You spend a lot of time thinking about what you put *in* your body, but equally important is what you put *on* your body. Your biggest organ (and for some reason the one that gets most often overlooked), is your skin! It absorbs both the good and the bad, nutrients and chemicals alike.
A rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t feed it to your skin! We use so many of these toxic products every day that changing our routine might seem daunting at first. As with most things, the first step is awareness. And now we’ve got that one covered, here are a few quick and easy tips to detoxify your skin care routine. (It’s all about baby steps, folks!)
1. Always read the ingredients.
The goal is to find products with the fewest toxic ingredients. Avoid brands with the following: Paraben, Phthalates, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate. These harmful chemicals have been shown to cause cancers or other damage, and they enter your bloodstream via your skin.
Note: You probably won’t see paraben on the label, but it might say something like methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. Don’t be fooled! These are ALL types of parabens and very harmful.
You can also check the Environmental Working Group's to cross reference your ingredients at home.
2. Make your own.
One sure way to know exactly what goes into your beauty products is to make them yourself! This also saves a bundle of money. You can find many great recipes for scrubs and cleansers using simple, real ingredients from your kitchen (such as lemon, olive oil, sugar…etc.) online.
Essential oils make great moisturizes for your face and body and can be found in health food stores. A great multi-purpose oil I love is coconut oil – I use it to cook, as a moisturizer (can work on your hair as well!), and you can use it to take off eye makeup. And it works as a diaper cream, too!
3. Re-think your need for chemicals!
There are many alternatives you can try instead of slathering your skin with chemicals. For example … Got cellulite? A $10 dry brush is more effective than that $75 bottle of “cellulite reducing” lotion that doesn’t reduce anything but your bank account! Just dry brush for about 10 to 15 minutes daily. This stimulates circulation, tones skin, and you'll see the results almost immediately!
4. Replace the toxic stuff with natural stuff!
Unless you have an unlimited budget and a ton of time, make it simple. The next time you finish a product like a body lotion or shampoo, replace it with something organic and natural. Over a few months, most of your products will be replaced and nothing will have gone to waste, including your sanity! (One brand I like is Pangea Organics.)
5. Remember: You are what you eat!
People tend to focus on food as energy, but they forget that vitamins and minerals are vital to good health and long-lasting beauty. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, here are some key foods you can add to your diet to get you started.