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Looking back at the beauty products I was using when I was much younger I remember there was always something new to try. Always something that would give me the ultimate glow. A new serum that would make me instantly look even younger. And although we all know it’s a myth and it’s all about money, women still buy these products. When entering a beauty store we get distracted by advertisements or young sale ladies. When I was in my twenties I loved everything fashion or beauty related. As a student I was working as a make up artist and advisor and for a period of time even made it as a manager while still studying. The money that goes around in the beauty industry is enormous and never ever they would talk about the health hazards. And I could tell very clearly that woman can be suggestible. Women buy anti age crèmes from a 16 year old girl believing that they will end up having a young skin over time. I’m absolutely not suggesting that women are naïve, but on some sort of level we do get unconsciously influenced (shops, tv, advertisement, magazines, woman around us) and we never talk about the health hazards. And men, this also applies to you. What do you use? Perfume, deodorant, aftershave?

Health hazards

The moment I started reading into what exactly I was putting on my face or my skin, I was utterly shocked. Our skin is our largest organ. For some reason, we forget that everything we put on our skin will be absorbed by our body and will end up in our bloodstream within 30 seconds.

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Environmental Working Group is a great website where you can find information on the products you use to protect your health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself from everyday exposure to chemicals for cosmetics and personal care products. Their aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. EWG’s Skin Deep is the world’s largest personal care product safety guide.

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Rather have an app? Think Dirty, a free iPhone app, gives a product a score after scanning the barcode for ingredients and chemicals. Sweet!

And for some of us it may be hard to accept, but our skin will age. No product will stop that. However, how we treat our body can determine how we age or how quickly.

As we have alternatives for cow milk, there are alternatives for toxic beauty products.

Switching to beauty products that don’t harm our body is a process that took time. I slowly replaced all the products with a healthier version. I’m happy to see that there are more and more healthy beauty products being launched these days.

How to have a healthy and chemical free skin

My skincare routine

It has been difficult to find products that are not only safe but also work well for my skin. As a teenager I didn’t know I should first and foremost focus on hydration and healthy eating. Instead I was eating chocolate, barely drank water and kept covering pimples with the newest product that would promise a flawless skin. Oh well, fortunately we all learn over time.

My routine nowadays is very easy and cheap. I rather spend my money on good organic food.

I start my day by cleaning my face with rose water. This bottle is 2 euros and when on a budget I’d buy it at the nearest local Moroccan or Turkish shop. I prefer to buy my rose water online though. The “PURE Rose” Drinkable Bulgarian Rose Water is the best so far.  

Rose water smells so good! I always carry with me a spray bottle with some rose water to hydrate my face but also to fix my mineral makeup.

RoseWater

I hydrate my skin with raw organic coconut oil which I use for many other purposes as well.

Coconut oil

I also love Skin Food from Weleda. This product is amazing! Sometimes I will switch to products from A. Vogel (in Dutch: ‘Anti rimpel’ or ‘Droge huid’). Since I tend to spend my winter holidays in extreme cold climates I sometimes would use one of the following products to protect and nourish my skin even more:

I love Weleda’s Coldcream for super cold days. The cream restores and protects the skin with essential fatty acids of almond oil and beeswax against damaging environmental influences. It’s a thicker cream that leaves your skin nourished with a deep glow.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Cream is also one I love for the deep glow. The natural ingredients are super nourishing and protecting from dryness and irritations.

When I feel my skin needs the full nourishment (mostly in the winter) I’ll use pure shea butter. The butter has a harder consistency, that softens when warmed up with the hands or massaged into the skin.

But coconut oil is actually most of the times all I use. Then I will use  mostly Dr. Hauschka make up if I need to go out and meet people. Otherwise, I will just leave the door all shiny for the first hour 😉

When the sun is out I will use a sunscreen. It was very difficult to find a safe brand, but I’m happy that at one point I’ve finally found a good SPF. I’m using for some years now Aubrey Organics. which has very little health concerns and is actually comfortable to wear.

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In the evening I love to take off the ‘day’. So relaxing…So again I use coconut oil to melt the make up and dirt away. I do so with circular motions and was it then off with luke warm water. Sometimes if my diet is not very raw, I eat too much or if I eat too many nuts I notice that my pores gets clogged. Flushing out the bowel with water will help in that case and switching to a different oil also helps if that is too drastically for you. I will use then oregano oil which I dilute with olive oil because of the high price. I bought a batch of the purest brand I could find in Marrakech. Also almond oil is a good option. After rinsing of the oil with luke warm water I again use rose water as a tonic and coconut oil as a moisturizer. That’s it!

For my legs I use almond oil and As a deodorant I either use coconut oil, lemon juice or (my favorite) a crystal block which you can buy at any organic health food store.

What I noticed is the following, the less you ‘do’ with your skin the more healthy it looks. Same applies for the hair by he way. I know it’s boring.

Also, if you address all skin issues with a holistic approach, which means look what you eat and look how your bowel is doing your skin will start looking good and clean.

I brush  my skin daily (not my face though).  I leave my skin just as it is. Super boring, I know! But believe me, I have tried everything already in the past.

This may sound radical for some of you, or not, but this works for me. It may not for you or it may take you more time , but treat your skin as a significant part of your body. 

It doesn’t make sense to cover an organ with chemicals.

If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

You don’t have to panic over the rate and the health hazards. It will be already of so much help if you would pick the products with the least impact. My Weleda crème is not perfect, but it has way less impact than other alternatives. Transitioning to chemical free is super overwhelming. The good news is, you can take it slow and just replace products as you run out.

Let me help you out a bit

This great cheat sheet is from There’s Lead in My Lipstick and I still carry it around in my wallet and check products against it.

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Did you know that unlike natural substances that can be easily broken down and removed by the body, the chemicals found in most beauty products can ruin your  metabolism and can disrupt your hormones? \

Oops, your lipstick is making you fat?

Any safe favorites you’d like to share with me? I would love to know your routine.

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    MissNeriss
    April 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Have you heard of Simply Skin? It’s a small company based in Weesp and Viv makes the most amazing products, all as natural as possible, and all safe (which is the most important). I use her serum and her body butter (which is a blend of the most beautiful butters; Shea, almond, etc) religiously. Check it out: simplyskin.eu

    I hadn’t thought about using rose water, will have to try it. I did use rose hip oil a lot in the past, but it kind of fell by the wayside through laziness…

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      Bianca
      April 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Yes, actually I heard of it but never got to know their products. Thank you for reminding me 🙂
      Oh yes, you should! Rose water is the best!

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    nathalie
    April 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Ik gebruik ‘sochtends rozenwater om te reinigen. Vervolgens smeer ik mijn gezicht in met biologische fair trade sheaboter (lululife) Voor ik naar bed ga reinig ik mijn gezicht met div. soorten olie (cleaning oil method).
    Ook onder de douche zeep ik me in met eigen gemaakte zeep. Mijn bodybutter is (je raadt het al) zelf gemaakt. En mijn deodorant bestaat uit baking soda, kokosolie, maizena, vitamine e en etherische olie (voor de geur).

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      Bianca
      April 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Dat is perfect!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Nadia
    April 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Interessant om te lezen dit! Ik heb dat wel vaker gelezen, kokosolie voor je gezicht, maar nog nooit geprobeerd… maar dat ga ik nu toch zeker een keer proberen! En die Rozencreme klinkt fijn, ik zou graag een mooie glans op mn gezicht willen, maar geen vettige glim zeg maar.

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      Bianca
      April 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Leuk! Ben benieuwd hoe het je bevalt 🙂

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    Nadia
    April 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Ik vind het trouwens ‘knap’ dat je ook natuurlijke producten als deodorant gebruikt. Ik ben zelf altijd erg bang om te stinken. Werkt het echt, kokosolie/citroensap etc? En krijg je geen vlekken in je kleding?

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      Bianca
      April 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Nadia, 🙂 dat is niet knap hoor. Deo zorgt juist voor extra zweet. Van deo gaan veel mensen juist zweten en als je gezond bent (eet) zweet je niet veel en stinkt het ook niet. En meestal is dan gewoon 1x per dag douchen voldoende. 🙂

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    Eva
    April 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Waar koop jij dan jouw make-up qua foundation/mascara etc? Ik checkte net mijn ‘basis’producten en die kwamen niet heel goed uit de test..

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      Bianca
      April 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Hi Eva, de meeste producten komen van dr. Hauschka.

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    Meggy
    May 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Hoi Bianca,

    Ik heb het rozenwater en de Weleda huidcreme deze week bij de Tuinen besteld, maar toen de bestelling binnen kwam zag ik dat de huidcreme voor een droge en ruwe huid is. Ik heb zelf een gecombineerde tot vette huid, welke creme kan ik dan het beste gebruiken?

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      Bianca
      May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Meggy, de Huidcreme schijnt voor velen huidtype te werken en is echt een fijne creme. Probeer het. Mocht het toch te vet zijn, dan schijnt de amandel creme ook fijn te zijn 🙂
      Groetjes!

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    Elle
    May 29, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Hoi

    Ik gebruik veel producten van Louis Widmer.
    Zou heel graag je mening over dit merk willen weten.
    Is het een veilig merk?
    Groetjes
    Elle

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    Julia
    July 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hai Bianca!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Een vraag; gebruik je de zonnebrand crème van Aubrey Organics (hem die zelf ook) elke dag voor je dagcrème of in plaats van je dagcrème? Bij mij ziet mijn foundation er vaak een beetje gek uit als ik zowel zonnebrand als dagcrème opsmeer maar ik vroeg me dus af hoe jij dit combineert.

    Dank!

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      Bianca
      July 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Hi Julia,

      Ik begrijp precies wat je bedoelt. Ik gebruik de zonnebrand en een dagcreme, maar ik wacht na het aanbrengen van beiden wel totdat alles goed is ingetrokken voordat ik mijn foundation opdoe. Ik drink dan mijn ochtendwater of ga douchen. Als ik haast heb en geen make up gebruik, vlieg ik de deur uit en ben ik helemaal aan het glimmen 🙂

      PS. Gebruik ook niet teveel zonnebrand…

      Groetjes,
      Bianca

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    Kim
    July 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Geweldige blog! Ik ben gek op less is more. Zou je kunnen uitleggen met welke producten jij jouw haar wast? Iedereen wil mooi haar denk ik. Groetjes Kim ( super leuke site)

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      Bianca
      July 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Kim,
      Dank je wel! 🙂
      Shampoo met zo min mogelijk toevoegingen. Ik gebruik de kokosvariant. Verder was ik mijn haar niet te vaak en kleur ik het niet.
      Groetjes,
      Bianca

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    Kim
    August 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hai, zou je een blog willen schrijven over hoe jij je haar verzorgt? Het ziet er super uit! Groetjes Kim

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      Bianca
      August 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Kim, dank je wel! 🙂 Ja, waarschijnlijk wel. Ik krijg dit verzoek nl vaker. Groetjes, Bianca

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    Rachel
    March 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Hoi Bianca,

    keileuke site heb je!!! Doe zo door zou ik zeggen 😉 Je staat tussen mijn favorieten!

    Heb je ook wat tips ivm gezichtsverzorging maar vooral het gemengde tot vette huidtype? Ik ben nu stilletjes aan mijn dure producten (Clinique, Louis Widmer, ..) aan het inruilen voor de betere en natuurlijke versie. Maar weet niet waar te beginnen.
    Is rozenwater ook goed voor een gemengde huid. Kokosolie ben ik al fan van, gebruik ik voor zowel te koken als mijn lichaam maar mijn gezicht durf ik nog niet? Toch een aanrader voor gemengde huid? Ik gebruik momenteel jojoba-olie omdat dit goed zou zijn voor de acné-gevoelige huid..
    Zo neen, heb je andere alternatieven ajb?

    Alvast dikke merci!!!

    xoxo

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      Bianca
      March 24, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Dank je wel! 🙂

      Ik zou zeggen begin met rozenwater, dit is vrij mild en kan een gemengde huid ook goed hebben. Mocht dat toch niet zo bevallen dan zou ik appel azijn proberen, dit bavat ”alpha-hydroxy acids” en zorgt ervoor dat de pH waarde van je huid in balans komt. Meng dit met water (gelijke hoeveelheden) en gebruik dit op een watje. Laat het even inwerken (5 minuten is al genoeg) en spoel het dan af met lauwwarm water.

      Als je last hebt van acne is tea tree olie echt geweldig! Zorg er ook voor dat je voldoende zink binnenkrijgt uit je voeding. Ook is probiotica erg belangrijk voor je.

      Jojoba olie is erg goed, ook argan olie is een goede optie. Probeer deze twee eerst voordat je aan de kokos olie gaat. Gebruik de tea tree oil overigens alleen als een behandeling, maar niet als een vaste olie om je huid te hydrateren/reinigen want deze olie kan je huid wat uitdrogen.

      Als hydratatie vind ik op het moment Skin Food van Weleda goed.

      Ik hoop dat dit een beetje helpt.

      Groetjes,
      Bianca

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        Rachel
        April 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        Hoiiii Bianca,

        dank je voor de verschillende tips. 🙂

        Ik ben nu een paar maanden gestopt met melk te drinken en deze omgeruild voor de plantaardige versie (rijstmelk, kokosmelk en amandelmelk.

        Voor mijn gezicht heb ik alle chemische producten ingeruild. Zo gebruik ik als gezichtsreiniger ‘Weleda 2-in-1 reiniging’ (absolute aanrader) en smeer ik mijn gezicht in met kokosolie of jojoba.

        Rararaaaa ik ben van mijn acné-uitbarsting af, mijn huidje is terug egaal en straalt. Top gewoon. 🙂

        PS: aan alle lezers, the oil-pulling is ook een echte aanrader 😉

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          Bianca
          April 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

          Wat goed!!! Ben echt erg blij voor je! Ik vind je comment zo leuk! Dank je wel! xx

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    June 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Hoi,

    even een vraagje. Over 2 weekjes ga ik naar Turkije toe. Ik wil deze zonnebrand van Aubrey gaan bestellen in factor 15, ik vraag me alleen af of dit dan een goede zonnebrand is? Ik verbrand niet zo snel en vorig jaar heb ik factor 30 gebruikt van Vision en ik had het gevoel dat ik hiermee niet zo bruin werd…

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      June 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Hoi Amy,

      Ik ben geen huid specialist, maar ik kan je wel wat advies geven van mijn ervaringen.

      Persoonlijk, gebruik ik altijd 50 voor mij gezicht. Verder zon ik niet. Gewoon nooit.

      Maar als je wel wilt zonnen/bruin wilt worden, dan zou ik altijd de eerste dagen met een hoge factor beginnen en pas later met factor 15. Pas ook op met zonnen tussen 12.00 en 15.00 wanneer de zon het hoogst staat.

      Wees voorzichtig met je huidje 🙂

      Fijne vakantie!

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    malou
    April 15, 2016 at 12:37 am

    You say a lot about health, so I don’t understand why you recommend or use a deodorant crystal. They are made of alum (the main ingredient in most conventional deodorants). It completely clogs your pores. The effect of course is that you don’t sweat from your armpits, but I’d say you need to be able to sweat. Also, I personally barely sweat since I completely stopped using deodorant.

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      Bianca
      April 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Hi Malou, thank you for your feedback. The ones I ever used didn’t contain aluminium. Also, I didn’t experience it clogged pores. These days, I use coconut oil the mostly or nothing 🙂

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