Hello, springtime! Taking care of your body from the inside out (food) and outside in (products) is important all year long (and the Clean Sweep is your guide for that), but there is something about the warm seasons and fresh air that make me even more conscious about personal care. It probably has something to do with the fact that our bodies are way more exposed in the spring and summer months…cue all the fun in the sun while wearing off-the-shoulder tops, bathing suits, cutoffs, and flowy dresses.
Keep scrolling for clean beauty products that I am currently loving and highly recommend for their purity and effectiveness. More recs can be found on @thecleanstuff and the full library of toxin-free products I swear by + daily, detailed wellness content (for 90 days) can be yours if you sign up for my clean living program, the Clean Sweep! xo
Alright, clean beauty lovers, today is a BIG day. We have no other than the founder of Follain, Tara Foley, with us to chat all about clean beauty and skincare. Specifically, Tara is going to be covering the transition from toxic to toxin-free; a journey that is so important but can feel overwhelming. Don’t fret though, Tara’s approach to the transition is practical, achievable, and so worth it.
One of the many things that I love about Follain is their belief that clean products aren’t to only be praised for the ingredients they don’t include (i.e. toxic ones!), but celebrated for the nourishing, nutrient-rich ingredients they do include. It isn’t enough to only eliminate the bad stuff; the replacement ingredients must be of utmost quality because those minerals and vitamins are what your skin is really wanting to soak up. With that in mind, we are going to hand it over to Tara to talk more about the clean beauty journey.
5 Steps for Kick-Starting Your Clean Beauty Journeywith Tara Foley, founder & ceo of Follain
When I first met Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, I was immediately impressed by her deep knowledge and passion for clean living. We share this passion and also love promoting the importance of clean living to as many women (and men!) as possible. I was beyond honored when Lauren suggested that you’d like to hear from me about how to switch over to a clean beauty routine!
To begin, I want to put it out there that I know how hard it can be to know where to start, when switching to cleaner beauty products—and it can be even harder to decode product labels that contain buzzwords like “natural,” “organic,” and “non-toxic.”
I opened Follain in 2013 to create a destination for beautiful, high-performing, and truly clean skincare products. When you shop with us, you don’t have to worry about confusing labels, because we’ve vetted every single product long before it makes it onto our shelves and our website. In fact, we have an always evolving restricted ingredient list that we maintain with input from scientists, dermatologists, and other experts. We also put all products through a rigorous approval process, meaning the team and I test them out over several weeks to make sure they live up to their promises and will work wonders for your skin.
If you’re like me, you use A LOT of products, and it would be overwhelming to swap them all at once. That’s why I always recommend thinking about what you use most often and the most of. Those are the best products you should switch out first. Here are 5 categories to consider switching early on, as you start your clean beauty journey.
Conventional deodorants are usually antiperspirants, designed to clog pores and block sweat, rather than allow your body do what it was designed to when your temperature rises: sweat! Clean deodorants won’t stop you from sweating (which is a good thing), but they typically include essential oils to kill odor-causing bacteria and moisture-absorbers such as baking soda or cornstarch.
Many conventional cleansers contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), an additive that makes products foam up; however, it’s thought to contribute to a bunch of health problems. I don’t think the foam is worth the risk—and it’s definitely not doing anything for skin. In fact, SLS can be irritating and trigger allergies. Natural and non-toxic cleansers opt for clays, oils, and plant extracts to get you squeaky clean while nourishing your skin, too. If you need help finding the best cleanser for your skin, try our matchmaker tool!
Hand & Body Soap
Since you use soap and body wash all over, this is an important swap to make. I’m partial to our Follain Hand & Body Soap, which is gentle enough to be used for just about everything. If you’re a fan of bar soap, though, there are a bunch of clean options that take your dad’s old-fashioned bar to the next level. With the beautiful essential oils and a soft lather of non-toxic soaps, you’ll never want to go back to your old shower routine.
Since you probably use your facial moisturizer twice a day, this is a good candidate for a clean swap. Traditional formulas can contain fillers, preservatives, and chemically derived emulsifiers. The best thing about their clean counterparts—and clean skincare in general—is that they replace those fillers with ingredients that actually make a difference for your skin and can help you target your skincare concerns. It can be hard to figure out which moisturizer is right for you, but at Follain, we created a our skin quiz to solve this problem. By answering a few questions, you’ll get recommendations for a personalized routine from our selection of high-performing favorites.
Conventional moisturizers often include petroleum derivatives, which are touted for their ability to seal in moisture. But there are plenty of safe and wholesome alternatives that will feed your skin. I’m personally a big fan of body oils, which is why I’m so excited about Follain’s new Instant Glow Body Oil. We crafted it from 10 oils and it comes in a spray bottle, so it’s easy to apply. But if oil isn’t for you, there are plenty of lotions, butters, and balms that will do the trick, without any of the nasty stuff!
In my personal opinion, the best part about making the switch to cleaner beauty is that these products are so much more enjoyable to use than conventional products! Their beautiful nourishing ingredients make you feel like you’re doing something super healthy for yourself–because you are!
As you have more questions when making the switch to cleaner products, we’re here and happy to help! Thanks for reading and enjoy the journey!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Clean Edit, so figured it was time!! Are you following along daily over on @thecleanstuff? If not, definitely do that too for a regular dose of clean product recommendations that I have used and love.
We love us a good spa night at home! Cue all the bath salts, candles, and relaxing music. Self-care can be anything from such a spa night, or as simple as applying your favorite cream before bed or mask in the morning.
Since it is the magical season of gift giving, we are loving the idea of sharing the love for self-care moments with others by gifting self-care gifts.
You can get the full scoop on all wellness gift ideas from our gift guide, but below is a quick peek at treat-yourself items from Primally Pure that make the best gifts…for you and others! xo
I could not be more proud of my dear friend, Giuliana, for using her story for good in so many ways. One of which is her most recently launched skincare line called Fountain of Truth. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, G was unable to find a clean skincare line that treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and other skin issues. So, she created her own! It has been extra sweet to watch how personal this process has been for her + how much care she has put into creating it.
Reasons why I personally love FOT:
The Fountain of Truth™ formulas contain Super Bio-Ferment technology of clean, safe, gentle, and highly effective, fermented, skin-loving botanical ingredients.
The use of fermented ingredients: efficacy and potency of ingredients may be increased when they are fermented because they can be “broken down” into smaller molecules to help improved the appearance of skin’s surface.
It uses smaller molecules, which can allow for more skin penetration, hydration, and soothing. Not to mention, fermentation can also help the nutrient density and concentration of skin-loving ingredients. All this makes for a gentle, yet effective formula to help to improve texture, tone, dryness, and the appearance of fine lines.
A few of the ingredients:
Wakame Seaweed has powerful antioxidant benefits.
Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Silicon get fermented and play important roles in helping skin look and feel healthy.
It’s that time! Our official 2018 holiday gift guide is here. Introducing the LSK Wellness Gift Guide: 30 Gifts to Give. If you are part of our email list, you received it last week and have probably already gotten a head-start on shopping. As we talked about in a recent post, we are taking gift-giving very intentionally this holiday season and gifting wellness-focused items that are good for one’s body, mind, and soul! Scroll down for 30 wellness gifts. Enjoy! xo
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