February Favorites: Shower Edition

I've touched on safer beauty/skin care products on my Instagram posts and stories, but I haven't yet shared them on my blog like I have my recipes, aka "The Yums."  That is, until now! Filed under "The Skin," I will share my beauty and self-care routines, my longtime favorite products, as well as new skin care finds within the safer and non-toxic space. For my first post, I'm talking about my current shower product faves, starting from head to toe:

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Beautycounter Daily Shampoo + Conditioner.  I try not to wash my hair everyday, but there are consecutive days that I do depending on how sweaty my workouts are (lol) and whatnot. Either way, my go-to rinse + repeat routine are with these two sulfate-free and paraben-free formulas. A little background on my hair: brunette, straight, I go on and off letting it air dry and blowdrying it, and I've had balayage done twice in the past (no color in my hair currently). What I like about this pair is that I don't need to use a lot of the product - only about a nickel size dollop, if that. As with all Beautycounter products, a little truly goes a long way. The bottles are quite large (10 oz.) too, and they last me several months. Both have a subtle, fresh scent, and I do not find them drying at all; my strands always feel soft.  

Beautycounter Body Wash is definitely an everyday bottle I reach for! The wash itself feels so silky and creamy and in turn, makes my skin feel the same. Like the shampoo + conditioner, the scent is light and clean... the name, citrus mimosa, says it all! The ingredients include a number of luxurious oils with marula and mongongo (try saying those three times fast!) being most prominient. Marula is a leafy fruit tree and mongongo is a nut tree, both found in South Africa. I did a little reading up on these oils and learned that they have been a beauty secret in Africa for quite some time. 

Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar is no ordinary bar of soap. Beautycounter describes it best on their website: "absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out." I lather this bar (it gets so sudsy!) on my back, arms, legs, and bum :-) after I take a spin class - when my workout clothes are drenched in sweat and sitting on top of my skin. I want to combat any chance of clogged pores and breakouts on my body. 

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash is fantastic! It is for my skin type, at least. I keep this giant (8 oz!) bottle in my shower. I describe my skin as normal, sometimes dry in areas, and can be prone to breakouts, which is what drew me to this in the first place. Ursa Major says this foaming cleanser is a good match for "temperamental or acne-prone skin." I find that this sulfate-free wash calms my skin and doesn't dry it out. The first ingredient listed is aloe, which soothes and hydrates. It also has white tea, which is full of antioxidants; sugarcane to brighten and clarify skin; and lemon, which also brightens as well as exfoliates. 

Franklin & Whitman East Falls Body Serum makes me feel like a spa princess. I pump this serum onto my body when my skin is still damp from the shower. It smells insanely heavenly. A combination of lemongrass, bergamot, and clary sage creates an aroma to not only make your skin feel refreshed, but also your mind. Essential oils are truly magical that way. Bonus: locks in moisture without leaving a greasy residue!

Beautycounter Body Oil is another post shower pump I keep in arm's reach. No greasy residue either, even with 13 botanical oils! I've spiced up my body skin care routine by adding a couple pumps into my lotion. Never a bad thing to alternate products, especially with body oils, serum, lotions, and creams. Our skin is forever changing, so it's good to test out products and switch between ones you love according to season, for instance. My only requirement: please use SAFE products, ones without harmful chemicals.