Natural Beauty: Transitioning My Routine
Recently I've come to the realization that while I've been paying more and more attention to what goes into my body and how it affects my health, I haven't been paying the same attention to what goes onto my body. Do I like it when natural products coincidentally end up a part of my beauty routine? Of course! But I've never gone out of my way to seek out more natural beauty products. Frankly, it only makes sense that I worry more about what is being absorbed through my skin. After all, there are all sorts of chemicals and preservatives mixed into my beloved products.
So the question is, how does one go about overhauling their whole routine? If you're on a budget, starting fresh is not exactly wallet friendly. And how can you find new products you like without spending a fortune? And how do I get over the fact that I already have quite a large collection of products I love that I'd hate to waste?
At the moment, I'm focusing on doing as much research as I can. The "natural" label can be a bit tricky and deceptive and I want to know exactly what I'm getting into. I also, weirdly, just love researching stuff. Anyway, for now I'm gathering all of the information I can about ingredients to avoid and what's unnecessary to be worried about. Luckily, there is a whole lot of information on the internet!
My plan at the moment is not to wipe the slate clean, but to transition slowly, replacing my current products with natural versions as I run out of them. This will not only be budget-friendly, but also give me a chance to use up what I already have. There are a few natural products I already own and love:
- Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap: This has been my body wash of choice for maybe 4 or 5 years now. I love that the giant bottles last forever and that in a pinch it can be used as shampoo, or even a general cleaner. I also have fun switching up which scent I buy, because really all of them smell amazing. Plus this is something that can be picked up at the drugstore or on Amazon, and isn't ridiculously expensive.
- Living Libations RoseGlow Serum: Packed with awesome ingredients like jojoba, seabuckthorn berry, rose otto, and more, this serum has been sadly mostly neglected by me since I purchased it. However, after a recent product-induced skin freakout, I've been using this as a nighttime moisturizer and it's made such a huge difference. My skin looks clearer and more radiant, and that's really all I can ask for out of a product.
- Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner: This is a classic, and with good reason. It's cheap and it works, and it's not too harsh on sensitive skin. Another great product that's easily accessible and not overpriced.
So three products under my belt, a whole lot more to go! Do you have any natural beauty favorites? Let me know in the comments!