In our modern society, we are exposed to a multitude of chemicals and toxins on a daily basis, from the air we breathe to the products we use on our bodies. Our body is sensitive to chemicals and reacts by creating inflammations after prolonged exposure. Prolonged inflammation not only weakens the immune system but also affects various systems in the body over time. Many of these chemicals are absorbed through the skin and enter our bloodstream, potentially leading to long-term health problems. For example, some chemicals found in cosmetics have been linked to hormone disruption, reproductive issues, and even cancer. Additionally, the accumulation of these chemicals in our bodies over time can contribute to our toxic load, which can lead to a range of health issues including fatigue, brain fog, and weakened immune function. It's important to be aware of the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to chemical-based cosmetics and consider natural alternatives to reduce our toxic load and promote overall health and wellness.
Natural cosmetics are a simple and effective way to reduce our body's toxic load and promote overall health and well-being. Over the years, I gradually switched to using cosmetics based on oils and completely free of chemicals. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of using natural cosmetics for our bodies, and I’ll share some simple and affordable options for making the switch to a more natural beauty routine. You don't have to make extreme changes, you can start small. For me, it took almost a year to replace all my cosmetics.
First, you don’t have to wash your hair on a daily basis, I wash my hair once a week. It may sound strange and impossible, but my hair stays clean and smells great even without daily washing. Your scalp becomes oily not because it is dirty, but as a result of an allergic reaction to prolonged exposure to chemicals it doesn't like. After a few weeks of reducing the frequency of washing, the oiliness decreases, and the hair looks shiny and healthy. I use chemical-free shampoo and don't apply conditioner. Instead, I moisturize the hair ends with jojoba oil with touches of lavender or thyme oil (pre-mixed in a bottle) prior to washing it. I also make sure not to go to bed with wet hair to prevent the development of fungi and bacteria on the scalp.
In the morning (after showering), I apply jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil on my face. Pomegranate seed oil slows down skin aging. I have a bottle of both oils mixed together. Every few days, I put a drop of pomegranate seed oil or moringa oil under my tongue, both of which are great for skin, hair, and other systems in the body. Moringa oil is a nutrient-rich, lightweight oil that is extracted from the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera tree. This oil has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, and recent studies have revealed many benefits of using Moringa oil for skincare and haircare. Moringa oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and essential fatty acids. These nutrients help to moisturize and nourish the skin, protect it from environmental damage, and promote collagen production. Moringa oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm irritated skin, and its antibacterial properties make it an excellent natural remedy for acne-prone skin. Additionally, Moringa oil has been shown to promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, and strengthen hair. Overall, incorporating Moringa oil into your beauty routine can offer numerous benefits for your skin and hair.
Jojoba oil is an excellent natural makeup remover. Its chemical composition is very similar to the sebum produced by our skin, making it an ideal choice for removing makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Jojoba oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores and cause breakouts. To use jojoba oil as a makeup remover, simply apply a few drops to a cotton pad or your fingertips and gently massage over your face to dissolve the makeup. Then rinse your face with water and follow up with your regular skincare routine.
Natural soaps are an excellent alternative to commercial soaps, which often contain harsh chemicals that can strip the skin of its natural oils. Natural soaps are made from plant-based ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, which provide natural nourishment and hydration to the skin. Additionally, many natural soaps are scented with essential oils, which offer aromatherapeutic benefits and can uplift your mood during your shower. When choosing a natural soap, look for one that is free from synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals. By using natural soap for your shower routine, you can feel confident that you are not exposing your skin to unnecessary toxins and can enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.
After a shower, I apply oil to my body, using almond oil mixed with lavender oil (prepared in advance) or coconut oil.
Salt crystal deodorant is a natural alternative to conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. It is made from mineral salts that are derived from natural sources such as salt mines. Unlike conventional deodorants, salt crystal deodorant does not contain any harmful chemicals like aluminum, parabens, or synthetic fragrances, making it a safer option for those with sensitive skin or concerns about long-term exposure to chemicals. Salt crystal deodorant works by creating an environment that is inhospitable to odor-causing bacteria, thus neutralizing body odor without blocking sweat glands. Additionally, salt crystal deodorant is eco-friendly, as it typically comes in a reusable crystal or roll-on form, reducing plastic waste.
How to start the transition to chemical-free products
Transitioning to chemical-free cosmetic products can be a gradual process. One approach is to start by identifying the products that you use most frequently and researching natural alternatives. For example, you might replace your daily face wash with a gentle, natural cleanser or switch to a plant-based moisturizer. It's also a good idea to read product labels and avoid ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. As you run out of your old products, replace them with healthier options. Another helpful tip is to look for products with certification labels such as USDA Organic or EWG Verified, which indicate that the products meet certain standards for ingredient safety and environmental impact. With time and patience, you can gradually replace all of your chemical-laden products with natural alternatives and enjoy the benefits of healthier skin and a reduced toxic load on your body.
I recommend buying empty bottles with a dispenser that can be used for preparing the mixtures.