I am a big advocate for going natural whenever possible in terms of skincare and personal products. Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything – so it’s important to be conscious of exactly what you are putting on your skin and to become familiar with certain ingredients.
One big change I have recently made is switching from a ‘regular’ toothpaste like something from Colgate to a natural toothpaste from the health store. While I am conscious of the chemicals in toothpaste, I made the switch for a particular reason. A few months ago I had a severe case of perioral dermatitis around my nose and mouth. At first I thought it might have been the skincare I was using, however when I changed products it still didn’t clear up and it didn’t respond to over the counter creams. In the end I had to go on antibiotics to clear it up. Since finishing the cycle of antibiotics I have been so careful with what skincare products I put on my face, but I recently noticed my dermatitis started to come back which terrified me! In the back of my mind I was always thinking that the fluoride in my toothpaste might be contributing to causing my dermatitis but I kept dismissing this idea. Because I didn’t want to have to go on antibiotics again I finally made the switch to natural fluoride-free toothpaste, and I am so glad I did because I noticed my skin calmed down immediately! I also now use a recycled bamboo toothbrush.
As well as the natural toothpaste, I also use natural lip balms since you basically eat whatever is on your lips. I wear lipstick everyday and this won’t change, however I am conscious of the lipstick I wear and I always keep an eye out to make sure it isn’t causing irritation.
Something I am extremely passionate about is using aluminium-free deodorants. The chemicals that are in most deodorants are truly terrifying and sickening, and I can’t believe I used to put these chemicals into my body daily. The aluminium in deodorants work by swelling up the glands under your arms and blocking them so that you don’t perspire. Although it can be tricky finding a natural deodorant that works for you, it is worth the hunt. Perspiration doesn’t actually have an odour – it is the bacteria under your arms that causes any odour and aluminium based deodorants don’t have any anti-bacterial properties. As opposed to blocking your sweat glands, a lot of natural deodorants have anti-bacterial properties that therefore prevent you from smelling. Honestly, regular deodorants do not even work for me. At all. I can only use natural!
Below are some of my favourite natural skincare and personal products (excluding facial products):
- LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla
- MooGoo Skincare deodorant*
- Hurraw! Lip balm in Chai Spice
- MooGoo Skincare Cow Lick Lip Balm*
- MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream*
- Red Seal Herbal Toothpaste
- Bamboo Toothbrush
*These products were kindly sent to me. However, all opinions are entirely my own and I was not asked to feature them on The Audrey Files.