Why You Should Switch to Natural Skincare & Beauty Products

I used to be addicted to beauty and personal care products. From my teenage years up until about a couple years ago, I was literally obsessed with buying and trying every new cream, cosmetic or hair product available on the market. I was hooked by the promising claims the beauty industry would throw at me dozens of times a day on TV, in magazines, or as I was walking down the street.

Not only was I over-consuming beauty products (most of the time I wouldn’t even finish them!), but most importantly, I was completely unaware of the chemicals they contained and their potential harmful effects on my body.

Who would think that an innocent shampoo could contain carcinogenic substances?

Although I was raised on processed foods and frozen meals, making healthier food choices and switching from a refined diet to a whole-foods diet was something I did naturally over time. The more I started to real labels on the food I was buying, the more I became aware of what I was putting in my body and informed enough to make better choices. So I stopped buying packaged foods that contained ingredients I could not pronounce. However, it took me a while before realizing that perhaps I should read the labels on my beauty products too. Never did it occur to me that what I was putting on my skin could be equally, if not even more harmful as ingesting chemicals through food.

Sacred Lotus Regenerating Face Oil - The Green Life

Skin is the body’s largest organ. It absorbs about 60-70% of what we feed it with. What we put on our skin makes its way into our blood, tissues and organs, and therefore has an impact on our health just as much as, if not more than what we put in our mouth.

If you are putting toxic chemicals on your skin, I’m sorry to tell you that you are inevitably making yourself toxic.

Allergies, sensitivities, hormone imbalances and infertility issues have increased tremendously in the last decades. Our bodies are facing an overabundance of toxins every day through the environment, pollution, exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemicals, causing numerous imbalances and health issues.

Take a minute to go in your bathroom cabinet, pick a few products (shampoo, creams, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics), and look at the ingredient list. I bet you’ll find that most if not all of them list words that you can’t recognize or pronounce. If your body can’t recognize the ingredients that make their way into your bloodstream because they don’t come from nature, then there’s a good chance it won’t know how to process them. These start to build up and this is when imbalances and issues begin to arise.

Radiance Lotus Face Balm - The Green Life

Shockingly, beauty and skin care companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish in their formulations, and products are not reviewed for safety before they’re put on the market. A few of the most common chemicals/harmful substances found in beauty products, cosmetics and household products include phthalates, lead, aluminum, sodium lauryl sulfate, BHA, boric acid, fragrance (or parfum), and parabens, among many others.

These substances have been linked to a long list of health problems, including allergies, headaches, asthma, respiratory issues, endocrine and immune disruption, infertility, developmental problems, organ toxicity, cancers, and many more. The global spread of toxic man-made substances is not only a threat to our health, it is also a threat to the environment and the planet’s natural eco-system.

Reversing this spread starts with each and every one of us. It starts by making small changes, such as replacing a Procter & Gamble shampoo by an organic and eco-friendly one. And the great news is there are tons of healthier and safer alternatives. The key is to be more conscious of our choices, read labels, and encourage companies that are making safe and environment-friendly products. Whenever looking for a beauty product, try to go for one that is labelled organic and that use a short list of natural ingredients such as plants and oils (plants are usually identified by their latin name).

Don’t try to replace your entire bathroom cabinet all at once, you will soon feel overwhelmed. Instead, make a slow transition into switching to organic products by replacing a toxic product by a safe one, one at a time. Next time you run out of moisturizer, make the effort to buy a new organic one. Slowly, you’ll clean your entire cabinet and you’ll set your home and your body free of chemicals!

If you want to learn more about the health hazards of your everyday products, I highly recommend checking out Skin Deep, a wonderful online resource by the Environmental Working Group. It allows you to search among thousands of specific products and brands and evaluate their potential health risk or safety.

Silky Skin Face Cleansing Oil - The Green Life

I’ve had the privilege to create my own natural skincare line in collaboration with a dear friend of mine who’s an incredible herbalist. Our products are handmade in small batches in Quebec using the purest, most potent botanical ingredients. 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free, they will always be free of fillers, fragrances, chemicals, artificial preservatives and other synthetic, hormone-disrupting, man-made ingredients. High vibrational, they are infused with crystal and flower essences so that they not only work on the physical plane, but also on energetical and spiritual levels as well.

 

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  • I’ve made a similar transition over the past 5 or so years and it’s so liberating to let go of it all. I’m now down to a bar of soap, shampoo/conditioner, and some natural oils/home made lotions as moisturizers…and home made deodorant for the most part, but I’m still figuring that one out. Most of the good quality natural skin care lines are so expensive, so I’ve been staying away but I would love to try the beautiful products you’re giving away 🙂 Is the comment form what you’re referring to for entering the giveaway?

    • You’re so right Sofia! It does feel totally liberating! And you realize that when you go the natural route, you actually don’t need that many products anymore. To enter the giveaway you actually need to click on “filling out this form” under the giveaway headline at the end of the post. It will lead to a form that you can fill out. Good luck!! 🙂

  • This was a great read, Sophie! I don’t use all that many skin care products, but the ones I do use are usually from Lush or natural essential oils. So this brand looks right up my alley!! I think that addressing the issue of natural body care products is so important. The point you brought up about how our skin is our largest organ is something that isn’t commonly spoken about in the beauty industry. Props for spreading the knowledge!! 😀

    • Thank you so much Sarah! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 You’re right, these are things we rarely talk about. Most people have no idea that their skin absorbs so much or that their everyday products contain so many chemicals. Kudos to you for not using that many products and for choosing the most natural options.

  • I am so happy you’re sharing this. I’ve been slowly making the shift in my household with my husband and 2 boys… trying to replace our chemical laden products with more natural ones. I’ve started using essential oils and wool balls instead of dryer sheets, essential oils for keeping my family healthy, and even using oils for my skin care… I’ve seen and felt a huge difference since making the shift. I’ve yet to find organic cosmetic line that I love, so I’m excited to try this out. Please share any other natural beauty products that you love… as I’m trying to make over my make-up bag.

    • Thank you Ann! So happy to hear that you’ve been making the transition to natural products, this is awesome! You should definitely give this line a try, it’s wonderful! I hope you like it as much as I do!
      Finding the right products is not easy and although I’ve found my favorite skin care line, I am still struggling with finding awesome make-up and hair care products. I’m still trying and testing different brands right now, hoping to settle on some favorites. I’ll keep on testing, and I might be able to share more of my must-have’s on the blog in the future! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this post! I’ve made a major cleanup in the products we use at home, whether it’s cosmetics or cleaning products. Amazing how much junk companies use in their products. It feels amazing to open up my cabinets and things are clutter-free!!
    I hadn’t heard about Skin Essence and am so excited that they have products geared towards sensitive skin like rosacea. Just placed an order.
    Thanks again!

  • So happy to learn about this company Sophie! I’ve tried so many different brands of skin care at Whole Foods, but I’ve yet to find one that I truly love. Agree that it’s so important to avoid those harsh chemicals, but it’s also hard to find natural cleansers that work well. I’ll have to give this line a try. What a fun giveaway!

    • Ah yay, I finally found your comment in my spam. For some reason it wasn’t there yesterday but it appeared today! I’m so glad to hear that this post might be useful to you Emily. Their line of products is truly wonderful. I hope it will become a favorite for you too! Good luck for the giveaway friend!! 🙂 xo

      • Oh yay! I was just going to try leaving a comment again to see if I could figure out the problem. It’s happened on a couple of other sites too so I have a feeling it’s on my end and not yours. Thanks for emailing me back so quickly! You are so great with keeping up with correspondence.

  • Love this post, Sophie. A few years ago I threw out every single beauty product I owned. Since then, I’ve kept things very minimal and light. I totally agree with you, I would never put anything on my face or body that I wouldn’t want to eat! My best beauty tips now are drinking lots of water, spending time outside and getting lots of sleep. Last year I met a lovely lady who makes her own hemp cream and it’s all I’ve been using ever since. I tip my hat to you for writing about this here, eating well is really just the start sometimes. And thank you for sharing these wonderful looking products with us, what a quality company! x

    • Thank you so much Jodi! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment here. I loved reading about your favorite beauty tips – they’re so awesome! We tend to forget that the most important steps of a great beauty routine don’t actually come in a bottle! And yes, eating well is a wonderful start, but there is so much more to holistic health. <3

  • This is gorgeous Sophie! And so true. I switched to all natural several years ago and it made such a difference. I love the Skin Deep site you linked to here, cannot wait to see what’s on there – and love this skincare brand you’re recommending here too. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in this area girl! Its super helpful and appreciated. Hope you’re having a gorgeous start to your week! xo

    • Thanks for stopping by Dani! I hope I inspired you to do so. It’s one of the best (and easiest!) things we can do for our health, and for the health of our planet too. ?

  • Thanks for sharing this Sophie. We made some major changes in our household a few years back. It genuinely scared me to learn about what was in some of my soaps, lotions, etc…! Thanks for the link to the skin deep site. It is still such a challenge to figure out what is ok to use and what isn’t. It doesn’t help that standards are constantly changing and what is considered good on one day is later found out to be bad. The only peace I find is trusting myself and paying attention to how my body reacts. But of course that is a challenge as well! Anyway, thanks for sharing this. The more information and access to education the better.

    • Thanks Kathryn!
      It’s pretty scary, isn’t it? That Skin Deep resource is super useful! Hope you’ll find some valuable information there. But you’re right, just like in the nutrition field, new studies are coming out every week and information is constantly evolving and changing, which makes it very challenging for the consumers. Listening to your body is a very smart advice! Our bodies always know what’s best for us.?

  • J’ai moi aussi changé d’alimentation (en 2014) et ça c’est aussi fait naturellement, bon c’était à cause de mon acné, mais c’est resté un changement de mode de vie naturel pour moi. Comme toi je fais attention aux ingrédients de ce que j’achète et puis j’essaye d’acheter le plus de “vraies” aliments possible (fruits/légumes).
    Mais c’est vrai que pour ce qui en ai des soins, on aurait tendance à faire moins attention !
    Puis personnellement, ayant de l’acné, comme je l’ai dit, j’ai envie de mettre sur mon visage des produits naturel et simple.
    Enfin bref haha tout ça pour dire que ton article est très intéressant et que j’adore !
    Je ne connaissait pas du tout cette marque, mais je vais aller faire un tour sur leur site Merci 🙂

    Melody ♡
    (du blog >> https://inlovewithfoodandvegan.com/ << = je partage des conseils à propos de l'acné et des posts lifestyle MAIS AUSSI des recettes saines pour être bien dans son corps et avoir une belle peau (recette-vegan-sans gluten-paleo-ig bas…). Je ne suis pas une pro mais je m’amuse 😉 )

  • SOPHIE ,Thanks for sharing amazing information with us . I really like it very much. I am a mom of two children’s and having hyper pigmentation problem from very long time. And I definitely going to follow your tips, keep sharing like this.

  • Thanks for helping me learn more about natural skin care products. I’m glad you mentioned to slowly clean out the cabinet by buying new products when old ones are gone. This seems like it could be a good opportunity to also research different products and know what you are getting next time.

    • Thanks for the lovely feedback, Taylor! I’m glad you found this article helpful. I hope some of these tips will help you in your transition to a more natural beauty routine:)

  • The main reason of choosing natural skin care products is that we feel confident and safe after using while chemicals based beauty products could potentially cause serious health problems in the future also. However, I really enjoy your amazing post. Thanks for this.

  • Amazing article ! After going through this article i came to know the real skin care beauty products. I have tried many skin care products, but only few products are natural which does not cause any side effects to your skin. Keep sharing.

  • Amazing article ! After going through this article i came to know the real skin care beauty products. I have tried many skin care products, but only few products are natural which does not cause any side effects to your skin. Keep sharing.

    • Thank you Riya! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I’ll also be launching my own natural skincare line of products next months (this post actually dates back to a few years ago). I hope some of these products will suit you. <3