Growing up, my eating was a far cry from healthy. I was in dance, gymnastics, or cheerleading for 3-4 hours six days a week and maintained my 110-pound frame (and endless energy) eating McDonalds and greasy pizza multiple times a week. When college rolled around the activity stopped, and even with my efforts in the gym and dieting, my weight ballooned 20 pounds by the end of my freshman year. That 20 pounds on my 5'3 frame pushed me to begin my initial research and eventual passion for healthy eating and fitness. It took me many years to quit dieting and eat intuitively, and that journey is by no means over. What I put in my body has become a way of life, but what goes on it is a recent discovery. As it turns out, the toxins in our products can be just as damaging as our food choices, but many of us rarely think to read the ingredients on the back of our products. Since natural beauty is just finding its footing, good products take a bit of hunting. Below are a few of my favorite toxin-free skincare products:
Chamomile Cleanser by Dermaplus: Ah, Dermaplus. This little boutique skin shop is one of the gems in San Francisco I miss most. If you're lucky enough to be in San Francisco stop by for a facial. No matter where you live, you can now buy their hand-mixed natural products online. There is not a single product I don't love, but this chamomile cleanser is my favorite. It has natural oil, making it gentle on your skin, but it still foams up so you feel like you get that deep clean.
Skin oil by Beauty Counter: Beauty Counter is one of my new obsessions. I have long listened to Balanced Bites, and they often talk about this brand (also highly recommend this podcast). I was always scared of skin oil at the thought that it would make me breakout. I tried it at the recommendation of a friend and now use it nightly. Beauty Counter has different types of oil depending on your skin type, but with our new move to LA and new use of AC I find I need the hydrating oil.
Hydrating Moisturizer by Dermaplus: I tend to alternate between moisturizer and oil depending on how my skin is feeling. I prefer to use lotion underneath makeup. Whenever I'm in the mood for lotion, this hydrating moisturizer by Dermaplus is my absolute favorite.
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer: I use this as my daily suncreen. It makes my skin incredibly smooth and provides just a touch of coverage. If you prefer a matte look or need extra coverage you may find this doesn't work for you - but I love it!
Charcoal Bar by Beauty Counter: This charcoal bar is my go-to when I need that extra deep clean feeling. You can use it on your body or face and it leaves you feeling squeaky clean but not stripped.
Collagen Mask by Dermaplus: This is the product to use when your skin is at 911 status. 20 minutes with this sheet mask and you will watch fine lines disappear and dewiness return.
Rosewater Mist: I carry this bottle around with me everywhere! You can use it anytime you're feeling dry, or if your makeup needs a refresher. It's especially great on travel days to avoid the drying out effect of airplanes.
Dry brushing: Dry brushing is a great daily (or every-other-day) habit to form. Just 5 minutes before your shower will increase circulation, exfoliate your skin, and improve breakouts and ingrown hairs.
Collagen Protein by Bulletproof: Okay, so this is something you consume, but it is my #1 tip for beautiful skin. When I started putting collagen protein into my tea each morning, everyone in my life noticed - just by looking at me. Bulletproof should probably be paying me at this point because I am not shy about crediting this product. Not only does it give you a boost of protein in the morning (8 grams per tablespoon) but it is incredible for joint health, muscles repair, and has a powerful anti-aging effect on your skin.