When I wrote an article on why everyone should be joining the clean beauty movement, one of the readers requested to share alternatives to basic everyday products like soaps, moisturisers etc. So I decided to share with you guys how I replaced all the products in my routine with safer alternatives.
I have divided this clean beauty swap series into two parts- one for skincare and another one for haircare routine. I will share all the products I used before switching to clean beauty, along with the products I swapped them with. You don’t necessarily have to use the same products, but it will serve as a guide to how you can switch to cleaner alternatives with some effort and time.
My first clean beauty swap was switching to a sulphate free cleanser. I was using the Clean and Clear and Himalaya Neem Facewash (not pictured above) and wanted to replace it with a face wash that was cheap, yet cleansed well. So picked up the Aroma Magic Neem and Tree facewash and it was amazing. I used up two tubes of it before changing to Rustic Art Neem and Basil Facewash (I am instantly attracted to any cleanser with neem in it) I am currently experimenting with various cleansers to find my perfect match but both the above alternatives are pretty good.
An issue I was struggling with the most, finding a good moisturizer that doesn’t make my skin greasier than it already is. I have used Lacto calamine and Neutrogena Oil-free moisturizer (a huge dud!) before and found the switch to Aroma Magic Juniper Berry Moisturizer a huge relief. It was cheap, hydrated my skin well and didn’t make it greasy at all. It has become my HG moisturizer now.
I introduced exfoliation in my skincare routine with homemade scrubs but switched to ready formulations as I grew lazy to prepare them. I have used Himalaya Herbals Neem Scrub, Everyuth walnut scrub and the Clean and Clear Blackhead scrub( which is an absolute waste of money). After switching to clean beauty, I purchased the Biotique Papaya Tan removal scrub which de-tans and exfoliates very well. I am soon switching to a Juicy chemistry scrub but still, it is one of my favourites.
4. Face Mask
I generally like making my facemasks with clays and other kitchen ingredients but always have a store-bought one as a backup, for when I feel too lazy to whip them up. I had the Himalaya Neem Face mask earlier and I am back to homemade ones after switching to clean beauty. But I liked this Mud Mask from Skincare Villa which is quite decent for oily skin.
5. Spot Treatment.
I was surprised to spot parabens in the OTC spot treatment I was using for my pimples. I wanted to buy tea tree oil but had Neem Oil at my home already so used that instead. And it actually works better and faster even on the angriest, painful pimples.
6. Body lotion
Most drugstore body lotions like the Vaseline ones are made with mineral oils and paraffin. So I switched to the Aroma Magic Honey and Shea Butter body lotion which is made with coconut oil derivative, shea butter, honey etc. Its affordable, lightweight and nourishing, perfect for all seasons.
Another tough challenge, to find a sunscreen with clean ingredients that perform well. I have used tubes after tubes of the Lotus Herbals UV screen Gel which was perfect for my oily skin and was sad to let it go. I finally purchased the Aroma Magic Sunblock lotion SPF 30 which promises broad-spectrum protection and is mattifying.
It took me around 6 months to finally make these clean beauty swap possible as I didn’t want to throw away everything overnight. Instead, I waited for the products to get over and replaced them with cleaner products. Similarly, you too can make the clean beauty swap one product at a time.
I will share my haircare swaps in the next post so stay tuned for that. Have you made the switch to clean beauty yet? If not, give it a thought and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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