Over the last few years I have slowly cleaned out my hair and skincare drawer to incorporate more natural brands into a daily routine. The benefits of switching to more natural ingredients is that you will feel better about what you am lathering onto yourself, and many of these products have multiple uses so you end up purchasing less! You can find the items online or at Whole Foods. In between trying new products, these are the ones I usually go back to.
Skin: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is an all-purpose cleanser made from natural oils and comes in many different scents. Pictured here is the Almond Soap but the Lavender one is another favourite. I use this every day in the shower and have gone through many, many bottles.
Aloe Vera Gel: This is my go-to moisturizer in the summer, as it is super lightweight and refreshingly cool on the skin. I look for brands that are as close to 100% organic aloe vera as possible, as this soaks into my skin every day. Aloe also came in useful after a hot day at an amusement park this summer left a defined shoulder burn.
Facial Care: On days when I wear makeup I will use the double-cleansing method at the end of the night. Using olive oil on a cotton pad, just place that over your eyelids for 10-15 seconds and it will dissolve even waterproof mascara! For face makeup I prefer using organic cold-pressed coconut oil because it is less comedogenic – remember to use another facial cleanser afterwards to really clean your skin.
Tea Tree Oil: This natural antiseptic has a variety of uses. You can apply it as a spot treatment, mixing it with a dollop of aloe vera gel. Tea tree oil is very concentrated and potent, so you only need a small amount. You can also drop some into a cup of water to use as an antiseptic mouthwash, or mix some with your shampoo to really cleanse the scalp.
Toothpaste: Honestly, I have no idea why this toothpaste needs to be gluten-free, but reading that on the label always gives me a laugh in the morning. I am quite OCD about dental health, and have to floss after every meal. This toothpaste contains a clean, minty flavour and also incorporates natural whitening properties, which is great because I am trying to pull away from relying on Crest Whitestrips to maintain a brilliant smile.
Oil Pulling: A natural way to refresh your oral health – simply take enough organic coconut oil to fill your mouth, and swish it around gently for 20 minutes before releasing it into a waste bin. Don’t pour the remnants down your sink as that can clog the drain, and try not to swallow it either. I usually do this during mornings when there is more time, and then you can just brush your teeth afterwards. It makes your mouth feel super clean and you may notice it enhancing your teeth’s brightness as well.
Sunscreen: There are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens sink into your skin to absorb UV rays, while physical sunscreens lay over your skin to reflect the UV rays off. I personally prefer physical sunscreens where the active ingredients are non-nano titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) but they do tend to leave a white cast over your face, which means you need to make sure it is all blended in before walking out the door. This particular brand called Badgers is the best natural sunscreen I have found on the market, and they have several different scents and SPF levels.