It’s March and by now many people have already given up on their 2019 New Year Resolutions. If you haven’t started towards your resolution yet or if you haven’t worked towards your 2019 goals as much as you originally planned, March is a great time to get back on track.
“Saving money” is the second most popular New Year Resolution in 2019, just behind “exercise more” or “lose weight.” One major way people can achieve the goal of saving money is by spending less on everyday items such as cosmetics. By switching to natural alternatives for common beauty products, you can save money in 2019 while living a more natural lifestyle.
According to a 2016 article, there are 1,300 harmful chemicals banned from cosmetics in Europe. However, only 11 of those chemicals are banned in the U.S.
Ethanolamine compounds, BAK, prime yellow carnauba wax, formaldehyde, parabens, aluminum powder, retinyl acetate, heavy metals, and titanium dioxide are chemicals commonly found in cosmetics that should be avoided.
These chemicals are found in eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, anti-aging face creams, eye creams, and other cosmetic products.
Are you wondering why these chemicals should be avoided? Studies show that these chemicals are linked to organ system toxicity, dry eye disease, allergic reactions, reproductive toxicity, and respiratory concerns, as well as clogging your pores, leaving your skin imbalanced and dull.
Luckily there are natural alternatives to many cosmetic products.
1) Both tea tree oil and rosemary oil can be used to relieve skin infections. Simply blend either of these oils with a carrier oil and apply to the infected spot. You can also use a face cream or a body lotion if you don’t have a carrier oil available.
2) Tea tree oil really is an amazing essential oil. Many people use tea tree oil as part of a skincare regiment to reduce acne because this oil has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil or face cream and use after washing your face.
3) Makeup remover is a must-have for anyone who wears makeup, but so many makeup removers are harsh on the skin. Jojoba oil can be used as a natural makeup remover. Put a few drops onto a cloth or cotton round and simply wipe the makeup away. Jojoba oil moisturizes the skin as it removes the makeup, making it perfect for a nighttime routine.
4) Manketti oil can be used to moisturize the skin around the eyes. After washing your face use a cloth or cotton rounds to apply the manketti oil directly to the skin. Manketti oil has a high co.ntent of Vitamins E & C, which soften, moisturize, and repair the skin.
5) Baobab oil is moisturizing and can be used as part of a daily skincare regimen. Baobab oil has high amounts of Omega 6 and acts as an emollient, lubricating the skin and providing a soft and smooth appearance and feel. This oil absorbs quickly, improves elasticity, and does not clog the pores. Baobab oil could be used as a natural moisturizer for day and night, and as a bath oil or it can be used in creams.
Making small changes to your everyday spending and cosmetic choices can have a big impact on your life! What are your plans for living a stronger and healthier life in 2019?