The transition to natural products started off slowly for me, but within the last year I replaced all my skincare with buys from natural brands I was excited to try. Not only was this because of my growing awareness of what toxic ingredients can go into some average products, such as SLS, parabens, synthetic colourants and fragrance, petroleum... and much more, but I was also at my wit's end and knew I had to make this change with my highly sensitive skin reacting everyday to what I was using. As I cut out the long list of unwanted ingredients I couldn't even pronounce and said goodbye to the brands I was so smitten with, I started to see changes. It wasn't immediate, but soon enough my skin was calming down. The redness settled, the rashes I could develop as a reaction to the harsh chemicals sneakily hidden in many of the products I would use prior, were now non-existant, and moreover these natural products actually began to do some good, making a difference to the texture and tone of my skin.
Now that I think about it, I feel pretty silly that I would save up £30 or more to buy a high end moisturiser, convinced it would solve all my skin woes, when that product in reality is filled with chemicals and fillers that just give a temporary feeling of smooth, plump skin, with damaging effects in the long-term. In complete contrast, the many wonderful brands out there I now buy from are filled and made with natural, potent extracts that are so incredibly rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. If you're looking for a starting place, well there are in fact hundreds of amazing companies, but my staples come from REN, Neal's Yard, Weleda, Balm Balm, Essential Care, Trevarno and Pure Thoughts. Sites I regularly buy from that stock a huge bunch of natural and organic brands are Love Lula, Naturisimo and Cutecosmetics.
So having said that, I have to admit that I have about 8/9 makeup items that are heavy on the chemicals and parabens sitting in my toiletry bag. This is simply because I don't get through makeup very quickly and have kept these around as I haven't finished them yet. I also don't react to makeup, like I did to the skincare I was using, and so I've really been more than lazy about taking these last few items out of my makeup bag and putting them in the trash. Today I thought was as good of a day as any to do that, and I'm already feeling better for it. Now comes the best part...where I get to browse around my favourite sites and buy shiny, new natural makeup items ;)
Where do you stand with natural skincare and makeup?
Would you ever consider replacing your products?