An Insiders Guide to Switching to Natural Cosmetics

Change takes time and that is certainly the case when it comes to tossing the toxic beauty products you are using.

The payoff is big, not only will you look and feel better, you are also helping to heal mother nature.

It took me years to transition fully to an eco-friendly beauty routine and today I am sharing my top tips with you.

Transition slowly!

Don’t throw everything out all at once, not only will this effect your pocket book, it will also affect your skin and not in a good way. Our bodies get really dependent on these toxins and when you cut them out cold turkey it’s like a major WTF moment. Think breakouts, redness and more. If you have a favourite face wash that you use every day, try to use it every other day instead, weaning yourself off slowly. Then move onto body washes and lotions then onto shampoo & conditioner, then deodorant, makeup etc. Once you start this process, it only gets easier and easier.

Make healthier choices as you run out!

This is the easiest way to transition. You’ll find that you’ll run out of shampoo, deodorant, face/body wash, daily moisturizers, and sunscreens quicker than anything else. And that’s a good thing because these products have the biggest impact on our overall body burden

 

Try before you buy!

Most companies offer travel and sample sizes and this is the best way for you to find out if you like the products and if they are effective for your skin type. It also lets you know if you are prone to some kind of reaction.

Keep it simple!

And ask yourself, do you really need a product for every body part? The average women use between 9 and 16 personal care products every single day and if you are using conventional ones, that means you are putting hundreds of toxic chemicals on your body each time. If you simplify your beauty routine you only need a handful of products that work for you. 

Natural Skincare products

Reactions can happen!

It doesn’t mean if a product is natural and organic that you can’t or won’t have a reaction to it. It’s not common but it does happen, so trying before buying is key to a successful transition.

Be an educated consumer!

Today, there is NO excuse. There are so many resources that can empower you to facilitate change. Web sites such as www.ewg.org, www.davidsuzuki.org, environmentaldefence.ca, www.goodguide.com and of course right here on my website too.

Understand Labels!

Words like “natural”, “organic” and “clean” mean absolutely NOTHING. That’s right, a company can claim just about anything on packing and marketing materials. My guide on “How to know if your skincare products are actually toxic free” will help.

 Natural Cosmetics on a table

Get to know your ingredients!

You don’t have to be a scientist, there’s a ton of info here on The Eco Hub to help. My Smart Swaps series breaks it down for you. Take a look at Family Essentials, Home Essentials and Beauty Essentials.  

Conclusion: If you are thinking of making the switch to non-toxic beauty products then this post will help yu do just that. It’s important to keep in mind that changes takes time, you want to transition slowly, you want to try before you buy and really get to know your ingredients.  Have you made the switch yet? What are you finding most challenging? I’d love to hear from you, post in the comments below.

Candice

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. She has a dual educational background in environmental studies and journalism. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

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