Swap It Out! Clean Skin And Haircare Swaps

Clean Swap out

Isn't the start of a new year exciting? There's so much potential for us all to be our best possible, conscious-living, whole- foods-eating, soul-cycling selves before we pass a Shakeshack while hungry and throw all our good intentions down the Smokeshack and custard drain.

But if there's one super easy action item that will reap benefits throughout the year, it's stocking your shelves with clean hair and skincare products. While the task may seem daunting, we encourage you to start small. If the idea of throwing out your whole bathroom cabinet is too much, buy one of the clean products on our list when you run out of what you already have. Or if you're the type who likes to really commit, go ahead and stock up on the whole list all in one-go. Whichever route you decide to take, here are a few easy switch-outs for your hair and skin-care products. 


Swap Out Masking Agents

If you look at the ingredients in your hair and skincare products, you'll often find the ingredients linalool, limonene, and citral. These ingredients act as fragrance masking agents, and companies use them when their products probably wouldn't smell that great on their own. The problem is these ingredients are majorly toxic. So if you want to make an immediate clean change, swap out these two products for their cleaner (and better smelling) alternatives.

Kiehl's "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap for The Greater Goods Tea Tree & Oatmeal Soap. The Greater Goods soaps not only look better, but they smell better (naturally!) too.

Kiehl's "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap for The Greater Goods Tea Tree & Oatmeal SoapThe Greater Goods soaps not only look better, but they smell better (naturally!) too.

Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder for Alder New York 11.90-B1 Texture Powder. Alder New York's Goop-Gift-Guide approved Texture Powder gives you all the body and volume you could want, minus the toxic ingredients.

Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder for Alder New York 11.90-B1 Texture Powder. Alder New York's Goop-Gift-Guide approved Texture Powder gives you all the body and volume you could want, minus the toxic ingredients.

 

Ditch the Paraffins

Ingredients like parafins, petrolatum, and mineral oil are all by-products of the oil industry, and that industry is whack. Our dependence on the oil industry contributes to pollution, climate change, fracking, and a host of other not so great issues, so the less we rely on it, the better. Stick to products that use alternative sources for oils and waxes, like the ones we list here, and you’re in the clear. 

Chapstick for Alder New York Nourishing Lip Balm. If you want a super quick swap, ditch your chapstick for the classy grown-up alternative made with all-natural, nourishing ingredients only. 

Chapstick for Alder New York Nourishing Lip Balm. If you want a super quick swap, ditch your chapstick for the classy grown-up alternative made with all-natural, nourishing ingredients only. 

Jack Black Wax Pomade for Alder New York Beeswax Pomade. Not only is beeswax a way better choice than wax derived from petroleum, but it naturally smells like honey.

Jack Black Wax Pomade for Alder New York Beeswax Pomade. Not only is beeswax a way better choice than wax derived from petroleum, but it naturally smells like honey.

 

Lose the Artificial Dyes and Coloring

Artificial dyes are often produced from petroleum- a fact which, by itself, makes artificial dyes a bummer (see above). In addition, recent studies in the UK show a correlation with certain artificial dyes and ADHD- which has led the UK to require companies to include a warning when they use these dyes. Even without the government push, food brands here in the US are finally getting it out of their products (yay to delicious turmeric dyed Kraft Mac-And-Cheese!). Let's hope that the beauty industry gets the memo soon! In the meantime, switch out the slackers for the clean options below. 

Liquid Neutrogena for Youth to the People Face Cleanser. One of these face cleansers uses Blue 1, Red 33, and Yellow 5 to get its awesome color. One of them just uses Kale.

Liquid Neutrogena for Youth to the People Face Cleanser. One of these face cleansers uses Blue 1, Red 33, and Yellow 5 to get its awesome color. One of them just uses Kale.

Sephora Rose Sleeping Mask for Alder New York Red Clay & A.C.V Face Mask. Alder New York's face mask use red clay to deep clean and give it its pretty pink color.

Sephora Rose Sleeping Mask for Alder New York Red Clay & A.C.V Face MaskAlder New York's face mask use red clay to deep clean and give it its pretty pink color.