Since I turned 40, I’ve been battling many skin issues, including dry, flaky precancerous patches and basal cell carcinoma spots. I had surgery to remove two areas and now get skin checks every six months. During this time, I’ve been slowly becoming more conscious of what I put on my skin and body and how it affects my overall well-being. I’m about halfway through overhauling a large portion of my beauty routine, leaving the products full of chemicals behind and opting for more organic, natural clean beauty products.
I will share with you how I started this process and some of my favorite products.
Start with Your Skin
I didn’t start out thinking I would switch from my current products to all clean beauty products. That’s something that happened over time. I just knew I wanted the best products to support my skincare health. And for me, the choice was more natural products.
To overhaul your skincare products, try to start small. I was running low on facewash and moisturizer, so I started with those. I chose Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser and the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. Then I slowly began to add toner, serums, and a firming fluid to my routine.
I don’t wear much makeup except foundation, blush, lipgloss, and occasionally some eyeshadow. Moving to clean makeup products was pretty easy. The majority of my clean makeup comes from Jane Iredale. The makeup is good for the skin; its clean ingredients benefit aging skin and don’t fade throughout the day. I started with the foundation and slowly started to add other products.
Recently I started slowly switching over my hair products. My choice of hair products was all over the place; I’ve never found a brand I especially loved, so I used many different products. But after my hair recently turned a shade of violet from a product, I decided to change. I opted to start with products I use after washing my hair, a styling cream, texturizer, and finishing spray. Before switching my shampoo and conditioner, I wanted to see how these products affected my hair and style. I’ve been pleased with the overall results. My hair can hold its style and shape, and the products feel and smell great in my hair.
As we age, our body changes; I mean, we’ve spent approximately 30 years menstruating, and when that monthly cycle ends, it can bring some changes. But it also should be celebrated. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment in a person’s life, often accompanied by deep reflection and a shift in perspective. Going through menopause allowed me to feel empowered to live the life I wanted without the societal pressures I faced when I was younger.
But it also comes with hormonal changes that can cause a host of issues. As women, we don’t discuss topics like diminished libido, hot flashes, increased prevalence of painful sex, and loss of natural lubrication. So when I faced these issues, I turned to clean products for support. One of my favorite products is Honor: Everyday Balm. It moisturizes, conditions, and replenishes intimate skin. If you face these issues, extend grace to your changing bodies, and remember you are not alone.
Switching to clean skincare is a personal choice. It’s been the best choice for me, and my skin shows it. If you decide to start investigating more natural, clean products, go to a spa that uses organic and natural products and get a facial or talk to the aesthetician about where to start and try the one-product-at-a-time approach. You’ll begin to build your clean beauty routine slowly over time, and you’ll be on your way.