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February 09, 2022
We know that switching from conventional products to "non toxic" can be overwhelming and stressful. Especially when there are so many products out there and some brands advertise as being clean, when really they're still made with not the best ingredients. We have created some helpful tips to make your switch to clean beauty less frustrating.
1) Start off with swapping one product at a time.
It can be devastating finding out that your favorite products have harmful ingredients in them, however that doesn't mean you have to switch everything right away. Choose one product to swap out. For example, it could be foundation, concealer, or even an eye product, just start off with one and work your way from there. It will take some time changing all your products out, but that will give you time to use up the products you already have. And then before you know it, all of your products will be swapped to clean alternatives!
2) SAMPLE SAMPLE SAMPLE.
Spending money on full sized products that end up not working can be very expensive (TRUST ME, I know). Find a store that offers samples, that way if you don't like the product, you didn't blow a lot of money or waste a full sized product. Now you may be wondering where you can find stores that carry samples. Luckily we know one that offers samples on most of their products, Cleanglow Beauty and Wellness. Doing this will make it easier finding new products to replace your toxic favorites without breaking the bank.
3) Educate yourself!
There is a lot of information out there that can be confusing and sometimes contradicting about ingredients. Doing some research about the ingredients in your products can help you know the good from the bad. That way when you read labels you will be able to make a rounded decision if you want to try it or not. There are some good resources out there that can make this easier. One is the EWG (Environmental Working Group). They have a data base on many ingredients and products, it breaks it down for you so you can know more about them and what their toxic rating is. There is also an app called Think Dirty, where you can scan a barcode of a product and it can pull up the ingredient list. It will break down the toxic rating on all the ingredients like EWG and give you the overall toxic rating as well. When reading the toxic rating you want your products to be in the 0-2 range, 3 is ok, but anything that is a 4 and over is not clean.
It also helps when you know your own skin. What ingredients does it do ok with, what ingredients does it react to, how are these ingredients effecting your skin over time, etc? Your skin is your biggest organ and whatever you put on it, it gets absorbed into the bloodstream. However, everyone is different so some ingredients will be ok for some but not others. For example, there are certain ingredients that can clog your pores, which might not be the best if you are someone who is acne prone or has sensitive skin. However, if you are not acne prone, you can probably get away with using those ingredients and not breakout or get a reaction. There is a very good pore clogging list on Clearstem's website if you are curious about that. Now you can even copy and paste your ingredient list on there and it can tell you whether or not there are pore clogging ingredients in it. They have the list there as well, but it can be daunting to look at the list and then try to find it on the label. AND you can even take a screen shot of the list and keep it for later!
Like I said before, making the switch to using cleaner products will take time, which is FINE. Don't fret if it even takes you a few years to change everything. It took my sister and I years to switch everything to clean beauty. And even still to this day there are certain products that we use that are not considered totally clean, like some household products, which is a whole other journey. No one is perfect, but we try our best! So just relax and enjoy the clean living ride!
Are there any tips that you think we have forgotten about? Let us know!
Kelly Thornton | @cleanglowbeauty
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