In part 1 of my Beginners Guide to Natural & Organic Beauty, I talked about some of the potentially harmful ingredients that are found in mainstream cosmetic products. And perhaps you’ve now made the decision that you’d like to replace your current products with natural and organic cosmetics instead. But how do you even begin to do this without feeling overwhelmed and costing a fortune? I’ve got 5 simple tips for you that will eliminate the overwhelm and that won’t break the bank either. So let’s get started with 5 ways that will make the transition so much easier for you.
1. Introduce 1 new product at a time
The number 1 tip I can give you when making the switch to natural & organic cosmetics is don’t try to change everything all in one go. It will just overwhelm you. So don’t throw out all of your current makeup & beauty products all at once. Instead, ease yourself into this process by replacing one product at a time. Plus, this is going to be so much easier on your bank balance! It’s very expensive trying to replace all of your products in one go.
2. Consider your current routine
If you have sensitive skin, you need to be even more mindful of what you put on your skin. Something to keep in mind is that, just because a product contains natural and organic ingredients, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your skin won’t react to the ingredients in it either. This is another reason why I suggest taking it slow and introduce only 1 new product into your routine at a time.
Your skin is used to a particular routine and to particular products, even if they don’t contain the most beneficial ingredients. So if you go and change everything all at once, this could cause breakouts and skin irritations. Plus, if you start to use too many new products all at once, you won’t know which product or ingredient your skin has reacted to. Which means you won’t know which product or ingredient to avoid next time.
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, your skin may still react to something new. So don’t overwhelm it with too many new things all at once.
3. Take your time
It can take a lot of time to find your perfect-for-you products. Remember how long it took you to find the products that you currently love? Well, it’s the exact same in this instance. If you’re interested in buying particular natural & organic cosmetics, I suggest doing some research online first to see what ingredients are in them. And also to see what other people are saying about them and how they’ve worked for them. If you really can’t bear to part from a product that you’ve used and loved for years and that works well for you, that’s okay. You can still continue to use it until you find a suitable replacement for it.
4. Replace your products as they run out
Another thing you can do is to wait until your current products run out, and as they do, then begin to replace them one by one. Again this is easier on your wallet and better for your skin too.
5. Try before you buy
Many natural & organic cosmetics companies have samples of their products available to buy on their websites. My advice is to buy these first so that you can try them to see if you like them. It’s a really budget-friendly way to try the products without having to spend a lot of money on products that may or may not be suitable for you.
Which Natural & Organic Cosmetics Should I Start With
As I already mentioned, what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. Now I don’t say just to scare you. But it’s just to make you more aware of what you’re putting on your body. It’s taken me many years to replace my makeup and skincare products to less toxic versions. And in fact, I’m still doing it. A good rule of thumb is to think about the products you use most often or that you put on areas of your body that are most quickly absorbed into the skin. Here are a few suggestions for you.
Lip products are one of the easiest products to replace with natural & organic cosmetics. If you think about it, you’re actually ‘eating’ lip products as they’re on your lips. Therefore they get absorbed most quickly into your body. So it makes sense to start with them. They’re also one of the most budget-friendly to start with too.
Shower gels and body lotions are also great products to try first. As they’re applied all over your body, they’re also absorbed into your body quite quickly. So it makes sense to begin to replace them with natural and organic alternatives. There are some really gorgeous natural & organic body products that are very budget-friendly. So they’re better for your skin and easy on your wallet too!
The eyes are another area you need to be mindful of. Now I will say that mascara has been one of the hardest products for me to make the switch to. Mainly because I loved my old mascara. However, it was worth the wait and I’ve now found several mascaras that contain natural & organic ingredients that are absolutely amazing.
Remember that replacing even just one of your beauty products to one that contains natural & organic ingredients is going to make a difference. And you’re still going to see benefits to your skin and health.
In part 3 of my Natural & Organic Beauty series, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite natural & organic brands and products with you. So keep an eye out for that next week. In the meantime, make sure to read my FREE Natural & Organic Beauty Guide. It contains a list of some of the most commonly found toxic ingredients in mainstream beauty products. You can download it or print it out so that you’ll have it with you at all times when you go shopping.
Did you find these tips helpful? I’d love to hear from you. Have you already begun to make the switch to natural & organic cosmetics? If so, which products did you start with? Or if you’re completely new to this, which products are you going to replace first? Let me know in the comments below. xo