After polling you all over on Instagram and Snapchat on whether you preferred me to share my non-toxic product transition or the final overhaul, the verdict was clear: you wanted to see the transition.
There are still some products that I want to find better alternatives to, there are still some products I need to swap to non-toxic. But today, I’m sharing with you what I’ve switched over to so far, and what’s working for me. I always love trying new products (and I think you should change up your beauty/skincare routine, so your skin doesn’t get used to it – just like your workouts), so if you like this post, I’ll do a follow-up post on this.
For now, here’s what non-toxic skincare and haircare products I’m using now. Makeup will be next!
What I Ate Today, February 7, 2017
Since I got a late start to the day (didn’t get to my desk until 9:15am) and wanted to keep on my schedule (I’m usually done with e-mails by 9:15am, because I’m at my desk by 8:15am at the latest), I just had a banana with Justin’s almond butter. I ran out of the serving-size packets (my favorite, you can grab them here), so I had to go straight out of the tub. #reallife
I had one of my favorite NOKA Organics packets, in the Sweet Potato flavor. You can grab them here.
I knew I would be testing a couple of recipes, so I kept lunch predictable and the same as usual: my vegetable sandwich, this time with kale as the greens instead of spinach (because I ran out!) Hummus, cucumbers, onion, avocado, carrots, tomato, all on Ezekiel bread.
A slice of this pizza (made with a spiralized potato crust!) – SO DELICIOUS. Insanely delicious. Sharing the recipe on Valentine’s Day, so stay tuned! I gave the leftovers to the doormen at the front desk!
I also had a small bowl of the sauce from this dish (a dairy-free creamy tomato basil sauce with chicken), because I was craving a bit of protein! Recipe coming soon!
I had full intentions of cooking dinner, but after my Spanish lesson, I worked a bit later (until about 7:15pm) and I got back, threw in a load of laundry, and was pooped. Luckily, I had saved leftovers from last week’s dinner (my Quinoa Vegetable Chili), so I just reheated that up!
I was craving salty, so I had a big bowl of my favorite vegan cheesey popcorn by SkinnyPop. I also had a little bowl of blueberries, but forgot to take a picture!
My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare
About a month ago, I discovered a disconnect in my daily routine. I take pride in eating clean, whole foods, exercising consistently, being as kind as I can be to others, and practicing self-love and care. However, I was noticing that my skin wasn’t normally as radiant, and I was feeling like my every day was missing something. I couldn’t put my finger on it.
I just started to think about my daily routine, to find the source of “the void.” Since I eat well (and always read ingredients), why wasn’t I applying this healthy perspective to all of the products I use and consume?
I opened up my medicine cabinet and looked in my shower and to my dismay: all chemicals. I started reading about the dangers of some of the chemicals found in a lot of the products I was using and I discovered the scary truth: many of these chemicals aren’t well regulated by the US FDA and they are known to play a role in cancer, fertility, mood disorders, and even organ toxicity. Since these chemical compounds are absorbed by your skin, they get into your body system and can affect it. And it’s not the single use of a cream. It’s the everyday, constant use that ends up messing with your body’s ability to naturally detox from these chemicals.
And I’m not trying to scare you. I JUST recently became aware of all of this (ignorance is bliss, eh?), and I relate it to my journey with vegansim. When I read my first book on veganism, I immediately thought, “How did I not KNOW all of this?! And how have I been eating this way for so long?! I’m hurting myself!”
Now…. you could cause yourself to go crazy over all of this – healthy eating, exercising, and buying non-toxic products. What I recommend (especially if you don’t have the budget for a major overhaul) is pick maybe 2-3 products that you use every single day and replace them with something non-toxic (say, your moisturizer and deodorant). Then, as your products run out, choose to buy non-toxic ones. That’s what I’m doing!
So, I’ve decided to transition as quickly as I can to a non-toxic skincare and beauty routine. This sounds really daunting, time-consuming, and expensive, but thanks to the Internet and all of your amazing recommendations, I started cleaning up my routine.
UPDATE: Download the Think Dirty App and start checking all of your products for their toxicity levels. You’ll be shocked!
So let’s look at my NEW medicine cabinet and compare it to the old and see what I swapped! Next post will be about makeup and then, of course, household cleaning.
Was using: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Now using: Beautycounter’s Nourishing Day Cream
Daily under-eye cream
Night under-eye cream
This eye cream was a gift from Lu for Christmas (it’s extremely expensive and works like magic). I’m waiting until it runs out to replace, because it just seems extremely wasteful not to use it. And it’s low on the toxicity levels.
Night face cream
Was using: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
Now using: Burt’s Bees Face Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
Phasing out: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I’m still looking for a great deodorant – the Arbonne one is MUCH better than Jason’s and I’m pretty happy with it, but there’s room for improvement. Let me know!
Daily body lotion
Was using: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer
Now using: Eminence Coconut Firming Skin Moisturizer (I can’t say enough good things about this, it feels amazing putting it on, it smells incredible, and I’ve noticed my skin firming, literally!)
Also using: Arbonne Hand & Body Lotion (for moisturizing hands and when I don’t want to break into the ‘good stuff’ by Eminence.)
Was using: Ugh, anything – Crest, Colgate, etc.
Now using: Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste (LOVE!)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Was using: Dove body wash
Now using: Everyday Shea Body Butter Wash (I found this at Whole Foods and I’m obsessed – it smells deliciously minty + vanilla-y, AND the cause is great: all sales of Alaffia products contribute to empowerment projects to help break the cycle of poverty in Togo, Africa.