Thursday, September 4, 2014

august beauty favorites: danielle

While we were at the beach, our sister Danielle told us about the new, cleaned-up beauty routine she had been trying. We invited her to share her favorite products that she used in August here on the blog.

I’ve been working to clean up my beauty routine in the past several months. I already use eco-friendly cleaning products in our home, and I try to make conscious choices about food and exercise, so revamping my beauty routine was a logical next step.

To me, “clean” means products made with safer or healthier ingredients than those found in conventional beauty products. These are the ingredients I’m trying to avoid: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, polyethylene glycol/PEG, phenoxyethanol, BHA, metals, and “fragrance.” All of these ingredients, commonly found in conventional beauty products, have documented or potential health risks associated with their use. Additionally, I try to use beauty products that have not been tested on animals, and this is a standard upheld by many clean brands.

A little about me…
Age: 28
Skin: very sensitive, combination, prone to allergies and hormonal acne
Hair: long, fine, tangles easily, light brown, previously color-treated

And here are my current favorite clean beauty products:

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo is the best clean shampoo I’ve tried. Even with a great cut, my long straight hair has a tendency to look limp. This shampoo gives my hair shine and bounce, and it looks good whether I air dry or heat style. Though expensive, the bottle lasts a long time.

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner is amazing. While it is supposed to be a deep conditioner, I actually use a small amount every time I wash my hair and leave it in briefly for light conditioning. The formula is moisturizing without being heavy, and I love the scent.

Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser leaves my sensitive skin clean without being stripped of moisture. Since I began using this cleanser, I have had very few breakouts. It is non-foaming with a creamy texture and a slight grit from the brown rice.

Blissoma Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum seems to tighten my pores and balance my skin. This serum is non-oily and has a matte finish once absorbed. While it has a rather lengthy ingredient list, it includes mostly herbs and has not caused me any irritation.

I tried some highly ineffective natural deodorants before purchasing Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. While it doesn’t perform quite like my beloved Secret Clinical Strength, Soapwalla actually leaves me fresh and reasonably dry, with no concern over the safety of its ingredients. This smooth deodorant cream comes in a round jar and is applied with your fingers.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara was such a great find. This mascara gives my lashes length, thickness and a hint of curl. I have not experienced any flaking or clumping, although I have to be careful immediately after application as it does take about 90 seconds to dry on my lashes. I get some smudging around my eyes by the end of the day, but it is otherwise perfect.

As a spot treatment for the occasional blemish, I’ve been using tea tree oil. This is not a groundbreaking beauty product, but it certainly is effective. Even my husband has been reaching for tea tree oil instead of his benzoyl peroxide cream. Tea tree oil can be very harsh on the face if used full strength, so be sure to dilute it with a carrier such as water or jojoba oil before application.

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