In case you haven’t heard, ingredients in skincare products can be just as detrimental to your health (and less regulated than) ingredients in processed food.
It’s no big deal if you only use a little moisturizer once a week.
But most women use 10-20 products every single day containing endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Before you get discouraged or start spending a fortune on so-called “natural” products, I’m going to share my own regimen and top product picks after 10 years in the holistic health industry.
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I know it sounds “out there” but I swear by the oil cleansing method, which you can read more about here. The only ingredients you need are your chosen oils. I use castor oil, avocado oil and argan oil.
Not up for that? My top product pick is Annmarie Gianni’s Aloe Herb Cleanser. The ingredient list is clean and the product smells wonderful and works beautifully.
I recommend a facial oil. You only need a few drops. I use either straight argan oil or Annmarie Gianni’s Herbal Facial Oil.
I often use straight sesame oil out of a glass pump bottle, or straight coconut oil. Remember, when it comes to oil, a little goes a long way. It will absorb quickly into your skin but just wait a moment before getting dressed.
For a more luxurious experience, try Annmarie Gianni’s Coconut Body Oil.
About a year ago I noticed creases in my face that had never been there before. It was just looking…blah. So I started using Annmarie Gianni’s Wild Fruit Serum. After a week or so, my husband told me (unprompted) that my skin was glowing. He was right.
Though I rarely wear makeup, Vapour organic makeup is my go-to. I love their eyeliner, cheek sticks and lip gloss. They also have a fabulous Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector liquid. Try a sample!
Shampoo and conditioner
I’ve been using Shikai brand shampoo and conditioner for years. If you buy it by the gallon, you get a great price. Recently I’ve been introduced to Innersense, a more upscale, organic brand that is just awesome.
I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I started making my own deodorant. It only requires 3 ingredients and has received rave reviews by many who have tried it. Get the details here.
In my lifetime, we (collectively, as a culture) have gone from slathering on baby oil to slathering on SPF. And yet in that same period of time, melanoma rates have doubled. (source) So I think we might be missing the mark. Most sunscreens are full of chemicals I’d rather not absorb into my body. And the natural ones don’t always work. Instead, I wear a hat, avoid mid-day sun and stay in the shade. Zero chemicals. Always works. It’s pretty simple, but use your own best judgement.
But what’s made the biggest difference?
Food. The food I eat has made a huge difference in the quality of my skin. I no longer worry about a shiny, oily complexion or constant breakouts. I no longer carry a powder compact around in my purse for hourly reapplication. I fact, I rarely wear makeup at all. Skin products matter, but the health of your skin truly starts on the inside.