Quick, affordable and easy ways easy to reduce the toxins you encounter every day may be simpler than you think. Follow these tips to detox your daily beauty routine, and live a healthier and cleaner life. Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash
There’s nothing inherently wrong with chemicals. In fact, chemicals make up many good things like our hair, our skin, fresh veggies, and the water we drink.
However, what can be harmful is man-made or isolated chemicals that our body reacts to negatively. This includes carcinogens, poisons, and toxins.
We are, unfortunately, living in the era of added chemicals and added toxins.
While some of these added chemicals can be helpful, for instance, those added to sunscreen to protect us from UV rays, we are bombarded with a massive amount of potential toxins every day. They lurk in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and even in our hand cream.
Your body is constantly filtering out toxins, whether those toxins are ingested or created through natural bodily processes.
The skin, liver, and kidneys are the largest detoxers in the body. If we ingest too many toxins, then those organs can become overworked and we find ourselves in a toxic state.
And after a while, that can negatively interfere with our daily functions and overall health.
Where are these toxins coming from?
Many people in the western world ingest toxins through their food every day, both from heavy pesticide use and food additives. And as the world urbanizes and more countries become industrialized, we experience higher toxicity in our air and water.
We also see harmful chemicals added to our skin and hair care products! Which are applied to and absorbed by our largest organ: the skin.
Think for a minute about all the creams, powders, and sprays you put on your skin every day:
- harsh soaps
- anti-acne gels
- body lotions
- makeup remover
- … the list goes on
Do we really know what are in those products? And the impacts those ingredients have on our skin?
If you read a shampoo, sunscreen, or body lotion ingredient list, I’m sure you’ll find quite a few words you won’t be able to pronounce and can’t source. I for sure don’t understand every ingredient in those products.
We do know, however, that the US allows many additives into skin and beauty care products (and food!) that are banned as known toxins in Europe.
The Scrub Clean and Moisturize cycle – Is it really good for us?
These guys get what I’m saying and go deep into the vicious, repetitive cycle we find ourselves in. You know that one where your skin itches with dryness after a nice hot shower and doesn’t seem to be cured regardless of how much cream you slather on?
In many cases, we strip the natural oils from our skin and hair with harsh acidic cleansers, along with the dirt, just to replace those oils with petroleum-based moisturizers produced by the same manufacturers of the cleansers that removed the oils to begin with.
It’s time to break the cycle.
So what can we do?
Stop removing natural oils from your skin just to add back in synthetic moisture.
Why not just let the natural oils stay? Or if we get dry, use a raw, organic, and naturally occurring oil to replenish and support our skin?
Not only will you save money, you’ll also reduce the amount of added toxins, allowing your body to more effectively rid yourself of the other unavoidable toxins you encounter in our modern industrial era.
Our skin is the biggest organ on our body. It can heal and moisturize itself if we allow it to. Let’s treat it right!
Steps to Detox Your Daily Beauty Routine!
Below is a list of 9 actionable things you can change in your bathroom routine right now to reduce toxins. That could be changing how often you do something, or switching one product to another.
1. Remove harsh facial cleaners
Sometimes these harsh cleaners actually cause acne by drying out the skin and triggering an excess oil production.
These are often harmful to the skin and to the environment, not to mention pretty costly.
Instead, use water to wash your face and remove accumulated dirt while leaving the natural oils.
2. Wash your hair less often
It will be fuller and you’ll use less shampoo. You’ll strip fewer oils from the hair so you’ll need less conditioner and hair oil.
This doesn’t mean you have to skip showers. Go ahead and shower, just wash your hair with water and forego the shampoo every other time.
3. In general, wash less often
Now I’m not saying to not wash your hands after gardening or touching raw meat, but we are a little clean obsessed in the modern age. And that obsessive cleaning could be affecting our microbiome in a negative way, and be completely unnecessary.
This study looks at the effects of washing in newborns and shows washing disrupts our natural balance and pH and can make the skin less stable.
More specifically, washing disturbs the natural protective membranes of the skin and can dissolve fatty acids, potentially leading to dry and squamous skin.
So if you’re not dirty, consider skipping the wash. #savewater #healthierskin
4. Natural oils make better moisturizers
Many moisturizers on the shelf are petroleum-based and full of preservatives, anti-bacterial and fragrance. Not only are they less likely to truly nourish and hydrate your cells, they are more likely to spawn an allergic reaction.
To truly moisturize the skin cells, opt for natural and unrefined oils like coconut oil, shea butter, and olive oil.
5. Natural oils as eye-makeup-remover?
Bonus, these natural oils also make great makeup removers. Using a thin cotton swab, lightly rub coconut oil over eye makeup to remove.
I personally use coconut oil all the time. It’s my face lotion, my body lotion, and my eye-makeup remover.
6. Choose natural soaps instead of liquid detergents
Added bonus: they are adorable and you could even learn to make your own!
7. Essential oils
When possible, use essential oils as perfumes instead of fragrance. There are so many essential oils, you are bound to find a scent combo you love.
8. Natural deodorant
Antiperspirants have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, particularly those with aluminum.
This is very controversial and while aluminum is still allowed in our country, I wouldn’t take the risk. Especially with so many good alternatives!
May I recommend the Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant add-on. it is a lifesaver and completely clean.
8. Better Toothpaste makes a healthy mouth
The jury is still out on whether fluoride is actually beneficial or harmful to our health. And standard kinds of toothpaste are loaded with fake sugars, which can alter your taste buds and make you more prone to sugar.
Opt for a natural toothpaste with fewer chemical additives like Tom’s. They offer several versions and you can get fluoride free flavors.
You can also go with a more natural option like the clove and cinnamon toothpaste with zinc by Vita-Myr.
BONUS: Use a Natural Mouthwash
Alcohol kills all microorganisms, but your mouth needs natural bacteria to control the growth of plaque and preserve and protect the enamel.
Use an essential oil mixture to intelligently target harmful bacteria, like this one with clove, cinnamon, and zinc. Or swish with coconut oil which is a natural anti-microbial and anti-fungal.