Chemicals. Compounds. Properties. They’re not just buzzwords used in science class. They’re what makes up the beauty products you use on your skin, day in, day out. But how often do you consider what ingredients are in the creams, oils and scrubs you use all over your body? No matter what your skin type or condition, natural ingredients are the safest and surest way to ensure you’re treating your skin in the best way possible. But with so many natural skincare products to choose from and a myriad of ingredient labels, how on earth do you make the transition? Fear not. We’ve put together this handy guide full of beauty tips and Malée products to ease your transition to natural skincare products in 6 simple steps.
Decide what needs replacing
It’s impossible to cut out traces of chemicals and harmful ingredients altogether, especially in one go. The best way to go about it is by going through your current beauty routine and evaluating the ingredients and chemicals inside each product. Ingredients to stay clear of include parabens, synthetic colours and formaldehyde.
Do it bit by bit
Even if you’re totally stoked about going all natural, it’s not wise to suddenly throw out your current products and replace them with all natural formulas. Your skin goes through changes and if it’s used to specific ingredients, it will take a while to adapt. It’s best to make the changes bit by bit and get clued up on natural ingredients for different skin types, especially if you use a lot of products with artificial ingredients. Going natural is a lifestyle change. It’s not something that can be rushed into.
Begin by choosing just one aspect of your beauty routine, whether it’s face or body, and pick a natural alternative. Incorporate one natural ingredient into your routine. For example, cocoa seed butter is a great alternative to ingredients found in artificial moisturisers and exfoliates. Rich in vitamin E and sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter can be found in our Conditioning Body Scrub. Introduce it to your routine once per week to buff away dead skin cells and reveal smooth skin. It’s the sugary treat your skin needs! If you find you get on with this exfoliating replacement, stick with it and move onto your next beauty swap.
Use skincare samples and DIY recipes
It might be an idea to trial samples first to ensure you’re not overwhelming your skin with ineffective ingredients. Test out a range of different options and get handy in the kitchen by creating easy DIY homemade recipes. Avocado masks are nourishing and full of vitamin E and fatty oils which make skin look and feel healthier. It’ll inject the necessary skin-loving nutrients and moisture back in your skin.
Simply mash up one avocado and add a tablespoon of honey. If it’s a match-made in heaven, introduce your skin to vegan skincare containing avocado oil such as our Verdure Nourishing Hand Cream.
Embrace essential oils
You may be weary of changing to natural beauty products without chemicals because of the changes to the appearance of your skin. Introduce yourself to scents and essential oils instead. Add a drop of our Verdure Moisturising Oil to a bath and breathe in the soft aroma. It will ease muscle pains and aches and moisturise your skin while you lay back and relax. Experiment with different formulas to find the blend that suits you.
Know that patience is a virtue
Take your time. It’s important to stay patient during your skincare product swap. Don’t expect results overnight. You might notice a couple of pimples as your skin goes through a detox. Basically, the new natural ingredients are cleansing deep into the pores and working hard to remove any nasty toxins and bacteria. Give your skin epidermis some time to renew itself – at least 28 to 30 days – to see results and remove impurities. It will be worth it, we promise. Happy, healthy skin awaits, inside and out.
Get clued up on skin types and conditions
Get to know which ingredients are best for your skin type to enjoy optimal results from natural products. Different ingredients have different effects on your skin so make sure you get clued up before making the change. Providing you’re replacing toxins with the goodness of the earth (and following this how to guide of course) your skin will reap the rewards.
Ingredients cheat sheet
But what does it all mean?
- Chemicals – A distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified.
- Parabens – Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.
- Synthetic colours – Ingredients used to dye or add colour to natural ingredients.
Tried our avocado DIY face mask? Want to know further tips and tricks on making the change to all natural products? Leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.