But How Do I Start?

 How to transition your beauty products to natural alternatives

There are many questions people have for me as they express their desire to go more natural in their beauty products. The biggest concern most individuals have is where do I start? More than often, the road to developing a hearty stockpile of all natural beauty products seems too long to be worth it. Don't let this scare you away- I am here to tell you that it can be done more easily than you think.

Here's the thing- it's a gradual process. You're not going to wake up one morning, walk into your bathroom and have replaced all your beauty products over night with all natural alternatives. Furthermore, you don't want to do that to your body. With gradual change, your body has time to adjust meaning you will be able to decide what is effective for you personally. Also, each one of us is unique. This means some products may work for others but are noneffective for you. With that being said, what I have to offer you is experience- in my own journey of going natural and others I have walked with in their experiences.

I have been in this transition for about a year now and still have a long way to go, but I have learned a lot and want to share it with you all.

The first thing you must do is weigh what is most important to you.

Face- You care about having a clean face at all times. You have skin that takes some effort to maintain (believe it or not, many people have naturally perfect skin), whether this means you have oily, dry, or acne prone skin. A good place to start here is substituting your lotion for an organic oil, preferably jojoba, or making a toner from diluted apple cider vinegar.

Skin- your face doesn't need too much tlc, but your overall skin and body could use some. You could try substituting coconut oil for your body lotion and adding a few drops of essential oils if you're feeling daring.

Hair- Your hair always seems to take too much time to style and upkeep. You feel as if it is too dry, too oily, too straight, etc. A good place to start here would be a home made sea salt spritz, giving you effortless wavy hair (truly it's magical), or a powder form of dry shampoo made of cornstarch and a pinch of cinnamon.

For me, skin care that concentrates on the face is most important to me. This means I focus on natural alternatives to toners, lotions, masks, makeup, etc.

The second thing you must do is figure out how much money you are open to spending.

Your budget does not need to be outrageous. Even if it is simply twenty dollars a month, you can begin making significant revisions in your beauty routine. As you invest in your natural products a little every month, you will soon find yourself with a respectable collection. Dealing with the budget I set for myself- I am a college students and with that title means a lack of extra cash flow. I set my budget around thirty dollars a month when building my stash of natural beauty products, but now I spend under twenty dollars a month up keeping this. Most natural products, especially the common ones, can be found at your local Whole Foods or Earth Fare.

One thing I know about natural skin care- I am glad I invested in the journey. Nurturing my skin back to health and learning how to keep it free of harsh chemicals and gross toxins has been rewarding and my skin and body thank me every day. I am still figuring this journey out- but I have learned a lot and have much to share.

We're in this together-

For now,

Soon we will go further in to depth on specifics of natural beauty alternatives. Stay up to date with the All Natural section of my blog for more on a whole and natural lifestyle.