Transitioning to natural products from common drugstore brands can seem a bit daunting - maybe even impossible. You might be wondering if you’ll have to research every ingredient and label for the rest of your life, spending hours in the aisles of stores trying to find something as effective as your go-to (albeit chemical laden) products. It’s true – many of the items in your cabinet that you’ve grown accustomed to are often harmful to not only your skin and your health, but to animals and the environment as well. However there is some good news for the inexperienced shopper: The natural cosmetics and organic food industries are growing exponentially every year. More and more consumers are becoming conscious not only of what goes into their bodies, but also what kind of environmental impact their purchases make.
To get you started, we’ve compiled this handy list to get you going on your path to a toxic free lifestyle.
1) Inform yourself
Your first few visits down the natural product aisle may take a little while. You’ll be focused on every ingredient, double-checking to see if it’s right for you. After a while, you’ll realize this isn’t necessary. While there are a few specific things to look for when reading the ingredient list, a great rule of thumb to keep in mind is if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not the best choice. Thankfully the Internet is armed with a plethora of information on literally every topic, and natural products are no exception.
2) Embrace nature
There are so many products on the market today claiming instant results and rapid transformation and they often come with a hefty price tag which can psych buyers into thinking they must be better. This is not true. Did you know the same results you can expect to get from cosmetic chemical peel from a popular drugstore brand can be achieved at home with raw fruits like papayas, bananas and citrus? Natural product companies understand this and have included in their formulas. If you are still unsure then head over to Google and read the reviews from other consumers prior to making your purchase.
Follow your favorites
Once you find a product that works for you (and trust us, you will), remember it for the next time you shop. Some quick and easy ways to keep track are to snap a photo with your smartphone, Google searching the product and saving to a Pinterest board and following the brands on their social media pages. This is a great way to stay informed of special promotions and discounts! Lastly, know which online and local retailers carry your favorite brands. We love all natural online sites like Spirit Beauty Lounge and Pharmaca!
The companies you purchase from should have a vested interest in their consumer’s health and the environment - perhaps even more so than their annual revenue numbers. When you do find that great company, you won’t dream of taking your business elsewhere! Most importantly, be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Very large and very profitable corporations in fact own many of the so-called “natural” products out there and while the packaging may have changed, their business practices most surely haven’t!
So have fun, grab a friend to make the switch with you, and most importantly, give yourself a great big hug for all the positive changes you are about to make in your life, and for your health.