The Most Important Natural Beauty Swaps to Make in 2019
September 25th, 2019 by Akbar Mohammad
When it comes to using beauty products, the top priority should always be health. While looking great can make you feel great, using store-bought beauty products often comes at a cost. Beauty products aren’t well-regulated, leaving room for toxins, irritants, and chemicals to sneak through.
Start by making these important natural beauty swaps. Your body will look and feel better as a result.
Using body lotion can hydrate your skin and protect it from dryness and blemishes. However, many creams are packed with preservatives and perfumes that do more harm in the long run.
Instead of reaching for store-bought lotions, pick up some natural shea butter, and make your own. Blend shea butter with coconut oil and a few of your favorite essential oils for a natural beauty product that replaces chemical-ridden lotions and doubles as a nourishing shaving cream.
Let’s face it: most face masks that you buy on the store shelves aren’t doing much for your skin. Making your own can ensure that you’re getting the type you need for your unique requirements while protecting your health.
First, you’ll need to choose a face mask for your skin type. If you have dry or combination skin, focus on reintroducing hydration and vitamin E by using pure argan oil. If you have oily skin, create a clay-based mask to help absorb the excess oil and regulate sebum production. You can find powdered bentonite clay online to use for this purpose.
Swapping out your current deodorant for a natural brand is one of the most critical swaps you can make. Many consumer brands of deodorant have traces of heavy metals and toxins. When you apply this product to the armpits, you’re accessing lymph nodes and breast tissue, increasing the risk of breast cancer.
Make your own deodorant using baking soda, cornstarch, and shea butter. Alternatively, look for natural brands of deodorant that are paraben and fragrance-free, and take a close look at the ingredient labels.
Foundation and Powder
Everyone loves the coverage and smooth finish offered by the liquid foundation. However, using this product too often blocks your pores and leeches moisture from your skin. Yes, using a good primer can help offset the damage, but swapping for a natural version will benefit you in the long run.
Make your own foundation using shea butter, beeswax, zinc oxide, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. The first three ingredients nourish the skin and provide coverage and sun protection. The last two ingredients help you adjust to your skin tone.
Take this simple swap one step further by creating a custom, natural mineral powder. Use arrowroot powder, cinnamon, and a touch of mica for an oil-absorbing powder that adds a shimmery touch.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner have preservatives, irritants, and surfactants that can cause more harm to your hair than good. Look for a paraben and surfactant-free natural shampoo or make your own with apple cider vinegar and green tea. Nourish your locks with shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil for lasting results.
By making these simple natural beauty swaps, you’ll look and feel great for years to come. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well these natural alternatives work, and how much money and shelf space you save by making these changes.