I’ve always been one of those people who has fairly robust skin. I could use any cheap crap from Bodycare and still maintain a respectable complexion. If I was feeling a bit flush, I might splurge on some Boots No 7 cleanser (only with a voucher, obvs!) but neither my budget nor my inclination has ever stretched to high end skin care. You know, the kind that comes in a glass jar, inside it’s own rather unnecessary cardboard box, and that you save for ‘best’ but then it goes past it’s use by date and you end up having to throw it away.
Almost two years ago, I went through a bit of a traumatic hormone period ( time wise, and actual mentrual period wise) and because it was battling with enough, I decided to be kind to my body and I switched to using coconut oil for pretty much everything, for a few months. As my body settled down I gradually re introduced my usual go-to products, without much thought. More recently, however, I’ve become more and more aware of the ingredients that are in those products and I’ve tried to wean myself off them and on to more gentle, friendly ones. There’s a good reference guide of what ingredients to look out for here but if you don’t have time to go trawling through labels, here are a few things I would recommend. Crucially, they’re all more or less affordable and if you’re on an even tighter budget, you can always just switch one product. It will still make a difference. I’d suggest starting with something that has the most prolonged skin contact and which you’re likely to reap the benefit of, like laundry detergent or moisturiser.
I’ll be following up with different categories of products, so as not to bombard you with them, all at once.
I still do not believe that the aluminium in anti-perspirants will give you cancer. I also do not believe that sodium laureth (or laurel) sulphate is single handedly responsibly for poisoning all of our oceans but I do accept that neither of these, and many other chemicals, should not go too near biological organisms ( ourselves included) and although I can’t say switching to more natural products has drastically changed my appearance or my well-being, I do know that it’s made subtle changes and it’s also freed up a lot of space in my cabinets. Now that’s I’ve pretty much vetoed the commercial chemical alternatives, I’m also no longer at the mercy of their accompanying marketing campaigns and I know that I’ve definitely saved money by sticking to a few tried and tested products, and not being seduced by new and exciting carcinogenic-laden offerings.
I’ve yet to look in to toothpastes, razors, sanitary products and face scrubs but it’s a work in progress.
All of the products that I’ve listed work for me, are the same price or cheaper than what I was previously using and they give me a warm fuzzy glow knowing that I’m helping in some small part to improve the world. I have NOT been paid, in way, for endorsing these products, they are purely my own experience and preference and I’d love it if you waded in with some of your recommendations, too. Comment below!
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