You’re working out every day, watching what you consume, and saving that fresh croissant for Sundays over coffee with friends – but what about what you’re putting on your skin as you jump out of the shower? Or the lippie you’re applying before a big date? Some times we don’t even stop to think that toxin-free products are paramount.
I’ve worked in the beauty industry for almost 17 years and for the past three and a half I’ve used toxin-free and organic skincare for clients and in my own life. After being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, I was forced to look not only at my lifestyle but what I was using in my home. The research that followed led me to start using different products, and then actually build a business around skincare that is effective, natural and non-harmful to our largest organ: our skin.
Of course, starting the journey of swapping your skincare and makeup over can be overwhelming, so I suggest doing it bit by bit – look for a natural cleanser when your current one runs out, for instance. It’s a personal journey and the following five tips should give you a head start on making the swap to au natural.
Don’t be fooled by green washing
We can all be a sucker for beautiful, natural looking packaging. It can be easy to think you’re buying an all-natural product by the way the brand has been designed or by the inclusion of a few key ‘natural ingredients’. Keep an eye out for any ingredients that are derived from something, for example, ‘derived from coconut oil’ – often the end result won’t be very natural at all.
Some of my all-time favourites:
- Dr Bronner’s Castile Soaps. Cherry Blossom is a regular in my bathroom rotation and they make a good natural toothpaste, too!
- Coconut Oil for a deep and nourishing all-over body (not face!) moisturiser
- Orchard Street Elixir Powders for helping your skin from the inside out.
Fragrance isn’t always best
This is tricky and often it is just a word that could be more than 5,000 different potentially dangerous ingredients. Instead, look for products that use an essential oil as their fragrance. And, as a general rule, transparent companies will write the fragrance used in that particular product specifically.
- Antipodes Immortal SPF – fragrance free and no nasties!
Less is best
If a product had 10 or more ingredients (unless there is an essential oil blend included) pop it back on the shelf! It is more likely to have all the nasties. I trust small batch products for this reason. They are simple, effective, and every ingredient in there has a purpose. They are also likely to have less preservatives than some of the big name companies. Luckily, finding small batch products is easier than ever with some great natural beauty stores popping up online and in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
- Miskin Skin Elixirs – these are rich and nourishing oils to use daily in your routine. With minimal ingredients they’re a perfect example of small batch at it’s best.
Trust the pros
Regularly seeing a professional skin-care therapist who can give you insight and advice on all the latest trends and research. Just as there are more natural beauty stores opening, there’s a number of organic and natural beauty therapists (like myself) who are offering natural skincare therapies and have spent years researching what is going to work. They can offer you advice on the guidelines of toxin free and organic, and most importantly, what will work best for your skin type.
- The Little Company, Melbourne – I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this clinic.
- The Safi Beauty Room, Sydney
Do your own research
There are great online resources like EWG who supply lots of information on the ingredients to avoid. When I started researching what was good and what not to use it could often be confusing and overwhelming, but now there is a wealth of info at our fingertips. And, because of the demand by consumers, a lot of companies are dropping the nasty ingredients and creating cleaner versions. That can only be a good thing!
Some of my favourite natural makeup and skincare products to get your kit started!
RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up (Available at Mecca) | I love this for its natural and “no makeup” look. Pop a little where you need it most and you’re set.
RMS Living Luminizer | When your skin isn’t giving you the glow you want, this is the next best thing!
Proplenish | Sometimes, our skin needs a little boost. Proplenish is a natural, marine-grade collagen that helps with skin, hair and nails.
Ilia Lipsticks | When you need a little extra oomph, a pop of colour from these natural lipsticks is just what a girl needs!
Today Is Ours Super Greens Mask | The perfect pep to your skin. Once a week and you’re good to go.
When you meet Kindred Toxin Free founder, Natalie Sellars, it is easy to understand why her authenticity and passion has helped her build a loyal following of clients and skincare devotees. For 16 years she has honed her craft as a skincare doyenne, having worked and managed leading spas in Australia and New Zealand. For the last three years, Natalie has honoured her dedication to and belief in living toxin-free, working to create a salon experience that promotes kind beauty. She now uses only the very best organic & toxin free skin care in each salon ritual. Her “no BS” approach makes her a trusted practitioner genuinely interested in the wellbeing of her clients.
Natalie has also recently been announced as an ambassador for Joining Hands, a social enterprise that provides access to health and wellbeing services for homeless and vulnerable young people.