How to Switch to a Non-Toxic Beauty Routine (Part 1)

Breathe oil is the first doTERRA product I was introduced too. doTERRA Skin Care is the second.
I have sensitive skin and I tried many different skin care products that would irritate my skin. After a few bad experiences, I am very selective of the skin care I use. When I tried doTERRA Skin Care, it felt amazing. It smelled amazing and it helped my skin.

Since I travel a lot, I haven't been able to use my preferred doTERRA Skin Care regimen as often as I'd like. When I travel, I take a a few products from the doTERRA Verage line with me. Now that I am at home, I have access to the full arsenal of doTERRA Skincare products and oils. 

This month, Holan and I decided to do a 30 day challenge of taking care of our skin using essential oils and other doTERRA personal care products.

We love choosing personal care products that are non-toxic and safe to use.

Did you know that skin care, cosmetics, and personal care products may contain harmful ingredients?

Parabens, Phtalates, and Synthetic Fragrances are just a few of many toxic ingredients found in commonly used personal care products. Some of these harmful ingredients are endocrine disruptors, which means they negatively affect hormones. Many people are unaware of the toxic ingredients lurking in their personal care products. With health issues like PCOS and Breast Cancer on the rise, it is not only important to look at what we eat and drink, but also the products we choose to  put on our skin.

Let's talk about skin care.

Skin care is more than just beauty, it is an integral part of our health. The skin is our largest organ in the body. Not only does it serve as a protective barrier and first layer of defense against viruses, bacteria, and UV light, it regulates temperature and stores nutrients such as water, fat, glucose, and Vitamin D. It is important that we take care of our skin, just as much as it is important to take care of our cardiovascular health, joint health, or muscles.

Taking care of our skin starts from the inside out. Healthy hormone balance, optimal nutrient intake,  healthy gut, fitness, stress management, rest, and water consumption play a huge role on the health of our skin. Our skin is reflection of our health. While it may take a while to make all the adjustments we want for optimal health,  it's very easy to change our beauty routine by simply swapping out harmful personal care products with safe ones.

The Basics

Where do we start?

"Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize" is the basic tenets of a daily beauty routine.

Cleansing — Washing your face.
Toning — Balancing the skin.
Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.

doTERRA offers two lines of skin care to choose from: Verage and doTERRA Essential Skin Care.
They both follow doTERRA's "None of the Bad" philosophy, their commitment to using only safe ingredients.

Verage is 100% plant based natural skin care.
Essential Skin Care is a synthetic (yet safe) skin care with some natural ingredients.
Both have anti-aging and youth preserving properties.

Verage is great for people who are looking for a 100% natural plant-based skin care line.
Since the  Essential Skin Care line is less strict on ingredients, it has more products to choose from. My husband finds this line better for his dry skin. I like to use both. Some people even mix and choose their favorite from each line. You really have to experience it firsthand to see what works for you.

Here is a chart highlighting  differences in some of the ingredients:

VerageEssential Skin Care
CleanserWild Orange, Basil, Tea Tree eo
Amino Acids
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil

Peppermint, Tea Tree eo
Amino Acid
Yucca Root and Soapbark extract
Macdamia Seed Oil
Vitamin E
TonerYlang Ylang, Coriander, Cypress, Palmarosa eo
Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera juice

Ylang Ylang, Lavender, German Chamomile eo
Witch Hazel
Aloe Vera Juice
Watermelon, Apple extract
MoisturizerJasmine, Geranium, Sea Buckthorn  Berry eo
Rice Bran Oil
Shea Butter
Amur Corktree Bark

Anti-Aging Moisturizer:
Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense eo
Summer Snowflake bulb extract
Olivefruit extract

Hydrating Cream:
Jasmine, Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense eo
Oarweed, Mugwort extract
Lactococcus Ferment Lysate


Cleanser Comparison

Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed. The right cleanser cleanses your skin without stripping essential, healthy oils. Don't overdo it, there is such a thing as "over-cleansing." With all steps, don't forget to do your neck.

Verage Cleanser | Member Price: $25 or included in Verage Skin Care Collection Member Price: $84.50
The Verage Cleanser is applied to damp skin. It makes makeup removal easier. Depending on how heavy you wear your makeup, there still could be some residue, which will be removed in the next step, when you use the toner. It feels very light and clean. The feeling of the cleanser is soft and easy to wash off. It's perfect for travel and using it on the go.

Facial Cleanser | Member Price: $16.50 or included in Essential Skin Care Kit (Customizable) Member Price: $90
The Essential Skin Care Facial Cleanser is applied like a facial mask, without the use of water. I find that this cleanser works deeper than the Verage Cleanser since I let it sit on my face longer before washing off.

Invigorating Scrub | Member Price: $18 or included in Essential Skin Care Kit (Customizable) Member Price: $90
The Essential Skin Care Invogorating Scrub is an exfoliator. Exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption. Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts. Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production. Collagen is key to glowing, vibrant skin. The protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and related sagging. This should not be used daily but as needed. Experts say you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week for normal and combination type skin and 1 a week for sensitive skin.

When choosing an exfoliator, you don't want to use one that is harsh and will scratch your skin. The Invograting Scrub uses Jojoba Esters which is a lot more gentle than the micro beads that were recently banned in skin care.

If you have cleansed properly, then your skin will feel clean but not dry and taught. Other skin care lines made my skin feel dry. Both Verage and Essential Skin care makes my skin feel better!

A thorough cleanse helps to clear away grime, makeup, dead skin cells so that the skin-beneficial ingredients in the toner can get where they need to.

Toner Comparison

Toner brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skincare products. Your skin is like a dried-up sponge. If you put a thick cream on a brittle dry sponge, it won't accept it and it isn't 'prepped' for moisture. But if you wet the sponge, the cream will sink in more easily. This step is important before using moisturizer and other skin care products.

Verage Cleanser | Member Price: $25 or included in Verage Skin Care Collection Member Price: $84.50
Pore Reducing Toner | Member Price: $22 or included in Essential Skin Care Kit (Customizable) Member Price: $90

I love that the Verage toner comes in a spray bottle. It can be used for hydrating your skin and for setting your makeup.  Both toners contain witch hazel, essential oils, and ingredients that help keep the skin from drying out like Aloe vera leaf juice. You can't go wrong with either one!

What you use to apply the toner makes a difference. If you are looking for a cotton pad that doesn't waste toner, tug on the skin, or leave strands of cotton on your face, I highly recommend the White Rabbit Premium Cotton Pad. It's  100% Cotton,  unbleached and untreated grown free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and made in South Korea. 

 Moisturizer Comparison
Verage Cleanser | Member Price: $28 or included in Verage Skin Care Collection Member Price: $84.50
Anti-Aging Moisturizer | Member Price: $34.50 or $25 when bundled with Essential Skin Care Kit (Customizable)
Hydrating Cream | Member Price: $36 or $25 when bundled with Essential Skin Care Kit (Customizable)

This is just the basics... the real fun begins when you add the extras. With essential oils and additional skin care products, you can personalize a regimen that is unique to you!
I'll share more about the extras in Part 2: The Extras! Targeted Skin Care Support and Essential Oils

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