Friday, September 30, 2016

Green Beauty Favorites

Being diagnosed with Lupus nearly 3 years ago changed my life forever in countless ways.  The first adjustment I made was to to switch my diet & make smarter choices to eat foods that would minimize inflammation & promote healing (read more here).  But I also began taking a much closer look at the chemicals I was exposed to every day through household cleaning products (I've switched exclusively to Norwex), skincare & beauty items.  When you start a journey like this, it can feel really overwhelming at first, so I chose to take it in small steps and change one thing at a time.  My philosophy is to cut down my exposure as much as possible in the areas where I can & to not stress over the rest. 

After months of trial & error, I am excited to share with you today some of the best green beauty products I've found. I am only featuring products that I have personally tested & feel confident recommending for you & your families. You can read my full reviews for each item below & please feel free to share in the comments if you've found something that you love & swear by - I'm still on the hunt for a natural deodorant that actually works!  Some of these are not 100% all-natural, so I recommend you read the labels closely & determine what you feel most comfortable with.  If I'm being honest, there are some anti-aging products that I use that aren't chemical-free, but they are so effective that I just can't give them up! 

I picked this up on a whim one day when I was searching for new hair products for my daughter.  I was so pleased with the results that I've repurchased them several times over - it gives hair a clean feel, natural shine & added bounce.  They also have volumizing & repairing products here and a line just for babies & kids here.

I won't lie & tell you this works as well as the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (which I am obsessed with), but if you are looking for a more natural option that will give you subtle definition, this certainly fits the bill.  I was surprised by the curl & volume it gave to my lashes and there was no smudging by the end of the day.

3)  Kiss My Face Pineapple Coconut Lip Balm
This is my absolute favorite chapstick - I buy it in bulk on Amazon to ensure I never run out.  The formula is so creamy & it actually penetrates the skin instead of simply sitting on the top layer + the scent makes me feel like I'm on a tropical vacation.  Other honorable mentions go to this peppermint chapstick & this fruity lip balm.

I love this for days when I'm going for a more minimal makeup look, but want to have just a little bit of color.  This isn't heavy or overly tacky and it gives lips a nice subtle flush - it also comes in four other pretty shades (here).  If you're looking for a better color payoff, this lipstick is a good one to try (Desire is my favorite).

Everything I've tried from this brand has been incredible - I was previously using a coffee scrub of theirs and switched over to this one instead because I was wanting a lighter scent.  It works well to exfoliate my skin without irritation and leaves it silky smooth right out of the shower.  Another great option is this firming body scrub or you can make your own at home using this recipe.

My skin personally responds so much better to sulfur than benzoyl peroxide (which causes peeling & redness). Sulfur is effective at drying up excess oil & it helps kill topical bacteria, which prevents acne from spreading.  If I feel a pimple coming on, I spread a light coating of this on top and let it set like a mask before bed.  By morning, it is noticeably smaller in size and, with continued use, it will usually disappear completely without aggravating the surrounding area.

7)  BeautyCounter Sea Salt Spray
I have naturally curly hair and try to avoid using the blowdryer as much as possible to minimize heat damage.  This spray is great to scrunch through my strands before air-drying to give it nice texture & body without feeling crunchy. Warning: a little goes a long way, so start small & apply more as needed.

8)  BeautyCounter SPF30 Sunscreen
We used this all summer long and I just had to buy another tube - it comes out a little runny at first (especially if it's been sitting in a hot car), but it blends in easily and doesn't give you that greasy-all-day feeling.  I also like that it has a nice clean scent and doesn't smell like traditional sunscreen lotions.

This seems like a random product to mention here, but since we are a family who loves to spend time outdoors, it's essential to have a good bug spray!  Most of the commercial brands contain really toxic, harmful ingredients so I was happy to discover that this one is just as effective without all the nasty chemicals.  This isn't a spray & go solution, though - once you spray it on, you'll want to rub it in really well for complete coverage.

If your skin gets really dry in the colder weather, this is the solution for you!  It feels a bit greasy when you first put it on, but after a few minutes, it will absorb into your skin & make it feel amazing.  SkinFix is another great affordable hand lotion that I used all through the winter last year & was really impressed with.

This is the first product I've tried from this brand & I've only been using it for a couple weeks, but so far I'm loving the results.  It doesn't strip the moisture from my skin, like other clay masks I've tried, so I end up with a radiant glow after each use.  I'm anxious to try out a few more items from this line to see how they stack up - if you've tried some of them, please let me know your thoughts!


No comments :