In an age when everything is overly processed and overproduced, how are you supposed to treat your body well and enjoy a beautifying routine? Every day there’s a new trend taking off that will solve all our beauty quandaries, but are we really just slathering ourselves in chemicals? Take queues from Hollywood sweetheart Jessica Alba and stave off the potent chemicals to look and feel fresher!
#1 If You Can’t Pronounce It, Chuck It
Start off your move into a natural beauty and self care regime by doing a spring clean of all your current products. A good way to see if it should make the cut into your natural regime is by checking how many unrecognizable ingredients does it have listed. If there’s lots of unknown nasties, bin it!
#2 Do Your Research
Next, you should never dive into a new lifestyle without researching it a lot. Don’t be swayed by clever celebrity marketing, pretty packaging or gimmick products. Always venture into something with awareness and the knowledge that not everything under one umbrella will suit you. Keep in mind what you need specifically.
#3 Not All Natural Items Are Regulated as Closely
Another important thing to keep in mind when opting for natural products is that in general they aren’t as closely regulated as others. This is partially as they don’t have potentially strong, reactive chemicals in them, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t react badly or be too harsh for individuals. Always patch test and start off with exfoliants and build up to stronger ingredients slowly.
#4 What Are Your Hair and Skin Types?
Again, not all natural products are created the same, nor for the same type of person. We all have different needs and ‘natural’ is a broad term, so you should still look for products that are targeted at your skin and hair types.
#5 Find an Oil-Free SPF
You never see Jessica Alba looking shiny when in sunny locations, due to oil-free SPF. Being oil-free and chemical-free means this type of sunscreen won’t irritate the skin, even the most sensitive ones. It may sound worrying to opt for a natural SPF if you’re not so familiar with them, as you want to ensure you’re protected, but these are actually very common. You may already be using one! Check out the La Roche Posay Anthelios Comfort Cream SPF50+ (€20) or the Eau Thermale Avène Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ (€16.45).
#6 DIY Skincare Treatments
Making a move to a more natural regime means experimenting more with DIY treatments too! Your skin can benefit greatly from ingredients like avocado, banana and honey for moisturizing and calming. In small amounts lemon juice can help reduce scarring and pigmentation.
#7 DIY Hair Treatments
Similarly, the hair cells are penetrated and treated in the same way your skin is, so making an at-home masks that use honey, banana, avocado, eggs or oils such as coconut, jojoba and olive oil are just a few ways to get hydrating, silky locks without spending too much or adding in long term damaging ingredients.
#8 Brands To Look Into
If you’re unsure of which brands to delve into, begin with trustworthy names such as Aurelia, Aloree, Burt’s Bees, Drunk Elephant, Josie Maran, RMS Beauty, True Botanicals and Weleda. Though these and others may be more expensive than non-natural brands, the market is still growing so more affordable options are coming.
#9 Treat Acne Naturally Too
It can be tempting to turn to harsh, chemical-laden products when our skin is breaking out. We want a quick & easy fix that we can feel sizzle the spots away, yet natural skincare provides one of the best acne treatments. It may be pricey but the Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic (€83.27) does what it says on the tin and lasts forever. Apply only on blemishes or problem areas!
#10 Regular Beauty Product Detox
If you’re finding it impossible to go fully natural, try do regular product detoxes where you only use natural for bursts of time. This will give your skin, hair and body a well deserved break!
#11 Be Free of the Harmful Ingredients
If you want to cut out the most harmful ingredients first, things to look out for that will make the biggest difference are parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO or PEGs!
#12 Is it Animal Tested?
Natural and free from animal testing often go hand in hand…but not always! So if this is also something you wish to change in your routine, check the litany of products at hand before continuing on your merry way.
#13 Smell Like a Rose
Use rose products for everything… Everything! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, rose is a miracle skin product in every available pure formula, from water to oil. Use rose water as your toner and rose oil as your moisturizer if you’re sensitive but want refreshed, younger-looking skin – sure don’t we all?
#14 Oil and Milk Hair Products
Milk is underrated as a moisturizing agent. It’s not something we think to apply topically, but it can actually really hydrate the ends of our hair and the skin on our bodies particularly. Using both oil and milk creates a power couple of natural moisturizing agents, and can be easily found in the kitchen.
#15 Opt for Gentle Toners
So many of us go with what is in trend when it comes to skincare, which often includes very harsh, drying and irritating toners. Back away now… Gentle toners will balance the skin without causing unwanted reactions. This Susanne Kaufmann Tonic Clarifying (€34) is ideal toner, having been brought to our attention by the skincare bible Into The Gloss. Although €34 it’s not ridiculously priced given the longevity of the bottle!
#16 Makeup Can Be Natural Too
RMS, Pacifica, Juice Beauty and Josie Maran are all excellent makeup brands that are all natural, so don’t limit your intake of natural goodness to just hair, body and skincare. You can be glam and natural too!
#17 Boost Your Natural Skincare with Facial Devices
In order to get the most of of your skincare and all those naturally derived ingredients they boast, try one of the most innovative devices on the market to stimulate the skin. The Clarisonic and Foreo devices are excellent for deep cleansing, while the NuFACE tones the skin and keeps wrinkles at bay.
#18 Eat Clean As Much as Possible
There’s no point in using all natural products if you’re going to have an unbalanced, unhealthy diet most days of the week. Try to eat clean for the majority of the week, indulging in things like dark chocolate when you need a treat.
#19 Lush Hair Henna
Most people with dyed hair worry about the damage it causes, drying out our locks and leaving them with split ends or parched frizzy strands. The Lush Hair Henna (€12.66) will leave a beautiful natural colour from root to tip while also conditioning it! Win-win!
#20 Natural Deodorant
Not only does Lush stock glorious natural hair dyes, it also has natural deodorants that will keep you fresh without compromising your wellbeing.