From creams to soaps, nearly every product you buy for your skin care regimen can be made at home or substituted with an organic alternative. Here's our recipe for happy, glowing skin — without the toxic chemicals.
1) BE SUN SAVVY: We all know it's important to protect skin from sun damage. Wear a hat, use a bandana to cover you neck, and consider the benefits of using sunscreen. But choosing a sunscreen isn't as simple as it seems. Some products can contain chemicals that may be hazardous to your reproductive health. To help you understand the health risks and choose a safe an effective sunscreen, check out the Sierra Club's sunscreen fact sheet. Then consult the Environmental Working Group's 2013 Guide To Sunscreens to find the best brand for you and your family.
It is possible to make your own sunscreen if you are wary of using a commercial product. Most recipes call for the use of zinc oxide, an inorganic compound that sits on the surface of your skin (instead of being absorbed into your body), where it absorbs UVAs before they make it to your skin.
2) SWITCH BODY WASH FOR BAR SOAP: By making this switch you are already minimizing your environmental footprint. Avoid those plastic bottles and look for soap that has the least amount of packaging. Outside of making your own, the best option is to find local, organic bar soaps. If you're lucky, you might find them at your local farmer's market. Plus, by opting for natural soap, you can avoid substances like triclosan, a compound currently being reviewed by the FDA for possibly "alter(ing) hormone regulation."