Increasingly so, more information is becoming readily available surrounding the benefits of choosing to live an all natural lifestyle. This movement is one that will greatly benefit our health and wellbeing, and is something that many of us are choosing to embrace. Whether you want to completely change your lifestyle, or just want to cut down on the chemicals you are exposed to, here are our five tips for living an all natural lifestyle…
Parabens and phthalates are featured in a lot of products and are the big ones to look out for.
1. CHOOSE 'CLEAN' COSMETICS
Few of us are aware of what’s actually in our makeup products. From foundation to lipstick and mascara, these everyday products could mean you are applying harmful chemicals to your skin on a daily basis. Parabens and phthalates are featured in a lot of products and are the big ones to look out for. Triclosan was recently banned by the FDA, but it’s still worth looking out for this ingredient to be on the safe side.
Parabens and phthalates are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals. This means that they disrupt the hormones in the body, and can even cause issues with fertility. To cut these out, try an all natural makeup brand, and always look for ‘propylparaben and methylparaben’ on ingredients lists. Phthalates are often disguised as ‘fragrance’ on ingredients lists, so avoid products with this listed.
The same goes for pretty much everything you put on your body - moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner - can all contain these harmful ingredients.
2. GO FOR A NATURAL SKINCARE RANGE
Just like cosmetics and shampoos contain harmful ingredients, a lot of skincare products do too. When it comes to skincare, the best thing you can do for your skin is to provide it with all the nourishment and vitamins it needs from natural sources. Where possible, choose a range that contains a high percentage of naturally derived and organic ingredients and always check ingredient labels.
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Plastic typically contains endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals, such as phthalates and BPA.
3. CUT OUT PLASTIC
As we are already well aware, plastic waste is terrible for the environment, but being exposed to too much plastic is also bad for our health too. Plastic typically contains endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals, such as phthalates and BPA. Try reducing the plastic you have in your home, using glass jars for food storage and generally removing any plastic packaging and putting the contents into a glass or alternative container.
4. SHOP ORGANIC
The best way to cut out chemicals from your diet is to shop organic and follow a ‘clean’ eating plan. This means no processed foods, with everything you eat coming from natural sources.
For some making the switch to fully organic straight away can be a bit much and can also be expensive. If you’re not able to switch to a completely organic diet, instead look at what you eat the most and try to go organic with these items to begin with.
Fragrance your home using a diffuser and essential oils or vegetable wax candles. There are so many beautiful natural fragrances in the world to take advantage of.
5. REPLACE ARTIFICIAL HOME FRAGRANCES AND CLEANING PRODUCTS
It’s obvious after you’re aware of it, but most cleaning products, candles and air fresheners contain harmful chemicals. Of course all of us want our homes to smell nice, but the products you are using might be causing more harm than good.
Fragrance your home using a diffuser and essential oils or vegetable wax candles. There are so many beautiful natural fragrances in the world to take advantage of. Alternatively, try investing in fresh flowers once a week to add a subtle fragrance.
Many cleaning products contain carcinogens and lung irritants. It’s not necessary to have a different product for every surface in the house, there are plenty of eco-friendly and natural alternatives now available on the market, or why not try making your own all-purpose cleaner using castile soap and baking soda. You can also use essential oils for non-toxic cleaning that add a lovely smell to your home.
These steps offer a great way to get started with an all natural lifestyle. Try making just a few changes, or follow all five steps to limit unnecessary and harmful chemicals from your lifestyle.