"Safer skincare" and "clean beauty"—what's the big deal?
I believe that inflammation is the root of illness—from migraines to fatigue to fertility struggles to you-name-it—and I believe we should reduce inflammation in our bodies by thoughtfully choosing what we put in and on our bodies.
The FDA does not closely regulate the skincare industry. It's pretty scary how little oversight there is on what ingredients go into our lotions, makeup, body washes, and everything else.
It's really difficult to make thoughtful, informed choices about what you're putting in and on your body if the skincare industry isn't even required to make all their ingredients public.
I started my search for clean beauty and skincare products in 2013 when I was pregnant with my daughter. I knew that I needed to change up what I was using, but I also needed my products to actually work.
I wasn't excited about the idea of spending a bunch of money experimenting on safer beauty products.
For a long time, I used almost nothing—Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap was a life saver in my house!
Now that I'm in my 30s and I have a few years of nightly interrupted sleep under my belt, I allocate more of our personal care budget toward high performance skincare, such as eye cream and products that combat dullness.
This is my post about where I save money, and where I have found it worthwhile to splurge!
Where I Save Money & Cut Corners for Clean Beauty
Lower cost items:
Body Moisturizer: Coconut Oil. You can get organic coconut oil for a great price on Amazon.
Shampoo & Conditioner: Acure products.
Beauty/ skincare items I usually skip in order to save money:
For these items, I don't want to pay a premium price tag, and I also don't want to buy a cheaper item and be exposed to cheapo toxic ingredients. Your list of places you're willing to cut corners will probably be different than mine.
full coverage foundation
eyeshadow primers or makeup primers
hair spray and hairstyling products
Where I Splurge (And Believe It's Worth It) For Safer Skincare & Beauty Products
Items I use daily or almost daily:
Eye Rescue Cream Mama's gotta have an eye cream. This formula is designed to improve the oxygen flow to the undereye area and help reduce shadows.
Face Cleanser: The Charcoal Cleansing Bar during times of year when I don't feel like dryness is an issue. I use it more often in the summer and less often in the winter. It contains green tea, which is really soothing for minor skin irritations, and if I feel like I have a pimple coming up somewhere, I am usually able to zap it with either this, or the cleansing balm which I'll talk about next.
We love charcoal because it sucks up impurities, but it also sucks up everything else...like our skin's natural moisture. This is a problem, because we want to keep our lipid layer and make it strong!
I balance the use of Charcoal by also using the super buttery Cleansing Balm. Cleansing Balm is the priciest item in my routine, but I've been using it for a year and still don't regret it one bit. If a product helps you love your skin enough that you can afford to skip makeup on a daily basis...it's worth it. #lifechanging
Face Lotion (Morning): Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion This product is formulated to help restore the skin's natural moisture barrier. Over time, this has a positive impact on the skin aging process by helping to maintain the natural moisture barrier...how cool is that?
Countermatch isn't recommended for oily and acne prone skin...but the next product is:
Balancing Face Oil (My evening moisturizer. Obsessed.)
...And my husband uses the same products! Speaking of saving money, this helps.
Skincare items I use weekly:
Overnight Resurfacing Peel (helps to save money by skipping spa visits for facials or microdermabrasion). This is one of my favorite products. I think it also helps me reduce costs by reducing my desire to reach for makeup. My skin looks better than it ever has, so I don't wear as much foundation, concealer, powder, etc.
Someone always asks me about Tinted Moisturizer, so I have to mention Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. I usually wear no coverage products at all, but I love this product when I do want to wear something with SPF. When I'm going out on a date and actually want some makeup coverage, I wear Tint Skin Foundation in Honey. They both have a light and lovely finish.
Finally, you may notice that all these "splurge" products are Beautycounter products. Since I became a consultant a year ago, I get 25% off everything. Anyone can purchase products from the Beautycounter website, there's no obligation to sign up for anything.
I knew I wanted to switch all my household skincare over to safer products gradually, as my budget allowed, and signing up for a 25% discount has helped me a lot. If you have any questions about how the consultant program works, ask me about it.
Now, I need your help. I'm still on the hunt for the best safe deodorant ever!! Please leave your tips below!