Body Care Must-Haves

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. Your skin is your largest organ and will absorb whatever it’s rubbed, smeared or dabbled in. The point is to keep things simple, using honest, straight-forward ingredients that don’t contain the parabens, chemical additives and other toxic ingredients characteristic of most products on the market. If you are used to wearing a lot of make-up or  hair product, try to cut back—you’ll look and feel so much more refreshed and your glow will reach new highs.

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1. Body Wash

Find a high-quality vegetable-based bar of soap and it’ll last you months. You don’t need the frills and fancies of liquid soaps—just a decent bar of soap and exfoliating gloves (#2).

My favorite soap is the South of France brand. They are huge and last ages!

Ingredients: 100% Vegetable Oils: Palm Oil and/or Coconut Oil and/or Olive Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Mineral Pigments or Colorants, Blends of Fragrance, Natural Oils and Essential Oils.

2. Exfoliating Gloves

Scrub dub you don’t stop. Get those nooks and crannies and you’re skin will be exfoliated and incredibly soft!

 

3. Body Lotion

I have been devoted to the derma-e brand for years. I find it highly effective and powerful despite being completely natural and upholding high health standards. A lot of organic, natural, vegan and raw body care products are good for your skin, sure, but are oftentimes ineffective and too light or inconsistently made. Some even go bad after a few weeks. Derma-e carries the bang, especially with its acne-fighting line. Currently, I’m using this body lotion. BUT, usually my go-to moisturizer is plain old coconut oil.

Embrace coconut oil! It is amazing for your body, face, hair, diet and plenty more. Make sure to get coconut oil versus its butter version. The butter uses the flesh of the coconut, whereas the oil is simply what is pressed out of the flesh. You don’t want to rub coconut flesh into your skin, so stick to the oil and use the butter for raw dessert recipes Smile.

Derma-e Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Allantoin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Panthenol, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin, BioAstin®) Extract, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

4. Face Cream

This is the most important part of your beauty ritual. A good face cream makes all the difference. I go through cycles with mine—every year it seems I have a new staple. First it was  Dr. Alkaitis’ Day Crème. Last year it was Simply Divine’s Skincredible. Then it was Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer (which was way too expensive to justify for the long-run, considering how small the batches are! Sad smile ). Now I’m stuck on NeoBio’s Red Clover Tagescreme (Day Cream).

               

 

Simply Divine’s Skincredible revolutionized my skin. I felt the difference immediately, and the scent is absolutely wonderful—you don’t even need perfume when you use it. Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer (and the rest of her facial care line for that matter) took my skin to a whole other level. Tata’s products are light and moisturizing and smell like fresh flowers. I recommend those two brands whole-heartedly. I found Dr. Alkaitis’ Day Crème to be not moisturizing enough and slightly sticky. It didn’t sink into my skin the way I wanted it to, although it is edible (I didn’t say appetizing). The NeoBio brand is my newest favorite. I love the red clover scent and the way it feels is perfect for the summer—light, nourishing, and not sticky or overbearing in the least. I swoon Smile.

5. Make Up

There are many eco-friendly make-up products out there, but I have to say that my favorite is Dr. Hauschka. I’ve been using the brand for a long time and have no reason to convert to another. I highly recommend it, since it’s not as weak and doesn’t easily wear away as other eco/health-friendly brands do. The eyeliner and mascara, especially, have been amazing replacements for my former chemical-ridden ones. Check out its other make-up products—they’re worth it!

 

6. Nails

Priti Polish, non-toxic nail polish – check it out!

7. Hair

The Morocco Method line is phenomenal! These products are catered to the specific nature of your hair and are tagged as the five elements depending on what they’re good for. There is a systematic way to use these products to reap the greatest results. They are healing and rejuvenating for your hair, so give ‘em a try!

 

8. Body Brush

Funny this is listed last, when it actually is the first thing you should do in the morning – dry brush! Dry brushing in circular clockwise motions from the tips of your toes and fingers and towards your heart, 5 days a week and naked, will increase circulation, reduce cellulite, stimulate the lymphatic system, and remove dead skin cells. It seems like a mindless, miniscule task, but it is actually one of the most effective practices you can do that will keep your body in shape, your skin soft, and your energy levels high. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed. Here is a video “how-to”:

Enjoy these products and tips!

Simplify your beauty routine by sticking to chemical-free products. It’ll make your life so much easier as well as healthier and brighter! A true glow comes from true practices.

xo Aylin

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  • Ana

    Hi,
    I like your experience about food and health.
    I have a question regardind the use of organic shampoo.
    I understand the importance of having an organic body or face cream because these products go into your body but i’m sceptic about purchasing an organic shampoo or soap or body gel. This is because i know that our skin protects us from the bad substances and as long as you have a contact that lasts about some seconds or minutes with the last products i’ve mentioned i don’t understand how can it really impact me wrong. Are there any studies that would compare the use of an organic soap with the regular one?

    I just don’t want to spend extra money on something i’m not sure about because i know that the industry is focused more on making money then on your health.
    Thanks!

    • http://www.glowkitchen.com Aylin

      From personal experience, shampoo and conditioners are the least important in your skin-care and cellular health. Plus, you are washing them out, so they aren’t stuck to the skin and subsequently being absorbed like a cream after a shower. But, one of the most sacred things is your hair gel/spray/powder. Hair gels that stay in your hair will find way to your skin, either by wiping against your face (and causing acne/irritation) or by why of touching your hair with your hands and then your face or other parts of your body. The smell is also not something you want to have lingering in the air around you all day. I havent come across any studies, but have just used my intuition on this one. If I find a good deal, I’ll get organic shampoo/conditioner, but usually I just use Pantene 🙂 For styling, I stick to a simple, organic cream that’ll last months and is worth the extra buck.

      Don’t buy into all the crazy expensive organic brands of ANYTHING. They are just trying to capitalize on the health movement. A simple, no-frill organic product won’t make you break the bank. And imagine how much LESS you’ll be buying too. Find your staples and stick with them instead of spreading yourself thin with all these random products.

      Hope that helps!