It's January, and if you're like me, you've got lots of resolutions that include getting clean: clean eating, cleaning out closets and clean beauty.
Giada's got us covered with loads of recipes for clean eating. Check out Marie Kondo's hit book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for amazing tips on cleaning out your closet and your life. But what about clean beauty?
You might be asking what clean beauty really means. There are loads of ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products that aren't necessarily harmful on their own or in very low doses but may cause irritation, hormone disruption or even be cancer causing when you're overexposed. In the last ten years, the chemistry behind beauty products has become incredibly advanced, and there are loads of effective, natural ingredients and preservatives and hundreds of brands that hold themselves to clean standards meaning that they formulate their products without any potentially harmful ingredients. So whether or not you're worried about potentially harmful ingredients, why not go clean when it's so accessible?
I love to shop at both The Detox Market and Credo Beauty for clean beauty, but both can be a little overwhelming with thousands of amazing products to choose from. And one thing I know for sure is that a resolution has to be simple in order to be kept!
Here is my simple guide to the 5 head to toe clean beauty must haves to get your clean beauty routine kicked off in 2019. Feel free to go down the rabbit hole on your own once you get addicted to clean beauty, and I'm willing to bet you will after you try these amazing must-haves!!
A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair, and healthy hair looks great and allows you to visit the salon less often, which saves money. Win, win, win. There are a few ways to ensure a healthy scalp and healthy hair. First, let your head and hair rest. Wash your hair only two to three times per week so as not to weigh hair down with product, and give yourself a scalp massage two to three times a week at night before bed to stimulate healthy oil production. If you have an oily scalp like I do, the massage will help regulate oil production, and you can use dry shampoo on days you don't wash. When you do wash your locks always reach for Tavi Hair Biotin Shampoo & Conditioner. It's formulated with biotin, of course, plus aloe vera and a unique blend of vitamin B that moisturizes and promotes hair growth. It's sure to leave your hair stronger, thicker and more lustrous. Tavi Hair has loads of great clean, cruelty free styling products too!
Natural skincare products have come a long way in the last decade and the good ones are now scientifically proven to be as effective as or more efficacious than many chemical products only so much better for you!! Juice Beauty is a brand that has been at the forefront of the clean beauty revolution for many years and is one of the leaders in science backed natural beauty. I absolutely love everything they make and suggest getting acquainted with the brand by working the Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit into your routine. After cleansing (check out Juice Beauty's amazing cleansers) apply the Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Serum to your clean face followed by the moisturizer and eye cream all of which come in the kit. All three products are formulated with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into vitamin C with organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed. It's like retinol only totally natural and safe even while pregnant. You'll notice a brighter more youthful complexion and wrinkle reduction after 30 days.
For affordable clean, natural makeup I always turn to Pacifica Beauty because the products wear like professional makeup but don't break the bank or clog my pores! From powders to mascara, I love all of their makeup, but the Pink Nudes Mineral Eyeshadow Palette is my everyday go-to because I can create a no-makeup look or go full smokey-eye glam depending on my mood. Every shadow is mineral based with amazing payoff and great staying power. In February they are launching natural foundation that rivals the most expensive brands with it's gorgeous finish and good-for-your-skin ingredients. Get your hands on it ASAP!
I'm of the opinion that the perfect pout is all a lady needs to feel confident, and my favorite lip perfector is the COOLA Suncare Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Organic Tinted Lip in firecracker. Did you know that you actually swallow a lot of the lipstick you wear? It's true, so an organic product is a no brainer. Plus the skin on our lips is delicate and should always be protected from the sun's harmful rays even in grey winter months. Mineral Liplux is formulated with organic cupuacu butter and mongongo oil both of which keep lips healthy and hydrated. I use this balm on its own and under deeper shapes of lipstick. If you're not a red girl, there are five other shades to choose from. Explore COOLA's sunscreen products too. They are some of the best clean sunscreens on the market!!
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and is the protector of your entire body, plus much of what goes on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream so taking extra special care of your skin is a must. I love Vitamin E Fragrance Free Therapeutic Shea Body Lotion by Derma e because it's chock full of incredible antioxidants and hydrating ingredients including Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Hylaluronic Acid. Plus it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave an oily finish.
There you have it. Your clean beauty starter kit! Tell us about your favorite clean beauty products in the comments below!