I just looked at the ingredients in the body cream that I use (I have dry skin) and all I could see were chemicals that I no longer want to put in or on my body! I'd love to get some feedback on what you use on your bodies and your face instead of traditional cremes and lotions. I did a "search" on the site but came up empty. Thanks all!
In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now.
After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.
I strongly recommend putting nothing on your skin. Whether it's "natural" or not, most of the things that you put on your body act as xenoestrogens. Chris Kresser has a good post (or maybe it was a podcast, I can't remember). Neither men or women need that much fake estrogen being absorbed through your largest organ. The safest thing I could imagine is coconut oil as there's nothing bad there.
To start, don't strip your skin of its natural oils by overwashing or using traditional soaps and shampoos. Look up "no poo" and you'll find lots of suggestions. The essence will be that warm water and a good cloth/loofah is enough to clean your skin. A little vinegar (good quality ACV or white vinegar) in water will cleanse and balance your scalp and hair -- with a TB of baking soda in water as needed for unusually dirty grimy occasions. This practice may take a couple weeks for your body to adjust to by producing less oils etc now that you've stopped stripping it away.
Then use tropical oils or lotions based on them as needed for extra dry spots or to help clear up blemishes.
For my body I just love unrefined shea butter. It seems to have a really moisturizing and mildly exfoliating affect (awesome on the feet). I haven't found anything else that works that well for smelling/feeling good. I also like emu oil for some body parts and my face (I don't know much about the industry/practices, so that may not be for you). Castor oil is great for making face washes (will keep skin VERY moist, while cleaning and dissolving dirt) and I mix it with a bit of Dr. Bronner's castille soap. Other than those things I like MyChelle products found at most natural food stores.
Tallow has been the best hand cream I've used so far. I have seriously dry hands, so I think I need the strong stuff like tallow or lanolin. Coconut oil gives me rashes on my hands, even though I am fine cooking with it.
I like tallow or cocoa butter for my lips.
My various options: Dr. Woods hemp/coconut/olive oil facial cleanser. California Baby sensitive skin lotion on my face. mix of almond oil/avocado oil/sea buckthorn oil/jojoba oil & just a dash of tea tree oil for body. Aubrey Organics Unscented Moisturizing lotion for hands or when I run out of body oils. Dr. Bronner's coconut oil hair cream.
I can't use shea butter, cross reactive if you have latex allergy like me. Pure coconut oil doesn't work well for my skin either - it dries out faster if I use ccn oil. I find almond and avocado oil mix to be really nice with some add ins if I have them. Macadamia nut oil is great too but I rarely get it. I get some of the same fatty acids from the sea buckthorn oil.
I use oils, apricot kernal or almond. There are some pretty good lotions out there that don't contain the parabens and sulfates and such. For makeup and facial cleansers I like Juicebeauty. You can check out the cosmetics database at www.ewg.org/skindeep to find out the toxicity levels of your products. Etsy.com is great too, for finding homemade products crafty folks are selling. Wonderful for soaps and deoderants and more.
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