Having a skin care ritual is not only beneficial for your skin it is also an amazing way to honor your temple, not just physically, mentally also. Self care time is Non-Negotiable for me, one form of it is taking care of my biggest, hardworking, protective, beautiful organ, My Skin ♥ I would also like to encourage You to send love to your skin and show gratitude every single day for all the things it does for you. Love your skin! With or without pimples, all the blemishes, scars, hairs, moles on it, every single detail of it. Because You deserve to Be loved, especially by Yourself. PERIOD.
Mainstream cosmetic products are one of the biggest sources of toxins we can put into/onto our body that you’ve already read earlier here. To make your transition to green beauty easier, I wrote you down my favorite ways of oil cleansing methods. Don’t let the word ‘oil’ make you believe it’s going to make your skin ‘oily’. Actually it is the opposite, it’s going to mimic your skin’s natural sebum. Sugar and hormones cause pimples, not oil. Oils works well with all skin type, although there are certain oils that works better with different skin types. If you already know your skin type, you can find the combinations below, if not, you can do the quiz here.
Also, don’t forget that our skin type can change with the season.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Cranberry Seed Oil
Borage Seed Oi
3 Steps Oil Cleansing Ritual
Apply a small amount of oil of your choice on your face and massage it in your skin for about 2 mins with small circular movements. You don’t need to wash off your makeup before or wet your face.
Let the oil sit on your skin for a little, if you don’t have makeup on than for at least 10 mins.
Place a clean towel under running warm (or hot, but don’t burn yourself) water and gently clean your face with it. Repeat if needed.
These information’s are based on my own experiences, I encourage you to find the method, product or combination that feels the best for you. Do your own researches if needed.
Be patient! If you just stopped using Mainstream cosmetics, most likely your skin will start to clean/heal itself first.
I would love to hear about your Skin Care Routine!
I’m sure you are all aware of the importance to clean your brushes on weekly (idealistically daily) basis to prevent infections on your skin, also help them last longer and keep them in their best shape. I’m telling you these methods are so easy, accessible and cheap that you will regret every cent you spent on cleansing products.
So all you need is a drop of soap/shampoo/diswashing liquid and warm water. Easy right? Any kind of soap is good, non-toxic of course. I use castile Soap. You just wash your makeup brushes in the mix, rinse it down with clean water, squeeze out the excess water, press it onto a clean towel to make sure all the water is out of them and let them dry.
The second method is an ‘on the go’ way. You can also use this mix as a household cleaner as the ingredients are disinfectants. You will need:
empty, clean spray bottle
3-4 drops of tea tree essential oil or lavender
Just mix the ingredients (water and vinegar 1:1 ratio), use a clean towel and gently massage in the excess liquid, let the brushes dry and the smell evaporate.
I am going to introduce you to the toxins you put on your skin every single day without knowing the damage they may cause. I know it can be overwhelming and scary for the first time, but don’t worry I will be here to answer all your questions and guide you towards a healthier, toxin-free life!
First, you have to know that your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs up to 90% of the products you put on. We are all aware of the quality of food we eat, why not be aware of our self care products? Another surprising fact is, anything you put on your skin ends up straight in your bloodstream in seconds. Unlike food, these products can’t be filtered by another organ before they fully absorb. I came from a country where the culture and even the tourism is build up around Thermal Baths, which can heal everything from a broken bone to gynecological problems just by sitting in the medicinal water meanwhile your skin absorbs the minerals and sediments. Start to make sense, right? Or another example would be the nicotine patch…
USED IN: almost all type of personal care products (75%-90%)
Facial moisturizer-cleanser, anti-aging product, foundation, sunscreen, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, body scrub, deodorant, hair product to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
decreased sperm level
increase skin aging
There are NO restrictions on the use of parabens in Canada.
If you read the word ‘fragrance’ on the label it can mean literally ANYTHING because the ingredients are considered as ‘trade secret’ therefore the manufacturers are not required to disclose the added chemicals. Look for the label that says ‘phthalate-free’, since ‘unscented’ and ‘fragrance-free’ can contain parfum too.
USED IN: almost all type of personal care products
MOST COMMON TOXINS CAN BE:
PHTHALATES (DBP, DEHP, DEP)
USED IN: nail and hair product, to make the fragrance stick to your skin. DBP also used in manufacturing PVC (polivinyl chloride plastic)
MAY CAUSE: harm for the unborn children, liver and kidney failure in young children, birth defect, endocrine disruption, genetic mutation, reduced sperm counts, early breast development
USED IN: perfume, cologne, scented soap, body wash, spray, lotion, hair product, detergent, softener, household product
MAY CAUSE: hormone disruption, toxicity in the brain, lung and liver cells, gynecological abnormalities, persist and accumulate in umbilical chord blood, placenta, fat tissues, breast milk, it contaminates water, drinking water, soil, air and it is very toxic to aquatic organisms
Fragrances also can cause allergies, cancer, asthma, headaches, dizziness, different kind of skins irritations and the list goes on.
#3 SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS/SLES)
The agent that makes products bubble.
USED IN: anything that foams: shampoo, shower gel, hand soap, face wash, toothpaste, dish soap, bubble bath
SLES is often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, the byproducts of a petrochemical process.
long-term damage in eyes, heart, liver and brain
harm in respiratory system
It remains in the environment long after it is rinsed down. It is prohibited but it doesn’t controlled as a contaminant here, in Canada.
Used as a preservative in anti-bacterial products.
USED IN: soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, laundry detergent, household products advertised as ‘anti-bacterial’ and cosmetics
liver and inhalation toxicity
encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics
skin and eye irritation
You will find it on the label hiding behind:
2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1.3 DIOL (BRONOPOL)
USED IN: nail polish, shampoo, body wash, hair products, cosmetics and toilet bowl cleaner
eye, nose, throat irritation
neurologic and behavioural toxicity
#6 DEA DIETHANOLAMINE
USED IN: anything that foams and also in hair dye, sunscreen, mascara, foundation, fragrance
skin and eye irritation
#7 BHA, BHT
USED IN: makeup and cosmetics as preservative
Highly toxic to fish and other wildlife.
#8 PEG COMPOUNDS
RELATED INGREDIENTS: propylene glycol and other ethoxylates, usually contains ‘eth’ in their names. It is used to dissolve oil and grease but it can strip the natural oils off the skin leaving it vulnerable.
USED IN: cosmetics as thickeners, moisture-carriers and softeners, cream bases and also used in pharmaceuticals and laxatives
If you would have missed I am back as an eco, organic, vegan makeup artist and also as a natural beauty advocate.
I disappeared for a year or so because a new door opened up and it blew my socks off! Have you ever wondered about that in 2017 animal testing still exist? What is inside the mascara that brings you to tears or at the end of the day it makes your eyes so itchy and red you can’t wait to wash it off? Or why does the makeup remover burn your eyes? I was. And about a million other things too. I found the answers and it changed me. After a longer period of disappointment I went cold turkey and threw out everything from the bathroom and kitchen cabinet and started to educate myself about how all the products I used is replaceable with not harmful ones or how can I make them at home even without plastic waste. It was really hard to admit that I was literally poisoning my customers, myself and my family before with using store bought cosmetics, cleaning products and let’s just not talk about the numbers of animals I hurt with using those products and the trash created during a makeup session… But now after all, I AM HERE to continue living my passion a sustainable way and guide YOU to find your way of toxic-free living.
In the future I am going to write on this blog to help you with explaining everything step-by-step to chose the right self-care and makeup products, things you can easily make at home, tutorials and a lot more!