A Hormone Friendly Skincare Routine
The average woman puts 168 chemicals on her body each day from the personal care products she uses. That number is even higher for cosmetics marketed toward women of color.
This is scary and quite frankly, it's not okay.
If you checked out this post on the fertile trends for 2017 at the beginning of the year, then you know that clean beauty is on the rise and we should all be here for it
Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl- and Isobutyl-, Oxybenzone), Bisphenol-A (BPA)DioxinAtrazine, Phthalates, Triclosan, BHA and BHT, Siloxanes, Petrolatum, Sodium laureth sulfate
Do you know what any of those are? If you're a chemist you might. But it's likely you don't, and I don't either. These toxic chemicals are harmful to the reproductive system and your fertility and are found in many of the cosmetic products found on the market today.
It's really important that we start paying more attention to what we're putting on your bodies in addition to what we put in it. Take out the products in your cabinet, how long is the ingredients list? Are any of the above ingredients listed?
This is the skincare routine that I do every morning to support my hormones. I try to use products that have a short ingredients list, and if it is on the longer side the ingredients are still safe and natural. If you're interested in a more simplified and affordable DIY routine, visit this post.
Step One Facial Cleanser - Christina Moss Naturals Organic Facial Wash - $22.99 | Cleanse
Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Certified Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide (this is removed in the final product through the process of Saponification), Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) Juice, Citric Acid, Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter), Certified Organic Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) Essential Oil, Rosmarius Officianalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract
Step Two Toner - Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel (Alcohol Free) -$12.49 | Balance Facial pH
Ingredients: Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
Facial Mist - Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray -$11.92 | Restore Moisture
Ingredients: Vor-mag Water, Natural Vegetable Glycerin and Rosa Damascena (Hydroessential Rose) Flower Oil
Facial Serum - Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum - $33.99 (not used daily) | Brighten & Tighten
Ingredients: Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose
Facial Oil - Herbivore Orchid - $64 | Seal Moisture
Ingredients: Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Amaranthus Squalane Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute
SPF - *Not pictured* - I am still on the hunt for a great sunscreen for brown skin. If you recommend one please comment below!
Make-up Remover - Organic Jojoba Oil + Water
Facial Cleanser - Using Spin-brush for exfoliation
Facial Serum - Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum (not used daily) - $32.99 | Healthy Skin Cell Production
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Vitamin A (HPR:Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate), Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Citric Acid, Steam Distilled Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Oat Beta-Glucan, Phytoceramide (Soybean Palmitate), Acetyl Glucosamine
Facial Mask - Fresh Aloe Vera Gel | Moisturizing, Evens Skin Tone, Anti-Inflammatory
Facial Oil - Folie Apothecary Prickly Pear Face Serum (travel size) - $38 | Stimulates Collagen Production
Ingredients: Prickly pear oil, Argan oil, all natural Essential oils
Honey Mask for Moisture
Sheet Mask on Sunday based on what my skin needs.
Dry Brush - $9.97 - Detoxification + Lymph Cleansing
Abhyanga Oil - Paavani Vata Nourishing Body Oil - $45 - Warming & Grounding Self Massage
Ingredients: Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Cinnamon & Essential Oils of: Cassia, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, & Vanilla Bean
Body Wash - Dr Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Soap - $15.99 (Add Jojoba for extra moisture)
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
Body Mist - Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray -$11.92 - After pat-drying I spray Rosewater to help moisturize and seal with a body butter.
Body Balm - Nucifera Body Balm -$37 | Seal & Moisturize - During the winter months I use a heavier butter to combat dry skin.
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Kokum Butter, Avocado Oil, Borage Oil, Mango Butter, Moringa Oil, Medicinal Grade Essential Oil Blend (Lavender, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Carrot Seed, Sandalwood, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Frankincense.
Breast Oil - Ginger Chi Breast Massage Oil - $15 | Firm & Lift - This breast massage helps to cleanse the lymphs and firm breast.
Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Camellia sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Pelargonium x asperum (Geranium) oil, Cupresses sempervirens (Cypress) oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel oil, Zingiber officinale (Fresh Ginger) root oil.
Deodorant - Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose h o l i (R o s e) N4 Deodorant -$26 | Aluminum-free Deodorant
Ingredients: Organic Coconut oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Beeswax, Sunflower butter, Avocado butter, Castor oil, Rose Essential oil, Sandalwood Essential oil, Love
Feminine Balance - Fertile Alchemy Aromatic Oil- $24-49 - For hormonal Balance & Fertility - Applied to the inner ankles and neck 2x daily
Ingredients- Moonstone Infused Organic Jojoba Oil and an Aromatic Blend of Salvia sclera (Clary Sage), Organum marjorana (Marjoram), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), Boswellia sacra (Frankincense), Ocimum basilicum (Basil), Eucalyptus globules (Eucalyptus), Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), & LOVE
During fall/winter months I use a Happy Light while I get ready to help manage Seasonal Affective Disorder. I have noticed a huge change in my mood this year from doing this simple step every morning.
I find that spending more time in the morning for Dry Brushing and Abhyanga's really helps to ground me and prepare me for my day. This means I'm less anxious, feel less stressed and, am more productive throughout my day.
Most of the products listed are independent beauty companies and created for and by women. I think it's really important that whoever creates the products you're using has your fertility and reproductive health in mind.
Got any hormone friendly products you love? Comment below!