Thursday, January 4, 2018

{small steps to clean beauty}


Everyone is all about CLEAN these days—from food to beauty. And since my sister works for goop, I've been introduced to many clean, organic products that I've slowly started investing in over the past few years.

Clean products can tend to be more expensive, but I believe spending a little extra money is worth using products that aren't harmful to my body. I didn't replace everything in my beauty bag all at once, but started with one product at a time to see what works, what I like, and what I wanted to prioritize. (And save money!)

All of the products I use need to be gluten free as well, so luckily everything below is celiac-friendly. (As an example, if I'm using shampoo that has gluten in it, there's a high chance I'll swallow soapy water and ingest gluten. Not good!)

This goop article is a great resource if you don't know where to start. It highlights the most important products to swap out first and aligns with what I've done so far.

FYI: I'm not being paid to write this by any company, my sister gets nothing out of it (she doesn't know I'm writing it!), nor am I posting affiliate links.

Okay, here's what I swapped out:


1) Deodorant
This is the #1 thing you should replace first! Usually people's first thought is that clean deodorant doesn't work, and honestly, I was skeptic too. But the tip is: the more you use it, the more it'll work. You just have to give your body time to get used to it.

I first used Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime deodorant then switched to this Jasmine Tea scent. Not only do they smell great, but I haven't had any issues with perspiration or odor. I'm obsessed.

2) Face Oil
Not a replacement, more an addition. I've heard from a few different people that using oil on their face has changed their skin entirely, so I was thrilled when I was gifted the goop Face Oil for Christmas. I use it twice daily and it's added so much moisture to my dry skin. I really love it. (For those willing to splurge, I've heard Vitner's Daughter is exceptional. We gave it to my mom and I'm excited to see what she thinks of it!)


3) Sunscreen
I made the switch to Juice Beauty last year and haven't looked back. I have two:

Sport Sunscreen SPF 30. Perfect for things from the beach to hikes. It smells amazing and offers great protection. The only downside is you have to rub it in thoroughly if you don't want to look too pale, since it's very thick.

Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer. This is a great daily moisturizer to use before putting on makeup. It also goes on pretty thick, but feels smooth and light once it dries.

4) Shampoo
A quick side story. I buy a giant bottle of Neutrogena Rainbath (body wash) once a year at Costco, since it's my fave and lasts forever, so I picked up a similar-sized Kirkland brand shampoo to try out. A few months after I started using it, I went to get a haircut and complained that my hair just felt so heavy. I kept asking the stylist to thin the layers and finally she turned to me and said, "It's not a matter of lightening your layers, it's a matter of changing your shampoo." She then proceeded to hold up a piece of my hair to run her scissors across it. A thick layer of WAX came off! No wonder my hair felt heavy–the strands were covered in wax from my Costco shampoo. Apparently it is added to a lot of drug store brands. I was horrified.

I haven't found a brand I'm loyal to just yet, but here are two I've tried this year: Derma E Hydrate & Smooth ShampooDesert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Acure Clarifying Shampoo. I didn't love either of them, though, so I'm still on the hunt. Any recommendations?


5) Face wash
On the days where I actually wash my face (I am guilty of just the water and paper towel method), I use goop's Luminous Melting Cleanser and accompanying cloth. I've never used a cleanser like this before - it's so smooth and wax-like - but my skin looks and feels amazing after each time I use it.

6) Face masks
I use two:

goop's Exfoliating Instant Facial. Just a quick 3-minute mask that you can use 3-4 times a week. It's the best.

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox. I use this once a week and have noticed a huge difference in my skin.

7) Face lotion
I don't own them personally, but I use both products below when I'm staying with Dylan. They are the best and next on my list to buy.

goop's Revitalizing Day Moisturizer & Replenishing Night Cream

I don't know if this is clean, per se, but I will always use it: Paul Scerri Ph Balancing Cream. I put this on every night before I go to bed. I wish I could bottle up the smell and use it as perfume—it's my favorite.


8) Blush
The only makeup I've replaced thus far... this Lip and Cheek Tint. I mainly use it as blush, rather than lip gloss, but I love the subtle rouge it adds to my cheeks.

What I haven't replaced yet:

Most of my makeup. I use Laura Mercier products because they are gluten free, but I'm slowly going to swap out things like mascara and lipstick.

Body wash. I can't quit Rainbath yet ;)



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