Beauty Products I love

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P1150875 A few of you have got in touch recently to ask about changing up your beauty products. Over the last 2 years, I have completely revamped my bathroom shelf with some amazing products to replace all the old, chemical filled toiletries that I used to use. We all know that the chemicals in our food can have a negative impact on our help, and lots of us do the best we can to minimise our exposure to these by eating fresh, whole foods and buying organic where possible. However, so many people are still using mainstream toiletries and cosmetics which are filled with harmful substances. As it is thought that about 60% of what we put on our skin goes straight to our bloodstream, it is an oversight that seems silly when we make such an effort in the kitchen.

The trouble is, its incredibly hard to know what to choose, especially as packaging on products make all sorts of claims that make choosing one that is actually good for you a bit of a minefield! It can be really overwhelming trying to be perfect so I wanted to share a few tips that might help you narrow things down a little. A short ingredient list is usually a good thing but with so many confusing names, it is hard to make out which ingredients are good and bad. The following things are the top things to avoid if possible:

1. Parabens

2. Formaldehyde (which is also found in the following)

  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium 15
  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea

3. Phthalates

3. 1,4-dioxane (not necessarily listed on ingredients list)

5. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA)

6. Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea

7. Fragrance

8. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium laureth sulphate

9. Nanoparticles

This list isn't exhaustive but it is a good place to start! If that is all still far too complicated, I've been fortunate to try a lot of different products over the last couple of years and have found my firm favourites for sure.

There is a wonderful brand called Pai Skincare who make all sorts of cosmetics that are very kind to your skin and made with good quality, natural ingredients. I really love all of their products and regularly use their cleanser, facial exfoliator, body moisturiser, hand cream and lip balm. Note that these links are the for the products that suit my skin type - it is worth browsing their site to find the one for your skin type before buying!

Skin + Tonic make some great products too. Currently I am loving their Rose Mist which makes a great toner, or cooling spray for when you get out the shower post-workout and still feel a little red faced! Their Calm Balm is great too for moments of stress. These products have just four or 5 ingredients and really are so gentle and nourishing on your skin.

For showering, I really love Faith in Nature. I find that their shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair looking voluminous and soft and their shower gel is great too. I love the coconut one - it just smells so good! I also love my Frank body scrub which is a coffee exfoliator that leaves my skin feeling so good. You can also make your own using this beauty recipe I posted a few weeks ago.

Coconut oil is amazing all round as a make up remover, moisturiser and hair mask. Any raw virgin coconut oil is great although I love the pretty packaging of Sister & Co so I tend to buy that one for beauty! They make small pots too which are great for travelling with.

I hope that helps a little. Please do not feel like you have to go out and spend a fortune on new products, just think about slowly making small changes as your current toiletries run out and gradually switch to kinder, chemical-free products that are good for your skin and your body!

BeautyAnnie Clarke