Summer Clean Beauty must haves.

Summer: when days get longer and hotter.

If you want to enjoy to the fullest the upcoming summer days, protection and staying hydrated are a must!

With this being said, I would like to recommend you the perfect clean beauty trio that will help your skin stay healthy, protected, and hydrated.

 

1. Sheer Zinc Sunscreen

by Babo Botanicals

  • vegan, organic, nontoxic
  • won’t leave any residue
  • calms redness
  • no irritation
  • fragrance-free

You can rest assured that no harmful chemicals are going in/on your skin with this one. This SPF 30 sunscreen will protect the whole family (yes, it’s good for babies, kids, and grown ups too). Also, it’s water and sweat resistant.

I personally have sensitive skin, so this spray is a must for me if I want to avoid any type of irritation or sunburn.

Get it HERE.

 

 

2. Tinted Facial Moisturizer

by Raw Elements

  • natural, organic
  • eco-friendly
  • SPF 30
  • water resistant
  • nutrient-rich sunscreen

This one is my go-to whenever I go to the pool and I don’t want to wear makeup but I still want some coverage/protection and a sun kissed look. The fact that this facial moisturizer is tinted: brilliant!

Get it HERE.

 

 

3. Cool Aloe Mist

by Farmasthetics

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  • all natural ingredients
  • sustainable
  • nontoxic
  • calms burning skin
  • detoxifies skin

To complete the combo, this mist will keep your skin hydrated. Especially if you like to spend more hours soaking in the sun (guilty!), this aloe mist will calm any discomfort of dry, overexposed skin.

Get it HERE.

 

You can find all these products at Follain– the best of clean beauty, thoughtfully curated.

Use my code ref_vanessamartinez77 for 15% off

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All my opinions are honest, based on me actually trying these products. If you decide to purchase using my code, I will earn store credit at Follain.

Should you switch? All you need to know about switching to natural deodorant.

One of the best choices I’ve made when it comes to my skin health was switching to natural deodorant.

My journey

Some years ago (when I was still living in Romania), it became very popular, when it comes to skin health, the phrase: “Stay away of Aluminum!”, especially when choosing a deodorant. Everybody was scared of this ingredient because, as it is well known, it can cause cancer.

Not going more in depth with this affirmation, I tried to avoid Aluminum in my deodorant by all costs. And honestly, every time I had to buy a deodorant without Al, it would take me ages. Just looking at the aisles piled with antiperspirants and toxic deodorants was making me sweat.

 

Lesson 1: Do your research before buying. Your skin will thank you.

Finally, I came over an Al free deodorant! I though that I found the one. I was so happy with it till my armpit skin got irritated. So I made more research into it and found out that the Al in deodorants is not the only ingredient that I should be aware of (duh!)

What I learned?

Even the products that claim to be “CLEAN”, sometimes are full of harmful stuff.

For example, the “natural deodorant” that I first switched to was claiming to be Al free but it was having a big quantity of Propylene Glycol. When used on a daily basis, it is proven that it hurts the skin, creating rashes or severe irritations. Also, it can affect different organs like the heart and the liver.

My advice will be to look very closely at the ingredients list and choose products that are made out of less ingredients, natural ones. For example, these Primally Pure deodorants (that I absolutely love) contain fewer ingredients, like:

My favorite deodorants from Primally Pure
My favorite deodorants from Primally Pure

 

arrowroot powder

coconut oil

tallow from grass-fed cows

beeswax

baking soda

non-nano zinc oxide

kaolin clay

Hint: If you are scared by the list of ingredients and you don’t know how to “decode” them, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you choose better. I am currently using the Think Dirty App. 

It is awesome because all you have to do is scan the product and they will grade it for you from 1 (healthy) to 10 (unhealthy).They are using a system which is based on 3 criteria: Carcinogenicity, Allergenicity and Immunotoxicity, and Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity.

 

 

Stay away of these ingredients

  1. Aluminum Compounds
  2. Propylene Glycol
  3. Steareths
  4. Triclosan
  5. Parabens
  6. TEA and DEA
  7. Artificial Colors and Fragrances

 

Lesson 2: Do not believe the rumors. Try it yourself.

The majority of the reviews of different natural deodorants were saying how bad they feel about switching, complaining about the sweat odor you will feel when switching and so on.

What I learned? 

SWEAT IS HEALTHY. Yes, you read it right. I was so grossed out when I first heard this statement.

I made my research and I discovered that besides the fact that sweat is a necessary function when detoxifying/flush out toxins, it is different for all of us. Depending on your body chemistry, you will either sweat a lot when switching (until your body adapts- it may take up to 3 weeks), or you will sweat for a short period of time (1 week).

The sweating doesn’t happen because the new natural deodorant that you’re trying “is not working” but because natural deodorants are not doing the harmful job of antiperspirants of blocking your pores to stop the sweating process. Natural deodorants let your skin breath!

You may ask: what if I am not so lucky as you and I will start sweating like crazy when switching to natural deodorant?

 

 

Lesson 3: You will not regret switching. There are several tips that can help you when detoxing. 

First of all, let me tell you that you will not regret this decision. After detoxing and finding a good natural deodorant for your skin you will not be worried again about the health of your skin. You will know with certainty that you are doing the right thing, treating your skin with care and respect.

What I learned?

  • A little bit goes a long way. All you need is 1-2 soft swipes per pit. But, in the beginning stages of your detox, it’s totally fine if you carry in your purse a travel-sized deo and freshen up throughout the day.
  • Using a clean beauty, natural soap in the shower will make the process easier. I recommend this Follain liquid soap. If you want a more minimalistic version, my recommendation for a clean soap bar would be Juice Beauty – Green Apple Cleansing Bar. It is formulated with a variety of organic ingredients like sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and other botanical juices.
Juice Beauty Cleansing Bar
Juice Beauty Cleansing Bar
Follain Hand and Body Soap
Follain Hand and Body Soap

If you would like to get a $15% off on your next purchase of Follain use code ref_vanessamartinez77. It’s that easy!

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (even though I wish it would be, haha). Primally Pure deodorant helped me make the switch to natural deodorant so effortless and I can never go back now. I really loved their products from the first time I’ve tried them and that’s why I’m writing this review. It has really made a change in my skincare routine!

 

Have you switched already? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

We broke up. Find out why.

It didn’t happen overnight.

It was hard to say goodbye.

It took time to find the right one, to replace the old one.

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Before you start wondering what I’m talking about: I am talking about my hair, hehe. As I promised, this article is all about hair!

 

 

 

First, let me tell you my story…

If you don’t know me already, you need to be aware that I am, and always been, a little bit more than just obsessed with my hair. Long gone are the days when I was rocking a perfect straight bang and straighten my hair every day (thinking back makes me laugh so hard). My bang was like a trademark. Everyone that will talk about me will refer to me as: ‘the girl with straight bang’.

Fun fact: I was always caring a small comb with me just to be prepared in case my bang was not perfectly straight. Oh, my!

My hair has been through so many shocks and changes…

Just very recently I decided to adopt a more natural look and changed from platinum/silver blonde to a color that is closer to my natural one. I have always liked a healthy, natural look on a woman, not one that is fake and takes sooo much effort.

This drastic change was not it. I decided that I wanted more. I wanted to break out with the chemicals. FOREVER. I think it’s useless at this time for me to mention how many toxic ingredients and harmful chemicals we put in our hair on a daily basis.

So I made my research and found this awesome natural and organic products that I’m wholeheartedly recommending.

 

Yes, I have finally found natural hair products that work and that helped me to break out with the chemicals!

 

  1. Prose shampoo

 

What convinced me to try it:
  • They work with a certified ‘Prose’ stylist and create a unique customized formula based on your hair needs and goals and much more (what you want to achieve by using their products)
  • Organic and natural (which means that you will not add any harmful stuff to your hair like Parabens, Mineral Oils, GMOs, Sulfates, Phthalates etc.)
  • Awesome reviews from real people (they have a huge customer base)
  • Sustainably-sourced ingredients (eco-friendly)
  • You can select if you want a gluten-free, silicone- free formula or even fragrance free.
  • They thought about your hair in detail (I absolutely love when a company does that). Read the example below:

 

The Prose consultation takes into account your zip code – to give you ingredients to combat geo-aggressors like pollution, water quality and humidity – and your lifestyle habits like your stress levels, diet and workout preferences. – Prose online

 

Why I will continue to use it:
  • It matches perfectly my hair needs and goals
  • It does what it says
  • Molds perfectly with my values (sustainable/ethically made)
  • Affordable (starting at $25)

 

I personally didn’t reach the goal where I can say: ‘My hair is looking it’s best!’ after many changes that it went through, but I believe that once we decide to take this steps we will see major changes, a more healthier look and feel.

 

Healthy tips:

  • break out with chemicals and stop coloring your hair (if possible)
  • trim your hair (ends)
  • lower the use of hot tools
  • use clean beauty products on your hair like Prose shampoo

 

Wish you a great hair day!

 

 

*2nd hair product that I recommend in my future ‘Review’ articles. Stay tuned!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.