Natural beauty swaps you need to try
There’s been a significant shift in the beauty industry since consumers have become more aware of the environmental and health effects of certain products. This knowledge has motivated many women to start making smart swaps for natural beauty products.
If your resolution involves being healthier and happier, consider making these eight essential natural beauty swaps this year.
In recent years, it’s become apparent just how many undesirable ingredients are in shampoo. From fragrances that can cause irritation to sulfates and parabens, many chemical ingredients in shampoo are believed to cause hormone disruption. Many shampoos are also created to strip the hair of natural oils, generating an overproduction of oil and increasing the need for washing.
Look for shampoo brands that are sulfate, silicone, and paraben-free. Many of the brands available for purchase at the grocery store do not fit these metrics.
Body lotion is an easy natural swap that can be replaced with body-friendly DIY alternatives rather than expensive products. Create your own nourishing body lotion using coconut oil and shea butter for a whipped blend that melts into the skin. You can find recommendations for the best coconut oil on NobleRate.
If your body is acne-prone and doesn’t respond well to oils, there are a lot of natural oil-free options as well. Aloe vera, for example, is a nourishing, rejuvenating natural product your body will love.
When it comes to commercial sunscreen, it’s often a case of the lesser of two evils. The product in sunscreen is terrible, but the effects of the sun are worse.
Look for a sunscreen that has no oxybenzone or octinoxate. Not only are these compounds bad for your body, but they wreak havoc on the environment. Wearing sunscreen with these compounds at the beach can cause damage to the underwater ecosystem.
Clean sun protection products that use zinc oxide are protective and nourishing alternatives.
Deodorant is perhaps one of the most important natural beauty swaps for women to make as soon as possible. The fragrance used in deodorant often has harmful chemical compounds, and many common consumer brands of deodorant failed heavy metal testing.
Why does this matter for women? Deodorant is applied over the area where you find the lymph nodes leading to breast tissue.
Look for natural, fragrance-free deodorants or make your own using arrowroot powder. Arrowroot powder is a great natural base for many DIY beauty recipes, including foundation, mineral powder, and dry shampoo.
Microbeads were banned from facial cleansing products nearly worldwide in 2018. This left a lot of people confused about what to do with their skincare routine. Fortunately, facial cleansers can easily be made at home or replaced with natural products.
Create a facial cleanser with rosewater and witch hazel. Rosewater can be purchased online or made at home using organic rose petals. Replace your disposable facial wipes with soft, washable fabric alternatives for less irritation and dryness, as well as a smaller carbon footprint.
Lipstick is another beauty product that has been flagged for concerning ingredients. Not only does your lipstick come in contact with your skin, where it can be absorbed, but wearers also tend to get trace amounts in their mouths.
Look for natural brands that use a nourishing base – such as shea butter – and natural pigments. Pigments from beets, strawberries, plums, etc. create beautiful lipstick shades that heal your body rather than harm it.
Natural lipsticks and lip balms are also multipurpose. As these products tend to be mild and blend well, they can also be used as a replacement for blush.
Health is Beautiful
As the FDA has very little grounds over beauty products, it’s important to be proactive and advocate for your health. Start making these simple natural beauty swaps and reap the benefits over time.