In my quest to get healthy, I have started to realize that I can’t only focus on what I am putting in my body, but also on what I am putting on my body. Growing up with skin issues, I have spent a lot of money on skincare products over the years, from moisturizers to cleansers of all sorts to treatments for allergies, eczema, and acne. Then there is the makeup-concealer, foundation, powder, eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara-the list goes on, and the layers add up, as we girls try to imitate magazine life. Add to all that the shampoos, conditioners, and styling products for my long, frizzy, curly hair, and I’ve donated a lot of money to the beauty industry. For example, here is an idea of what a typical month of toiletry spending looked like for me:
Shampoo + Conditioner: $10-$14
Styling products: $10-$18
Moisturizer, skin treatments: $14
Deodorant, toothpaste, soap: $5
Makeup (foundation, concealer, occasional blush/eyeshadow): $10-$15
Total: $49-$66 a month
What a crazy amount of money I was spending! And me the highly budget-conscious one. But beyond that, there was the cost of all the toxins in those products. For that price, I was also getting daily doses of the following:
And these were just a few of the fun ingredients in my routine.
So what to do? Do I just swear off beauty products and stop wearing deodorant? I don’t think that would go over well with my friends and coworkers. But there are alternatives.
Things I’ve tried include making my own deodorant and using the oil cleansing method. I switched to washing my hair with baking soda solution and conditioning with apple cider vinegar. I am making or buying moisturizers composed of coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils, and only using a small amount of mineral makeup from a company that gets excellent safety ratings.
This is what I have done over the past three weeks. And I will tell you that while it took a few days for my body to balance itself out, as of today my hair looks better than ever, my scalp is much happier, and I still smell nice. I actually sweat less! And all for the cost of a little coconut oil and baking soda. I estimate I am saving about $40 a month, although I feel the real benefit is avoiding the carcinogens and synthetic estrogens that can cause havoc on our endocrine systems.
It may not be for everyone, but I would highly recommend you check out the Cosmetic Safety Database and see what the products you use contain. Even if you don’t go homemade, there are better natural alternatives out there. With all the toxins we meet daily in our environment, a little research is worth it.
This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday