There is nothing more refreshing than taking a warm shower to start and end your day. One of the most important things to me is knowing that the products I use are environmentally safe, plant based and for the most part free of harsh chemicals. As a pre-teen even into my early 20’s I suffered from the worst kind of acne. I had it plastered all over my face, chest, back and shoulders. My self-esteem was extremely low, but when I got older and learned more about how acne is caused by hormonal imbalances I began to be more conscious about the things I applied to my skin. Benzyl Peroxide was one chemical that didn’t agree with the natural chemical make up of my body and it leaved my skin more acne prone. When I made the switch to all natural products and even changed my diet, I gradually started to see changes. Here are a list of products that have worked for me faithfully and they also smell extremely good!
Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, $7.99
This lotion is dermatologist-tested and contains milk, honey, vitamin E as well as coconut and grape seed oil. It keeps your skin moisturized and soft for an entire day sometimes even longer. It has a thick and creamy consistency which is what I need for the harsh cold weather as my skin is super absorbent. It smells so good, that you can even skip spritzing on perfume for the day as it contains 100 percent natural fragrances. It also doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy.
Ology Body Wash Almond Oil & Shea Butter, $5.99
After so many body washes left my skin feeling extremely dry and flaky, I fell in love with this stuff. It’s naturally scented that reminds me of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. It’s contains almond oil and Shea butter that replenishes and moisturizes dry skin while sloshing away dead skin cells. This natural product is rich in fatty acids and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals such as paraben (number one dry factor), sulfates (number two dry factor) and is not animal tested and is 100 percent plant-based. If your showers are as long as mine are, you’ll create a nice steam of aromatherapy using Ology.
Spectrum Coconut Oil, $8.99
Coconut oil is one of those things you can literally use for everything. It’s a great product for dental hygiene (oil pulling), it’s perfect for strengthening your nails and promoting nail growth (cuticle oil), it’s perfect for adding shine to your hair and it’s a great body oil for stretch marks and scars. Sometimes showering too much can strip your skin of their natural oils, so I use coconut oil and lather it all over my wet skin after showering (I don’t towel dry) I let my skin absorb the water and the coconut oil to create baby soft skin. It is usually non-scented so whatever lotion you decide to use afterwards it won’t collide with the scent. Did I mention you can use coconut oil for everything? I also use it when I’m baking sweets, of course not the same jar that I use for my body though.
C. Booth’s 4-in-1 Multi Action Coconut Fig Body Lotion, $10.00
Now I know I’ve already given you a lotion, but some days I like to switch it up. This smells amazing and has wonder skin nurturing components. Its thin consistency allows you to exfoliate while firming and hydrating skin. It’s a little pricey, but the bottle is enormous, definitely not travel size. The combination of coconut and fig is amazing. This product is also free of petroleum, parabens, sulfates and mineral oil all which have drying abilities for the skin. This lotion will last you a very long time and is also a good substitute for spritzing on perfume. It’ll leave you smelling lovely all day.
Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Cleansing Mousse, $6.74
I have tried ProActiv, I have tried Murad, I have tried every cream and wash prescribed by doctors and dermatologist and I’ve found that they’ve always made my skin worst. I have tricky skin, some days it’s oily, some days it’s dry and flaky and some days it’s perfect and baby soft and just smooth. I was afraid to use this product at first because I do have allergies triggered by plants, but I found that the naturalness of the product is what helped my skin glow and clear up. I love the fresh feeling that I get after I use this product. It’s mattifying abilities suck the excess oil out of my pores without over-drying. It’s creates an even tone and it’s a smooth cleanser. It’s not harsh on my skin at all. This product contains the active plant extract, Willowbark that helps to refine the skin. Not to mention it costs less than half of big brand products.
Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15, $12.49
After I’ve done all the washing and scrubbing and rinsing for a fresh face, the hard part begins. What kind of moisturizer am I going to use that isn’t going to have my face shining like a Christmas tree? It doesn’t matter if it’s hot and humid outside or cold and dry outside my face is always greasy and shiny and I hate it. So when I used this for the first time, I was expecting it to be no different. It was a hot and humid summer when I first bought this so I knew my face was going to be especially greasy, but I was wrong. It kept my oil production regulated, and even supplied a healthy dosage of sun protection and left my skin even smoother. It also smells really good and you don’t need to use a lot, just a few dabs on the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead and massage it into the skin in a circular motion to awaken those cells.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty, $13.00
For some of us we live by the home remedy of toothpaste, but to be honest using toothpaste as a spot treatment does more harm to you skin because it oxidates that area killing skin layers. Mask of Magnaminty is the perfect solution. It has a minty scent and tingly feel, but also contains clay which creates moisture for the skin as well as aduki beans for a gentle exfoliating effect. For those days when you just want to lounge while also cleansing this mask definitely allows for a personal at home spa appointment. It can also be used as a spot treatment to zap an unexpected pimple without too much drying.
So there, I have given you lotions, oils, scrubs and face products. Now go forth and be great!
*All of these products pricing is based on drugstore.com. Lush however can be found at Lush Cosmetics online or in your nearest Lush retailer.