Create your own non-toxic, chemical-free skincare routine
After delving into skincare products full of chemicals and formulas, now beauty enthusiasts are drawn to natural, non-toxic, and chemical-free beauty products and natural skin regimes. As a result, we have witnessed the avalanche of all things natural in the beauty industry, from beauty products, accessories, and even makeup looks (how can we forget the famous no-makeup look of K-dramas and K-pop).
Understanding a natural ingredient in a product is a matter of debate, as most beauty companies can choose what “natural” means. For example, even if there is a natural ingredient in a product, it could be inconsistent in the formulation, making it hard to test the potency and effectiveness of the said ingredient.
How can you detoxify your skincare routine?
The first step to detoxifying your skin would be to know which toxic chemicals are found in beauty products that we must avoid. Here are a few of them
Parabens are perhaps the most commonly used chemical preservative that could be found in body, skin, and hair products. Unfortunately, several studies suggest that these parabens can lead to the risk of breast cancer, increasing difficulties in menopause, and even lower sperm count. This is enough to understand that parabens are a strict no-no. If you are still confused about which parabens to avoid, follow a simple rule. Check the ingredients of your beauty product; if it contains anything with the word paraben, prevent it.
Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde
Another preservative that you must avoid at any cost. It is known to cause red, sensitive skin and sudden allergic reactions. So, look out for dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, and 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol) in your personal and skincare products.
Tips for creating a non-toxic skincare routine
Never forget that sunscreen
Investing in a good quality sunscreen with SPF is the best thing you can do for your skin. If you have an aversion to sunscreen’s white cast effect of sunscreen, then go for the next best thing: an SPF moisturiser or an SPF-enriched foundation. To protect your skin, make sure that your sunscreen is non-toxic and harmful chemical-free.
Hydration is your best friend
The best skin starts with hydration, so remember to drink water (a minimum of eight glasses a day). To take a humble glass of water’s impact a notch up, sprinkle some sea salt or add electrolytes. Remember, hydrated skin means happy, healthy, and glowy skin.
Antioxidants play a big role in making your skin radiant and healthy. They help neutralise free radicals, which can increase due to pollution, alcohol consumption, and stress. Consuming food filled with antioxidants such as green leafy veggies, berries, oranges, apples, dark chocolate, and green tea can help you achieve that glass skin you have always dreamed of.
For healthy skin, it is essential to get rid of dead skin by exfoliating. Exfoliation helps skin repair, and to do it beneficial, use homemade scrubs. One such exfoliator is sugar and coffee. Homemade sugar and coffee scrubs can do wonders for your skin.
Cold water facial splash
Washing your face with cold water can help reduce skin inflammation by providing hydration and shrinking pores. Moreover, this practice improves mental alertness, stimulates endorphins, increases blood circulation, and boosts the immune system.
Who knew achieving great skin without chemical and toxic skincare products would be so easy?