Quick, affordable and easy ways easy to reduce the toxins you encounter every day may be simpler than you think. Follow these t tips to detox your beauty routinge, and live a healthier and cleaner life.

9 ways to detox your daily beauty routine

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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. 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. 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
  • shampoos
  • conditioner
  • body lotions
  • makeup
  • 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. 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.

1. Remove harsh facial cleaners

Sometimes these harsh cleaners actually cause acne by drying out the skin and triggering an excess oil production. When you think about it, it makes sense. Acne medication companies stay in business only if acne remains. These are often harmful to the skin and to the environment, not to mention pretty costly. They can end up leeching too many of your natural oils from your skin, leaving your skin so dry it overproduces oil to compensate. Then that excess oil gets stuck in pores and the cycle continues. Instead, use water to wash your face and remove accumulated dirt while leaving the natural oils. If you have applied makeup or sunscreen that isn’t coming off with water, you can use jojoba oil or coconut oil on a tissue to wipe it off. This works because like dissolves like and oil will dissolve and easily remove the oil based makeups, dirt, grime, and sunscreens.

2. Wash your hair less often

I grew up thinking that I had to wash my hair every day and that it was normal to do so. It was part of my routine, as I imagine it is part of many people’s morning routine. Later I learned not everyone washes their hair every day, yet I continued to fall back on this idea that my hair was too thin, fine or greasy to skip washing. But I’ve learned that isn’t true. I went from someone who’s hair was limp and greasy after about eight hours post wash to someone who regularly goes three, four, or five days between washings. And the surprising thing is my hair looks so much better! With reduced shampoos, your hair will be fuller and thicker. it may style better. And you’ll also use less shampoo which is good for the bank account and mother earth. (See how detergents can negatively impact our waterways here) You’ll also 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. In adults, excessive use of antibiotics can disrupt our microbiome and potentially lead to personal health problems or public health issues like drug-resistant organisms. 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 agents, and fragrance. Not only are they less likely to truly nourish and hydrate your cells, but they are also 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. My personal routine is to use coconut oil on my face year round as a moisturizer and makeup remover and as a body lotion in the summer. During the dry winter season, I switch to using sesame seed oil as a body moisturizer during the transitional seasons of spring and fall I use hemp oil as a body moisturizer. I stick with coconut oil on my face year round because it doesn’t react as well to the thicker oils. I also think this method is significantly cheaper. My oils range from 3-8 dollars per bottle and last about 6 months.

The moisturizing oils I use

I live in a dry climate and have naturally dry skin, so I use more oil than the average bear. Make sure to test the different oils available and see what works best for your skin and your environment.

5. Makeup and Makeup-Remover

Our skin can absorb chemicals very quickly. When you are putting foundation on your skin or liner and shadow on your eyes, the components of those products will absorb into your body via the skin or eye.
In the US we allow many products that are banned as known carcinogens or toxins in other countries. We have loose regulations and as such you could have damaging chemicals on your skin all day every day. Pay attention to the makeup brands you wear. I personally prefer Beauty Counter products but there are a plethora of clean makeup brands starting to emerge. Look at the ingredients, read about the brand’s mission, and make sure they aren’t changing one ingredient but still keeping a majority of the toxic ingredients. Bonus, those natural oils that make great moisturizers also make great makeup removers. Using a thin cotton swab or kleenex, lightly rub in coconut oil over eyes and face and then wipe to remove makeup.
I personally use coconut oil all the time. It’s my face lotion, my body lotion, and my eye-makeup remover. I can even add essential oils to turn it into a bug repellent. More details on that recipe here. Coconut oil with essential oils is a narual and toxin free alternative to lotions, perfumes and bug spray

6. Choose Natural Soaps Instead of Liquid Detergents

Detergents don’t break down the way soap does which can pollute our waterways causing harm to the flora and fauna. Traditional soap, like castile soap, are less harmful to the environment and better for the skin. Detergents and liquid soaps often come in single-use plastic bottles, so switching to bar soaps can further reduce waste created by your home. Added bonus: homemade soaps are adorable, make great gifts and souvenirs, and you could even learn to make your own! If you’re in Denver, the I Made It Workshop offers soap making classes about once a month!

7. Essential oils

When possible, use essential oils as perfumes instead of fragrance. Fragrance can cause allergies in people sensitive to chemicals and smells. They can also be made of toxic and endocrine disrupting chemicals. There are so many essential oils, you are bound to find a scent combo you love. They are also good for all sorts of natural remedies from sore throats, to yeast infections and as a natural bug repellent. Essential oils are toxin-free ways to add fragrance naturally and can provide healing qualities and herbal remedies

8. Natural deodorant

Antiperspirants have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, particularly those with aluminum. Aluminum has also been linked to oxidative stress and cytotoxicity in the skin and Alzheimer’s patients who have a higher volume of Aluminum in the brain. 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. Natural deodorant - a healthy and cancer-free alternative to aluminum antiperspirants I also highly recommend Primal Pit Paste and Earth Mama natural deodorants.

9. 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. Natural toothpastes and mouthwash will keep healthy bacteria alive and your mouth better able to protect itself against plaque and harmful bacteria

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 a mouth wash that utilizes essential oils to intelligently target harmful bacteria, like this one with clove, cinnamon, and zinc. Recently I’ve been creating my own mouthwash by simply mixing a drop or two of clove essential oils into a glass of water. Swishing coconut oil, which is a natural anti-microbial and anti-fungal, can also work as a great mouthwash alternative. Quick, affordable and easy ways easy to reduce the toxins you encounter every day may be simpler than you think. Follow these t tips to detox your beauty routinge, and live a healthier and cleaner life.
Quick, affordable and easy ways easy to reduce toxins, detox your daily beauty routine, and live a healthier and cleaner life.

About Alicia

I love cooking almost as much as I love eating so I try to make sure I feel good about what I'm eating. I believe it's always a good occasion for some bubbly and I also love feeling healthy and being outdoors. I try to buy, cook and eat whole nutritious foods that promote a fun active lifestyle.


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  3. Yes, give it a try! I get it at sprouts farmers market and I love it. But I find scent really is an inside job! Track to see if certain foods cause different outcomes. Also I sometimes use a washcloth to help clean and it works really well!

  4. I love all your tips. I struggle with natural deodorant though. They don’t seem to work for me. I’ll try this one though. Where did you get it?

  5. Great article. I struggle with natural deodorant the most. I’ve tried a lot of them and they just haven’t worked for me. But I’ll try this new brand you recommend! Where do you get it?

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