I used to be a big user of cosmetics, products, lotions and potions. I used to spend so much time applying this and that to my skin, hair and face. I also used to have the worst skin EVER. So much so that my sister kindly nicknamed me ‘Pizza Face’ when I was a teenager!
In the last couple of years, I cottoned on to the fact that the less you do to your skin, the better it is. I now have the most simple bathroom routine ever and the best skin ever.
Of course to get clear, glowing skin, you must first start on the inside. Cut all of the crappy junk foods from your lifestyle – soda, diet soda, candy and processed snacks are the absolute worst for your body and your skin. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can fit in your belly! Drink plenty of water 🙂
Aside from that, pay attention to what you are putting on your skin. Most ‘beauty products’ are actually processed chemical shitstorms. You do not want to be putting these anywhere near your skin!! I am talking about all commercial face washes, toners, moisturisers, scrubs, gels… A lot of these contain alcohols, perfumes and a whole list of chemicals that I cannot even pronounce, let alone know what they are! Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens, which are cancer causing agents. Do you want to slather them on your skin now?! For more information check out this informative webpage here.
The good news is, there are natural, plant based alternatives.
- Face wash / moisturiser
To wash my face, I either use a muslin / cotton facecloth and water, if I have had no make-up on. On days when I have a little mascara and blush on, I wash my face with water then I rub coconut oil all over it and wash it off with my cloth. I pat my face dry and use a little coconut oil as moisturiser too. No, it doesn’t look oily, it gives a lovely matte finish. Just be sure not to use too much.
- Body wash
I absolutely detest gel washes, I feel like my skin has been stripped of any moisture whenever I used them. I now use a vegan olive oil soap. I wash the essential bits every day and I wash my whole body about twice a week. My skin feels so soft and lovely right now. I used to get a little acne on my back but now it is just clear and smooth.
I currently use this Aromaco deodorant from lush. I picked this one because the ingredient list is so short (good) it smells of patchouli and it is like a massage bar for your armpits. It is also super effective. I have tried many natural deodorants but this is the best I have found so far. I have however been speaking to my colleague who makes her own deodorant so I will try this soon.
- Oral care
I switched to using bamboo toothbrushes a while back when I thought about the mountain of plastic toothbrushes that get thrown out every year and lie around in land fills for ever. I usually always buy the soft version as it is kinder to your gums but I got medium by accident. I currently use a regular toothpaste but I am looking for a better alternative. I brush with bicarb of soda once to twice a week to keep my teeth white. I do not use mouthwash, instead I chew on a clove, swish it around in my mouth and spit it out. It leaves a nice fresh feeling in your mouth 🙂
I am currently using a ‘natural’ Jason shampoo, which is not at all natural if you check out the ingredient list. I have experimented with washing my hair with clay which worked well for a little while but left a bit of build up at my roots. I am still looking for a shampoo alternative, let me know if you have any tips!
I hope you found this helpful 🙂