In a world where people are becoming more and more mindful of what they expose their body to, natural, chemical-free skincare is rising in the ranks.
When it comes to skincare, you’d be surprised at how many chemicals are hiding in your tubes and bottles.
Not all are bad, but some leave a lot to be desired.
You are wise to be mindful of what your skin is soaking up on a daily basis as you’ve only got one face, one body and one chance to treat your skin well!
If you’re making the move toward ditching chemicals in your skincare, here are 7 top tips to make it a little easier, and a little cheaper…
1. Go Homemade
Instead of paying out the nose for expensive exfoliators and masks, look toward the kitchen instead.
Whole foods such as Mānuka honey, oatmeal and avocado are all great ingredients for treating the skin as they contain plant-based goodies to soothe, hydrate and cleanse the skin without a cocktail of chemicals as a chaser.
The reasons for using masks, toners, exfoliators and moisturizers are generally to cleanse, buff, moisturize and soothe the skin.
Well, you can reap all of these benefits by using a few of nature’s most powerful-yet-gentle ingredients such as…
Mānuka honey has antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and fight against acne.
Add to avocado and oats for a soothing, healing and hydrating scrub or mask.
You can also use Mānuka honey mixed with something gently abrasive (such as sugar or oats) and use as a lip scrub.
Yummy and practical!
Oatmeal is a fantastic anti-inflammatory ingredient which gently exfoliates and adds moisture to the skin.
Add oatmeal to your homemade mask to soothe dry or itchy skin.
This one’s a Kardashian favorite for flawless skin!
Avocado is an oily fruit which has anti-inflammatory, nourishing properties thanks to the fatty acids and vitamins it contains.
Mash an avocado (if you can spare it!) and combine with oils (such as rosehip) and honey.
Apply to the face as a mask after you cleanse.
Yogurt contains lactic acid which is great at very gently removing dead skin.
Combine yogurt with oats and honey to create a gentle exfoliating mask with softening and anti-bacterial properties.
2. Opt for Oils
Natural, 100% oils such as rosehip and argan are great for adding moisture to the skin without adding a cocktail of weird, unpronounceable ingredients.
Going straight to the source and using pure oil is a great way to replenish, hydrate and nourish the skin with key vitamins and minerals.
Not all oils are great for the skin, but non-comedogenic, gentle oils such as rosehip, tea tree, argan and jojoba are all commonly used in skincare.
Use oils as eye cream or over the entire face at night for an enriching base for your chemical-free night cream.
This golden oil is filled with amazing fatty acids which help to seal moisture into dry skin.
You’ll also find vitamins A and C in rosehip oil, which have amazing skin benefits such as encouraging collagen production to keep your skin glowing and supple.
Rosehip oil is also fantastic for fading and reducing acne scarring and discoloration.
Tea tree oil:
For breakouts and bouts of acne, tea tree oil is a fabulous remedy.
Instead of reaching for chemical-laden, drying products, go for the 100% natural power of tea tree.
Dilute tea tree oil with water and dab onto breakouts to gently dry them out and kill any lingering bacteria. Beware…the smell is strong!
A great source of vitamin E and fatty acids in a completely non-greasy oil which has healing and nourishing properties.
Argan oil is also great for the hair as well as the skin.
3. Find a Chemical-free SPF
No skincare routine should exclude sun protection.
Suncare is absolutely crucial for not only our youthfulness and beauty, but for our overall health.
Alas, many sunscreens are packed with chemicals we’d prefer not to slather onto our skin.
Chemicals such as benzophenone and octinoxate are very commonly used in sunscreens and you’re wise to avoid them.
So, what’s the alternative?
Look for sunscreens which are mineral based, as opposed to chemical based.
4. Purge and Simplify
Just like embarking on a particular diet which excludes certain foods, your chemical-free skincare routine calls for a good old cupboard clear-out.
Go through your skincare collection and get rid of anything questionable. Look for products with strong fragrances, parabens and phthalates in the ingredients list and toss them.
If they’re still pretty new and you’d rather not waste them, you could always donate them to various organizations which welcome beauty products.
Once you have purged your skincare collection, you can start to build it up again…but mindfully.
Don’t add another product until you’re sure of the ingredients and whether or not that “natural” label on it is actually valid…as it doesn’t always indicate clean skincare.
Check out the ingredients list and do a thorough Google search to find the nitty gritty about each product you consider.
Choose a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. You can supplement them with oils and homemade scrubs.
You’ll not only save your skin but you’ll save money in the long run too.
Having a few select items which work for you and which you can repurchase will save you from buying new products regularly.
What’s more, the longer you use a particular skincare product the more your skin benefits from the ingredients.
Try to find a 3-step set from a reputable, natural brand as the ingredients will be designed to work together for the best results.
5. Nourish from the Inside Out
One of the very best ways to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin is to nourish it from the inside out.
Your diet is very influential on your skin, which you can use to your advantage.
Ever had a phase of stress, bad food, too much indulgence and not enough nutrition, only to find your skin dull, irritated and blemished?
I hear you!
The flipside of this is that a diet full of healthy fats, fresh veggies, hydration and limited processed foods will do wonders for your skin.
If your skin is nourished and healthy from the inside, your need for products and treatments will truly decline.
A healthy, active and nutritious lifestyle and diet will reflect in clear, bright, youthful skin.
From there, all you need to do is maintain your great skin with an SPF and a few natural products to help cleanse, moisturize and nourish.
Add these foods to your daily skin-loving diet…
Add oils such as flaxseed, safflower and extra virgin olive oil to your diet as they provide incredible doses of omega fatty acids.
These oils moisturize the cells and can even help to unclog pores and balance out oil production.
Add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your daily smoothie and you will see and feel a difference in your skin reasonably quickly.
It will come as no surprise to you that sufficient hydration is crucial for healthy skin.
Water plumps the skin (which is mostly made up of water!), and even helps it to get rid of toxins.
Bright, fresh veggies:
Fresh veggies in a rainbow of colors (especially green!) are fantastic for the skin. They provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and hydration which our skin needs in order to repair, thrive and glow. Choose fresh veggies over processed foods whenever you can and you’ll be surprised at the changes to your skin.
Nuts and seeds:
Nuts and seeds are great for the skin because of their high fat content and vitamins such as C, E and A. Choose nuts and seeds to snack on as opposed to sugary or starchy foods which can cause inflammation and redness.
Iinstead of a sugar-laden coffee or juice to pick you up in the afternoon, go for green tea which is popular for those coveted high levels of antioxidants. Green tea is a great source of micronutrients called polyphenols which support the skin against aging and cell damage.
6. Physically Exfoliate
Exfoliating is really important for fresh, healthy, clean skin.
But you don’t actually need to lather up an expensive chemical exfoliant to get the results.
You can use a flannel or very gentle exfoliating cloth to remove dead skin instead.
When you are cleansing your face, use your face cloth to rub small circles around the entire face.
Your cleanser or cleansing oil will help the dead skin to lift away.
Afterward, use your yogurt and honey mask to further exfoliate the skin (with lactic acid, remember!) while replacing moisture and antibacterial assistance.
…fresh, glowing skin without a chemical-filled exfoliant in sight.
7. Ask the Experts
Reputable beauty salons with qualified beauty therapists hold the best first-hand knowledge regarding skincare.
Find a local beauty salon in your region which champions natural, chemical-free skincare and check out their range of products.
The beauty experts can look at your skin in person and recommend the best chemical-free products to suit your particular skin type.
Keeping chemicals out of your skincare routine is easier than you think once you start to look toward creative methods.
Using natural, whole foods such as Mānuka honey and oats is a fantastic way to harness the best plant-based ingredients.
Find some time to really get deep into research about which chemicals to avoid and which are skin-friendly. From there, find brands which fit your expectations and your desired list of ingredients.
If you can, ask for samples to try out to find the very best skincare routine for you.
And once you find it…stick to it.
And of course, never neglect that crucial sun protection, but opt for mineral, zinc-based sunscreens.