Hello lovely people !
Finally here I am again for a second blog post.
And what a challenging topic I chose ! This is something that has really kept me busy and concerned for a long time now and I often heard loved ones having the same kind of concerns without knowing where to start or what to change ! Because yes, choosing which cosmetic products will maintain your body nice-looking while finding harmless options for your health, the environment and the animals is a HUGE task ! Although I am not qualified to talk about chemicals in skin care in a scientific approach, I have made loads of researches for a few years now, trying to replace all my cosmetic products slowly but surely. And I have to say this is NOT an easy change to make ! You first have to get familiar to all the different names of chemicals to avoid, analyse the composition of all your products. This is the easy (funcky) part. Here is an article that might help you to get an idea of what to look at in your products composition description
Here starts the challenge now you've had a look ! You might sadly notice and aknowledge that your favourite products, or even those you’ve been using for years because you love the texture, fragrance, the results on your skin so much, contain many potentially harmful chemicals.
I do know, giving up on these is not an easy thing. Just look at them on a different angle : yes it might smell nice or leave you with a smooth apricot touch skin BUT it might also harm your body, your endocrine system, it might carry chemicals through your body that could cause much more harm in the future. Many researches now prove that part of these problems are responsible for cancers, thyroid disorders, infertility, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, kidney and digestive disfunction and so on… You can find more details and facts here and here This is not a nice constat to make but at some point we must face the truth : industrialisation is killing us slowly but surely. Pharmaceutic and cosmetic industries are among the worst regarding health safety, environment and respect of animals etc. No, they truly don’t care to give you a cancer in exchange for a smooth skin, a silk hair or less wrinkles around the eyes… Yes it is sad and sounds beyond cruel but it is what is, unless you make the decision to make a (BIG) step back from the industrial consumption. So what do we do now ?
In the next few days I will share every day my list of suggested products to look after yourself while remaining healthy, safe, eco-friendly and non-tested on animals. We will start by 5 questions, one question per day (extra ones might come up on the way) :
1/How do I moisturize my skin with natural products ?
2/What kind of make-up can I use ?
3/What about deodorant ?
4/How can I look after my hair ?
5/Which toothpaste should I use ?
This post of course is not sponsorised by anyone or any brand. It is just the result of years of research and trials to clear my home and bathroom of chemicals as much as possible to protect myself and my family. So I hope it will help you to save some time and give you some directions to look at as it is hard to know where to start (even if your needs might differ a bit depending on you skin/hair condition, your age and your gender).
1/How do I moisturize my skin with natural products ?
Simple and direct answer :
- Aloe vera and organic vegetal oils will be your best friends.
What are the Aloe Vera Benefits?
Aloe vera produces two substances used for medicine: The gel is obtained from the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin.
Most people use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores, but there is a host of other aloe vera benefits. Aloe gel is used for treating osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, fever, itching and inflammation.
It’s also used as a natural remedy for asthma, stomach ulcers, diabetes and for soothing side effects of radiation treatment. Aloe latex is used to naturally treat depression, constipation, asthma and diabetes.
You can either have your own plant of Aloe Vera and use the leaves daily to moisturise your skin, collecting the gel from the leaf freshly cut. You can also buy it in tubes of gel but make sure nothing harmful such as Phenoxyethanol has been added to it as a conservative. (Phenoxyethanol is actually a very mean ingredient you will find everywhere as it is used to replace parabens that have been hugely disclaimed but it is NOT less harmful ! So loads of brands chose to highlight in their marketing that they don't use parabens when they actually replaced it by another chemical conservative just as bad !) So Aloe vera gel is great to use every day to moisturize, soothe the skin in case of sunburn, bites, eczema, as it is also really cooling.
If, like me, you have a very sensitive and naturally dry skin, it won’t be enough to moisturize your face skin and leave a smooth touch (though if you have an oily/acne skin it will be enough and might help to re-balance it). So Aloe vera will be used as a base on the top of which you can add a vegetal oil. Depending on the mood, the condition of my skin (depending on the season and weather), I alternate between avocado oil, jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil. You will have to get used to the texture as for sure it won’t have the same feeling as a regular industrial moisturizing cream. But in the end, it is nice to use, they don’t have any really strong smell and they leave my skin as smooth as my creams used to. Of course, it does work as well on the rest of the body !
I chose to buy my oils from the brand Naissance. They have organic certified products by Soil Association. The only downside I find is that their packagings are not really eco-friendly as they are plastic bottled and they don’t offer the refill option. But in another hand, the oils last for ages and ages so you don’t change them much, which means not much waste. It is a much cheaper option than buying industrial creams since you keep them for ever and can buy several of them for the price of one branded cream. Sounds like a fair option to replace your old (shitty) products, doesn't it ?
What about you ? What are you natural tips for a moisturized skin ?
I will share my personal answer very soon for the second question : What kind of make up can I use ?
Take care my little bunnies !