked the best for me are Native and Ursa Major.

  2. For cleansers, Beautycounter cleansing balm is my holy grail product. It is hydrating, gentle, takes off eye makeup, and has multiple uses — you can leave it on overnight as a mask, put it over makeup for a dewy glow, and even tame flyaway hair with it. I also love Ursa Major and Osea, and these handy wipes are great for travel or the gym.

  3. For skin treatments, this overnight peel is AMAZING, and this Cocokind serum works well and is very inexpensive (also available at Whole Foods if you want to try a sample first!). If you like masks, this detoxifying charcoal mask is effective and safe (and fun!) for kids to do with you. This Tata Harper resurfacing mask is also a favorite of mine for smooth and glowy skin.

  4. For moisturizer, some of my favorites are Beautycounter Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream, Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, and Ursa Major Recovery Cream. I mix my moisturizer with a few drops of this Vitamin C face oil, which makes it look like I am actually well-rested and properly hydrated, which I rarely am.

  5. For eyes, I am always looking for a miracle product that will make me look awake, so send any recs my way! My go-tos are Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream and these Grace & Stella de-puffing eye patches.

  6. Osea Anti-Aging Balm is the most hydrating, yummiest smelling moisturizer I have found, and it’s one of the products I use the most. For dry skin/eczema, which my daughter has, we use Beautycounter Baby Balm and Cocokind Baby Moisture Stick.

  7. When it comes to makeup, I love Beautycounter Tinted Moisturizer layered with this for SPF and luminizer, RMS concealer, W3ll PEOPLE mascara, RMS or Beautycounter eyeliner, and Beautycounter eyeshadow, lip gloss, brow pencil, brow gel, and blush. I am also have to mention these Cocokind highlighter sticks and moisturizing sticks because I use them constantly throughout the day.

  8. For shampoo, I think what works is different for everyone, but my daughter and I use Beautycounter Volume & Shape Shampoo, Evolve, or Acure (cheap, smells amazing, and is available at Whole Foods). When my kids were younger, we loved the Beautycounter kids’ line. My friend also recommended this Babo Swim & Sport shampoo and conditioner for after the pool! For soap, we usually just use Dr. Bronner’s.

  9. Last, but most important, is sunscreen. Most sunscreens on the market contain chemicals that are harmful for both our bodies and the environment. Mineral sunscreens are much safer than chemical sunscreens, and you can read more about the difference here. My favorite mineral sunscreens are Beautycounter and Josh Rosebrook and For my kids, I use ThinkSport or Beautycounter.

Hope this is helpful to you — please share some of your favorites!

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