Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s post is one I’ve been excited to share for a while, and is a little different than my usual posts here on FoF. You may remember in my New Year’s Resolutions post that one of my goals for this year is to slowly transition my skincare into more natural products as well as cruelty-free products. I first starting thinking about this whole topic back when I first tried Beauty Counter, and it has been in the back of my mind ever since. The skin is our largest organ, and who wants to be putting chemicals all over your skin?! That’s why this year I resolved to start paying more attention to the products I’ve been using and to transition my beauty routine into one that involves fewer chemicals. One thing I was a little nervous about before beginning this transition was the cost – so many “natural” products aren’t natural at all (there’s hardly any regulation by the FDA in the beauty industry), and sometimes the products from brands we know & trust can be super expensive.
When Drew & I were grocery shopping a couple of months ago, I was in need of some face lotion, so I picked some up from Whole Foods without really thinking much about it. I ended up loving it, and slowly but surely have tried more & more products from the Whole Foods Whole Body department (and this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like these products!). I feel like Whole Foods can have a reputation of being really expensive, but I feel like you just have to learn how to shop the store & can get some great deals. All of the products I’ve gotten from there have been under $15 – which is about the same price I’ve been paying for similar products from Target or Ulta. What I like about purchasing my beauty products from Whole Foods is that I can trust that they are plant-based, cruelty-free, and there is a whole list of over 100 ingredients that will never be found in their products, including phthalates, microbeads, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate, and more (check out more in this here). So I know that no matter what I pick up, it will be safe for my skin – sharing my 5 current favorite beauty products from Whole Foods below!
A couple of months ago I started noticing that my skin had a bunch of little bumps on it – they weren’t breakouts, just little under-the-skin bumps that made my face not look very smooth. I asked my facialist about them, and she recommended that I start using a facial cleanser with salicylic acid. I started using this one and they cleared right up! I use this cleanser only at night and I have been such a fan of it! This cleanser is also paraben-free and sulfate-free.
Toner is one of those things – I’ll go through phases where I’ll use one consistently, and then I’ll fall out of using it for a while. I have learned, though, that toners are essential for a quality skincare routine because they help to restore the pH balance on your skin after cleansing. I really love this one from Acure because it comes in a spray bottle, so you just mist it on your face which is such a refreshing feeling! I also like the mist-feature because then I don’t have to use a cotton ball to apply every time. This one is which-hazel based and is organic.
Next up we have my facial lotion from Andalou – this moisturizer is the perfect weight for daily use! It has SPF 18 which I feel like is just enough to keep my face protected but isn’t so much that the moisturizer smells like sunscreen (I hate that!). Also I find that most facial lotions can get kind of pricey, but this one is such a steal at only $12 and the bottle has lasted me for such a long time. Just like the other products, this one is non-GMO , nature derived, sustainably sourced, and cruelty-free.
This is kind of a fun one – I only recently started incorporating this eye gel into my beauty routine, but so far I love it! I apply it after I wash my face/tone/moisturize in the morning, and let it sit on my skin while I’m making my tea before I start putting on my makeup. This gel is a combination of cucumber, green tea, and caffeine and helps to de-puff the under eye area. It is also the perfect little travel size, is contains no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens or phthalates.
Last up – these cleansing cloths! I don’t use cleansing clothes on a day-to-day basis to wash my face, but I do use them on my skin after I wash my face on days that I feel like my cleanser didn’t remove my makeup very well. I also like to use these after I work out, and when I travel! These towlettes are so refreshing and are actually really gentle on the skin. They are also dye-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free.
Bonus! 6. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
So this one isn’t under $15 – but it is one of my favorite beauty products lately and you can get it at Whole Foods! Or you can buy on Amazon – they have better pricing. I add one scoop of collagen peptides to my tea every morning (it instantly dissolves and you can’t taste it at all) – there are SO many benefits to collagen peptides, including supported bone & joint health, supports a healthy gut, contributes to weight management, and it helps improve the health of your hair, skin, and nails (I could probably do a whole post about the benefits of collagen peptides! Or you can read more here). My NAILS! This is where I have seen probably the most noticeable effect from the collagen peptides – I used to have really weak nails after always getting gel manicures, but my nails are so strong, healthy, and long now! I highly recommend!
Thanks for stopping by! Have you ever shopped the beauty section at Whole Foods?