An Insiders Guide To Switching to Natural Cosmetics
Switching to natural cosmetics can be a daunting one! But don't worry, I've got your back with these tips to get you started.
Change takes time and that is certainly the case when it comes to beauty products you are using. The payoff is big, not only will you look and feel better, but you are also helping to heal mother nature. It took me years to transition fully to an eco-friendly beauty routine and today I am sharing my top tips with you.
Top Tips for Switching to Natural Cosmetics
1. When Switching to Natural — Transition slowly!
Don’t throw everything out all at once, not only will this affect your pocketbook, but it will also affect your skin, and not in a good way. Our bodies get really dependent on these toxins and when you cut them out cold turkey it’s like a major WTF moment. Think breakouts, redness, and more. If you have a favorite face wash that you use every day, try to use it every other day instead, weaning yourself off slowly. Then move onto body washes and lotions then onto shampoo & conditioner, then deodorant, makeup, etc. Once you start this process, it only gets easier and easier.
2. Make healthier choices as you run out!
This is the easiest way to transition. You’ll find that you’ll run out of shampoo, deodorant, face wash, body wash, daily moisturizers, and sunscreens quicker than anything else. And that’s a good thing because these products have the biggest impact on our overall body burden.
Remind yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect!
3. Try before you buy!
Most companies offer travel and sample sizes and this is the best way for you to find out if you like the products and if they are effective for your skin type. It also lets you know if you are prone to some kind of reaction.
4. Keep it simple!
And ask yourself, do you really need a product for everybody part? The average women use between 9 and 16 personal care products every single day and if you are using conventional ones, that means you are putting hundreds of chemicals on your body each time. If you simplify your beauty routine you only need a handful of products that work for you.
5. Reactions can happen!
It doesn’t mean if a product is natural and organic that you can’t or won’t have a reaction to it. It’s not common but it does happen, so trying before buying is key to a successful transition.
6. Be an educated consumer!
Today, there is NO excuse. There are so many resources that can empower you to facilitate change. Websites such as the Environmental Working Group, the David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, and of course right here on my website too.
7. Understand Labels!
Words like "natural", "organic" and "clean" mean absolutely NOTHING. That’s right, a company can claim just about anything on packing and marketing materials as part of their greenwashing process.
8. Get to know your ingredients!
You don’t have to be a scientist, there's a ton of info here on The Eco Hub to help.
If you love green beauty check out our countless articles on that topic! If you are into anti-aging, Lifance skincare offers a wide range of products and is one of my favs.
If you have a teenager who loves skincare products and you are worried about toxins in conventional skincare, check out our guide for parents to choose a non-toxic skincare brand for teens. Giving you peace of mind! YAY!
And if you are looking to make the switch to shampoo bars, then you must check out my all-natural Canainda Shampoo bars article which is packed full of great tips on how to make the transition easy.
A final word on switching to natural cosmetics
If you are thinking of making the switch to non-toxic beauty products then this post will help you do just that. It's important to keep in mind that change takes time, you want to transition slowly, you want to try before you buy, and really get to know your ingredients. Have you made the switch yet? What are you finding most challenging? I'd love to hear from you, post in the comments below.
I have sorted my bathroom and boudoir out and grouped chemically-based products into a small box to be purged from my house. These are either expired or just too offensive smelling to offer to anyone. I have the dilemna now of how to dispose of them safely. It’s an abnormally large volume for either the sewer or the garbage. I’d like to empty them (outdoors), rinse, and recycle the containers but the same dilemna is there for the contents. Candice, what do I do at this stage to safely get rid of these?
Same question for 3 bags of make-up – shimmery eyeshadows (microplastics), lots of lipstick/gloss (toxic colouring), and expired mascara (which bothered my eyes from day one).
It took a long time to get the mind set primed and be ready to do this because I spent a lot of cash on the products. I knew that the exercise wiild be paralyzing and I would postpone the ultimate decision. I finally accepted the other negative facts besides the tossed cash. I really want to celebrate the moment they are out! and I just need that last step.
Thank you so much for your note, if you live in Toronto things like Alcohol-based lotions (aftershave, perfume, etc.) and Nail polish and remover are considered household hazardous waste and need to be dropped off at a depot in your area. These items are not recycled and we need to keep then out of landfills. You can find out more here:
If you live outside of Toronto, I would recommend taking a look at your local municipalities’ website to see how they accept these items.
Brands like Lush and MAC offer rewards for recycling their products, it’s unclear exactly where the waste ends up and how effective these programs actually are.
Unfortunately, most of the cosmetic we own is considered hazardous waste.
You can also check out The Detox Market, they recently launched a recycling program as well. https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/pages/clean-beauty-recycling
Please let me know if you need any additional information,
all my best,
Your step-by-step guide to creating a skincare routine has been extremely beneficial. When it comes to taking care of my skin, I no longer feel lost.
I am so happy to hear that! 🙂