How I Cleaned Up My Beauty Routine

posted: 04/14/15
by: Katherine Martinko
How I Cleaned Up My Beauty Routine
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There was a time when I used to love going to the drugstore and hanging out in the skin care aisle. I’d look at all the attractive jars and bottles, admire their labels, and fill my basket with a variety of products. I always ended up spending more money than I’d planned. That was back when I bought into the whole idea that I needed to use an exfoliator, a facial wash, a toner, and a moisturizer every night in order to have good skin. I also bought body washes for the shower, shaving gels, foot creams, cuticle creams, body lotion, and countless types of shampoo and conditioner. My bathroom cabinet was like a candy store for grown up women and I loved it.

That was before I read a book called There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon, as well as Toxic Beauty by Samuel Epstein, both of which urged me to read the ingredients lists on products more closely. After learning about the awful things that went into most of my products, I decided it was time to clean up my beauty routine. Most of those beloved items got pitched into the trash and suddenly my cupboard was rather bare by comparison. I thought I’d gradually replace all of those items with natural versions, bought from the local health food store or ordered online, but I actually lost interest. My new beauty routine was quick and easy; my skin looked better than ever; and I was saving money.

Now I only rinse my face with water and my skin never feels tight and dry or in need of a facial moisturizer because it’s not getting stripped of natural oils. The only product I use in the shower is Dr. Bronner’s Pure Peppermint Castile Soap, and the whole family loves it, too -- even my husband. I wash my hair with Weleda’s Chamomile Baby Wash and Shampoo, which leaves it silky soft without conditioner. I still have a fully stocked makeup bag, most of which was ordered online from a natural supplier called Honey Bee Gardens. It was far easier to give up my addiction to skin care products than I’d expected and the results were also much better than I’d anticipated. I highly recommended that you check out the books I mentioned, or at least test your favourite products on the Skin Deep database to see how safe they are.