It’s true that if you’re healthy and well-nourished on the inside, you will be beautiful on the outside.
If that’s the case, however, it seems ironic that a lot of conventional “beauty” products contain so many dangerous chemicals. Take, for instance, Neutrogena’s Deep Clean oil-free cream cleanser, which used to be one of my go-to skincare products. I checked it out on The Cosmetics Database and found out that it ranks 6 out of 10 for containing hazardous chemicals. Although that may seem like only a moderate number, that’s still a large amount of chemicals… and I thought Neutrogena was somewhat natural!!
Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives to conventional beauty products that work just as well; that is, when paired with a healthy diet and a good exercise plan. These alternatives are also fairly inexpensive, and work so well… I may never go back! 🙂
Natural Substitutes for Makeup Remover
To be honest, I’ve never really liked using conventional makeup remover. I was always skeptical, because I didn’t want to put something like that close to my eyes. For a while, I just used water to remove my makeup… but I’ve finally found a good solution that has also improved my skin.
Natural Alternatives: Coconut oil is amazing. Not only are there many health benefits and uses for coconut oil, but it’s great at removing eye makeup– even waterproof. As an added benefit, it moisturizes the eyes and helps remove or prevent wrinkles.
Natural Substitutes for Teeth Whiteners
Most store-bought teeth whiteners contain high levels of peroxide, along with other chemicals. While these aren’t a necessary beauty product, white teeth make you look healthier. A healthy diet is everything, but some natural options can help speed up the teeth whitening process.
Natural Substitutions: Avoid the dangerous chemicals in commercial teeth whiteners by using pure baking soda on a toothbrush. Brush lightly in small circles for five minutes before regular brushing once to twice a week. I’ve heard that you could also rub fresh strawberries on the gums to whiten your teeth– although I haven’t personally tried this technique myself. I was impressed to find that both of these actually work and make your teeth feel great!
Natural Substitutes for Facial Toner
Though toners don’t contain high levels like other beauty products, I wanted to mention this one because there is a natural option that outperforms conventional products by far and improves the quality of your skin.
Natural Substitute: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted with water. A teaspoon per half cup of water is a good ratio). If you’re worried about the vinegar scent, it fades as soon as it dries, and a few drops of essential oil in a few ounces of ACV really improves the smell. ACV tightens, brightens and freshens the skin and prevents dry skin and breakouts.
Basically, all you need is coconut oil, baking soda and apple cider vinegar. These three products work wonders as natural beauty products, and are also used in natural cooking and cleaning recipes. They’re so healthy that you could (and should) eat them.
Do you have any suggestions for natural alternatives to store-bought beauty products? Please let me know about them in the comments!