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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Most Important Natural Beauty Swaps to Make in 2019 (Guest Post)


With health issues on the rise, it’s no wonder that so many people are trying to swap out their products for natural alternatives. Whether it’s cleaning supplies or cosmetics, taking a natural approach reduces the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals that could cause more damage than good.

When making swaps, it’s important to take a look at your beauty products as they have direct contact with your skin. Here are some of the most important natural beauty swaps to make in 2019.



Moisturizer


Moisturizer is meant to penetrate your skin for deep nourishment. This makes it the best starting point for making a natural swap. Rather than using a store bought moisturizer with an ingredients list filled with things you don’t understand, opt for a single-ingredient oil or balm. 

Purchase a bottle of pure, natural Argan oil ( available at https://arganoilshop.com/) for your face or whip organic coconut oil to make a refreshing body butter. Mix the two for year-round, deep hydration that will offset the impacts of the hot summer sun and dry winter air.

Deodorant


Many questions have arisen regarding the use of store-bought deodorants for women, due to a proposed breast cancer link. While there’s currently no definitive proof of deodorants causing breast cancer, the science behind the theory makes sense. Some ingredients, such as aluminum, can be absorbed into the skin and have a hormonal effect. Due to the proximity to breast tissue, this raises a lot of questions about how deodorant impacts the female body.

The challenge with making natural swaps for deodorants and antiperspirants is finding a natural alternative that actually works. Look for moisture-absorbing ingredients like arrowroot powder with natural tea or essential oils for scent. Fan-favorite brands include Native and Schmidt’s. Alternatively, you can procure the ingredients to make your own.


Shampoo and Conditioner


While most people classify shampoo and conditioner as something separate from traditional beauty products, these also come in contact with your skin and can be absorbed into the body. Shampoo and conditioner are often filled with sulfates (a cleansing agent used in cleaning products), and parabens (a preservative). 

Opt for a paraben-free, sulfate-free brand of shampoo, such as Verb or OGX. You can also talk to your hairdresser for their recommendation on salon-quality, natural shampoo. For a DIY approach, swap out your traditional shampoo for an apple cider vinegar and tea rinse. 

Sunscreen 


Wearing sunscreen is extremely important. However, it’s the lesser of two evils. Many sunscreens contain chemical components that can not only disrupt hormones, but are very bad for wildlife when they get into the water system. That’s why many tropical vacation destinations won’t allow you to wear sunscreen when snorkeling or swimming with dolphins.

Look for a mineral block with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide rather than the typical oxybenzone. Focus on covering your skin with material and shade, rather than relying solely on sunscreen. Check the source of the SPF in your cosmetics as well.

These are just a few of the swaps you can make to promote natural beauty and health in your home. Start small and continue to make changes as time and your budget allows.









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