After making it to 2021, how about an easy health-related New Year’s resolution for once? Switching to clean beauty products is easy, doesn’t require a ton of time, can be budget-friendly, and keeps you healthy.
I started my clean beauty transition around five years ago and have some tips and great budget-friendly products to share to give you a head start on your journey to cleaning up your beauty regimen.
First, you need to start with a little research on what you do and don’t want in your products. Unfortunately, the beauty and cosmetics industry in the US has been mostly self-regulated for over a century, and due to health concerns, the FDA only recently started looking into their practices and products. So, you’ll need to do some of your own research. Sephora now has a “Clean at Sephora” product designation, which has an exclusion list that is a great starting point. You can find the products and exclusion list here. From that starting point, I encourage you to do a little bit of research to find your own “no go” ingredients.
A great resource is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website. It is full of independent research as well as information on if other places such as Canada and The European Union (which have more stringent policies regarding beauty products) have banned those ingredients. They also have the Healthy Living app that allows you to search for products and their clean rating.
Then do some additional research on the ingredients most listed in your products. Doing this allows you to form your own decisions on what you want in your products, which gives you more ownership in your end goal. For instance, two ingredients that are listed as ok from EWG are propylene glycol and butylene glycol. I chose to eliminate those from all of my products as well. This made my task a bit harder since those products are listed in everything, but it made me feel better about taking control of my own beauty choices. On the flip side, I am ok with having fragrance in certain products, even though it is considered a no-no.
The next step is to start slowly switching over your products. Once I started running low on a product, I would begin the search for a clean version to replace it. This kept it manageable and allowed me to notice changes in my skin from each product.
To make the process easier and more fun, recruit a friend or group of friends to make the switch with you. Everyone’s skin is different. Having a friend allows you to swap products that don’t work for you and get recommendations on things that worked for them.
With that being said, allow me to be your friend to start the process! Below is my list of budget-friendly favorites with some splurge options thrown in for when you want to treat yourself. Cheers to a new year and a healthier, beautiful you!
Dr. Shannon’s Organic Skin Balm– I keep this on my nightstand for dry hands and lips. A little goes a long way, so the tin will last you a while.
Skinfix Eczema Hand Repair Cream– My hands get suuuper dry in the winter, so I use this hand cream mixed with The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Mattifying (or the hydrating version for dryness) or this Caudalie splurge version.
Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream, or the splurge version, Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer.
Acure Seriously Soothing Cloud Cream – Hydrating night cream where a little goes a long way.
Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 – This one is a little spendy but goes on really easy under makeup and is a great SPF 50 option.
Dae Prickly Pear Hair Oil – A splurge Christmas present to myself. It gives my hair softness and shine, smells amazing and looks great on the counter.
Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya Body Wash – My can’t live without product. I use it for body wash and in place of shaving cream.
Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish – This is one of my splurges. I use it on my legs prior to shaving to keep razor bumps away. A little goes a long way.
Invivo Essential Fractionated Coconut Oil– I put this in a dropper bottle mixed with lavender essential oil (3 drops per tbsp of oil) as a moisturizer after I’ve shaved my legs. A little goes a long way.
Underarmed Active Botanical Luxury Deodorant – I sweat like a man; this deodorant kept me the freshest longest without destroying my clothes.