Before my diagnosis, I led a relatively healthy lifestyle; I ate well, exercised, rarely drank alcohol and never smoked; however, I didn’t really put much thought into the skin care products and make-up that I was using and how this may impact my health. Following my diagnosis, I have completely overhauled the skin care products that I use. Whilst there is limited medical evidence about the effects of skin care products or make-up on your health, I figured that it doesn’t hurt to go as natural as possible and restrict the amount of chemicals that are being absorbed into my body. Every little helps!
I came across a great book called “There’s Lead In Your Lipstick” by Gillian Deacon (also a breast cancer survivor) which goes into detail about all of the bad ingredients that are included in everyday skin care and make up. If you are interested in learning more about bad ingredients like sulphates, parabens, fragrance/parfum, and phthalates then I would recommend picking up this book.
EWG’s healthy living app is a great resource for checking out how safe a product is – you just scan the product barcode and review the rating for the product. They have reviews for thousands of skin care and make-up products (as well as food), so you should be able to find the product you are looking for. Most of the products I have been looking for have been reviewed on the app; it is just smaller local companies that might not have their products rated yet.
Products That I Use
After a lot of research and trying different products, I stumbled across the below brands and products that I love and use everyday. They are super natural with no baddies like parabens, sulphates etc. included. Some of the products are local to the Calgary area too which is amazing. I can find all of these products at my local organic market, Blush Lane, or at the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. store direct which is a bonus.
Since switching up my skin care products, my skin has been soooooo much better. I used to get quite bad breakouts and thought this was just due to hormones etc. Well in my opinion anyway the breakouts were bad; although Simon always said he couldn’t see the breakouts….hmmmm. It turns out that a lot of the breakouts were caused by the products I was using and my skin’s reaction to them.
Acure is an American company, established to create vegan products that are cruelty free, paraben free and sulphate free.
They have some great creams – I use Acure’s Seriously Soothing Day Cream, Brilliantly Brightening Night Cream, and Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream on a daily basis. I also really like Acure’s face washes and scrubs. I use their Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream every night and most mornings, and I use their Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub a couple of mornings a week. The scrub has Moroccan red clay and Argan extract and is a nice gentle scrub for my face – it doesn’t irritate my skin by being too abrasive.
Andalou Naturals is another American company, and the first non-GMO project verified beauty brand.
I really like Andalou’s Coconut Water Firming Toner. I tried a couple of other toner brands before I stumbled upon this one and some of the other brands were awful and really stung my face…ouch! I am so glad that I found this toner and I use it morning and night…winner!
I also use Andalou’s Argan Stem Cell Benefit Balm, Un-Tinted SPF 30. I am the sunscreen queen and am obsessed with making sure that I always have sunscreen on as I am so pale and will burn otherwise. Plus one cancer is enough without adding skin cancer into the mix! I use this cream everyday, although it is a little thick so I pop it on after I have used Acure’s day Cream – it just makes it easier to rub in.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is a great local company who makes the products by hand in Canmore, Alberta. The products are toxin free and 100% natural skin care products for mini-humans (see my post on baby skin care products) and big humans too.
My go-to product from Rocky is their Breakout Buster with tea tree. This is a little gem for when a breakout decides to explode on my face. LOL….it’s really not that bad…I seem to love an exaggeration for breakouts! I use it morning and night if a little spot appears and it quickly disappears.
Rocky’s Omega 3 Hand Cream is a great hand cream. It is made with cold-pressed flax seed oil and organic shea butter so is super hydrating….which is what hand cream is supposed to be so that’s a bonus!
I absolutely love the natural deodorant that Routine makes. Better yet, they are a Calgary based company.
I have tried “natural” deodorants before but didn’t find one that worked very well….that was before I found Routine. The deodorants are vegan based clay products and they come in pretty glass jars. I use the Sexy Sadie De-Odor Cream, but they have lots of other scents to pick from. A tiny splodge (that’s a technical term LOL…about the size of a pea) of the cream is all that is required for each under-arm and it truly works, for me anyway.
Routine also has baking-soda free formulas too for people with underarm sensitivity to deodorants. I am trying this version out right now and so far so good.
I have noticed that a lot of brands are changing their products to remove a lot of the “bad” ingredients. This is great news, but I would still urge caution when choosing a new product – they may advertise as being natural/toxin free, but you should still check the ingredients list as they may still use sulphates, parabens or any of the other offending toxins.