With the progression of my drastic change in lifestyle (we’re talking from shake shack to kale smoothies with spirulina and adaptogenic mushrooms), I became interested in finding natural, clean alternatives to my favorite beauty products.
I have very sensitive, acne-prone, reactive skin. I wanted to pay more attention to what I was putting on my skin. I educated myself on ingredients and how they’re affecting my body. I was excited to transition to using all clean beauty products. However 90% of them didn’t work for me. I’ve had allergic reactions to quite a few of them, leaving my skin feeling tight, itchy and burning. Not a good combo.
I have found some effective products, such as the Andalou Naturals “Instant Brighten and TIghten Hydro Serum Vitamin C Mask”. It’s a favorite of mine because it instantly leaves my skin feeling nourished and plump. I can see a difference as soon as I remove the mask.
However, I’ve tried at least 50 other products (both makeup and skincare) that just don’t work for my skin. As a wellness-centric person, I wanted to address my experience, and explain why I haven’t jumped on the clean beauty bandwagon 100%. It’s okay if not all of your products are natural. It’s okay if you enjoy eating cinnamon rolls and macaroons on occasion.
I’ll continue to try to limit the use of products with known endocrine disruptors or carcinogens, but I’m not perfect and make-up and skincare have always been such a fun and exciting part of my life.