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My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

So today were not talking food but rather some of my new found favorite all natural beauty products. I know most of those who read my blog are health conscious and watch that you eat fairly “clean”.  But I think most people don’t realize that what we put on our skin can affect your health. So over the past few months as my diet has changed to a more eco-conscious & “organic” direction, I have also began gradually looking at other parts of my life that could use a fresh green coat of paint.  Although I’ve never been one to go to salons (maybe 4 times) I do like to take care of my skin and play around with different makeup.  What I hadn’t wanted to acknowledge is real is the fact that the majority of products out there have lots of icky things like formaldehyde, toulene, parabens, phthalates, sulfates…etc.  What are all these your asking? Well obviously chemicals but they have been documented to change our cells and shown to be toxic.  {Find very detailed info here}

Now you might be thinking, yes but I would have to be putting tons of it on to have a negative impact.  Well the truth is women can put up to 25 different prodcuts on their skin not including things like hand soap and drinking out of plastics which also have the same compounds.  These can really add up and actually accumulate in our cells which studies have linked to the rise in breast cancer among other things.

So although I am not willing to give up cleaning my bathroom with bleach, I am definitly willing to use natural cosmetics on my skin which are then absorbed and can enter the bloodstream.  So I thought I would share with you some great and fairly affordable items I have fallen in love with. {You can click on the pictures for the source, but there are websites which have them for cheaper ;)}

1. Night Cream Argan Stem Cell and Chlorella Growth Factor by Acure Organics $17

This cream is so rich and hydrating and I noticed a difference in my skin within a few days. There was an overall improvement in the texture of my skin and it reduces the inflammation of the occasionally pimple.  I love that it uses chlorella and stem cell to help boost our skins natural growth. Plus a little goes a long way so the small bottle can last awhile.

 2. Green ApGreen Apple Nutrient Eye Creample Nutrient Eye Cream by Alicia Silverstone’s line “Juice Beauty” $30

This product has a practically perfect ingredients list and is the perfect consistency that blends easily. It has a subtle lightening effect and is very hydrating. Anti-aging effects from DMAE, CoQ10 & Green Tea.  It is a pretty affordable in comparison to other eye creams & I am expecting it to last at least a month. You only need 1/2 pump for both eyes.

3. Alicia Silverstone’s Irrestible Glow Facial Highliter $18Irresistible Glow Facial Highlighter

Again another completely natural list of ingredients and affordable considering how little you need to apply. This does take a bit of practice, but is totally worth it. The color is very flattering and is easy to adjust the amount.  You only need a few dabs on each cheek so I’m guessing this will last several months before it runs out.

4. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 Coconut $15

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This smells great and is not heavy at all.  I plan to wear this throughout winter, but in the spring and summer months I will be wearing a higher SPF when spending a long time outside.  Just to clarify, a lotion with higher SPF does not mean you don’t need to reapply and it last hours and hours.  It’s recomended that you should reapply every two hours unless your swimming and then it is even more frequent.

5. Kiss My Face Olive Oil & Aloe Moisturizer $8

Once I tried this I realized moisturizers I’ve been using were actually drying out my hands.  I wash my hands frequently so I can need a lot of lotion.  This sinks right in and is non-greasy.  You don’t need to reapply and it really results in softer hands.  The smell is very light and pleasant.

6. Zoya Nail Polish $8

Nail polish can be especially toxic and you would never expect that it could effect your health because it’s just your nails and not your skin.  Unfortunately our nails are part of our skin and still absorb toxins we put on them.  An especially dangerous chemical to look out for is toulene which is a known carcinogen.  Zoya is “3 free” of the most harmful chemicals and the first that I’ve tried.  I’m very pleased wNail Polish-Bela Lgith it {this is the exact color I used called Bela}.

This painted on just like regular nail polish and the color is really nice. I only did 2 coats and they came out perfect.  It is only been 2 days and it hasn’t chipped yet which has always been a problem for me in the past. {I used CND sticky coat which is also 3 free & plan to buy the top coat}

 

 

 

 

And of course I just can’t help myself and have to mention food.  Some of the most “beautifying” foods are those high in water content and especially vitamin A & C like watermelon, lemons, cucumber, eggplant & avocado.  I hope this helps and let me know if you have any favorites worth trying! 🙂

 

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