If you’re still on the fence about natural product switches for your wellness routine, then consider this: your body is your largest organ and it will absorb what you put on it. Wouldn’t you want that to be natural and free of chemicals like sulphates, parabens, phthalates and other nasty hormone-disruptors? That’s right; the majority of skincare and body products on the market are filled with synthetic garbage because it’s cheaper to manufacture.
There are more and more natural products popping up on the market with brands waking up to the consumers’ demands. Remember that each dollar you spend is a chance to cast a vote in this consumerist-driven world. By opting for natural product switches whenever possible, you can awaken the giant conglomerates to switch their ingredients for more natural ones. Or, in the best case scenario, helping handmade solutions and local businesses to flourish in the economy. So let’s dive into the best natural products for your head-to-toe body care regimen – that actually work!
Why does making this natural product switch matter? Most shampoos and conditioners work to simply coat your strands with chemicals to make your hair seem shiny. In reality, they don’t go to nourish the roots and actual strands of hair, making them more brittle and stripping away your natural oils. Which makes you need to wash your hair much more often, and who has time for that?
Natural products like BKIND that are handmade with care. Not only are BKIND products vegan, cruelty-free, but they’re also eco-friendly and beautifully packaged. This shampoo bar and conditioner duo is perfect minimalist living and for traveling light. Otherwise, they’re also available in liquid form and refillable at their locations! Mandarin and juniper berry essential oils are used to give your mane a fresh and fruity scent while meticulously moisturizing every lock.
Glowing skin from head to toe starts with your face, so best to make it truly shine! With the skin on your face being the most sensitive part of your body, you’ll want to take extra good care of it with a cleanser and cream that is seriously soothing. Using natural products in your skincare routine will help with acne, scarring and anti-aging because you won’t be fighting harsh chemicals on a daily basis.
For a 100% vegan and cruelty-free option, try Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream and Seriously Soothing Day Cream to get truly smooth results. It’s also free of mineral oils, petroleum, silicone and all the nasty things you don’t want to clog your precious pores.
Let’s not forget your lips! You’ll want to crack a smile, not have your skin cracking. (Sound familiar in the winter?) Besides adding shine, balm is really essential to keeping the skin on your lips moisturized. This is an obvious one why you’d want the most natural product, seeing as you’re literally ingesting what’s on your lips while you eat.
Enter the vegan lip balm by Meow Meow Tweet as a natural and eco-friendly option. You’ll love that the packaging is made with recycled cardboard and beautiful illustrations – no plastic here! Available in multiple flavours like this sweet orange and tangerine flavour; you’ll want to be licking your lips all day, guaranteed.
The good, the bad, the sweaty. Nothing shatters self-confidence like pit stains and body odour. It’s a part of the body that’s often overlooked due to its smelly nature, but one of the most important natural product switches of all. Your underarms are direct access to your lymph nodes, an integral part of your immune system that carries hormones throughout your body.
When transitioning, there is an adaptation period of a few weeks (depending on your body), but switching to natural deodorant doesn’t have to leave you feeling like a sweaty mess. First things first, you’ll need to help your pits detox. Start with a bentonite clay mask to extract the toxins and all of the junk that’s been absorbed over the years. Step two, apply Schmidt’s natural deodorant and feel confidently fresh throughout your day! Schmidt only uses ingredients that you can understand like baking soda, charcoal, shea butter and coconut oil. You’ll love their trendy scents like rose and black pepper, sage and vetiver, patchouli and hops, with fresh scents every season.
Body washes and body creams are huge culprits when it comes to toxins on our skin. Think of all the “fragrances”, aka chemicals, going into the water streams and polluting the water supply. Therefore needing even more chemicals to purify water in the end to make it clean again. It’s an endless loop of damage to our planet and fragile eco-system. By going natural, you’ll be casting a vote for protecting our planet, while keeping your body hydrated.
Sleeping in, day-dreaming, all play and no work; that is the feeling you get when you use Saturday Skin‘s heavenly body wash and body cream. It’s feeling like the weekend every day of the week: refreshed, happy and tickled pink. Their products are dermatologist tested, free of added colour and fragrance, and revitalize all skin types so you can have an effortless body care regimen. Used together with these self-care tips, you’ll have the perfect cocooning moment.
Of course, sunscreen is a big deal, but for more reasons than you might think. Yes, it will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, prevent wrinkles, and decrease risk of skin cancer. But, why go all natural? Well, since this is lathered all over your body, you don’t want something with harsh chemicals to block your pores. You’ll want a natural sunscreen that will allow your skin to breathe, like this 30 FPS sunscreen by Saje Natural Wellness.
Made with protective zinc oxide and a restorative blend of olive oil, carrot and sea buckthorn, not only is it good for your skin but also good for the planet. Many nasty chemicals found in regular sunscreen end up in the oceans and end up damaging the aquatic eco-system and endanger the coral reefs. By making a conscious decision in this natural product switch, your body and planet will thank you!
Getting out of the shower and moisturizing your entire body, but forgetting to lather your feet too. Does that sound like you? Many people let their feet dry up with a few pats on the bathroom rug and end up with severely cracked skin. Or they end up using products with harsh chemicals that strip away the natural oils of the epidermis.
Going natural is a game changer, especially when you accidentally rub feet with your partner in bed. (No one likes to be grazed in the middle of the night with dry and scabby toes!) You’ll need this foot peel mask by Grace & Stella to really get deep exfoliation and the smoothest heels. Their line is vegan and cruelty-free too so you can feel great about making a consciously made purchase.
Have you gotten started on natural product switches for your body care regimen? Which brands are you advocating for these days?
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