Between cosmetics, perfumes, personal care products and feminine hygiene products, women apply an average of 168 chemicals in the form of deodorant, shampoo, makeup and more to their faces and bodies every day.
The thought of switching to natural skin care and beauty products might be overwhelming but I’m here to help you transition to safer cosmetics!
Before we discuss how to best use natural skin care, let’s take a look at the items that could be hiding harmful chemicals
- Styling products
- Hand Soap
- Shaving Cream
- Makeup Remover
- Nail Polish
- Nail Polish Remover
- Sanitary items
- Eye Cream
- Face Mask
- Body Wash
- Body Lotion
- Self-tanning products
And last but not least…
- Brow products
- Blush & Bronzer
- Lip Gloss
- Lip Stick
- Lip Balm
Are you surprised? Or maybe shocked even?
Follow these tips to help make the transition to natural skin care as smooth as possible
Step 1. Replace the products as you go
You can replace one toxic product or product group as listed above at the time, so don’t stress over having to find all new products at once. Just bear in mind, most effective skincare ranges are designed to work synergistically, and you should stick to one complete range at a time.
Using bits and pieces from different ranges may have an adverse effect on your skin as getting the balance of active ingredients just right will give you maximum benefits and results.
Step 2. Allow time for the new products to work
People think, ‘Oh, this isn’t working – I’ll try this instead’, but it’s not a good approach for a healthy glow.
You might see a few breakouts during your first three to four weeks of using natural products. This is normal and happens because natural ingredients encourage the elimination of toxins that have been accumulating in your skin from your old synthetic skin care products.
You may have developed skin problems from years of overusing synthetic products or from following a poor skin care regime. Wrinkles, dry and inflamed skin and other conditions do not develop overnight.
It takes at least 30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of the skin and to see true results. So patience and consistency is the key.
The good news is some may not even experience any breakouts.
Everyone’s skin is different so it’s really hard to tell how your skin will react.
Step 3. Practise consistency
When you purchase natural skin care products, it is important to use them regularly in order to reap maximum benefits. Neglecting to do this will mean you will not be able to tell whether the products are working effectively and may even increase the length of time it takes for you to see results.
Continually replacing one seemingly ‘ineffective’ product for another can create long-term issues. Think of it like working out – exercising for just one day isn’t going to get you into tip-top shape.
Plus, stopping and starting different skin-care regimens doesn’t let you figure out if the products really work or not.
People start to see problems like redness or breakouts and think the product is not right for them. What’s happening is you’re seeing abnormal cells being pushed out by healthier cells, which might not look like what you were hoping for.
Nature did not intend for you to rush things.
Step 4. Routine, routine, routine
A daily skincare regime is key to getting you out of a skincare rut and back on track.
I highly recommend following the below mentioned steps twice daily.
- Cleanse to remove oil, dirt, and makeup from your skin. Try using a cleanser with Activated Charcoal for a deep cleanse. It draws out dirt, oil, and daily build-up of impurities from your skin and also helps to clear congestion around chin and jaw areas.
- Tone to tighten your skin and refine pores. Toner prepares your skin for the absorption of serums and creams, reduces inflammation and to helps regulate oil production and secretion.
- Moisturise in the morning to restore and maintain a healthy glow. Moisturiser helps to preserve your skins’ moisture. Your skin rejuvenates while you sleep, so apply a moisturiser at night to feed your skin with extra nutrients and to add back moisture that has been stripped from the skin by the elements such as sun and wind during the day.
You can use the same moisturiser at night as long as it doesn’t contain any SPF.
There you have it. And remember, patience and consistency in combination with a basic routine is the key to a smooth transition to natural skin care.
Leave a comment and let us know how you went with making the switch to natural skin care.
About the author
Mel Driver is the founder and owner of Embalm Skincare, a multi-award winning skincare range that’s been specifically designed to help women to restore and maintain their healthy glow.
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