A year or two ago, if you were to look at my beauty cabinet, you’d have probably been dumbfounded by the overwhelming amount of chemical-filled products in there. Lotions and cleansers and self tanners and hair serums and deep conditioners and astringents… I could go on forever. You see, I’ve always been a lover of beauty products — I still am — but I haven’t always been such a huge advocate for natural beauty.
It just used to be something I never really thought about. I knew that what I was putting onto my skin and hair wasn’t necessarily good for me, but I kind of always assumed that I didn’t have any other option.
Boy was I wrong. After becoming a part of this lovely blog, I began exploring the world of natural beauty, and slowly it rose to become one of my top priorities. I’m still learning — and as I do, I alter my beauty routine ever so slightly. It’s all about constant progression… which brings me to my main focus: making the switch to a natural beauty routine.
Making the switch is something that every single person will do differently. Each one of us is unique. We have different bodies — and different wants & needs — so a product that works wonders on one of your friends may happen to not do anything for you. From my personal experience, though, what I can offer you is one main piece of knowledge I have acquired: The key to going natural is understanding that the process is going to take time.
Of course you can switch to an all-natural routine in one day. You can throw out every non-natural product you own and replace with the finest ingredients… but I don’t feel that this is the way to do it. It’s similar to the idea of going on a crash diet in order to prep yourself for an upcoming event — it might work short term, but you’re likely to soon go back to past ways. If you want to truly make a change to your lifestyle, do it slowly, one step at a time. This way, your body can get used to each change one by one, you can slowly learn how your body reacts to different products — and alter them until you find what works best for you, and the change won’t be such a shock to you overall.
Start by choosing one thing to switch — maybe you want to use natural oil to moisturize your skin instead of store-bought lotion. Try organic coconut oil for a bit. If you’re not into it after about a week, switch to vitamin E, and so forth, until you find what works for you. Once you’re comfortable with that, move on to switching out your perfume or your body wash. Step by step, little by little.
Always make sure to research. You want to be sure that the products you’re using are truly ok to be putting on your body, and you want to get an understanding of why certain products are producing the results they’re producing. The best part about this is that if natural beauty is something that really interests you, all of this research won’t even feel like research. For me, I always enjoy looking up which natural ingredients can be used for what purpose on the body. After months upon months of perusing the internet for this kind of information (just a little at a time), I’ve come to recognize which ingredients are most beneficial for the body, as well as the different ways to use them. It’s fun!
Once you get comfortable with your overall routine, you can start making tiny alterations to the products you’re using, tweaking ingredients here or there to get them to be exactly how you want. Suddenly you’ll find yourself concocting your own unique creations that are formulated just for you. Here are some general insights to help get you started on your natural journey!
For cleansing: Castile soap is great when you need a cleanser. I love Dr. Bronners, which can be diluted and used as a shampoo or a body wash (and plenty of other things, too)!
For exfoliating: Use a naturally abrasive substance like sugar or salt to create an exfoliating product like a lip or body scrub.
For moisturizing: Oils like coconut, avocado, jojoba, sweet almond, olive, and vitamin E are excellent moisturizers. Use them alone on skin or hair to smooth and hydrate, or as a base in homemade concoctions like body scrubs and hair masks.
For scenting: Essential oils are a natural way to add a beautiful scent to your beauty products. Experiment with different mixtures to find a blend that suits you. Try rose & sandalwood, lavender & eucalyptus, or lemon & ginger.
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