Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I am definitely not trying to become a fashion or beauty blogger. I am writing this post because I believe in nourishing your body, inside and out. I hope that some of these recommendations will come in useful to those who recognize the importance of detoxifying their skincare and beauty products!
Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? And that anything you put on the outside of your body is absorbed into your bloodstream? If you really let that sink in, you might start to panic about the fact that the drugstore lotion you cake onto your body every day has hundreds of unidentified chemicals, many of which are banned in other countries with more progressive regulations.
In an ideal world, I would not put anything on my body that I would not put in my body, but that can be a pretty tough rule to live by. More realistically, I try to look for products with a short list of ingredients that I can pronounce and/or products that are recommended by experts I trust.
One theme you will notice throughout this post is that there is one company that I absolutely adore and fully support: Beautycounter. I have been impressed by the company’s mission and commitment to make safer beauty products more accessible and mainstream, but I was initially hesitant to try their products because they are expensive.
Since placing my first order in July 2016, though, I have become totally addicted. I fully trust the quality of Beautycounter products, and I like that they are safer and less toxic but still look and feel every bit as wonderful as the traditional products I used to love. I know that Beautycounter products are not “nontoxic” or “safe” – rather, they are “less toxic” and “safer” – but I totally trust the company’s standards and love every one of the products I have tried.
I have experimented with tons of different natural skincare and beauty options, but lately I have settled on the following products/routine:
I am fortunate to have very low-maintenance skin so I am not claiming that this will work for everyone, but it definitely works for me. My skin is normal but prone to dryness (in case you are wondering if this routine will work for you). Of course, radiant skin starts with what you put in your body, but here is what I put on as well.
Morning and night, I wash my face with the Beautycounter charcoal bar, spray my face with toner (I love Beautycounter face mist and Primally Pure toners), and moisturize with the Beautycounter Countermatch collection. I also use my clarisonic once or twice a week in the shower to exfoliate and use the Beautycounter charcoal mask a few times a month to really clear my pores.
I use Doterra soap to wash my body; the bar’s ingredients are super clean, similar to this Kiss My Face soap which you could find at Whole Foods. After I shower and/or at night, I moisturize with Doterra spa body lotion or sesame oil. I also use Kiss My Face moisture shave to shave my legs and Primally Pure deodorant.
I naturally have very thin hair, so I was pretty devastated when I started to lose my hair due to autoimmune disease. The one natural shampoo and conditioner that slows my hair loss and makes my hair look and feel healthy and more vibrant is the Body Deli Living Hair set. I know this is expensive but it is seriously worth every single penny. If you struggle with hair loss, make the investment!
I can’t lie to you and say that I love makeup, but I do wear it almost every day and like to use products that make me feel beautiful. On most days, I simply use Beautycounter concealer under my eyes, curl my eyelashes, line the top of my eyelid with brown Beautycounter eyeliner, and put on a coat of Beautycounter mascara (quick note about this mascara: it is not volumizing like traditional mascaras, but it does make your lashes super long!).
Beautycounter also released a new makeup remover that I love. I use it at night to remove my mascara and eyeliner before cleansing.
And that’s it!
Like I said, my skincare/beauty routine is super simple and I do my best to make sure it is as safe as possible. If you are interested in trying any of the many Beautycounter products I mentioned in this post (or others!), send me a message or leave a comment.
I would love to know what you think of my safer skincare routine! Have you tried any of these products and loved them, too? Do you have any recommendations of products I haven’t tried yet?
Also, don’t forget to check my Instagram for regular Beautycounter offers and giveaways!