Five Natural Beauty Swaps You Can Make Today
We spend a lot of time thinking about the products we put IN our body. But what about the products we put ON our body? Our skin absorbs just about everything we put on it, so if your lotion, makeup, sunscreen, etc. is filled with chemicals, they can actually be harmful to your health.
Luckily, there are so many natural foods and substances that can do the same job as your favorite store bought beauty products- if not better. Using natural products can end up saving you quite a bit of money, as well as helping you to become a conscious consumer. Be it getting the product in it’s original state, like coconut oil, or buying brands that utilize only clean ingredients, you won’t even miss your old beauty staples.
Below are our top five favorite natural beauty product swaps:
1. Lotion: Coconut Oil
You might have noticed people have become obsessed with this product- and with good reason. Coconut oil is good for just about everything. You can cook with it, it’s an amazing source of healthy fat, and you can use it for toothpaste. But above all else, it’s an incredible moisturizer. A little bit goes a long way, and as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, it can solve rashes and skin issues, or just plain old dry skin. It’s also been known to lighten scars and stretch marks. Bonus: If you saturate your hair in it for a few hours, or even over night, it makes an amazing hair mask. When choosing the right coconut oil, look for a fair trade one that’s unprocessed and unscented.
Runner Up: Shea Butter is a great alternative to coconut oil, especially if your skin is on the oily side or needs a thicker moisturizer. With similar anti-bacterial benefits, a natural SPF, and a powerful ability to soothe and heal skin conditions, it’s an all-purpose balm.
2. Toner: Rose Water
Not only does it smell amazing, but rose water offers a plethora of benefits. Great for after a workout, or in the summer heat, rose water is cooling and balances the PH of your skin. With powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it helps clean, heal, and smooth your skin. It’s known to tighten and tone skin, and as a bonus can be used for pesky skin and hair conditions like eczema and dandruff. The Heritage Store makes a great, easy to find one at a fair price.
Runner Up: Aloe Vera Gel has many of the same benefits that rose water has, and can do wonders for clearing up your skin, and treating dry skin. We recommend using a heavier moisturizer afterwards, to seal it on, like coconut oil.
3. Shampoo: Apple Cider Vinegar
Like all of these products, apple cider vinegar has numerous uses. With it’s PH balancing effects, it makes an excellent at home shampoo, and adds high shine to your hair. There are many DIY shampoo recipes you can try, but this product is one of the simpler ones. Dilute 1 Tbsp of ACV with one cup water, wash and rinse. Not crazy about the smell? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or tea tree oil.
Runner Up: There are loads of natural shampoo’s and conditioners in health food stores these days that don’t have harmful parabens and phthalates. If you don’t want to make your own, we recommend EO, The Seaweed Bath Co., and Alaffia.
4. Body Wash: Liquid Castile Soap
You can clean just about anything with liquid castile soap, and it’s easier to find than ever. Using this pure, chemical free soap will thoroughly clean your body without harming it. You can easily make it more nourishing by adding a few drops of your favorite oil, or up the health benefits and add a lovely aroma by picking out the right essential oil to mix in. If you don’t want to mix your own, Dr. Bronner’s is about as pure as you can get for a store bought product, and won’t break the bank.
Runner Up: Saavy Naturals is a vegan, natural beauty company that makes amazing, clean products and yummy body washes. Their mission is that everything they put in their products should be edible, not chemical.
If you had to choose just one beauty staple to swap out for a natural one, deodorant should be it. Conventional deodorants are laden with aluminum and cancer causing chemicals. It can seem daunting when choosing a natural deodorant because there are tons of choices, many of which aren’t very effective, and no one wants to smell bad. But with a little research, and trial and error, there’s a solution for everyone. It’s super simple to make your own using baking soda and essential oils. You can also get creative and make ones with coconut oil and shea butter for a more nourishing formula.