If you are the type of person who wants to do some “self care” or just generally take care of yourself, you may be worried about the chemicals that you are putting into your body. Most of the body care products that we use have ingredients that you would never want in or on your body – so why are you still using them?
If you are looking for some easy switches, there are plenty of options out there. Here are just a few places to start:
If you want to clean your face (and who doesn’t) you have plenty of expensive options out there that say they are natural. But are they really? The best thing you can use is plain castille soap. It is a good, old-fashioned option that works on different skin types. You can also try oil cleansing and making your own sugar scrub out of coconut oil and sugar.
What’s great about your own facial cleaners is that you can make it with ingredients you probably already have.
Once again, castille soap is a great replacement here as well (I tend to buy it in bulk and use it for many parts of my beauty routine). You can also make your own body wash using coconut oil, castille soap, and your favorite oils scents.
Of course, there are some great natural body washes out there too. If you want something really sensitive, head over to the baby aisle because they have stricter requirements.
Have you ever read the ingredients on your lotion? You will be majorly grossed out. This is another use for coconut oil, if you like that feeling. I mix in some oil with my coconut oil – lavender before going to sleep, or a lemon scent to help keep me energized for the day.
I have stopped washing my hair so much, and the change in my hair has been fantastic. It is easier to manage and it has grown so much. You can get more natural shampoos at some of your favorite beauty stores or you can try washing your hair with baking soda and water. Pick some essential oils and mix in if you like a scent.
Now that switching to a different shampoo will require your hair to adjust, so be prepared for a few weeks of struggle.
This was my first big wake up call for natural products – I don’t know any commercial deodorants that don’t have some form of aluminum, and they do try to hide it. You can make your own deodorant or try one of the more “natural” brands.
Once again, this will be a transition. You want to avoid antiperspirants, but you will still sweat. Over time, your body will adjust to this change as well and you will start to sweat less.
Making the switch to any of these natural products is going to be difficult at first. Your body won’t really know how to react and you may feel a bit different. Your hair may change textures, your skin may go through a “rejection” phase or you may even want to switch back. The most important thing you can do is listen to your body and trust that it knows what is best for it.