5 Natural Beauty Swaps to Clean Up Your Beauty Routine

by Lilly Wallace

The beginning of summer is the perfect time to do a gentle detox. If you're like me, you see the start of a new season as an opportunity to adopt healthier habits and give your home an in-depth cleaning. While these practices can help you ease into the warmest season feeling lighter, refreshed and energized, your diet and your home, however, might not be the only areas of your life that could benefit from a good cleanse. Your beauty shelf could also hide questionable ingredients in plain sight that you may want to replace with cleaner, safer options to give your skin a truly healthy glow. Here are five beauty items that you could (and probably should) replace.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a busy girl's best friend. It can make dirty, second-day hair (even third-day hair) look clean and voluminous (and it can quickly freshen up a sweaty scalp). Unfortunately, the conventional dry shampoos found in stores (especially the kind in aerosol cans) aren’t the healthiest options available. Their ingredients typically include propellants and synthetic fragrances, which are known to be potential triggers for irritations and or allergic reactions.

Swap with this: Try a dry shampoo powder made with safer ingredients, like Captain Blankenship Organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo. With organic arrowroot powder (the same one you can bake healthy cookies with), aluminum-free baking soda and organic essential oils, it absorbs excess oil effectively and has a pretty, floral scent.

Lip Balm

Since we inevitably ingest whatever product we apply to our lips, it is particularly important to avoid any lip balms containing ingredients that are not truly safe. Many conventional lip balm contain synthetic chemicals, questionable flavors, and even ingredients that are banned in Europe (such as phenols), but are still found in other countries. Thankfully, there are many cleaner options made with plant oils and butters that studies have found to be effective and safe, like coconut oil, cocoa butter, plant waxes and beeswax.

Swap with this: Try a lip balm made with rich, emollient ingredients, like Henné Organics organic lip balm.

If you want a lip balm with sun protective properties, try Suntegrity Lip C.P.R., which provide SPF 30 thanks to 18% zinc oxide (and it comes in several colors!).

BB Cream with Sun Protection

A good BB cream or tinted moisturizer is a a must-have for summer because it has multiple purposes: it moisturizes, it gives a little coverage, and has sun-protective properties. However, many popular tinted moisturizers contain questionable ingredients, especially the active sun-protective ingredients. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octyl methoxycinnamate, known to be potential endocrinal disruptors. While chemical sunscreens offer the benefit of a thinner, colorless consistency, mineral sunscreens (also called physical sunscreens or sunblocks) are considered a safer alternative, and are very effective at protecting the skin by deflecting the UV rays away from the skin.

Swap with this: Try W3LL People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30. It comes in a few different shades to even out your skin tone, contains broccoli seed oil for a smooth finish and 20% zinc oxide for optimal protection of your skin from UV rays.

Mascara

Many the long-lasting, smudge-free mascaras in the stores contain several questionable ingredients, including parabens and phthalates, which can enhance the product performance, but have been linked to breast cancer.

Swap with this: Try the Kjaer Weis mascara. The formula is almost entirely organic and smudge-proof. It is also very easy to remove and simply dissolves with water.

Setting Powder

During the warmer months, when the skin tends to get more oily and shiny, using a setting powder is non-negotiable. A good setting powder absorbs the excess oil from the skin leaving your complexion as smooth as silk. However, many of the setting powders currently sold in stores are made with some newly approved cosmetic ingredients — extra-fine particles called nanoparticles. Since the particles are so fine, they are practically undetectable on the skin, and therefore guarantee a smooth application and a natural-looking finish. However, nanoparticles in cosmetics have not been studied enough to determine whether or not they are completely safe, and health experts are especially concerned about the risks associated with inhaling them. One study suggests that they may cause DNA damage.

Swap with this: 100% Pure Bamboo Blur Powder, which is made with 100% bamboo silica, which is considered completely safe and helps the skin look less oily with a velvety finish.

About the Author

Lilly Wallace is an Italian certified health and nutrition coach. She writes about beauty and wellness on her website GenuineGlow.com. Passionate about skin care, nutrition and fitness, she loves to inspire her readers to pursue a healthy, eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.