Changing your skin care & makeup products…
I have to say, this months natural challenge was the most intimidating even just to think about. When it comes to beauty products like skin care and makeup, I am totally out of my element. Up until recently, I washed my face with bar soap…..sorry if I made some of you cringe. And the thought of facial tonics, moisturizers and serums….was at the bottom of the chain in my head.
It was like a small light bulb went off for me. What am I doing not taking care of my skin? For me, it was just too much trouble to take time out of my day to spend on my face. And if I am being honest a small piece of me didn’t want to be that type of girl, maybe some of you may relate to this thought process. I felt like if I had a skin care routine with expensive skin care products I would be high maintenance. But the reality is, taking care of my face means putting in some self care time to appreciate my skin and what it does for me. and you know what….
I am in love with my skin care routine, the products I found and the way I feel by just taking 5-10 minutes to appreciate my skin. I am sure all mamas out there can relate that taking 5-10 minutes a day is extremely difficult when you have children. And this is where I made another “logical” excuse, at the end of the night I was exhausted and going to bed without washing my face beat spending just a few minutes on my self.
But what does that do to the woman inside us?
All day we exert our energy to taking care of our family. We set aside who we are to make sure everyone else is happy, calm, fed, clean, safe, entertained and so on. The moment we became a mother, which is the most rewarding honor we can have, but in the same sense, we slightly loose who we are in the process. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world but this is where I am stressing the importance of taking some time out of the day to focus on YOU.
And by switching out those skin care products with ingredients you can’t pronounce for skin care products that are 100% natural, is going to be the best decision you can make.
My monthly challenges have really made me look at EVERYTHING I am using.
Whether it is my household cleaners, waste like not using paper napkins, wine (oh man, the topic of wine is a whole other blog post! 😳) lotion….I mean, it is quite scary to think about how many chemicals we are surrounded by on the daily.
Through these monthly challenges I started really thinking about the products I used on my skin. I took a good hard look at my makeup and my skin care products. And you know what….
…they were all just packed with harsh chemicals and toxins.
I came across this company that is seriously a one stop shop for all my skin care and makeup needs. Toups and Co Organics is a small company that produces organic, USA sourced and wholesome products that you can feel good about using on you AND on your family. They use ingredients like 100% grass fed tallows, organic USA made olive oils and USDA organic essential oils.
And I have to say, the moment you put these products on your face, it just sings with delight and thankfulness. These products are absolutely amazing and more importantly they are filled with ingredients that I can pronounce. And not to mention I feel really good about putting on my body.
My skin care routine
I started out with this 3 step facial regime kit.
- I wash my face with the activated charcoal bar which, detoxifies all the impurities from the day off my face. This soap is wonderful for oily or dry skin.
- I use the facial tonic right after the activated charcoal bar. This tonic helps to prime the skin to accept the tallow balm I use next. This tonic helps bring your skins PH balance back to well, balance. There are four different tonics you can pick from, calm, hydrate, clear and brighten. I chose the brighten tonic and love it but I am super pumped to try the other options next.
- I then moisturize my face with the frankincense face balm. This balm helps heal and restore the skin cells within the skin. And it moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe without leaving your skin feeling heavy and nasty. AND it helps your make-up set really well.
Speaking of makeup…
Makeup is something I barely wear. I mean, I wear the basics like mascara, blush, nude shimmer eye shadow and sometimes eye liner. And because I barely wear it, my makeup lasts a life time. Which, in the research that I was doing made me realize that makeup actually expires.
The longer you keep it the more chances are that bacteria creates and can cause some pretty nasty things in the long run. Makeup also has a ton of toxins and chemicals in them that can also cause some pretty nasty things in the long run as well. I found this post on what is actually in our makeup and was floored. Please check it out here. She does an incredible job at breaking it down and explaining how each chemical is found in what we use.
So after years of knowing this but too intimidated to make the full switch, I finally pulled the trigger and replaced ALL my makeup with the products Toups and Co has to offer. And I couldn’t be more happy with my choice.
I encourage you to check out what this company has to offer.
I did and I won’t be looking back. There are many companies out there that offer a pure natural product. I have tried a few of them but none so far have given me the results Toups and Co has. And knowing that these products are coming from a small farm and I am supporting a family that is taking my needs into consideration, I am all about it.
I am NOT an affiliate for this company I just LOVE their products and will talk about it until the cows come home. What they do offer you when you make your first purchase is a referral link. This link is given to you to give out to friends and in return you accumulate points towards free shipping and what not. So the link I provided you in this post is just that, a simple referral link that I would appreciate if you used! Here is it again if you need!
If you have a favorite natural skin care company that you stand by and will talk about until the cows come home, I’d love to hear about it. While I am a huge fan of Toups and Co I am not disregarding any other company that provides a wonderful product. So, leave a comment about what company you stand by and why.
Until next time…
Happy changing out your skin care products!