Skin is the largest organ on a person's body, and it absorbs almost everything you put onto it. I once read somewhere a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with: "If there is a product you wouldn't put into your mouth, why would you want it on your skin?"
Take a look at the labels of your lotions, creams and cosmetic products, most of the commercial brands contain complicated chemical compounds that don't need to go onto, or into, your body. In particular, many cosmetic products contain chemicals such as pthalates, parabens, titanium dioxide, to name a few. These are all chemicals that over time can do harm to the human body by causing cancer, allergies and compromised immune systems. Some chemicals can also prematurely age your skin, even if they are advertised as ways to preserve your youth.
You don't have to take my word for it, do your own research. Start looking into the chemicals listed on the labels of your cosmetics and consider whether you want to continue to exposing yourself to them.
In the meantime, I prefer to make most of my own bath products. Take a look at what I keep in my bathroom.
|Left to right: Baking soda shampoo, apple cider vinegar hair conditioner, Nesti Dante bar soap, honey face wash, rice vinegar face toner, virgin coconut oil moisturizer, olive oil makeup remover.|
The reason why included the word "almost" in the title of this post is because notice I have a bar of Nesti Dante soap in there. Although it is mostly comprised of natural ingredients, there are still some preservatives and controversial chemicals in there, and I didn't want to seem dishonest. The reason why I still use this soap instead of making my own is because I haven't been brave enough to do so. Making soap requires handling lye, which can be dangerous if you're not confident about what you're doing. I imagine sooner or later, when I have the space and resources to attempt making soap, I will, but not yet.
That said, here is what I do on a daily basis to get clean after a long day, in a more natural way.
1. Remove my makeup with olive oil.
2. Wash my hair with baking soda, ocassionally lightly running a bar of soap through it on particularly dirty days.
3. Soak my hair with an apple cider vinegar rinse to condition it, leaving it in.
4. Slather my face in organic honey as a mask, occasionally exfoliating with baking soda paste beforehand.
5. Wash my body with my Nesti Dante bar soap, using a konjac loofah.
6. Rinse away all the apple cider vinegar out of my hair, the honey off my face, and soap off my body with water.
7. Use toner made of rice vinegar on my face and neck to restore the pH balance of my skin and prevent breakouts, then use organic virgin coconut oil to moisturize my skin.
When I step out of the shower, my entire body is clean, the skin on my face is soft from my honey mask, and my hair is silky smooth from the apple cider vinegar rinse. And I do all this using mostly natural ingredients, without many commerical bath products containing complicated chemicals. You can easily do it too.