So, I wanted to share my skincare routine and story with you, what products I use now and why I decided to switch to non-toxic products. As a disclaimer, this is what works for me and just because it works for me does not mean it will work for you. If you are thinking of switching to non-toxic products I am happy to try and help make suggestions, just send me an email or message me on Instagram. There is also tons of resources online to help you transition! I will also link all the products I currently use in this post so you can have a look!
Over the last couple of years I have learned about the harmful effects of generic skincare products. They are filled with chemicals and preservatives. Among a number of issues the two main ones are that they are endocrine disruptors (basically they screw with your hormones) and can have carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects. The skin is the bodies biggest organ and everything that goes onto the skin gets absorbed into the body. These are chemicals we would never think to put in our mouth, yet one it comes to applying them externally we don’t even think twice. Just as you read food labels in the grocery store it is important to read the labels on your skincare products. I understand how difficult the transition to non-toxic products can be since it can be costly but making small changes through time and as you run out of products is a great place to start.
Here are some ingredients to look out for:
6. Colouring (for example blue lake)
8. Silicones (usually ends in cone)
Growing up I never had bad skin or terrible acne. I would get one bad pimple here or there but nothing crazy. My bigger issue was dry skin. I had horrible eczema on my eyelids, to the point that they would bleed. I would slather vaseline on my eyelids before bed and in the morning before I went to school. While the vaseline provided some relief it didn’t do anything to help get rid of the eczema. During high school my skin care routine was nothing special. I washed my face morning and night but was not loyal to any one product. I switched between Aveeno face wash, Cetaphil, and different clean and clear products. For moisturizer I used clean and clear for a couple of years and then switched to first aid beauty (which I purchased at Sephora). Again, these moisturizers soothed my dry skin but the second I stopped using them, or if I forgot to apply I got so dry and flaky.
Around grade 12 or first year university ( I can’t quite remember) I started getting texture all over my forehead that wouldn’t go away not matter what. So in addition to washing my face morning at night I went to the dermatologist and was prescribed Clindet wipes to use in the morning and Differn gel to apply before bed. My skin cleared up immediately! At one point, while I was at university, probably a year or two after I started using these products, I didn’t have time to fill my prescription. Within days all the texture re-appeared. At that point I kind of freaked out and realized these products were a short term fix and my skin was addicted to them. I started doing some research and found that coconut oil was supposed to help with acne and with dry skin so I decided to give it a try.
I still used my generic face wash but used coconut oil as my moisturizer. My eczema slowly started to dissipate but I still had the texture on my forehead. I did a little more research and found that tea tree oil was supposed to help clear up pimples. So I began to use tea tree oil as a toner after washing my face but before applying the coconut oil as moisturizer. Once I was using these products I wanted to find a natural face wash. I randomly stumbled upon Dr. Bronners castor oil soap and decided to give it a try. I loved it right away. It wasn’t drying on my skin and I loved the smell.
A few years ago I went to a facialist and told her the products I was using and how I wanted to keep everything natural. She made some suggestions which I went out and purchased following the facial. My routine has not changed much since I saw this facialist and is as follows on a day to day basis:
Morning AND Night in this order
- Wash my face with Dr. Bronners Castor Soap
- Witch Hazel on a cotton pad as toner
- Tea Tree oil as needed (only when I have break out I apply as spot treatment)
- 3 drops Jojoba oil, 2 drops Tamanu Oil, 2 Drops Seabuckthorn Oil, 2 Drops Boaob Oil mixed together in the palm of my hand and applied to my face and neck
I use exfoliating scrub 1-3 times per week, usually in the shower. If my skin is feeling a little dry or dull I will apply either coconut oil or over top of the oils I apply to seal them in place. My eczema is completely gone and the oils do not cause me to break out. I feel good knowing that all the products I use are non-toxic and completely natural. The Dr. Bronners soap and egyptian magic are the only products I use that have more than one ingredients, none of which are harmful.
If you want a more in depth post on some of these oils let me know! I would also love to know which skincare products you are using!