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New year, new you, right? Tossing out the sugar and hitting the treadmill is fine and dandy, but your health isn’t limited to just diet and fitness. Going clean and taking care of yourself is as much about simple choices as it is about a strict regimen. Why not jump-start your journey with a simple switch to all natural beauty products? You’ll minimize the number of chemicals and toxins you’re exposed to and help out the environment at the same time.
A year ago, President Obama signed a ban on those plastic micro-beads found in exfoliators. That was big news, but it’s not the only time “health and beauty” products have used odd and unnatural ingredients. BHA, sometimes used in moisturizers and makeup, is linked to cancer. Same for formaldehyde. And then there’s sodium lauryl sulfate, which irritates your eyes, lungs and skin. For a longer list of toxic beauty chemicals to avoid, see this Huffington Post article or this DIY guide to Natural Bathroom Products.
Thankfully, we have more and more natural and organic (and affordable) options available — from soaps and skincare to haircare and makeup. Meeting a steadily growing interest in ingredients that are easy to identify and read, the beauty industry is getting back to its roots with products that don’t just look and feel good — they’re actually good for you.
If you’re looking to leave harsh ingredients behind this year, read on for cult classics and new trailblazers in the natural beauty niche. Here are our top five all natural beauty product picks for 2017.
1. Dr. Bronner’s Lotion
An OG in the organic front, Dr. Bronner’s is a recognizable name and an easy find in most supermarkets and drug stores. Inexpensive for its certified fair trade, vegan non-GMO and organic credentials, you can count on this brand to be gentle enough for the whole family.
2. May Lindstrom Cleansing Clay
Made from ingredients you can find in the kitchen and on the spice rack, this higher-end line is rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatories. It’s also perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Splurge on May Lindstrom for a little at-home spa action and enjoy the larger-sized products’ long-lasting nature.
3. RMS Beauty Luminizer
You likely know this name for its association with making the J. Crew catalog girls look flawless. That perfect skin is all thanks to this product: RMS Living Luminizer. RMS products are gluten-free, GMO-free, soy-free, nano-free and not tested on animals. Oh, and the packaging is made from recycled materials.
4. Jane Iredale Glow Time
Recommended by facialists and sold at Nordstrom? If that’s not a strong enough backing, I don’t know what is. Jane Iredale powders, foundations, eye shadows and more are also dermatologist-tested with strong customer reviews. Paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, gluten-free and oil-free…you get the idea.
5. The Seaweed Bath Co. Shampoo
Cleanse and clarify winter-weary locks with a color-safe haircare brand featuring sustainably harvested seaweed. Gluten-free, paraben-free, SLS-free and-dye free, this line’s products are nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying all at once.
Are you making the switch to all natural beauty products this year? Let us know in the comments!