I’ve paid a lot of attention for years on what I put in my body – but it was only in more recent years that I also started more closely considering what I put on my body. What now feels like a very obvious notion was slower to creep up on me… all that lotion we rub into our skin of course isn’t just disappearing, but being absorbed through our skin and going much deeper than the surface.
Quite literally and simply, whatever we put on our outsides also goes to our insides.
Above all, staying well-hydrated, properly nourished, minimizing/managing stress, getting regular exercise and breathing plenty of fresh air will do wonders for your complexion and body chemistry. Stick with those pillars and it’ll be much easier to streamline what products you really need or want to use to feel and look your best.
But, many of us want to or enjoy using products to boost, soothe and care for our skin – so what follows below is a list of some of my personal favorite brands and specific items. I’ve compiled this based on a lot of research and experimentation (on my own dime – no paid promos or product placement here). The good news is that for all of the chemical-laden products out there, there is also an abundance of wonderful, clean alternatives! All I’ve chosen to list here vary in terms of composition, but among other things, all are free of artificial colors/fragrances and toxic chemicals, and are paraben-free and phthalate-free. The reality is that we come in contact with some of these things on a regular basis simply by living in our beautiful, modern world, and typically we don’t need to worry about this, but why not try to minimize exposure to such things by selecting products that don’t contain them, and instead allow our skin to be as gently cared for as possible?
If you’re already in the habit of looking at ingredient labels for food, it’ll be even easier to make a new habit of reading product ingredient lists. Consider it just as important!
I realize that many of these products can be much more expensive than many others found on typical drugstore shelves (though there are plenty of those that are also up there in price) – and cost certainly plays a role when choosing what to buy and use. It’s a frustration and important consideration for me too. The good news is that with many of these higher quality products, a very small amount almost always goes a very long way, making them last quite a long time – much longer than products I used to use that were cheaper upfront and of lesser quality, and that I had to re-buy with much greater frequency because I’d run out so fast. And discounts/coupons can often be found by signing up for e-newsletters from your favorite brands’ websites, or through official online retailers/websites such as DermStore.com – it just takes a little Googling.
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